Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ending April

Not bad but not good either. The Line Up is still erratic but it is settling down, somewhat. Town Dancer still ahead of the rest and they are all pretty close together. It is (surprise) Ritmo Mestizo in second place and Platinum Horseshoe in third. If my foot heals by next month I may go out a little.

"We should all know that dancers are like moons and they
have a dark side which they never show anybody."

The rest are really running so close together that they fluctuate in the order they will place easily. But for now it is Blogging Hawaii, leading the pack, then Extrava Danza, Dancing in the Dark - and Dancing Nights. The last one regaining a little because of Richie Fun Blogging of Divino Ritmo Studio. And they may regain more by tomorrow.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller - Ray Eberly on vocals.

We are waiting for the new Dance Club in the West, but so far nothing definite. And of course there will be a Night Club in Kapolei by the end of the year. Or the combination Dance Studio and Night Club. For sure something is needed in the music and dance departments. Second City! - don't let the Present Rail Party goof up the works.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frank Sinatra


"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

So we must continue to find places on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore and perhaps we can do something to help spread the word. There are many possibilities, Social Dance Clubs, Night Clubs, Specialty dances such as Line dancing, Tango, Country, Swing and Bachata. It is all coming in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. As it should be, the people will make those decisions.

“We could understand that dancers need something to help them unwind at the end of the day and they might have a glass of wine,"

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Adjustment

The adjust is going nice and smooth. I will polish the entire blog sphere at the end of the month with a new order for the blogs. It still looks like it will take a good steady information contributor to get Platinum Horseshoe ahead of Town Dancer. The rest are up for grabs, whatever that means.

“In our dance world, there is no greatness where
there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”


Meanwhile, the Rail Disaster continues to screw up the works just about anywhere. Estimates continue to go up, and now at 8 billion dollars. You can buy 1000 articulated buses for less than one billion dollars. But the Fat Cats in Honolulu are raking in the dough. Anyone have an idea of what members of HART get in salaries? And all they got to do is say "Right,Chief" at the right time. Hanabusa just got on, it's "Easy Money."


Fasi and his gang knew that they could please the riders by making it comfortable to ride public transportation, People would prefer that than bumper to bumper on the freeway. Now it is going to be the other way around.The "know it alls" in the Fat Cat department just never cared and they will never understand. Gotta build dat rail. Big Bucks.


Fortunately, the social dancers on Oahu are making their adjustment without too much trouble. I have been trying to figure out how many social dancers we have on this Island and I have pretty close estimates to 20000 dancers. Anyone else have a figure from somewhere? I would think it coutld go to 30000, but what do I know? The new Fred Astaire studio in Kapolei would make a big difference if it is ever installed. Their Rumba box step is quick, quick, slow. Arthur Murray's is slow, quick, quick.We can have a ball with that.

I usually leave Sex out of it but now I have been informed
that Sex is like math. You add a bed, subtract the clothes,
divide the legs and pray you don't multiply.

Monday, April 18, 2016

MidMonth Recap

It is good and bad. Bad because I had had these blogs increasing their average hits per day fairly fast. They are no longer increasing at the same speed. Good because they are still increasing. Patience, I must wait for some information contributors, the famous Two Centers. Each regular one is worth at least 15 average hits per day for any blog. Of course, a regular Guest Author could be worth much more than 20 average hits per day for any blog.

"Dancers may believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth and yet we all know that truth is the only safe ground to stand on."


"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

The list is still led by Town Dancer but Platinum Horseshoe could surpass them in hits with just one regular Guest Author. Third place is currently in dispute. By the end of the month, it will be Blogging Hawaii or Dancing Nights. The top three I keep separate because of the probability of going independent. Then I can resign. they would be on their own and we can all predict a huge success.


"Hawaii Aloha" by Loyal Garner

Most downtown Honolulu blogs and those on the neighbor islands are doing well.  They have readers/dancers and they are leading the way for all dance Internet communication. But I have to work on West Oahu. Too many think in terms of the country bumpkins. Well, it will take time but the outskirts are just as good as those in town.


"My Moloka'i Woman" by Willie K

The bottom blogs will remain in double digits but not quite into the 20 average hits per day. And like the rest of the blogs, Guest Authors or information contributors will make the difference and they will pick the blog of their choice. So the entire enchilada is really out of my hands and the dancers will make the final decisions.

"At ninety years old, I no longer have the energy - for meaningless friendships - forced interactions - or unnecessary conversations."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Our Dance

By John Cooper, Honokai Hale:

We are all pretty well aware of the classic social dances. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango etc. We all know which ones are the most socially acceptable, the top ten more or less. And what has made them so? Of course, the dance must have lasting appeal but not many dancers are aware of the "basic" step.

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there are
pains taken to bring it to light."

Just Dreaming
For most the basic step has determined whether it is accepted by the "trendy young" as well as the experience social dancer. The basic step is to start the dance and to get the partners in sync. Then going into other steps and patterns and constantly moving from and returning to the basic. Once both partners know where home base is they never get lost and enjoy it to the last note.


