Monday, June 30, 2014

Perth Social Dancing

Just to show you some nice notices from around the world, this one from Australia:
Perth Social Dancing is a fun & friendly dance company focused on teaching adults to dance socially. If you're 18 or 78, and have two, three, or even four left feet, then you'll fit right in!

 "You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe,
trust, let go and see what happens."

At Perth Social Dancing we will teach you Modern Jive, which is also known as Ceroc. This is a rapidly growing, internationally recognized dance style that incorporates the best moves from Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Jive, Hip-Hop, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and many more! The main concept behind Modern Jive is to simplify dancing whilst boosting its "WOW" factor.

We all know what it’s like being at Birthdays, Work Functions and Weddings, wishing we could get up and pull some moves. We have all thought about it, dreamt about it, and procrastinated about it!

Newest kid on the block. Will never make it.

Now is your chance -- We have made it easy for you -- We will fast track you to the world of dance. You don’t need a partner -- You don’t need experience -- You don’t sign up for a set course. And…You have just run out of excuses! You can even bring a bottle of wine and a few beers.

"After The Dance" by Hugh Moffat

With each and every class starting right from the basics, you will never fall behind. Some dancers can only attend every second week, or even once a month……no problem. With our classes you only pay as you attend, so you’re not wasting any of your hard earned money.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wot Happened?

Amazing what a few information contributions from Willy of Kapolei Chapter HBDA did for Kapolei Social Dance blog. It lowered long standing number 2, Blogging Hawaii and long standing number 3, Oahu West so that now Kapolei Social Dance is firmly ahead of the others in second place behind hard to equal Town Dancer.

"Will it be easy? Nope. - Worth it? Absolutely."

So it quite evident of the effect of the Two Center and even more of the Guest Author. I am very little by myself and in blogging it is considered SOS. (same old shit.) At this moment any new content is welcomed simply because it is not SOS. Simple.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

If Kapolei Social Dance gets another Two Center and a couple Guest Authors they could run the hits up to over 100 average per day. My opportunity to make them independent. Hey, I am trying but it all depends on the Two Centers willing to get their two cents in for the benefit of their fellow dancers and readers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And another surprising thing is that Kapolei Social Dance is being read at the Turtle Bay Hilton. Isn't that against the law? The thing is Willy started it and with a few more people writing now and then it can be a Hawaiian Island blog and read throughout the Islands. A dreamer am I? Yes. And I will enjoy watching them run the hits up into the clouds.

The Mexican Civilizations long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens were pretty advanced in dancing with "Professional" Musicians and Dancers, They had all the basics down pat a full two millenniums before Rudolf Laban in 1928.

Rudolf Laban's, five basic dance movements:
First, Gesture is any movement to music not connected with supporting the body's weight.
Same as Posturing.
Second, Stepping: which is simply transferring the weight from one support to another.
Third, Locomotor: Movements from one location to another. May consist of Walk, Leap, Jump,
Hop, Gallop, Slide and Skip.
Fourth, Jumping is simply a movement without a point of support.
Fifth. Turning which is changing the position of the front.

Put together with only four basic step movements, the even rhythm, rock and chasse,
slow/quick and you can have a ball enjoying the music of your choice.

You want fancy? Salsa has almost 700 documented step patterns right now!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bad but looking good.

Wow! With everything at a plateau, it is looking good to make changes. I have been cleaning house with all my micros. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. And first to go were Europe, Africa and Asia. Now, I am working on anything non-US in the American Hemisphere and getting rid of everything in the Pacific Basin except the Neighbor Islands. Maui and the Big Island are coming in strong.

"Remember, that sometimes not getting what you want may be a stroke of luck."

I am beginning to get rid of anything that smacks of big time communication. In Twitter, I prune everyone that has over 1500 in the total following and followers. I wish to keep this Social Media and I cannot do that with someone that has ten thousand followers. I am just not in their class. My own should be somewhere total around 400 following and followers, I will play it by ear.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Otherwise we are moving very nicely, and Richie Fun, Calvin and Debra are getting some interesting dance news to our readers. Hits hovering around 133 average hits per day which translates to 4000 hits per month. Very good considering that we had nothing on Blackpool this year. A couple of Guest Authors will run the hits up over two hundred and I could plan my retirement from this blog. You can all start as Two Centers, still the most valuable immediate need we have. Just a couple photos of your dance gang and a few words. And those that would rather keep it a secret, it is strictly and absolutely your choice.

Uncovered last month in the jungles of Central America. Ancient Mayan scripture and just translated.

"The Creative Researchers And Producers suffer greatly in the suckage department." 
We are certainly glad that Line dancing has become solidly entrenched into our social dance environment. The only negative is that too many men are convinced that it is not dancing. It is a popular recreation activity and is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms worldwide. It avoids the problem of imbalance of male/female partners that plagues ballroom/swing/salsa dancing clubs. You don't have to wear a cowboy hat, cowboy boots or carry a gun. Whatevah, for social dancing, it seems to be here to stay.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Small, Medium and Large

Looking over the terrain on You Tube, you can plainly see the three different styles of dancing Rumba. Of course, the beginners are the most interesting specially because we all know that they will improve. They are really in a transitory level and not many are that sure on Rumba music. A few will drop out but most will stay and improve with every dance they go to, which is all part of the social enjoyment.

"The secret of change is to focus your energy not in fighting the old but in building the new."

The Middle Group and the largest, naturally, has a few levels in it, but suffice it to say that they are really and truly enjoying the movement to that beautiful Rumba music out there. Just about the most beautiful music in the world. And learning something new everyday makes their lives that much more interesting. In the main, they consider themselves social dancers. And actually they are da reel teeng.

