Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year

This coming year most social dancers will be less critical of International dancers,  The Internationals like to dance their way and we should understand that they have the perfect right to dance anyway they choose. We do not have to judge them, they do that by themselves very nicely. Social dancers just need to be resilient and flexible when they are dancing with other dancers and instructors in the smaller clubs will teach their students how to adapt when dancing with others.


Social dancing is not about following a particular style rather it is about interaction, communication and most importantly adaption. Unfortunately in the biggest clubs you will find many dance instructors who teach only prescribed steps. It follows quite naturally that most dancers who have learned only one way to dance are under the belief that everyone must dance a certain way.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


The even step. just left, right, left ... is used in five or six hundred dances and danced hundreds of ways. Yet somebody will come along and tell you that their way is right and yours is naturally wrong. How about American Waltz, even step? Yes, but do you dance it the right way? Ha!

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Holidays


This blog at one time had a lot of interest by and for the performance style of dance. They consisted of specialists, that are meant "to be seen" and can be considered "Show Business."  Somehow that interest has fizzled out of this blog. Actually the group consists of several subdivisions; Competition, Exhibition, Cabaret, and Acrobatic dancers and there may be others. And each has a good reason for their existance and can be reasonably figured as a necessary part of our dance environment.

May this Christmas season bring you closer to all those that you treasure

in your heart. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Another necessary subdivision of the "to be seen," group, is the spectators on the other part of the spectrum. Many are dancers but many of the spectators have not been dancers of any kind and from the peak of interest in the nineties, they are losing it. But the spectators have always been a must, from long ago since the days of the Olympics in Greece.

"Jingle Bells" 


The social dancers have always been interested in the show business part of the social dance environment. And generally they admire and make good comments of the performers. But of course, they resent the implication of the term "junk dancer." That is definitely unkind from that supposed level of expertise.

"Yes, it is time to get into the Christmas spirit - Wine, Rum,
Whiskey, Vodka and whatevah else you got."

Friday, December 16, 2016

Year End, Looking Good

Just looking over the stats for the month of December and things are developing so good I could pinch a grape. My estimate with the stats at hand is that all of the dance blogs on Oahu will have a good amount of readers available to make the blogs viable. Our first need is more Two Centers to share more dance information with our friends and neighbors. From there we should get some Guest Authors willing to do their own blogging within any one of our blogs.

"Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and
free of conflict have not learned their history."


With a few Guest Authors the hits will go through the roof and the best blog will be able to become "independent." And I can resign as administrator. As the year end holidays approach, things seem to be getting clearer. In exchanging comments with others that are aware, the best thing has been the newer emergence of the different styles of dance that have been evolving over the last 80 years of Ballroom Dance on this Island.

 "My Cup Runneth Over" by Max Bygraves


The introduction of new styles to the original social ballroom dance scene led everyone to believe they were all dancing BALLROOM. We wanted to be a bigger group and unified. Naturally, the ones that assumed that they were "top levels" gradually began to look down their noses at the "lesser levels." Who hasn't heard the term "junk dancer?" Though we hear it less often nowadays. The definition for our social kind of dancing has been slow in coming, but in 2017 it will certainly become clearer.


Whatever the dancers on this Island will prefer to call "ballroom dancing," may be not be resolved soon, though the Internationals want it and they have a perfect right to it. Most of us social dancers don't dance in Ballrooms. We dance in the streets, in Gas Stations, in Malls, Recreation Centers, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers, and even in Night Clubs. We consider ourselves fortunate to have these "Good Times," just let us get this straight and we don't have to look down on anyone.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Marie's Birthday

Just a coincidence but Marie's birthday was on the same day that Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club had the big Christmas shindig at the Halemano Plantation. I have plenty of photos, so I thought I would make this special for Marie in the Town Dancer blog

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I have known Paul and Marie since the days of the old Dancing in the Dark publication in which they helped in contributing information of interest to the readers. Of course, I moved to Nanakuli and living in Paradise, I kind of let down town go. Of course, now with the blogs and trying to get information from our fellow dancers it should be easier to share dance information with our friends, neighbors and relatives.


I received, 3 emails with pictures from Marie in my Yahoo. 3 in my gmail, and 3 from Aunty Maile that were forwarded from Marie. Very difficult to decipher, but easiest in gmail. From there I got enough good photos and adding from my camera I was able to get two 6 photo collages. I get many photos and the readers are very pleased however we are not a photo album. Let's be careful and make each photo count, for our current blogging.


