Thursday, October 18, 2018

Development

So now we are down to five blogs, in a plateau of average per day hits, that is moving very slowly up. All I can do for now is a little promoting in Word Press, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + and Facebook. The readers can help with a few Information and Photo contributions along the way. This is turning out to be more fun. Won't somebody out there join in? No registration or registration fees, no annual or monthly meeting or dues and you contribute (not money) but whatever info or fotos you want, whenever you damn well please. All for your clubs, groups and fellow reader/dancers. A win-win situation.

“Social dancers like to dance from the heart, smile
and let their passion shine through”


Never did find out why they closed Rumors, but of course, some clubs are doing good and some not so good and we don't know why. We need more feedback with ideas and suggestions. Perhaps it might help. Dancers have had a reputation for long time of not being drunks. Some clubs will go for all the possible customers. Some will have a select group, such as the Bachata Salsa crowd or the Country music scene. Some recognize the natural divisions of the young and the older more experience night club attendees.

"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses   (1987)


The famous Palladium is still going strong, the last of the Big Ballrooms. In the last century, the top five clubs at the Palladium were well known. Now the number five has dropped to sixth and six has moved up to fifth. There will be another club for town in 2019 and perhaps one in either Waianae or the North Shore. We are getting more "social" dancers on Oahu. And perhaps the dancers will pick some other terminology for our type of dance.

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Plateau

We are at a plateau and not moving upward fast enough, I can see most of it very clearly in the stats furnished by Blogger from Google Analytics, I find many referrals from other countries which we don't need. Most of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living on Oahu. Those are the people we seek. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dancing on Oahu.  The concept and the advantages of blogging are still too new and I know they are not there for everybody just yet.

“Social dancers believe that dance is the art closest to nature.”


Facebook? They get 50 million photos daily. Did someone miss one of mine? They get 3 billion videos (with a B) daily. And some are developing into nice professional looking videos. Did someone miss one of yours? In our blogs, the submissions are from our fellow dancers on Oahu. And who are our readers. Someone in Nigeria? I am not counting on that. How about Lower Slobavia? Well, our reader/dancers will eventually realize that this is "our thing" on Oahu.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

From Maile Yagi
Most dance groups have beautiful Web Sites and good advertising - newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. They don't need blogging? Up to them, but some are going to see blogging as a valuable "addition to" and not necessarily an "instead of." There are quite a few dance blogs in Hawaii, make use of them. Most are for free and most of what you write will be read by someone on Oahu.

"A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids:
love, humility and holy joy."


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Making Headway

I found this on the Internet but I don't know who was the addressee:
"All of the information known to the human race is available at your fingertips, in the phone in your pocket or on whatever device you’re reading this article, but you choose, free will and all, to ignore anything that doesn’t jive with your preconceived notions. Oh, right, you’re a stupid person… “preconceived notions” are things you think you know before learning something new. Go ahead and pop an aspirin. Feeling better? Good. Let’s continue."

 

There are an awful lot of good dancing people on Oahu. And we know that most are accustomed to dancing in town. However we know that Kapolei, Waipahu and the Central Valley are going to have some dancing. I begin to see a few people from Kalihi coming to dance in Waipahu and Wahiawa. And why not, no matter how you slice it, there is going to be even more traffic in town in the future. And perhaps the people in West Oahu are just nice? The need in West Oahu is Business Parks and the dancing places will come. The residents living in Paradise will "work and play" in their own kuleana.

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey  (1981)


The young are doing very well and the developing night life is becoming more evident. From there some people will think of a place on the Waainae Coast and on the North Shore. An over 30 group but interested in enjoying themselves with dancing and a few drinks and closer to home. On the Waianae Coast, the saying is there, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. In Waikiki, it takes me 20 minutes to get out of the Parking Area."

"Social dancers think that it is just an opportunity to lay down some shoe leather
and enjoy the movement to their kind of good music and closer to home."


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Dancing With The Stars

Review by Carol Smith, Los Angeles

I remember judge Len Goodman telling a winner in DWTS, once upon a time "I like to see flowers and I like to see the lawn. Your dancing was all flowers and no lawn." DWTS non-professionals have weak basic foundations simply because it takes years to develop. On that foundation, they put a rather fancy building with a heavy roof. I don't mean to be bashful, they simply don't have an option to spend a year or two on training or to dance basic steps on national TV.

