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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.