Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's Dance

By Benjamin Murakami, Palolo Valley

If you are young enough (preschool) you can dance without music, or if you are in one of the disciplines for dancing where the music is not required. Many of the young, teens and early twenties, need a drum beat to give the dance some rhythm and they do very well with it.

"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Fads come and go with the drum beats. But for the ordinary everyday social dancers, their entire dance world needs the music first. And it so happens that it is some of the most beautiful music the world has ever created. Then they can dance to it and move to the music. Waltz, Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango etc.

And it is done in the way they feel it and that is all that is needed. It is not according to any of the million or so advisors on dancing out there will point out the "correct" way. That is where the first great separation has come in dance. The "correct" styling - once anyone crosses over into that line, it is something else. But if they are in that game then they are playing by different rules and it could be appropriate to admire those that are good at it.

"The Wonderful World Of The Young" by Andy Williams

Most people can tell the good dancers in any dance in the Night clubs or social dances, simply because the dancers are able to allow the body to move to the music the way it wants to. They can hold their hands out at a 46 degree angle or 47 degree angle, and not necessarily 45 degree angle and look just fine with it because the rhythm is fundamental. Cloning was never a goal.

The freedom to dance in the accepted social style is most evident in the small night club dances and the small dance groups throughout the islands. Advice? Copying? Naturally and West Oahu seems to be in the forefront of this action in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. At this moment we just need the new night clubs that are coming and the New Dance Clubs that will be forming. And away we go.

"This Nearly Was Mine." by Victor Silvester

No one knows this better than the older dance teachers in American style of dance. They have seen the changes in the last years. And most of the social dancers have been with their fellow dance teachers, good and bad, mostly with very good results.

"Dancing washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

But those changes have been nothing like the arrival of the International style about 40 years ago. At one time there was a social dance club in Hawaii with close to three thousand members. International has insisted that the distinction should be made and I think we should agree with them on that. We are different.

Ben

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update

Latest update on Town Dancer. It will plateau at about 70 - 80 average hits per day. I really made the effort to get additional input from others but it just wasn't there for whatever the reason. The results are what I go by. So now that Richard is nicely into Dancing Nights I have to do something there. Otherwise it is Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor coming up strong. It will be fun and I am not going to decide it. The readers will.

"The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Meanwhile the dancing interest throughout the island of Oahu seems to changing. And I am not going to say, for the better. The reader/dancers are very knowledgeable and they will make their own decisions. We just need some of their independent opinions in our blogs which are definitely not gossip. You are all aware of what that is. The prime example, the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So far all the blogs in my Blogosphere are viable to the end of this month. I do not know about after that. Most are already entrenched in the search engines. With the help from the Micros, they all have a chance of getting to the magic, 34 average hits per day. They will not catch up until next year, but we shall see some progress.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Somebody has mentioned that we are reporters, but the real reporters will be the Two Centers. They will get the information most easily accessible for posting and it can come from many places. Specially now with my physical disablities, I cannot get around like I use to. I may be spread much too thin but I will be patient for the valuable Two Centers.

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts

Meanwhile we offer the platform. You want to say something, dis da place, whenever you want, completely up to you. The learning process most characteristic of humans is imitation; one's personal repetition of an observed behavior, such as a dancing or blogging. Through copying these types of information, most people will tune into their surrounding culture very nicely.

Blogger's Law #48B: The secret to blogging success is sincerity, once you can fake that you got it made.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Waltz

By Jeremy Matsushita, Kalihi Valley.

The Waltz really had its heyday in the 19th century, everybody wanted to dance it, from the highest, classiest to lowest, street dancers. Then during the first World War I, the Waltz almost died.

"Go into the world and do well - but more importantly, go into the world and do good."

After the war, came a new generation of dancers who knew little of it. Somewhat the same situation that exists for us at the beginning of this century. Waltzes were seldom played and those that were played in 3/4 time had a somewhat Mazurka or Polka rhythm. New bands in Night Clubs arose that seem to take their cue of the Waltz from the slow tempo that still survived at the popular dances.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

A natural turn (right turn) is a dance step in which the partners turn around each other clockwise. Its near-mirror counterpart is the reverse turn, which is turning to the (left) counterclockwise. However, there was a considerable amount of reversing and the Natural turn was conspicuous by its absence.

