Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Falling Into Place

Nearing the end of the month the evidence is unfolding very nicely. We don't have enough varied opinions so we are limited. But it helps that Calvin is for the Internationals and Richie is for the Night Clubbers. I have tried to invite anyone without any requirements in my efforts to get honest opinions.

"Please be kind, for everyone you meet may be fighting a hard battle."

However, the overwhelming information in all the other blogs is from me and that is not so good. So in Town Dancer another Night Clubber and another International would balance things out a little better. They have their good points and someone should bring them out to our reader/dancers. And with honest opinions, no one can match Town Dancer very easily in hits.

So far we are certain that the old ballroom crowd has been divided into three main groups. And each group dances the basic dances. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing and Tango. And they vary in their preferences. International has seized the term Ballroom and they probably are right. They, more than any other group dance in Ballrooms.

The Night Clubbers have seized the term Social for themselves and we do not have to argue with them if that is what want. They seem to prefer live Music and they have their own rules for what they consider dancing, perhaps more artiste.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Meanwhile we are shaping up our own kuleana which is larger than both of the others put together and we have less rules. We move using the most basic of moves and try to enjoy the movement to our favorite music which is getting hard to come by. Primary, for us, is the music not the dancing, There is a reason why we are having all these functions for 50s and 60s music. But many DJs gotta give us LAGS, (latest and greatest syndrome) which is not so good for dancers.


Or one of you may prefer this blog which is in solid second place and moving.

Most of our dancers take lessons in the American Style of Dance. That is basic. Ninety Nine percent are over 40. And what is important in our style of dance is that even our instructors may differ in their dance preferences and they are perfectly in order. It is important to hear from each and every one of them, - they know something.

'Mr Sandman" by the Chordettes

Our group dances mainly in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, Social Halls, District Parks and Community Centers. We will even dance in Night Clubs when we find the right ones that are not snooty. At this moment, Cupola seems to be number one. We have to look around carefully. As soon as you hear, "He's a ballroom dancer," git outta theah!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

What do we dance?

by Daniel Correia, Salt Lake

Ballroom dancing has always been a set of partner dances that have for several centuries been enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. And much performance dancing has been done for ages before that.

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth."

Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, in the 20th century, ballroom dance has also been widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. In Hawaii Ballrooms, it has always been a must. And we have been fortunate to have so many good exhibition dancers on our dance floors.

Ballroom dance has always referred, at its widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation. And had included, Social Street dancers, Night Club dancers, Swing, Tango, and many other specialties. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope.

 "Al Di La" by Connie Francis

Ballroom dancing now usually refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances. The Internationals honestly and truly believe that they should have the sole right to the terminology because they have developed the "correct" way to dance 'Ballroom."

And it stands to reason, for they must be judged. These styles were developed in England, and are now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC). An interesting aside is that in the United States, two additional variations of recreational dancing are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm.

But the Internationals have not considered it Ballroom Dancing. There are also a number of historical dances, and local or national dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons, but no one calls them ballroom dancing.


It's our first Mini - Blog.  -*-  What is a Mini - Blog?

In the last twenty years in Hawaii, the night club circuit has developed a distinct dislike for Ballroom Dancing. One reason is that our social dancers have never developed a taste for hard drinking. And many night clubbers have never attempted to seek the difference in "Ballroom Dancing" and the recreational social dance that is danced by most dancers in Hawaii.

Some attempt has been made to include their dancing as the American Style but they still regard those that are dancing the American Style as Ballroom Dancers. So we are in the process of settling into our own spaces, and will in time, have a some respect for the others. ****

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago.
“The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit,
shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”



Monday, July 22, 2013

Reappraisal Time

Right about this time of the month, after twenty days, the stats are pretty stable and I begin to make small changes in my plans according to the results. Google Stats changed their algorithms a while back and all our hits went down. Hard on people with only one Web or Blog site. "What did I do wrong?"

A blog is what most "websites would want to be" updated on a regular basis, contains content that is of interest to a select or target audience and is easy to update and change.

