Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hit a Bump

I expect it sometimes. I suspected this time. One of my twitters has been taken over by at least half a dozen people in politics and others and I could not find any dancing anywhere on it. So it a perfect test to see what will happen. I will leave it alone for a few days and only check in to see what's doin'.

 "I know the voices in my head aren't real ..... but sometimes
their ideas are just absolutely awesome!"

This is going to be interesting. Meanwhile, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are there but there is no way to see what kind of contact I am making. In blogging the counters are there for all see, and one can tell if they get five hits in one day or fifty hits in one day.

We have had very little on Cinco De Mayo,
but on the Mainland it is going strong.


Next year we are going to have some on Oahu, for sure.

I am making some contact with those that are contributing dance information to the Micros. Perhaps I can get a Two Center for one of the blogs. They are already sharing with other dancers in the Micros, so it would be no sweat to email for Dance Blog and more receptive readers.

I am letting them know little by little. Plenty of Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Studios. A few may see the advantage of free Public Relations.

Ricks and Racks

Seems as though the Neighbor Islands are beginning to take notice of dancing on the island of Oahu. The smash hit of the latest from Calvin and Debra is a clincher. Of course, Cal, Debra and everyone else are all fortunate to have Jackson Cho in the photography sector willing to share with fellow dancers. The hits on Town Dancer are going through the roof. Tune in for a look-see and you will believe.

"Whether you're trying to learn something new or survive a ton of criticism, sometimes life just hands you lemons. Whatever it is, though, you'll be better off in the end. A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor."


All of these things rub off on the rest of our blogosphere and now we are getting to be noticed in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. I do not want to get into any more. Most of our Two Centers will be coming from that sector. They are already accustomed to posting somewhere.

Two fonts walk into a Salsa Club in Waikiki. The bartender immediately informs them, "Sorry we don't serve your type in here."


"Music is love in search of a word." ~Sidney Lanier

Good News: American Tango has now been recognized as a Tango by Argentines. It was about time. They have nine versions themselves. They can see that the American Tango can be included as another version too? Then I look forward to the fusion of the American Tango with the Filipino Tango in the very near future.

 "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire


A Beautiful Quotation Straight From The Heart

"Listen to the different orchestras. You have to begin by loving tango, to let it go into your veins, until it arrives to your heart. And then, to seek a good teacher. Go to the milongas and dance with different people. Even if you are dating somebody, he has to dance with different women and you have to dance with different men. This way you learn to dance."
Maria Nieves, tanguera.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Bottleneck

Well, I finally found it. It definitely is the Two Center. We must have that or we have nothing. For some reason or another, they are not interested at this moment. That is what is holding the blogs up to the point of diminishing returns. We are a long ways from just beating our gums but we must find a way to communicate to more dancers, and a good thing that it is covering more of the entire Hawaiian Islands.


Fred Astaire Burr Ridge from Facebook

The Two Center does not have any commitments. That person can merely email information to be posted to their preferred blog and it will be there for the reader/dancers. That person may do that anytime they wish, it is all up to them. There are no commitments. And as long as it includes our dance environment it will be easy for every one to accept.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra.

That unique view point of the Two Center is what is so valuable for our blogs. Whatever they say, is their view point which is the value of their info and the same with the photo. And the good part is when they see how good it is received by the reader/dancers. They may feel they are ready to be a guest author and it should be their decision.

Month Ending Nice

Things are looking pretty solid on all fronts. The entire blogsophere is in a nice plateau while things sort themselves out. Down to eight blogs and I will stay with these for the year. All of them safely over the upper teens in average hits per day. They will all be in the twenties by Cinco de Mayo.

"No one promised us a rose garden. we will get some bad along with the good.
Let us stay patient and trust our journey. It will come to an end all too soon."

I am making good progress in contacting my fellow micro users on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Some will become Two Centers. Then I have to get an RSS reader so I can get listed in the top 75 blogs in Hawaii. I am sure the ones listed on Dance Fever Oahu will be on the list. With a few Two Centers, the blogs will establish into permanence.


Unfortunately, the micros are full of politics and other extraneous data and not enough dancing. Making contact with the micro users will convince some to Two Cent for a dance blog. Two Centers send the information and/or photos by email to any Guest Author.  The  guest author will work it into a blog. So a regular Two Center will clinch it for a blog and send the hits up guaranteed over 20 average per day.


