Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Peripherals

Pertaining to, situated in, or constituting the periphery:
Aside from our big dominant group, which includes most of the members of the social dance clubs on this island, there are the peripherals. In the main most were established several decades ago in the beginnings of protesting "ballroom," and the simple fact is that they like the dancing that they do. Anybody think that is wrong?

"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them."


Argentine Tango was one of the first. They would neither accept American or International "ballroom" Tangos, - or even any others. Unfortunately, in Argentina they were developing several other different styles of dance too. Many of the movements coming from Tangos evolving all over the world specially the Acrobatic movements for show business. As per usual it is the younger dancers that are pursuing a newer dance world.

"Perfidia" by Placido Domingo

The Swing Dancers have been on the most solid ground and we are most fortunate to have the Swing Dance Club in Honolulu. They have developed and polished many styles that were becoming obsolete and to this day have a very wide repertoire of swing dances. And the right music to go with it. They also had the same reasons as the Argentine Tango people and they can dance rings around most cultural or recreational dancers.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel

Salsa dancers evolved from the Mambo dancers and what the "young" perceived as "Latin" dancing which has since been pretty much narrowed in foot fashion but increased a hundred fold in the arm movements. They allowed Cha Cha Cha and Merengue but they still considered themselves "Salsa Dancers." They are very emphatic in not wanting to be part of the old "ballroom" scene. Since it is pretty much a young peoples dance, (it is still in progress and Bachata coming in) and in New York City the original lead location, Salsa clubs are slowing down.

"Social dancers believe that there are shortcuts to happiness
and dancing is one of them." 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Budget from Daily Kos

By Joseph Stigler,
Former World Bank Chief Economist.

It’s like everything else: It’s made up. You could say it’s a collection of lies put together. It doesn’t make any economic sense. I don’t think anybody who’s looked at it has—can fathom the economics. I mean, you mentioned one thing, the 3 percent growth rate, which is the largest deviation in estimate relative to the CBO on record.

"Keep Calm And Dance Forever"


You know, when I was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, we wanted to be responsible, and we always were conservative and were very careful, getting the views of everybody, wanted to make sure that our numbers were reasonable. He’s made no pretense to be reasonable. In fact, what’s striking is, while he assumes that there’s going to be more growth, if you look at the budget, it’s designed to reduce growth.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


He cuts out support for science, for R&D, which is the basis of productivity growth. He cuts out support for job retraining, so when people leave one job, they can be trained for the next job. He cuts out support for Pell grants, so those who have low income can get the education so they can live up to their potential. All these are things that actually lower economic growth. So I would say this is not a growth budget, this is a no-growth budget.

"The World Has Been Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

The republicans in Hawaii think he is alright. His wife no longer does, since she found out he has been getting a little nookie on the side. He is their president and the best man the republicans got. You can imagine the level of the others. But the rich get richer.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Communciation

Newspapers have been serial publications containing news about current events, other informative articles about politics, sports, arts, and so on, and advertising for over two hundred years. Independent newspapers have done a terrific job throughout the world. Journalism became an elite term in politics

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated

through a dancer into action, and because there is only one of
you in all of time, this expression is unique."


As of 2017, most newspapers are now published online as well as in print. The online versions are called online newspapers or news websites. Newspapers are typically published daily or weekly. News magazines are also weekly, but they have a magazine format. General-interest newspapers typically publish news articles and feature articles on national and international news as well as local news.
"I will dance for you" by Willie K


The news includes political events and personalities, business and finance, crime, weather, and natural disasters; health and medicine, science, and computers and technology; sports. Also entertainment, society, food and cooking, clothing and home fashion, and the arts and with excellent photography. There was a reason for the amendment containing Freedom of the Press. Then came Television in the late forties, and did it with much more flourish. The increase in newpapers began slowing down. More people were acquiring TVs and spending more time on them.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


In the nineties entered the Web site into the Internet and it bowled the computer world over as a beautiful magazine and very quickly attained eliteness. Shortly after that came the Blog sites, a chronological listing of blog posts and a commenting system that invites readers to participate in the communication and leave behind comments. It has had tough time getting the recognition it deserves. Much of it is being recognized as an Internet newspaper and social media. It is still not clear but it will with the coming new blood into the scene.

"Social Dancers find that dance, music, and literature is how
they make sense of the world." 

Pub's Side Note: Don't miss Sunday blog,
That's Dancing by Frank, it's da kine.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Improving

I don't know what happened but Town Dancer has been bouncing back a little. Probably the old faithful readers. At any rate, the readers are not used to feedback and that would really set this blog up again to number one. Ordinary advertising media is, to whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job.

 "We can come to believe that what is most important to us
could be blogged, made verbal and shared, even at
the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."


Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog. They are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself from information contributors. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before. It is slowly being understood much better. With over 30000 dancers on this Island we have hopes.

