Friday, December 28, 2018

Review? 2018?

Most of us have had a good year and look forward to another good one in 2019. I personally lost a lot of my good health, but in my new residence in Mililani, I have also lost my depression. The blogs are still in process of evolving and getting to be known by the people in the Oahu dance scene and even in the neighbor islands. We will click this coming year when we begin to get the feedback. Those reader/dancers on Oahu willing to share their pearls of dance information with our fellow dancers.

“Whenever you smile, whenever you care, whenever you love, whenever you share,
your spirit will dance with joy because happiness is there.”

Essential questions to ask yourself before deciding to share. Take some time to think critically the benefit for our readers/dancers of photos of our friends, the photees, and the blog itself. Keeping in mind that two people in a photo are better than one. Three is even better than two. However 19 is not better than 18. The person taking the photos will make the ultimate decision. For better information, write things down, and sit on them for a little while before emailing them in.

"I Wish You A Merry Christmas" by José Feliciano

Man by Alexander Pope
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,

He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;

Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confused;
Still by himself, abused or disabused;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Year Ending

The review of the social dance scene can start early for 2019. However most what we will cover this coming year is already well understood by the intermediate social dancers. Footwork will sometimes require legwork too. This refers to the rise and fall of the feet, indicating which part of the foot is to be in contact with the floor on each step or part step; i.e. ball, heel, inside of foot etc. Specially important in the dances which are "to be seen," and specially those that are to be judged. That, of course, stands to a very good reason.

“Social dancers begin each dance the same way to the music and they want to make the moments in the movements important, vital, and worth living."

This is of little importance in the Social Dancing that is done for the pure enjoyment of moving the body to the music. And they can dance better to music that they like, than one that just has the beat. The feet land in the most comfortable and the most naturally balanced position. Most people can allow themselves to let go and if they have the rhythm, that's all they need. And the styling in the Syllabi of the different styles will differ among the large group of dancers on Oahu.

 "Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Never did find out who won.
Regarding the worry that some of these very good dancers are watching you and are judging and critical, I have bad news and I have good news: - 1) The bad news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored. - 2) The good news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored. - 3) And if you are a superdancer, and they're watching you with a frown on their faces, it's probably because they envy you, and also they're hard at work trying to steal your material.

"Blogger's Law #48D: Everything depends, nothing is always,
and everything is sometimes."

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Fading

Another year and we have had a nice Dance game on the island of Oahu. And 2019 offers up a very familiar formula. At first glance the social dancing will be solidifying and holding on to the oldies but goodies songs. The more experienced dancers have over 500 songs that they consider classic. Most of us, experience social dancers are not as impressed with this year’s mix of new stuff but then again we are a year older and drifting further and further away from the age of the target audience. The ones in the thirties and forties age group will crave something a little different to boogie to, and the good news is that there will be new songs available for the coming year.

"Dance Fever: A benign illness that hits most every social dancer in varying degrees.
Just gotta dance and there is no known cure except to just dance it out."

Social Dance is always more forgiving than other dance Styles of dance or particular dances which seem to just come and go. It is reasonably easy to dance well, and remains social dancing. If you are okay it will give you a, well, OK. If you manage to do more moves (and you must be careful here) than the regular dancer you will get a good, an excellent or a superstar. After each dance social the dancer can feel it, they did good or not so good. While this may not be of interest to many, managing to enjoy the dancing that you danced is something to have achieved.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

My Niece Yvonne and Relatives.
At the end of the year, our dancing people are doing alright and have obviously decided not to tamper too much with a well tried formula. The social dancers are doing a little more night clubbing and our night club dancers are doing a little more social dance clubbing which is just fine for the whole enchilada. The entire personalized feature sets up an attempt to improve the dancer's experience. We are headed for a good year.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when we celebrate faith, family, and the tradition of giving gifts and sending greeting cards. Sending out Christmas greetings is an easy way to reach friends, family, and even old acquaintances with the warmth and love of Christmas spirit. Another way is using the Internet in Email, Web and Blog sites. It’s a great opportunity to let your reader/dancers know you care about them. It is also an appropriate way to share the spirit of the season with the entire island of Oahu.

"May the blessings and happiness of Christmas season be yours
May the next year be better and happier - Happy Holidays!"

My Niece Yvonne and her son Scotty.
Our readers do not only read. Every opportunity to dance, whether during a lesson or a social event, whether with their significant other or a new dance partner, helps to improve their comfort level, confidence and communication skills on the dance floor.  As their dance technique improves, they feel more at ease with other people. Their sense of accomplishment, motivation and confidence continues to increase. And even better - they will notice these new attributes taking root in other areas of their lives as well.

"Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly"

Just part of the family
In the past few years, research has found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer’s life. Not only that, there are also substantial benefits to those who start to social dance as adults. Trump never danced? Heh heh,

"May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come
true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. ~ Merry Christmas!"

Merry Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Time for twinkling lights, festive carols, and merry celebrations. And time for spreading holiday cheer. A big Christmas party at Ron's home in California on Saturday night. Not much news but I did get some fancy collages from my niece Yvonne. I hope somebody sends me some news and pictures of the party.  

Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes
In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness.

Somewhere in California
Here on Oahu, there are dances all over the place and with plenty of dancers there. So everyone is having a good time and some are really thinking of what makes the 25th such a great day.

"Silent Night"

Somewhere in California

"Joy To The World"

Great for all ages on Oahu, dance is a fun activity for everyone specially at year's end and it’s such an effective form of exercise. At all dance functions on Oahu, dancers are helping dancers of all age groups, physical abilities and skill levels. Everyone sets up their own dance program that’s comfortable yet challenging.

"Eat, Drink, Be Merry. Repeat as needed…and have an awesome holiday!"

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Social ballroom dancing is that perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation that complements your life on Oahu. It’s a great workout; has documented physical and mental health benefits; can enhance your social life and self-confidence; reduces stress and depression; promotes relaxation; is a wonderful outlet for self-expression and creativity; and it’s FUN!! With all these reasons to start dancing and keep on dancing – we challenge you to find a good reason NOT to.

“Social dancers believe that in dance, there is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening
that is translated through them from the music to the body movement."

Honolulu has the most diversified dancing on this Island. However with the Rail Disaster in progress people are looking for social dancing in West Oahu. Predominately in the Kapolei area. But there will be a need on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. I happen to live in Mililani in the Central Valley, so I accept where I am at. Kapolei and the North Shore are easier for me than Waianae. Someday they will have a highway around the Island. Progress is slow in some places. Most islands in the Pacific have just evolved and the newer ones will have a road around the island near the shore.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

We never found out, who was it?
With Christmas and a New Year approaching we can think a little bit about the future. If we can stop the Rail, that would be a big advance for this Island. It is being built for money. Cayetano had the bus structure planned almost perfect but the million dollars in lies paid off for Caldwell supporters. No one mentions Rapid Transit any more, (remember that?) Right now you can get the #93 bus in Waianae at 6 am and get to Honolulu Hale by 7:30 am. You ain't going to beat that when they force you to take the Rail. No way. An Electric Vehicle? Now your talking.

"Social ballroom dancers believe that dance hangs in the air - alive, with one side of it music, the other side body movement. The dancer's aim is to make them equal.”

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Latest

Social dancing has evolved over the years into what it is now. The music? Of course, and learning to move to the music and lead and follow. Food and talk story has also been part and parcel of social dancing. Many of us are satisfied with achieving a simple routine of steps and just enjoy the music and then enjoy the rest of it which is the socializing along with the dining. As we progress throughout the years many of us just naturally want to learn more and we gradually phase over into the intermediate levels. There are approximately 30 patterns in each type of dance for anyone to dance it on a social level.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion. ” ― Martha Graham

Any more new movements are in the advanced levels of the dance and for OP (other people) No hu hu, anyone should be able to decide how they want to dance. Many in this more advance group can dance socially but they may become more interested in the "to be seen" categories where they may be exhibition and/or competitive dancers. If there are 700 documented steps in Salsa you can guess how many are in this advance group. But we should respect their wishes and the fact that they may dance "correctly" and they may insist that they are a quite different group. They are right and we should make an effort not to bother them.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We can go on our merry way doing our own thing. This is not from a thorough, complete, detailed study of the dance or the social structure of these groups. It is closer to an opinion based on 40 years of experience on this island and my small statistical analysis. Others may differ? I do not lay down the laws for anyone. Whatever groups they belong to, they could very easily get their point across in these blogs. It is not like they don't have a choice. They all have two choices, they can take it or leave it. Oh?

“In dance blogging, much of what is being said has not mattered,
and much of what has mattered has not be said.” 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Rock Step

This was invented about 10 thousand years ago. 9 thousand? I will not argue the point. Basically it is two changes of weight, each in the opposite direction and the first part of the rock is called the break. It is on record that it is done in only 650 different dances. (670 ?) Regularly you can do the rock step eight different ways depending on the break. You can break forward on the left or on the right foot. You can break back on the left or right foot. You can also break to the right on the right foot or to the left on your left foot, in a side rock. Half of these are the regular normal ways.

