Thursday, February 28, 2019

Let's Blog It.


This is blog is now definitely second, in average hits per day. Understandable because of the competition. But I am beginning to know my business, we need feedback to share with our reader/dancers and get more readers. Of course all the blogs need polish and they are a work in progress. I would like to set up a photo album and some video. I have made dance posters with professional dancers and I am going to get photos of our good people and replace them in all the posters. Dance teachers, studio owners and dancers can use the blogs to recruit new dancers.

"My favorite dance is the Fox Trot. It is a proper dance
with proper music and it has class." ~ Laslo


We’d also be happy to have Information and Photo Contributors and which many will find it easier to do. We ask the dance community to share news on our friends, the individual dancers and their accomplishments. You can even send in items about local issues that aren’t directly related to dance, including things like law changes and other stories that relate to kids and families. It’s your blog, so you get to send in what you want.You don’t need any experience to get started, and it won’t cost you a thing, except a few moments of your time.

"Dancing in the Streets" by Nohelani Cipriano


With the increased interest in Latin music and dance, a blog may eventually emerge concentrating on the Latin sound and help to develop a mature group into the dances we have been dancing. We can help straighten out any the defects that may have been installed for decades.  Samba with five different basics? Unbelievable, but it is there. Bossa Nova, the music and dance overlooked by whom? We are learning, this week end alone, there is no way that anyone could go to a 100th of what is offered on this island. Most dancing is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Some places have Monday nights. The dancers have plenty of places available to dance this coming weekend.

"Social dancers know that we build too many walls - and not enough bridges."

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The 21st Century is here.

I can see the dance scene a lot more clearly these last couple of months and I feel that we are now firmly into the 21st century. There are many dance groups on Oahu and most go through the motions but they are not democratically run. They are oligarchies but fortunately they are "benevolent" oligarchies. The want to do good for the dancers. The "normal" curve seems to be there except that the availability of computers is still in doubt.

"Social dancers know that most of the people who had Rumba ambitions
at the beginning had minuet bodies. But eventually they got it."


The top 20 percent are "Gung Ho" for blogs and any type of communication with the entire island including advertising. They are able to see the advantages of public relations and are willing to kokua to Da Max. Then there are about 70% "fellow travelers" that feel that all of that is nice, - now let's get on with the dancing. Still a great group in the molding. Then on the bottom are the ten per cent that simply are not for any outside intrusions and blogs are not needed. We will do our utmost to respect their wishes.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza


We are making some contact with feedback. Most of our readers still think of a "large" commitment and we cannot blame them. Some have had experience in newsletters and know that it can be be quite a commitment. But blogs are not newsletters.It is much like advertising, but it is really a more direct communication to the reader/dancers. And you write only when you damn well please. we just provide the platform. Slightly different way of looking at it and it lends itself easily as Social Media. So somebody email it in. A sentence, two sentences? Three? Why not? - and it is your choice.

“Social dancers know that in theory, - theory is the same as practice,
but it is not the same in practice.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tango

Tango is a dance that evolved from the Indian Cat dances of the Incas before the arrival of the first illegals. Usually six to eight steps and then a pounce. Similar to the first Fox Trot, five hundred years later, six to eight steps and a sudden stop. It acquire the name Milonga when it began to be used by the natives in Argentina and Uruguay. The arrival of the slaves helped shape the Milonga because the movements were simple and the dance became definitely low class when it was taken over by districts of ill repute in Buenos Aires Aires and Montevideo,

"I love Tango. I use to dance it when I was young." ~ Pope Francis

 

The music continued to evolve from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe in the1800s, Initially, it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theatres and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants. The name Tango was picked by the top performers of the song and dance in the 1890s. But the name Milonga -Tango remained for decades and it was introduce into Europe in the early 1900s. Argentine is basic but which Argentine Tango? Nordic Tango is beautiful, but so is American Tango.

"La Comparsita" por Placido Domingo

Street Dance Tango
In Hawaii, the Filipino Tango is emerging and it is more like the original Milonga than many of the others. Step, step, step! And of course the International is fantastic for its Competition and Exhibition qualities. Fortunately we have the biggest help to all of dancing on these islands with Dance Fever Oahu and Franks Blogs, We hope they will have a statement to make in here when the time comes. For all of our fellow dancers, exercise your writing muscles, the more you practice the more you improve. Comments should be short, fast, to the point and make a nice impact. They are excellent exercises for your writing skills.. Any other dance blogs interested, we welcome them.''

"Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize when
we are only looking for a lucky break."

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Blog Marches On

Since we lost the best Blogger on the Island the hits have been going down while the newer blogs are increasing in average hits per day. But it has always been that way it takes a little time for the reader/dancers to realize that they will find a dance blog better to their liking. Meanwhile, I have been making some changes in design slowly and I am learning. I am still hoping for the Two Center and possibly a Guest Blogger. As long as I have this blog I may as well experiment. what do I know? But I could still teach those people some of what I learned so that when and if they go independent, they can make their own changes as they see fit.

 "Social dancers believe that their visions begin with their desires.
They fly life on free wings, dance and sing to its glory."
 

