Friday, May 24, 2019

DanceSport

Ballroom Dancing can be considered a sport. The Dictionary definition of "sport" is: "An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively." Using this definition, competitive dance is, indeed, a sport and danced according to the rules. Social dancers do not dance by the rules.

"Social dance on Oahu is based mainly on the American style of dance and 
is recreational and usually performed with a partner or in groups  
or as a community activity for fun and enjoyment."


Excerpt from a lady's first competition dance.

"Cha Cha!" called the announcer. "Cha Cha? What's a Cha Cha???" the thought passed through my dazed brain. The beat of the Cha Cha permeated through the ballroom as my partner thankfully led me through the dance without a stumble or without me passing out from sheer terror. With cold, clammy hands we moved from one dance step to another, desperately scanning our memory banks for clues to the routines we had practiced for the last few months in preparation for our very first dance competition. "Oh God, please let this be over soon!" conveyed my subconscious. Finally, after about a minute and a half, the disk jockey ended the Cha Cha and the competitors scattered to find the perfect positioning on the ballroom floor for the next dance to be called.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"And now the Rumba - dancers please take your positions" bellowed the announcer. We waited tensely for that first beat; I glanced nervously around and couldn't help wondering if the other couples felt as stressed as we did. As my partner and I took our first Rumba step I had the strangest feeling come over me - a sense of pride at actually being a good-enough dancer to participate in a ballroom dance competition. We completed the Rumba and as we drifted off the dance floor to take our seats, my partner and I glanced at each other. In a fleeting moment I felt his elation; I knew that whether we won or not, we still had accomplished something that many dance couples never experience in their lifetimes, and from that moment on we would never again experience the fear of the unknown as we stepped out onto the competition dance floor.

"Most social dancers think that life is what happens to you
while you’re busy making other plans."

Sunday, May 19, 2019

64th Anniversary Dance

Nice day to make my plans and with experience I am getting better
at taking care of my physical disabilities and do my blogging.


Got everything in its proper place for the excursion and I was ready for the Handi Van at 4:30 pm. It was little late but no Hu Hu and I got to the famous Palladium before six. They were still in the process of making the setup. I walked around to take a good look, I do not see this nice place very often any more. Finally went upstairs and a nice lady took me to the next room. Due to the mechanical problem with the partition that separates the Ewa and Diamond Head ballrooms, two separate ballrooms for the dancing pleasure of the dancers were available for this Anniversary Dance.. Wow, so many nice people there, the old ones that I knew from before and many from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, that I had recently known from living in West Oahu. Aiea and Wahiawa are sister dance clubs.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It was immediately apparent that this second ballroom was where the action was taking place. The terrific music of Bert Burgess was coming through just fine. Deanie was nice enough to find me a spot in the reserved section and I could sit on my Rolador and get up and move around as I needed. Sat near Warwick Sargent who cannot converse much because he is hard of hearing. Fortunately Kay can still do the talking as the MC of this function. Went around trying to find someone that would be willing to take a half dozen photos to post in my blog, hard to find. It should not be anyone's obligation. You want to, Terrific. But if you don't want to, it is your decision and it will be respected..

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In no time at all the joint was jumping. I noticed many good social dancers moving somewhat different that everyone else, but moving to their music and enjoying every move very nicely. There were some that were taught the flashy Statue of Liberty poses. Some men that I knew a long time ago were still dancing the Even Steps and doing very well with them. Saw a few women dancing with women also very nice. All in all, a terrific dance crowd and an asset to any dance club. Went around few times and said hello to new people as they were coming in.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


And Deanie took up the camera for me. Frank and Lani Sierra arrived and were seated in the reserved section, naturally. He brought his camera and naturally he will make get a nice write up of the dance, which will be of benefit to the Club, the dancers and all the reader/dancers of his blogs. Frank continually gets information and photos not available to me, so take a look-see, you may find them interesting. Kay took up  the mic, and then Deenie took over and by that time it was almost eight and my Handi Van would arrive to bring me back home. I got home before nine and sat down for a bite to eat.

"Life may be about making an impact on social life, not making an income."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wot is a Blog?

A blog is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a blogger or a group of bloggers share their views on an individual subject such as social dancing. First and most importantly is that anyone can visit online with a URL and it allows anyone to view the content. Blogs were created to be current, make regular posts and make it easy for anyone to get into and view anything that is current in there.