“Social dancers believe that they must dance to the music,

the music of their souls!”

The other half are "unnatural" steps and there are even more complicated ways strictly for show. In most dances you break in a complementary fashion. The man breaks forward on his left foot. The lady breaks backward on her right foot. Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Beguine, Calypso and perhaps another couple hundred dances can be good examples, in the “natural” step rhythms. Moreover, they are normally programmed so that the man breaks forward on his left foot and breaks back on his right foot. Any other way can be done but is considered “an unnatural” step.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

As we approach the end of the year, many things are developing in the Social Dance field. We, the social dancers are definitely coming into our own in the entire state of Hawaii. We, the ones who have become accustomed to dancing in malls, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers and night clubs. We seem to accept that we can do it very well and have a very enjoyable evening with just 30 or less steps in basic movements in each dance. You want more? No hu hu - up to you.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you've never been hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.”

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Latin Scene

It is now pretty conclusive that the population of Hawaii consists of over 10 percent Latinos. That means well over 100,000 Latinos on these Islands. But of course, Latinos are not just Latinos. The Puerto Ricans remain the biggest group, 4% or 40,000 and have controlled most of the Latino influence on these Islands for a century. Most Mexicans in Hawaii were men and imported into the Big Island almost two hundred years ago. Hawaii's cowboys became known as Paniolo, a corruption of español, the language the vaqueros spoke.

“Social dancers believe that equality is not a concept. It's not something
we should be striving for. It's a necessity."

From them evolved the Paniolo traditions of Hawaii and with total intermarriage with local women they have been lost as a Mexican entity.The term still refers to cowboys working in the Islands and to the culture their lifestyle spawned. Others have immigrated from the mainland to the other islands and they have since evolve to about 3% or 30,000 and are rapidly establishing their own traditions of music and dance in the Islands. Unfortunately or fortunately as the case may be, Mexico is a large country and the diversity of music and dance is immense.

"I Melt With You" by Modern English  (1982)

Throughout the Islands the original types of Latin dances in the disciplines have been thoroughly established in our dance world. Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Tango, and Waltz are in our Latin Music and Dance scene. Most of the Salsa scene mostly includes Bachata and Merengue, all dances that have originated in the Caribbean. There have been changes and Hawaii is no stranger to that. There may be a scarcity of Waltz in the Caribbean but some of the most famous Waltzes in the world were composed in the rest of Latin America.

 “Social dancers know that dancing may be spiritual and it is personal. Some people
look at a good social dancer in a Club and say, What a total show-off.
Social dancers are immune to all this."

Sunday, December 16, 2018

West Oahu is rolling.

From Dancing USA,
Rock "n" Roll was in the early stages in 1959 when a touring group of fledgling musicians set out to set the world on fire with their music. In 1959, the troupe was on it’s fourth national tour. They filled the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa with hundreds of fans. The next morning Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson chartered a plane to Fargo, Minnesota. The weather was bad but they took the chance.

“Social dancers believe that dance should comfort the disturbed and
understand that it will probably disturb the comfortable.”

Soon after takeoff, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield. Everyone on board was killed. The event has since been mentioned in various songs and films. A number of monuments have been erected at the crash site and in Clear Lake, where an annual memorial concert is also held at the Surf Ballroom, the venue that hosted the artists' last performance.

 "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison  (1988)

Many national brand musicians must travel far to please their fans. This is usually by plane because of the distance. It much safer now than 50 years ago but they can still crash. Fortunately most of "our musicians" on Oahu all live and play here. The only danger is a car accident and we are fortunate to have some of the best musicians in the Pacific. The Night Club scene is getting larger now that somebody knows that dancers are not drunks. Now how you gonna handle that?

“Social dancers know that there is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there.” 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Politics 99

Michael Cohen gets three years in prison for partially cooperating with authorities. Sounds like there are more convictions coming from the most crooked administration that has ever been in the White House, since the beginning of time. Hear that Donald J. Trump!! That's number 16! Ivanka will be 17! Jared 18. Donnie Jr. 19 and you will be at last number 20!

Cohen's comments are telling:
"I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen I deeply admired," Cohen said. “Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life,” Cohen continued. ”The irony is that today I get my freedom back.” And he is going to jail for three years.

Mueller has been our only hope, and Trump is spending millions to try to stop him. The Senate has been bought and the Supreme Court is not so supreme any more. Democracy has been cancelled. Voting will be illegal. The GOP and the NRA will make the new rules.

