Monday, April 30, 2012

The competitions in May

Is May the month for the Competitions? I don't know, it just seem so. On Cinco de Mayo we have the Washington Open located in Herndon, Virginia, not far from Washington D.C.

"Just as we don’t spend a lot of time worrying about how all those poets out there are
going to monetize their poetry, the same is true for most bloggers."

New for 2012. both professional and pro/am students can qualify for free room night vouchers - the professional for his/her first fifty entries and the pro/am student for his/her first thirty entries. In addition, at your request, they have upgraded the dance floor by using a floating hardwood floor provided by Dance Jam Productions.


 
They will also be offering a "Lunch and Learn" on Saturday and Sunday for $35. They will have a show by the incredible Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko The evening of Saturday May 5th, $95 for the show and dinner.

Some of their most notable competitive accomplishments include: 2-time undefeated World Professional Latin Champions, World South American Showdance Champions, 3-time undefeated US National Professional Latin Champions and 3-time US Open Professional Latin Champions. Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko will be conducting Congress on May 4th. This is a rare opportunity for you and your partner to work with Riccardo & Yulia.


"Never My Love" by Association


"With a few credit cards it is pretty easy to 'go for broke' and make it."

Atlanta plays host to many conventions from all over the country, being most famous for the 1996 Olympic Games. Now being added to Atlantas eclectic mix, they are once again, so excited to be hosting the qualifying events in the Closed Bronze, Closed Silver and Open Divisions in ALL styles for the "Best of the Best" Challenge. The winners of these categories in the A & B divisions will have a dance off. The top winners in the dance off will compete in a Grand Slam at the Ohio Star Ball. Who will be North Americas Top Pro/Am couples? You'll have to come to Atlanta to find out or be a contender!


They are happy to be back at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street only 20 minutes away from Hartsfield Airport by cab or zip on the MARTA train. Come enjoy the fabulous new dining area and bar/lounge, for us to gather and relax in after a long day of dancing.

Atlanta offers something for everyone, a wonderful city for young and old alike. For the cosmopolitan minded, the Atlanta skyline hosts wonderful restaurants, shopping and galleries geared to every taste. For the history buff, Atlanta is rich with museums, and even the original Underground to transport you back to the Civil War era. Whatever your taste, Atlanta will accommodate you, along with the legendary southern hospitality so unique to this part of the country.


"Don't be Cruel"by Elvis Presley

Kapolei dancers at the Palladium
The new venue this year, the 2012 American Star Ball, May 17th-20th, will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The hotel has been completely renovated with modern decor in all guest rooms and beautiful suites, offers excellent restaurants, brand new spa, and even includes a wi-fi wine bar. If you aren’t on one of our packages make sure you book your hotel rooms early to take advantage of our group discount!


NDCA Sanctioned, World Pro-Am Dancesport Series
Over $35,000 available in cash prizes, awards, and scholarships!

Pub's Side Note: And incidentally, (incidentally?) there is also the famous Blackpool coming up. We will cover it later. Calvin and Debra will be attending and as per usual the hits will break all records.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

The "to be seen" category

A legitimate category that has been developing for millenniums. Traditionally in our blogosphere it has been in Town Dancer and it happened early on, with no one's intent to have it evolve into this sort of blog. The writing just evolved into the "to be seen" category and those are the main readers it acquired.

"In at least one way we are atypical bloggers. That’s because we just keep on posting.
The typical blogger, like most people who go on diets and budgets, quits after
a few months, weeks, or in many cases, days. But then this is dancing."

Now, Oahu And Beyond is establishing their own very different agenda, covering a more social style of dance. With Richard and Da Spin Doctor I have seen the results move that blog up into 80s which had never been there before. Now it may go over into the nineties. And I must allow each blog to define itself, I just provide the elementary details. We are going to get a person with a extensive background in the American Style of dance for this blog and that will be perfect.

However with Town Dancer in the 150s they remain 60 hits in front of whatever there is out there. So it is most natural that should be the first one to go independent. We need someone from the Geoffrey Fells faction and someone from the Sugino faction. Together, they could run up the hits well into the 200s average per day.

Whatever, it is fine with me as long as everyone understands that these people will have made the ultimate decision. And now with Calvin and Debra going to Blackpool, the hits will be the final confirmation, that others may take over this blog. Everyone will understand that whatever is published in Town Dancer will be read by many. And we will let time confirm it.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

We have all males now, so to balance the gender representation, we need a female information contributor that could morph into a Guest Author. The entire blogsophere consists of over 70% females, so I truly believe they should have some representation for their views are very important.