Fortunately, I had many blogs and they were all going down. The blogs had many hits from people that were using the blog for their own purposes and I complained along with many others to Blogger.

They have brought the number down quite a bit and naturally, our hits too. Then they had to do something about "bounce." The person that gets on the blog by mistake and gets right out again. They reduced the time that it becomes a hit. Ten seconds or less and "what hit?"

So all of sudden I cannot carry a blog all by myself and I use to have more than 34 average hits per day (1000/month.)  Town Dancer is down to 80 and I will pull the lever back one notch (my effort) and let it slide. I had been grooming it for independence but not much interest there, it will have to wait. And the next in line is Blogging Hawaii.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

Blogging Hawaii, lost Da Spin Doctor, Calvin and Richie and went down to below 40 average hits per day. So I pushed the lever up one notch (my effort) and it is moving. Perhaps, that is the blog that will be independent first. Anybody want in, let me know, and I am even willing to help you blog, should not take long.


The others are way down and the two that seem to be emerging are Oahu West and Ewa Bus Stop. Either one could pass Blogging Hawaii with just one Guest Author. With two Guest Authors they would be ready for independence. The entire enchilada is just too much work for me. I gotta retire one of these days. The junk blogs shall remain mine.

Blogger's Law #55A: If we cannot find a solution, lets just enjoy the problem for a while.
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dance Beat 1993

Written by Colin Hillary, twenty years ago:

In the more ignoble forms "winning" might simply be the result of running faster or climbing quicker if being pursued by some hungry carnivore. As was said all those years during the introduction of the Wide World of Sports - 'The human drama of competition, bringing you the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."

"We share much information in our blogs and as in any human endeavor,
the more one knows what they are about, the better their results will be."

In our modern and complex society, technology has opened the vast new area of further human competition. Contests of uniquely human skills involving instruments and materials which are consistently being refined and developed. Then we added rules and equipment, formed into teams, created time limits and in some cases even made other animals do the work.

As if this wasn't complicated enough, we even devised a way of having other humans "decide" who was the winner based on their evaluation of a performance or demonstration of skill. It was really the only way to produce a winner, at least in the minds of the participants and aficionados of such human endeavors as diving, gymnastics, ice skating and ... competition dancing! ****

Who said, at Blackpool? "It is far better to be 0-for-10 than to be 0-for-0."

We have had almost 20 different dance entities appearing in our blogs. Social Dance Clubs, Chapters, Night Clubs, Web and Blog sites. Most have been very light. However there will be another dance club coming soon (Oahu East?) and they will take full advantage of the power in our blogs. Everyone will see the difference, now that I am beginning to know how this communication works.

Blogger's Law Number 51C:
"A Lie can go around the Palladium three times before the Truth can get up the stairs."

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jargon


The above booklet came out just about the time of confusion setting in our Dance World and it was becoming noticeable that we were losing members. Many were willing to watch but not so willing to be participants in a show biz world.

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces

The Internationals, in a class by themselves, assumed that they were the real "Ballroom" dancers, and it stands to reason. They dance their competitions mostly in ballrooms. Their Ivory Towers made the thoughtful assumption that the terminology was rightfully theirs. Everyone else was just everyone else.


Next blog in line for independence. If they get the Guest Authors, they will be first.

At the same time there was a growing understanding among social (street) dancers that they did not want to be ballroom dancers. They were the real dancers and they danced something resembling the American Style of dance. It was to their kind of music in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and even in Night Clubs. A difference? Definitely!


The Jargon will start Alphabetically, and take one or two letters every week.
Should establish something for many to think about.

Now the Night Clubbers (dancing to live music) are coming to the forefront and they are dead set against International which is understandable. However they bandy the accusation around too readily. So as the Social, Recreational dancers that we are, in our Culture for ages, we must now seek the proper terminology for us. And, believe me, there are a lot more of us than any of them.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Now we will attempt to bring it to a head in the Dancing in the Dark blog, an update of the Jargon in the booklet of 1997, but especially for us, since the others have preferred to be excluded. We will need some help. None of us know everything, but all of us sure know a hellovalot.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Da Newest

Yes I know, I am spreading myself too thin and I need information from reader/dancers for our reader/dancers. Simple? So I let things slide and I go where it is the easiest. I try to avoid the ones that are too much trouble. Simple? Studios, what studios?

