Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Playlist

The young. under 30, will more readily dance to the rhythms of the music. Witness the young Rave scene in night clubs, it is all beat. The rap generation, the young from all peoples, enjoy moving to the beat. And the simplest way is to jump up and down, without an accent, just keeping time with the beat. You can all see the perfect example on Television in present day Africa. And they are enjoying themselves as they have for centuries.

"We shall not believe people because they are dead, or contradict them because they are alive."

As they grow older and in more civilized areas, they phase over in their preferences to music, and there is a definite preference for some music over others. Nowadays with so much "music" in production and being hyped, ninety per cent of it is pure unadulterated junk. The remaining will go to different factions for different reasons.

A few will always be there and considered classics. But of course that is hard part with being a DJ. They hear too many classics in their business and are more open to something different because it's nice. And the loser is the dancer. The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page, is old hat for most DJs. But there are millions of the older dancers out there that get a huge enjoyment in dancing to it. And for three minutes the entire evening of mediocre stuff may have been worth it.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces.

And there are millions of classics out there. Enough so that an enterprising DJ could play a different one every time for a year, easily. With groups playing live music, they still have the same old problem of the time practicing but it is somewhat less in that they play for effect less often.

The most effective presentation of music for dancing on Oahu is still the Playlist that they have in Line Dancing. Their people are already drooling from the beginning of the evening, with the menu of the music they are going to dance to. This entire enchilada may take a while, but our group of dancers are over due to music for our dancing pleasure.

I regret to say that it is not going to happen in the West.  It will happen in Town, first. And it is showing some signs of it already. The performers are more inclined to please the paying customer than themselves. Those playing the oldies but goodies are way ahead of their time, but like anything else, we all learn.

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before. Everyone has the opportunity to involve themselves in spreading the word.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blogging? Who and What for?

To begin with, Everybody! However, we understand that this cannot be possible. But blogging can do a lot of good for a lot of people including the bloggers themselves.

"The value of truth is absolutely independent of the fame or
station of the person who gave it to the world."

How about the blog itself? It gains from the very fact that the blog has a new opinion, a new face, a new voice and automatically applies synergism to the entire readership. It is not S.O.S. which in blogging stands for Same Old S---.

So that at the same time it is doubly good for the reader/dancers of the blog. And it also benefits all the others connected to the blog for the diverse views that are published. It may even introduce new people via the photos submitted. It is a win-win situation all around and makes it undoubtedly social media.

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

Blogging is often recommended for those looking to improve their public speaking skill. Working on a blog is a way of developing your own voice. While your writing skill may improve over time, your speaking skill will also improve. Your ability to listen, assess and conclude on a given topic will aid you in decision-making in other areas of your work, dancing and personal life. The skill required for researching a given topic will also improve, and that is a skill that can be applied to any given topic in your personal dancing and professional life.

To begin with on this blog, all we need is a little information of your favorite dance scene at a dance function. Just like talking to a friend about something that happened at yesterdays dance. A couple of photos would surely enhance any topic. Similar to  gossip but out in the open, none of this sneaky, whispering, lying crap, you know da kine.

"When Will I Be Loved" - Everly Brothers
The Negative side is to accept that some people would rather not. And we should have no other recourse but to respect their opinions. They want to be left alone and we will do that. Meanwhile we have much to be done and it is all ahead of us.

I have tried for several years to have more bloggers in this blog from the International to give them the opportunity "in defense" but they are not interested so we must accept. But Calvin has been doing a  great job of it. Now I am looking for any bloggers, period. And the destination Is full independence.

Two administrators (for back up) plus two or three Guest Authors and they will be ready. This is the one most likely because it is so far ahead from any other dance blog but I am also grooming Oahu and Beyond. They are both in town so there is plenty of action to cover. And we are gradually introducing Oahu And Beyond to the neighbor islands.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media; To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Nearing the end of the month, the entire enchilada looks good. Not exactly what I want but I think the readers should decide and they are doing that quite adequately. Of course, more readers and it will be more accurate yet.

"If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on."

Town Dancer is of course leading the way. The results are mostly because of Calvin Ota and Richard Sun. I just provide the ordinary. Since all the other publications have excluded International Style, I was hoping to get someone in this blog to help back the Internationals up.

The Internationals have a lot of good things going if you just read a little of Calvin. And then there is Blackpool, - his reports push the hits up through the roof and are read all over the islands. I keep reminding people that we don't need clones, but we sure could learn a lot from Calvin and Richard. The others will have more opportunities as time goes by, but it will be their play.