"Exhibition dancers may believe that on the great canvas of time, they will
create their own masterpiece even if it lasts for only a moment."


I'm not trying to take away the fact that they really do work hard. The dancing looks so good on TV partly because half of the couple is a top notch professional, partly because the choreography is designed to work well for the partnership.So yes, a lot of that dancing is "flashy trash". Maybe 30% of the basic dance is still there. They dance advanced choreography that is normally danced in your 3rd - 6th year of competitive ballroom training.

"How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston  (1985)


Some of it is never danced, as some of the moves are not allowed in ballroom as has pointed out many times. You are more likely to learn the same exact stuff if you take "theater arts" ballroom classes. But those are usually private classes, that is, instructor is working with only one person/couple, that would be you. That's very expensive and not very effective if you don't have any training. If you go to regular ballroom classes you will have a lot of fun even if you don't learn the DWTS moves.

"I try to contain my crazy but the lid keeps popping off."

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

View

The five remaining blogs are not doing too bad after my five day vacation at Tripler. They did not advance in averages hits per day and they continue to have same SOS content. So what our blogs need is that outside feedback. The Information Contributor is crucial and all they have to do is email whatever dance information on Oahu they wish to be published and I will try to get it in ASAP. From there anyone should be able to decide when they are ready to be a Guest Blogger in the blog of their choice, all their decision.

“Social dancers believe that the best dancers are those who may just be enjoying
moving to the music and not be aware that they are dancing!”


And what is a Guest Blogger? First they must volunteer. The minimum of commitments. No deadlines, no editing, you write what you want to write and whenever you wish to write. All subjects up to the Contributor as long as the writer is identified. But the good part is that they can get in, write, post pictures, publish and get out, all on their own without saying "boo" to anyone. In effect you will have your own blog, within our blog. These blogs are a "Work in Progress." The Counters? We have them in every blog. Ah Ha! How many out there don't realize they are just beating their gums?

" Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


"Welcoming chance intrusions is one of the fundamental components of
creative thinking. Lateral-thinking dancers see differences, from
what they expected to happen as opportunities, not mistakes."

"The way of discovery still lies open to us in divine things if we have the moral
courage and the desire to go to the fountain head of truth, instead of filling
our vessels out of some doctor’s compendium... or be held spellbound
by the shadow of a few great names."

Monday, September 24, 2018

Central Valley

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahaiawa got the Central Valley jumping. Just Tacos in Mililani has music but they will not do much good until they get a dance floor. From there Waipio will get a Social Dance Club or Dance Night Club. The Rail Catastrophe has awakened many residents. They want to live, work AND PLAY in their own Kuleanas.

“She danced her way right into his heart. Corny, but true.”


Many dance venues on Oahu have beautiful Web Sites. And yet few have counters on them. They don't have an idea of their readership. Single digit average day hits is not cutting it. You are just  beating your gums. A few have counters and they average over 20 hits per day, which includes search engine hits and ordinary scam spam robot hits. I get surges now and then from both of those outside sources. I have five blogs so, with comparisons, I got a good idea how many readers are on Oahu.

"If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez   (1999)


From Consumer Report:
Facebook has slowly but surely eroded the privacy controls that were centrally important to attracting users in the first place, in an effort to make more data available to advertisers. ReadWriteWeb reports that many of the TOS and privacy changes have amounted to a bait-and-switch, with Facebook suggesting that such changes will make the site more useful when in reality, the changes only enabled Facebook and third-parties greater access to data.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Pub's Note: Yes, much of what is written in our blogs is copied from newsletters, magazines and other Blog sites. Rudyard Kipling once wrote:

"When Homer smote his blooming lyre. He’d heard men sing by land and sea;
And what he thought he might require, he went and took, -- the same as me."

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Independent?

I have been fortunate to have had several people that have suggested "You should do this or that ..... etc." Which has been nice and in some cases has helped to defined my job description. But of course, few people on Oahu know anything about dance blogging including me. We are all just finding out by doing and knowing that there are 20 times more Web Sites than Blog Sites in the State of Hawaii.