But then there are the few elite, the top of the line and many in the International Style. They have learned, that how it looks may be what counts. To be seen becomes their main focus. They become the exhibition and the competition dancers and with good cause. It is something different. And a big turn off for social dancers is to be instructed into doing a movement because it looks better according to the judges.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

On You Tube, you can see an exhibition dance that looks beautiful, but you cannot see doing it that way on the social dance floor. Never! And in the Night Club scene it is frowned upon. Which leads us to something else.

Quite another big question is, are dancers fit? At an advanced level dancers need to be very fit. They may not have the bulky look of a football team but as dancers we should know, there is more to fitness than muscles. Dancers are well known for aerobic fitness, as their level increases so does their speed, balance and strength.

Not recommended reading: "A Quick Meal" by Kanah Beens

Everyone at some point has watched a ballroom couple glide effortlessly across the floor. They make it look so easy but the reality is very different. And the point is, can we live with each other? Or should we go our separate ways?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Evolving Blogs

I have done some research and there is not much covering small blogs in the strictly social media style. Most are commercial or cover big readerships numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Most of our dance web and blogs sites in Hawaii are in the single digit average hits per day. That is less than 300 hits per month.

"Stop letting people that do so little for you, control so much of your feelings and emotions."

A Guest Author in any of our blogs does not require much commitment but they must be recognized by Blogger in order to open, write and publish dance information. There is even less commitment in being a Two Center, and some people are realizing that they can use it. It is after all for the benefit of everyone so long as dance information is being shared including photos.

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

The easy part is that they can just email photos and a few comments and the Guest Authors will most likely comply and post it their way in their blogging and it does benefit everyone. Along with this has come the Guest Photographer. This is turning out to be a new thing. I have not seen anything written on it so it has just emerged in our blogging.

Blogger's Law #63a: "As soon as you delete a worthless file, you'll need it."

For sure, the different points of opinion are very highly valued in blogging. This includes my opinion of who to take a picture of with the camera in my hand. And others have the own opinions. Susan Matsumoto got some terrific photos at the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. The hits went through the roof. Willy Dionisio sent in his own plus comments for a second blog. Kapolei Social Dance blog is now in third place behind Blogging Hawaii. Oahu West had been there from the beginning,

So we are in effect discovering new paths and having fun while at it. Fortunately we are getting much new blood in the dance environment able to think for themselves. There is an increasing amount of dancers that are becoming aware of the fun in sharing with our fellow dancers. It is growing and I look forward to seeing the first of "my" blogs to go independent. And what blog is it going to be it?

Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long he took to prepare a ten minute speech. He said, "about two weeks." "How long to prepare an hour speech?" "about one week." "And for a two hour speech?" "I''m ready now."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

What's Doin'?

They've asked me, but what to I know? The scarcity of news on Blackpool. I checked and it was held as per usual. We just did not get much information out here in the middle of the Pacific. But there are plenty of good dance blogs out there with good connections, check them out.

"Be relentless in pursuit of your goals, specially in the face of obstacles along the way - 
make no excuses and place no blame."

I am definitely at the point of diminishing returns so the hits will remain pretty much in the same plateau. However the entire enchilada has been set up. The Two Centers and/or the Guest Authors are what will make the difference. The Micros are giving us plenty of connections so that sector is opening up very nicely, specially the West Coast of the US.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble

On Oahu, I am hoping for more information on Line Dancing but they seem intent on keeping it personal. They should make their own decisions but we are here to help as with any other dance group. And blogging is very definitely "Help."

The routines in line dancing can get complicated and many teachers make the mistake of starting off with intermediate moves, turning a lot of people off. There are small, medium and large in line dancing as in everything else. So what is desperately needed on this coast is the small, (beginners) level of line dance.

The big advantage for men beginners is that they become accustomed to enjoy the type of music that is played in social cultural dance. Second, they become accustomed to the basic movements in dance. The simple step, the quick, quick slow, the rock step and the chasse. All of which are also used in partner dancing and thousands of other dances throughout the world.

One of the most important is the styling. Each person develops their own version of how to move and they will change it around to suit themselves. No clones needed, and each person is respected for doing their own thing. Of course, some of us may step a little too far outta da box, but if we are having fun, that is the name of the game.

But we must be patient. There are many search engines that are becoming aware because of the Micros, which should be just fine with us. Once we get a few dancing groups to post write ups and a few photos, it will get rolling.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Da Latest

I get a chance to read a lot of information about dancing. And I am firmly convinced that Our Type of Dance is also in three normal divisions, small, medium and large. The "small" are the ones that dabble in a little dance now and then, but it doesn't bother them and they can leave for long periods of time. They are perhaps ten to fifteen percent of the total dancers.

 "If you want to go fast, it is best to go it alone. If you want to go far, we can go together."

The "large" correspond with our teachers, exhibition and competitions dancers who are pretty close to 24/7 on dance. Dance is a very big and important part of their life. Whichever part they have decided to dedicate themselves to, ten to fifteen per cent of the total dancers.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The middles, (the normal curve) between 70 and 80 per cent of the total dancers. That is most of us. We are mostly interested in enjoying the social aspects of the music and the dance. Tricks and fancy stuff are for OP (other people.) In the old days even the silence was appreciated. The breaks between songs played by the orchestra, maybe 30 seconds or even up to a minute. But well received, time to take the lady back to her place, an extra zip of the drink, a few comments. That was living it up.

Then direct from the Internet, far deeper studies on dancing. These people are out to get data. I don't think any one in our group understands any of this. Or maybe it is just me.

"The tests were used to check for normal distribution of each movement variable both for combined body regions and their constituent parts. For variables with normal distribution, moment correlations were performed between mean ratings of dance quality and each of the three body regions for movement amplitude, movement variability, movement speed and movement duration. For variables that were not normally distributed, Spearman’s rank correlations were used."