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."