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.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The movies have arrived.

The average hits per day on all the blogs have come to a stand still. There are many people taking movies and they are very nice and most are going into Facebook. So the readers, with good reason would rather see a movie in Facebook than see a write up of a social function with ordinary photos. I have always said, that I want to help, but I will not interfere. So we keep on looking for those that can appreciate an old fashioned blog, Kapolei all the way up to Makaha.

“To the social dancer, the body says what words cannot.
We believe that dance was the first art.”


Many changes have occurred in our best dance clubs on Oahu in the this century. Not many dancers have been aware but with the new blogs many eyes have being opened. And the oligarchies have realized that they cannot continue that way. We can only feel sorry for the Rootzi Tootzis. On the other hand I am seeing some "rootzi tootzi" attitudes developing in the club circuit too. It is a human failing and no hu hu, it just should be recognized and the appropriate acceptance made.

1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston
 

Rome was not built in a day. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. Feedback is essential and the hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before. We will learn to handle it. For now movies have a place in Facebook. Let us not interfere.

"When a dance becomes universal because it is so real and so honest, it transcends
every difference that we have and reminds us we are one human family."

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Blogging Scene

I am making some connections but my physical disabilities prevent me from doing much. This blog is truly amazing, not much there because it is mostly me, yet it keeps up ahead of the others. That is about as far as I can go by myself. One more good independent and unique opinion would see wonders in this blog. Each Guest Blogger should be worth over 20 to 30 average hits per day. Not to even mention the good photos that the reader/dancers would be glad to see.  So email them in, along with whatever else you want in. This blog is for the reader/dancers of Oahu. We may see less of the "To Whom It May Concern" kind and perhaps half of every blog in Feedback from our fellow dancers.

“Social dancers become dancers because they loved moving to music but
they also got to be active participants in the conversation about dance.”


Waikiki is jumping all over with plenty of hot places to enjoy. But there is something doing in town too and some is spreading over into Kalihi. The Rail Tragedy has slow things in the corridor up to Waipahu. But Kapolei all the way up to Makaha is wide open. The Central Valley proceeding nicely. And then there is North Shore and what slowed them down was the veto of a new housing development because it would also attract a Business Park. The Fat Cats in Honolulu want everyone to deal with them. The Trump mottos. "It's the bread, Fred. - It's the dough, Moe."

1990  "I Don't Have the Heart"  by James Ingram


Social Dance on Oahu is proceeding along the same lines except that in this century, there is a much bigger acceptance that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms is over. Most Community Centers have rooms that are nice but they could be a little larger. The right size I would not know but the teachers of dancing on Oahu would certainly have an idea. Probably about one third the size of the famous Palladium. Rome was not built in a day.

"If nobody ever said anything unless they knew what they were talking about,
a ghostly hush would descend upon the earth."

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Social Dancing?

Basic Movements for Dance.
By Fred Lumaban, Ewa Beach.


Syllabi in the disciplines, Bronze, Silver and Gold are the usual but some groups have extra gold, double gold or even diamond gold, whatevah. Each division has about 12 to 14 movements in each category, which has you way ahead of everybody by the time you reach advance. It is both the students and the instructors fault that they go too fast. The Students in Beginner (Bronze) level are looking longingly at the Intermediate (Silver) level, they can see it close by.

“Social dancers know, that the sweet melody that travels to their ears,
can remind them that the heart can dance when the feet can't.”


The Intermediates just starting out are looking longingly at the Gold level which is also close by, and ready for attainment. By the time most are in their Gold levels, it is a different story, in International they may have had a few exhibitions and are thinking of competitions. And some may be seriously thinking of going back to basics and really learning it right. As Social street dancers we are not constrained by any of these rules. We just take our time and enjoy the learning process to the music as we go along and don't try to get too fancy.


"The Stars and Stripes Forever"
-follows the standard American military march form and is a standard in all military bands.
It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897,
and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. Following an Act of Congress in 1987,
it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America.


Many fortunate dancers will have fun dancing that evening, guaranteed.

Most of us consider ourselves pretty much beginners and perhaps a little bit intermediates. And what is more important is, we are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Consequently, most of our basic or Bronze equivalents are limited to about 30 good solid basic movements in any dance. And these movements can be led and followed by most anyone. And there is where the fun of our type of dancing resides. The readership in agreement is reinforced by the hits on the blogs and Web sites.

"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th. of July

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.


In spite of the lies coming from the Trump Fake News Agency. Things are in very bad shape for the ordinary citizens of this country. And it is our country not theirs. They are still tearing down everything that made America great for 250 years. What the hell happened? We must get rid of all the lying republican crooks and get our country back again.


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
~ George Santayana

Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Snew?

A new dance club on the Waianae Coast! A new dance club on the North Shore! That would be news - but we all know, it is not so. What do the readers want? Just a little information of what is going on in our dance world on Oahu, is all. The hits were going through the roof at one time but we lost Guest Bloggers. Still Town Dancer remains ahead of whatever is in second place. The readers are ahead, of course, but so are our friends throughout the island and also the participants at this spectacular. The local Dance Clubs are not losing, and even the Dance Teachers come out ahead.

