Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Competition Dancing

By Ralph Matsushima, Punaluu:

Going back far enough, "winning" might simply mean the result of running faster or quicker if being pursued by some hungry carnivore. As time went on, from the Olympics in Greece to the weekly plethora of sports, thanks to television, millions can feed their craving, albeit vicariously, for this primeval need within our soul, the elation of winning.

"It is hard to believe that people are telling the truth when you know
that you would lie if you were in their place."

As was said all those years during the introduction of the World Wide World of Sports - "The human drama of competition, bringing you the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." In our modern and complex society, technology has opened vast new areas of further human competitions. Contests of uniquely human skills involving instruments and materials are being constantly being refined and developed.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

As of 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. Unfortunately it can be tainted. It was really the only way to produce a winner, at least in the minds of the participants and aficionados of such endeavors as diving, ice skating and ... competition dancing.

At one time we had ballroom dancing in the Aloha Games and no one has come up with a good excuse of cancelling the event. It was a good idea to develop the competition spirit among our good amateur ballroom dancers. International events are just fine of course, but we need a local deal somewhere.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back On Top

Just checked the Stats and there had been quite a few scam spam robot hits in Latin Rhythms and well hidden. It has come down to well below Town Dancer which should have been expected. I hope it stays in the 30s.

"Sometimes when we innovate, we make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving our other innovations."

Meanwhile I have received good news from Pearl City and I will have an interview on Wednesday. Moving to Senior Housing there will be a big help. I live in Nanakuli and it is an all day affair to go to the VA. Not bad when it was only once per month, but my health has been getting worse and I have to go more often. From Pearl City it would be only a half day. Nice.

"Nothing that is, can pause or stay. - The moon will wax, the moon will wane, -
The mist and cloud will turn to rain, - The rain to mist and cloud again, -
And Tomorrow will be today." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Got up feeling better and had a nice breakfast in my living room as per usual. I don't have a dining area and I would rather look out at the "calendar" picture of my back yard and "my mountain."

This has been "my mountain" since I moved here and I know they have names, but it took me some time. The name of it is Puu Haleakala. Behind it is the Lanakila Ridge going all the way to the Waianae Mountain range. So how lucky can a guy get? And when I could get around I was living in Paradise, the people are the greatest, none of this chintzy back biting crap. You all know da kine.

The people in town should know that the West Coast does not have many
with computers or access to the Internet.

Technology for West Coast Folks
Chip: Munchies for the TV
Micro Chip: What's at the bottom of the munchie bag.
Modem: What people that got Lawns do to them.
Hard Drive: The drive to town every day and back.
Dot Matrix: Ole Dan Matrix's wife.
Laptop: Whar da kitty sleeps.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dance Opinions

In general, a dance opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about dancing that is commonly considered to be subjective. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable and our dancing gossip groups have never verified anything. In  our case, the opinions of the dancers are valuable, true or not, simply because they represent their particular viewpoint and they are printed for all to see.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better"

A dance opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. In our social media, we are trying to establish some better understanding of our dance scene. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. So in our blogs we need more honest dance opinions from different viewpoints. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments.

In casual use, the term dance opinion may be the result of a dancer's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact. Nevertheless, it is their  own opinion and valuable on its own viewpoint.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

We will see some value by the end of the month. Town Dancer and Latin Rhythms are neck and neck for first place. One good contributing editor with their own private, personal and honest opinion will determine the outcome. I calls'em as I sees'em.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Around The Island

As far as dancing is concerned there appears to be no dancing in Waianae anymore. I don't know why but they "coulda been a contendah." So a couple of line dance groups could start off the dancing on a regular weekly basis. This for fun moving to music and for exercise too. Of course, there should be more promotion on Line Dancing. It is a great beginner course for wannabee Ballroom Dancers.

"If you have no will to change it, you may have no right to criticize it."