The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Unfortunately, in the 21st century, the music business like many others can be bought. And the ones buying are the younger generations, with their very crude and basic preferences. Rock and Roll, Rap etc. The class music has been somewhat relegated to the backgound. We are lucky that our present dance teachers still recognize Waltz music and dance as one of the best ever created by man. Hopefully it will gravitate down to the younger (up to date) rock and rollers out there.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Micros or regular blogs?

Microblogging, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr is a broadcast medium that exists as a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size and each person handles the entire post from getting in, publishing and getting out.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain
of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

In our regular dance blogs in Hawaii, we have a few Information Contributors which email the information including photos and posters to be blogged by a Guest Author. They have no commitments and contribute only when they want to. That sharing with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers is key. We need more of these (Two Centers) because we can see it plainly in the hits recorded. The hits go through the ceiling and all they have to do is email it.

"Penny Lane" by the Beatles

Microblogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links, micro to micro. These small messages are sometimes referred to as microposts. As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars or dancing."


Commercial microblogs also exist to promote websites, services and products, and to promote collaboration within an organization. Some microblogging services offer features - alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, digital audio or digital video.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Four Aces

Several studies, most notably by the Harvard Business School have tried to analyze the user behaviour on microblogging services. Several of these studies show that for services such as Twitter and Facebook, there is a small group of active users contributing to most of the activity. Surveys based on millions of users, shows that 10% of Twitter and Facebook users account for 86% of all activity. That is commercial activity, "to whom it may concern."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Our evolving dance

Exhibition ballroom dance has remained popular in Britain and continental Europe throughout the 20th century, particularly in semi-invitational settings, such as resorts and hotels. In the 1960s, ballroom dance gained a strong following in Asia, mostly in the International Style. Popular interest and scholarly research, moreover, brought new appreciation to both ballroom and social dance as valuable reflections and embodiments of a community’s social values.

"We should be thankful of all those people in our lives that have shown us exactly
what we do not want to be"


Palolo Valley or Manoa. Either place would be nice to avoid the traffic.

Meanwhile, the regulations governing competitive ballroom dance became more exact as dance teachers switched their focus from inventing new dances to codifying existing ones. This was specially true in the competitions. There had to be a fair way to judge. Those “official” versions of fox-trots, waltzes, and tangos—all with specified steps, postures, and head positions—have been maintained in European televised competitions.


In the early 21st century, an alternative form of competitive ballroom dance thrived in Europe, North America, and South America in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars. This was with judges in the public fields generally. "I know what I like." These elimination series focused largely on the personalities of the contestants, with individualization earning more points than strict adherence to the rules.

"Release Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

Once an expression of elite society, ballroom dance has continued to expand its appeal and has adapted its approach in response to the ever-changing aesthetics of contemporary culture. There are more dances coming in and most are in the fad section catering to the young. The older more seasoned dancer will rely on the oldies but goodies in the music and the dance. We must recognize the differences and merely accept them. No hu hu.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hit another bump.

Google robot advertising hits are screwing this blog up royally. Completely obliterating the legit hits. So I will wait for the hits to come down and then shut it down for a week or so. We have plenty of other blogs available, and then there are Frank's blogs which covers action that is not available to us.

"Most of our dance teachers help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."

The entire blogosphere is moving along too good, and I am beginning to look into Word Press. Blogger has done such a terrific job for us for so long, I hate this but I am afraid it is going to get worse, and Google advertising robots are going to infiltrate the other blogs and then all is lost. Google owns Blogger so there is nothing Blogger can do.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Just got to get my head on straight and see what happens this week. They are starting to goof up another of our blogs so that means I may have hurry up and set up my first Word Press blog by next week. I will play it by ear and probably move the lowest ones first.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

The biggest surprise for the first day stats is Moanalua Corridor and all hits are legit, unbelievable. Perhaps we can get a photo and some dancing news from that sector to publish for the reader/dancers. This area is the second most populated area on Oahu, and should have a good potential in spite of the horrible Rail Catastrophe and the Noise.

"Nostalgia" por Placido Domingo

"Nobody really taught me tango. I learned by watching. But today I believe young people should find a good teacher to have a base and then do their street dancing. Do the best they can do by dancing and dancing. Step on someone’s feet, and have your feet stepped on. Dance with everybody and not simply with one partner."
Maria Nieves, famous Tango dancer.

“I did have a few drinks Saturday night in Waikiki. They told me I did a
real sexy tango. I'm told I could’ve done even better with a partner.”