"Heart Aching Blues" by Willie K


The system is evolving very nicely. I get the news or a poster of an up and coming function and I blog it. Then I may be invited but they should know my limitations. I can take my camera and take the first picture just to be sure the camera is working. But my hands do not work very well and I must pass the camera around and get three or four different people getting a half dozen picture each. I can take care of the rest and make a nice blog and the hits always go thru the roof.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii


Platinum Horseshoe is way ahead mostly on search engines and scam, spam robot hits. But we are slowly losing those and hopefully soon, all of them. Next is Blogging Hawaii also bouncing back a little and for the same reasons. When we get some Guest Authors we will cover more ground and the hits will go through the roof. And I can look forward to giving away my best blog.

"Social Dancers know that they are a work in process. This means
you get there a little at a time, not all at once."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hawaii Star Ball

It is quite amazing that this blog is getting back on track, over 100 average hits per day. Of course, much of it is search engines, like Google, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. I share all my blogging with these microblogs. Then there are the scam, spam, robot hits which do not do any of us any good. Most are from Russia, some kind of deal made with Trump. We all know him, anything for money.

"Social Dancers are not addicted to dancing, they just
have a very committed relationship."


Then we get a few comments and they are mostly good printable comments, very valuable. We get a little spam, but that is to be expected and I delete those in a hurry. So in all the blogs that we have, feel free to comment, you may have something to say that the readers want to read. The readers look forward to comments at the end of every blog. Better than Anonymous, use a pen name if you do not want your name in. It sounds more social media.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Received from Marie Laderta: Paul and Marie had planned an April dream cruise in the Orient. We wish them a wonderful time. Anyway she sent the Poster for Hawaii Star Ball, - much too soon, but why not? We may have dancers coming from the Neighbor Islands. At this time they may not be back yet so I will stick in the poster again one month later.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner



Information Contributors are still of prime importance in this blog. Dance teachers, disk jockeys, live band members, dance location owners, dance clubs, and anything that may interest our reader/dancers. The photos may be of secondary importance but still very necessary. This has been a long time coming and our entire blogosphere is very slowly growing every day. The information contributors will establish which blog goes ahead and becomes independent.

"Most Social Dancers realize the truth that everyone is going to hurt you.
You just gotta find out which ones are worth suffering for."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Getting Back Up

I am still getting some good bits and pieces from the Internet, and everybody knows, if you copy one person, that is plagiarism but if you copy from many, that's research. I read different blogs during the week, for all sorts of reasons, but I turn to blogs when I want to read alternative viewpoints. Of course, that is the main idea of feedback to get all these honest different opinions that are as good as gold. Many on Oahu do not realize this - never been done before.

"Social dancers know that life always offers another chance.
It is called tomorrow."


The main purpose of the classic dances set up by the disciplines is that most everyone will have some acquaintance of dances being played and the leader can lead and the follower can follow. Makes it a lot easier to go by the simple rules that have been set up from long experience. Of course there is the fun and enjoyment of the music which usually includes, the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Swing. The extras would be the Samba, Tango, Merengue and may include the latest fad. A little line dancing for extra flavor should not be difficult to understand.

"Holoholo Ka'a" by Willie K


Feedback from conversation, the bronze (beginning) repertoire in the Social dancer may go to at least twenty good solid basic moves in every dance. And it may include some basic movements not ordinarily included in any of the disciplines. It probably would include the walking step for timing (no styling required) to the music and a walking step can have a little extra movement somewhere to accentuate the rhythm of the dance. Most of this enchilada has been done for ages.

 "Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaialii


Then it starts to get a little professional. The Silver (intermediate) may also increase at least 20 steps. These forty are quite enough to enjoy a dance on the normal dance floor. Anything else becomes showcase, show dance or exhibition and maybe even competition. And of course the choice should be the dancer's. There are approximately 600 documented steps in Rumba. Anybody out there think that a person that knows all 600 has six times as much fun as a person that knows 100? Gawd!

"Good social dancers should never really blame anyone in their lives.
Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience,
but the best people give you memories."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Da Trump Wall

The Trump servants have not said anything about the "The Great Trump Wall" lately. Could be he is messing up in too many other places at the moment. All his yes men were going to be stockholders in the new "Trump Construction Company" to build a wall somewhere. Ryan, McConnell and the Koch Brothers, naturally. There was a mention of possible 100 billion dollars in profits. And who was going to pay for this wall? Guess. We are all sure now, that the rich got money and they want more. "Anybody don't like it can get the hell outta heah." That is what he said. These people are all heart.

"Social dancers do not let compliments get to their heads,
nor criticism get to their hearts."


In Hawaii, we are losing a lot of republicans, many which are human beings. Some are still staying in spite of the crackpot leading them now. Some of the good guys have even told me not paint them all with the same brush. He has a point. I voted for Djou and he could have been Mayor if he had not been tied to that jerk in the White House. Politics is not all fun.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


I am working on making these blogs more interesting and so far the best way is when they are not from only one blogger but from many points of view. The real value of blogging isn't the capability of the tool, but the ability for each and every page on the site, each and every article, to invite and display feedback from readers. This is a dramatic difference from the old ways because it changes a dance monologue, a "brochure," into a dialogue with reader/dancers. Those opinions are very valuable to our dance scene on Oahu and are starting to be evident in our blogs. Patience.

