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."