Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Awaiting the News.

The web contains an enormous amount of information, good and bad. And the search engines have helped to make that information more easily accessible by providing pretty good search facilities.

"You must do the things you think you cannot do.
And rejoice in the victory."

Unfortunately they have to let a lot of junk in too and not everything is well written nor is everything well organized to make it easily discoverable. Fortunately there are hundreds of dancers on this Island who possess useful knowledge that they would love to share, and there are hundreds of reader/dancers who can benefit from it.

I believe that many do not share that knowledge today simply because it is not easy enough to do that. First not that many have the computer know how to get around in the computer. But fortunately, more are learning the process and with it will come more.

More Two-Centers in our blogs will increase the reader/dancers on record and more hits will generate Guest Authors. There it is, the challenge posed to us is to find a way to help people share their knowledge. Ours are blogs and as Social Media, this is our main goal.

"A Bushel and a Peck" by Perry Como and Betty Hutton


Not yet in the search engines, you can only get it by clicking
the link in any of our blog side bars.
 
"All good people agree, and all good people say,
All nice people, like Us, are We, and every one else is They:
But if you cross over the sea, instead of over the way,
You may end by (think of it!) looking on We, as only a sort of They!"
 
 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Latest

I don't hang around the same circles as before so it has taken me a while to become aware from the few people I still consult with occasionally. So I just realized the existence of a new clique in town, mainly women. Ladies International Association Repeating Stories. (better known for the acronym.) They are believed to be a Spin Off from the Creative Researchers And Producers. They have tried to keep it secret but it gets around like anything else. Not much truth to what they repeat but they just make sure it tears somebody down. And that is their raison d'etre.

"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to get out of than bad ones."

Our dancing world is going through a nice reappraisal from within. No outsiders coming in with their rules and regulations. With so many terrific people in our entire dance environment, it's a wonder. The dance studios, the different dancing styles, American, Country, International, Social, Night Clubs, Universal and Line dancing. The good new clubs, the expanding horizons in the West.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra
 

Our only Mini - Blog and not doing so good.
Let it ride another month.

Too many of us old timers are still too much into the old ways and these younger people in the fifties, sixties can see the dance scene in a different light. They are the greatest and fortunately we are gradually recognizing who they are. And what is more, they are willing to share their opinions and help each other, - talk about good people, this is it. And the West is getting more of them. Somewhere along the way the eastern part of the Island will get going too. The old cliques are shrinking.

"Live To Tell" By Madonna
 
 
One of these two in the East will make it.
But other people will be the deciders.

We thank our readers for their understanding of our typos. Before they had spell checkers they had to rely on proofreaders and of course, they were not perfect. One good example; local newspaper carried the notice. "That John Doe was the "defective" on the police force. They were promptly notified and it was changed.

John Doe as a "Detective" on the police farce.

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"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.
 
 

Falling Into Place

Nearing the end of the month the evidence is unfolding very nicely. We don't have enough varied opinions so we are limited. But it helps that Calvin is for the Internationals and Richie is for the Night Clubbers. I have tried to invite anyone without any requirements in my efforts to get honest opinions.

"Please be kind, for everyone you meet may be fighting a hard battle."

However, the overwhelming information in all the other blogs is from me and that is not so good. So in Town Dancer another Night Clubber and another International would balance things out a little better. They have their good points and someone should bring them out to our reader/dancers. And with honest opinions, no one can match Town Dancer very easily in hits.

So far we are certain that the old ballroom crowd has been divided into three main groups. And each group dances the basic dances. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing and Tango. And they vary in their preferences. International has seized the term Ballroom and they probably are right. They, more than any other group dance in Ballrooms.

The Night Clubbers have seized the term Social for themselves and we do not have to argue with them if that is what want. They seem to prefer live Music and they have their own rules for what they consider dancing, perhaps more artiste.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Meanwhile we are shaping up our own kuleana which is larger than both of the others put together and we have less rules. We move using the most basic of moves and try to enjoy the movement to our favorite music which is getting hard to come by. Primary, for us, is the music not the dancing, There is a reason why we are having all these functions for 50s and 60s music. But many DJs gotta give us LAGS, (latest and greatest syndrome) which is not so good for dancers.


Or one of you may prefer this blog which is in solid second place and moving.

