Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Losing hits

One thing I know for sure now and I have been blogging for over 20 years. Not many dancers on the island know enough about the Internet and blogging. In fact I do not know enough. Word of mouth does work and the hits are going up monthly. I try to beat the bushes in other places to get some hits and maybe some good information contributors. With one good steady Guest Blogger in Town Dancer, the hits would soar and I could plan on phasing myself outta heah.

“Social dancers learn that as we grow older we need to learn to dance more softly.”


It would be nice to have all the blogs independently run, get new Guest Bloggers on their own and run the hits up into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, I have my hands full with any remaining blogs. I am 93 years old and I must prepare for my departure. All fun and games and very interesting. It should feel genuinely good for your counter to get hits from your blog — you could be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed and do good for our fellow dancers.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Cousin Stella, Cousin Juana and niece Yvonne
If your blog provides genuine value, you fully deserve to earn all the hits your get from it. The suggestions are out there and you will always be looking for them - let's be grateful. It may be good for all us.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

I hate to see any of our slow blogs go but as per our requisites, the reader/dancers will make the decisions and we shall abide by them. Hits and they shall stay, no hits and it is Aloha.

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something
you don't know anything about."

 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Blogs Need Feedback

"Game changing innovations are few and far between. They are usually simple
concepts to describe but when they arrive it takes time to fully realize their
importance and impact. Television was a game-changer, mobile phones
were game-changers, Web and Blog sites are also game changers."


Of course, there are many small groups that find their fun in the Micros, such as Facebook and Twitter because they have possible contacts with the entire world. Maybe a reader in Nigeria, or Finland. Don't knock it, if they are having fun, that is the name of the game. However our readers are over 90% residents of the Island of Oahu which amounts to less the 40 thousand dancers. But we have real value in our blogs for they enable us to communicate with each other on a much broader scale than word of mouth.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frankie Laine

Received from Maile Yagi
We are just finding out about a possible night club in Waianae. Then Kapolei is looking good. If either of them can get a dance floor of over 400 square feet, they got it made in the shade. Let us know and we will write it up. The North Shore has already made several attempts. They know that the difference between a Lounge and a Night Club is a "dance floor." However for us old time dancers, a ten by ten is not a "dance floor."

"Social dancers may think that the dance is poetry born out of the
sheer joy of moving to one's favorite music."

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Center

We must applaud Dream to Dance and Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association with their headquarters closer to the demographic center of this Island. Of course we have Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club that are very prominent in the new Central Area of Oahu in this century. If there are any other dance groups please let us know.

“Social dancers dance with good hopes and sing along with the possibilities.”


Please be advised that we are not asking for "support" as you see the word bandied about in Blogs, Web sites and Newsletters. If you are interested you will read. If you are not interested you will not read. It should be whatever you wish it to be, not some kind of commitment. Our blogs are meant to help the reader/dancers and not be an obligation. We are into dancing and provide dance notes and photos regularly like most dance blogs on the mainland.

"Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin


We also try to cover the festive occasions and take photos of the attendees, and the happenings with a nice write up of the entire affair. Many people are becoming aware of my limitations and kokua with the photos. And Mahalo to you all. We have tried to enlighten the classes too, but that may seem to have the element of interference so we must be careful, You invite - and I will try to make it.

"There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog on Oahu.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dancing on Oahu, Part 2

As dancing continued to progress, many International dancers at the Palladium began to insist that they were the real Ballroom Dancers on Oahu because they danced in Ballrooms. Let us face it, the Rootzi Tootzis are right, we could not be Ballroom Dancers on Oahu. We dance in malls, gas stations, parks, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers.They have pointed out this distinction very clearly and we concur. No hu hu, just understanding.

"Social dancers were afraid of dancing in the beginning, but they learned
to embrace it and accept all the mistakes they would make."