"Everything in the universe has rhythm; Everything dances."
~ Maya Angelou

And I just met another of those guys that think all dancers are the same and he doesn't like "Ballroom dancers." He told it to my Cat too and my Cat didn't like it. Photo on the right.

Dance Studios are a very necessary part of the world of dancing. We can learn to dance "on the street" but it is much faster from an experienced teacher and you do get more standardized moves which are compatible with your fellow dancers.

We are not talking about exhibition or competition or any of the other kind of dances that are meant to be seen. We are talking about the Universal dancer that dances for the pure love of moving to the music of their choice.

"Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Dancesport is the official name given to the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing. And there are several other interpretations. -- First person: I definitely think it is a sport. - Second person: I definitely think it is an art. - Third person: For me, it's a struggle.

Whatever, competition and show business are fusing, because they are meant to be seen. And what they do is their business and we can respect. It is not the same as Universal dancing and that comes closer from the American and Country styles than International.

"Often the only thing standing between a person and their dreams is the will
to do what is necessary and the faith to believe it is possible. "

 
Dream To Dance Studio and Weekend Night Club. Nanakuli  Beach, 2020

Now the most cooperative dance studio that we have come across in the last ten years is the Dream to Dance Studio. The others are very difficult and show little interest in what we are doing. They do not have the foggiest idea of blogging benefits. Many of their people are referred to as the Rootzi - Tootzis with good reason. They think they are hot, about right for Time or Newsweek magazine but certainly not blogging. Ha!

Therefore the logical conclusion is to help Dream To Dance studio and everyone should understand how we arrived at that "delusion." Meanwhile, I am open to suggestions, my door remains open and it still says, "Welcome." Happy Dancing.

Recommended book: "It's Never Too Late To Dance"
by Rosann Levy


 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Social Dance Club?

I just hear snippets of information and I have given feedback when I have had the opportunity. The good news is that it will be formed to promote the American Style of Dance. Just like it has in the past where some clubs were formed to promote the International Style of Dance and they certainly were within their rights.

"Truth and Honesty is the oldest and most powerful of all of the human values."

The extra good news is the teaching in the new club, classes only in the extended Bronze Division of approximately 30 very basic steps and patterns. Divided into beginners and intermediates, this recognition of the extent of the cultural dancer's repertoire in relation to the relative fun in our social dances has been a long time coming.

Cross body lead is taught in many dances. But how many people learn the reverse cross body lead? Most men learn to lead the left turns fairly well, But how many learn to do the right turns? How about the walk straight ahead and then back too?

"My Eyes Adored You" by Frankie Valli

The ladies, bless their souls, learn to follow these movements in about ten seconds. Ok, I exaggerate, 20 seconds. So it not a matter of having a stand by teacher. And in this club, they will keep a far distance from anything that resembles LAGS. (latest and greatest syndrome) That will be left for the other social dance clubs, the dance studios and the Night Club Dance advisors which already cover that part very nicely.

The new club agrees on the basic dances, Line dance, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha, Cha, Cha. Also the peripherals, Swing, Tango and Samba. Anything else will come in by Popular Demand. Then beside finding the regular places to dance, there is the Night Club option when they find the proper and receptive club. Once a month, a club with an extra 20 customers will be a swinging club and none of the members would be prohibited from attending whenever they please. Everyone will benefit which is the name of our game.

My only other advice is to have the club in the East or the West, not in town. The differences may not be so readily accepted in the already established dance cultures. When you figure there are about 600 documented steps in each of our dances, you can see there is plenty of room for the others to dance in.


The new club members will have a swinging time with their limited moves, and they will make the new club as they please. I offer to give them plenty of good public relations in our blogs.