Monday, June 30, 2014

Perth Social Dancing

Just to show you some nice notices from around the world, this one from Australia:
Perth Social Dancing is a fun & friendly dance company focused on teaching adults to dance socially. If you're 18 or 78, and have two, three, or even four left feet, then you'll fit right in!

 "You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe,
trust, let go and see what happens."

At Perth Social Dancing we will teach you Modern Jive, which is also known as Ceroc. This is a rapidly growing, internationally recognized dance style that incorporates the best moves from Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Jive, Hip-Hop, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and many more! The main concept behind Modern Jive is to simplify dancing whilst boosting its "WOW" factor.


We all know what it’s like being at Birthdays, Work Functions and Weddings, wishing we could get up and pull some moves. We have all thought about it, dreamt about it, and procrastinated about it!


Newest kid on the block. Will never make it.

Now is your chance -- We have made it easy for you -- We will fast track you to the world of dance. You don’t need a partner -- You don’t need experience -- You don’t sign up for a set course. And…You have just run out of excuses! You can even bring a bottle of wine and a few beers.

"After The Dance" by Hugh Moffat

With each and every class starting right from the basics, you will never fall behind. Some dancers can only attend every second week, or even once a month……no problem. With our classes you only pay as you attend, so you’re not wasting any of your hard earned money.

So What Snew?

Well, with Kapolei Social Dance blog so far ahead of Oahu West, it is no wonder that we have no news from this sector. Whatevah, it is being kept secret. That should be their privilege, but we invite all those willing to share a photo and a few comments for the fellow reader/dancers.

"Knowledge is knowing facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do
with the facts that you do know."


Social networks require a shift toward transparency, interactivity, immediacy, and partisan stakes in the media cycle. I try not to favor without reason. They contribute facts, I listen. With others, I am hard of hearing but the silence can be deafening. Structuring our services within the framework of blog management will enable us to go beyond traditional objectives and result in greater and more consistent or predictable success. And there is contact with the ever increasing dance audience out there, the hits keep growing.

"If Plan A doesn't work, Stay Cool.
the alphabet contain 25 other letters."

Pub's Side Note: Don't forget the "Goodies" section in every blog. Somebody gotta get those.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Adjusts.

This blog is moving pretty good and getting some interest from the reader/dancers. Even more so than Latin Rhythms blog. So what do I know? I revived an old one which was due to be deleted this month and renamed it Dance View. I will test it out as my personal blog. Not doing much now, not in the search engines yet, but I expect some action in the next few days.

"Let us not be too timid in our actions, all life is just an experiment."

I have notices in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ and that is sure to help. I will start July off with a pretty solid slate. The other blogs are solid in their niche except Kapolei Social Dance which is out all alone somewhere ahead of the others except for Town Dancer of course.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Then I have been having computer trouble. Everyone gets viruses, and malicious stuff into their computers and I get rid of most of it very easily. However, remnants remain and the system gets slower and slower. One of the best features of this Lousy Microsoft Windows is the System Restore. This can restore your system prior to the difficulties you are having now.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


But your work can get more and more mistakes and it becomes slower. Lucky I have the system on five disks. And I am just about due. Right from the beginning, (I have done it only once,) they warn me that everything will be erased and the system will be just as I got it when new. I back up all my data files and let'er rip. Takes about a half hour and then the real deal is in the Window Updates. Should be about 200 right now. So I will wait for the proper time this coming week.

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.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wot Happened?

Amazing what a few information contributions from Willy of Kapolei Chapter HBDA did for Kapolei Social Dance blog. It lowered long standing number 2, Blogging Hawaii and long standing number 3, Oahu West so that now Kapolei Social Dance is firmly ahead of the others in second place behind hard to equal Town Dancer.

"Will it be easy? Nope. - Worth it? Absolutely."

So it quite evident of the effect of the Two Center and even more of the Guest Author. I am very little by myself and in blogging it is considered SOS. (same old shit.) At this moment any new content is welcomed simply because it is not SOS. Simple.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

If Kapolei Social Dance gets another Two Center and a couple Guest Authors they could run the hits up to over 100 average per day. My opportunity to make them independent. Hey, I am trying but it all depends on the Two Centers willing to get their two cents in for the benefit of their fellow dancers and readers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And another surprising thing is that Kapolei Social Dance is being read at the Turtle Bay Hilton. Isn't that against the law? The thing is Willy started it and with a few more people writing now and then it can be a Hawaiian Island blog and read throughout the Islands. A dreamer am I? Yes. And I will enjoy watching them run the hits up into the clouds.


