Friday, February 28, 2014

UK Dancing

Francis Toinkey, Kahala
From the London News.

Hip-hop to the foxtrot, American Style dance fever is sweeping the nation, fueled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. Dance is the UK’s fastest growing art form. More than 4.8 million people regularly attend community dance groups each year in England alone.

"Just know that, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it.
No matter how bad the situation may get.”

Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your belly or your booty, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get some exercise. Regular social dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination and beating stress.

One of the best things about dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a good workout. The guide will help you get started in dancing, introduce you to some of the most popular dance styles taught in the UK and help you find a dance class in your area.


"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Before you start

Most accredited dance schools hold beginners courses and welcome people with disabilities. Schools are friendly and a great way to socialize. If you don’t want to go on your own, get a friend to go with you. Classes can cost as little as £5 to £10 for a 90-minute session. If the first class you try falls short of your expectations, don't be put off. It's worth trying a few different classes until you find the right one for you.

Wear comfortable clothing that gives you freedom of movement and shoes appropriate to the dance style. Some classes, such as ballet, tap or jazz, may require specialist footwear depending on your level. Avoid wearing jewellery, such as earrings, rings and necklaces, which can scratch you or get caught in clothing.

And don't stop, enjoy the journey.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Allegro Poster


It is looking more likely that another new dance club will form without the "hangers on" that have hampered things for too long and we all know who they are. The real problem is finding a place to dance. The fusion as to the different styles has evolved and becoming more evident as we get better dancers in the “fun” dance group.

"A lie can go around the Palladium dance floor three times
before the truth can get up the stairs."

However most of the movies that have been made, have the hero and heroine ending up winning the championship. And that is not social dancing. There will be a movie one of these days that will depict   the pure unadulterated joy of dancing. We in our dance blogs will have our work cut out for us.


First there are the disco (young) dancers, that are still so prevalent in many night clubs. They drink and find that they do not really need a partner. They adjust readily to the music and the rhythm and just enjoy movement. Of course the Rootzi-Tootzis look down upon all this type of non-structured dancing.


But we can see that it is just a beginning, wanting to move to music is very natural. It should be quite easy to go into Line Dancing but apparently not many line dance groups are willing to take beginners. Then there is relatively little line dancing in Night Clubs. A likely place I think. And what about that guy that says he would like to establish a "Mens" Line Dance Club?

And what about Argentine Tango? Seems to be a growing interest in this. Might get a good crowd of "aficionados" going. Some night club in town having the "Last Tango in Honolulu." We don't read anything on this very often.

"Blue Tango" by Frankie Laine

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing various points of view that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion.. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action. Hopefully we can get one more Guest Author here and plan the independence.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Our dancing structures itself

For over thirty years my curiosity of dancing on this Island has kept me very interested. I find that with about one million inhabitants on these Islands, we have had a very low percentage of dancers compared to other places in the world. The normal percentage of our kind of dancers should be at least two percent of the total. In some places throughout the world they have 3 and even 4% of the total.

"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once." ~Robert Browning

At two percent, it should give us somewhere around 20000 dancers on these Islands and though I am not that sure of the neighbor islands, we are no where near it. I believe that percentage of social dancing on Oahu started climbing in the sixties, then in the 1990s it began to deteriorate.

The over control and the cliques began to have a telling effect. Then we had a kind of "Goat" social structuue which didn't help. And of course none of the "know it alls" realized that this was happening.

 "Painted Ladies" by Ian Thomas

The results evolved into an overabundance of women, we have a much higher women/men ratio than just about anywhere.  In the nineties the process of differentiation also began.  This, of course, is still in the process of changing for the good with a good influence of the Night Club groups.


Of the dancers we now have, most men and women are “fun” dancers for want of a better word. We will also use other terminology such as Social, Fusion, Cultural, Free Style, Recreational and even Universal.

With time we will eventually get the right word, designated to exclude the Internationals and Night Clubbers. They have both made it very clear that we are not in their class. So be it, no hu hu. We must facilitate the provision of more dance venues to accommodate the increase in dancers that we are going to have and we will naturally get many men in the newer clubs that will not resemble the “goat” social structure.


This is a story about four dancers named: Everybody, Somebody Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. - Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. - Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. - And Everybody thought Anybody could do it. - But Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. - It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did it what Anybody could have done.

Everybody got that?

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Kids.

By Franklin Coiner, Waialai Iki:

This is about the music genre in general, and the young have definitely taken over a huge amount of diversity in dance. Around the world too. Korea, Gangnam and Mexico, Free style. and so on.

"Dancing with the feet is one thing. Dancing with heart is quite another."

Hip hop and its stylistic origins: Funk, disco, dub, rhythm and blues, reggae, dancehall, toasting, performance poetry, spoken word, scat singing and talking blues with cultural origins in the 1970s among the blacks. However, the Rap was actually first introduced in 1937 by Fred Astaire in the movie Second Chorus.

"Well, Get it" by Tommy Dorsey

Subgenres include over 60 types of dance and most of them are "performed" solo. If they wish to call it dance we should not disagree, that is their interpretation of whatever music they get for it. Hip hop music, also called rap music, is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing.


We must definitely distinguish our dancing from any of this. In our culture, we may hear a beautiful Waltz that we are already acquainted with, and lucky enough to dance it with our favorite dance partner. Each of us knows that we will be dancing different halves of the same dance. I will lead the basic movements to what I feel to that beautiful music. She will interpret the movements beautifully in her own fashion and we will be "dancing" in the ultimate sense of the word.

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 ever come across.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Amazing Town Dancer

The first ten days in February looking very good. Town Dancer now has a big splash in the Google Search Engine. It is moving the fastest of all the blogs which seems to be natural of course, they have Guest Authors and it should please all of us. I will not push so much and let it coast the way it has been going.

"Although we cannot help the hand we have been dealt, what defines us as
dancers, is how we choose to play those cards. Life may be not always
be easy, so we take it one step at a time and one day at time."

I would like to get some line dancing in the blogs but not a soul has picked up on that. May take some time. That is why I am going to cool it in town for awhile. Then there is a lot of Night Club attitude toward what they consider "ballroom dancing." And it is still pretty much of a muddle in that no one really knows anything. Anyway, Keep Dancing.

"That's Amore" by Dean Martin

The Studios seem to have the belief that blogs may be "instead of" their Web sites. We believe the blogs are "an addition to." Patience, they will pick up on this action.


Arthur Murray chose to ignore us here, but we are making contact with many Fred Astaire Studios on the Mainland. They kokua on Twitter too, very nicely.

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Da Winnah!

And still champion, Town Dancer head and shoulders above all the others and I really am not sure yet what it is all about.  The scam spam robot hits are dying down and we may be getting some real hits recorded. But Blogger programmers are somewhat limited. I did find that many other counters do not count robots. Perhaps another six months and I can use the Blogger stats. Meanwhile I have work to do and I must be on my way.

 "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired
of doing the hard work you already did."


Blogging Hawaii is now firmly in second place but Oahu West is not far behind. If we can get just one Guest Author from the neighbor islands it would cinch it for Blogging Hawaii. However if we should get one for Oahu West, it would definitely swing it in their favor. Those two will settle it pretty good by then.


Struggling to establish fourth place are Kapolei Social Dance and the Rail Tragedy. Both relatively new to the dance scene in new names for old blogs. But Kapolei shows the most strength and the Guest Author will make the difference. The biggest thing holding up Kapolei from being second city is the Rail Disaster. But everyone is realizing that it's the Present Rail Party messing up the works and they will continue to lie. Look what they did to Cayetano.  Thousands of voters were suckered into those lies and innuendos.



Bringing up the tail end are Dance Waianae and Amerind Rhythms. And they are not with our regular links. I must make a trial run at using Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to promote those two blogs. I can be patient even if I don't have that much time left.

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Photos For Blogging

I said Blogging because that is what we do, but much of it can be applied to other media. We need photos just like anyone else. But I would never waste my time with Facebook, who gets 250 million photos per day.

"As long as we have memories, yesterday remains. As long as we have hope,
tomorrow awaits. As long as we have love, today is beautiful."

A picture is worth a thousand words, we all know that saying. However two pictures are not worth two thousand words. They are worth much less. Then the amount of people in the picture. Midweek discovered this last year. On a scale of 1 to 10, one person picture is about a 1 and two people are worth about a 3 and so on. You may get five or six people worth a 9, but seven people will not get you any more than 9. And eight people is even worse. Nine people may drop down to 8 and so on. 20 people and you are back to a value of 1.


So the result of my studies for the last ten years are pretty clear to me. One photo of five or six dancers is just about perfection for any one of our blogs. Two photos with four or seven people would still be terrific for our readers. And there it is. In our blogs who is going to see the photos and in others, the same, who is going to see the photos there.

"Por El Otro Lado" por Martin Zuniga

Which brings us the other necessary part of blogging, The Words. But your guess is as good as mine. Whatever photos are submitted, the descriptions of the surroundings are important and lend to fleshing out the blog. The whole thing boils down to a Two Center willing to contribute their viewpoint of the dancers. And fortunately every one will be different.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fusion Exchange

Fushion Exchange also known as FX. We wrote them up a couple years back and we just came across them again now. They held their FX2014 at The Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado from January 10 – 12, 2014.

"The world needs only one of you. So make sure you're just that .... YOU!"

The Fusion Exchange is the premier event for fusion dancing. Founded in 2008, it is professionally run by a team of highly-skilled volunteer organizers. It was the first event of its kind and has continued to grow, lead, and innovate in the fusion genre. It has sparked an entire dance movement leading to local, weekly, and monthly dances, and regional and national events.

The 2013 Las Vegas Fusion Exchange was a huge success– with over 700 dancers from all over the US (and abroad), they danced for three straight days at the beautiful Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s event venue was held at The Curtis hotel in Downtown Denver on January 10-12, 2014.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

The Fusion Exchange offers daytime classes taught by some of the best instructors in the nation, and evening dances to a variety of music. By embracing many different dance styles, techniques, and inspirations, the Fusion Exchange helps dancers build a limitless dance toolkit to take social dancing to a new level.They teach Dancing “outside the box,” whatever that means, I am not up to date on this stuff.

Developing dance skills to make it possible to partner dance to any type of music, perhaps a dozen or so different kinds. And that is their only defect for our type of dance. We limit ourselves to a half a dozen or so dances. We are not advanced, deluxe dancers. We only move to the music of our choice. And we enjoy it year after year. Theirs is fine for them, but may we like ours?

Our own excellent American Style dance instructors are no dummies, they know dancing and some of our instructors have been applying these new principles for years. They had few disciplinary taboos and could go with their own gut opinions.


We are finding the similarities, while appreciating and celebrating the differences. We are recognizing dance styles, artistic expression, and the people themselves – to develop an inclusive approach. Promoting dance as an equal partnership and encouraging both leads and follows to actively contribute to the dance and inspire each other.

The Fusion Exchange is held in a different city every year, which is selected through a combination of attendee voting and organizer vetting. The event is embraced by the fusion dance community. It earns rave reviews and sells out quickly every year, usually in mere hours or minutes. Perhaps it will come to Hawaii next year.