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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Where Are We in Social Dancing?

I don't really know, I get a little info here and there. Perhaps when we get more feedback from our good social dancers, we can post their opinions which will be very valuable indeed. Then there is the issue of restricting it to American Style of Dance. The Internationals have rules of their own, where they can dance and the places where they dance must follow the rules of the World Dance Council. We are not going to do it their way. We are going to do it our way, and that means leaving the Internationals to do it their own way. They are not wrong, it is their way and they are doing it very well. They have their own kuleana and we shouldn't interfere.

"Social dancers get body confidence. As they develop their skills they will
start to respect their physical vessel for it’s ability to achieve these
exciting new movements, shapes and coordination."


As much as we continue to promote social dancing we must also recognize "competition" dancing, and we will eventually have "American Style" competitions. We could make it only American with "loose rules" so that it would resemble our cultural dance. Paso Doble, Bolero and Viennese Waltz would automatically be out. They were originally made up by Dance Teachers. It was the money, Sonny. We see bolero danced very nicely in exhibitions which is just fine, but it does not have to be included as part of our culture.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

The International Style already rules the roost where they are in town and we accept that they are too good for us. So let us respect their positions and give our people a chance. An awful lot of Club dancers don't even know what an International dancer is, but "they" can judge. They sometimes accuse us of being International dancers. At the same time that the Internationals are sometimes referring to us as "junk dancers." Ha, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately in this century there are a helluva lot more of us than "da bodah dem."

"We could obey the absolutes. When we were young, it was absolutely wrong
to lie, cheat, or steal. As we grew older, we would be tempted to
think in relative terms. Trump Chumps?"

Friday, May 24, 2019

DanceSport

Ballroom Dancing can be considered a sport. The Dictionary definition of "sport" is: "An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively." Using this definition, competitive dance is, indeed, a sport and danced according to the rules. Social dancers do not dance by the rules.

"Social dance on Oahu is based mainly on the American style of dance and 
is recreational and usually performed with a partner or in groups  
or as a community activity for fun and enjoyment."


Excerpt from a lady's first competition dance.

"Cha Cha!" called the announcer. "Cha Cha? What's a Cha Cha???" the thought passed through my dazed brain. The beat of the Cha Cha permeated through the ballroom as my partner thankfully led me through the dance without a stumble or without me passing out from sheer terror. With cold, clammy hands we moved from one dance step to another, desperately scanning our memory banks for clues to the routines we had practiced for the last few months in preparation for our very first dance competition. "Oh God, please let this be over soon!" conveyed my subconscious. Finally, after about a minute and a half, the disk jockey ended the Cha Cha and the competitors scattered to find the perfect positioning on the ballroom floor for the next dance to be called.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"And now the Rumba - dancers please take your positions" bellowed the announcer. We waited tensely for that first beat; I glanced nervously around and couldn't help wondering if the other couples felt as stressed as we did. As my partner and I took our first Rumba step I had the strangest feeling come over me - a sense of pride at actually being a good-enough dancer to participate in a ballroom dance competition. We completed the Rumba and as we drifted off the dance floor to take our seats, my partner and I glanced at each other. In a fleeting moment I felt his elation; I knew that whether we won or not, we still had accomplished something that many dance couples never experience in their lifetimes, and from that moment on we would never again experience the fear of the unknown as we stepped out onto the competition dance floor.

"Most social dancers think that life is what happens to you
while you’re busy making other plans."

Sunday, May 19, 2019

64th Anniversary Dance

Nice day to make my plans and with experience I am getting better
at taking care of my physical disabilities and do my blogging.


Got everything in its proper place for the excursion and I was ready for the Handi Van at 4:30 pm. It was little late but no Hu Hu and I got to the famous Palladium before six. They were still in the process of making the setup. I walked around to take a good look, I do not see this nice place very often any more. Finally went upstairs and a nice lady took me to the next room. Due to the mechanical problem with the partition that separates the Ewa and Diamond Head ballrooms, two separate ballrooms for the dancing pleasure of the dancers were available for this Anniversary Dance.. Wow, so many nice people there, the old ones that I knew from before and many from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, that I had recently known from living in West Oahu. Aiea and Wahiawa are sister dance clubs.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It was immediately apparent that this second ballroom was where the action was taking place. The terrific music of Bert Burgess was coming through just fine. Deanie was nice enough to find me a spot in the reserved section and I could sit on my Rolador and get up and move around as I needed. Sat near Warwick Sargent who cannot converse much because he is hard of hearing. Fortunately Kay can still do the talking as the MC of this function. Went around trying to find someone that would be willing to take a half dozen photos to post in my blog, hard to find. It should not be anyone's obligation. You want to, Terrific. But if you don't want to, it is your decision and it will be respected..

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In no time at all the joint was jumping. I noticed many good social dancers moving somewhat different that everyone else, but moving to their music and enjoying every move very nicely. There were some that were taught the flashy Statue of Liberty poses. Some men that I knew a long time ago were still dancing the Even Steps and doing very well with them. Saw a few women dancing with women also very nice. All in all, a terrific dance crowd and an asset to any dance club. Went around few times and said hello to new people as they were coming in.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


And Deanie took up the camera for me. Frank and Lani Sierra arrived and were seated in the reserved section, naturally. He brought his camera and naturally he will make get a nice write up of the dance, which will be of benefit to the Club, the dancers and all the reader/dancers of his blogs. Frank continually gets information and photos not available to me, so take a look-see, you may find them interesting. Kay took up  the mic, and then Deenie took over and by that time it was almost eight and my Handi Van would arrive to bring me back home. I got home before nine and sat down for a bite to eat.