"Sabor A Mi" by Luis Miguel


 "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned." I just saw her again after 20 years. I felt so sorry for her, she looks like hell and she did not say much but she seemed apologetic in her speech. And it makes no difference whether she was scorned or not. She asked me to marry her. I told her the truth that I was in no condition to marry anyone. I had never kissed her and held her hand only when dancing. The blot has been there all this time and I really don't want to see her ever again.

"All that Social Dancers ever seek from good deeds
is a measure of respect."


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dance Studios

By Jeff Allen, Dancing USA magazine
Dance Instructors Wanted: No Experience Necessary.

The purpose of this article is meant to inspire qualitative teaching and moral business practices for those who pay for and deserve excellence in dance education. The segments of the public who can afford large blocks of dance instruction without economic consequence are rare. The rest of us are generally turned off when we do have the opportunity to make the discovery of this less than savory business, contract and sales practices by dance studios and the so called  "professional dance instructors."

"Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude."


What all dance students deserve is getting a quality dance education from the first lesson. Dance Professionals and studio owners with self-respect and respect for their students will not be offended by this article. It is my hope, that they will join me in speaking out and do whatever it takes to change many practices within the profession before being forced by a government agency or statutory regulation to do so. The educated consumer does not want to pay for artificial and false accolades meant to paint an insincere picture of the student's progress as an attempt to sell more lessons. The students simply want to learn to dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


I have always believed that the intrinsic desire to dance, channeled into the ability to dance, becomes the love of the art. For this to occur, qualified professionals must supervise the process. If they did, we would increase the base population of students beyond our wildest dreams. For this to happen, many of our dinosaurs in our business must either adapt or like their predecessors become extinct.

Uncovered rule in a Social Dance Club:
"In this organization there will always emerge one person that
knows what is going on. That person must be eliminated."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Looking Good All Around

May is getting off to a good start in all my blogs. Unfortunately a lot of the hits are scam, spam robot kind that do not do anything for us. The neighbor islands are becoming aware that we are here. Hopefully they will go with Blogging Hawaii. From there I must hustle some good amateur teachers willing to share a little information with their fellow dancers. Do women teachers have opinions? Then with perhaps a couple guest authors of their choosing and I can still prepare this blog for their independence.

"Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the
only one who can do it permanently. A blog is in many
ways a continuing conversation."


Since the Palladium is well covered by Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's blogs, I have to look elsewhere to blog'em. And there are a few groups with little or no public relations, and those I will help if I can. Many good prospects in the area. With the Handi Van helping me I am getting around more. Some do not wish to be bothered and I will continue to respect. But those that I can help, they will see me there with bells on.

"Pulelehua" by Nohelani Cypriano


West Oahu is still getting a lot of readers, the area West of the Stadium to Kapolei is full of good people. From there I go in two directions. One going up the Waianae coast to Makaha and the other going up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. We have an awful lot of good social dancers in this territory. I am working on it and I hope I have enough time to build it up before I go. With some help it should be easy.

"Summer Place" by Andy Williams


We will be getting closer to the point where the cultural dancers will no longer hear the music they are supposed to dance to, but will hear the music that they want to move to for their pleasure not someone else's. The few DJs in the West that I see do very well in the music they lay down for the dancers. They try to not play the same songs, over and over again, to keep the dancers happy. They seem to phase the least favored songs for another time and introduce one of the classic oldies. I am just beginning to look into it and most us know that the DJs want the dancers to be happy.

"Social Dancers, discover that when they seek the best in others,
they somehow bring out the best in themselves."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Recover

The entire enchilada's total hits are going up very slowly. We are losing many scam spam robot hits but we are gaining a few legit hits here and there. This in spite of having little feedback from the readers. When we get more comments that will make a difference. Town Dancer still in second place and is recovering very nicely from a very low of 39 average hits to over 50 average hits per day. A few people commenting and a couple good information contributors would send the hits up over 100.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”


Meanwhile the niche of this blog has been settling to Honolulu, which is just fine with me. Platinum Horseshoe is number one and covering West Oahu and including the North Shore. The information available is the determining factor in any blog. The Palladium is very nicely covered by Dance Fever Oahu and by Frank's blogs, so I must focus on the surrounding territory or wherever the need is. For instance, Extrava Danza blog was set up for live music and dance on Oahu. Very little feedback and I have to find whatever I can. Most have their own Web sites and would rather not be bothered and I will respect.

"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Jimmy Borges


The best comments and contributed information comes from the reader/dancers. In blogging those are the most valuable opinions. Next come the regular attendees that have definite opinions of the dance scene and then the dance instructors and the DJs. Whichever blog gets the most of these will be the one to lead in the hit department and will go independent. I can resign in peace.

"Social Dancers do not practice. Every time they dance,
they become better versions of themselves."