Saturday, January 28, 2017

The North Shore

Many on Oahu can see that living in Paradise is not Honolulu. Now that second city has been stopped by the Present Rail Party, it must be elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Fat Cats of Honolulu want all the action in Honolulu. "Let's keep the country, country" was not coined by anyone in the country, Paradise can be molded nearer to the heart's desire. What's doin' on the North Shore? The Present Rail Party wants to stop the building of New Housing and new Business in General.

"Dancers can dance love, and they dance joy, and they can dance dreams. And they can be very happy to be music and dance people.”

“These are ag lands. We live on islands and our resources are finite,
and we need to be able to protect and preserve the lands that
will feed us and our children and our grandchildren.”

But the fact is that in the last ten thousand years they have never been used for agriculture. And anyone on this Island has seen that there are hundreds of acres in Oahu not being used for anything. Can the Rail Disaster be built on Ag lands. He He. No problem. And the Fat Cats of Honolulu are making millions and millions of dollars in pure unadulterated profits on what they now call the "Gravy Train,"


The beautiful Business Park. Yep, voted down as always by the
Present Rail Party. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

On Oahu the project on the North Shore presents an opportunity for many in the community to be able to purchase affordable property and build their own homes They want to see the young people from Haleiwa, Waialua, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, stay on the North Shore and don’t want to see them move and that’s what they’re doing. This is an opportunity and all we hope is that they back it up with a business park, so the residents can have less commute time.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Yes the Present Rail Party is following the new Trump rules.
It's the money, Sonny. "And The Rich Shall Inherit The Earth."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Advertising?

Say PR, as in public relations, particularly during a conversation about ballroom dancing and/or social media, and participants are liable to have vastly different perspectives on the topic. Traditionally, public relations referred to the art of getting mentions of a person, company or other organization placed in the media, namely print, radio and television. It can also be done in Blog and Web sites. On Oahu, it differs from advertising and not many music and dance venues have advertising.

"Dancers don't just dance, they perform, they breathe and watch the world disappear. They release their feelings and lead with their hearts. They tear down walls and - stop feeling sad, lose the pain, let go and smile."


In both public relations and advertising, getting the message across does not do the same thing in social media and ours is blogging. There is plenty of feedback on the mainland but not on Oahu. Most organizations that do advertise do not use another because they already have one. The understanding of "instead of" and "in addition to" are both just beginning to be recognized. You want only one, that is your decision.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed


In our blogging we have three stages. The commenters who can make short comments at the end of each blog just by merely writing it in. The Information Contributors share much more information and even photos by emailing them into any Guest Author on any blog that they wish. And of course, the max is the Guest Authors who will in effect have their own blog within the Main Blog. They can get, in, save, publish and get out without saying boo to anyone.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho


With enough Guest Authors, the hits will go through the roof, I can resign and the blog will become independent. The Guest Authors will run it and make their own rules. I plan on letting my best blogs go independent first. The junk blogs will remain mine. So now is your chance, start somewhere along the chain, it will be your decision, yes or no.

"Every professional dancer was once an amateur - every expert was once a beginner - so go ahead and dream big, but start now." 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blog Comments

Do our Blogs Need a Comments Policy?

A Comments Policy would be a statement defining our policy regarding comments on our blogs. It is also a “responsibility statement.” It informs the reader of what we will allow on our blogs, what we will not allow, and what they are allowed to do. It establishes publicly the responsibilities of each party involved. Do our blogs need one? Not likely. We don't get enough comments to worry about and we bring this up only because we need more comments. You can write whatever you damn well please. In our dancing social media blogs, independent opinions are very important to the readership.

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of
getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing
and appreciating what we do have."


From Rupert James Email: "I noticed that you had included a comment box a while ago.  But in all the blogs, I’ve only seen one or two comments from readers.  I think it would be good for you to encourage comments.  Even if it is just one word, like good or awesome or not.  If someone makes the effort to comment, perhaps next time, the comment will be a sentence, then a few sentences and soon you would have another information contributor."

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Virus Bulletin, an independent security information testing lab, scores different antivirus products on both reactive and proactive detection. They have created what they call RAP averages. RAP stands for “Reactive And Proactive”. They have conclusively proven that anti virus programs can do some but not all of the work in detecting and removing the junk. And Trump and his Republican Attack Dogs do not want to make it illegal for Malware, Ransomware and plain ordinary invasion of Internet privacy for the computer users.

"There has always been room for improvement in our dance scene even if we have a nucleus that is pretty good, we just need more players." 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ballet by Rupert

From Rupert Pennefother: Seattle, Washington.

I'm naturally athletic and I have always loved pushing myself to the maximum. At school my reading was slow because I'm dyslexic, so I'd spend hours in the classroom unable to concentrate. My legs would fidget constantly and I'd disturb the other students  But when I got into the dance studio I could release all that energy and express myself without words.

"Dancing is the primitive expression, similar to religion and love." 


Ballet is about control and I enjoy the idea of perfecting every single position. It sounds strange but all the work happens when I'm training in this studio, when I'm on stage dancing in front of 2000 people, that's when I relax and enjoy the moment.

"The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles


Dance Pavilion in Waikele? The Present Rail Party says no.

