Sunday, April 10, 2016

Change

Our blog sphere is getting pretty steady and we have too much SOS. (same old shit.) We need new and fresh viewpoints. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We are sorely in need of music orientation from different viewpoints. Which may in turn get other opinions. That's social media!

"The more informed our island dance group is, the more empowered
they will be to think for themselves and our organizations will be
more representative of democracy."

Blogging Hawaii was displaced by Dancing Nights in the top three but now may be getting back in. A few more days will tell. Town Dancer remains in front but not by much. Where are the hits coming from? Since I was able to get rid of a lot of scam spam robot hits, most are legit hits. At any rate, a couple of information contributors and a couple of Guest Authors will settle which one will be selected for independence.

"Lloraras" por Oscar D'Leon

The night clubs and the dance studios are doing just fine and there seems to be a growing interest in taking classes at a dance studio. Specially with all the different dances available for the learning. There are over fifty on Oahu alone, mostly with the young (under 30 crowd.) This is being gradually established and accepted by almost every one.

"Aguanile" por Marc Anthony

Divino Ritmo Dance Studio seems to be leading the parade for dance studios and using blogs to spread the word. They know that the blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to." They use Richie Fun and the Dancing Nights blog. I, in turn, share it with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So they get some good public relations.

"Suenan Mis Timbales"
por Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Hawaii seems to be leading the way in Live music and with a larger than normal band. But he plays some good Bachata and Salsa music. I am just connecting with him and he may see the value in blogging. Whatevah, that is good enough for me. I am not stopping for anyone, I have to be on my way. I have made my decisions and I will have to take the heat for it.

"El Cumbanchero" pot Ismael Rivera


The older I get, the more I realize. I don’t know everything. And that makes me spiritually sensitive to others. I’m less dogmatic. More open to other people’s experience of Life. As we age, we experience things that aren’t easily explained - tragedies - failing health - and we become more reflective. There is so much more to learn about the mystery that is life and death and I’ve just got this thimbleful of knowledge.

From Waianae, "It is impossible to pass another boat without waving." True?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We Got Da Stats

I am having fun with my stats of the hit counters on my blogs. Of course, I no longer believe the counters because they count everything. So if I let the robot scam spat robots in, they just run up the hits and that is not too bad just so all our readers understand. Same thing applies to the Search Engines. My advantage is that my stats record average hits per day. At the beginning of the month they are pretty erratic, because of all these outsiders.

"On Oahu where there is love and dance, there is life."


Fortunately, by the tenth, because of the averages, they pretty well establish the relative differences in our blogosphere. That usually gives me Town Dancer in first place. Then it has been Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights for second and third. All my stat indicators do not point to Dancing Nights but they have Richie Fun as Guest Author and he has a couple of information contributors. The only other blog that has Guest Authors is Town Dancer.


"Crazy" by Linda Rondstat

I consider those blogs as the top links and good candidates for possible independence. They are all building up readership and my intent is to get rid of my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. So the readers know by now that they can begin as information contributors in any blog and become Guest Authors whenever they decide it;


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Every Guest Author is worth between 10 to 20 average hits per day. So that Dancing Nights with another Guest Author could possibly pass Town Danccr and we can groom them for independence. I can make the final set up with at least two administrators for backup - and resign. I will still have my hands full with six blogs.


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Oahu- West is beginning to make its move. There are dancers all up and down the Waianae Coast and up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. So as soon as Platinum Horseshoe gets the Guest Author they may be the ones. The decision will not be mine.

Dance Law #23B:
To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dancing Along

From Frank Miyashita, Enchanted Lake

Took awhile for me to get it. "Smooth" is the American version of Standard in International Style of Dance. American includes every dance except the Quickstep. And there have been various attempts to include the Peabody with no success. In competition, the main difference between Smooth and Standard is that in Smooth, you may make use of the various open positions present in Latin dancing, or even break apart altogether and do side-by-side or interactive stuff. It is similar to International show dancing, but without the lifts.

"As we grow older, we realize that it is less important to have
lots of friends and more important to have real ones."


"The Impossible Dream" by Jim Nabors

Since the American smooth has only four dances, one would think that it is slightly simpler, but there is a reason that they left out the Peabody. Of all the styles of Ballroom, the Peabody (similar to the quickstep) is by far the most risky. Not only do dancers fly around the floor at lightning speed like the standard dancers, but they also dance apart with limbs flying in all places, like the Latin dancers. On Oahu, no one dances the Peabody.


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

With these open positions, the couple doesn't have the maneuverability that a standard dancer has, and so floorcraft is a much bigger challenge. They both require large ballrooms, which puts them in almost the same category as Internationals. Our group the Cultural dancers are much different and we have a more social reason for dancing.

It seems pretty evident that a glass of wine is good for us.
Wow, think of what a whole bottle would do!