“Social dancers believe that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement
that is in harmony with the beats of the music in your heart.”


We do need more people to try to share a little information and perhaps a couple photos of (you and your fellow dancers) enjoying yourselves in last nights shindig. Blogs are "current" and that is very interesting to our fellow dancers. Who knows, some of you may learn to like the sharing and the joy you give to others by doing so. Then you can surely phase over into a Guest Blogger and can open, write, post photos and close it all without saying "boo" to anyone.

"Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears (1999)


And the hits are guaranteed to go through the ceiling. It will no longer be SOS (same old shit.) And the new person will have become a blogger. Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it, they shall not have it from me. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.

"Meanwhile, not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the
person who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best
they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to 
make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the
 world may make little sense but they try to find a way to be happy anyway."

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Blogging Along

We still need reader/dancers that are willing to share a few happy dance moments in time and perhaps a couple photos. Our fellow reader/dancers of this blog would be the same friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. There are those that have their own reasons for not sharing and we must respect, among them is the custom of advertising in ordinary media in the last century.  I can see that in our blog and realize that some bloggers can get the hits going into the stratosphere.

“Social dancers believe that dancing may be their heartbeat,
their soul, their true happiness.”


One good thing we are realizing is that the Big Band era was over 40 years ago then the Big Ballroom era soon followed. We, as social dancers are finding dance floors of less than 1000 square feet very comfortable for a group of 100 friends or so. In the photos we get just about everyone. Not the same with the big dances. Then only the big shots and the terrific exhibitions and we see them over and over again. Our blogs are different than that.

"I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly & CĂ©line Dion  (1998)


Then we are spreading out. The Moanalua Corridor has been pretty well screwed up the Rail Catastrophe But Kapolei and beyond up the Waianae Coast looks good. The North Shore is showing good signs. The Central Valley has always been solid with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa. Now Mililani has Just Tacos with good music. And Waipio is not far behind in the planning, - a perfect spot.

"Social dancers think that the best revenge may be to just
smile, move on, and do nothing."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Swing

By Jason Abucay, Haleiwa

In Hawaii, the social dancers refer to the term "Swing dancing" as generically to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Lindy Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues. This group is often extended to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later. In other world scenes, Latin dances such as salsa and Tango are often taught and danced within the "Swing scene."

“Social dancers believe that the rhythm of the dance lies in the music.”


For many scenes tap dancing and a range of other jazz dances are considered key, as are hip hop and other contemporary African American street dances. The variations continue, dictated by local dance community interests. Many dedicated swing dancers today argue that it is important to dance many styles of partner dance to improve technique, but also to reflect the historical relationship between these dances in the swing era of the 1920s and 1930s. Social dancers prefer East Coast swing for all swing music at all the social dances.

"Together Again" by Janet Jackson (1998)


In the Savoy Ballroom in New York, a long time ago, bands would often play waltzes, Latin songs and so on, as well as swinging jazz. Dancers were often familiar with a wide range of popular and traditional dances. The Swing Dancers on this island have a way to go in defining themselves. For now they are mostly a nice gang of compatible people and they enjoy dancing with each other. One of them will some day write their opinion of swing in their club that will be of much value to our reader/dancers. For now we will include a little swing dancing in our social dance menu.

"Social dancers have learned that the simplest of times may bring the grandest of
pleasures and that the hardest goodbyes often lead to the best hellos."

Thursday, September 6, 2018

T Dance

By Franklin Coiner, Turtle Bay
In the 1800s, a Tea Dance was a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party. By the 1880s, afternoon dances became a popular form of entertainment for the upper classes in the suburbs. The usual refreshments were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music.

“Social dancers believe that if we danced and shared music,
we'd be too busy enjoying life to look for trouble.”


In the US, the types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston, Rumba and some of the fad dances. The expenses of a seated supper, wine and candles associated with a ball were obviated by the tea dance, when a stiff waxed canvas dancing cloth strained over the drawing-room carpet was considered sufficient, rather than taking up the carpet and waxing the floor in preparation for dancing. The dining-room served as the tea-room, with the dining-tables arranged at one end as a buffet. For the older generation a tea dance was a reception akin to an "at home" party. Floral decorations were modest.