Ballroom dancing has been “ a living thing influenced by events and sensitive to what is going on all around,” whether it be “a change of fashion, war, an upsurge of interest in a particular foreign, country, pop and/or Latin music. And it brings us to the most logical conclusion, we are Social Dancers, let us make the most of it. The transitory nature of social dancing is what makes it so exciting to study and the terminology may change within the context of globalization.

"Take On Me" by A-Ha (1985)


We have tried to examine the ways in which ballroom and social dancing have evolved due to cross cultural contributions, whether borrowed or appropriated from street dancers. We can hope to provide insight into the role that globalization has had on ballroom as a genre. In fact, we can propose that it is globalization, and its influence on social dancing's shifting form and popularity, that has allowed our form to evolve for as long as it has. Meanwhile, we can enjoy moving to music our way and having a ball.

Book not recommended: "Twenty Yards to the Outhouse" by Willie Makit,
Illustrated by Betty Wont - Published by Andy Dint

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Looking Good

The hits are solid and going slowly but steadily up. Many of the possible readers are more interested in the international dance scene covered by such Micro blogs as Twitter and Facebook. Everyone should do they like. Meanwhile we are having more dancers on this island every day. There will more social dancers but there will inevitably be those interested in exhibition and competition. Hey, hey, there is nothing wrong with that.

“Social dancers may have the urge to celebrate to that beautiful music.
Their happiness can’t be told, it can’t be described, and it’s
impossible to confine it. It must be danced.”


Most of the dance groups, social dance clubs, dance studios and dance night clubs have advertising that can pass for Social Media. Newsletters, Newspaper ads, and even Magazines. Some have even more connections so there is not much we can do for them at present. So we must look around throughout the entire territory. By end of this month I should know if I can keep five blogs running with some help of course. It helps that I live in Mililani now, which is more Central Oahu. Town is very well covered including radio and TV.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


So I think we should be patient and let the blogging grow at a slow pace. I try to get things more simple and I have two folders for the blogs and dancers. One marked "Mas Tarde" which means later in Spanish. Then I have another folder that reads, "Mucho Mas tarde," We are fortunate that we have so many good teachers, so many good DJs, and of course, so many good dancers. I am very very busy with five blogs and working on getting one of them independent.

"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will
gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

With all my physical limitations I was able to plan my blogging of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club shindig on Friday, the 11th. And the Handy Van picked me at seven. Got to dance on time and people were still coming in. All these nice people to wish a Happy New Year to. This is a super group of human beings.


I was a little late so I did not get my favorite spot but I did just fine and made contact with new people. Gradually adjusted and I got Priscilla to take some photos. And I proceeded around to get more photos. Got one man that did a terrific job of getting photos for this blog and "others."

 "Cuando Calienta El Sol" por Luis Miguel


WordPress.org blogs, or self-hosted WordPress blogs, are one of the most popular blogging platforms for a reason. WordPress.org blogs outshine other platforms in terms of customizability and functionality. Yet those abilities come with a price tag: - both financially and technologically. It takes a lot of tech power to set up and maintain a WordPress.org blog properly. I use Blogger and it is free.


"It is fun being here, great food and dancing too. A nice way to meet people."
~ Randy

I personally thank the people that helped me to get plenty of nice photos
to share with our fellow dancers. There will be more photos in the
Social Dance Oahu blog of tomorrow, Sunday, the 13th.


"Wahiawa Ballroom is always fun. Their New Year's ball was one to cherish. The 
members are very friendly and welcoming. Dancing is life and life is a dance.
So let's keep on dancing." ~ Charito and Leo Delgado. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Competitive Ballroom Dancing

By Ralph Richardson, Lahiana
As a Social Phenomenon:

This merely develops a critique of Competitive Ballroom Dancing as a social phenomenon from an anthropological perspective and that of a non-dancer. In order to do it, this theme is concerned with interrelating dance with anthropology. The concepts of how people express themselves and communicate in society provides the study with the scope to explore certain issues. The first aspect shows how a person would prepare to be a dancer in competition, this involves, among other things, learning to dance, finding a suitable partner and the overall appearance of the dancer.
 
