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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."

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Upcoming

The blogs seem to have arrived at the point of diminishing returns. I just have to wait for "Two Centers" willing to share information with our reader/dancers. The photos are doing very well in Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

Specially from Maile Yagi.
Aloha Everybody!
Here is a super cool video that Craig Abing created for all of you to enjoy! He truly captured all of the fun experienced, that night of the WBDC St. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE! THANK YOU SO MUCH CRAIG!

https://gopro.com/v/36b7QX2r4MDaw   Note: the link only works from the Maile's email.

MUCH APPRECIATED,
WAHIAWA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
Sent from my iPhone


Town Dancer is still in second place with an outsider as number one. The bottom one, Dancing Nights is solidly out of single digit average per day hits. It seem like, as the lower ones increase in average hits per day, Town Dancer loses some. I expect they will all be around 33 average hits per day. That is 1000 hits per month each. There it is, for the social dancers on the island of Oahu.

"Social dancers know that, of all the unhappy people in the world,
the unhappiest are those that have not found something to do."
 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wahiawa Rocks

Ever so slowly, this entire enchilada, our blogs, are moving up all by themselves. Our fellow dancers may not that computer literate which is just fine but many are slowly learning the ropes, reading our blogs. They are social dancers and when they are not dancing they just may be interesting in reading about dancing and their fellow dancers. You will all see that our Guest Bloggers may blog once a month. There are no rules or requirement that say how many times per month anyone should blog

"Social dancers know, that terrific dancer on the floor was once a beginner."


It helps that we get occasional contributors of information but most are deathly afraid of commitments and we cannot blame them. We provide the platform for our fellow dancers and they can use it whenever they damn well please. Traffic generation isn't a black art - it's something which largely relies on common sense and methods which can be replicated with consistent results. The reason people usually fail in their traffic generation efforts is that they don't really believe or truly commit to making traffic generation techniques a fully integrated part of their blogging strategy.

"So many good people having fun and dancing up a storm."


Now, most of the Night Club scene is hinged to the bar. The bar income has been the basis for night clubs for one thousand years. Yes, this is a WAG* But in the West it is changing. Dancers get thirsty, but they should not be require to drink alcohol if they don't feel the need. There will be a Juice Bar with the Greatest Juice Combinations in the world. There will be a slow change and we can all blame Hillery. In the West, there many plan on making an entirely new evening scene for the pleasure of the social dancers.

*WAG: Wild Ass Guess.

Attention Please: Looking for Dancer/computer Geek, I want to donate win 7 computer not working too well. Maybe fix and they can give to a friend.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Socially

Most dancers on Oahu seem to know what social dancing is all about. But somehow they differ in their views. Nothing wrong with that, we are not clones. But in this century it being better understood by the "common" social dancer. Social dancing has become a major category of dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing. Of course many social dances are partner dances. In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind.

"Social dancers know that every time they dance
they become a better version of themselves."


However it is natural to include such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, and square dances. No Triangular dances? Ballroom dance, depending on how it is defined, may refer to a wide variety of partner dances. Typically it includes Caucasian dances such as waltz or foxtrot, and Latin dances such as cha cha and rumba. Caucasian dances are normally danced to straight-beat, Western music; couples dance around the floor; and when formalized, the ladies may wear long gowns and the gentlemen, a bow-tie and tails.

"Macarena" by Los Del Rio


Latin dances are normally danced to Latin or jive music; and couples may dance more-or-less in one area on the floor; and when formalized, the woman may wear a short-skirt Latin outfit and the man dresses in black. The regular dances taught on Oahu include those on the syllabi of the American style of dance. And many of the newer more stable ones such Salsa, Bachata, Hustle and the Night Club 2 Step.  As an additional many have the option to learn from the dance group of international standard and international Latin. However, we will also learn some nightclub, square and line dances.

"There is one studio that consistently puts out the best International dancers
on this Island." Yes, I put it in quotes. What do I know?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blogging

Town Dancer is now in second place to an outside blog that must be doing dance blogging right. I cannot get that one Guest Blogger that would guarantee the possibility of an extra 10 average hits per day. Fortunately, the hits from Russia, Germany and India have dropped and those were junk hitters. The one most serious in the Pacific Basin was the Philippines and we lost those. There is a sprinkling on the neighbor islands but they seem to prefer keeping it all to themselves. This will continue to evolve.

"Social dancers let their body do what it needs to do, free to expand and
contract in space to music and to soar and spin."


At any rate, two good Guest Bloggers and I can begin phasing my way out and pave the way for their independence. They will in turn run the hits up into the stratosphere, I am sure. They will get a couple more Bloggers and run up the readers to the entire island chain. It also has an advantage that it is still in slow process in the contact with the neighbor islands. That exchange of information is coming and will be of importance to all of us. We do not expect to be clones, but we would like some resemblance of a standard so we don't offend anyone. Everyone counts of course but we may always be a work in process.