"Social dancers find it is easy to pick up and learn - it’s an amazing cardio -
And a few find that they gain a new profession."


Blogs are a type of website. The only real difference between a blog and regular websites is that blogs are regularly updated with new content, which is displayed in reverse chronological order (newer posts first). Typical websites are static in nature where content is beautifully organized in pages, and they are not updated frequently. Whereas a blog is dynamic, you can forget about marking your calendars for next years beautiful event.

"My Molokai" by Willie K


Social dancing also improves spatial awareness, as well as raising the heart rate and causing a release of feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream. One more benefit is that it helps reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone. ... Social dancing makes you feel good because it makes you feel so alive just enjoying the music and moving the body to it. You can dance the same simple basic moves to your favorite music forever.

"Social dancers know that there are no real rules to this thing called life. We can make the best or the worst of it. We can just hope you make the best of it."

Friday, May 10, 2019

Progression

The Blogs on this island are progressing slowly but surely. I expect this blog "Town Dancer" to stay in the lead for a while..I have been promoting Dancing in the Dark and Dancing Nights because they have been at the bottom of the pile and they are coming up slowly. I am beginning to get help here in the Central Valley. I am using Twitter and Facebook to promote them and they are doing very well. I may not get any hits from Nigeria or Norway but I am not worried, as long as I get hits from Oahu.

"Social Dancers believe that dancing creates a space for them to move to music
in a way only they can, whether it’s awkward or graceful."


Social Dancing is becoming very prominent in West Oahu, but in town it still has much competition from the International community. Don't knock it, those people should dance whatever makes them happy and they are willing to accept the regulations. However as social dancers we should also have the same rights of dancing whatever we damn well please. The favorites in our kuliana, at the moment are, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Salsa, Bachata and Night Club 2 step. And these choices have not been engraved on stone.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii


It was been firmly established from last years blogs, that the entire dance structure on this Island has been misunderstood by most of us. Each in their own little niche thinks that what they dance is true dancing. The sad part is when they see any one from what they consider a different group moving to music, then "they" decide that the other party does not know what dancing is all about. He, He, He. Dumb Dodos I certainly am not an expert so I can't say. But more questions are emerging, they always do, and we will get opinions and that feedback is what will make these blogs.

"A dance blog may be a personal diary. A daily pulpit.
A collaborative space and it may be ours.".

Monday, May 6, 2019

Basics

Basic, Basic, Basics.
We have covered the Rock Step and the Chassé, solid dance movements in perhaps 5000 dances. Yes, This is a WAG * Now we have the Forward and Backward walks. This can be easily done in just about any dance out there and you do not have to do it more than once during a dance but it is a very nice relaxing move. Much later you could learn to do the forward walk in the promenade position and after that in the open position. They can be done in any dance, in Waltz, three count. and the four count using the box step, Foxtrot, using the box step, Rumba, using the box step or the alternate Rock step etc. etc. in many dances.

"Social dancers know that you can improve your balance
and become more interesting.".


In Forward Walk (for the Lead) in the Waltz, the man leads with his left foot forward, his right foot goes to the right and then his left foot comes up to his right completing the first half of the pattern. Then instead of stepping back he leans forward and steps forward with his right foot. When he leans forward it is the sign for the lady to step back. He will step forward with his right foot, one count, and to the left with his left foot, two count and again with his right foot up to his left foot completing that pattern as is usually done in Waltz.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In the Backward Walk (for the lead) in the Waltz, the Lead does the first and second halves of the pattern in the usual way. Then he leans back and applies a little right hand pressure for the lady to get the signal that he is going back. And instead of going a normal forward, he steps back with his left foot, one count and then step to right with his right foot, two count and brings up his left to his right foot, completing the first half of the pattern. The lead must be careful and check behind before he starts the backward walk.

* WAG: Wild Ass Guess

"Many social dancers believe that they can be the change
that they wish to see in the world.”


Thursday, May 2, 2019

It is a puzzle

Second day in March and it looks bad. We seem to have lost the scam spam robot hits which is very good. But we seem to be losing much of the search engines of Twitter and Facebook. Of  course this blog is mostly SOS, which means me and since I am not famous, we must accept it. We need more outside information and photos. The Information Contributors are very fundamental. The reader/dancers want to read something about our dance scene and I cannot cover everything.

