Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home, Sweet, Home

I am back from Tripler after two weeks and I feel pretty good. They just advised me to keep my medications up and to rest. The swelling on my infected foot is coming down. I spend at least half a day in applying all my medications but I can avoid a care home. They will set me up with the Handy Van so that I can go to the VA or Tripler easily and more often without the hassle of the buses and the schedules. I will be just fine on the Island of Oahu.

"Perhaps the truth is not learned by us on Oahu, but rather,
the truth is re-called .. re-membered ... re-cognized ...
as that which is already inside of us."



Not many people at Tripler know what a blog is, very few read any blogs. And they all think somebody is making some money somewhere. It happens on Oahu and even on the mainland, and everyone has to have a Web site for the appearance of class. Social Media is nothing new, it has been evolving for several years now. Just that most are not that much aware of the value of Blogging especially on Oahu.

"Here In My Heart" By Al Martino


This will take some time, I know, but when we get these blogs going on this island of Oahu, they will be better than Facebook or Twitter for the specific needs of our dance scene. Town Dancer used to be way ahead in dancing communication on this Island but now slowing down. We must accept, for we cannot push anyone that shows no inclination to accept it. I have heard the statement, "You are making millions on my good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." -They simply do not know!

 "Social Dancing is not a sport, it is an attitude."

Back Home

I am back home and feeling just fine. Yesterday just showered, cleaned out the refrigerator and I rearranged a few things and rested. I had a very good night's sleep and ready to go this morning. I will get this out and then have breakfast.

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon,
and the truth." ~Buddha


"Life is too short" by Don Ho

Apparently social dancing is going on full blast on the island of Oahu From the news at Tripler Hospital, there are quite few military interested but seems to be mostly in Night Club social dance, which they seem to believe is different than the dancing done by our local social dancers. If they learn in classes at all it is a special dance and not not much of the universal moves of all the dancers.


"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

One of the most basic being the rock step which is used in about 500 different current dances. The next of course is the chassé and fortunately most local social dancers are well aware of this. How about the Rumba? Cha Cha  Cha, Samba? And so on. The most interesting of all when you get into it is the cross body lead. Usually taught in Rumba, Mambo and Salsa on Oahu. Can be done in hundreds of dances.  In Waltz too? I see it about once a year and looks beautiful.

"Every time we dance we turn into a better version of us."

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dis Da One

I have always chosen this blog because has always it had the highest average per hits of any of blogs. Now I no can handle because of my failing health. I will reduce my entries to one every six days. The other Guest Authors can always do as they please as they have always done.

"Beware of the half truth, you may gave gotten the wrong half."


We have two administrators so a good Guest Author can certainly become an administrator and invite other Guest Authors. Otherwise it will die on the vine. And I will be very busy with other blogs. So it will be short and sweet. I know now what I am doing in blogging and it has nothing to do with Web Sites. We just don't have the same reader/dancers.

All potential bloggers, look into it, if have questions email.

"It's not that you can't, it's that you haven't yet,"




The Dance Scene on Oahu

It is evolving very nicely and the dancers in Hawaii take good advantage of the holidays. Happy Valentine's Day everyone. The outskirts still going slowly but that is to be expected. Just Tacos And More in Waianae has live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. And Cholo's Homestyle on the North Shore has Salsa. Waianae is overdue for some Bachata,


"Truth is the only safe ground to stand on, however in our
dance scene, many dancers may believe anything,
so long as it is not founded on truth."

Our blogosphere is at a plateau. I started the week badly and had to go to Emergency at Tripler. Nine hours and tough getting home. I have pulled back the offerings to level 5, which is every fifth day for each blog. And I hope to leave it that way to at least April. I will know more by then. Our dance friends of all ages enjoy sharing stories of their daily fun activities, especially with other friends that are far away and cannot experience it.


Years ago Pen Pals were a tradition known to help form friendships between two people. Now many people are doing it just blogging specially on Oahu. And it is so simple, no commitments and you blog whenever you damn well please. And you have a ready made audience of dancers. Though it is quite apparent that our audience is definitely in the over 30 age bracket and we can adjust to that very nicely in our blogging.


Most social dance clubs, because of the Palladium connection, build up memberships during the 90s, that were double the membership they have at present. And of course, the new clubs diluted the membership available. Many are still holding on by a hair. Everyone always knew who were the top five, but now there have been some changes. One in the top five is no more and another has taken its place. And with the West and the North Shore moving into contention, the days of dancing at the Palladium will not be the same.

