Friday, January 30, 2015

Social Dancing.

By Guy Nakagawa, Kalani Valley

What is social dancing? Seems pretty simple right? On Oahu it is batted around quite a bit but it is still up for grabs. Can social dancers dance exhibitions? Of course. How about competition dancers? Why not? It must mean dancing socially, Which it does but there are actually several forms of dance that could be considered “social dancing.”

"We could all understand that death for us oldsters is not an injustice, it's an end –
of a terrific journey that we were fortunate to take."

Social dancing was first really coined as a term to describe how men and women used to dance with each other at “Socials” which were organized events where a band would come play music and people would come specifically to enjoy dancing with each other. We could even go back to Old England to when the royal court used to have social gatherings where dances like the Waltz were performed.

"My Isle Of Golden dreams" by Melveen Leed

But in modern times the term social dancing started to gain popularity in the 1920s with the big band sound that was popular back then and dance styles such as swing, waltz, rumba, foxtrot, and samba coming later on. And the bands would mix them all up for the enjoyment of all. Social dancing can also be used to describe “Party Dancing” which is what people would call the original styles of hip hop grooves that originated in the block parties in Urban areas like New York, and Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s.

All of these different definitions of social dancing can get confusing so for us on Oahu it is much easier to use the term “Social Dancing” as a blanket term to describe any style of dancing that is best performed either with a partner, or in “Social” group situations with many different dances. It has become any dance that is primarily performed with a partner in social situations like social dance clubs, weddings, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers and even in night clubs.

"You'll Never Know" by Dick Haymes

Originally when dance socials were popular the term made much more sense to use to describe these events, but nowadays so many different styles have emerged that it doesn’t make sense to use the term to describe any one style. Then there are the peripherals, Tango and Salsa Bachata for instance. They have evolved into becoming more "correct" or "incorrect." And then who is the judge?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog or Web sites

Well, at least in this year and this island, most everyone knows that Web and Blog sites are different. But most people are not too well aware of the differences. It should be only natural that I wish to promote Blog sites. Blogs do build a relationship and for some it is easy to subscribe to a blog so they can view new postings as soon as they happen but I do not work it that way. If you want to read it, it should be up to you.

"We were all born with the ability to change someone's life, let us not ever waste it."

I want our blogs to have newer fresher content, just by their nature and they will be more up to date. Blogs tend to deal with breaking events and technology insights and these items will be taken care of increasingly by the Two Centers and the Guest Authors. I am in the process of getting this point across. The best blogs will go independent. The junk blogs are mine.

"Well Get It" by Tommy Dorsey

I am trying to establish the comments section in each blog and I will invite participation and interaction. Blog conversations will be encouraged providing multiple viewpoints and discussions. Combining our blogs and a traditional website can be especially effective when you start up a new dance club or dance studio.

Blogging is one of the fastest ways of announcing your dance organization and spreading the word quickly about what you do. The hits are already there. A combined approach using a website and a blog is usually the fastest approach. You will gain a much broader reach by using both a website and blogsite.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

The website and blogsite will reach different audiences, The Web Site can be the Magazine, and the Blog Site can be the Newspaper. They will have different focuses, have different conversational tones, but still strive to reach the same targeted potential dancer. The blog and website can reinforce each other and magnify the results. There are some people that are going to pick up on this action.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Photos, the more I see the more I don't understand it. The photo blogs, Instagram, Flicker, Facebook, etc etc. will get over one billion photos today. This may be just a Wild Ass Guess. We don't have to worry about yesterday or tomorrow, just today, one billion photos. Now after you got through looking at all of them. Are you ever going to go over it again? Heh Heh.

"Our time is limited, so don't let us waste it living someone else's life. Let's not get
trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking."

This I know. if some one from Finland or South Africa or China sees a photo of mine in Facebook, it will be by mistake.  I am certain that is not what that person is looking for. If I see a photo of a nice group from Finland, South Africa or China, it is not what I was looking for. None of it is interesting to me.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed

Now any of those World Wide photos may be a little more interest to someone in the same country. But not by much. In the same city? Maybe. In the same neighborhood, wow, it certainly may be worth looking at. But there are thousands there too, so I am not that interested in see them ever again. How about you?

Now, a few photos in the local dance Web sites are certainly interesting to their fellow members and even quite a few outsiders simply because we all know each other. In a blog, which is more current, you have the maximum efficiency for a photo, even if only for a brief period of time. An extra benefit is that any one that likes the photo can simply save it to their computer. Simple?

"Honolulu Blue and Green" by Melveen Leed

Take your time and think it over. Pick you Web or Blog sites and you will see the difference. Know your photos. Meanwhile they are many good photos being taken by many that know what they are doing. Perhaps I am wrong. They are free to state their opinions on this blog. And any one can email us a photo of their dance gang. we post and they will see the results immediately with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Try it.

"(They Long to Be) Close to You" by the Carpenters

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diminishing Returns

Not everyone is acquainted with the law of diminishing returns, but I have enough evidence now to know that Town Dancer blog has just about reached it. There will be large blip in hits everytime Calvin and Debra blog but generally, we are just about there. There are several reasons but the main one is the lack of Guest Authors and/or Information Contributors.

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

Most of us know that the mainstream media for dance is mostly owned and manipulated by the ruling elite of the various Dance Organizations of the world. A decreasing number of people still actually believe what they hear coming from these groups as if it’s gospel. The establishment thinks they speak for all but actually it is becoming a smaller peice of pie than before.