Meanwhile we can accept the fact that Paul and Marie are patrons of the arts. They will be one of the good factors to help our kind of dancing expand on this island. They are well aware of the bad parts and want to accentuate the good parts. And that is what most of want to do and we agree wholeheartedly. This entire island will accept each other's preferences in dancing and not "lord it" over anyone.

"You will soon start a new phase of life! But that can wait until you are older. Enjoy another year of being young. Happy Birthday."

Monday, December 5, 2016

Line Dancing

From the Line Dance News:
The Wall in Line Dancing:

Each dance is said to consist of a number of walls. A wall is the direction in which the dancers face at any given time: the front (the direction faced at the beginning of the dance), the back or one of the sides. Dancers may change direction many times during a sequence, and may even, at any given point, be facing in a direction half-way between two walls; but at the end of the sequence they will be facing the original wall or any of the other three. Whichever wall that is, the next iteration of the sequence uses that wall as the new frame of reference.

"Dancers know that our future is created by what we do today
not tomorrow."


In a one-wall dance, the dancers face the same direction at the end of the sequence as at the beginning.

"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus

In a two-wall dance, repetitions of the sequence end alternately at the back and front walls. In other words, the dancers have effectively turned through 180 degrees during one set. The samba line dance is an example of a two-wall dance. While doing the "volte" step, the dancers turn 180 degrees to face a new wall. Most of us have seen this everywhere by now.

"Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn

In a four-wall dance, the direction faced at the end of the sequence is 90 degrees to the right or left from the direction in which they faced at the beginning. As a result, the dancers face each of the four walls in turn at the end of four consecutive repetitions of the sequence, before returning to the original wall.

"Good Time" by Alan Jackson


The hustle line dance is an example of a four-wall dance because in the final figure they turn 90 degrees to the left to face a new wall. In some dances, they turn 270 degrees, a "three-quarter turn," to face the new wall.

"Watermelon Crawl"
by Tracey Byrd.

Little do the men realize, that they are honing their skills in the rhythm and music of each dance. Moving in the most natural fashion without a partner is the best way to let themselves into the rhythm and the music of the different dances. And if they feel like moving "this" way this time, they can move "that" way next time. They will be on their way to being the best social dancers they can be.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam, a millennium ago.

Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter--and the Bird is on the Wing.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Commentary

Comments by Georgina Lancaster, Lahaina, Maui

A few days ago, one of our best blogs turned off comments on its posts — a move which, ironically, reignited discussion about the value of blog comments in a world pulsing with social media. Specially in the Hawaiian Islands. Some sites have inspired commenting that could only be described as pitiable drivel; others, the good ones, seem to inspire respectful, well-thought out opinions from informed readers.

"Yes, in our dancing world, many dancers are quick to believe
the bad things they hear about good people."


I used to think this was a matter of where the site pitched within the market, and who used it. The story convinces me that content topic also influences the tone, quality, and usefulness of comment contributions. But I’m sure there are other factors as well: the kinds of content you’re presenting, the degree of opinion included in that content, and so on.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Of course, dancers have always been reluctant to express their opinions, publicly. And many blogs have bigger plans. Get more comments that may lead to steady information contributions for the benefit of the reader/dancers of the blog. And even more than that, some may eventually feel ready to become a Guest Author. How about that? Your own blog within a blog.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges


For all those people working online, with a plethora of social media to manage, countless personal and direct messages to respond to, and, hey, a bit of work to do as well, the question arises: are blog comments worth it?

And Trump is not in, yet screwing up already. He does not
have the faintest idea that history repeats itself.

"Those that make peaceful reform impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Anti-Virus

In spite of the Trump backers there will be new legislation against hackers and malware. Trump thinks that crooks have got rights too. And Trump now says there are too many orientals in his US. My computer with Windows 7 is slowing down considerably. Although many have told me that Trump and Microsoft are doing it to force everyone into Windows 10. No selling needed anymore, - Force Them!

"We can choose to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion.
Or perhaps better to approach them with an open mind, a dash
of optimism and a great deal of candor."


The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective in the real world. Many of them only protecting (at best) 80% or 90% against threats out there in the wild at any time, and their protection against ransomware is very bad.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


Antivirus products should protect against two general types of threats to be effective: known threats and unknown threats. Known threats have a signature so good, that AV products should be able to detect the threat and get rid of it. That is what's known as reactive detection. There will always be other unknown threats no matter how much protection there may be against known threats. As quickly as fixes are made, the bad guys are creating fresh new malware. AV products need to protect against new threats in a proactive way, therefore antivirus software can be scored by looking at how many new threats they are able to prevent.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

In Windows, System Restore is somewhat effective if you recognize the threat of today. But after a few months depending on your use, there may be too much crap in your registry and it may be better to completely restore the entire Operating System to the original. Making sure you have backed up all your data. It does not help that in this modern age, programmers are complicators. In our day, they use to be called simplifiers. Tough.