The Guest Author is much more. They have, in fact, a blog of their own within the blog. They can open, post info and/or photos, publish, whatever and whenever, and close it, all on their own.  They will be the real meat and potatoes of blogging. At any rate, the entire enchilada is looking good. Dance Waianae has no contact with dancers yet but it is getting more solid every day.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

I offer the platform to just about anyone, for free public relations.  And everyone has two choices, they can take it or leave it, your choice. I have work to do and I must be on my way.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Solid

Things are pretty solid on all fronts. Nice plateau while things sort themselves out. Down to eight blogs and I will stay with these for the year. All of them safely over the upper teens in average hits per day. They will all be in the twenties by the end of the month.

"Many things will cross your path in life. Some will change your direction."

Making good progress in contacting my fellow micro users on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Then I have to get an RSS reader so I can get listed in the top 75 blogs in Hawaii. I am sure the ones listed on Dance Fever Oahu will be on the list. With a few Two Centers it will establish many into permanence.

Unfortunately, the micros are full of politics and other extraneous data and not enough dancing. Making contact will convince some to Two Cent. Two Centers send the information and/or photos by email to any Guest Author.  The  guest author will work it into a blog. So a regular Two Center will clinch it for a blog and send the hits up over 20 average per day.


The Guest Author is much more. They have, in fact, a blog of their own within the blog. They can open, post info and/or photos, publish, whatever and whenever, and close it, all on their own.  At any rate, the entire enchilada is looking good. Dance Waianae has no contact with dancers yet but it is getting more solid every day.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

I offer the platform to just about anyone, for free public relations.  And everyone has two choices, they can take it or leave it, your choice. I have work to do and I must be on my way.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Good Teachers

By Ray Ishikawa, Wahiawa

We are certainly fortunate to have so many good teachers, professionals and the amateurs, in social dance, that help for fun. Our teachers seem to have recognized the differences in their students and attempt to work within those differences instead of forcing all students into their own or the studio's particular mold of how the ideal student should appear.

"If you are persistent you will get it.
If you are consistent you will keep it."

The teachers study the differences in bodies and personalities, trying to adapt each person's character technique to match. And it is not always easy. These differences may be found in the arm and leg length, fitness levels, age, height, personal goals, physical handicaps and emotional outlook. Covers everything?

"Dancing In The Dark" by Artie Shaw

The thing is the teachers will adapt the techniques necessary to the individual instead of forcing the individual to adapt to the set technique. Teachers who try to make clones attempt to make each student alike instead of allowing the student to blossom and become uniquely individual, the focus should never be on the technique.


Technique in social dance is like a window and there are two reasons for a window, to look out of and to look into. Technique should be to showcase the inner personality of the dancer in the same way a window showcases the products in a store. Good, efficient and clean technique is like a clean window. It more clearly shows what is on the inside, while poor technique is like a dirty window that clouds the objects inside.

Focusing only on technique in social dance is like focusing on the window and ignoring what is inside. However in a discipline that is to be judged, it can be quite different.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Zits and Zats

Wow, Calvin, Debra and Richie have been doing a very good job holding down the fort on this blog, this week. Hit's going up through the ceiling. I don't really need additional guest authors for the hits. I need them to take the blog over from me, that's all. Just a couple guest authors will do it. The hits will run up way over 200 average hits per day and no other blog will be able to touch them for years.

"One of the hardest parts in life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder."


I can dedicate myself on the other blogs and I will still be around in case they need some help. But it is crucial that we establish any blog as an independent entity. The results of different independent opinions will astound everyone. For too long we have all been led around by the knowitalls. Not anymore, the tide is turning.

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon


Dance Waianae blog astounds me. No dancing yet but interest has been aroused in the blog. There will be dancing on the Waianae Coast and the territory is developing. Took them a while to get out of single digit average hits per day, but now safely over 20 per day. That is 600 hits per month, which is extremely well. I believe the Micros have helped. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Googel+ And from there I expect the new Two Centers and possible Guest Authors.

"Swallow your pride, it contains no calories."

This weekend is loaded down with places to dance, lucky the dancers have so many choices. Let's just all get up and dance - be nice to everyone.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Two Center

That person willing to get their two cents into the dancing conversation. Simple? In our blogs, it is the person willing to share a little information of their own dancing circle together with a couple photos of the gang. The reader/dancers are always interested in what's doin'.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."