Hopefully we can make this blog independent before September 30th. From there they could add on whatever Guest Authors they wish. What a Holiday season they would have to celebrate that independence. I can of course remain as consultant but only when they ask for it. They are going to have a ball all by themselves, guaranteed.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rave

How to Dance at a Rave?
Same as the instructions for Indigenous dancing in Central America.
"Let yourself go with the Music"


"Blogs can help bring humanity back onto the dance floor. We have become so concerned
with communicating support and processes that dancers have forgotten how to build relationships. How can dance clubs ask dancers to provide superior friendships and
innovative thinking when everything they see and hear flies in the face of that?
Blogs help create a culture that reinforces the good behaviors."

The best advice for dancing at an Indian party which anyone would give, is to surrender yourself to the music and let it take control over you. Listen to what is playing and allow your body to move along the beats. Keep moving your head, feet and hands, in a manner in which you are comfortable and smile to let people observe you are having a good time.

Relax and Let Yourself Loose

Do not be rigid or very mechanical in your movements. It is important to let your body loose and look very cool, calm and relaxed in your dance movements. Rigid movements like International style look very awkward and do not go with the music normally being played at Indian parties. You are not to pose for anyone, just move to the music.

Take a Look Around

When dancing at an Indian party, keep an eye on the crowd to see what others around you are doing. Sometimes when you are out of moves, checking out others dancing on the floor and imitating their moves is not a bad idea.

Keep practicing Indian dance moves to the music of your choice alone by yourself for a while, before you start doing them at Indian parties. You can also learn to Indian dance by watching videos and observing the way people dance. Since there is no particular framework when it comes to dancing at Indian parties, you should constantly keep innovating new moves of your own. So just let yourself loose and with a couple of drinks you can go wild on the dance floor!

Pub's Side Note: We are now out of the plateau and comfortably over the 380 average hits per day for our entire blogosphere. We have reached a point where we are certain that we are communicating with our target readers. New problem! Will we hit 400 before month's end. (Translates to 12000 hits per month.) Wow, just mind boggling and probably won't happen! Cheers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Question, Answers

Dance Guide blog was deleted on Monday and it is only natural that this blog take over some of the recapping of the rest of our blogosphere. I have set up my arbitrary guide lines according to my experience in blogging stats, which I will admit is not much.

"Many blogs have become the best check on monopoly mainstream journalism and a viable
alternative to Web sites. And checking your counters, they provide a surprisingly
frequent source of initiative reporting for a growing readership."

Thirty four average hits per day is the primary requirement to remain a dance blog in our blogosphere. That translates to 1000 hits per 30 day month. When I decided that Dance Guide had to go, I stripped it of all Doodads and when it got down to 16 average hits per day (half) it was deleted. Moanalua Corridor and Central Valley are both in the thirties and Oahu - West is now in the forties because of Kapolei Chapter HBDA Social with terrific write up and photos.




From the standard, I have established the real going blog at 67 average hits per day, which translates to 2000 hits per 30 day month. Now that is a solid blog. The only one in that vicinity is Oahu and Beyond. Now at 85 average hits per day. We are getting close to another Guest Author and that may take it over 100 average hits per day. It is called synergism.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

And of course, no dance Blog or dance Web site can even hope to touch Town Dancer. It is well over 134 average hits per day, which translates to 4000 hits per month. (by itself.) But the readership has been established quite early, specially by Calvin. If you checked his latest blog on Tuesday, you will see what the readers of this blog consume with relish.

The readership is mostly, of and for, the "to be seen" division and so this blog rightfully belongs to them. In making this blog an independent, I am giving them the best that we have. What more do they want? They can accumulate Guest Authors willing to write about their kuleana and they are likely to run up the hits to over 200 average hits per day. Now that is communication from one blog out here in the middle of the Pacific. You can take ten of the best dance Web sites out there and together might be ---?


So in town the one that needs the push is Oahu And Beyond. The blogs must differ in order to have some interest. And we seek the peripherals which are the most indicated. Line dancers, Swing dancers, Salsa Dancers, Tango Dancers and even Country Dancers. We specially want to help those that do not have a Web site. OAB may become the first blog to rival Town Dancer, specially because we are likely to get information contributors and/or guest authors from this sector.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Diversity Continues

Most of the dance blogs in our blogosphere were created by me. So since I possess pretty much of a fixed perspective, they all started out about the same. The trick has been in the information contributors and the Guest Authors. They have made the difference.

"People have often described me as a blogger. I generally shy away from the term because, to me, bloggers are boring, self obsessed narcissists who use their website mainly as a means to discuss the inconsequential minutiae of their day to day lives." (Anonymous)

Town Dancer blog with the help of all the original Guest Authors helped to mold itself into a blogging and reader unity of the "to be seen" part of dancing. Ballroom Dancing Art has evolved very nicely and it belongs to them. This includes, exhibition, competition, caberet, and acrobatic types of show business dance. This also includes what had been an increasingly large crowd in the spectator division. Most of this can and is being taught at all of our dance studios.