"Social dancers believe that dancing helps improve their work ethic
and may even help them meet people."


The Guest Blogger is the clear additional need. And we are going find the first one from one the current Information Contributors.  All we have to do is find a person willing to share their personal "Dancing Space" with their fellow reader/dancers, regardless of club affiliation. And their level of expertise makes very little difference. It is their separate unique opinion that is valuable and easy but very difficult too. They help themselves, they help their club, they help their fellow dancers and they help whatever blog they choose. A win-win situation. The losers? A little by the ones that don't go for this jazz.

"I will dance for you" by Willie K

This will be perking up the Central Valley
Mililani seems to have lost Just Tacos, They tried beautiful Latin music but that was not enough. Central Valley people are not that much different, They want to move to that good music and the place was too small to have a good size dance floor. We still have the famous Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center and Dot's in Wahiawa doing good. I am hoping for a place or club for Mililani because I live here. But Waipio would be just fine. I have the Handi Van available and they are terrific people.

"Social Dancers believe that the truth may not be for all the people,
it may be only for those who seek it." 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coming Back Up

As bad as it looks it is still not that bad. I had over diluted the hits by having too many blogs for the dance scene on Oahu. But I gradually deleted the ones that just didn't cut it. And those were the ones that could not get out of single average hits per day. And this blogging has been mostly me, which means we need much more help to develop these blogs. Gratefully we are realizing that we are getting some feedback and the hits show it. The information contributors are the ones that will make it in spite of Facebook.

"Social dancers know that dancing brings out realization and self-expression."


In the blogging  I have done what is known in Blogging Circles, as S.O.S. (same old shit)  Very good if you are famous in some branch of knowledge. If I write blue on Monday and I write blue on Wednesday and I write blue on Friday, that is SOS. The following Monday, you write green, that is not SOS, Paul calls Mary. Mary calls Robert and Robert calls Miriam etc. They inform each other that it is not SOS and the hits go through the ceiling. The blog has really become for the dancers.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Everyone has an opinion. We have written before, that they are like noses, everyone has one. And they are all different. If you have your favorite pictures, they are also unique and perfect for this blog. We are still in the process of developing this entire enchilada. My first goal is, of course, making one of our blogs independent from the creator (c'est moi.) To see them rack up the hits and no one can catch them, and to know that "they" did it on their own.

 "Social dancers believe that the Truth may prove illusive
because many of us prefer lies."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Socials

As we approach the end of this month it has become clearer that we are at point of diminishing returns, The hits will continue to rise but very slowly we gave gotten rid of most of the scam spam robot hits. It is becoming easier to distinguish between a terrific dance Blog or just a mediocre one. They are separating a lot more. One thing is certain the reader/dancers will make the final decisions.

"Social dancers believe that dance brings out the best in all of us,
it uplifts a mood to some other level."


Finally got my memory card photos out where I can use them. A little late for fans of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club who had their Easter social on Saturday. But if may look nice for the readers of this blog and give them an ideas how their party could be shared with the readers of any blog.
 

"It's so nice to have someone to share the Love of dancing. Thank you for letting the
world know that staying young and healthy is Ballroom dancing.
Keep up this awesome work."  Jesse and Georgie


"Social dancers enjoy spreading the love of dance, to share the magic
with a master – and a beginner. To share magic with their
friends and those they don’t know well."

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dancing

Social dancing on Oahu is shaping up very nicely. The dancers are beginning to realize that they can find a place where theu can dance with the freedom to drink whatever they damn well please. "I'll have a lemonade, please." And not feel like they are not wanted and just excess baggage. And not many dancers have been against cover charges. But they know what they want, not what someone else wants them to want. And they are making adjustments on both sides. And then Social Dancing may explode with action. But we can all leave the last century in the last century.

"Social Dancers know that they learn how to listen to the music
and make the best moves to enjoy it.".


This is the twenty first, and the game is going to be played by the cultural dancer's rules or not played at all. The music for this century will be Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Swing, fixed throughout the night. Ah yes, a little Line dance, Tango, Samba, Salsa, Bachata, why not? This is social, you name it! We don't have anyone in Washington D C or wherever dictating our dance. And most everyone will be able to dance with others in the most sociable of manners. I believe that we learn by practice.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


 
Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes the shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. - - The Chinese are making great strides in Public Transportation. The entire world is looking for ways to get the drivers of vehicles off the streets and highways and onto Public Transportation. You are not going to do it the way it is being done in Honolulu. Auwe!