"Contigo A La Distancia" by Christina Aguilera

The music of these classics has led to understanding how to count the dance. How many beats each count gets and being able to express in your movements the music played. This has always been one of the first and most important element to get. Good Mambo music will get you on the right beat easy.


Since the turn of the last century there have been over 100 good fad dances introduced to the social dancers. Many were just passing fancies and many had good basics but either the music or the hype was not there. The best fad dance we have ever had has been Salsa. Good basic, terrific music, plenty of hype and plenty of teaching organizations on the bandwagon.

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

Reggeaton came in briefly to take over the Salsa spot but quickly receded. Bachata  is doing very well and Zouk, Kizomba and Zumbia are still around. Not much there but there are more coming. Mambo making a big comeback in the Latin Countries with well defined music to back them up.

Monday, April 11, 2016

West Oahu

This blog is at the bottom but it is really fair. It does not do what the other blogs do covering one territory more or less for anyone interested. The West is looking better every day. Perhaps it just seems that way because I live in the West, Pearl City now but I was living very nicely in Nanakuli until my legs gave out and I was forced onto a walker.

"The closeness of your relationships is directly proportional to the degree to which you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful."

Dream On Fellow Dancers
Makaha all the way down to Kapolei and up through the Central Valley, all the way up to the North Shore. That section gave rise to the Platinum Horseshoe blog and it has become one of our leading blogs. That section used to be "out in the sticks" for downtown people. The advent of Second City will continue in spite of the Present Rail Party. The Rail Disaster is making their millions in profits and that was all they wanted. Unfortunately so many of us will have to pay for it.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

My stats tell that one more Guest Author for any blog will make it a potential independent and specialize in their type information for their readers. I can resign as administrator and phase myself outta theah. Upon independence they will redefine themselves and be on their merry way. I am certain that they will lead in internet dance communication on these islands for a long time to come.

"Imagine"by John Lennon

But good news in town, the hits are just going up slowly but steadily on the average per day basis. Mind boggling! Just two more Guest Author in any blog would rival Town Dancer and guarantee independence.

Q. How many dance instructors does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Five!...Six!...Seven!...Eight! 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Change

Our blog sphere is getting pretty steady and we have too much SOS. (same old shit.) We need new and fresh viewpoints. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We are sorely in need of music orientation from different viewpoints. Which may in turn get other opinions. That's social media!

"The more informed our island dance group is, the more empowered
they will be to think for themselves and our organizations will be
more representative of democracy."

Blogging Hawaii was displaced by Dancing Nights in the top three but now may be getting back in. A few more days will tell. Town Dancer remains in front but not by much. Where are the hits coming from? Since I was able to get rid of a lot of scam spam robot hits, most are legit hits. At any rate, a couple of information contributors and a couple of Guest Authors will settle which one will be selected for independence.

"Lloraras" por Oscar D'Leon

The night clubs and the dance studios are doing just fine and there seems to be a growing interest in taking classes at a dance studio. Specially with all the different dances available for the learning. There are over fifty on Oahu alone, mostly with the young (under 30 crowd.) This is being gradually established and accepted by almost every one.

"Aguanile" por Marc Anthony

Divino Ritmo Dance Studio seems to be leading the parade for dance studios and using blogs to spread the word. They know that the blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to." They use Richie Fun and the Dancing Nights blog. I, in turn, share it with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So they get some good public relations.

"Suenan Mis Timbales"
por Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Hawaii seems to be leading the way in Live music and with a larger than normal band. But he plays some good Bachata and Salsa music. I am just connecting with him and he may see the value in blogging. Whatevah, that is good enough for me. I am not stopping for anyone, I have to be on my way. I have made my decisions and I will have to take the heat for it.

"El Cumbanchero" pot Ismael Rivera


The older I get, the more I realize. I don’t know everything. And that makes me spiritually sensitive to others. I’m less dogmatic. More open to other people’s experience of Life. As we age, we experience things that aren’t easily explained - tragedies - failing health - and we become more reflective. There is so much more to learn about the mystery that is life and death and I’ve just got this thimbleful of knowledge.

From Waianae, "It is impossible to pass another boat without waving." True?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What's Old?

At my age the world is just getting too complex for me.The stores keep adding cards and they just confuse me. Every time I check out of a store it just knocks me for a loop. I have always been pretty handy with my computer but the computer programmers do not go the same schools as the older ones did. They were "Simplifiers" now they are called "Complicators.' And Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 for free and people including me want to stay with Win7, Most of us realized that Win 8 was overly complicated. Linux is going to be the only way out for the young people.

"A pat on the back though a few vertebrae higher than
a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results."


Wow, the stats have gone crazy. Some of the blogs that should be going up are going down and vice versa. I believe it will not be until the tenth before we have something more definite.And of course a good regular steady Guest Author would prove the stats that I have. Town Dancer remains on top but all the others are topsy turvy.

"Country Angel" by Amy Hanaialii


People have different reasons for being information contributors. What's yours? The most used reason is to promote your favorite club or organization. Do you realize that what may be communication for our blogs, may be just advertising for whomever you are promoting. And that it is alright with all of us. You may just be trying to get the attention of your fellow dancers. And you are not sure if you will drive traffic to the blog. You may simply being trying to convey your opinion.