" Reconsider Baby" - Elvis Presley
Honolulu Dance Guide is firmly in second place. Though they are a blog, they operate like a very super updated Web site which works out just fine. Their preference seems to cover the live music scene which is commendable. And a good thing is that many believe in Latin music to be danced to Latin dancing, Cute? They adhere to American Style of Dance with the acceptance of all the other peripherals, line, hustle, nite club 2 step etc.

They are not very aware that most of the social dance clubs on Oahu teach the American Style of Dance and that these social dance clubs also teach Argentine tango, line, salsa, hustle, nite club 2 step etc. They are aware that the music to Latin dancing may not be there. The dancers from both groups can dance with each other very easily. If their groups want to be separate we should respect their wishes and only go to the places where we are accepted.
"Let The Little Girl Dance" - Billy Bland

Oahu And Beyond is firmly in third place and it seems like it is just a little ahead of its time. The effort to include the neighbor islands has not been very successful thus far. Fortunately we still have Richard Sun on deck though we lost Da Spin Doctor. It has fallen quite a bit in the hits. The answer for me is obvious, one Guest Author. And there have been some suggestions of a name change. How about, "Blogging Da Pacific?"

Oahu West is way back but gradually emerging up through all the others. We are getting good kokua from Kapolei Chapter HBDA and they are very well known throughout the islands now. Dance Hawaii membership is holding back a little. I must be making too much money on their good looks, talent, fame and fortune - or something. So all of these people still are not fully aware what a blog does. We must be patient and perhaps some blogs will be deleted.  We must go where we are needed, they make the decisions and we will respect.

Pub's Side Note: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Plot Thickens

We each think we are so unique in our own little dance world of our own making. We assume that everyone else is out of it. Perhaps we should endeavor to try to be more understanding of our fellow dancers a  little better.
"Candor is a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate."

Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in social, spiritual or performance setting. Dancing has also been used to describe methods of non-verbal communication between humans or animals. (bee dance, mating dances,) motion in inanimate objects (leaves dancing in the wind.)

People who dance are referred to as dancers and the act of dance is commonly known as dancing. An event where any type of dance takes place may be called a dance. And the art of making and designing a dance is called Choreography. We pretty well accept most of these terms.

"I Gotta Know" - Elvis Presley

Definitions of what is called dance are dependent on social, aesthetic and moral constraints. They range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet and International type Ballroom dancing. Sports, gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming and even some martial arts contain dance disciplines.

If we have 20000 dancers on these Islands (2%) over half must be social, cultural dancers and based mostly on the American Style of dance. 11000? That leaves 9000, and over half of those are night club dancers with a preference for live music. 5000? That leaves, 4000 for the rest, International style dancers, Line dancers, Round dancers, Salsa dancers, Square dancers, Swing dancers, Tango dancers and any others that wish to be included in Recreational dancing.  There can be the usual intermixing among groups. Now we are getting some place and we are beginning to know our way around even if some people disagree with us. Fine!

Two muffins are in the oven. One says to the other "Wow it's hot in here"
The other one replies "Oh no ... It's a talking muffin"

Met a good friend who happens to also be good International dancer. Has a very good outlook on the entire dance environment. He informs me that he thinks he knows the two dance groups that consistently produce the best International dancers on this Island. By coincidence he belongs to one of them. And he was much more sure of the worst two groups. He says they are the original "junk" dancers, We were talking about competition dancing, so I am certainly not in a position to judge.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What Opinions?

The most important for our blogs is the Guest Author opinion which is an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits go through the roof.

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."
Group opinions are essentially the same and they may come to a head through one person. And that person may only contribute "his or her opinion" only once and perhaps even twice. (They do not wish to get involved with what they think is a commitment.) These are usually very well accepted opinions.

In the social sciences, there is also a recognition of the clique group opinion such as we have in dancing and it refers to the aggregation of opinions verbally communicated from closely knit people. The biggest has been the well known Creative Researchers And Producers, but the contamination can occur among smaller groups.
"Step By Step" by the Crests
It is generally conceded that they have contributed much to the decrease in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.
"Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions

Public opinion in contemporary usage, is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by populations such as the entire island of Oahu. While consumer opinion is the similar aggregate collected as part of marketing research (e.g., opinions of users of a particular product or service). Typically, because the process of gathering opinions from all individuals is difficult, expensive, or impossible to obtain, public opinion (or consumer opinion) is estimated using survey sampling (e.g., with a representative sample of a population). With us, just asking around is not enough.