There is so much to getting this blog sphere ready for independence. I would like Town Dancer to be first because they are still ahead in hits compared to my other blogs. Hopefully we will have no more than two blogs with the same Guest Author. I want to stress the independence of each blog which is no guarantee. They can do as they damn well please after their independence. We don't have room for everyone and our blog sphere has been developing for some time. It requires only one thing, the desire to help our fellow dancers.

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


Blogging is what we do best and we are not journalists. We don't have any registration fees, or annual or monthly meetings or dues. And everyone does pretty much as they damn well please. Those that are excluded will understand that it was their choice. It is pretty simple. And the total hits on our blog sphere keep going up and as our people have more access to the internet and get more knowledgeable on its use, they will tune in and tell their friends too. Town Dancer is no longer on the front burner of going independent

"The hardest math to master is that which enables us to count our blessings."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Holding Steady

"The sad truth is most bloggers, even those who incessantly work on monetization
strategies, end up sitting around the few dollars a day mark and find it difficult
to rise above this level. Fortunately, our blogs are not in it for the money."

There seems to be an increase in "free" advertising in many blogs and even web sites and which is accepted by everyone in the social dance scene on Oahu. No hu hu. We get some email flyers with devastating announcements and they help but they are all "to whom it may concern." That is not our social media. Our blogs will be social media and it looks like it will take a while for that to sink in. Well, what is social media? We have been trying but very few pay attention. We will go slow, I do not wish to repeat myself too often. We will be patient.

“Social dancers seem to be totally aware of themselves and dance their way
in a manner as decided by their hearts."


So far our best bet for West Oahu is the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.And the results are being seen, for Wahiawa will be leading the dance scene in West Oahu. But in this endeavor for social dancing there has to be kokua from every one on both sides of the street. And we are getting some good kokua from some. Patience..There will be others when they become aware of what constitutes Social Media. They will contribute very nicely to the presentation of dancing in the West. The hits will go through the roof and the membership in these chapters will increase greatly. Mililani?

"Release Me" by Wilson Phillips 1990


I don’t have the facility to go to all the places I would like to visit and blog'em. And for some reason they cannot Email me any photos either. Maybe one day soon, our reader/dancers will realize that all you have to do is email a little information and some photos to share with our fellow dancers. No commitments only when you wish and I can blog'em. The hits will go through the roof. Synergy will take care of the other two and all we have left to say is Aloha.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit.
No use being a damn fool about it.”

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dance on Oahu

By Frances Ching, Manoa

It should be an integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior in dancing that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations. It has been occurring for almost two centuries on these islands and the changes are happening and continuing now. It is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a social dance group; also the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time such as on the Island of Oahu.

“Social dancers know that nothing is more revealing than movement to music.
The body can say what words cannot.”


Our dance patterns are changing every day led by our youth. However, 99% of their new stuff is eventually relegated to the past. The 1% has value and will be absorbed. But youth is youth and they will always be that way. 100 years from now most of us will be dancing new styles but all based on the same simple principles that have always been used by humans. It can be a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices of our dancing that characterizes an institution or organization. It is structured as a living organism and grows on its own.

"I'll Be Your Everything" by Tommy Page 1990


It has a set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with partner dancing and changing the culture of materialism will take time. Most of the dancers on this island are in the in-between groups of the strict International or the freedom of young club dancers. They may dable in any of the other peripherals of their choice and for their own reasons. And the clubs are becoming less private and more open to public membership. We have been and continue to be a Work In Progress. There will be more "public" dance clubs forming and a few dance clubs that will be calling it a day. Especially the ones that are tied to International as their theme and are holding on at present. But of course the new clubs forming will have the accepted methods of the developing cultural dance.

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon = Imagine

Monday, February 4, 2019

Updating

The entire enchilada of dance is looking good on Oahu. All the numbers seem to point to an increase in "Social" dancers. The others are from the "to be seen" factions such as the Competition, Exhibition, Caberet and Acrobatic types. The social dancer has been dancing in Parks, Malls, Gas Stations, District Parks, Community Centers and School Cafeterias. In this century they are now finding the Night Club scene very enjoyable. In turn many of the "Street" night club dancers are taking lessons at the dance clubs to polish up their movements so the amalgamation has been ongoing.

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”
 ― Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat


The Club Dancers will find themselves also attending dances at District Parks etc. The whole enchilada will evolve into one solid group and they will comprise over 80% of the dancers on this Island. The other twenty percent will be the "to be seen" specials and the peripherals, Line, Salsa, Swing, Tango and whatever else comes up.  And there will be some standardization of the movements to facilitate the interchange of dance partners in any socially accepted dance. And of course "Fusion."

  "Escapade" By Janet Jackson   1990


The elimination of many will come about naturally. Bolero, Paso Doble, Quickstep and the Viennese Waltz simply because there is no need. They will be relegated to the exhibition category. Bachata and Salsa is creeping in and it means that social dancers have the option to use material outside of any syllabus and/or level of any discipline. The entire enchilada is looking hot. Our blogosphere is staying healthy, which means no more extreme upswings or downswings. Seems like the entire enchilada is settling down and I plan on leaving it at five blogs and getting rid of my best blog as soon as possible.

“Social dancers know that letting go means to realize that some people may be
a part of your history, but not necessarily a part of your destiny.”