Most of our dancers take lessons in the American Style of Dance. That is basic. Ninety Nine percent are over 40. And what is important in our style of dance is that even our instructors may differ in their dance preferences and they are perfectly in order. It is important to hear from each and every one of them, - they know something.

'Mr Sandman" by the Chordettes

Our group dances mainly in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, Social Halls, District Parks and Community Centers. We will even dance in Night Clubs when we find the right ones that are not snooty. At this moment, Cupola seems to be number one. We have to look around carefully. As soon as you hear, "He's a ballroom dancer," git outta theah!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

A little here.

From Rudyard Kipling poem. You all know it.
 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
 
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
 
So we are missing a few people from this blog and all we can do is accept it. They should do as they please. I have gone through this in many places. Where I try to include all the dancers possible but then some (they) make the negative decision (I may be making big bucks, some way,) and then I abide by it and they are become excluded.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones

And yet we are getting more readers in the blogs. So what are they interested in? The news of what they did not see and none of us can be everywhere. But some of our reader/dancers are just beginning and willing to share information with their fellow dancers.
 
"Remember, if you're headed in the wrong direction,
God allows U-turns!"
 
Those that wish to keep to themselves will see that it is just fine with others too. And there will be another club for public dancers in a short while. And only because they couldn't get what they wanted in the private club in the first place. We are getting there and some people are beginning to see where they went wrong.
 
Then there is the possibility of a Latin Club in the West, catering to Latin Music and Dance. Latin Waltz, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha as the base and definitely for the over 40 crowd. Of course, the music is the important part and a few of our DJs still use the "You can dance Cha Cha Cha to it." and it never enters their minds that what the "dancers" feel is much different. You gotta dance Cha Cha Cha to it is in a far different plain.

Pub's Side Note; "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

 
 
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

No Dancers in Rail Disaster

And one of the braggarts of the Rail was telling me of the capabilities of the Rail getting from Kapolei to Honolulu in 5 minutes. Hey Hey Hey. Forget the people, we are talking big bucks and visions of grandeur.

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains
taken to bring it to light."

Paris Rail crash

At least six people have died and over a hundred were injured when a packed French intercity train derailed and crashed at high speed into a station outside Paris on July 6. The French railway company SNCF said the train travelling from Paris to Limoges was carrying 385 passengers when it derailed at 5.15 pm on Friday at Brétigny-sur-Orge in Essonne, 20km south of Paris.Four of the trains seven carriages ploughed into a crowded platform at rush hour on one of the busiest days of the year for holiday getaways.



Security services have been working on the wreckage where passengers are believed to be trapped in mangled carriages, which were lying on their side.The French president François Hollande, visiting the scene, said six people were killed and 22 were seriously injured, including one who was in a critical condition. The prefect's office in Essonne said a total of 180 people were injured. Hollande said three inquiries had been launched into what caused the derailment.

Michael Lesaunier, the owner of a cafe beside the busy suburban station told iTele: "The train approached very, very fast, knocking out everything in its path. It was rush hour, the platform was full."

When it happens in Honolulu, and they cannot avoid it, there will be many more deaths and injuries for it is going to fall on a lot of people. And it is going to cost us Billions and Billions of dollars to tear it down again.


"And I coulda got it right around the corner where I always did."



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What do we dance?

by Daniel Correia, Salt Lake

Ballroom dancing has always been a set of partner dances that have for several centuries been enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. And much performance dancing has been done for ages before that.

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth."

Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, in the 20th century, ballroom dance has also been widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. In Hawaii Ballrooms, it has always been a must. And we have been fortunate to have so many good exhibition dancers on our dance floors.

Ballroom dance has always referred, at its widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation. And had included, Social Street dancers, Night Club dancers, Swing, Tango, and many other specialties. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope.

 "Al Di La" by Connie Francis

Ballroom dancing now usually refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances. The Internationals honestly and truly believe that they should have the sole right to the terminology because they have developed the "correct" way to dance 'Ballroom."

And it stands to reason, for they must be judged. These styles were developed in England, and are now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC). An interesting aside is that in the United States, two additional variations of recreational dancing are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm.

But the Internationals have not considered it Ballroom Dancing. There are also a number of historical dances, and local or national dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons, but no one calls them ballroom dancing.


It's our first Mini - Blog.  -*-  What is a Mini - Blog?