The Mexican Civilizations long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens were pretty advanced in dancing with "Professional" Musicians and Dancers, They had all the basics down pat a full two millenniums before Rudolf Laban in 1928.

Rudolf Laban's, five basic dance movements:
First, Gesture is any movement to music not connected with supporting the body's weight.
Same as Posturing.
Second, Stepping: which is simply transferring the weight from one support to another.
Third, Locomotor: Movements from one location to another. May consist of Walk, Leap, Jump,
Hop, Gallop, Slide and Skip.
Fourth, Jumping is simply a movement without a point of support.
Fifth. Turning which is changing the position of the front.

Put together with only four basic step movements, the even rhythm, rock and chasse,
slow/quick and you can have a ball enjoying the music of your choice.

You want fancy? Salsa has almost 700 documented step patterns right now!

Finally

This will be my personal blog. Two Centers will be welcomed like all the other blogs but not Guest Authors. When I go, the blog goes with me. Meanwhile, you will all have six other blogs to choose from and it will be easy.

"Be stubborn about your goals, but be flexible with your methods."


So this blog will be the one to handle all the Micros, such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. And the purpose of the micros is to promote our dance blogs. After approximately four decades, people have begun to be very aware of Web sites. But blog sites have always been on the side. To this day, most people know very little about blog sites and what they do. It will come with time.


Meanwhile keep your eye on Kapolei Social Dance blog. One more Two Center or a Guest Author will send them up into Town Dancer territory and perhaps ready for independence. They just may be the best.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

Comments section are opened now and rarely closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. I will try to keep them open and hope they are used by our reader/dancers.

Slowly

Kapolei Social Dance the blog is moving ahead and where she stops nobody knows. Over 34 average hits per day (1000 per month) and rolling. Now firmly in second place behind Town Dancer (way out in front). HBDA (specially Willy) did it all, let's give them credit for it. For the good of all the dancers in these Islands. Oahu West and Blogging Hawaii, nip and tuck for third place.

"We will look back on all this and smile,
because it was Life, and we lived it."


Now, we must get something going from the North Shore, perhaps a line dancing group. Then there is the strip Pearl City to Aiea, ripe and ready to go. There is plenty dancing but unfortunately, the young kind of dancing and not our type of social dance. They have arrived at the delusion that Social dancers do not get drunk. A good Two Center from this area and the hits will go through the ceiling for the benefit of everyone.


There was a time when there was little meaningful difference between major political parties (Democrats and Republicans). They were willing to represent the people and it was so easy to get caught up the left-right debate and believe there was a difference between the two major political parties.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

But there is a big big difference now. And it is all Big Big Bucks. They bought the supreme court, even though many predicted it couldn't happen. But Cheney-Bush were able to accomplish that. Now they are intent on buying Congress. Billions of dollars to control the country. It will be the beginning of the end for the US. Those that are ignorant of history will be condemned to repeat it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bad but looking good.

Wow! With everything at a plateau, it is looking good to make changes. I have been cleaning house with all my micros. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. And first to go were Europe, Africa and Asia. Now, I am working on anything non-US in the American Hemisphere and getting rid of everything in the Pacific Basin except the Neighbor Islands. Maui and the Big Island are coming in strong.

"Remember, that sometimes not getting what you want may be a stroke of luck."


I am beginning to get rid of anything that smacks of big time communication. In Twitter, I prune everyone that has over 1500 in the total following and followers. I wish to keep this Social Media and I cannot do that with someone that has ten thousand followers. I am just not in their class. My own should be somewhere total around 400 following and followers, I will play it by ear.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Otherwise we are moving very nicely, and Richie Fun, Calvin and Debra are getting some interesting dance news to our readers. Hits hovering around 133 average hits per day which translates to 4000 hits per month. Very good considering that we had nothing on Blackpool this year. A couple of Guest Authors will run the hits up over two hundred and I could plan my retirement from this blog. You can all start as Two Centers, still the most valuable immediate need we have. Just a couple photos of your dance gang and a few words. And those that would rather keep it a secret, it is strictly and absolutely your choice.


Uncovered last month in the jungles of Central America. Ancient Mayan scripture and just translated.

"The Creative Researchers And Producers suffer greatly in the suckage department." 
 
We are certainly glad that Line dancing has become solidly entrenched into our social dance environment. The only negative is that too many men are convinced that it is not dancing. It is a popular recreation activity and is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms worldwide. It avoids the problem of imbalance of male/female partners that plagues ballroom/swing/salsa dancing clubs. You don't have to wear a cowboy hat, cowboy boots or carry a gun. Whatevah, for social dancing, it seems to be here to stay.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Social Dancing in the West.

Ballroom Dance Styles
by Rodney Komatsu, Pearlridge

American Style: The one most used in the US and gradually moving into other countries, including England. The syllabus is based on the National Council of America with popular variations. It's best feature is it's inconsistency, Try the basic rumba step. Ho, Ho.

"You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal
with whatever the world can throw at you."

Names of figures and timing can vary from one part of the country and/or studio to another. The basic Social Dancer develops very nicely through this program because it is more current than the other disciplines. It can very easily be converted into the local social Style.

"How High The Moon"
by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Country Style: Very similar to the American but even more varied and less strict than the American. If it wasn't concentrated on Country Music, it would have been ideal to develop into the Real Universal Style. Very nice movements with freedom of ease.

"Perfidia" by Linda Rondstad

International Style: The syllabus is based on the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England for both Ballroom and Latin Dancing. This is a real discipline and is a standard of dancing that is taught around the world and has standard technique, timing and styling. For dancers interested in competition dancing, this is the answer to your question. As a social dance handy because of the sameness of most of its movements all over the world.


All three Styles of dancing are used in competitive format, with the strictest  being the International. All three are used in social dancing. Very little in International Style, because it may not be dancing just for fun. It has a more serious aspect to dance "correctly." "Yeah, you, ya dumb dodo are dancing it incorrectly!" With a good teacher you can fix that up easily for a couple grand.

  Young At Heart by Frank Sinatra

In West Oahu we are gradually developing the best American Style dancers in the Pacific Basin and they will take a back seat for no one. For instance, I just saw an an American Style Tango dance on You Tube. Wow, it would knock you hats off.

And we keeps on dancing.
Rod Komatsu

 "The secret of living to 100 becomes less attractive
as you grow older."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Whatta you gonna do?

Not perfect but then what in the hell is? Troubles come and go in everyone's life. So I take the downs with the ups and do the best I can. And right now I just want to help wherever I can and I know I am not going to do it by myself.

"Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better
than you were before."


The blogs are beginning to climb again. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors are doing it and it is just fine with me. It proves what my stats are telling me. We get hits that way and why? The reader/dancers, your friends and neighbors are interested. No hits and I am just beating my gums and it feels pretty useless.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty."


So come one, come all.  And right now we are making a special notice to anyone on the neighbor islands. Blogging Hawaii is just waiting for you. Share a photo or two, and a few remarks and you can have it posted to the blog of your choice. The value is in a separate, unique opinion and not SOS (same old shit.) Town Dancer has been the perfect example so far. None of the Guest Authors are clones of anything, they are their own unique selves presenting their own opinions and the resulting hits are there.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Could Be Better

Such a good section from Salt Lake up and around Pearl City up through Waipio and all the way up to the North Shore. And so many good reader/dancers living and dancing in area. We just have to find the Two Centers willing to share with their fellow dancers.

"The ones crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones that usually do."

I have not been much on obituaries but now with some good write ups that we have had lately, it seems very appropriate. Anyone of our Two Centers or Guest Authors would feel perfectly right to take it upon themselves for their good friends. The latest by Calvin and Debra Ota in the Town Dancer blog is a very good example. Our blogs will be social media.

I have tried to include Kalihi Chapter HBDA but they have other interests and they should do as they wish. We have tried to contact someone, anyone in the North Shore but nothing. We will be patient. We hear the rumors that everyone hears. There may a new dance club in the Waipio area or in Pearlridge area.  Just rumors? Otherwise everything is quiet on the Western Front. We are here to help all dancers wherever we can.


The peripherals are doing fine in town but not much in the West. Line dancing is developing very nicely, but Tango, Salsa and Swing are not. So there may be a spot for one of these in this section. I realize that the Rail Disaster is messing up the entire section but I hope to get more photos and a few comments which makes for good reading for our fellow dancers.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

So we go ahead to what is coming. In town there is a group of Salsa Dancers that we do not know that much about. We will try to find out more about them. The new dance studios in town seem to be starting along very well. Dream to Dance moving right along and I received notice from Debby that she may have the Grand Opening in July sometime. Perhaps we can pick up a good Two Center from that new group though being in Palama they will likely go in the Blogging Hawaii blog.

Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before, we cannot blame anyone for holding back.

Slowing down

Everything is slowing down around me and I am too. I am not blogging as much as before and the hits are at a plateau. The very good news of course, is the advance of Kapolei Social Dance blog with the help of the best Two Centers in the business, the Kapolei Chapter HBDA. The news is created for the readers and their members and potential members have benefited greatly.

"Simplicity is not an end in art, but we usually arrive at simplicity
as we approach the true sense of things."


The Micros are not doing as well as I thought they would, perhaps it just takes more time. Twitter can get quite complicated and I am going to try to keep my followers and following at about 100 each. And I am reducing all to the US only. After that I may reduce it just to the Hawaiian Islands.

"Crazy" by Melveen Leed

In Hawaii, the neighbor islands rely on newsletters and web sites. The only one that seem to be moving into blogosphere is Maui and they are doing just great. Makes them definitely the next island after Oahu. With the Rail Mess on Oahu, many are moving to Maui. That should make it my definition of Social Media.


I am slowing down on my dance party attendance and  I know it will be worse when the Rail Disaster sets in. Everything will take twice as long plus hassles galore according to the new definition of Rapid Transit by the Present Rail Party. Just took the #93 bus home yesterday, from Alapai Transit Center to Nanakuli. In an hour I got off the bus within a block from home. With the new "Rail Rapid Center" I will be lucky to make home in two hours plus hassles, missed connections and wait time. How you like them potatoes? Talk about a con job. But it's the dough, Moe!

"Few people learn from success, but there is
much to learn from failure."  

But I am getting people interested and others may be taking over these blogs. Fine with me. I am getting old enough to recede into the background very nicely.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dropped Back A Little

The entire blogosphere is adjusting itself up very nicely. Kapolei Chapter HBDA is perking up the entire dance scene in the West. Some terrific blogs and running up the hits through the roof. Kapolei Social Dance is now firmly in second place behind the super blog, Town Dancer. Followed close behind by Blogging Hawaii and Oahu West.

"You don't have to live forever to create something that will."

And we have so many good people in the Oahu West sector, but all we can do is be patient and wait. There will be a time when they realize what they can do as Two Centers and share a photo or two with their fellow dancers. The clubs have been creating some very good dancers. A few comments now and then would do no harm. Takes time.

Of course, the Guest Author is the key to making the blog independent and operating on it's own. I, by myself cannot make this blog really viable, I am not famous. For Social Media, it needs other people's opinions and photos count as opinions. I know that many of you out there have something to share with our fellow dancers. This is going to be Social Media. Overnight? Nevah happened.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho


The Information Contributors (Two Centers) will, in the beginning, contribute a sentence and when they see it in print, they may contribute two sentences. Up to them, then more? So Town Dancer is up for grabs first and I hope to make it completely independent by the end of the year.

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force on Oahu, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we will respect.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dance Blogs, Sounds Nice?

What started out to be just an extra blog is turning into a nice empire. It is becoming my own personal home blog. First thing set up besides the original blog was the Dance Blog Twitter Micro. Being used every day all day by over a hundred following and almost 100 followers. And it seems to be getting new followers daily.

"It's the possibility of a dream come true that make life interesting."


I do not follow all of them. I began pruning those that have more than 2000 in total followers and following. Now that I am getting too many I am beginning to prune those with a total of over 1500 followers and following. I intend to keep this as social media, and as personal as I can. Those with ten thousand followers are surely something else.


Then I got Paper.li which gathers all my tweets from my daily Twitter Dance Blog and makes them into a beautiful Dance Blog Magazine which is posted to Google Plus and Facebook at midnight daily. And the good part is that it also contains my blogs for the day. So the word is spreading out very nicely. You have four places -  Dance Blog, the blog itself, the Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

"I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire" by Harry James

So our most urgent need to get hits on these blogs is the famous Two Center. Just a photo, now and then and a few remarks and comments. It would do wonders for any blog they choose. I have the list of the top twenty blogs in Hawaii and I have only four in the top twenty. I must get all of them in the top twenty. I know, ain't gonna be easy. The top ones get almost 600 average hits per day.

Small, Medium and Large

Looking over the terrain on You Tube, you can plainly see the three different styles of dancing Rumba. Of course, the beginners are the most interesting specially because we all know that they will improve. They are really in a transitory level and not many are that sure on Rumba music. A few will drop out but most will stay and improve with every dance they go to, which is all part of the social enjoyment.

"The secret of change is to focus your energy not in fighting the old but in building the new."

The Middle Group and the largest, naturally, has a few levels in it, but suffice it to say that they are really and truly enjoying the movement to that beautiful Rumba music out there. Just about the most beautiful music in the world. And learning something new everyday makes their lives that much more interesting. In the main, they consider themselves social dancers. And actually they are da reel teeng.

But then there are the few elite, the top of the line and many in the International Style. They have learned, that how it looks may be what counts. To be seen becomes their main focus. They become the exhibition and the competition dancers and with good cause. It is something different. And a big turn off for social dancers is to be instructed into doing a movement because it looks better according to the judges.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

On You Tube, you can see an exhibition dance that looks beautiful, but you cannot see doing it that way on the social dance floor. Never! And in the Night Club scene it is frowned upon. Which leads us to something else.


Quite another big question is, are dancers fit? At an advanced level dancers need to be very fit. They may not have the bulky look of a football team but as dancers we should know, there is more to fitness than muscles. Dancers are well known for aerobic fitness, as their level increases so does their speed, balance and strength.

Not recommended reading: "A Quick Meal" by Kanah Beens

Everyone at some point has watched a ballroom couple glide effortlessly across the floor. They make it look so easy but the reality is very different. And the point is, can we live with each other? Or should we go our separate ways?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kapolei in the News

Wow, everyone is still reeling from that double whammy blogs of the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. So many good pertinent photos and seen by the people that were there or missed it for whatever the reason. The hits went through the roof and the average hits per day for Kapolei Social Dance blog are now in second place behind that impossible to beat Town Dancer blog.

"Communicate, even when it may be uncomfortable. One of the best ways to heal is to simply let everything out."


Makes two good certain necessaries, the Two Center and the Guest Photographer. We all know of the valuable Two Center but now the Guest Photographer has come into prominence. Anyone that knows how to push that button is it. Susan Matsumoto did a terrific job on the first blog.


I will continue to take an extra camera with me. They will pick "their" people and the photos become their point of view. And fortunately, points of view are like noses, everyone has got one and uniquely their own. Willy Dionisio did a terrific job with his photos and also a brief write up.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

Oahu West section has so many good people and I have tried but they all have their own kuleanas or something. We all should be interested in good results for our friends, neighbors and fellow dancers, but people still insist on sending to Facebook, who gets 250 million photos per day. Yeah, Man, Results?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Evolving Blogs

I have done some research and there is not much covering small blogs in the strictly social media style. Most are commercial or cover big readerships numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Most of our dance web and blogs sites in Hawaii are in the single digit average hits per day. That is less than 300 hits per month.

"Stop letting people that do so little for you, control so much of your feelings and emotions."


A Guest Author in any of our blogs does not require much commitment but they must be recognized by Blogger in order to open, write and publish dance information. There is even less commitment in being a Two Center, and some people are realizing that they can use it. It is after all for the benefit of everyone so long as dance information is being shared including photos.

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

The easy part is that they can just email photos and a few comments and the Guest Authors will most likely comply and post it their way in their blogging and it does benefit everyone. Along with this has come the Guest Photographer. This is turning out to be a new thing. I have not seen anything written on it so it has just emerged in our blogging.


Blogger's Law #63a: "As soon as you delete a worthless file, you'll need it."


For sure, the different points of opinion are very highly valued in blogging. This includes my opinion of who to take a picture of with the camera in my hand. And others have the own opinions. Susan Matsumoto got some terrific photos at the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. The hits went through the roof. Willy Dionisio sent in his own plus comments for a second blog. Kapolei Social Dance blog is now in third place behind Blogging Hawaii. Oahu West had been there from the beginning,


So we are in effect discovering new paths and having fun while at it. Fortunately we are getting much new blood in the dance environment able to think for themselves. There is an increasing amount of dancers that are becoming aware of the fun in sharing with our fellow dancers. It is growing and I look forward to seeing the first of "my" blogs to go independent. And what blog is it going to be it?

Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long he took to prepare a ten minute speech. He said, "about two weeks." "How long to prepare an hour speech?" "about one week." "And for a two hour speech?" "I''m ready now."

Two Center

The Two Center has been loosely defined as a person willing to contribute their two cents for the benefit of the social dance community. That person counters the bad effects of SOS, which has been defined as Same Old Shit, but which has been necessary to keep the blog rolling.

"Look closely at the present you are constructing, it should look
pretty close to the future you are dreaming about."


The latest proof has been in the taking of photographs. My point of view may be different than yours as to who is in the photos. I have tried it three times now with different people and the proof has been in the pudding. If I loan a camera to anyone that can push the button, I get a nice point of view from them. They get different people and the hits go through the ceiling. This means more people are interested and that is good enough for me.


Next of course is the small write up that can go with photos. Strictly up to them. The latest from Willy Dionisio was a prime example. His photos and his comments made for a beautiful blog and as I repeat myself, the hits go through the ceiling. He is definitely the number one Two Center on this island, now.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Chordettes

None of this has been set on stone, so that whatever you can email, a photo or a couple photos, a comment or a few comments, it will all be posted and appreciated by the reader/dancers of these blogs. The neighbor islands? You bettah baleevit. Try it and I am hoping to get a Guest Author from one of these Two Centers.