We know that our neighbors and fellow dancers are not our enemy even if we have fierce ideological disagreements. This is perhaps the most difficult thing to overcome in our new awakening process. It is vital to understand that our fellow dancers have been indoctrinated and hypnotized like the rest of the us. The new guest authors in the blogs will help shine a light on inconsistencies in our thoughts and beliefs.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Many of the present day dancer's ideas are not their own. They are suffering just like the rest of us. It’s okay to condemn their actions if they’re harmful, but those who are awake will not give up on spreading information that can enlighten those who might still be in the dark. Of course it is only our individual opinions but we will all end up helping each other.

I am betting on this one. Richie is already on, Two more Guest Authors should clinch it.

None of us were born “awake” and all of us can learn even more. And the new Social Media is leading the way. Town Dancer will not get the required Guest Authors to get independent. So it will be among Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights.  One of them will go independent and watch it. The Guest Authors will help make many decisions.

"Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport"

Saturday, January 10, 2015


The new photographing suggestions set up on the Mainland by many of the professional photographing groups may be applied to the top Extravadanzas in the year 2014 in Hawaii. First of course is that no private cameras of any kind will be permitted at the functions.

"A life spent making mistakes is much more useful than a life spent doing nothing"

Dancing in a dance studio and they permit photographs,

There will always be people that love to screw up the works just to pick up little cash. Here in Hawaii where everyone has a camera their methods would fail miserably. Even though thousands of photos on Oahu are taken at all our functions by amateurs.

"I'll Remember You" by Makaha Sons

And thousands of photos are sent to the Photo Internet organizations such as Facebook, Flicker, Instagram etc. And together they receive over one billion photos each and everyday. You can figure the value of each photo if you are familiar with the law of supply and demand. Our blogs do not get many photos, so everyone can see that the Big Value is there.

And be careful about taking photos in Night Clubs on Oahu. Some places can be
very chintzy about this and have no idea that you are doing good for them too.

The professional photographers do have something to offer. First they do professional work and they can customized your photos to your benefit, They can allow you to send the file that you want to be turned into a background, or you can choose from one of the pre-made backgrounds at no additional cost. They always touch up and make each photo better.

"Blues In The Night" by Woody Herman

Pubs Note: I want to take photos for my blogs but I certainly can be stopped if they do not know I am doing it for them. I have dropped several like a hot potato when I saw that they did not appreciate. I lost three last year and that leaves me only 4997 others to do my best for. Whew, I got too much to do. - - And check out Richie's blogging in Dancing Nights. Marie is turning into a very good information contributor.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


By Lester Chung, Kalihi Valley:

The new year is starting very nice for the entire dance scene on Oahu. We don't know much yet about the neighbor islands but we will. We are gradually accepting the difference in our dancing practices and preferences. We will have less hu hu and more kokua.

"Our dancing is an amazing thing but we will not get to what we want by wishing for it.
We must plan and work for it."

The three big divisions on Oahu are the Social, the Exhibition and the Competition dancers. Some dancers phase very easily from one to another because the three forms can be considered siblings, Yes they are related by birth and yes, siblings are known to fight, but they can also be mutually supportive. This will be accepted also in the new dance groups forming in West Oahu.

"Hanalei Moon" by Melveen Leed

For most of us, social ballroom dance forms are important. It refers to traditional partnered dance forms which are done by a couple, often in the embrace of closed dance position. The earliest dance forms ever described in detail were partnered social dances. Many of today's performative dance forms, including ballet and jazz dance, evolved from social dance forms that came first.

All three forms are valid, each enjoyed by their adherents for good reasons. But it's helpful to know how and why they differ from each other. Especially that now Town Dancer blog seems to have it's reader/dancers leaning more towards the Exhibition and Competition divisions both as participants and as spectators.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The three worlds of ballroom dance share the same historical roots, similar step vocabulary and music and it is sometimes essential to know the differences. In spite of the Rootzi Tootzis, ballroom dance has become an overall umbrella term, covering all three forms. Hopefully we will have less differentiation as to social class distinction. And not too many divisions in the "Social" group of dances.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Our Blogosphere, 2015

Our blogs seem to be pretty definitely on track. I have over diluted the readership but that can be easily explained. And any one of the these blogs that is near the top will go over the top and a possible independence. All they need is a steady Information Contributor or Guest Author. I have the stats, which are a long ways from being perfect but good enough for me.

“We cannot learn to dance socially by following someone else's strict rules. We learn by having fun doing
and even falling down sometimes. When did street dancing get a bad name?”

The rules had been, no dance clubs on the beaches. Who? When?

Town Dancer is still definitely on top because it had Four Guest Authors. Richard decided to stick to the new blog Dancing Nights, and the hits are holding up pretty good when he blogs. Dancing Nights seems to be leaning to the Night Club crowd which is fine with me. Each blog will establish their own identity and the Guest Authors will determine that. The general prediction for 2015 is no new dance clubs in town but definitely one in the Foster Village - Aliamanau area. They may be one in Kalealoa and one in Waianae. We shall see, what we shall see.

There are three blogs just waiting for that steady information contributor and/or Guest Author. They are Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor. The difference for now is only in territory but we must accept the fact that the Guest Authors will ultimately defined each blog. I will not live forever so that I must get rid of the best blogs as soon as possible. As Walter Cronkite use to state at the end of each broadcast. "And that's the way it is."

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