"In dancing, we can start late, look different, be uncertain
and still come out good." 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

update

OK, this blog remains in front of the our entire blogosphere, but losing ground ever so slowly. Mostly me, and that is not the view of the many independent minds of our friends and reader/dancers. I remind all, of SOS in blogging and it stands for the Same Old Shit. I say green on Monday and I say green on Wednesday and I say green on Friday, that is SOS. You come along on the next Monday and say blue. Wow, that is definitely not SOS. Mary calls Fred, Fred calls Sally and so on and we have readers (hits)

"Three things you cannot recover in Life: the moment after it is missed,
the word after it is said and the time after it is wasted."


I do not treat all seven blogs the same. I do more of the promoting for the newer and lower ones on the totem pole. The ones on the bottom are Latin Rhythms, Extrava Danza and Dancing in the Dark. These last three took about three months to get them out of single digit average per day hits. Which is the place most blogs in Hawaii are. The results are that they do not post any counters and hide the fact that not many are reading.

"Tangerine" by Tommy Dorsey


"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Moving into possible first place in Hawaii and a good candidate for independence are Platinum Horseshoe, (Moanalua Corridor renamed) and which now covers territory in West Oahu.  Dancing Nights which covers the Night Club action anywhere in Hawaii. Dancing Nights blog is new but doing good because it has Richie Fun and that one Guest Author makes a difference. One more and we got it made for independenc, or some steady Information Contributors.


So the thing that makes any of our blogs is the consistent up to date dance information from a variety of sources. Those reader/dancers willing to share their 2 cents with their fellow dancers, will be the most valuable of all. And of course, Photos and some are more valuable than others. We will go into that later.

"Dance is not just our sport, it defines all of us."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Update

I am pretty well set up now in my new home, here at Hale O'Hauoli, right back of the Police Station in Pearl City. Now it is only a half day trip to and from the VA instead of an all day trip. The shopping center is much larger with two Super Markets and a Longs Drug Store. The Library is right around the corner

"Rumors are carried by haters. spread by fools
and accepted by idiots."

I have pared my blogosphere down to seven blogs and I will get rid of the best one as soon as we have enough Information Contributors and Guest Authors to make it number one in hits. Should be over 33 average hits per day which is equal to 1000 hits per month. Most on Oahu get less that nine average hits per day.

"Living without You" by Nohelani Cypriano


"Just The Way You Look Tonight" by Jimmy Borges

I seem to have reduced the scam, spam, robot hits that were messing me up in my calculations. And now I can start to plan on visiting more dance events and not only blog'em but perhaps convince someone to at least share the dance information with our reader/dancers.

"Every time we dance, we make a better version of ourselves."

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Too Many, part one

By Jaycee Fukumoto, Waimanalo

Fusion and more fusion in ballroom dancing. Too many mergers of dances and too many difference dances for the "social" dancer, which most of us are. Fortunately we can eliminate all of the "for show" styles. Competition, Exhibition, Cabaret and Acrobatic Styles are meant for the "Spectator," whether they are dancers or not.We are going to settle down to much fewer dances where we can first enjoy the kind of music we really like, and then enjoy the movement to that music on the dance floor. And do it over and over again in sheer joy.

"Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative
feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other."


A Dance Ballroom in Oakland, California has introduced their latest agenda of dances in their repertoire. American Tango, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Foxtantino, Hip Hop, Hustle. Jive, Merengue, Night Club Two Step, Paso Doble, Quickstep, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Viennese Waltz, American Waltz, and Latin Waltz. -  Gawd! Much too much for us in Hawaii.


I am willing to wager that only one percent of our dancers on Oahu can dance everyone of those dances. But we must understand the protest against so much structured dances for public viewing. The same thing happened many years ago when ballet made all the strict rules and it was a difficult row to hoe.


In the graphic biography of the thrilling life of Isadora Duncan it comes out very nicely.  Isadora Duncan was the pioneer of modern dance.  She disliked classical ballet, finding it "unnatural." wanted to dance her way, which was inspired by the Greek goddesses. In bare feet, dressed in a tunic, Isadora danced, "Her Way."   Part Two in Platinum Horseshoe

"Dance is not just dance. It must be something magical because it can set us free."

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Blogging Puzzle

Blogging on Oahu is still a puzzle but of course that is what makes it interesting. Apparently for us, seven blogs is about it. The first step is to get enough Information Contributors (the Two Centers) willing to stick in their 2 cents for the benefit of their fellow dancers. At this point, Richie Fun in Dancing Night blog is the best example of Guest Author blogging.

"In our Hawaiian dance scene,  there seems to be no greatness unless there is simplicity, goodness and truth."