The reader/dancers are our most important sector, but the Two Centers would like it and the people involved in the information and photos. Of course, it helps the blog keep going and the hits keep going up which is the name of the game. Hits are readers, and it is always, "what came first the chicken or the egg?" We must get the two cents in first.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

You can contribute your two cents once per month, every two or three weeks and only when you feel like it. The platform is provided by the blog and you use it when and if you wish. There shouldn't be any commitments.You may develop a commitment between you and your readers but that is strictly your deal. A good regular Two Center will eventually want to be a Guest Author and when they are ready, just say so and they are in. And you get to pick the blog of your choice. Easy as pie.

Tune into Town Dancer blog and you can see some nice blogging by Calvin and Richie. So we can't all do as good, but every bit counts, believe me.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Just receive from the famous Aunty Maile:

Reminding You This Week And Next Week!
April 26, 2014


And for May 2nd, 2014 


First News of Cinco De Mayo. This club is really rolling along just fine. Many people from Wahiawa, naturally. Also from Mililani, Waipio, Waikele and Pearl City. A club for social dancers. Blogging Hawaii the blog now firmly in second place behind Town Dancer but Oahu West staying within striking range due to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance information Contributions. Big difference when we get one more Two Center and if we get the Guest Author, second place for sure.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Steady As She Goes

The entire enchilada seems to be on solid ground. The micros are not doing so well because they have been invaded by a lot of political stuff. Mostly complaints about the Republican Attack Dogs and the Millions of dollars wasted on lies. Purely manufactured lies. It is the name of their game. Unfortunately, I agree with most of the complaints.

"Success is more a function of consistent common sense
than it is of genius."

There are an awful lot of good Republicans out there and we have been forced to paint them all by the same brush. It is taking its toll throughout the nation. The Failure of the Supreme Court when it was bought by the rich started it all. And they are running Congress as their own personal fiefdom for only one purpose, to control the country for and by the rich.



The revolution is coming. What we cannot do to get our rights by lawful means, we may be forced to use any means necessary. Hopefully we can get more Twitters, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ to write something on the environment of dancing and music. That is what most of our reader/dancers want. Come on, send it in.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

We Ballroom Dance?

By Frederick Lum, Village Park

A ballroom dance is a couple dance, not a solo dance. A belly dance is a solo dance because in the culture where it originated a man could dance or a woman could dance, but they could not both dance at the same time even at opposite ends of the same room. A ballroom dance is a couple dance, not a group dance. Group dances are also sometimes called set dances and can be folk dances. Some examples of group dances are line dances, square dances, contra dances and quadrilles and now the new Zumba;

"You can teach dance students a lesson for a day; but if you can teach them to learn by creating curiosity, they will continue the learning process as long as they live"

People who are in charge or who would like to be in charge like group dances because they can teach obedience and subservience. So they have an overwhelming amount of women in proportion. Line dancing in the ballrooms has very little of this. So the results are, we are getting more men into Line Dancing. With men teachers, the results have been more impressive.


In some couple dances the partners do not touch each other, such as rock and roll, twist, disco and flamenco. Because of its cultural heritage (Spain and Portugal had a Middle Eastern culture from approximately 700 A.D. to 1400 A.D.) flamenco has an obvious similarity to belly dancing, but a man and a woman do not do it at the same time.  It has hung over into the famous Paso Doble.

"Music, Music, Music." by Theresa Brewer

Couple dances can be with touching and the man leading the lady with movements of his hand relative to his body, or with movements of his body. The dances based on hand lead are generally categorized as Latin dances, though some are not of Latin American origin.

The word Latin I use here means Hispanic, not Italian. Examples are the various kinds of swing, disco (also called hustle), and dances of Latin origin (Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Salsa,) and many, many more, which have been mostly or will be forgotten.

Most of the ballroom dances are getting less European in fact. In contrast to the Latin dances, in ballroom dancing, the man leads the lady with movements of his body.

"When I Grow Too Old To Dream" by Nat King Cole

This is true even if the couple is dancing without body contact, since the man's hands and arms should provide a frame rigidly fixed to his body that moves precisely as his body moves. Ballroom dancing seems more like the man and the lady are sharing the same experience together.


The style of dancing known as "American smooth" blurs the distinction between Ballroom and Latin, and includes both Ballroom and Latin figures within the same dance. However, no dance has a patent on moves or steps.

So do we Ballroom Dance? Yes, but what do you mean by "we?"
Fred Lum.

In the last two decades most of the best dancers were coming from the West, then was very slowly moving to the East and now stopped by the Rail Catastrophe. Happy Easter.

Tics and Tacks

Amazing what this blog does and I know it is the Guest Authors that we have done it. Plus any of the others that have preferred to be included out. The synergism developed by the Guest Authors is what makes the blog. You could compare the hits on Town Dancer with any Dance Web Site in the Paciific, no need to explain anything.