"Life may be about making an impact on social life, not making an income."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wot is a Blog?

A blog is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a blogger or a group of bloggers share their views on an individual subject such as social dancing. First and most importantly is that anyone can visit online with a URL and it allows anyone to view the content. Blogs were created to be current, make regular posts and make it easy for anyone to get into and view anything that is current in there.

"Social dancers find it is easy to pick up and learn - it’s an amazing cardio -
And a few find that they gain a new profession."


Blogs are a type of website. The only real difference between a blog and regular websites is that blogs are regularly updated with new content, which is displayed in reverse chronological order (newer posts first). Typical websites are static in nature where content is beautifully organized in pages, and they are not updated frequently. Whereas a blog is dynamic, you can forget about marking your calendars for next years beautiful event.

"My Molokai" by Willie K


Social dancing also improves spatial awareness, as well as raising the heart rate and causing a release of feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream. One more benefit is that it helps reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone. ... Social dancing makes you feel good because it makes you feel so alive just enjoying the music and moving the body to it. You can dance the same simple basic moves to your favorite music forever.

"Social dancers know that there are no real rules to this thing called life. We can make the best or the worst of it. We can just hope you make the best of it."

Friday, May 10, 2019

Progression

The Blogs on this island are progressing slowly but surely. I expect this blog "Town Dancer" to stay in the lead for a while..I have been promoting Dancing in the Dark and Dancing Nights because they have been at the bottom of the pile and they are coming up slowly. I am beginning to get help here in the Central Valley. I am using Twitter and Facebook to promote them and they are doing very well. I may not get any hits from Nigeria or Norway but I am not worried, as long as I get hits from Oahu.

"Social Dancers believe that dancing creates a space for them to move to music
in a way only they can, whether it’s awkward or graceful."


Social Dancing is becoming very prominent in West Oahu, but in town it still has much competition from the International community. Don't knock it, those people should dance whatever makes them happy and they are willing to accept the regulations. However as social dancers we should also have the same rights of dancing whatever we damn well please. The favorites in our kuliana, at the moment are, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Salsa, Bachata and Night Club 2 step. And these choices have not been engraved on stone.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii


It was been firmly established from last years blogs, that the entire dance structure on this Island has been misunderstood by most of us. Each in their own little niche thinks that what they dance is true dancing. The sad part is when they see any one from what they consider a different group moving to music, then "they" decide that the other party does not know what dancing is all about. He, He, He. Dumb Dodos I certainly am not an expert so I can't say. But more questions are emerging, they always do, and we will get opinions and that feedback is what will make these blogs.

"A dance blog may be a personal diary. A daily pulpit.
A collaborative space and it may be ours.".

Monday, May 6, 2019

Basics

Basic, Basic, Basics.
We have covered the Rock Step and the Chassé, solid dance movements in perhaps 5000 dances. Yes, This is a WAG * Now we have the Forward and Backward walks. This can be easily done in just about any dance out there and you do not have to do it more than once during a dance but it is a very nice relaxing move. Much later you could learn to do the forward walk in the promenade position and after that in the open position. They can be done in any dance, in Waltz, three count. and the four count using the box step, Foxtrot, using the box step, Rumba, using the box step or the alternate Rock step etc. etc. in many dances.

"Social dancers know that you can improve your balance
and become more interesting.".


In Forward Walk (for the Lead) in the Waltz, the man leads with his left foot forward, his right foot goes to the right and then his left foot comes up to his right completing the first half of the pattern. Then instead of stepping back he leans forward and steps forward with his right foot. When he leans forward it is the sign for the lady to step back. He will step forward with his right foot, one count, and to the left with his left foot, two count and again with his right foot up to his left foot completing that pattern as is usually done in Waltz.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In the Backward Walk (for the lead) in the Waltz, the Lead does the first and second halves of the pattern in the usual way. Then he leans back and applies a little right hand pressure for the lady to get the signal that he is going back. And instead of going a normal forward, he steps back with his left foot, one count and then step to right with his right foot, two count and brings up his left to his right foot, completing the first half of the pattern. The lead must be careful and check behind before he starts the backward walk.

* WAG: Wild Ass Guess

"Many social dancers believe that they can be the change
that they wish to see in the world.”


Thursday, May 2, 2019

It is a puzzle

Second day in March and it looks bad. We seem to have lost the scam spam robot hits which is very good. But we seem to be losing much of the search engines of Twitter and Facebook. Of  course this blog is mostly SOS, which means me and since I am not famous, we must accept it. We need more outside information and photos. The Information Contributors are very fundamental. The reader/dancers want to read something about our dance scene and I cannot cover everything.

"Social dancers believe that dancing helps improve their work ethic
and may even help them meet people."


The Guest Blogger is the clear additional need. And we are going find the first one from one the current Information Contributors.  All we have to do is find a person willing to share their personal "Dancing Space" with their fellow reader/dancers, regardless of club affiliation. And their level of expertise makes very little difference. It is their separate unique opinion that is valuable and easy but very difficult too. They help themselves, they help their club, they help their fellow dancers and they help whatever blog they choose. A win-win situation. The losers? A little by the ones that don't go for this jazz.

"I will dance for you" by Willie K

This will be perking up the Central Valley
Mililani seems to have lost Just Tacos, They tried beautiful Latin music but that was not enough. Central Valley people are not that much different, They want to move to that good music and the place was too small to have a good size dance floor. We still have the famous Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center and Dot's in Wahiawa doing good. I am hoping for a place or club for Mililani because I live here. But Waipio would be just fine. I have the Handi Van available and they are terrific people.

"Social Dancers believe that the truth may not be for all the people,
it may be only for those who seek it."