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.”