"No person can be happy unless they feel that their life is in some way important."

The new set up of our blogosphere seems to be pretty stable at eight blogs. Enough to enlighten anyone that has access to the Internet and might be interested in the information available for dancers.

The Guest Authors are beginning to define their position very nicely. They are getting more confidence that they have a blog of their own, within a blog that has reader/dancers already in place. They are not just beating their gums.

Q: Where do fortune tellers dance?
A: At the crystal ball.

Any outside blog can join our blogosphere and exchange links. And of course any blog can simply ignore us and we will respect that. In our blogosphere, no registration fees, annual dues or monthly meetings, in fact, nothing required. We offer the platform and you use it as you wish.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino


In second place now and moving up very nicely is Blogging Hawaii. But now I am pushing it in the Micros and I am making some contact with the neighbor islands and the Mainland too. Then I would like it to include more of our friendly Studios and their people. With four good solid Guest Authors the hits would go up through the ceiling and they would be ready of independence.

  "Watching The Detectives" by Elvis Costello

The Salsa and Line dancers would be more than welcome. It could develop into a nice solid blog with four or five Guest Authors. At least a couple with interest in live music. Wow! Then we are also getting more interest from the better teachers of dance on this Island. This blog is in contention with Town Dancer as to which will go independent first. Depends on which one gets the Guest Authors.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Solid Jackson

The blogs are all holding on pretty solid. Even the one blog that is due for deletion. So it still remains, that the Regular Two Center will make the difference in whatever blog they choose. I am still counting on Blogging Hawaii and it is slowly pulling firmly into second place. Town Dancer was losing hits but now back on the ball with a Calvin blog.


There is so much that could be done for the reader/dancers but I cannot do it all. I have built a very solid structure and the ones that will really develop it are still out there. The different points of view, which will also show up in the photos are crucial. The contributions of music and videos for use of the readers. The slide show, and the Mini Web Sites. It is all there ready and waiting for someone.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

And of course, the established feeling of being on their own. Each Guest Author will be in fact developing there own blog within a blog. And comments would be accepted like anything else. Not many understand this yet. But that is real Social Media and that is what is planned for these blogs.


Easter Sunday Coming Up

So many ramifications, the religious, Good Friday and the day He Arose. Then we have all the hullabaloo with the Easter bunnies and the Easter Eggs. And we will be dancing on Friday and Saturday Night.

I found a nice poster in keeping with the serious side of Easter.


"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino

Then, next week, we have a nice dance at Helemano Plantation. The Anniversary dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Hopefully we can get some photos of the occasion and perhaps even a few comments.


Check Town Dancer blog for the nice write up by Calvin Ota on the USAdance competitions on the Mainland. Nice photos too. Just what we need in all our blogs to make them social media. Yes, that is Calvin and his wife Debra in the dance icon above. Patience.

"Live your life, take chances, be crazy, be nice, don't wait. Because right now is the oldest you have ever been - and the youngest you will ever be.  EVER AGAIN!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Goody Goody.

Calvin was able to get a nice blog in Town Dancer. The hits are going to go through the roof. Some of our best dancers proving it in the competitions on the mainland. Carlos Chang has really established his reputation with coaching the Champs in Latin, Edwin and Charlotte Bugarin.

"E Kuu, Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

Granted, not everyone is going to be able to blog as good as Calvin but every little bit counts to make the entire enchilada taste good. A small paragraph of a small scene at a dance function with a photo of the gang. That pleases the gang, the Two Center, the dance club, the blog and probably the entire readership. The thing is no one loses, it is a win-win situation.


It is going to take time and I must be patient. I think I will be getting some from the Micros. Maybe by next month. Once that opens up I can start to plan which blog I can spin off into independence.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zouk


Zouk or zouk b├ęton is a fast tempo jump up carnival style of music originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and began its popularity in the 1980's. Its originator French Antilles Kassav' is the only band that included it in its repertoire to a lesser extent.

 "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

It was too fast and the style lost ground in the 90s due to the strong presence of Kadans or
Compas music, the main music of the French Antilles. And you let the dancers do as they wish.


Today, Zouk seems to be a fusion with Compas music and has been rapidly gaining ground. It is still fast so it is very suitable for the young and it is taking a foot hold in the Salsa venues along with the new Bachata. And yes we know, Reggaeton came and went. Surprising that Mambo is still being enjoyed by so many, everywhere. Nice beat, I like it.

For the young that like fads, this is it. Don't miss this chance to learn this awesome and passionate dance!!! Many will tell that not anyone can dance this, you gotta be a dancer. But what do I know?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jest Rolling Along

Everything moves slowly, but that is the way it should be. It makes the adjustments a little better and on more solid ground, I think, specially since they are moving up. The contributions of information to share with our mutual friends and the photos which we will share with our mutual friends, eventually will gives us social media. Not many people know yet what that means.

There is no truer truth obtainable, by humans than
comes of music. ~Robert Browning

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is coming across more regularly and the news is extending into town. I am interested because no one else let's me know and I should think it makes it easier for all of us in the West to plan and kokua. Perhaps even dancers that do not live in the West too. All the dancers are very necessary.


"Rock On" by David Essex

They are doing it! My Twitter accounts just filled with people laughing at the Republican Attack Dogs for the jokers they are. We are getting people into politics that cannot be bought by the rich. The rich think they own the country but they will get a rude awakening. That racist Tea Party (remember when that term commanded respect?) will be the stone around their neck just like all their attack dogs. They have to sink. Unfortunately their "lies" rub off on the good republicans we have on this island. Tough.


"Call Me Irresponsible" by Bobby Darin.

Line dancing in the West requires "permissions" so I have skipped them, I do not wish to bother. As soon as I realize that I am in the way, I split. So if you don't need my help, no hu-hu. And if you want to later, I will be at your service. Meanwhile, I have to be on my way looking to see where I may help. Any other dance groups that do not require "necessary permissions" Other non-partner dance groups such as Zumba are developing and we may be able to help those.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Social Media


Social media is now definitely the most popular online activity on Oahu, so it makes perfect sense for dance groups to want to tap into that audience to try to increase interest in their dance activity. Right now, more than 75 percent of our dance organizations use social media in one form or another. Newsletters, Blogs and mostly in routine Web sites, which is nice, they do the job.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

But, simply opening a Web site and sending out some tweets is not enough to make social media platforms a viable and efficient part of a marketing strategy. There are  many that do not utilize images or use the wrong amount of images or in inefficient locations. The proper mix of text and image is what makes the perfect blog. You can have too much of one or the other.


Visual stimulation helps drive engagement on social networks. In fact, most people respond better to visual information than plain text. On average, photos get 50 percent more impressions than any other post type on the Internet, while also gathering more likes and comments. The net results have been in the hits. Ten average hits per day is ho-hum nowadays. 100 hits a day is possible but not easy to get there. But if you arrive there, then you are sure, you are not just beating your gums.


Links are becoming more important. When you put a link in a blog, the social networking site automatically creates a clickable image of other blogs. Because of this, blogs don’t need to include the URL in the post. This is becoming very important in all of our blogs. We did not know much 20 years ago, but we have come a long ways, baby.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

The final secret is in this blog. The Guest Authors. When we get more, there will be independence and if not this blog it will be Blogging Hawaii, except that they are far back of Town Dancer. Patience.

"There will always be conflict, but it is up to us to be civil about it and decide
to have respectful encounters instead of hostile confrontations."

Friday, April 11, 2014

So What's Doin'

The only thing moving in the lower Moanalua Corridor is Aliamanu Intermediate. Mainly HBDA but good for all the people involved.

On the left we have just a figment of my imagination entirely computer generated. Not da reel teeng.

I Can Dream, Can't I?"
by the Andrew Sisters.

In the upper Moanalua Corridor, not much except three dance studios and most dance organizations keep pretty much to themselves. We must respect, but we must also reiterate that we are here to help in Public Relations. If we cannot help you, no hu hu, but we cannot dilly dally, we must keep going on our way to find the right places to help.

At the moment our best "Two Centers" in this area are from the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Most of the others have their own Web sites and feel no need for blogs, which is their rightful privilege. We feel we are an "addition to."

 "Change will not come from up above. We are the ones
we have been waiting for, the movers to music.
We are the dancers we seek."


Pali Momi Wellness Station opened last month at Pearlridge Center. Located on the second floor of the Uptown mall, the station offers hands-on health education, covering topics like fitness, nutrition, heart attack prevention, CPR, stroke prevention and more. It also is the center of Steps to Health, two new walking routes around Pearl-ridge Center. For more information on the station, visit pearlridgeonline.com.

Photo courtesy Pali Momi Medical Center.

 Not on our recommended reading list:
The Cat's Revenge by Claude Bawls