"Social dancers, try to stop thinking too much about the steps. There are
no moves in Rumba, only movement. Just listen to the music,”


The entire thing is a win-win situation that in generally being underutilized and could be for the benefit of all. Thousands of pictures are being taken daily, but they go to the International Micros such as Twitter and Facebook, big places where they receive over 100 million photos every day. Afghanistan, Nigeria, New Zealand - They missed you? Our reader/dancer feel that sharing with their fellow reader/dancers on a blog in Oahu is not beneath them. We will find the right ones, they are part and parcel of our own personal opinions. Patience.

1990 "Blaze Of Glory" by Jon Bon Jovi


Photos, and yes we know about Twitter and Facebook and they get millions and millions of photos daily and it is possible they may be seen in the International scene. But the readers must be logged on to Twitter or Facebook to see them and it is true, they have million and millions logged in. In our blogs anyone can tune and see what is there. This is a blog, Nigeria is nice but not in our kuleana.

"Social dancers think that life may be like an elevator.
some times the elevator stops to let some people off.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Upsydating

In his study of American politics, historian Alexis de Tocqueville praised the openness of our democratic system, but warned that "There will come a time when the rich and powerful try to kick the door closed." We are all aware of the disaster now happening in Washington D.C. The Rich and Powerful are taking over for the sole purpose of getting more money and getting more powerful. If we can still vote, we can get rid of all those lying republican crooks out of our congress. Then we can go after the number one Shit Pot.

“Social dancers that dance less in motion and more in spirit -
awaken the dreamer within.”


The dance scene of Oahu is developing very nicely. There is less stink about, that type of dancing or this type of dancing. We are getting along just fine, each dancer has a right to their preferences as we would like to have the right to ours. Country dancing is beautiful and they have fun, the name of the game. Exhibition and Competition dancers get together, dance beautifully and have fun. Nothing wrong with that. However, we as social dancers get together and should have the right to have fun too. Fortunately, there are now more social dancers than all the others combined, about 60% of the dancers on Oahu.

1990  "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair   


A couple years ago someone mentioned the "two-center." I am getting old so I brushed it off and promptly forgot about it.  Then a couple months later someone from the Windward side mentioned the "two-center" and this time it stayed with me a little while longer. Now I just heard it again recently and it sounds better now. What is a "two-center?" Simply put, it is a person who is willing to stick their two cents in and contribute dance news to a blog such as ours. Very valuable.

"In many things, it may not be well enough to say, "Know thyself";
it may be better to say, "Know others."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Evolution

This blog is still number one in average hits per day, so I can hope to get the first Guest Blogger aboard soon. With one steady Guest Blogger, others will see the results and I can get more people and together we can plan my resignation and their takeover of the blog completely. But I am 92 years old and I am running out of time. The only requirements are that you must be willing to share your bits of dance pearls in the blog with the reader/dancers. I am willing to coach.

“Social dancers may believe that life is music to
which they choreograph their own dance.”


I am limited physically and by other means to get more dance information to share with the readers. However Dance Fever Oahu is probably the best Web site with dance information in the State of Hawaii. Then there are Franks blogs and I learned my blogging from Frank. He has two beautiful blogs which he alternates after his fashion and he has some of the best photos of dance exhibitions on this Island. You can get a good view of the dance scene on Oahu with these two.

April 14, 1990 by Tommy Page, "I'll Be Your Everything"
  

Town Dancer is principally in town and town has a million possibilities and we have over 30 thousand partner dancers on Oahu. From there we have the probability of ten thousand dancers with some interest in the dance scene. And fortunately opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We can learn to respect everyone's honest opinions. Happy Dancing.

"Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against
falsehood, as oil does above water." ~Miguel de Cervantes

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

An Agonizing Reappraisal

With a good level of average hits per day, this blog is moving ahead of all the other blogs and making ready for the independence.  Of course no one knows what independence in this context means. It merely means that I would no longer be in it and there will be three or four Guest Bloggers running it and making their own rules. Hopefully all under sixty so that they can have a say so for a long while. The different blogs have provided a kind of synergism in attracting more readers. The secret is to find the Information and Photo Contributors willing to share with their fellow dancers. They are crucial and will eventually be "the Ones."

"Social dancers may feel that dance music is an emotional journey. It's how well
it can make people feel something that they do not feel all the time."


The entire blogosphere is shaping up but it doesn't look that good. I can see a few changes that I have to make but it isn't much. I am not planning on deleting any of the blogs yet but I am looking at Latin Rhythms very seriously. Most Latin in the disciplines and social clubs are part and parcel of the entire dance program. No real difference. But Latin music and dance is a different thing and if they cannot see it there is no use for Latin Rhythms blog. Meanwhile there are many dancers, teachers, and clubs that I will be trying to help with my blogging. But many will feel that they could ignore me, which is their choice, - No Hu Hu, Then after the fact, - I have the absolute right to ignore them. Easy to understand? I wish to play by the same rules and I do not have to talk stink about anyone.