"Life is short, so do what makes you happy. Try to be
with those who make you smile. Laugh as much
as you breathe,  and love as long as you live."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Advertising?

No, in our blogs we don't sell or have advertising.

Advertising techniques are tools that are used to attract the attention of the reader/dancers, engage minds, trigger emotions, and change what the dancers think. Some methods are clean, some are sneaky and some are downright dirty. In our blogs we try using only the clean ones and we do not really think in terms of advertising. We only think in terms of communicating dance information that might be of interest to our reader/dancers and we do it for free.

"Blogging can become an art, same as any other method of
self-expression. Some are better at it than others.
We are slowly getting better."



Advertising techniques can influence behavior across the spectrum of persuasive communications: direct mail, newspaper and magazine ads, commercial dance websites, radio and TV, even social media pages. So we must make ours into more effective communication and we need to know which of our techniques work, and which work best. We are still in the process of building up our readership. Any experts on Blogging out there?

"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins



This two way street that we have been talking about for a couple years now is still in limbo. We must be patient and wait until our thing on Oahu evolves into Social Media. When everyone will be ready to contribute information to share with our fellow readers. And every blog will be different so that each reader/dancer can have choice of where he wishes to post his opinion. Do I know what I am doing? No, not really because it has never been done before.

"When we feel sad we can dance, and when we feel happy,
we have to dance."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Competiton Dancing?

By Albert Klein, Los Angeles

While many suggestions for competition couples have merit, they are not so easily accomplished. In fact, not being able to implement them often leads to further feelings of inadequacy and self-criticism. It is my opinion that these suggestions fail to help the dancers and relationship issues, in general because they ignore what competitors are actually experiencing and encourage them to feel another way. Most couples who compete want to win or at least be acknowledged for their efforts and are disappointed, angry or hurt when they are not recognized. Most people are anxious about being judged and fear making mistakes and feeling humiliated in front of an audience who are in fact judging their competence and physical appearance. I believe in an approach that includes the following would be more helpful than self-talk alone or just sucking it up.

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more
or less a second chance."


1. Begin, by discussing, with your partner, your reasons for competing with each other. Are there differences? Can both of your needs be accomplished?

2. Share your feelings about being judged and making mistakes. Try not to ridicule or minimize  your partner's fears or anxieties, though they may not make sense or seem trivial to you.

3. Encourage each other to be honest about any disappointment or hurt experienced when you do not dance well; and really celebrate together when you reach your goal and feel successful. 

"The Song Is You" by Frank Sinatra

4. Agree in advance to an ongoing evaluation of your individual and joint experience in dance competitions. Are we in sync? Have our goals changed? Most importantly, is competing contributing to our positive regard for each other?

5. If arguments occur frequently, take time out. Spend time alone so each of you can clarify your concerns about your dance partnership. Talk it over with your teacher or coach.

Paying attention to the emotional flow or lack of it will help you avoid emotional collisions between the two of you. Dancing competitions can be exciting, stimulating and growth enhancing, but only if your relationship takes first place.

Albert

"Wish it, dream it, live it, do it."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Not That Bad

The blogs on Oahu have made the power of word-of-mouth advertising faster than ever. Witness what we are seeing in Platinum Horseshoe with the inclusion of two sister dance clubs - Wahiawa and Aeia Ballroom Dance Clubs. In years past, studio owners would ask for a testimonial for a printed brochure. Now, more effective is for everyone in the dance scene to ask all those raving fans to take their positive comments to a review online in a dance blog.

"Ain't it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do?"



Testimonials have always been helpful in the past. Inserting the words “registering at our dance studio” or “our dance studio” to see how they may generate some helpful reviews and comments from happy students. But what we have done in our blogging is to use the results of a social function and that made it interesting to our fellow dancers. That is the new Social Media for dancing and it is just plain communication.

"Wahikuli" by Amy Hanaialii



So we have two very interesting parts of each social function. The announcement (advertising?) of the coming attraction and the results of the function with all the photos of the happy dancers. If we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Suggestions are still welcomed and we will get better as we go along. We know only what our counters tell us and they are not perfect but "Blogger" provides the service to us for free and we appreciate it.