"La Comparsita" by Julio Iglesias

For us the perfect communication settles down to ten or less independent blogs and each with ten or less Guest Authors. But we could achieve pretty close to agreement in the enjoyment of dancing in our cultural dance. And with the easy acceptance of all the other styles out there. Hey, hey, we are rolling in the right direction. Let's get these Guest Authors in here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cultural Dancing

By Robert Imamoto, Niu Valley

Has our type of Cultural dancing ever been defined? I have read some interpretations but most differ in one way or another. Some have different terminology for more or less the same thing. For us on the islands and many on the mainland, Universal, or Cultural dancing means merely that you will move to the music whichever way you feel. However there are some standards which are usually good natural basics from the American style of dance.

"To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not able to say it."

No one has the authority to tell you whether it is right or wrong. Opinions, of course count, but that is a horse of a different color. There are no authorities in Cultural dancing requiring your thumb and forefinger --- 0r the hand and arm -- at so many degrees from the "wall" -- or the "center." No one really worries about "toe," or "heel" or the entire foot. I move it as I feel it, not as you feel it.

The dances that are to be seen require judgement even if not by experts. And there is an increasingly large group developing that are strictly spectators. They want to see and they will judge. If they are paying then they must be pleased or no money, Sonny.

"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung

Cultural dancing recognizes that even if not condoned, American, Country or International style, are accepted as other peoples styles. No hu hu. Let's go on to more important things, like getting the most pleasure from our favorite music by moving to it in our fashion. From the Line dancers, many Cultural dance people are beginning to recognize the value of the Playlist.

At the moment, from what I read about of the Mainland and what I see on Oahu, the best music and dances are the ones that have been with us for 50 or 60 years. There are many more accepted "Classics" from that period than any other. Latin is very dominant, specially in the young peoples dances. Salsa, Reggeaton, Bachata, Zouk and now Zumba all from the Caribbean basin. And even accepted better if it is new. I think the Lambada lasted almost ten years.

In the large sense, dance has possessed a peculiar value as a method of national education.

On Oahu we already have the music partially constructed. Most dance clubs will go for more Latin than European. International will go for more European than Latin. The night clubs will go for more Latin. Of course, playing Latin music has become increasingly difficult and other substitutes are being used.

And if we can't find more places where we can dance without too much
interference from the know-it-alls, we shall dance in the streets.

The ideal night club in my opinion will feature, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Tango. They will also feature Jive to liven things up and Waltz to relax and listen to some of the best music ever created. Most people do not know that the Waltz is very much played in Latin countries and there have been many Latin composers of Waltz for a couple of centuries.

We should take a good look at our dance environment and what we can enjoy the best. And realize that we do not have many DUIs in our dance groups.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Guest Author

In Blogger, the owner of the blog is usually the one that created it and is the registered administrator. In Town Dancer we also have a back up administrator, Calvin Ota. And we have one other Guest Author, Richard Sun who lives on the North Shore with a unique and interesting viewpoint.

"When a person who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he or she
will either quit being mistaken, or cease to be honest."

No more American for Calvin, but thinks Town Dancer should have varied viewpoints. Well, it is turning out to be that but only because we could not get anyone from the International in this blog. It is good that he knows he can do as he pleases and being the main blogger, he is helping to establish the definition of this blog. Others have the choice of their own or an opportunity to join with the readers of International.

This blog is way ahead of all the others in hits. So already it is the one most indicated for independence. From whom? From the original creator.  C'est Moi.  Once you get rid of that person, the blog is an independent entity and can be perpetual. And together the Guest Authors and the new Administrators (at least two) will make the rules for all the future Guest Authors. Hopefully those rules will be minimal.

"Bye Bye Baby" - Mary Wells

With the transition, I don’t have to spend nearly as much time to publish content when I don’t have to write all of it myself. And in our case, it is more than just being convenient. It can also provide our reader/dancers with a fresh and interesting view on a topic, or even provide some expertise that I don’t have by myself.  The very fact that it is a different opinion will show in the hits and eventually they will have their own readers.

Of course, there is synergism. If Calvin and Richard and I have our own separate blogs, I believe Richard and I would have around 30 average hits per day. Calvin would average at least 40 hits per day. But the Town Dancer blog generates over 150 average hits per day. That is synergism and when we get more Guest Authors the hits will go through the roof. Each Guest Author could generate over 50 average hits per day.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

There is another option. One that is even better yet.  Someone from that section of this island could get on a territorial blog like Central Valley and watch the hits go through the ceiling, then perhaps invite others and then let it evolve it into independence. The viewpoints from different parts of the island would be crucial.