The pageview hits on this blog are way ahead of whatever is in second place. So it has been coming for some time, just one more good Guest Author in the "to be seen" category and they can have it.  And they will run up the hits to over 200 average per day. And I have much to do with my own kuleana.

So I expect to be taking some time going to town to look for a couple of good information contriubutors that can phase over into Guest Authors. It is imperative that we get that blog, (our best) to go independent. For years we have heard that those people are different from the rest of us mere mortals. Now we agree with them and they should have their own blog and do whatever they see fit.

Oahu And Beyond blog has been with the "leftovers." And we couldn't ask for better than that. The social cultural dancers based on the American Style of Dance. That can also include the peripherals (the specialties.) Most can be taught at the dance studios, and the peripherals have their own classes wherever. But the ordinary social cultural dancer has another inexpensive way to learn, the vast array of local dance clubs. They are very fortunate and the students do teach each other on the dance floor as they have been doing for ages. Unfortunately, many operate on semi private basis which stifles the interest.

"Dear Hearts And Gentle People" by Bing Crosby

This is all in process of change, specially when many are realizing the difference that blogging can make. It will take time. And Oahu And Beyond is looking forward to when we can get some neighbor island action in the news. They will really put it into contention with the best.



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Pub's Side Note: Frankly, I don't need any of this. What I get from Blogger is enough. Is someone tuning in?  And how many? That is good enough for me. And we overlooked the fact that Town Dancer went over the 70000 hit barrier a couple days ago. Congratulations to the information contributors, the guest authors and specially the reader/dancers.



Monday, April 9, 2012

The Hits Make The Rules

The plateau is moving again, but unfortunately it is moving downward. So this week, I should make the decision of which blog will go. And the hits rule. Of course, it will not be my personal blog, Nanakuli Ridge which is the lowest in hits.

"I guess my point is, if you’re one of these people considering giving up on blogging
in exchange for paying more attention to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, or
whatever they throw at us mere mortals, bear in mind you are giving up on
something rather unique and wonderful."


I cannot hold the walls up by myself, so I must be patient, for those people that are there, just waiting for the right time. So I will try to hold up as long as I can. The biggest reason for the rundown is the lack of outside information. If blogs are to be considered social media, they must have others opinions.

"Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett



I may just have too many blogs and that is what will be decided shortly. The lowest ones are Moanalua Corridor and Dance Guide. So one of them will have to go. Moanalua Corridor because we don't have information contributors and Dance Guide because it just may be redundant. I am using this information today, in this blog. If Dance Guide had enough readers, it would be the most indicated.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney


It will be a lot easier when I get some help. Meanwhile I am again holding back the levels and let the hits go down even further. It will make my decision a little easier this week.

Pub's Side Note: Keep those comments coming in, they are very interesting too.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller

By Edward Carnasso, NiuValley

Glenn Miller in 1936 wrote the music as a musical exercise for the Joseph Schillinger arranging course that he was taking. At the time he was playing in the Ray Noble Orchestra. On May 23, 1936, Glenn privately recorded his musical exercise using his fellow musicians from the Ray Noble Orchestra. That May 23, 1936 recording still exists.


"Some bloggers do not need a counter. The pleasure of a completed work is what makes blogging so  popular. You have to believe most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers and authors are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task."

In August 1936 he gave a hand written copy of the music, then entitled "Miller’s Tune" to a friend of his in Colorado. The University of Colorado has the manuscript. Later that same year, Eddie Heyman added lyrics and the tune was called "Now I Lay Me Down to Weep." Still later, in 1936 George T. Simon wrote lyrics for the same tune and it was retitled "Gone With The Dawn."

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Starting in1937, Miller used it as an untitled theme for his first band but it eventually broke up. With his new style of music he started again in1938 and in 1939, Robbins Music Corporation made a deal to publish the tune and assigned Mitchell Parish to write new lyrics and the tune was again retitled to"Wind In The Trees."

This section needs some action, desperately.
Some time in March 1939, Abe Olman, a manager at Robbins, found out Miller was going to record Sunrise Serenade and suggested Miller’s theme song, which was to go on the back of Sunrise Serenade, be retitled "Moonlight Serenade." Mitchell Parish finally wrote the new lyrics to "Moonlight Serenade which remain to this day.

You can get all this infomation from the Glenn Mlller Birthplace Society in Iowa.

Pub's Side Note: The blogs are still too much alike. The Guest Authors are what will make the difference and then the blogs will roll. Where are you? Meanwhile this blog is really racking up the hits and they are mainly from competition dancers, exhibition dancers and the spectator division. As far as I am concerned the die has been set and I will plan acordingly. This blog belongs to ballroom arts.