 "Jump" by Van Halen


While it is natural to follow a teacher who you admire and take classes with, there are also many different dancers to interact with, different teachers to learn from and different styles to explore. If we have the music to bind us, the ideal is that a social dancer can dance with any other social dancer and communicate through the music. And there are two groups that consistently produce the best International Dancers on this Island. And there are also two groups that consistently produce the worst International Dancers on this Island. We are talking competition and since we are not competent to judge, you must do the judging.

"If you think positively: Sound becomes music and movement becomes dance. Smile becomes laughter, mind becomes meditation, and life becomes a celebration."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GettingThere

I cannot get around very easily any more but I try to get dance information to share with the readers. Of course much of the information is known already by the aficionados. So my contribution may just add to what they have already. And the Palladium is still the center of Ballroom Dancing in Hawaii. Most of the dancing there is very well covered and they do not need any assistance from this blog. No hu hu, just understanding. These places for dance information are Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's two blogs which do an excellent job for the entire dance community.

"Social dancers know that when a dance becomes universal it is real and honest. It
transcends every difference that we have and reminds us we are one human family."


Meanwhile there is an awful lot of dancing outside of the Palladium. I don't hear of dancing in Malls and Gas Stations anymore but that is OK. Many of the social clubs have classes in school cafeterias as they always have. There are also some in Community Centers and District Parks. Nothing wrong with that. Friends, social interaction, music and learning dance steps make a very interesting evening. And of course there are the dance studios.

"Physical" by Olivia Newton-John


Then in Honolulu, you can dance socially any night of the week somewhere. Most places do their best business on Thursday through Sunday. and the rest of the days are special. Then you have your specialty dances which may or may not be in a night club. Of the specialties, Bachata and Salsa are the biggest groups in Night Clubs and the others are Country Dancing in Waikiki and other specialties such as Line Dancing and Argentine Tango. And all them could have something here to enhance their business.

"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it,
but, in the end, there it is."


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Not Too Bad

There is work to be done and I now I am pretty certain that Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe will remain at the head of the pack. Either one may go independent soon. Most of my statistic indicators hint at the point of diminishing returns for all of my blogs, and the entire enchilada is down because of SOS. The blogs all need that additional steady Guest Author with the photos of our different reader/dancers. And be the example for the others to follow. The variety is crucial for all the blogs.


"Many social dancers feel it, that when they dance,
they can enjoy the luxury of being themselves.” 


Of course I have bitten off a little more than I can chew, but I kept on hoping to get the Guest Authors necessary in Town Dancer to take it over. Then I could reduce my time on Town Dancer and I can really concentrate on getting the rest of them up. Maybe two administrators, and half a dozen Guest Authors and each one contribute once or twice per month. Wow, the readership would hit over 200 average hits per day and it would be all over this Island solid. For sure I would have the opportunity to resign in peace.

"Riders In The Sky" - Vaughn Monroe


Meanwhile, Latin Rhythms will remain at the bottom of the totem pole for a while. Kauai is just beginning to recognize us, Maui has a few people there that may be willing. And then there is the Big Island and I suspect there is a lot more dancing information than what has been available to me so far. I will have to be more patient. But my main interest remains the Island of Oahu because this entire group of social dancers will set the trend for all the islands.

So it all takes time, but if I could accomplish everything by tomorrow,
what would I do?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday


The social dancers on Oahu have got to be about the best in the Pacific. And we all accept that most may not have many of the fancy steps of the "great" ones.  They do have the basic skills of leading and following which are a critical part of the language of communication that is needed in the social dance world. Communicating on the dance floor with a total stranger is hot, and leading or following new moves is exciting. Most of our blogs are not for the very advanced dancers.

“Social dancers know that there are things that the heart thinks of,
that only the body understands and that is why we dance.”
 

For the leaders that develop their own routines with a few variations, there is that feeling of satisfaction and relief that the lady follows perfectly. Actually the follower is usually more astute because she learns to follow so many different routines. The ladies say it is like a roller coaster ride where they don't know what's coming next. but they know it will be fun. The more styles they are exposed to, the more capable they will become and the more people they will be able to dance with enjoyably.

Our social dance is evolving very nicely in this century. Some of the wheels in the dance community may have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century but we cannot do that. If they do not want it, they shall not have it. But the sign on the door we leave open still says welcome.

"Is it true? That no one notices your tears, no one notices your sadness,
no one notices your pain but they all notice your mistakes."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away today. This blog still remains on top in spite of all the doo hickeys that get in the way. Now we just need feedback from our fellow dancers to make this the best blog in the Pacific.

“Social dancers don't breathe just to survive; they breathe to dance and feel alive.”



This blog will just naturally have most readers and bloggers from Honolulu and though most will be social dancers they will appreciate those in the exhibition and competition scenes. The connecting link will always be the beautiful music we are fortunate to hear in our dance shindigs. I also like the acceptance throughout the island of just plain good old style line dancers and getting some men involved too. Nice break in every evenings dance session, no matter where.

“It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control,
to admit you can do nothing.”