  "Macarena" by Los Del Rio  (1996)  


In the United States, the term has been broadened to refer to any casual afternoon dance event. In Hawaii, they have been in and out for fifty years and no one seems to be able to keep them going. There will be one before the end of the year. Now with the bus situation going from bad to worst and the Rail Fiasco looming in the distance, more people are going for the automobile and will try to avoid the Rail Catastrophe. The Tea Dance or more up to date, the Pau Hana dance, is looking better all the time. From five to nine. Then you have the clear freeway home. Even if it is only on Wednesday evening, it can cut the week in half very pleasantly.

"I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I tend to try to see the best in people.
Cause I care deeply, love deeply, feel deeply. And I end up getting hurt
by people I give my heart to."

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Dancing on Oahu

Town Dancer is still leading the pack even though stuck with SOS (same old shit.) We need feedback from the readers as to what the readers are more interested in.  So we must adjust the types of posts that we will publish. We know that the most effective use of blogging space is about 50/50 text and graphics both as closely allied to dancing as possible. Thinking about our ongoing content can help us make some educated decisions about the desired modifications of our blogs, and how the platforms available can handle it.

"Social dancers love life enough that they want to enhance its beauty, they want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


Ballroom dance in the last century was a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport competition in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope and traditionally refers to the five International Standard and five International Latin style dances.

"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey (1995)


The two styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness. Developed in England, the two styles are now regulated by the World Dance Council and the World Dance Sport Federation, In the United States, two additional variations are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm, which combine elements of the Standard and Latin styles with influences from other dance traditions. There are also a number of new dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons. And in this century we have seen the gradual emergence of the Social Dancer.

"It's impossible said pride - it's risky said experience - it's pointless said reason
- Give it a try whispered the heart."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Blogging?

What is dance blogging?

Most simply, dance blogging is a place online where anyone can write blog posts of the dance scene and publish them for a specific audience. In our case it is the partner dancing on the Island of Oahu. Somebody may have missed us in Pakistan or Nigeria? No hu hu. The dancers on Oahu are our audience. The platform is a content management system that allows the bloggers to keep the blog posts organized for both the blogger and the readers. If a blog is a cake, the icing is the design which beautifully covers the cake (the content.)

“Social dancers believe that if you hear a different drummer, don’t march - dance!”


The cake stand is your blogging platform that holds it all up. Specifically, a blog platform is a database that holds all of your post text, images, and blog pages organized. Depending on the platform, you can also organize your posts further with tags, categories, and/or labels, but this is for experts. Hopefully, the readers of this blog will have a better idea of what a blogging platform can do for you.

"Take A Bow" by Madonna (1995)


Much of our dance information is plain old advertising and repeated too much can be grating. But initially it is always communication specially if is short, sweet and to the point. Videos are making a big impression on Facebook. They peaked at 3 Billion videos submitted daily to Facebook. Our dance blogs are quite different than other social media, they must invite "outside" opinions. That is the real gist of our dance blogging, a presentation of the many different opinions that are out there, and like noses, everyone has got one.

“The mind that is once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Some Improvement

First I invite anyone and everyone to contribute information and/or photos of the dance environment on Oahu for our reader/dancers of the blog of your choosing. From there it is a hop, skip and a jump to Guest Blogger when you wish. You would have your own blog within the blog of your choosing. The entire enchilada is open for whomever. With two or three Guest Bloggers, we can plan on the independence of the blog.

"Social dancers know that dancing enables you find yourself
and lose yourself at the same time."
 

Emailed by Fred: Hawaii can be a tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean and a very nice place can be the Big Island. We were looking at interesting things to do. My wife and I enjoy dancing and good music. We stayed at a nice hotel, reasonable priced, in the Kailua-Kona area, just across the street from the Kahalu'u Bay. We asked and our concierge provided us information on a ballroom dance that night.

"Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn (1991)


I have been so out of touch with falling and hospital stay, I never found out who got it.