Blogger's Law #35b: "Whatever hits the fan will not
be evenly distributed."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day

The Battle of the Bulge: Hopefully the world will never see such a crime against humanity again, with so many killed and wounded on both sides. Some sources report that up to 19,000 Americans were killed, It was the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the United States. Some people called them heroes but most were not, they were just doing the call of duty.

Beautiful Song at the time: "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Bing Crosby

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region in Belgium, The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation. The phrase "Battle of the Bulge" was coined by contemporary press to describe the way the Allied front line bulged inward on wartime news maps and became the most widely used name for the battle.


Kau Kau Time

The Germans achieved total surprise on the morning of 16 December 1944 due to a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with Allied offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance. The Germans attacked a weakly defended section of the Allied line, taking advantage of heavily overcast weather conditions, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

The 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team had helped push the Germans out of southern Europe, one fierce, close-quarter battle at a time, from its campaign in Italy to its assault in the French Alps. Then, after six months of almost nonstop action, the exhausted, battle-hardened 517th was called into the ultimate battle — at a place called The Bulge. I salute them all.

"Dancers really know that some will dance to remember
and some will dance to forget." 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Platinum Horseshoe

It is now apparent that Platinum Horseshoe is taking over first place in our blogosphere which is gradually shaping up according to the way the entire dance scene is shaping up. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Club are the key factors in the rise of Platinum Horseshoe. The kokua to take photos for us has been awesome. And the clubs are getting to be better known on this island of Oahu. The hits for their socials have gone through the roof. The blogs will continue to influence one another and each blog will develop its own agenda, specially when they go independent.

"Most of us simply don't care how much you gossip about us.
Your fabricated stories can never dampen our self
respect or make us feel inferior."


Dancing in the Dark, my personal blog will attempt to present the new changes and the results as we go along. I will continue to polish and make whatever I think are the necessary adjustments. But the Two Centers and the Guest Authors will actually be the ones who will make those decisions. What do I know? The main thing is that we are getting closer to Social Media. And many of the our reader/dancers still do not know what that is.

"Waimanalo Blues" by Willie K.

One very obvious factor in West Oahu is that there are so many good dancers of the Latin - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango. Of course the real secret is the other "Waltz." I don't know what they are doing but I am going to study it. And of course, Bachata or Salsa is going to come in. If a Latin Dance Night Club ever appears on Oahu, it will be in the West.

"Malama Mau Hawaii" by Amy Hanaiali'i

Most people cringe at the thought of an angry parent or former student going online and writing a negative review of their experience at your club or dance studio. No one can make everyone happy, nor will you, but in today’s age of consumer-driven reviews on sites such as Yelp, Google Places, Yahoo and our blogs, you have to take a more commanding mode and get involved in managing your internet reputation. Know what’s being said about you and be able to respond. This is gonna be Social Media.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving to our favorite piece of music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rail: The client is in panic mode

From Hawaii Free Press which cannot be bought by the Present Rail Party.
Dear Editor,   October 29, 2016

It was doomed in the beginning. The design included a route and rails. Evidently it did not include the site engineering and related complexities: “Details” from relocation of power transmission lines to a power source were absent. Work was begun on a contract with a sorely incomplete design. Someone who knows more about the project could explain why things were done that way.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Here's something that anyone who has worked with large, complex system design will tell you. Don't ever sign on to something without a well-defined baseline. If you do, you will be so overwhelmed with change orders that nothing gets finished because it has to be re-done. Both the contractor and client will have to add staff just to deal with changes, their cost and other impacts, etc. As it fails to proceed, key people who see the hopeless disaster will start jumping ship, further crippling the project.

"The truth shall set you free, but first it's gonna piss you off."

This project is a disaster for two reasons. First, the client either did not possess the expertise to proceed with the contract or worse, operated with knowledge of their plan's inadequacies.

Beautiful Business Park in Kapolei, voted down by the
Present Rail Party. Yes, we know, it's the bread, Fred.
And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Second, when costs started running out of control, no one was able to say stop. Again a failure of the client. The contractors are working on a specific task x for which they are paid. It isn't their obligation hold the client's hand. Things were allowed to proceed while the omissions cropped up, one by one.

In the real world, higher ups on both sides bring in new talent to get things under control. Old talent is reassigned (i.e. careers ended) while the rest of the staff wonders who's next.


We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one Billion. Da Rail
Disaster is gonna go over ten billion dollars. And millions and
millions of dollars in profits are being made daily.