“Social Dancers believe that grief will not change you, but it may reveal you.”


Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Photo Department

These blogs are evolving very nicely. They are not newsletters, they are more current than that. The newsletters of old had a lot of bla bla bla. Now I find that the blogs need graphics and photos at least for half of the post.Taking photos in our social groups is easy, Any one that can press the button on a camera has got it. And we have been fortunate that we do get a lot of good pictures. However they are not all that "efficient." No matter how good your creative eye is, taking photos inside a dance function can be a challenge.

“Social dancers believe in using their bodies to free their minds.
That's the blessing bestowed by movement to music."


Keep the "Peas in pod" photos to a minimum, And two people in a photo are better than one. Three are better than two and four are better than three. However, 19 are not better than 18.Our amateur photographers make the final decision and the results are usually pretty good. Aside from the fact that they will be shooting in low light, they will also have to consider all the exciting things happening in the club. It’s a party scene, so there’s going to be a lot of movement, particularly dancing. Taking photos of people moving can be really tricky if you do not know how to do it properly.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


So, unless you want blurry shots, you should consider studying all the photos you have taken and really see which ones are the better ones and why. You will develop your own tips and tricks about taking good party photos. There’s a lot more that you need, however we can all accept that ours are just candid camera photos that we post in a blog and not necessarily requiring the most technically advanced cameras. And we can all see that we are getting better every day.

"Gratitude and thanksgiving makes sense of our past, brings
peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Social Dancing on Oahu

Social dancing on Oahu is based on the American Style of dance. We have been so fortunate to having some of best instructors in American Style in the last 50 years. They have not been clones and each has had their favorite moves. The final decision is always made on the dance floor. It is dancing done in a friendly environment and strictly social. Not much like a performance or competitive dancing which can be beautiful. For this reason, some dances lend themselves to social dancing better than others.

"Social dancers believe that it would be a terrible life without a little dance."

 

On Oahu, Foxtrot and Waltz are the granddaddies of social dancing. They form the basis for all partner dancing. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha are handy Latin social dances. The best music is the Latin to go with it. Cha Cha is great for any music that has a good beat. Cha Cha is some times considered the Latin version of EC Swing, this dance is great for any music that has a good beat. East Coast Swing: A great dance that's used with lots of different types of music. Big band, rock, pop, 50’s, country - you name it, you can dance EC Swing to it.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Merengue: This is the easiest social dance to lead and follow. Great dance to do with people who don’t know how to dance. Includes a lot of turns and spins. West Coast Swing: If you’re looking for something a little sassier, this is it. Although it can be danced at just about any tempo, it’s particularly suited to slower bluesy songs. Nightclub Two Step is the dance to do to a slow love song or ballad. It’s more sensuous than just doing the “prom rock” Hustle is a superfun dance that originated in the ‘70’s and is danced to classic disco, rock, or hip hop songs. Relative of EC Swing, using same turns and spins. Salsa and Bachata making good in this century. Its fast tempo makes it a great dance for getting fit.

“Most social dancers understand that most everyone thinks of changing the world,
but few think of changing themselves.”

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Progress

Wow, this is where things can become challenging; it's something like standing in downtown Honolulu at rush hour with a megaphone, trying to be heard above the noise of the crowd. The goal here is to get the attention of the possible reader/dancers on Oahu and get them to visit our site and contribute their very valuable views and perhaps photo or two.They are out there but many seem to be swayed by other interests. Perhaps it is only local kine thinking, other islanders are strangers.

“Social dancers believe that when they dance and move to their favorite music,
they can really enjoy the luxury of being themselves.” 



We don't know yet. We are making small but steady gains on all blogs. All business is arbitrage. And some business is taking something which is cheap and exchanging it for something of higher value. Not true with our blogs. We help and then we help some more and it is for everyone. I would advise anyone to ask around Oahu if you get a chance. All we want to do is help. If you don't want any help, you won't get it from us. - Simple. Fortunately we are getting some photo to share.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The dancers benefit, the organizations where the party was benefut and of course, our publication too, we get more readers. The hits go up and everyone benefits again. You want communication, blogging is it. Now if you want to keep group as a private club, that is your privilege and we will respect. Our blogs are too much alike, no cloning needed, but more feedback we will get more diverse blogging.. The different opinions from each Guest Author and the resulting difference in the blogs will send the hits up through the roof.