In the beginning twenty years ago, my ideal was to get over 10 hits per day. Most Web sites were averaging about 7 or 8 hits per day. When I went past it to eleven hits, I was elated, then much later when I got my next blog it took a little while longer but it went into the teen hits per day. At present, any new blog must get over 20 hits per day or I will think about it. As far as I am concerned the only way is "up." The reader/dancers will make the ultimate decisions. Just gotta work it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Honolulu is pretty covered by Web and Blog sites. Many think "instead of," whereas some are learning "in addition to." You can have a newsletter and have newspaper advertising if you wish to have an addition to. Or you can have usual newspaper advertising and have magazine advertising in addition to. I will try to get as many as I can close to Mililani if I have to go there personally to blog'em. The Handi Van has been super, just cost two dollars per trip. Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore will come around I hope. It is still Oahu.

“Many social dancers were afraid of the dance once, too. But they learned to listen
to the music, embrace the dance and the mistakes they would make."

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Early view, 2019 Good.

The coming year is looking good for all the dancers in Hawaii. For the students of Sociology among the reader/dancers of this blog we will continue with an occasional pitch. While the Creative Researchers And Producers were a clique of the definite middle class in disorder in town, there has been another rival clique developing too, Da Rootzi Tootzis. And money wise, with a little more clout. Now that the Creative Researchers And Producers are losing much of their clout due to the blogs, we have to start working on the Rootzi Tootzis specially since they have their eyes on the West too.

“Social dancers believe that good dancers awaken the joy in their hearts and 
have successfully ignited the love of dancing in their souls.”

We have so many good people in social dancing and I can see the hits when I include the collages of the dance functions. Definitely up. Since I am limited in picture taking. we have been fortunate to have a few dancers willing to take three or four photos to share with our fellow dancers. Recommended, two people in the photo are better than one. Three are better that two and you can all see the difference in the amount of photos we post. But 19 is not better than 18 and the ultimate decision will be made by the photographer.

Fortunately I can still get around by Handi Van and there are many very good people that I wish to see. Living in Mililani I can get to the North Shore easily. And to Waipahu and Kapolei fairly easy. I will try to avoid commitments in the Rail Tragedy areas. Down Town can do but it is a long ride. If I am invited I will try anywhere. Otherwise I do not wish to interfere. And everyone is welcome to email something of interest to our fellow dancers including photos. The dancing scene belongs to the dancers.

“Social dancers quote others only in order the better to express themselves.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Social Dancing

It has become evident that the disciplines on Oahu have been too strict in their definitions of dance. Specially from the normal evolving groups over the last 40 years. this had contributed much to the slow down in the increase in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And have been responsible for the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.

"Social Dancers believe that if you love life enough that you want to enhance its
beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more dance to it.”

Many do not remember the term "Ala Wai Dancer" about a year after the Palladium Opened. You were not dancing according to the rules, ya dumb bunny. Shortly after that, another term emerged, "Junk Dancer" and for sure, you were not dancing according to the rules. And the social dancers began to realized what the elite thought about "Social Dancing." However as friendly people are likely to be, we all tried to get along and that is the way it should be.

 "Look of Love" by ABC  (1982)

Fortunately, I realized that I could not dance according to their rules. I am a failure and I just didn't have it.  Now the rules are not all downtown and the Palladium will not dictate dancing on the outskirts of Oahu or the neighbor islands. On Oahu, Kapolei is one corner, Turtle Bay is across the Island. Makaha is one corner and Makapuu Point is across the Island. We shall be friends and we shall dance with each other not according to somebody's rules but how we want to dance it and enjoy moving to the music.

"For some, life is battle, for others it’s a dance For the rich it is a party,
for the poor it is chance."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Halemano Plantation Masquerade Ball

Got there early enough before six, on the Handi-Van and the place was already jumping. And people were still coming in. Six thirty, the set up crews were working a good buffet with Crab legs, the delicacy of the night. Don't kid yourself, the rest of the meal was delicious too.

“Some social dancers feel that when they dance, they may be the
greatest dancer who has ever lived."

Social dance in Hawaii is a category of partner dances that have a social function and context. Social dances are generally intended for participation rather than performance and can be led and followed with relative ease. Many of the movements are based on the American style of dance. They are often danced merely to socialize and for entertainment, though they may have ceremonial and competitive functions. These photos were at this beautiful shindig.

