Thursday, January 31, 2019

Trending Very Nicely

We are gradually communicating to more dancers on Oahu. A person who posts entries to a blog is called a blogger. A blog can comprise text, images, and links to others. Blogs use a conversational style of writing so there is no need for a degree in journalism. Our blogs focus on a particular area of interest, such as ballroom dancing. But we section it out to the differences to provide more understanding. We try to respect our differences and of course blogging allows us to discuss our personal experiences,


“Social dancers believe that you must Dance, Live, Sing, Cry, Love,
Travel and Love again, until the day you have to stop”


The whole enchilada can be mixed with any chili sauce we want. Most of our coverage is Social Dancing because it is based on American Style and it includes most of us on Oahu, And many of our good social dancers do very well in exhibition dances. Although it is generally accepted that the Internationals are the best. But their entire syllabi is geared for Exhibition and Competition dancing. Our next group are the night club dancers a few that started as Street Dancers, in a dance style that has evolved in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, and even in nightclubs.

"Fools Rush In" ... Tony Martin


Like any other blog, one good steady information contributor or Guest Blogger and the hits will go through the roof. Why? The different opinions, the different viewpoints. That is social media and that is what will make our blogs. We just increased the average hits per day for February and that means we are going in the right direction. If we do right we should get rid of our best blog by March. The blogs are gradually establishing their differences which is just beautiful. We will be attempting to give a positive rationale for the differences as a guide for the reader/dancers.

"Social dancers act boldly - Standing in the inspiring vision of their future -
and taking every step - large and small - with courage and intent."

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Losing hits

One thing I know for sure now and I have been blogging for over 20 years. Not many dancers on the island know enough about the Internet and blogging. In fact I do not know enough. Word of mouth does work and the hits are going up monthly. I try to beat the bushes in other places to get some hits and maybe some good information contributors. With one good steady Guest Blogger in Town Dancer, the hits would soar and I could plan on phasing myself outta heah.

“Social dancers learn that as we grow older we need to learn to dance more softly.”


It would be nice to have all the blogs independently run, get new Guest Bloggers on their own and run the hits up into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, I have my hands full with any remaining blogs. I am 93 years old and I must prepare for my departure. All fun and games and very interesting. It should feel genuinely good for your counter to get hits from your blog — you could be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed and do good for our fellow dancers.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Cousin Stella, Cousin Juana and niece Yvonne
If your blog provides genuine value, you fully deserve to earn all the hits your get from it. The suggestions are out there and you will always be looking for them - let's be grateful. It may be good for all us.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

I hate to see any of our slow blogs go but as per our requisites, the reader/dancers will make the decisions and we shall abide by them. Hits and they shall stay, no hits and it is Aloha.

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something
you don't know anything about."

 

Social Studies

Rootzi Tootzis" are a hypothetical group of relatively small size, same as the Creative Researchers And Producers but are dominant within the larger upper class dance society, They have a privileged status perceived as being envied by others of a lower line of "disorder." It became very evident with the opening of the Palladium. This type of oligarchy is in all the dance groups to some degree. Some use the terminology of "politics."
"Social dancers may believe they have everything when they dance -
Everything except a single care to dwell on.”

On the island of Oahu, Da Rootzi Tootzis have two distinguishing characteristics, one, is that they are in a higher financial level than others and that they dance the "correct" way. By default, everyone else dances "incorrectly." They are the inventors of the long ago used term, "Junk Dancer." And that comes from the International Style of Dance which is for competitions and really something else for they are in truth very good dancers.

"Last Dance" by Donna Summer


It's Friday night and you have danced up a tsunami. You get home and realize that your dancing shoes are a tad, - um, - aromatic. And there is another good dance Saturday night - No problem. Pour a couple teaspoons of baking soda in two squares of cotton cloth. Tie the corners tightly, tuck the balls into the shoes and leave them overnight. The next day, your shoes will be fresh as daisies.

"Social dancers believe that the locomotion of the body to music is just an outward
expression of something that is genuine, deep, and resonates with their core."

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Counters

I am quite sure that no one has ever made a study of the hits on dance web and blog sites on the island of Oahu. But I have accumulated data for the last 20 years and I believe I know a little something. Fifteen years ago most dance web and blog sites had averaged nine or less hits per day. Then the counters began to be removed. With me, any of my blogs that could not get out of this level would be deleted and I have deleted a few. So ten and over average hits keeps the blog in for me but that is not enough, I cannot just coast along.

“Social dancers feel that the dancing school of the social dance floor may give high
quality training and enjoyable atmosphere if you use your entire self.” 