I have tried, for this first quarter, in HBDA and they seem to feel they are contributing too much in sharing with readers that may not be HBDA. So HBDA will be on hold for maybe six months. I must be on my way and find those that are willing to share and I will begin working on Dance Hawaii and see if I can get nice one there. Most readers do not yet know what a blog is but they can do an awful lot for their clubs, their friends and their fellow dancers. The readership is there and we must be patient.

Pub's Side Note: There are over 2800 religions in the world. How can you be so sure that yours is the right and only one?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Evolving very nicely

I receive a nice email from Calvin and I seriously thought of using so many of his good points on the interaction between the different groups of dancers. I was thinking of a Cultural Dancers Guide. But after discussions with a few others, I can see that it will probably not be in my life time. Meanwhile we can do the best we can to get along with one another.

Blogger's Law No. 23B: The time it takes to rectify a situation is
inversely proportional to the time it took to do the damage."

First off of course are the Internationals. And they set the "anti" course when they no longer qualified the "correct" according to their style. This was remarkable because by default if you were not dancing it their way, you were dancing "incorrectly." The icing on the cake was when the term "junk dancer" arose at the Palladium and that did it. That was the nail on their coffin.

There slowly arose, and was led, not so much by the fans of American but by the "anti-internationals." Not only that but it was applied in error to all Ballroom Dancers indiscriminately. And you can see the type of information that has evolved for their readers in Honolulu Dance Guide blog.

And their hits are going through the roof. So let's face it, the readers are communicating and this blog has a big following. You take the ten best Web sites pro-International and together they cannot match the hits in Honolulu Dance Guide. Does that tell you something? Pay attention.

"Tonight's The Night" - Shirelles

Then we have the development of other "Rootzi Tootzis." The Argentine Tango people dance "da reel teeng." Without even recognizing that they don't dance the original Milonga. Many do not know the difference in Milonga and Tango music. And there are at least ten different Tangos danced in "Argentina." So I look forward to an amalgamation of the American Tango and the Filipino tango for fans of the old time Tango music and emerge as the Hawaiian Tango for our Cultural Dance.

The Line dancers have been developing an elite for awhile and all we can say is, have patience, it too will pass. The best thing they have at the moment is the greatest thing for social dancing in this century, the Playlist. And the fact that they are getting more men line dancers into the regular social dances. Looking good.

"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" - Clarence "Frogman" Henry

The Swing dancers have alway been there mainly in their love of the music, which is understandable. And they have usually been restrained in criticizing the other groups. They have been instrumental in introducing the West Coast Swing to Oahu. On Oahu we have a younger group and an older group though many attend both which seems to be just fine with everyone.

The Salsa, Bachata dancers are really into their music and dance. Though many don't know a guaracha from a danzon. They know what they like to dance to. Fortunately as the old novelty dances die out, new ones come into prominence and they keep going as a group and willing to invite others to join them. Is Zouk coming in?

The Night Club dancers are too varied and many blend into the listener group. (RockAndJazzHawaii blog) But they have a valid claim on the social dancing on this island and they will continue to have a big effect. However, none of them will have the influence of the Regular Cultural Dancers of the social clubs on this Island. They remain the biggest of the dance groups.

Pub's Side Note: Just as new clubs were established in the 90s to promote International Style of Dance, the new social dance clubs emerging will reflect something that has been over due for the entire enchilada on this Island.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Approaching the intermediate levels

By Homer Gamiao, Palolo Valley

Possibly you did not know that as you learn your movements it is preferable to divide your dance steps into at least two equal components. The proposition of physical events moving just as music moves is what we do. It's da moosic first.

"The search for truth implies a duty. One must not conceal any part
of what one has recognized to be true."

Dancing occurs not all at once, but as an even distribution of time and space. At the very least a dance step has a beginning, the midpoint and an ending. While theoretically, dancing can be define as the personification of music, physically it is a movement of the body both between and through the feet that occurs in a period of time.

That time, of course, is found in the music and the specific character of the dance's most fundamental movement. For instance, the Foxtrot walk would be its fundamental movement and would occur over two beats of music. Timing and balance are 90% of the equation that makes dance choreography successful, that is your technique. Direction or where you put your feet is the other 10%.

"Jukebox Saturday Night" - Glenn Miller

It comes out that the students who become intimately familiar with their own personal equipment (and how it operates best,) are the dancers that become lifelong and successful cultural dancers. Those that learn only the steps as they have been taught (and usually by rote) may become frustrated with their inconsistencies or failures in their movements and give up before they have even given themselves a chance. Try to feel comfortable, don't worry too much about doing it correctly, you are not going into exhibitions, - yet,

Pub's Side Note: Comments section are opened and sometimes closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are uncivilized, they just don't care.