I'm happiest in the middle of a performance - it's my escape. The stresses of everyday life go out of my head for a short period of time, and I lose myself. My main goal is to get the audience to experience a similar sense of escape. One mistake, though, and they'll suddenly snap out of the magical world that they're in.
"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


Dancing is like meditation for me. Or rock climbing, that's the only other time I have experienced the same feeling of being so focused on what you're doing that all other thoughts vanish. You're just living in the moment.
Rupert

The correct URL for Dancing in the Dark is
http://ewaplain.blogspot.com/

Dance Clubs do not normally rely on newspaper, radio or TV ads as a source of advertising. In fact they do very little advertising except through their newsletters and their Web sites. If you’re spending any money on advertising what kind of results have you seen? Does your target market still look in those places when making a decision on dancing? The same goes for the phone book. They are all one way communication. What is Social Media? and Blogging?

"All dancers have to know for themselves what they are capable of."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Oahu Blogosphere

by John Hashimoto, Manoa

For sure the Dance divisions on Oahu are coming to accept the "other" styles and not feel so "threatened" that they must talk stink about the other. Dancing is for the dancers, not for the organizations. This group of people dance this way, and those others dance a different way. We should accept that, that is the way they want to dance, let them. And of course, we certainly have the right to dance our way. So we don't accept anyone telling us, we are dancing incorrectly. we should do as we damn well please.

"Most dancers know that gossip is based on lies and someone wanting
to feel better about themselves, by hurting someone else."


Of course there is the Spectator division, which may or may not be dancers. This cannot be mistaken when the "showcases" in Waikiki, empty soon after the "show" is over. Perhaps it has always been Show Business, I don't know. I have always submitted that the bulk of the dancers are not show business but dance for the sake of dancing. A very simple fact even though many out there would like to make things a lot more complicated.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Go to any night club that has dancing of any kind and you will see people moving to the music of their choice in their accepted manner. Granted, mostly the young will have another fad dance next week. Let them have their fun. And night clubbers have always tried to disassociate themselves from Ballroom Dancers. Why? They have painted the entire ballroom scene with the same brush. We are not exhibition or to be seen dancers. We can dance for fun too. And we are closer to them than to the Rootzi Tootzis.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed


People on Oahu, outside of Honolulu are beginning to realize this more than anyone. We need more "public" opinions, ones that can be written in the blogs by Information Contributors and Guest Authors. Then the entire enchilada will form much faster for the good of everyone. The rootzi tootzis have always insisted that they are a world apart from us common dancers. I concur, no hu hu. We just have to find a nice way of keeping them out of our kuleana and staying out of theirs. Then we can all be happy. Wouldn't that be nice?

"Bottle Of Wine" by Willie K

New Year's Eve at our local Pearl City Bar the announcement was that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, they wanted everyone to be standing next to the one person who made their life worth living. As the clock struck 12, chaos erupted as the bartender was almost crushed to death.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Show Business

Exhibition Dancing
By Franklin McCarthy, Kahala


Some social dancers who become proficient in their own eyes, (besides others,) will agree to perform in a demonstration or exhibition. Exhibition dancing is more similar to competition dancing than social dancing because there's a strong emphasis on choreography and performing a specific style and type of dance to a more perfect level.

"Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined
with doing good is it useful."


Like competition dancing, of course you will have practiced well with your partner, the dance, the level of choreography, and the music that you will dance to, over and over again until it is almost perfect. On Oahu, you can see by the newsletter reviews and the blogging and it is commonly accepted that all of the exhibition dancers are at exactly the same level. However, the "judges" are the audience, and that is not under anyone's control. While our audiences may not know that much about dancing, dancers seek to please the audience with their own unique style, dance moves and the music. And they do very well indeed.

"I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" By The Electric Prunes


Exhibition dancers like the opportunity to perform and get a response from the audience when they dance. They all offer something nice to the public and their friends. Exhibition dancing is doing a controlled thing (choreography) in a somewhat uncontrolled setting (before a live, minimally dance-trained audience) for reasons the audience will define as (entertainment value). We on Oahu are fortunate to have so many good exhibition dancers in our dance community. And of course there will be show business on Oahu as long as we have the Spectator Division in Ballroom Dancing.

"Be an opener of doors for those who come after you,
and do not try to make the universe a blind alley."

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Where are we?

"January 1st is the first blank page in a 365 page book for each one of us.
Let's make it a good one."

From the Rubaiyat, by Omar Khayyam.

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and - sans End !


Ballroom dance on Oahu used to have a wide definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of Exhibition and Competition dance sport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope. International seems to think it is theirs and the American Style is half way there, trying to think that way too. The two styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness.

"Blind Man In The Bleachers" by Loyal Garner


Of course, the ordinary dancers, overwhelming in sheer numbers, are purely social and mainly involve natural movement learned on the social dance floor with plenty of help from amateur instructors in the non profit dance clubs. Street Dancing? They have learned to dance among members of their kind of dancing - to the music of their choice. The Social Dancers are finally coming to the forefront and they will continue to dance up a storm. This year will define this a little more clearly.

"The Hukilau Song" by Don Ho


Many have gotten good teaching from our terrific American style teachers and developed into beautiful dancers with a natural flair and feel for the music. It involves in the main, what everyone considers themselves - beginners, intermediates and advanced and no one makes that decision for them. They don't dance in ballrooms, they dance in gas stations, malls, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers and even in night clubs. Only 4 per cent of the population? That is 40,000 social dancers on Oahu and they are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

"For social dancers, dancing is an art form and it defines them."

Many of our readers could look into Dance Fever Oahu site and Frank's blogs, they cover the famous Palladium and much territory not available to us. You can see more information in the "pages" - just below the header of this blog or you can just click the name in the side bar and it will appear like magic on your screen.

The New Year fireworks in Pearl City were out of this world.