"Waterfall" by Willie K


With a few more dancing nightclubs in West Oahu plus a good social dance club in Waianae and the North Shore, we are going to have a rollicking good time. There are few Dance Studios in the West teaching our kind of dance. There will be in the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. So the solution to the problem is almost at hand. The Two Centers willing to share their 2 cents of dance information with our reader/dancers will see the results. Just that one Guest Blogger will then move the entire enchilada.

"Whatever it is you want, you reach a long way toward it if you will combine your heart, your backbone, your faith and your common sense and then stretch."

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Around Town

The upward surge in hits has slowed to a crawl, but that is to be expected in a blog with SOS, (same old shit.) We need new blood, Two Centers, willing to share their pearls of dance items with our fellow dancers. Then the possibilities will become more apparent and we will find communication with the reader/dancers very gratifying. The benefits are for everyone, the different dance groups and people, the reader/dancers of the blogs, the blog Guest Bloggers. And we are not clones, the differences in opinions will be appreciated. A win-win situation.

"Social dancers believe that if they try to make today, unlike yesterday
then perhaps tomorrow will be different forever."


The cost besides your time, is zero, zip, nada in money. If it is still too hard for you to see, relax, skip it and put it on your agenda first thing next year and keep dancing. Apparently there is more dance action around town right about now. Why, puzzles me at the moment. Perhaps the new year is setting in and people are working into regular schedules. Live, work and play in their own kuleanas and back to try to enjoy life. And we are missing the dancers on the Windward side.

"Holoholo Ka'a" by Willie K


FAST (Flexible Affordable, Smart Transportation) seems like a long time ago when Cayetano got gunned down by the big money liars to get the Rail Disaster in. Cayetano had the best new transportation plan ever devised on the island of Oahu. Takes into consideration "comfortable," other plans have many other criteria (like big profits.) "Comfortable" is not a known factor by the transportation experts. Getting the people off of their cars and onto public transportation should be the primary motivating factor throughout the world. We got too many cars. In Honolulu they have it backwards, the "proof is in the pudding."

"Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today."

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tough Times

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western
spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded sun. And nearby is a small,
modest planet, Earth. But as is often the case, fashionable is not the same
as comfortable. We live in prime real estate. Let's try to keep it that way."

The key ingredients in our immediate progress lie in the Photo Contributors and the Information Contributors. Their favorite photos of their favorite people sent in every few weeks is worth its weight in diamonds. Much more valuable to us than the thousands of photos available in Flicker, Photobucket, Twitter or Facebook. Our photos are not seen in Pakistan or South Africa or Sweden. But they are seen on the island of Oahu. This will take time. The added comments to a photo would be icing on the cake.


They may get accustomed to sending in those very precious photos with a few comments and no real commitment, - then anyone is ready to become a Guest Blogger, but only when they think they are ready. The decision must be theirs. We mustn't rush things. The big difference that is that a Guest Blogger can get in and write, add a photograph or whatever. save and publish it all on their own without saying boo to anyone. When you are ready, I can coach you via the Internet.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Gardner


Meanwhile we have almost lost all of the robot crawlers and spiders sent to screw up the works for us and this year we will find us free and clear of them. The scam spam robots and the search engines will still be with us but we are getting less of them. We are getting more legit readers and moving up again. Also we are beginning to make contact with the neighbor islands. But I am not ready yet.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Feedback

I have been looking over the terrain on Oahu to get Two Centers (Information and Photo Contributors) and possible converts to Guest Bloggers. But it is pretty rough. None wish to make that "commitment," which of course is not that big a commitment. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues, and they blog whenever they damn well please. Perhaps I am being a little too hard somewhere. No anonymous but you can use a pen name. But I do know that there are some groups that do not have a Web site to handle their Public Relations on the Internet. Twitter and Facebook along with other micros are terrific if you want to go International.

"Social dancers find that dance made them more focused and brought
better discipline and positive energy. And they can cherish every
moment of their lives because of dance.”


Our blogs are not likely to be read in Norway or Nigeria. 99% of the readers are from Oahu. And even then, at the moment we have maybe 30, 40% search engines and scam spam robot hits. This is a dance blog but we can include other aspects of the dance scene, Eating and Drinking. I do not remember seeing a Juice Bar in any night club on Oahu. There is a perfect set up if you want to join into a blog. Of course, a prime requisite is that you must read a dance blog first otherwise you do not have the foggiest idea of the possibilities. You will have to find the time to read whatever looks interesting and then share that vision with our fellow readers on the blog.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior information on the blog to all the readers. These who can use that information may adjust and improve current and future actions and behaviors. Process is in the effect or output of the action  'returned' (fed-back) to modify the next action. As a two-way flow, feedback will be inherent in our blogs in all interactions, reader to readers. In an organizational context, feedback is the information sent to an entity (individual or a group) about its prior behavior so that the entity may adjust its current and future behavior to achieve the desired result.

"True friendship isn't about being there when it is convenient,
it is about being there when it is not."