Monday, April 28, 2014

Month Ending Nice

Things are looking pretty solid on all fronts. The entire blogsophere is in a nice plateau while things sort themselves out. Down to eight blogs and I will stay with these for the year. All of them safely over the upper teens in average hits per day. They will all be in the twenties by Cinco de Mayo.

"No one promised us a rose garden. we will get some bad along with the good.
Let us stay patient and trust our journey. It will come to an end all too soon."

I am making good progress in contacting my fellow micro users on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Some will become Two Centers. Then I have to get an RSS reader so I can get listed in the top 75 blogs in Hawaii. I am sure the ones listed on Dance Fever Oahu will be on the list. With a few Two Centers, the blogs will establish into permanence.


Unfortunately, the micros are full of politics and other extraneous data and not enough dancing. Making contact with the micro users will convince some to Two Cent for a dance blog. Two Centers send the information and/or photos by email to any Guest Author.  The  guest author will work it into a blog. So a regular Two Center will clinch it for a blog and send the hits up guaranteed over 20 average per day.


The Guest Author is much more. They have, in fact, a blog of their own within the blog. They can open, post info and/or photos, publish, whatever and whenever, and close it, all on their own.  They will be the real meat and potatoes of blogging. At any rate, the entire enchilada is looking good. Dance Waianae has no contact with dancers yet but it is getting more solid every day.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

I offer the platform to just about anyone, for free public relations.  And everyone has two choices, they can take it or leave it, your choice. I have work to do and I must be on my way.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Zits and Zats

Wow, Calvin, Debra and Richie have been doing a very good job holding down the fort on this blog, this week. Hit's going up through the ceiling. I don't really need additional guest authors for the hits. I need them to take the blog over from me, that's all. Just a couple guest authors will do it. The hits will run up way over 200 average hits per day and no other blog will be able to touch them for years.

"One of the hardest parts in life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder."


I can dedicate myself on the other blogs and I will still be around in case they need some help. But it is crucial that we establish any blog as an independent entity. The results of different independent opinions will astound everyone. For too long we have all been led around by the knowitalls. Not anymore, the tide is turning.

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon


Dance Waianae blog astounds me. No dancing yet but interest has been aroused in the blog. There will be dancing on the Waianae Coast and the territory is developing. Took them a while to get out of single digit average hits per day, but now safely over 20 per day. That is 600 hits per month, which is extremely well. I believe the Micros have helped. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Googel+ And from there I expect the new Two Centers and possible Guest Authors.

"Swallow your pride, it contains no calories."

This weekend is loaded down with places to dance, lucky the dancers have so many choices. Let's just all get up and dance - be nice to everyone.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tics and Tacks

Amazing what this blog does and I know it is the Guest Authors that we have done it. Plus any of the others that have preferred to be included out. The synergism developed by the Guest Authors is what makes the blog. You could compare the hits on Town Dancer with any Dance Web Site in the Paciific, no need to explain anything.

"No person can be happy unless they feel that their life is in some way important."

The new set up of our blogosphere seems to be pretty stable at eight blogs. Enough to enlighten anyone that has access to the Internet and might be interested in the information available for dancers.

The Guest Authors are beginning to define their position very nicely. They are getting more confidence that they have a blog of their own, within a blog that has reader/dancers already in place. They are not just beating their gums.

Q: Where do fortune tellers dance?
A: At the crystal ball.

Any outside blog can join our blogosphere and exchange links. And of course any blog can simply ignore us and we will respect that. In our blogosphere, no registration fees, annual dues or monthly meetings, in fact, nothing required. We offer the platform and you use it as you wish.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino


In second place now and moving up very nicely is Blogging Hawaii. But now I am pushing it in the Micros and I am making some contact with the neighbor islands and the Mainland too. Then I would like it to include more of our friendly Studios and their people. With four good solid Guest Authors the hits would go up through the ceiling and they would be ready of independence.

  "Watching The Detectives" by Elvis Costello

The Salsa and Line dancers would be more than welcome. It could develop into a nice solid blog with four or five Guest Authors. At least a couple with interest in live music. Wow! Then we are also getting more interest from the better teachers of dance on this Island. This blog is in contention with Town Dancer as to which will go independent first. Depends on which one gets the Guest Authors.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zouk


Zouk or zouk b├ęton is a fast tempo jump up carnival style of music originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and began its popularity in the 1980's. Its originator French Antilles Kassav' is the only band that included it in its repertoire to a lesser extent.

 "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

It was too fast and the style lost ground in the 90s due to the strong presence of Kadans or
Compas music, the main music of the French Antilles. And you let the dancers do as they wish.


Today, Zouk seems to be a fusion with Compas music and has been rapidly gaining ground. It is still fast so it is very suitable for the young and it is taking a foot hold in the Salsa venues along with the new Bachata. And yes we know, Reggaeton came and went. Surprising that Mambo is still being enjoyed by so many, everywhere. Nice beat, I like it.

