Monday, October 18, 2021

Dancing Social Media Rerun #55

So far I haven't found the guide. So I am working on my own which of course is highly prejudiced if I am the only one making the conclusion. Apparently Dance Social media is a very social interaction among dancers in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and a network of blogs.

 "Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.
You can go as far as your mind lets you. You can believe, 
you can remember - you can achieve."

You are invited

Furthermore, dance social media depends on mobile and internet-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. It is world wide and not limited to any one language.

They introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals and in Hawaii seems to be mostly in the desktop computer environment. It is mostly individual and organizations are mentioned but as only part and parcel of the dance environment.

Dance social media differs from traditional or industrial media, (Newsletters, Web sites and ordinary advertising) in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, usability, immediacy, and permanence. The traditional media is also addressed "to whom it may concern."

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

There are many effects that stem from internet usage. According to Nielsen, internet users continue to spend more time with social media sites than any other type of site. The results are shown clearly in our hit counters.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Not much news Rerun #52

This blog is slowly going down again and I expect Blogging Hawaii to take it's place, All that Blogging Hawaii needs is some comments, and a few good Two Centers. The average hits per day would surpass Town Dancer. I am the only one blogging on Town Dancers so it stands to reason.

 "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

Not only Blogging Hawaii but in the West, Platinum Horseshoe is moving ahead very nicely and the same thing applies there as in all the blogs. The Comments, Two Centers and the Guest Authors. Then you have real Social Media and we don't got it on Oahu yet. Where?

"Shave Ice" by Loyal Garner

Facebook is still tricky. They still have me on their records but they want to Mickey Mouse me around some way and I am not going to stand for that. They will get 350 million photos today. That is not counting 350 million from yesterday or 350 million from tomorrow. Somebody in South Africa missed one of yours. Ha!

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

With us it is easy and we are not into photo albums. But our photos are for our people and they are our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers on the island of Oahu. That is Social Media. Everyone has to judge for themselves and we are all different with different viewpoints. We do not expect clones, and some will have four pics and some will have 40. OK, so we are different, no hu hu.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Dance is moving to music. Rerun #49

On the Mainland they now have The Exercise To Music Instructor Certificate.  The course is jam packed with the latest choreography and training techniques so that anyone can teach these, fun and exciting group exercise classes to all ability levels.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around
once in a while, you could miss something."

Anyone can gain all the practical skills and confidence they  need to plan and teach group exercise classes. They will learn how to add choreography to your routines allowing you to add creativity to your classes, meaning your customers are never bored of their routines. From there it is just a skip and a jump to line dancing just for fun.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

This can be fun like ballroom, line, swing or tango dancing. As long as you are moving to your preferred music it will be enjoyable. There are some fitness centers from Kaimuki to Enchanted Lake. They all have exercising to music and you never need a partner. That is where social dancing comes in. What is social dancing. Aha!

Of course, you may want to get more information which is natural and you have much information in our blogs. You can check in on Richie Fun blogging in Dancing Nights blog. A very good example of communication with our friends. And clones we do not need, just an honest opinion. You can also check in on Dance Fever Oahu, a web site and Frank has two blogs on dancing both of which have information that is not available to us.

Monday, September 27, 2021

What Is Basic? Rerun #46

Rudolf von Laban was a dance artist and theorist. He is notable as one of the pioneers of modern dance movement in Europe. His work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis and  other more specific developments in dance notation and the evolution of many varieties of Laban Movement Study.

"The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth
are those people who are living a lie."

He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of dance. Laban Movement Analysis is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement. It is one type of Laban Movement Study, originating from the work of Rudolf Laban and developed and extended by many others

"Dancing is a poem, in which each movement is a word."

Here are his first five basic movement for dance. In addition many derived practices have developed with great emphasis on methods.

1.Gesture: Any movement not connected to supporting the body weight. Same as Posturing.
2. Stepping: The transfer of weight from one support to another.
3, Locomotor Movements:That move the dancers from one location to another. They consist of the Walk, Leap, Jump, Hop, Gallop, Slide and Skip.
4, Jumping: Which consists of movement without a point of support.
5. Turning: The basic dance movement of changing the position of the front.
Labans later increased the different amount of movements, But we can start from here and dance to our favorite music in sheer joy, over and over again - forever.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leeds 

Friday, September 17, 2021

What's happening? Rerun #43

Just six months ago, Oahu West was threatening to get into second place behind the famous Town Dancer. Now it has fallen quite a bit behind Kapolei Social Dance (2nd) and Blogging Hawaii (3rd) We don't get much news from this section so apparently they prefer to keep it private and we must respect. Meanwhile, is there anyone else?