But of course the real source of the problem is a political entity, which will only make things worse. The client is in panic mode. They don't even realize how bad they look. (Someone needs to tell then that their media event with rail cars that won't be in service i.e. tested for years makes them look stupid.) We've seen the first scapegoat. And again, none of them have the courage to act or care about what has to be done. Finding a way out will take expertise and a lot of work, done without trying to actively carry out the project. Perhaps no one really wants to see that done, because they have realized that it's a lot worse than they thought.

Think about this the next time undersea power cables are brought up.

Stuart Wilson
Haiku, Maui

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Social Dancing on Oahu

By Anthony Kim, Maili
What is Dance?


Dance may have begun even before music. it is an art form in where generally, human movement developed more often with the help of music. It has become the medium for sensing, understanding and communicating ideas, emotions and experiences. It has for ages been performed in many places, either for entertainment or part of a religious ceremony.

"We can make the best or the worst of it but
all of us can only hope it is the best."


It connects people, sometimes unconsciously to the rhythms of nature. On Oahu there are many that can define dancing with certainty. But it is many faceted and definitions of what dance is can range from functional movement (such as folk dancing) to more virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Martial arts are often compared to dancing and sports such as gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are incorporated with dance also.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream) by the Chordettes


Dance can be classified or categorized in various ways, such as by the number of interacting dancers, as in solo dance, partner dance and group dance. However there can also be ceremonial dances, performance dances and social dances. The Hawaiian, Japanese and Chinese are good examples in Hawaii. People all over the world have danced for all kinds of reasons – to mourn, to celebrate, to heal, to give thanks, to preserve cultural heritage, for entertainment or to demonstrate their abilities.

Go ahead and tell us we dance incorrectly. Do any of us wonder
why we social dancers dance what we dance?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LAGS

There comes a time occasionally when there is collusion between the teachers and the students, a weakness for LAGS. (The Latest And Greatest Syndrome) The teachers want to impress the students of their knowledge of the advance patterns. Perhaps they can also show the students that they are learning far more than others at the same level and so enhance the teacher's reputation. The students response may be, "Wow, I am getting super hot and fast."

"The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness
while they snub contentment."


They get completely carried away from teaching a student the very basic that the student really needs to be good social dancer. And so they teach what is referred to as "Mickey Mouse" patterns. You see Mickey Mouse patterns being danced everyday and of course, by most beginning dancers they don't look very nice. They can look terrific on a seasoned exhibition dancer but that is a horse of a different color. Be aware of this kind of teaching.

"Caminito" By Placido Domingo


How many beginning dancers know what a rock step is? or a chasse? Or a spot turn. All basic movements in perhaps 1000 different dances. In Cha Cha Cha, you have one hundred step patterns to choose from to be a good leader, it is better to learn the ones that are easy to lead. To be a good follower these are easier to follow. There are six hundred documented steps in Cha Cha Cha, you know anyone who knows them all. And I mean anyone!

"Walk a Mile In My Shoes" by Joe South


Competition people, terrific in their own realm. Exhibition people, terrific in their own realm. But meanwhile all of our social dancers just want to move to music and are having a ball dancing these 90 basic steps to their favorite music, over and over again in sheer joy. Our dancing world is composed of many different factions. Is that so difficult to understand? Do we have to run anybody down? Can't we be friends?

"Dancers know that age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless,
of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Independence?

There is still a big chance for Town Dancer to become an independent blog. Completely on its own in answering only to their reader/dancers. Two or three good steady Two Centers and a couple of steady Guest Authors would send the hits up through the ceiling and they would have the best dance blog in the Pacific. I could still be a Guest Author for a few months but the time would come when I could resign very comfortably knowing that it was in good hands.

“How would dancer's lives be different if - We walked away from
gossip and verbal defamation? If We could let today be the
day - We would speak only the good We know of other
people and encourage others to do the same.”


I will have my hands full with the remaining six blogs, and working to get the next blog in line. I expect it to be Platinum Horseshoe but I will not make that decision. The reader/dancers and the Two Centers will make that decision I will play hell getting Platinum Horseshoe anywhere near Town Dancer in hits, but if they can get 65 average hits per day, they should be about ready. And then they can go independent and make their own rules.

"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

Meanwhile, I have plenty to do to get get more information contributors first and then hope they can see the light to become a Guest Author, 67 average hits per day should be a reasonable expectation for a promising independent blog. That is 2000 hits per month. There are already some terrific blogging on Oahu and some of our blogs may lead the way. Blogging is the coming Social Media.

"Dancers know that listening to great music can be extremely pleasant,
but dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals."