Saturday, November 29, 2014

Let's Dance

By Benjamin Murakami, Palolo Valley

If you are young enough (preschool) you can dance without music, or if you are in one of the disciplines for dancing where the music is not required. Many of the young, teens and early twenties, need a drum beat to give the dance some rhythm and they do very well with it.

"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Fads come and go with the drum beats. But for the ordinary everyday social dancers, their entire dance world needs the music first. And it so happens that it is some of the most beautiful music the world has ever created. Then they can dance to it and move to the music. Waltz, Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango etc.

And it is done in the way they feel it and that is all that is needed. It is not according to any of the million or so advisors on dancing out there will point out the "correct" way. That is where the first great separation has come in dance. The "correct" styling - once anyone crosses over into that line, it is something else. But if they are in that game then they are playing by different rules and it could be appropriate to admire those that are good at it.

"The Wonderful World Of The Young" by Andy Williams

Most people can tell the good dancers in any dance in the Night clubs or social dances, simply because the dancers are able to allow the body to move to the music the way it wants to. They can hold their hands out at a 46 degree angle or 47 degree angle, and not necessarily 45 degree angle and look just fine with it because the rhythm is fundamental. Cloning was never a goal.

The freedom to dance in the accepted social style is most evident in the small night club dances and the small dance groups throughout the islands. Advice? Copying? Naturally and West Oahu seems to be in the forefront of this action in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. At this moment we just need the new night clubs that are coming and the New Dance Clubs that will be forming. And away we go.

"This Nearly Was Mine." by Victor Silvester

No one knows this better than the older dance teachers in American style of dance. They have seen the changes in the last years. And most of the social dancers have been with their fellow dance teachers, good and bad, mostly with very good results.

"Dancing washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

But those changes have been nothing like the arrival of the International style about 40 years ago. At one time there was a social dance club in Hawaii with close to three thousand members. International has insisted that the distinction should be made and I think we should agree with them on that. We are different.

Ben

Getting Straight

Gradually we are meeting more dancers that may not be perfect and they are willing to be helped with the social publicity we can gather and we are proportionally getting more local readers/dancers daily. Our readership in the Neighbor Islands is growing too.

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."


Our destination points definitely extend in that direction and there are many adjustments that must be made in the coming year. We are going to get information contributors that will feel the freedom to give us their honest opinions and photos to go with them. And then we are going to have the best damn blogs in the Pacific. And they will be Social Media.

"Allegheny Moon" by Patti Page


At one time we had one of the best, Timothy Cubero, in West Oahu blogs that really came across as an expression of a person's own personal viewpoint or opinion, without anyone else to edit. I don't know what happened to him, he just disappeared. I expect more independent opinions and the outside control will be less.

"People with one track minds often have derailed trains of thought."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shall We Dance?

We all agree that social dancing is just for fun, recreation, exercise and socializing. We all learn our steps and patterns and yet the overall enjoyment of experience does not lessen the fact that our dance floors, at best, may be a difficult place to dance.

"Gossip is usually based on lies. Someone wanting to feel better
about themselves by hurting someone else." 


The smaller the dance floor, as in Night Clubs, the more difficult it becomes. To enjoy dancing better we must learn more than just steps and patterns. Actually it is easier for a beginner competitor to negotiate the competitive dance floor than it is for the same dancer to negotiate the social dance floor. In dance clubs, studios, night clubs and wherever, partner dancers must learn about floor craft and line of dance.


Key to floor craft is "Finesse" by both the leader and follower. Finesse by the leader and the follower is being skillful, nimble, practiced, adept and competent both in a physical and intellectual way. And that is acquired by "practice" and for social dancers "practice" means by getting out there on the dance floor dancing.

"Hanohano Molokai" by Melveen Leed

We start off learning any dancing with a degree of exaggeration and clumsiness. Fortunately, with time and the actual dancing for fun, enjoying the same dances over and over again in sheer joy, most dancers will develop the right moves to the music and will feel comfortable on the dance floor. Eventually everyone gets to the point where they are ready to phase into the intermediate division which may be just a little bit more complicated. We are fortunate that on Oahu we have some of the best to help us.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update

Latest update on Town Dancer. It will plateau at about 70 - 80 average hits per day. I really made the effort to get additional input from others but it just wasn't there for whatever the reason. The results are what I go by. So now that Richard is nicely into Dancing Nights I have to do something there. Otherwise it is Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor coming up strong. It will be fun and I am not going to decide it. The readers will.

"The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Meanwhile the dancing interest throughout the island of Oahu seems to changing. And I am not going to say, for the better. The reader/dancers are very knowledgeable and they will make their own decisions. We just need some of their independent opinions in our blogs which are definitely not gossip. You are all aware of what that is. The prime example, the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So far all the blogs in my Blogosphere are viable to the end of this month. I do not know about after that. Most are already entrenched in the search engines. With the help from the Micros, they all have a chance of getting to the magic, 34 average hits per day. They will not catch up until next year, but we shall see some progress.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Somebody has mentioned that we are reporters, but the real reporters will be the Two Centers. They will get the information most easily accessible for posting and it can come from many places. Specially now with my physical disablities, I cannot get around like I use to. I may be spread much too thin but I will be patient for the valuable Two Centers.

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts

Meanwhile we offer the platform. You want to say something, dis da place, whenever you want, completely up to you. The learning process most characteristic of humans is imitation; one's personal repetition of an observed behavior, such as a dancing or blogging. Through copying these types of information, most people will tune into their surrounding culture very nicely.

Blogger's Law #48B: The secret to blogging success is sincerity, once you can fake that you got it made.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holding Up

Amazing, I am not getting much information direct but there is some indirect. I did find out about dancing in Pearlridge by HBDA but not much. And just a little about the new club in the Aliamanu - Salt Lake Area.

"No one is perfect, but there is a world of difference between
those who care and those who do not."


Of course, there are some organizations that want to have printed only what is very favorable to them and which is all right with me for a beginning. A photo of the gang, with the location, occasion and first names would be a good starter for anyone.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

And I must respect those that to not wish to be involved in our endeavors. All I can do is to comply with their wishes and leave them alone to do as they wish. I do not have to talk stink about anyone. They ignore and we ignore and everyone is happy.


All our guest authors must realize and accept this as much as possible. Just remember that the exclusion is because the excluded have chosen it to be that way. I have tried and the results are there for all to see. I cannot find myself in a position of "kissing okole." They may have to find another blog where they will do that.

Some have accused me of blaming the innocent members of the clubs, but we must accept that some people in those clubs have taken it upon themselves to make the decision for the entire club. Tough for rest of us.

"The Windward Side (Of the Island)" by Don Ho

Pub's Side Note: I am now exercising by walking around the corridors of my resident building. I take my cane but I keep it in the air. I may wean myself out of the walker by Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We're Moving It!

"There are things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have,
but in our lives we shouldn't let it spoil our enjoyment
of the things we do have and can have.

As we value our happiness, let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have."

It should be simple but it is not.


The Big Ballrooms will be no more. Let's face it.

So what is lacking is us, including me. In blogging we have too many blogs for these islands I am now sure. But I am only one person and if you are not famous it just SOS (same old shit). I still fully believe that there is room for one more blog to cover the Windward Coast. Someone will do it, It is too far for me. Whoever does can count on me for help. This coming year will tell the tale.


At any rate, I have been treating all of my blogs alike, and that treatment has resulted in the blogs being just a few points apart with the obvious exception of Town Dancer with four Guest Authors. This of course reaffirms all my theories. However this month is smoothing out quite differently. And I must now make my decision of which ones to push and test which one could be on the way out and the hits will lead the way and tell me.

"Always True To You, In My Fashion" by Julie London

At the moment Dancing Night is coming  into prominence with Richie Fun blogging and getting some good communcations from Divino Ritmo. I had such a time trying to get that blog out of single digit average hits per day. Did not blog last week, only Richard and the hits going up very nicely. Could be in the 20s by the end of the month.


Now with just one more regular Two Center or Guest Author the hits would go into the 30s easily, guaranteed. And from there who knows? I am pushing them up one notch on my controls. I want to see them move and I know that the Night Club people are the answer. Where are they?

Pub's Side Note: The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our most valuable Two Centers. And their tremendous value is the fact, that they have their own unique opinion.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Waltz

By Jeremy Matsushita, Kalihi Valley.

The Waltz really had its heyday in the 19th century, everybody wanted to dance it, from the highest, classiest to lowest, street dancers. Then during the first World War I, the Waltz almost died.

"Go into the world and do well - but more importantly, go into the world and do good."

After the war, came a new generation of dancers who knew little of it. Somewhat the same situation that exists for us at the beginning of this century. Waltzes were seldom played and those that were played in 3/4 time had a somewhat Mazurka or Polka rhythm. New bands in Night Clubs arose that seem to take their cue of the Waltz from the slow tempo that still survived at the popular dances.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

A natural turn (right turn) is a dance step in which the partners turn around each other clockwise. Its near-mirror counterpart is the reverse turn, which is turning to the (left) counterclockwise. However, there was a considerable amount of reversing and the Natural turn was conspicuous by its absence.

The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Unfortunately, in the 21st century, the music business like many others can be bought. And the ones buying are the younger generations, with their very crude and basic preferences. Rock and Roll, Rap etc. The class music has been somewhat relegated to the backgound. We are lucky that our present dance teachers still recognize Waltz music and dance as one of the best ever created by man. Hopefully it will gravitate down to the younger (up to date) rock and rollers out there.


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dancing on Oahu

By Wesley Wong: Wahiawa

Ballroom dance music is so graceful and good sounding fun that even die hards enjoying listening to it. When you get into dancing you can become even more enthralled by the music. And you will itch to dance to it. The Waltz, the Rumba? Never left us.

We do not always get what we want but we should know
there are so many that do not have what we have."


When you attend any dance of any kind, all the dances you love and know from our ballroom bands around the world will be available for you to dance to. The Rumba, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Fox Trot, Tango, Samba - you've heard them all and you can dance them over and over again in sheer ecstasy. Anybody ever heard of the "Oldies but Goodies?"


Ballroom dance music is enjoying resurgence across the United States due to televised competitions. And it is happening on Oahu too. DJs are now get into the act themselves by getting a few ballroom dance songs that their favorite competitors are moving to, for their select audiences.

"With A Song In My Heart by Frankie Laine

We're sure that once you hear this music, you'll want to keep pace with the rhythms of ballroom dance, if they allow us to use the term. Whether the sound is romantic and passionate or classic and dignified. As new places for dancing in the West are opened, you can become infected with the bug.

In the Email: - Man who dances, drinks and carouses,
wishes to meet lady who dances, drinks and carouses.
Object; dancing, drinking and carousing.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Micros or regular blogs?

Microblogging, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr is a broadcast medium that exists as a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size and each person handles the entire post from getting in, publishing and getting out.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain
of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

In our regular dance blogs in Hawaii, we have a few Information Contributors which email the information including photos and posters to be blogged by a Guest Author. They have no commitments and contribute only when they want to. That sharing with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers is key. We need more of these (Two Centers) because we can see it plainly in the hits recorded. The hits go through the ceiling and all they have to do is email it.

"Penny Lane" by the Beatles

Microblogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links, micro to micro. These small messages are sometimes referred to as microposts. As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars or dancing."


Commercial microblogs also exist to promote websites, services and products, and to promote collaboration within an organization. Some microblogging services offer features - alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, digital audio or digital video.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Four Aces

Several studies, most notably by the Harvard Business School have tried to analyze the user behaviour on microblogging services. Several of these studies show that for services such as Twitter and Facebook, there is a small group of active users contributing to most of the activity. Surveys based on millions of users, shows that 10% of Twitter and Facebook users account for 86% of all activity. That is commercial activity, "to whom it may concern."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The New Dance Club

The most appropriate place in the Moanalua Corridor would be in the Aliamanu, Salt Lake area. So far the details are sketchy and nothing is expected until next year. It definitely would lean towards a more public organization and less of an oligarchy, benevolent as it has been.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art ...
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those
things  that give value to survival.

There would be two sets of membership, the choice up to the member. AA, which means vote and participate in the organization, such as Officers and the Board of Directors. The A class which would be as the ordinary members as they are today. They want to take lessons, attend the socials and other events, go to other clubs if they wish and generally not committed to anything.

A Reminder! No Need?


The dancing will include most the partner dances which are danced on Oahu today and everyone is welcome, regardless of age. Membership is not required (but it is encouraged) just a desire to have fun! Dance classes will be from beginner classes, for those with no experience and two left feet, to intermediate stages only. No advance (exhibition levels) you can get those anywhere. And no partner is required!


Their purpose is to promote ballroom dancing for dancers of all ages and most levels of experience. During lessons and at socials, dancers are encouraged to exchange partners to accelerate the process of learning to lead and follow. As soon a place is found there will be regular socials twice per month. And everyone will look forward to dancing with you!

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

They will make attempts to enjoy visiting other clubs and hosting other clubs at their dances.  They welcome couples, singles and students to their dances.  They will encourage dressing up. This is a party. NO JEANS, PLEASE! And there no truth to the Rumor of a keg of beer at every social.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ballroom Dancing

By Caron J Rose, United Kingdom

Ballroom dancing weekends have become increasingly popular across the country. This is partly due to television programmes, such as Strictly Come Dancing and the annual Eurovision Dance Contest, which have elevated the activity from a social pleasure into a competitive sport.

"You may try to be a good person but don't waste
any time trying to prove it."

Organised ballroom dancing weekends can combine both. The emphasis is always on enjoyment and the sheer love of dancing, but dancing competitions are also often part of the weekend, which have the effect of keeping everyone on their toes - literally.


In the world of competitive ballroom dancing there are ten basic dances used in competitions. Five of them are classic standard dances, and five are Latin American dances. The quickstep and the slow foxtrot, tango and the waltz, as well as the Viennese waltz make up the standard ballroom dances, while the paso doble, samba, rumba, cha cha and jive make up the Latin American offerings.

"We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles

Those attending ballroom weekends will be very familiar with all these dances, whether in competition or just spending a weekend enjoying the atmosphere of social interaction and healthy exercise.

Ballroom weekends are not just for the older person any more. Ballroom dancing is increasingly attracting younger people who are discovering at first hand the fun and excitement of mastering complicated dance movements with fluid elegance to the rhythm of tuneful music that doesn't rely on a heavy, thumping, monotonous beat for its dubious appeal.


Because of the increased popularity of ballroom dancing, organisations and companies have sprung up all over the country to cope with the demand. They coordinate with large hotels and advertise ballroom dancing weekends, taking bookings from individuals and couples, all eager to experience the old world charm of a dance art form that seems unwilling and unlikely to ever lose its popularity.


There's something wholesome and healthy about ballroom dancing. Weekends spent in the company of others of like minds, whirling around a ballroom in sequined dress under the sparkling reflections of a rotating mirror ball has a certain magical quality about it. The elegance and smooth easy motion, whether performed by amateur or professional, has an abiding appeal that stays, weekend after weekend, for thousands of people.

"Volare" by Dominico Modugno

Ballroom dancing breaks are merely the culmination of many centuries of such activity. It's difficult to pinpoint an origin to this. However, the 16th century is when the courts of Europe started to see those of the noble class enjoying a form of social dancing that was more refined than the more coarse folk dancing enjoyed by the masses. This evolved into what is known today as ballroom dancing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Dance Floor

There are not enough places to dance on Oahu and those available will not wait on you hand and foot but they will charge you an arm and a leg. Someone, somewhere is going to be thinking of  a portable dance floor that can stored easily and be installed quickly in any area by laying down panels and carried back and forth on a pick up truck.

"A song can take you back instantly to a time, place or person. No matter what has changed in the world, that one song stays the same. just like that moment."

They can be designed for both indoor and outdoor use. A portable dance floor is typically about 1/2" to 1" thick, and consists of many 3'x3' panels to create the desired size. There is trim edging around the border allowing users to enter the floor safely.


The portable panels are constructed from either Oak parquet, for indoor use, or honeycomb aluminum and laminate for indoor and outdoor use. Other portable dance floors are made out of a Polypropylene base with a commercial grade laminate top surface, these floors are extremely durable and often used in public events.


Many portable dance floors feature solid wood construction and use an interlocking system for a simple system to connect the pieces. Portable dance floors can be used on Oahu for events in the Parks where there is no permanent dance floor available. They may also be used in schools as a way to utilize cafeteria space and have less stressful dancing.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Our evolving dance

Exhibition ballroom dance has remained popular in Britain and continental Europe throughout the 20th century, particularly in semi-invitational settings, such as resorts and hotels. In the 1960s, ballroom dance gained a strong following in Asia, mostly in the International Style. Popular interest and scholarly research, moreover, brought new appreciation to both ballroom and social dance as valuable reflections and embodiments of a community’s social values.

"We should be thankful of all those people in our lives that have shown us exactly
what we do not want to be"


Palolo Valley or Manoa. Either place would be nice to avoid the traffic.

Meanwhile, the regulations governing competitive ballroom dance became more exact as dance teachers switched their focus from inventing new dances to codifying existing ones. This was specially true in the competitions. There had to be a fair way to judge. Those “official” versions of fox-trots, waltzes, and tangos—all with specified steps, postures, and head positions—have been maintained in European televised competitions.


In the early 21st century, an alternative form of competitive ballroom dance thrived in Europe, North America, and South America in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars. This was with judges in the public fields generally. "I know what I like." These elimination series focused largely on the personalities of the contestants, with individualization earning more points than strict adherence to the rules.

"Release Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

Once an expression of elite society, ballroom dance has continued to expand its appeal and has adapted its approach in response to the ever-changing aesthetics of contemporary culture. There are more dances coming in and most are in the fad section catering to the young. The older more seasoned dancer will rely on the oldies but goodies in the music and the dance. We must recognize the differences and merely accept them. No hu hu.

Try new

Our blogosphere diversity is so great that our dancing blogs have never been adequately described by anyone. It is still in slow development on these Islands. And not many have even hinted of a dance blog as Social Media. Most are simply not aware of social media as a factor on these Islands. And social media involves more people.

 “One of the tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful story,
by a brutal gang of facts.”

We are in the process of doing so now. Who? Not me by myself, it is all the people involved in the distribution of information for our reader/dancers such as Newsletters, Web Sites and ordinary advertising. All of these are "to whom it may concern" information that has been quite common for the last half century. Social Media is evolving into something else and our people are picking up on this action.


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So it was bad news on the mainland in the elections. But I insist that the Republican Attack Dogs did not steal the election, they had millions of dollars available and they paid cash for every vote. Some people cost thousands of dollars, some were bought - dime a dozen.

They had purchased the Supreme Court some time ago, now they have bought the Senate. Next, the Presidency and those of us who are acquainted with history should understand that we are closer to the inevitable.

The story has been there from the beginning of time. Those who make peaceful reform impossible make violent revolution inevitable. Remember Marie Antoinette? "Let them eat cake." They were ignorant and the Rich will never have a clue, as always - until it is too late.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Plodding Along

We are making some contact with the neighbor islands but it still seems as though they don't realize that this a Blog and not a Web Site looking for income. One thing is coming out slowly, they have few dance floors on the Neighbor Islands and are becoming aware like us, they need a place to dance.

"You are not really the same person you were yesterday.
You are always growing, experience does not stop."


Apparently Hilo side is better prepared for dancing but we don't hear much about them over here. We will soon. But I am sure that Kailua-Kona will be moving in the right direction shortly. The Aloha Ball may have shifted dancing madness over to this side of the Island. And one of these days we will find people from the Big Island reading about their dance places in our blogs on Oahu. We should all be friends.

"Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Spencer Davis Group


Swing Maui is doing good with a Web Site, flyer kine emails, notices to the general public.  "to whom it may concern." Sometimes we get some where they seem to be speaking to our readers, but those are usually difficult to get at in the middle of all the rest of the general goop. One good thing, they don't seem to be contaminated yet with the "publish personal emails" virus as one other on Maui did five years back. So we still have hopes for them.


On Kauai,we have had contact with two or three dance organizations. They seem to  want to keep for themselves, which should be their privilege. We sort of lost contact with all of them and then also one of  them  got the "publish personal emails" virus, last year, so at least that one is out.


In fact we got one with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu recently. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one says a word. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile we can hope to eventually make contact with all the Neighbor Islands and trade items of interest for our reader/dancers. Dance floors needed there too. But we all move ahead helping each other where we can.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Halloween Party

From the Internet:
A young couple were invited to the swanky masked Halloween party. The wife came down with a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party and have a good time. Being the devoted husband, he protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed. She told him there was no need for him to miss the fun. So he took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, awakened without pain, and as it was still early she decided to go to the party.

Because hubby did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some kicks watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not around. She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor. He was dancing with every nice chick he could, and copping a feel here and taking a little kiss there. His wife sidled up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new action. She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband.

Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little bang. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped out, went home, put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of excuse he would have for his notorious behaviour. She was sitting up reading when he came in, and she asked him what he had done.

He said, "Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there." Then she asked, "Did you dance much?" He replied, "I'll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I got to the party I met Pete, Bill and some other guys, so we went into the den and played poker all evening. But I'll tell you...the guy that I loaned my costume to said he sure had one hell of a good time and scored like a champ!"

So how was your Halloween Dance party?

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

Pub's Side Note: Catch Calvin and Debra blog in Town Dancer. Terrific Blog on HBDA annual Telemark Ball at the Palladium.