We found out it was Latin Night. We arrived at Dance Hawaii Ballroom Studio. Everyone was friendly. There were refreshments. Owners Gilbert and Carolan Ching are great hosts; they have been teaching dance in the Kailua-Kona community since 1991. There was a variety of ballroom music being played before Latin night with Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. I highly recommend this location to anyone who wants to enjoy ballroom dancing while on vacation.

"When it comes to that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel, be careful,
it just might be a freight train coming your way."


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Aiea

Received information from Maili Yagi, and I thank her for giving an old man
something to do. Not art of course, but no one has ever complained.

Cancelled


"Social dancers, dance to express, not impress."


"Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams (1992)

More of ABDA's upcoming dances at the Waikiki Palladium will be on:
Friday, September, 14, 2018. Theme colors are Blue and White!

Also Saturday, October 20, 2018. Theme colors are Orange and Black!

All entry fees are the same as the above prices, but if you sign up or renew
your membership at the October 20, 2018 dance, when they are holding their
annual membership drive, there will be no additional fee to come to the dance
that night, and you can become a member, and you will be entitled to enter
future dances for a year at the member price!

ABDA members makes our dances in Wahiawa so much fun!
Let's give support to ABDA, your sister club!

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
~ Buddha

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Phasing

Now that we are on the way down, the stats are still saying something and I must go with them. Even before my fall, Facebook was getting 50 million photos per day. Some people think it is better in Facebook than a blog. In this month Facebook is getting 3 billion videos per day. The blogs themselves have changed, so as to show me that we were approaching the point of diminishing returns with only one blogger. The intent will be on getting Town Dancer independent since it will be our best. It cannot be all of sudden, it should be done gradually as the Guest Bloggers become more knowledgeable on doing their own thing.

"Social dancers know that it helps to remember when we forget that
any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”


We are all very slowly learning on this island. Many of us dancers on Oahu may be ignorant of blogging but we are not stupid. With a cohesive network, there is no limit to the growth and development of individuals and the whole dancing enchilada on this island, it is coming about very slowly.

"The Promise of a New Day" by Paula Abdul (1991)


Blogger's Law #22: When you need to knock on wood, is when you realize
that the world is composed of aluminum and vinyl."

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The New Wave

I am hoping more of our readers will look into other social dance sites in Hawaii and perhaps we can use some of their ideas in our blogs. Whatever our readers will like. "That's Dancing," one of Frank's Blogs has had some nice humor and probably appreciated by all his readers. We should have a little more humor in our blogging. For now the simplest solution to getting more hits, is the addition of a Guest Author in whatever blog they choose and blogging whatever they like. The important thing is their honest opinion. That is the value in our kind of blogging.

 “Some social dancers say that they do not have to talk about dance.
Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


I do not get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities. But I do see an occasional dancer. In Kapolei is seems to be well known that there have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We're talking competition here are we not? That is the name of "your" game. I wouldn't know from Shinola.

"Joyride" by Roxette (1991)

Also, please prepare for this fun dance coming up on Friday, August 3, 2018!
Here are the wonderful details! SEE YOU THERE!!! Maile for WBDC 


Salsa seems to be still going strong in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The Philippines seems to be pretty solid too. We don't hear much about Salsa on the neighbor islands. We will, but then they like to keep things pretty much to themselves. We must be patient.

“Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”
~Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, July 23, 2018

Granada en Alhambra

A Dance Studio, Restaurant and Night Club.  It is actually in Alhambra, California. Whatta combo! Someday, we will have one and it will be built on Oahu, away from the Rail Tragedy, probably, in the Central Valley.


Great floors (yes, more than one floor) - great instructions with world class teachers - great prices (pay each time, buy punch card, or buy monthly cards w discount) - good variety of dance (check their website for schedule; minor changes monthly) - nicely designed lessons that include both technique and dance patterns - GREAT FELLOW STUDENTS.... the clientele here is really great; everyone is here for the dance! - Free party entry for students! - free parking.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias


I could go on. but you get the drift. Salsa had been their main stay, but now shading off to the cha cha, bachata, tango, swing, ballroom, samba, rumba, Latin waltz, pilates, hip hop. And kids classes are available in group setting and are all worth trying - quinceneras and other dances, you may have to book private lessons.

"Social dancers believe that they are not in this world to live up to your expectations
and you’re not in this world to live up to theirs.”