"Katchi, Katchi Music, Makawao' by Willie K


Do you appreciate the blog and the readers and want to say thank you or brighten every ones day? Do you disagree so strongly with what you're viewing or reading that you simply can't let it stand without a rebuttal? Sometimes, understanding your motivation will help you decide what kind of information you are willing to share. This is your opportunity to present your opinion in public without shame or apology, And help to change the aspect of all the blogs from SOS to Social Media.

Dance Law #17C: If you wait it will go away - having done its damage.
If it was bad, it will be back." 

We Got Da Stats

I am having fun with my stats of the hit counters on my blogs. Of course, I no longer believe the counters because they count everything. So if I let the robot scam spat robots in, they just run up the hits and that is not too bad just so all our readers understand. Same thing applies to the Search Engines. My advantage is that my stats record average hits per day. At the beginning of the month they are pretty erratic, because of all these outsiders.

"On Oahu where there is love and dance, there is life."


Fortunately, by the tenth, because of the averages, they pretty well establish the relative differences in our blogosphere. That usually gives me Town Dancer in first place. Then it has been Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights for second and third. All my stat indicators do not point to Dancing Nights but they have Richie Fun as Guest Author and he has a couple of information contributors. The only other blog that has Guest Authors is Town Dancer.


"Crazy" by Linda Rondstat

I consider those blogs as the top links and good candidates for possible independence. They are all building up readership and my intent is to get rid of my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. So the readers know by now that they can begin as information contributors in any blog and become Guest Authors whenever they decide it;


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Every Guest Author is worth between 10 to 20 average hits per day. So that Dancing Nights with another Guest Author could possibly pass Town Danccr and we can groom them for independence. I can make the final set up with at least two administrators for backup - and resign. I will still have my hands full with six blogs.


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Oahu- West is beginning to make its move. There are dancers all up and down the Waianae Coast and up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. So as soon as Platinum Horseshoe gets the Guest Author they may be the ones. The decision will not be mine.

Dance Law #23B:
To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The New Set Up

Estimated from a few sources: There are about 50000 social partner dancers on Oahu (5%) of all kinds. However as far as ballroom type social dancers, they are only about half, or approximately 25000. I personally think it is a lot less, but it still gives us a good size group to work with.

"We all understand that sometimes it is difficult to decide
whether we are tired, or just lazy."


Most everything for social dance communication is available now in our seven blogs. And they are set up to allow for the minimum of commitment on any one's part. Starting from the top, all Administrators have nothing they must do but they can keep the blog going. And when I leave a blog they can do whatever they wish to do with it and includes deleting me.


The Guest Author is a very important part of the equation. They have in effect a personal blog within the regular dance blog. They can open, post, delete, save, publish and get out all without saying boo to anyone. Since it is in their name, they can say what they wish and they will be solely responsible Their separate, unique and individual opinion is what will make these blogs interesting and run the hits up through the roof. We will have social media but we are not there yet.
 

The Information Contributors (the Two Centers,) can email whatever information they think pertinent to the reader/dancers, Any Guest Author would be willing to share it with our fellow dancers. Photos and other graphics can be sent too. The Guest Authors can then blog it anyway they wish. This is all very valuable information for a dance blog on Oahu.


At the beginning of April, the top three blogs remain, Town Dancer, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights. The rest are Blogging Hawaii, Dancing in the Dark, Extrava Danza and Ritmo Mestizo. We shall know more in a week. My stats are on automatic average hits per day. They tend to pretty well stabilized by the tenth.

"When it first began, a blog was a simple online diary, where the blog
author\ would pen down his or her thoughts. This definition has
evolved to the many types we have now and we shall
continue to redefine our blogs." 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dancing Along

From Frank Miyashita, Enchanted Lake

Took awhile for me to get it. "Smooth" is the American version of Standard in International Style of Dance. American includes every dance except the Quickstep. And there have been various attempts to include the Peabody with no success. In competition, the main difference between Smooth and Standard is that in Smooth, you may make use of the various open positions present in Latin dancing, or even break apart altogether and do side-by-side or interactive stuff. It is similar to International show dancing, but without the lifts.

"As we grow older, we realize that it is less important to have
lots of friends and more important to have real ones."


"The Impossible Dream" by Jim Nabors

Since the American smooth has only four dances, one would think that it is slightly simpler, but there is a reason that they left out the Peabody. Of all the styles of Ballroom, the Peabody (similar to the quickstep) is by far the most risky. Not only do dancers fly around the floor at lightning speed like the standard dancers, but they also dance apart with limbs flying in all places, like the Latin dancers. On Oahu, no one dances the Peabody.


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

With these open positions, the couple doesn't have the maneuverability that a standard dancer has, and so floorcraft is a much bigger challenge. They both require large ballrooms, which puts them in almost the same category as Internationals. Our group the Cultural dancers are much different and we have a more social reason for dancing.

It seems pretty evident that a glass of wine is good for us.
Wow, think of what a whole bottle would do!