 

I then must do everything I can to get the blog into the 20s in average hits per day. Then I can coast and wait for Guest Bloggers to join and let them carry the blog into the 30s. Thirty Three average hits per day is 1000 hits per month. No one of our Guest Bloggers should feel pressure and commitment. Ir will go much higher with three Guest Bloggers and together we can then plan on making the blog independent and I can resign. They will inherit what will amount to be my best blog.

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


This blog is in the middle level of our blogosphere and still looking for its niche. It is not too bad but it could be better - patience. We seem to be getting new people all the time, and that is what is moving this entire enchilada.  I have sort of planned on it being the West Oahu blog but I will have to take whatever it becomes and let the Information Contributors and Guest Bloggers decide the direction it goes. The dance blogs will be for the dancers.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Exhibition Dancing on Oahu

We have been fortunate that from the beginning we had American style of Dancing. We developed some of the best teachers in Hawaii. The proof has been in the pudding, the results have given us some of the best dancers in the Pacific. This includes our excellent Exhibition dancers. It can sometimes seem like there is no part of a dancer's body that is not under scrutiny. For an exhibition dancer it's may be easy to get obsessed when they are in front of a mirror, trying to fit a mold. Yet the traditional ideals have been changing every day and we know that the days of carbon-copy dancers are over, except in competitions.

"Social dancers believe that dancing is more than the locomotive movement
of the body because of a good rhythm. It may be in the heart."


Only when they are confident in their own bodies can they start truly working with what they have, While the striving may never end, there can be unexpected benefits to what they may think of as their "imperfections. After doing their first exhibition, along with elation comes the realization that they were still missing vital parts of their technique. They tend to look for a partner in social dancing that will complement their learning. To learn more requires interest, time and perhaps a new teacher with a slightly different perspective.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The terrific teachers on Oahu may work on rebuilding their technique, refining where and how they are using their moves and building the strength to maintain it. The exhibition dancers need a visual image to understand how to change, and there were so many other good dancers around to help. A continuous effort and the push to improve themselves never ends and they still set goals in their weekly class. They never skip class and take it a little more seriously, It is an insurance policy to keep their moves and techniques getting better.

"Dancing, for us, is just discovery, discovery, discovery."

As Walter Cronkite used to say when closing, "And that's the way it is."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Central Valley

Well, the reader/dancers are communicating. Of course many don't even know that they can still convey information by not doing anything. Anyone out there interested? There you are, not a sound. Proof enough, so I can plan on just keep on telling the readers that their opinions are valuable and welcomed in these blogs. And opinions are like noses, everyone has got one. The situation is not really that bad, our blogs are going up in average hits per day and I keep looking for some dance group that we can kokua with.

“Social dancers learn quickly that dancing doesn't always go the way
they want it to, and that's okay, they still plod on and enjoy.”


We are making some contact with the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. That will take some time. The Central Valley looks more promising, simple because I live here in Mililani. Few have Web sites so they should be open to a blog site as a natural to get the word out. And perhaps others could see it and get the same idea. Then we have a commercial establishment, Just Tacos and their Salsa in Mililani, When I get my special shoes and I can walk, I will make the effort to "Case the Joint."

"Fight For Your Right" by Beastie Boys (1986)


Then there is Dot's In Wahiawa. Unfortunately, they have a Web site so they may not think too kindly of a blog site. So from there I am sure we have some line dancing in the area. Perhaps someone can notify them and see what we can do for them in this blog. We must make more contact with the area and get some news and photos for our reader/dancers. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is going great guns and is due to get even better yet.

"There are not that many facts in dancing, but there are plenty of interpretations."

 

Swiing

By Charlie Smith, Niu Valley
This blog is definitely at the bottom of the pile when it comes to average hits per day. So by default it becomes a personal blog and most of us do what we can to promote the other blogs. There are some "Swing" groups in Hawaii and most are on Oahu. In social dancing, swing is always included in the dance menu. Swing dance is a group of dances that developed from the "Ragtime" to the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s–1940s. During the swing era, there were hundreds of styles, but those that have survived beyond that era include: Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Charleston.

"The Social Dancer may dance as thankfulness or celebration for no reason at all, for this tremendous gift of music that makes us want to move to it and that goes on showering on us,"


Today, the most well-known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, which originated in Harlem in the early 1930s. While the majority of swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances, some swing era dances, like Balboa, developed outside of these communities. Somewhat surprisingly, "swing dance" was not commonly used to identify a group of dances until the latter half of the 20th century. Historically, the term "Swing" referred to the style of jazz music, which inspired the evolution of the dance.

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!  (1984)


Jitterbug is an umbrella term that denotes all forms of swing dance, though it is often used as a synonym for the six-count derivative of Lindy Hop called "East Coast Swing." It was also common to use the word to identify a kind of dancer, a "jitterbug" might prefer to dance Lindy Hop, Shag, or any of the other swing dances. The term was famously associated with swing era band leader Cab Calloway because, as he put it, "The dancers look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy movements."

"As the evening closes with the promise of tomorrow ... may your
gratitude rise up and with strength answer, - yes."


The Blogs Need Feedback

"Game changing innovations are few and far between. They are usually simple
concepts to describe but when they arrive it takes time to fully realize their
importance and impact. Television was a game-changer, mobile phones
were game-changers, Web and Blog sites are also game changers."


Of course, there are many small groups that find their fun in the Micros, such as Facebook and Twitter because they have possible contacts with the entire world. Maybe a reader in Nigeria, or Finland. Don't knock it, if they are having fun, that is the name of the game. However our readers are over 90% residents of the Island of Oahu which amounts to less the 40 thousand dancers. But we have real value in our blogs for they enable us to communicate with each other on a much broader scale than word of mouth.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frankie Laine

Received from Maile Yagi
We are just finding out about a possible night club in Waianae. Then Kapolei is looking good. If either of them can get a dance floor of over 400 square feet, they got it made in the shade. Let us know and we will write it up. The North Shore has already made several attempts. They know that the difference between a Lounge and a Night Club is a "dance floor." However for us old time dancers, a ten by ten is not a "dance floor."

"Social dancers may think that the dance is poetry born out of the
sheer joy of moving to one's favorite music."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Starting the Year OK.

Wow, I am making some contact with dancers on this Island of Oahu. Many groups have newsletters, ads in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Some have web sites and even have contact with Micros such as Facebook and Twitter. They may be seen on the Mainland, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our reader/dancers are mainly on Oahu and a very few on the neighbor islands. So I admit we are limited. You got something you are willing to share with Oahu, email it in and I post to the blog of your choice.

“Rock and roll, big band, the blues. He loved them all. He would close his eyes and with a blissful smile begin to move to his own sense of rhythm. It wasn't always pretty.”


I try and I try and that is all I can do, is try. I am definitely not going to force anyone to do anything they do not wish to do. They kokua or ignore me, they make the final decision. It is getting easier as I stay out of the hospital with no chance of blogging. In this sector there is one dance organization that is moving ahead very nicely. And they have their own way of doing it and their own particular way of doing good for the dance community. Stands to reason that we must and will respect their wishes.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Received in Email from MaileYagi. Mahalo

For now the order of popularity according the average hits per day is Town Dancer, very comfortably in front. Dance And Live and Social Dance Oahu nip and tuck for second. Bringing up the lowest are Dancing Night and Dancing in the Dark. I have included in my stats only one other (has a counter) and they run right behind Town Dancer. Any other dance blogs that have a counter are welcomed to get on the list at no charge, of course. A small poster in the side bar and an intro by them at the right time in the blog. We are informing the reader/dancers of all the Islands. So for the next blog we welcome a comment or two from Dance Fever Oahu.

"With courage, we will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Feedback - information - share

Yes we get most of our information from dance blogs nationwide and much also comes from our fellow dancers on Oahu. Very little from the Professionals. And that seems to be just fine with the readers. The view from the Ivory Towers is much different in the courtyard and even more so outside of the Castle walls. This has really been a long time coming and this diversity of information  is surprising many dancers.

“Social dancers believe they should dance while they have strength.
Dance while they can move their being. Think great, be great"


Spreading the word by conversation continues and it seems to be the method of choice. Slowly the hits are increasing as more people realize the currency of the information and the fact that it comes from members of our "own group." I didn't realize it until recently, but this group is forming all on its own. And of course these are the people that will help the most. Stands to reason. I expect the top group to increase to about 30% by the end of the year.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984)


We are aware that dance clubs and other dance organization in the neighbor islands are pretty well tied up in other commitments so we cannot ask them for anything. However, if they wish, email it and I will post in the blog of your choice. Individuals can still do what they wish to do. So we invite photo contributions, snippets of dance information and perhaps you can even think it over to becoming a Guest Blogger in the blog of your choice. I need help to get rid of my best blog.
 

"And it has occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no
such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — even bad writing,
using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology."

The Center

We must applaud Dream to Dance and Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association with their headquarters closer to the demographic center of this Island. Of course we have Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club that are very prominent in the new Central Area of Oahu in this century. If there are any other dance groups please let us know.

“Social dancers dance with good hopes and sing along with the possibilities.”


Please be advised that we are not asking for "support" as you see the word bandied about in Blogs, Web sites and Newsletters. If you are interested you will read. If you are not interested you will not read. It should be whatever you wish it to be, not some kind of commitment. Our blogs are meant to help the reader/dancers and not be an obligation. We are into dancing and provide dance notes and photos regularly like most dance blogs on the mainland.

"Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin


We also try to cover the festive occasions and take photos of the attendees, and the happenings with a nice write up of the entire affair. Many people are becoming aware of my limitations and kokua with the photos. And Mahalo to you all. We have tried to enlighten the classes too, but that may seem to have the element of interference so we must be careful, You invite - and I will try to make it.

"There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog on Oahu.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Socially Dancing

One of my most important goals for these blogs is the Guest Bloggers' opinion which can be an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits will go through the roof. Come on somebody, about five or six Bloggers would be ideal and each would write only whenever they damn well pleased.

“Social dancers know that they can dance love, they can dance joy and
they can dance dreams - and their legs are made for dancing."


The basic Rumba can be a problem with diverse opinions. Arthur Murray invented the Rumba box step with a Slow. Quick, Quick. And when Fred Astaire opened his first studios, they used the same "American" style Rumba basic. And Arthur Murray did not like that and took him to court - and he won. Fred Astaire was a dancer and he merely changed the Rumba box basic to a Quick, Quick, Slow and no more problems. However in the Caribbean there is no box step.

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


But another figure is used as a American basic repeatable pattern by Social Dancers in Rumba. It is known as the Alternative Basic and it can function as an alternative to the Box as a basic, The Alternative Basic is derived from the basic movement of the Mambo, Salsa and other Caribbean dances, as well as that of the International Rumba, and blends well with many of the figures in the Rumba. When Fred Astaire studios arrive in Hawaii, there will be problems.

"Social dancers believe that they should be a first-rate version of themselves -
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dancing on Oahu, Part 2

As dancing continued to progress, many International dancers at the Palladium began to insist that they were the real Ballroom Dancers on Oahu because they danced in Ballrooms. Let us face it, the Rootzi Tootzis are right, we could not be Ballroom Dancers on Oahu. We dance in malls, gas stations, parks, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers.They have pointed out this distinction very clearly and we concur. No hu hu, just understanding.

"Social dancers were afraid of dancing in the beginning, but they learned
to embrace it and accept all the mistakes they would make."


Ballroom dancing has been “ a living thing influenced by events and sensitive to what is going on all around,” whether it be “a change of fashion, war, an upsurge of interest in a particular foreign, country, pop and/or Latin music. And it brings us to the most logical conclusion, we are Social Dancers, let us make the most of it. The transitory nature of social dancing is what makes it so exciting to study and the terminology may change within the context of globalization.

"Take On Me" by A-Ha (1985)


We have tried to examine the ways in which ballroom and social dancing have evolved due to cross cultural contributions, whether borrowed or appropriated from street dancers. We can hope to provide insight into the role that globalization has had on ballroom as a genre. In fact, we can propose that it is globalization, and its influence on social dancing's shifting form and popularity, that has allowed our form to evolve for as long as it has. Meanwhile, we can enjoy moving to music our way and having a ball.

Book not recommended: "Twenty Yards to the Outhouse" by Willie Makit,
Illustrated by Betty Wont - Published by Andy Dint

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dancing on Oahu

Before WWII, most social dancing was of different varieties of simple swing. During the war there was some introduction of other dances by the military coming from the Mainland. But it was not for a few years after the war that people began to indulge in Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and maybe a little Rumba, maybe one studio, but most were street dancers. Then in 1955, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club appeared on the Dance Scene on Oahu. This was followed by the first spin off, Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association in 1959.

“Social dancers believe that a good song can make listeners dance.
A great song can also make them think.”


There were about 20 additional spin offs in the next forty years and some folded for many reasons. Ballroom dance on Oahu has been consistently transforming itself.  From its earliest form in the late twentieth century, ballroom has continued to grow and evolve into what it is today. International style came in to stay and they were very good in their exhibition dances. They really came into prominence with the completion of the famous Palladium. And they elevated themselves to much higher levels than the "Ala Wai Dancers."


A year later they began to use the term "Junk Dancer" to identify a dancer that was not dancing "correctly." They danced "correctly" according to their rules. And with good reason for they would be judged in a competition according to the rules. The fall from grace came with insisting that if you were not dancing "correctly" then by default, you were dancing "incorrectly." They may never realize that there are many dance forms and we can take our pick. Many even insisted that they were the real Ballroom Dancers because they danced in Ballrooms - and they were right.

“Social dancers may have survived. They are here, confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can find our way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax we I can take to our memories or fears?”

Part 2 in Town Dancer blog tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hey Hey, we are connecting.

This blog is still struggling. Most of the hits are from search engines and scam, spam robot hits. But they do keep the hits up. It is gradually moving into being the blog for West Oahu. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way.

Life is the muse which perfectly rhymes: Plays with the words and fills empty lines. -
for some, life is a battle for others, it’s a dance, for the rich it is a party, for the
poor it is a chance, - for lovers, it’s dizziness, it’s a dream, it’s romance.

For the Artist it’s a drop of the rain on his hands. - for a writer, it’s a story, - for an
actor it’s a stage, - for a painter it’s a canvas, - For a thief, it’s a cage, - for you
it might be the money you blew. For someone the entire life could be you!


I am firmly convinced that the simple fact of taking photos for our blogs together with a little information available is the key to readership. The readers connect easily because they know the places, the occasions and the people involved. That seems to be the ultimate in dance blogging. That along with a few hints on dancing from different viewpoints completes the picture. Feedback will do it. Just email it in and I will post for everyone on Oahu to see.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Kapolei and the North Shore are just beginning to see the light. When they realized the success of their contributions in our blogs, it is relatively easy to become a Guest Author. Then they could get in the blog of their choice, write, post photos, publish and get out without having to say "boo" to anyone. It certainly would send the hits up through the roof on all the blogs. This is acknowledged as Synergism.

"Mean people don't bother me a bit. Mean people that disguise
themselves as nice people bother me a whole lot."
 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Looking Good

The hits are solid and going slowly but steadily up. Many of the possible readers are more interested in the international dance scene covered by such Micro blogs as Twitter and Facebook. Everyone should do they like. Meanwhile we are having more dancers on this island every day. There will more social dancers but there will inevitably be those interested in exhibition and competition. Hey, hey, there is nothing wrong with that.

“Social dancers may have the urge to celebrate to that beautiful music.
Their happiness can’t be told, it can’t be described, and it’s
impossible to confine it. It must be danced.”


Most of the dance groups, social dance clubs, dance studios and dance night clubs have advertising that can pass for Social Media. Newsletters, Newspaper ads, and even Magazines. Some have even more connections so there is not much we can do for them at present. So we must look around throughout the entire territory. By end of this month I should know if I can keep five blogs running with some help of course. It helps that I live in Mililani now, which is more Central Oahu. Town is very well covered including radio and TV.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


So I think we should be patient and let the blogging grow at a slow pace. I try to get things more simple and I have two folders for the blogs and dancers. One marked "Mas Tarde" which means later in Spanish. Then I have another folder that reads, "Mucho Mas tarde," We are fortunate that we have so many good teachers, so many good DJs, and of course, so many good dancers. I am very very busy with five blogs and working on getting one of them independent.

"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will
gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wahiawa Recreation Center

Terrific experience, the invite from the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. allowing me to blog up a storm. I am not physically up to par but with a little help I can blog'em. I have "fumbleitis" of the hands and have difficulty taking photos. Wow, the kokua I have received is unbelievable. Just look at all the photos in my blogs from all these people willing to help. We are for the dancers.

"Social dancers feel every detail of the music, it's like there is something in them
that responds to the sound in a way that only they can."


The elite at the top of our social dance strata almost invariably find themselves in a position of leadership, whether it is expected or volunteered, and often subjects the holders of the elite status to pressure and maintain that leadership position as part of the status. And yet very few of them on our Oahu dance world really know much about "social dancing." With blogs we can expect the dancers to take back some control and it will only be with the new blood on Oahu. West Oahu may lead the way, for this section of the Island is wide open for a new dance structure.

"In This Life" by Amy Hanaialii 


The North Shore has some dancing but no one connected to our blogs knows much about these. Most of our dancers are connected to the area from the Stadium to Kapolei, And many still believe in what the downtown Honolulu wheeler dealers used to say, "keep the country, country." Many have preferred to attend in town where supposedly they have Da Reel Teeng. Then most are well educated and understand paying for a Web site is understandable. But they are still wondering about a blog. Blogs must be making it somewhere. This will take time. A counter? Wot dat?

 Not a recommended book; "Breathing Lessons" by Hal E. Tosis


"Wahiawa Ballroom is always fun. Their New Year's ball was one to cherish. The
members are very friendly and welcoming. Dancing is life and life is a dance.
So let's keep on dancing." ~ Charito and Leo Delgado.