In the last twenty years in Hawaii, the night club circuit has developed a distinct dislike for Ballroom Dancing. One reason is that our social dancers have never developed a taste for hard drinking. And many night clubbers have never attempted to seek the difference in "Ballroom Dancing" and the recreational social dance that is danced by most dancers in Hawaii.

Some attempt has been made to include their dancing as the American Style but they still regard those that are dancing the American Style as Ballroom Dancers. So we are in the process of settling into our own spaces, and will in time, have a some respect for the others. ****

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago.
“The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit,
shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”



Monday, July 22, 2013

A Smile

From the Zine, 1997

A smile costs nothing but gives much, it enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give it. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or so mighty that they can get along without it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business and is the countersign of friendship throughout the world.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet, it cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give a smile. Give them one of yours as none needs a smile as the one who has none to give. ****

"April Showers" by Al Jolson
 
Days of Whine and Noises
 
Do you care enough to be apathetic? ... Yes, there are people that do not want you to be well informed on Dancing ... Is it true? There is no such thing as a gratis noon time meal? ...You can tell more by what a person says about others, than what others say of them ... Was there really more prime time than before the invention of TV ...The pessimist is worried because he's afraid the optimist will be right ...What ever happened to the Creative Researchers And
Producers?

Dance Agenda: A lady is not obligated to dance with anyone. She may refuse for any reason. By the same token, a man has the same rights. Fortunately many of our people are meeting each other on happy common grounds and everyone is having fun.


The First Mini Dance Blog. Short and Sweet.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music.


 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Reappraisal Time

Right about this time of the month, after twenty days, the stats are pretty stable and I begin to make small changes in my plans according to the results. Google Stats changed their algorithms a while back and all our hits went down. Hard on people with only one Web or Blog site. "What did I do wrong?"

A blog is what most "websites would want to be" updated on a regular basis, contains content that is of interest to a select or target audience and is easy to update and change.

Fortunately, I had many blogs and they were all going down. The blogs had many hits from people that were using the blog for their own purposes and I complained along with many others to Blogger.

They have brought the number down quite a bit and naturally, our hits too. Then they had to do something about "bounce." The person that gets on the blog by mistake and gets right out again. They reduced the time that it becomes a hit. Ten seconds or less and "what hit?"

So all of sudden I cannot carry a blog all by myself and I use to have more than 34 average hits per day (1000/month.)  Town Dancer is down to 80 and I will pull the lever back one notch (my effort) and let it slide. I had been grooming it for independence but not much interest there, it will have to wait. And the next in line is Blogging Hawaii.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

Blogging Hawaii, lost Da Spin Doctor, Calvin and Richie and went down to below 40 average hits per day. So I pushed the lever up one notch (my effort) and it is moving. Perhaps, that is the blog that will be independent first. Anybody want in, let me know, and I am even willing to help you blog, should not take long.


The others are way down and the two that seem to be emerging are Oahu West and Ewa Bus Stop. Either one could pass Blogging Hawaii with just one Guest Author. With two Guest Authors they would be ready for independence. The entire enchilada is just too much work for me. I gotta retire one of these days. The junk blogs shall remain mine.

Blogger's Law #55A: If we cannot find a solution, lets just enjoy the problem for a while.
 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Al Franken

It's about time we get this in Hawaii. People all over the country are becoming aware of the corporate power in our human politics. The disaster occurring all over is becoming evident. In Honolulu, the most glaring example has been and still is the Rail Party. And who runs it? Ah, Ha! Nobody knows, but we are beginning to suspect it's the Big Bucks.  And they are mainly interested in making more.


Our Mayor elected by the Rail Party, was raised in Waipahu. He can look anyone in the eye and tell them that if the flips don't like the bus situation they can go back to the Philippines. These people work at minimum wage jobs in Waikiki, get off work tired and find that they have to stand all the way to Waipahu. the bus driver gets up, in Aiea somewhere and says, "Please folks, step back, I have to get seven more people in here." Auwe.

 
The Czar of the Rail Party, imported from the Mainland, gets more in salary than the Governor and the Mayor combined. So how do you like them potatoes? They cannot spend an extra ten thousand for maintenance on the buses, but he just get the $35,000.00 bonus. For What? Yeah, man, it's the bread, Fred. So residential property taxes will double in five years. You lucky people.
 
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pot Pourri

While we have not been able to get enough "local" news and "local" photos this blog is still holding up pretty good. Just one good steady Two-Center would make a big world of difference. But who knows about blogging?