"The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion. The tunnel is."

What do we do when someone is telling lies about us? Let's face it. We all know there are people in our dance environment who don't have anything else better to do, and get a kick out of ruining other people's lives. The famous Creative Researchers And Producers are well known on Oahu.

And some in this group had taken over entire Dance Clubs. But with new blood coming in with the new dance clubs, some of these clubs are slowly realizing that they are shrinking not expanding any more. And there will be other clubs where the dancers can be more comfortable and enjoy an evening of dancing. Most of us have seen it coming, there will be another new club before year's end.

So it doesn't mean you have to play the victim all the time. Our blogs are doing something, we are getting "other" views of the dance environment and out in public and looking good. Our existing Guest Authors are becoming more aware that their own blog is just that, "Their Own Blog." Check in on the latest by Richie Fun in the Town Dancer blog. Now that is getting the dance news to the dancers and the hits are going through the roof.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" por Placido Domingo.

When we get more Two Centers willing to share a photo and a few comments with their fellow dancers, we will see more differences in each blog. I can look forward to retiring from the best one when they are ready. Town Dancer? We shall have Social Media.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Dancing on Oahu Rerun #40

Male dancers have a reputation of being effeminate, why?

Simply put, it’s because quite often we are. In  learning to dance you get less clumsy and move more with the rhythm. This does not mean we are gay though! Dance training, whether on the street or in the studio makes you very aware of your body, men stop slouching, they walk more gracefully. "try not to walk like a horse stuck in a muddy swamp" and they hold themselves up very nicely.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here, Let's Dance."

They become elegant, less squat and clumsy. Let’s dispel a myth once and for all. Male dancers are not gay. There are some, of course it is the natural part of the order, but they want to dance. In some clubs there are typically 2 to 3 girls for every guy. Work it out, male dancers have great fun dancing!

In the Mainland there are special clubs with single gender dancing. Men with men and women with women. They seem to be gaining in popularity. That is their business and they should be allowed to do it if they are not harming anyone.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

With such female to male ratios on Oahu and the very social nature of dance clubs we have now on Oahu, many male dancers. They consider it one of dancing’s greatest benefits! Do we need more men? You'd bettah believe it! We should not have much trouble there.

Sorry folks but we are going to have to this blog on hold, there are now two Russian Robots in the hits and stopping all the rest that could be in there. At least a week.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Social Dancing. Rerun #37

By Guy Nakagawa, Kalani Valley

What is social dancing? Seems pretty simple right? On Oahu it is batted around quite a bit but it is still up for grabs. Can social dancers dance exhibitions? Of course. How about competition dancers? Why not? It must mean dancing socially, Which it does but there are actually several forms of dance that could be considered “social dancing.”

"We could all understand that death for us oldsters is not an injustice,
it's an end of a terrific journey that we were fortunate to take."

Social dancing was first really coined as a term to describe how men and women used to dance with each other at “Socials” which were organized events where a band would come play music and people would come specifically to enjoy dancing with each other. We could even go back to Old England to when the royal court used to have social gatherings where dances like the Waltz were performed.

"My Isle Of Golden Dreams" by Melveen Leed

But in modern times the term social dancing started to gain popularity in the 1920s with the big band sound that was popular back then and dance styles such as swing, waltz, rumba, foxtrot, and samba coming later on. And the bands would mix them all up for the enjoyment of all. Social dancing can also be used to describe “Party Dancing” which is what people would call the original styles of hip hop grooves that originated in the block parties in Urban areas like New York, and Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s.

All of these different definitions of social dancing can get confusing so for us on Oahu it is much easier to use the term “Social Dancing” as a blanket term to describe any style of dancing that is best performed either with a partner, or in “Social” group situations with many different dances. It has become any dance that is primarily performed with a partner in social situations like social dance clubs, weddings, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers and even in night clubs.

"You'll Never Know" by Dick Haymes

Originally when dance socials were popular the term made much more sense to use to describe these events, but nowadays so many different styles have emerged that it doesn’t make sense to use the term to describe any one style. Then there are the peripherals, Tango and Salsa Bachata for instance. They have evolved into becoming more "correct" or "incorrect." And then who is the judge?