"Social dancers know that life does not require them to be the best
- only that they try their best."


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Starting To Roll

Three months into 2019 and it seems as though the five blogs have become fairly solid on Oahu. If they can develop into independent identities but loosely interconnected, they can provide all the dance information needed to expand to the neighbor islands. Contributed photos, contributed information and additional guest authors. That will be social media to da max and will beat anything else you have to offer the reader/dancers. We can plan on my resignation from the best blog. Night Clubs Anyone?

That is what the lady teacher told him. "There a only two things
holding you from being a good dancer. Your feet."


These blogs are just starting to roll in the right direction. The reader/dancers are growing and we just have to make better contact to get feedback. On Oahu, dance blogs will be enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine may start to crumble and I can even see some evidence of it now.

"Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller

Received email from Maile Yagi
So we are communicating to the dancers out there and this year I have seen the point of diminishing returns. But it was just a plateau of a few months. It just takes another guest author and the entire enchilada goes up. We get some photo and information contributors and that certainly helps but we need the one that can get in, write, post photos, publish and get out when they want to. No matter how you slice it, they get readers and that overflows to the others and it is called synergism. So one of you out there will be next and it will be for the good of the entire dance community.

“Experience social dancers, try to live as if they were to die tomorrow.
And they try to learn as if they were to live forever.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Aiea Ballroom Dance Association

Received email from Deanie

Hi Joe

At this point, just come to our event. A ticket will be at the door for you. Here's the info.

Date - Saturday May 18, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Place: Palladium - Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse 2nd floor
Theme Colors: Gold, Silver, Copper

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It's Aiea Ballroom's 64th Anniversary. Aiea is the very first ballroom club in Hawaii - that includes all the islands. We were founded in 1955 - before statehood. A number of our members and past presidents started other clubs. I guess after they found out how much fun ballroom dancing was they decided to form a club of their own. Additionally, non-profit clubs offer membership and lessons at very reasonable cost.  

One of Aiea Ballroom's founders, Raymond Ching, is also the founder of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.  They will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year. 

Aiea Ballroom has enjoyed good dance times, growing pains, and many friends over the years not only with our own members but with all the other ballroom clubs and a Swing Dance Club. 

Partnered dancing is just the best exercise for mind, body and soul. Can't beat it.

Joe, hope you're doing well. Please let me know if you'll be able to join us on May 18th.  Our program will be simple - introductions, thank yous, about 20 door prizes, some good half-time food but mostly, lots of dancing. 

Aloha ~ Deanie

"If we are doing our best, we won't have any time to worry about failure."

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So Far, So Good

Get out there and meet new people and have fun dancing. Social dancing offers numerous health benefits –including everything from improved self-esteem to weight loss and improved muscle tone and strength. It also offers tremendous social benefits, and can be a great mood booster. Social dancing is good for your mind, health, and social life! Lucky we live on Oahu and have many choices to meet good people.

"Supposing we have tried and failed. We may have a fresh start
any moment we choose, for this thing we call "failure"
is not the falling down, but the staying down."


Keep in touch means so much when you are far away from your relatives so it is nice to read even if they don't say much, I can believe there are no big tragedies in the background. Email should be one of our main ways to stay in touch with relatives because it’s easy and, in most cases, free. The first thing most people do when they wake up each day is reach for their mobile phone to check their email, and, at the end of the day, they give their inbox a glance before shutting down. There has to be an opportunity for you to catch their attention sometime between sunrise and sunset, no?

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

Receive an email from my niece Yvonne and she sent me a nice collage with her two granddaughters Madison and Maci - Poppy Explosion in Lake Elsinore. Very nice.


I just moved to Mililani and it seems like the Central Valley is starting to move. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way. Dot's in Wahiawa is fine. I can now put my shoe on my swollen left foot and I can walk and take the bus to the shopping center instead of making a schedule for the following day with the Handi Van. They are super people and when I am invited, I use them to go and back for a social such as WBDC. Then I can take pictures, make a write up and blog'em. The hits are slowly going up so I will be patient.

"Social dancers know they are dancers when -AND- is a number."