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."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Downtown

There may be a need for another social dance club but apparently they do not need another Dance studio or Night Club. Who knows? I don't. Whatever, I do not seem to get enough information to share with the readers.  Downtown seems to be different now that our dance blogs cover the entire island of Oahu. There is the traditional downtown and then there is Ala Moana Center and surrounding area. The main entertainment remains in Waikiki just a hop and skip away from Ala Moana.

"All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope."


The Rail Catastrophe has messed up the entire island of Oahu, for any new Dance Studio, Dance location or dance classes. But they will be coming because we are getting an increase in social dancers and these locals will be going more into the outskirts, that's for sure, but we just have to be patient. Of course, the problem for me, of not being able to get around as easily as when I had my bike.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


Then the reader/dancers do not realize yet the value of blogging. Some are picking up on this action but the Web sites have been in a longer time and have established a solid reputation. I do not know much but I am learning and the latest trial is to put two of the blogs on a weekly basis. I can test the counters for a couple weeks. To be current seems to be the keyword plus having different opinions in the blog content.

"Every day, dancers want to be better than they were the day before."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Town Dancer is in town, we all know that - Honolulu. But how about seeing the other parts of the Island like Central Valley and there are many that are aware of the Central Valley on Oahu. Waipio and all the way up to Whitmore Village. They have some industrial parks so that many residents can be home in 20 minutes. They believe the Rail Crisis is for the birds and falling apart already. But they know there are big bucks for Caldwell and the rest of the Fat Cats.

"Some dancers look for a beautiful place.
Some dancers make a place beautiful."


The ethnic groups have been reduced down to about a thousand and most people live in that section very comfortably. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way in the dance scene. They do not have a Web Site but they can use these blogs very nicely. And we offer the same to anyone else and it is all up to them.

"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Crew Cuts

From Aunty Maile:



"The answer may not lie at the bottom of a bottle of wine,
but we could at least check."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Wow!

This blog is still a puzzle, at one time so far ahead of anyone, it was pitiful. But it is still number one. Not likely to last forever, but for now it still looks pretty good. Perhaps now more than ever, with social dancers wanting to dance to the good music. They are finding out that of the some terrific oldies but goodies music is right up their alley. Social dancers are beginning to realize that we want to dance our way to our music, not to someone else's idea of how it should be danced.

"There is only one problem with religions that have all the answers.
They don't allow questions."


"The Shindig? What A Blast - Some want to listen, most want to
dance like there is no tomorrow - A beautiful thing to see."

I have spotted many of the tried and true Ballroom Dancers in some groups and I am making slow but steady progress in getting their information in our blogs. These are the kind of good social dancers that have been here for years and only now realizing that they have been in the right place all along and feel comfortable.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

We are getting closer to the independence for Town Dancer blog that I am looking for. One more Guest Author should do it. I can resign as Administrator and remain as Guest Author. But it will no longer be in my hands. However Platinum Horseshoe is still in the running.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

I went to a combo dance class and dance session last week, and met a lady who never heard of the Rock Step. What I was doing, she thought, was Quick, Quick which is true, She had never heard of a Chassé either. Strange.

"Today, dancers choose to live in the present moment and to cherish the beauty of music and dance. They are grateful for even the smallest things in life and remain open to signs that their vision is becoming a reality."

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Solid as a Rock

Yes, it is surprising that this blog remains in front of them all with little trumpeting. My congratulations to all the readers that have remained. It proves that the blog is on solid ground. Now we just need more readers on all the blogs, and we need more dance information to share with them from somebody, - anybody.

"People must search for what is right, and
let happiness come on its own."


A dance blog is information for the reader/dancers. That is pretty simple. But in order to give the reader/dancers the information, we have to get it from someone. And I am only now starting to walk again. Aye, there's the rub. Not many are willing to share the information with their fellow dancers. It will take time to find those willing to share their point of view with the rest of us.

"Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" by Friends Of Distinction


No, this photo was not take at the Hinky Dinky Bar on Hotel Street.

First step is to let yourself become a Two Center, that is an information contributor, without any commitments except to get whatever information you wish to share with your fellow dancers published in the blog. This not Facebook or Twitter, so we do not mind if it does not appear in Moscow, or in Ireland. These blogs are mainly about dancing in Hawaii and more particularly on Oahu.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


My immediate route will be along the #53 bus, that goes down Kam Hwy as far as Aiea, then gets on the Freeway and gets off on Vineyard. Around the bend at Liliha to King street, then through town all the way to the Ala Moana Center. If anyone knows of a place, I could blog, I can get there very easy from where I live in Pearl City without calling on the Handi Van people, who are just terrific. And I can take my walker.

"Great is the fortune of he who possesses a good bottle of wine,
a good book and a good friend" ~ Moliere