For the young that like fads, this is it. Don't miss this chance to learn this awesome and passionate dance!!! Many will tell that not anyone can dance this, you gotta be a dancer. But what do I know?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Social Media


Social media is now definitely the most popular online activity on Oahu, so it makes perfect sense for dance groups to want to tap into that audience to try to increase interest in their dance activity. Right now, more than 75 percent of our dance organizations use social media in one form or another. Newsletters, Blogs and mostly in routine Web sites, which is nice, they do the job.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

But, simply opening a Web site and sending out some tweets is not enough to make social media platforms a viable and efficient part of a marketing strategy. There are  many that do not utilize images or use the wrong amount of images or in inefficient locations. The proper mix of text and image is what makes the perfect blog. You can have too much of one or the other.


Visual stimulation helps drive engagement on social networks. In fact, most people respond better to visual information than plain text. On average, photos get 50 percent more impressions than any other post type on the Internet, while also gathering more likes and comments. The net results have been in the hits. Ten average hits per day is ho-hum nowadays. 100 hits a day is possible but not easy to get there. But if you arrive there, then you are sure, you are not just beating your gums.


Links are becoming more important. When you put a link in a blog, the social networking site automatically creates a clickable image of other blogs. Because of this, blogs don’t need to include the URL in the post. This is becoming very important in all of our blogs. We did not know much 20 years ago, but we have come a long ways, baby.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

The final secret is in this blog. The Guest Authors. When we get more, there will be independence and if not this blog it will be Blogging Hawaii, except that they are far back of Town Dancer. Patience.

"There will always be conflict, but it is up to us to be civil about it and decide
to have respectful encounters instead of hostile confrontations."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tango

By Xman, Hilo,

I do not know what tango I learned to dance when very young. But I had not danced it for some 30 years when I got to Hawaii Island. I looked at a lot of them and settled on the American Tango because it was the most easily accessible and most of my new friends were dancing it.

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
~Aldous Huxley

After a few years and no big success at it, I discovered many other tangos that could be danced as Tangos and also the big difference between social tangos and Exhibition Tangos on Maui and Oahu. I even saw Ballroom competitors attempt a little Argentine flavored footwork in their show pieces.


There are even videos claiming to be Argentine Tango that end up looking like fancy Argentine moves done to the American Tango. So I tried Argentine Tango and that really screwed things up for me. As any true tanguero would say, "to really do the Argentine Tango you must start with the salon. Everything else from, the seemingly impossible entangled footwork to the big stage moves, arise from there."

Nostalgia by Placido Domingo

Then I left tango alone for a few more years. And I was having a ball dancing everything else. Eventually this was followed by the International Tango. I learned it fairly well except for my lack of precision in doing it as "prescribed." And also the fact that I couldn't get my partners to "phrase." Apparently phrasing is not taught in Hawaii, I don't know.


I became convinced that International was just not my cup of tea. I have seen the cutting edge of Latin dancing in Night Club Salsa as I watch them blending old Latin moves with the new, though I am not a partisan of arm entanglements.


I have come to the conclusion that many ballroom studios and competitions are very successful in LAGS when it comes to the Latin dances. Not the way Latin people dance it which is a lot simpler. I believe the market will eventually evolve into a Latin dance peripheral such as the Swing, Tango, Salsa, Line. If it happens it will be on Oahu first.

"They know enough who know how to learn."

Whatever happens, in this nice big beautiful dance world we have in Hawaii, my path is clear. I must try to go as much of the way into the authentic Latin Style of all the dances and I know I am not alone.

Friday, April 4, 2014

What Snew?

Everything rolling along peaceful and calm. No great jumps forward or backwards. The dance blogs are in a plateau and our top blog remains Town Dancer averaging 150 hits per day. It pretty much has had to cover a large territory but much of it is now being covered by other blogs.

"How much you know is not as important as what you do
with what you know."

The results of the competitions on the Mainland were covered very nicely in another blog and their hits went through the roof. For us it is coming down to local town doings and a few outside competitions. But we still consider all blogs not "instead of" but "in addition to," to whatever you have now. The advantage our blogs have is the recency and currency of the published information.

"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult

And we can also expect some kind of competition to evolve but it can be healthy for the reader/dancers to have a variety of viewpoints available. The counters on my blogs have been kept hidden because Blogger includes the scam, spam robot hits. So the actual legit hits are much less. Perhaps in another year they will be able to furnish real stats to use as a tool in blog promotion.


Failure is the mother of all creativity.

Some people will go so far as to advise that anyone who wants to get creative should get into something is that is likely to fail. You can fail in a lot of things in life, and even hope you will fail in a lot more. I don't agree because I fail enough already, I don't need to look for it.

Most people are afraid to fail, but once you have done it, fully realize it and accept, it is not so terrible.There is a sense of freedom that you get from taking chances. From the words of a song. "Freedom is just another word for nothing to lose."


Q: Which dance will a chicken not do? - A: The foxtrot!

From some of the complicated stuff I come across:
Biomechanical analysis has allowed the amplitude, speed, duration and variability of body movements to be calculated. Analysis has been concentrated on three body regions: legs (ankle, knee and hip), arms (shoulder, elbow and wrist) and the central body (neck and trunk). I think they know what they are talking about, but I would rather not get into it.