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they
are great because of their passion. ” ― Martha Graham


Secondly looking at competition, which involves sport and dance, judgement and perception of how the dancers and spectators view it. The embodied content of the competitive dancer is seen as an important issue, since it can affect how the dancers dance and how the dance is perceived, despite the fact that competitive ballroom dancing is such a highly formal, structured and rule-governed form of dance. And there are many that can enjoy the game of dancing according to some one's rules. Ritual and performance theories integrating different tendencies are juxtaposed with what appears to happen in this form of dance.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck


In addition various types of altered state of mind are examined, in view of comments made by dancers about how they feel when dancing even though most participants enjoy it. Furthermore this thesis explores an understanding of how important this form of dancing is to its participants and how the activity can be a life-long pursuit whether as a dancer or subsequently as a spectator. It also illustrates the extent to which younger people enjoy an activity where there is great emphasis on being fit and how they have come to link it with sport. For me, I will continue to prefer the social dance which we do now and I am able to dance at social dance functions equally well as in the night club circuit. In the Hawaii we just need more places where we can dance and we will have more dancers.

"If you are not a thinking person, to what purpose are you a person at all?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Just Rolling Along

The new year looking good and I am still learning. What is a Snowflake in politics? Adults being viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offense than previous generations. A derogatory term for someone deemed too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own and noting that the insult has been aimed at an entire group.

“Social dancers believe that they must dance to the music
of their soul and everyday may uplift the soul.”


In our kuleana, we have Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club introducing the social for the year. Maile emailed a poster of the dance and a schedule which I may post in the Dance And Live blog of Tuesday. Actually dancing has been going on since the first of January but I don't get the information. With WBDC I get the invitation. I can blog'em and hope not to interfere.

"London Calling" by The Clash   (1982)

Received from Maile Yagi. Mahalo

The DJs in our Dance Scene are very good. Most of us will agree and we have our DJs playing our music. A big difference in Live and DJ music on Oahu is that Live bands play more of the Classics much loved by the more experienced dancers. Whereas the DJs will play a more  up to date presentation of the good music. In our dance scene, most of our DJs recognize the classics and play them for the benefit of the dancers in the dancing clubs. When was the last time you danced "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck? A Rumba? 

Not a recommend book: "The Yellow Stream" by I.P. Daily

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

First Working Day of the Year.

I hope everyone is recovering in good order from all the celebrating. Especially now that we can be certain that Trump is on his way - out. And Good Riddance. Perhaps we can eventually get this country back to what it was two years ago. Not perfect? I know that, but is was not the disaster it is today. We had a democracy then. Now, dictator, "gimme the money or I shut the government down." Yeah, GOP version of Democracy. Voter Suppression is not enough.

"Some social dancers become more religious because of dance. It may have changed their lives in many ways and they can cherish every moment because of dance.”


Meanwhile the scene is looking good and there is dancing on all the Islands. Everyone had a good time with their friends, neighbors, fellow dancers and relatives. There are the normal rumors of a new dance club, dance studio and even a new dance night club. A Dance Night Club? A fancy Bar that installs a 10 x 10 dance floor can be called a Night Club just because it has a dance floor. However, social dancers have different opinions and a night club can be considered a dance night club with a bigger dance floor. The size of a two car garage would be nice, 20 x 20 which is 400 square feet. Of course this still not a floor to dance Quick Step or Viennese Waltz.

"Fight For Your Right" by Beastie Boys (1986)


“I have drunk the night and swallowed the stars. I was dancing with abandon and singing with rapture. There is not a thing I do not love. There is not a person I have not forgiven. I feel a universe of love, a universe of light. Tonight, I am with old friends and we are returning home. The moon is our witness. Happy New Year.” Author Unknown.