I am learning about hits on the counters. They can be quite late and wrong. Gradually I have been able to get rid of a lot of  scam, spam robot hits. And comparing the different blogs on a spreadsheet,I can get a pretty good idea of what is going on. Store bought hits have always seemed like the holy grail for the new blogger but in my experience, sites that bring you traffic that doesn’t stay are often a waste of time. Those hits don't stick around for long.

"Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand

I have on several occasions calculated where my point of diminishing returns would be and I have been wrong every time. It is ever changing, in our blogs, out  in the middle of the Pacific, I have calculated that a nice round figure would be about 33 average hits per day which translates to 1000 hits per 30 day month. The neighbor islands send us a few routine flyer emails, but they will soon find the value of blogs and the value of direct communication to all of "our" reader/dancers.

"Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Borges


We have been deliberately sabotaged on Maui and Kauai,- something about publishing private letters. So by now many will see what we publish, is just from our readership. I have started several blogs which were deleted after a time simply because they didn't cut it. Less than 10 hits a day is not worth it. I am not going to beat my gums for nothing. Even if the whole enchilada is my hobby.

 Calvin and Hobbes dancing the new Kalihi Stomp.

At any rate, the dancers on Oahu are beginning to realize that we are not an "instead of" newsletters, newspaper, radio and TV advertising. We are an "addition to" and since we are a blog we do not charge for we consider communication to our readers, not advertising. It is gonna take awhile before everyone knows. Ignorance is not the same as stupidity.

"Our great social dancers on Oahu are not great because of
their fancy turns, they are great because they love the
 music and have the passion to move to it."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Social Dancers

By Warren Chung, Waipio

Generally, in West Oahu, the ones with the worse technique in social dancing have more fun. But part of the goal of having good technique is to help our dance partners have more fun. If we just want to have fun, we don’t need good technique, just a "partner" with good technique.

"Easy Street is always a dead end or a blind alley."


But if we want our dance partners to have more fun, then "we" need good technique. There are elements of social dance that are purely social, where smiles, friendly conversation, succeeding in moving to the music and doing a few basic steps, override whether our partner is leaning on us, yanking us off balance, crushing our hand, stepping on us or whatevah. But an amount of technique that enables us to feel good and helps our partners to look good and feel good can only enhance our dance experience.

"I Love The Simple Folk" Don Ho

Some competition technique does look stilted on the social dance floor; we all know that, but a lot of the technique taught by competition coaches are things that make the dance feel more in balance, more fitting to the character of the music, and smoother to both ourselves and our partners.

The problem we face after we learn what good dance technique feels like, is that we become more sensitive to the bad habits of our partners. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but the better social dancers are adaptive rather than ignorant. Those who can’t or don’t want to learn to adapt can end up paying their professional dance instructors lots of money.

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

Otherwise, we stop being concerned about our partners having fun, and just concentrate on having fun ourselves; try Club dancing, or local Dance club places for Social dancing. where people tend to be less anal-retentive about "technique" but nonetheless enjoy dancing together. Fun is primary, because fun is what motivates people to "continue" dancing.


If they happen to enjoy learning tons of technique as dancers, have the money, and they want to move right into competition styles, fine - but I don’t think that’s true of most people. What else is social dancing about, if not getting enjoyment for yourself and pleasing your dance partner? Hey, I wanna dance.
Warren.

Who said? "Life is too short to drink cheap wine."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dance News

From the Dance News, New York:

The last century was the information age of dancing, America was unusual in that it had its own active dance "documenters" who did more or less the same thing in the U.S. that the English did in England. However the U.S. was much less influential in the dance world, so their style didn't spread as fast or as far.. The English had the British Empire where the sun never set. and the English simply enforced their standards more broadly. Later on, they mostly decided who won the "International" competitions.

"The creative dancer is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Many years ago, "ballroom dancing" was  very different. Dancing was developed in different environments, and for different reasons. But in this century, the dances in the two disciplines  grow a little closer, until now, the distinctions are mostly technical. At the same time there are new dances introduced weekly simply to avoid the technicalities that have evolved in the disciplines.  It has caused many of us recently to start questioning the American style, asking, "Why are we doing this? What is it about American style that makes it unique and worthwhile?"

"PS, I Love You" by the Hilltoppers


The revolution in ballroom dancing is at hand and fusion is coming in from all sides. The world of "social dance" recognizes that Foxtrot and Jive are American not English. Waltz is not English either. And everyone knows that Paso Doble is Spanish. The Latin dances are increasing and becoming more solid in our social dance environment. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha remaining as the most solid of the Latin social dances in Hawaii and throughout the world.

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." ~old Hopi Indian Saying