Follow up on Paul's introduction to the Ohana Night in the Blogging Hawaii blog. That is a very nice dance night, plenty room, nice people and for me they kokua very nicely so that I can get information and photos easily. For non-members, $5 is a good price for an evening of fun. I am willing to help get it going.

"A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom."

I get a few snippets now and then, and sometimes I can make them into something but hard to do. The upcoming Jargon in the Dancing in the Dark should give some of our reader/dancers some ideas of what the rest of us don't know and would like to know.


Most of us are well aware of what has happened with our two most important newspapers and it may get worse. When the Star Advertiser was bought by the Rail Party that was the end of them and now they are fully aware of it. The Mid-Week is holding on pretty good because of the free home delivery.

Honolulu Weekly gone for now. and hopefully others will try to revive it or create their own new one. There is some on-line alternative press but people are not that aware yet. We need more local news that is not purchased by the Rail Party or any of those rich enterprises.
 
Q: What do ghosts dance to? A: Soul music, of course.


Formal Attire: definitely not for Cultural dancing. This requires a tuxedo or tails for men. We are in it for fun, not for show.
 
Dance as if no one is watching,
Love as if you have never been hurt,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though it were heaven on earth.

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dance Beat 1993

Written by Colin Hillary, twenty years ago:

In the more ignoble forms "winning" might simply be the result of running faster or climbing quicker if being pursued by some hungry carnivore. As was said all those years during the introduction of the Wide World of Sports - 'The human drama of competition, bringing you the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."

"We share much information in our blogs and as in any human endeavor,
the more one knows what they are about, the better their results will be."

In our modern and complex society, technology has opened the vast new area of further human competition. Contests of uniquely human skills involving instruments and materials which are consistently being refined and developed. Then we added rules and equipment, formed into teams, created time limits and in some cases even made other animals do the work.

As if this wasn't complicated enough, we even devised a way of having other humans "decide" who was the winner based on their evaluation of a performance or demonstration of skill. It was really the only way to produce a winner, at least in the minds of the participants and aficionados of such human endeavors as diving, gymnastics, ice skating and ... competition dancing! ****

Who said, at Blackpool? "It is far better to be 0-for-10 than to be 0-for-0."

We have had almost 20 different dance entities appearing in our blogs. Social Dance Clubs, Chapters, Night Clubs, Web and Blog sites. Most have been very light. However there will be another dance club coming soon (Oahu East?) and they will take full advantage of the power in our blogs. Everyone will see the difference, now that I am beginning to know how this communication works.

Blogger's Law Number 51C:
"A Lie can go around the Palladium three times before the Truth can get up the stairs."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our Dance Jargon


From the back of the booklet.
 
In ballroom dancing today, a large amount of fans talk to each other in dose and disa way. Not many have adequate knowledge of the jargon of dancing. However, to communicate to each other, it is almost as important as the mastery of the basic skills.

Dancing Jargon varies from one part of the world to another. In Hawaii, these definitions were gathered from sources in dance books, magazines, newspapers and newsletters from the Mainland. All of which are available in Hawaii to anyone. Also terms suggested by Mainland and Local cognoscenti.

Only a miminal coloring of Hawaiian flavor has been permitted and most step patterns have been omitted. Happy Dancing.


What we intend to do now, in 2013, is establish the Jargon of Hawaii's Dancing World, carefully excluding those that have made it plain that the do not wish to be included. It will be tried in every Monday blog of Dancing in the Dark, alphabetically taking one or two letters at a time. Feedback will be gratefully accepted. And hopefully everyone will be happy.

Jargon


The above booklet came out just about the time of confusion setting in our Dance World and it was becoming noticeable that we were losing members. Many were willing to watch but not so willing to be participants in a show biz world.

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces

The Internationals, in a class by themselves, assumed that they were the real "Ballroom" dancers, and it stands to reason. They dance their competitions mostly in ballrooms. Their Ivory Towers made the thoughtful assumption that the terminology was rightfully theirs. Everyone else was just everyone else.


Next blog in line for independence. If they get the Guest Authors, they will be first.

At the same time there was a growing understanding among social (street) dancers that they did not want to be ballroom dancers. They were the real dancers and they danced something resembling the American Style of dance. It was to their kind of music in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and even in Night Clubs. A difference? Definitely!


The Jargon will start Alphabetically, and take one or two letters every week.
Should establish something for many to think about.

Now the Night Clubbers (dancing to live music) are coming to the forefront and they are dead set against International which is understandable. However they bandy the accusation around too readily. So as the Social, Recreational dancers that we are, in our Culture for ages, we must now seek the proper terminology for us. And, believe me, there are a lot more of us than any of them.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Now we will attempt to bring it to a head in the Dancing in the Dark blog, an update of the Jargon in the booklet of 1997, but especially for us, since the others have preferred to be excluded. We will need some help. None of us know everything, but all of us sure know a hellovalot.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The New Spectator Division

By Harold Nakamoto, Ewa Beach:

We are getting some good write ups on the competitions in the Mainland and even Blackpool. And with good reason our Oahu blogs are getting some good hits. We have not had many competition dancers on Oahu but in the last ten, fifteen years, we certainly have been developing a large group of viewers,  the new spectator division. And let's face it, we have some very good exhibition dancers on this Island.

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking. ~ John Wain

Thousands out there will see the football games but a very large group of these will never even touch a football after they are eighteen. They become viewers and football becomes a spectator sport and a good beer drinking occasion.

"Alive And Kicking" by Simple Minds

The dance shows on television have been responsible for the big increase in viewer interest in dancing. It is becoming less a dance and more a show. And many are willing to pay, - $100 tickets are going to be common, and us dancers will be having a ball and dancing up a storm at the $50 ones too.

 
OK, Kauai, Tune in and check in.

Not only that but each of the fans, for whatever the sport, has their own opinion. They become judges and "I know what I like." Many can discuss many fine points and may have excessive disagreements. The real judges are the ones that are well versed in the discipline of their choice. International may be different than American or Country and they go by different rules. Not necessarily right but also not necessarily wrong. It is their cup of tea.

So twenty years ago we use to say I am not a exhibition or competition dancer, I am a social dancer. We only had two categories. Not now, and the third category contains many people that do not really care to dance. But they do want to see and they do judge.

In many of the big dinner/dance shows in Waikiki, you can see the tables becoming empty soon after the show ends and the dancing thins out. Why? The people that left early were simply not that interested in dancing. They were there for the show and for the "see" and "be seen" social kine stuff. This analysis should continue at a later date.

New Dance Club with high cover charge and an elevated
sit down bar running all the way around the dance floor and
to the rear for the spectators.


 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Da Newest

Yes I know, I am spreading myself too thin and I need information from reader/dancers for our reader/dancers. Simple? So I let things slide and I go where it is the easiest. I try to avoid the ones that are too much trouble. Simple? Studios, what studios?

"Everything in the universe has rhythm; Everything dances."
~ Maya Angelou

And I just met another of those guys that think all dancers are the same and he doesn't like "Ballroom dancers." He told it to my Cat too and my Cat didn't like it. Photo on the right.

Dance Studios are a very necessary part of the world of dancing. We can learn to dance "on the street" but it is much faster from an experienced teacher and you do get more standardized moves which are compatible with your fellow dancers.

We are not talking about exhibition or competition or any of the other kind of dances that are meant to be seen. We are talking about the Universal dancer that dances for the pure love of moving to the music of their choice.

"Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Dancesport is the official name given to the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing. And there are several other interpretations. -- First person: I definitely think it is a sport. - Second person: I definitely think it is an art. - Third person: For me, it's a struggle.

Whatever, competition and show business are fusing, because they are meant to be seen. And what they do is their business and we can respect. It is not the same as Universal dancing and that comes closer from the American and Country styles than International.

"Often the only thing standing between a person and their dreams is the will
to do what is necessary and the faith to believe it is possible. "

 
Dream To Dance Studio and Weekend Night Club. Nanakuli  Beach, 2020

Now the most cooperative dance studio that we have come across in the last ten years is the Dream to Dance Studio. The others are very difficult and show little interest in what we are doing. They do not have the foggiest idea of blogging benefits. Many of their people are referred to as the Rootzi - Tootzis with good reason. They think they are hot, about right for Time or Newsweek magazine but certainly not blogging. Ha!

Therefore the logical conclusion is to help Dream To Dance studio and everyone should understand how we arrived at that "delusion." Meanwhile, I am open to suggestions, my door remains open and it still says, "Welcome." Happy Dancing.

Recommended book: "It's Never Too Late To Dance"
by Rosann Levy