Maili and Lua Lua Lei are just asking for a Community Center or District Park. But as per usual, not enough funds at the moment. You know, the Present Rail Party. Maili Beach Park is probably the best on the Waianae Coast. They call it Sea Country which is an apt description.

From there it should be relatively easy to get some men to kokua and have Ballroom Dance classes and then a monthly dance at the Waianae District Park, probably the best dance floor in the West. But then Kapolei is gearing up to be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party. And the people in town can look forward to dancing in the West.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile Live Music in town does not have as many fans as I thought. I have all my blogs safely out of single digit average per day hits and most are verging into the 20s. But Live Music is staying at the bottom of the totem pole. A couple Two Centers would do nicely and I have to find a good place where I can go personally and able to blog'em. The trips into town about once per week are doing me much good, both mentally and physically.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oahu Dancers

Apparently Town Dancer has been too lucky and some of our best bloggers have been perhaps too good. But that has been Honolulu. Others do not wish to get in and "compete" with these good bloggers. And we cannot blame them. However I must stress that we are not all alike and in social blogging we are all an "addition to" not an "instead of." SOS is our prime fault throughout Oahu.

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

For us, all peoples opinions are valuable, simply because they are unique. And opinions are like noses, every one has one. And the easiest way to get in would be just by emailing the information in to any one of our Guest Authors and they probably would publish it. If you don't want to use your name, use a pen name, but skip the "anonymous." We have too many of those and most are spam and are deleted.

From there, any time you feel ready, you can go the next step and become a Guest Author yourself. This is guaranteed to increase the hits in all the blogs, simply because we are getting different viewpoints. SOS can only go so far with ordinary dancers doing it. But a fresh, new, honest opinion is worth diamonds because everyone is interested in other opinions. Simple.

"The history of our dance scene and each individual's experience, is sown thick with evidence
 that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told often is immortal."

Sunday, September 13, 2015


From Consumer Reports: On Facebook

Its position as the king of social networks has made Facebook the custodian  of arguably the nation's largest collection of details about consumers' personal lives. "Any time you have a party with a large amount of data, there's reason for concern." says Justin Brockman, director of consumer policy for the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology.

Already use of that data by outsiders is widespread, it might not be news that people have been fired because they posted ill considered status updates or photos. And job recruiters check Facebook to find out who people are connected to. You must be very careful.

One recruiter told us that headhunters have used social network data to make sure job candidates are a fit with their clients. So if you lost out on a job because of Facebook, it might not have been because of just one indiscretion. You might have been rejected because an employer or recruiter found telling details in your postings, even though such a rejection might constitute discrimination.

"The trouble with people is twofold. They cannot learn truths which are too complicated
and they forget truths which are too simple."

As far as Bloggers are concerned, we are just fine where we are at because our readership is much smaller in territory. Most of us do not miss the hits from Sweden, or Nigeria or Thailand. On Oahu we deal mostly with our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. And we may be including others from the neighbor islands soon. Our blogging is more personal and forgiving. And most know that anything of ours on the Internet is about 9 average hits per day or less. That is why we have reduced the number of blogs in our blogosphere to seven. Just about right,

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It is looking good.

There seems to be more people using the Internet to get their dance communication. This includes all the dance blogs and pertinent Web sites. Unfortunately few have counters so no one can tell how each one is doing. So, my blogs are coming down to seven and I may bring them down to six. Any with single digit average per day hits is out.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better."

The dance structure in town, both in the social dance clubs and the Night Club scene seem to be leveling off but still solid. With the Rail Disaster screwing up everything all around them and the traffic in town getting worse, the outskirts looks very promising. We are still waiting on the Waianae Coast but too many are in doubt because of the Rail Catastrophe and the horrible increase in traffic along Farrington Highway.

Don’t quit over doubts and questions, For there’s something you might learn.

Don’t quit when the night is darkest, For it’s just awhile till dawn;

Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest, For the race is almost won.

Don’t quit when the hill is steepest, For your goal is almost nigh;

Don’t quit for you’re not a failure, Until you fail to try."

For many in town, the Palladium is still the best bet for social dance and covered very nicely by Dance Fever Oahu and Frank Sierra's two blogs. They get much dance news, not available to our blogs. All you have to do is tune in. Some of the very small clubs are showing sparks of life. Why not?

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Dance Studio and social dance center combination seems to be on its way and looks good, a natural combination. Now we are due for the other way around. The Night Club with dance lessons. It is coming and just because they sell booze.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

One More Month.

The hits are dropping all around. But that is to be expected when I am rearranging so much. This blog will definitely be deleted according to the stats we have now and be combined with Dance Blogs. It will become my own personal blog and I will review all our blogs regularly.

"Yes, we would rather be hated for who we are,
rather than be loved for who we are not." 

Next most important is that we have two blogs running neck and neck for second place. Platinum Horseshoe, and Blogging Hawaii. In a couple months we are going to get more action in both of them and one of them may move into position of becoming independent. That, I would like to see. These are older blogs and have established some seniority.

"Lahaina Roadstead" by Loyal Garner

There have been some changes and there will be more changes to come and they will be decided by the reader/dancers. Of course, our Two Centers and Guest Authors will make a big difference in what the reader/dancers prefer. This is pretty much out of my hands.

"Night Life" by Don Ho

All the other blogs are still relatively new and still in process of developing according to the Two Centers and the Guest Authors. But increases in hits will continue to show in the next few months. I have determined that any blog with less than nine average hits per day should be deleted. Doble digits can show some viability even if only by myself. And with a regular Guest Author would go easily into the 20s.These blogs have great possibilities for public relations but the reader/dancers will be the ultimate judges.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Small Dance Clubs

There are literally millions of blogs on the Internet. And many blogs and web sites as well have perhaps 5 to 9 hits per day simply because they are new and have few readers. They have no counters either so they don't know how many hits they get.  I pushed the envelope, went up to ten blogs and clearly over diluted the readership.

 "Don’t quit when the tide is lowest, For it’s just about to turn"

Any blog with single digit average per day hits is out. I now have eight blogs, with counters, so that I have had the opportunity to make the stats for the eight blogs and to test the different aspects of social blogging. All my stats are based on the number of hits that Blogger makes available to us. And I am at the point when one more has got to go. Seven blogs seems to be about right and I count only legit hits.

Dance Hawaii in Waipahu moving right along with a good affiliation in the United Visayan Committee. The social dance club is relatively new and getting more of the beginners. Line dancing is prominent and beginners take good advantage. They will have a good shindig on Saturday and I will blog'em. I hope to get some photos and items of information.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho'

The existing clubs seem to be solidifying but there will be new ones on the coasts. The Rail Disaster has brought that out. It is much better to live, work and play in your own kuleana. Thirteen, fourteen hour work days can and should be avoided. That leaves, Waianae, Kapolei and the North Shore wide open for living in Paradise. 

 "What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz 

Then there is this old time dance club, situated in town and many of the old timers that were there long ago have simply passed away. Now they are starting to pick up new beginners. Free dance classes Wednesday and Thursday. Come on in, no membership fees.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A New Beginning

We are getting there. This blog will be officially The Dance Blogs and will contain just about the same information every Saturday. A review of the week. The other blog, Da Blog MW will contain update information of the blogs for midweek. The Dance Blogs will gradually assume the duties of both and Da Blogs MW will be deleted.

“Perhaps dancers do not want to be loved so much
as to be understood.”

The list continues in the order of average hits per day.The blog section will include other Web and Blog sites beyond our own and we shall kokua in whatevah we can. Since we are a work in progress, we do not yet know what we are doing. Suggestions will be gratefully accepted. Sorry no more comments.

The Top Three:

No. 1: Still on top is Town Dancer,  still the one to beat. But it is wide open for Two Centers and a Guest Author wouldn't hurt either. It will establish itself permanent in a couple more months, I believe.

No. 2: Platinum Horseshoe is now in second place. Two regular clients and waiting for a third. When they are ready we will be more than willing to help them.
No. 3: The Dance Blog is there only because it has been carrying the old Moanalua Corridor hits. It will go down by next week. The entire blogosphere is going through a period of adjustment.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Ones still in the running:

No. 4: Da Blogs MW will be just temporary while I work on the details for deleting it. I really do not know what is holding it up.

No. 5: Latin Rhythms still in fifth place and still trying to define itself and the Latin scene in music and dance. Mainly because I blogged Salsa No Ka Oi and then we received a comment to boot. With a couple Two Centers. Wow!

No. 6: Blogging Hawaii has been a disappointment. But the Blogger stats are not very consistent. I believe it will go back up to the top three. Mainly because we have Makua Alii and Dream To Dance Studio. One more client and of course a couple good Guest Authors could make the difference for any one of  our blogs.

No. 7:  Live Music, taking the place of Sea Country and holding on much better than expected. Just have to find a nice place so I can blog'em. In town is probably my best bet. They are much more likely to know what a blog is.

No. 8: Dancing Nights started out stumbling but lucky it has a good Guest Author and at least one good steady Two Center. I will have take some time to find a place to visit. Then with  another regular Two Center, it will surprise everyone.

No. 9:  The Rail Tragedy is mostly in protest - of The Worst Thing that could ever happen to the West Coast of Oahu. And since I don't promote it at all, it serves as a good barometer. A goal for the other blogs to surpass,

"Hawai`i Today" by Loyal Garner

Any dance organization that has a counter and would like to be included in our stats is welcome. We can compare to do more of what the top ones do and less of what the bottom ones do. Simple, we will please the reader/dancers. The stats are a long way from being perfect but they are a handy guide.

Valuable Dance News from Other Dance Web and Blog Sites

Dance Fever Oahu covers just about everything at the Palladium and many other venues around the island. The most read dance Web site in Hawaii. Don't miss it.

The Dance Connection and That's Dancing by Frank and Lani Sierra. Mostly covers their own private clients and we should respect. They get much dance news unavailable to us and all you have to do is tune in. 

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

There are others and they are welcomed to this fold, however we will respect and not bother if that is their wish. We do state now and then, that we are here to help, not hinder.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


By Franklin Coiner, Foster Village

After having been recently grabbed at while dancing with strange women, I am motivated to record here some concepts I use as a dance club regular. What I write here is the result of dancing for quite a while, longer than the average person does in life.

"You are meant to be whatever you dream of becoming.”

Suffice to say, I started dancing in the late 50’s and never stopped. I danced right through the different American dance crazes, including Rock and Roll, Surf dancing, the Monkey, the Jerk, disco touch dancing, the Freak, Rap gestures and now Salsa and Bachata. There were, of course, many other types along the way. There’s also the background of some ballroom dancing familiarity, such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, and Waltz.

“Fame” By David Bowie

Worried at 40 and at 50, waiting for the slip in energy, in muscle strength, and in ligament and tendon elasticity. Sure much of that is now gone at 70. But most amazingly to myself, I feel that at the moment, which I know cannot last forever, I truly feel blessed to be, as a street dancer, “at the top of my game.” What I have lost in sheer power, stretch and speed I more than make up with smoothness, overall body gesture and presence, and advanced integration of combinations due to decades of practice and the fulfillment of dance expression.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Sometimes it is apparent out there on the floor that I may be the last, at least locally, to perform certain moves, a couple generations removed for those now frequenting the clubs. As such I then feel a sense of responsibility to keep the dance styles alive, as long as I can continue to perform it with the required energy and dignity, and not make an old fool of myself. Only then shall I hang up my dancing shoes.