I have "fumbleitis" so that I can no longer take photos but fortunately I have been lucky and found many that are willing to take a few photos to share with our fellow dancers here on this blog. The photogs should make their own decisions but two people are better than one, and three people are better than two. You can guess why. However, 19 is not better that 18. Fortunately I got enough photos for yesterday's Social Dance Oahu blog and enough for this one too.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

From Maile Yagi

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club’s Christmas Masquerade Ball was a huge success and I would like to thank all the people who came to it, that made this all possible.  The night was sprinkled with magic! People fulfilled all of the goals for the evening. To dance like nobody’s watching, to hang loose, and to keep the momentum going! The room was full of fun and laughter and colorful, beautiful costumes.  Hung magnificently from the photo stands, was a giant masquerade ball mask. Just another beautiful thing to capture our beautiful moments.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Wow, this party was a smashing success. People in Afghanistan nor South Africa are going to know about it. But they sure are becoming aware of it on the Island of Oahu. Think it over, there may be a difference you did not think about. Not much in the neighbor islands. Anyway, this is our kuleana.

"Social dancers, dance and sing to their music - embrace their blessings
and make the day worth remembering.” 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

WBDC Masquerade Ball

Terrific opportunity for me to get ready to attend the Christmas dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at  Halemano Plantation. And at noon I started getting ready for the excursion. Got to get my clothing in order and paper and pencils for any quotations I may get from the attendees. The camera was ready and hoping some people  will take some pictures for the blog. The Handi-Van was a little late but I got to the dance before six. And they had a nice crowd already going.

"It's the annual Wahiawa Dance Club party, 2018. Dancing is a gift
just like the reason for the season," ~ Pauline.

"My wife and I are grateful for what we are and have great friends."
Rod and Rosalie

Said my hellos to all the nice people there. And looking around you cannot find a better group. Diverse ethnics, ages, backgrounds and outlook, but all friends and still lovers of the kind of dancing that we do. Maile as per usual the hostess with mostest and leading the ceremonies. The terrific music by Leland Yagi was floating and we all know it as the best. The usual social dancing that is danced on this island but of course here we have a little bit more.

"Aiea Ballroom Dance Association members are enjoying ourselves at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Christmas Party. Lots of happy people and sharing joy together,"
~ Stephanie and Monday Verzon

Some of the group dances were not from routine disciplines. But if I had never seen them before, I knew that everyone was enjoying the occasion including the participants and the viewers. The line dancers are in vogue which seem to me just fine. Wahiawa seems to be leading in West Oahu. Only one well known defect, not enough men and everyone can tell that the men line dancing are enjoying it. Stands to reason.

"Enjoyable dance with Aiea and Wahiawa Dance Clubs. The buffet had an
excellent selection of buffet items. And a precision performance by
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club." ~ Herb

"The First Noel"

Batteries, I forgot to bring extras, but fortunately I was able to get a couple from Leland and our good friends continued to take pictures. I got enough for this blog and for Dancing in the Dark tomorrow. Being a Crab dinner, the crab was good, however need we say, the rest of feed was delicious too. My teeth are not working so good and Maile always manages to get some for me to take home. Lucky me, I was hungry when I got home. What more can we say about a fine bunch of people?

"We're enjoying the party of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club" ~ Linda

"May this evening be enjoyed by all." ~ Augustina

This blog contains almost all about the structure of every social dance and about how understanding this structure can benefit our dance and especially our fun-factor. We will include blogging and feedback as an aspect of dance in our dances and we will find that more people will see happy and relaxed faces on our dancers when they dance. We can also thank our many good fellow dancers that were willing to take these photos that we can share with our fellow reader/dancers in this blog. I have enough left over to go into Dancing in the Dark blog tomorrow. 

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Friday, December 7, 2018

Must Go in 2019

This blog is solidifying its position as my best blog. I am therefore planning on getting rid of it first. I need photo contributors to begin. It is the easiest contribution to the blog and very much appreciated by everyone and no commitments. The next step is a little dance information that can go with the photo. Taking of the photos - Two people is better than one - three is better than two. But the photographer makes the ultimate decision.

“Social dancers may think of the great music and dance that
spring forth from our aspiring to a life beyond death."

Then the decision by the possible Guest Blogger comes, still with no fixed commitment and they will know when they are ready. They can have their own blog within the blog. There are several reasons why dancers have turned to blogging. Blogging provides a friendly and easy way to keep your fellow dancers and even teachers up-to-date on what's going on. Spread the word about new deals, and provide tips. The more dancers come to dance blogs, the more likely they are to take classes and attend socials.

"Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen (1984)

A blog allows you to build trust and rapport with your prospects. building your expertise and credibility. And there is feedback because people can post comments and interact with you, they can get to know you, and hopefully, will trust you enough to keep reading. 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 can go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before. We have a ways to  go.

"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect."