Saturday, March 30, 2019

Update Good

The five blogs are getting more equalized this year. The top one is still on top but losing average hits per day, The bottom blogs are gaining in average hits per day. And I got the bottom one Dancing Nights safely out of single digit average per day hits.. Most dance Web sites on Oahu were in single digit average per day hits when they had counters. I have found out that the different opinions from our reader/dancers are crucial to our dance social media. The coverage of all dance locations is not very good because of my physical disability and little feedback.


So our five blogs have not been perfect but there has been much to learn from what they are doing. And I keep score, though not perfect, with the hit counters on every blog. I always try to push the bottom blogs. I have one outside blog on my stats only because it has a counter and since they are doing well, I like to use them as a comparative sample. We are ready to help anyone that is helping the reader/dancers on Oahu. The deluxe dancers do not need us so we can skip them and we can all be happy. I am no longer surprised to see the hits on all the blogs increasing.


Received from Deanie:

It's Aiea Ballroom's 64th Anniversary. Aiea is the very first ballroom club in Hawaii - that includes all the islands. We were founded in 1955 - before statehood. A number of our members and past presidents started other clubs. I guess after they found out how much fun ballroom dancing was they decided to form a club of their own. Additionally, non-profit clubs offer membership and lessons at very reasonable cost.

One of Aiea Ballroom's founders, Raymond Ching, is also the founder of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. They will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year.

Aiea Ballroom has enjoyed good dance times, growing pains, and many friends over the years not only with our own members but with all the other ballroom clubs and a Swing Dance Club.

Partnered dancing is just the best exercise for mind, body and soul. Can't beat it.

Joe, hope you're doing well. Please let me know if you'll be able to join us on May 18th. Our program will be simple - introductions, thank yous, about 20 door prizes, some good half-time food but mostly, lots of dancing.

Aloha ~ Deanie

"If we are doing our best, we won't have any time to worry about failure."


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April almost here

For all of us even remotely involved, we continue to learn, not just dancing but life, in and all around us. In our blogging we are slowly learning the difference in communication between "To whom it may concern" and our type of Social Media. The old type "One Way" has been used for decades, - Newsletters, newspaper and magazine advertising. Some have even resorted to Radio and TV advertising.

Social dancers do wonder, "what would life be without a little Cha Cha Cha?"


Web Sites came in at the end of the last century and in this century we are now in the process of testing out the Blog Sites. Since they are consistently updated they are getting more people interested but it has been slow going from the "One way communication" to Two way communication. "Feedback" The reader/dancers that are willing to share their 2 cents of valuable dance information with our fellow dancers will be a big solution.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Photos are valuable in the inverse proportion to their availability. How you figure? One nice photo of the dance gang in one of our blogs, compared to the same photo in Facebook who is due to get 350 million today? Or two people in a photo compared with one person. This is a blog. A Photo in Twitter may be seen by somebody in Nigeria, or Denmark. But for sure in our blogs they will be seen by our dance friends and relatives on Oahu. I am a slow learner but I do learn. As for me, my aim is to get rid of my best blog as soon as possible. Just keep what make me happy for now.

"We are stronger because we had to be, We are smarter because of our
mistakes - happier because of the sadness we have known
and wiser because we have learned."



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Friday, March 29, 2019

Aiea Ballroom Dance Association

Received email from Deanie

Hi Joe

At this point, just come to our event. A ticket will be at the door for you. Here's the info.

Date - Saturday May 18, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Place: Palladium - Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse 2nd floor
Theme Colors: Gold, Silver, Copper

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It's Aiea Ballroom's 64th Anniversary. Aiea is the very first ballroom club in Hawaii - that includes all the islands. We were founded in 1955 - before statehood. A number of our members and past presidents started other clubs. I guess after they found out how much fun ballroom dancing was they decided to form a club of their own. Additionally, non-profit clubs offer membership and lessons at very reasonable cost.  

One of Aiea Ballroom's founders, Raymond Ching, is also the founder of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.  They will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year. 

Aiea Ballroom has enjoyed good dance times, growing pains, and many friends over the years not only with our own members but with all the other ballroom clubs and a Swing Dance Club. 

Partnered dancing is just the best exercise for mind, body and soul. Can't beat it.

Joe, hope you're doing well. Please let me know if you'll be able to join us on May 18th.  Our program will be simple - introductions, thank yous, about 20 door prizes, some good half-time food but mostly, lots of dancing. 

Aloha ~ Deanie

"If we are doing our best, we won't have any time to worry about failure."

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Waltz on Oahu

In the US, it is a dance in triple time performed by a couple, who as a pair turn rhythmically around and around as they progress around the dance floor. In this century on Oahu, Waltz is danced less by the young but still accepted very nicely by the more experienced dancers. The inroads have been heavy coming in from the Salsa, Bachata and Night Club 2 Step. And there are others being promoted by their own group of teachers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


For social dancing the American Waltz is preferred and the difference between American and International Standard Waltzes lies in their style. American Waltz is more theatrical and more social with wide arm movements. They have open work outside of a closed frame such as under arm turns and side by side independent dancing of the couple. They are both beautiful to dance and to see them in exhibition.

"Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


American Waltz also allows more opportunity to pass the feet. International Standard or English Waltz remains in a closed frame at all times with its technicalities relegated more toward footwork rather than the wider body movements of American Waltz. They may focus more on picture lines stressing balance and ideal for competition dancing. And there is only one country in the world that has their National Anthem in a Waltz. Guess.

"Every day is a new beginning - take a deep breath - smile - and start again."

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Holding Steady

In late 1800s most of the partner dances were in folk dance groups. And there gradually evolved some of Polka and Waltz danced independently. And about the time of WWI the Foxtrot and the Rumba. After the war, in England the dance teachers got together and evolve the English Style of dance according to their rules. This led very nicely to competition and exhibitions. And since the dancers would all be trying dance the same movements, it was relatively easier to judge. Some of the revival dance forms became more recreational or athletically oriented than social or traditional.

"Roses are red, Salsa is hot. Chocolate has calories, Dancing has not."


The American Style develop from Arthur Murray who began to standardize the steps. His first studio was in 1938. Fred Astaire entered into the picture and the American Style became more standard. Other revival forms have become influenced by contemporary cultural and ideological forces. They built many ballrooms and they evolved into Big Ballrooms over 10000 square feet. And the Big Band emerged for just them. But a couple of decades after WWII, the term “ballroom dancing” took on a meaning of “competitive dance-sport studio dancing.”

"Holoholo Ka'a" by Willie K


The Top Dances on Oahu are the Ballroom Dances and all their ramifications. followed by the Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and the Latin.That is about 50,000 people enjoying moving to the music of their choice. And how many dancers know that it is the "music" not the dance?

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from
mental illness. Look at your 3 closest friends. If they're OK, then?"


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not working too well. Maybe you fix and give to a friend.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So Far, So Good

Get out there and meet new people and have fun dancing. Social dancing offers numerous health benefits –including everything from improved self-esteem to weight loss and improved muscle tone and strength. It also offers tremendous social benefits, and can be a great mood booster. Social dancing is good for your mind, health, and social life! Lucky we live on Oahu and have many choices to meet good people.

"Supposing we have tried and failed. We may have a fresh start
any moment we choose, for this thing we call "failure"
is not the falling down, but the staying down."


Keep in touch means so much when you are far away from your relatives so it is nice to read even if they don't say much, I can believe there are no big tragedies in the background. Email should be one of our main ways to stay in touch with relatives because it’s easy and, in most cases, free. The first thing most people do when they wake up each day is reach for their mobile phone to check their email, and, at the end of the day, they give their inbox a glance before shutting down. There has to be an opportunity for you to catch their attention sometime between sunrise and sunset, no?

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

Receive an email from my niece Yvonne and she sent me a nice collage with her two granddaughters Madison and Maci - Poppy Explosion in Lake Elsinore. Very nice.


I just moved to Mililani and it seems like the Central Valley is starting to move. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way. Dot's in Wahiawa is fine. I can now put my shoe on my swollen left foot and I can walk and take the bus to the shopping center instead of making a schedule for the following day with the Handi Van. They are super people and when I am invited, I use them to go and back for a social such as WBDC. Then I can take pictures, make a write up and blog'em. The hits are slowly going up so I will be patient.

"Social dancers know they are dancers when -AND- is a number."

Friday, March 22, 2019

Oahu West

Social Dance in the West Oahu
By Maria Kyong, Waimalo

The social dancers of West Oahu may not have an intricate knowledge of all the music for dancing. But they do have a good idea of sound and that requires some experience. They will accept that some syncopated music is fine for listening but for dancing not worth a hoot. Dance Music as with other types of music is rich in sentimental imagery. The melody expresses the mood of the music, the words add romance and excitement. And moving to good music can be a very enjoyable experience.


"Social Dancers like to dance only on days that begin with a "T" such as
Tuesday, Thursday, Today, Tomorrow, Thaturday and Thunday."


By making each dance adventure an emotional and physical experience, the dance takes on a new meaning and provides the social dancer with greater enjoyment. As we get older and more experienced we have less preference for this bang, bang, bang, one after another non stop kid stuff. A moment or two to socialize lets us savor our friendships. The newer DJs are on a learning curve and are getting better all the time. With live music you always get a break between songs that is never resented. And then, there is intermission, a few sips and nice conversation gives you real sociability.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The health advantages of social dance extend to improved outlook and mood. Go to a dance social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and you can experience a more positive outlook on life in general. And with these people you will find dancing can be an excellent mood booster. Additionally, dancing increases blood flow to the brain, slowing down cognitive decline. All good things! If you’re considering giving dance a try, let these benefits inspire you to follow through with that goal. Try dance with any group and see how it benefits your life. You won’t regret it!

“You should not honor men more than truth.” ― Plato

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Name

"Dancing in the Dark" is a popular American song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby on August 19, 1931 with Studio Orchestra directed by Victor Young, staying on the pop charts for six weeks, peaking at #3, and helping to make it a lasting standard and still considered an everlasting classic.

“The social dancers' view on life is simple: they will dance and
sing their song as long as the party is still on.”


The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s. It was subsequently featured in the classic 1953 MGM musical The Band Wagon and has since come to be considered part of the Great American Songbook. In the film it is performed to a ballet dance set in Central Park. The song is given a 'sensual and dramatic' orchestration by Conrad Salinger, with the dance choreographed by Michael Kidd and performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. 

"Dancing in the Dark" by Artie Shaw


Rumba  Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango seem to be the favorites in Canada. They are also the favorites in the biggest cities in Latin America. All seem to be somewhat based on the America Style of dance minor variations according to the country. It should not be too surprising to know that Rumba is danced in Mexico City with the basic box step.

"Social dancers know that two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do."
 

Upcoming

The blogs seem to have arrived at the point of diminishing returns. I just have to wait for "Two Centers" willing to share information with our reader/dancers. The photos are doing very well in Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

Specially from Maile Yagi.
Aloha Everybody!
Here is a super cool video that Craig Abing created for all of you to enjoy! He truly captured all of the fun experienced, that night of the WBDC St. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE! THANK YOU SO MUCH CRAIG!

https://gopro.com/v/36b7QX2r4MDaw   Note: the link only works from the Maile's email.

MUCH APPRECIATED,
WAHIAWA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
Sent from my iPhone


Town Dancer is still in second place with an outsider as number one. The bottom one, Dancing Nights is solidly out of single digit average per day hits. It seem like, as the lower ones increase in average hits per day, Town Dancer loses some. I expect they will all be around 33 average hits per day. That is 1000 hits per month each. There it is, for the social dancers on the island of Oahu.

"Social dancers know that, of all the unhappy people in the world,
the unhappiest are those that have not found something to do."
 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Central Valley

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club still leading the way in the Central Valley and we will get another dance group soon. Waipio? Just finished making the last collage of photos of the Saint Patrick's Day Dance. I got enough photos for all five blogs. I am sorry I did not get any line dancing photos but I like it, that the line dancers are accepted very easily in the social dance scene.

"Social dancers know that when they write the story of their lives,
they are not going to let anyone else hold the pen."

Photos taken by several people, Mahalo
The initial ticket sales were at the St. Patrick's Day Dance and will be available at the Monday and Wednesday dance classes. Get them while they are hot.


The social banter in our blogs is important especially when we get people expressing their opinions. That is social media. However the Photo part is turning out very interesting. I, personally have seen quite enough to be able to make some judgement. A picture may be worth a thousand words but two pictures bring the value down. The Law of Supply and demand kicks in. We do not have to worry too much at this time. We are Oahu reader/dancers and we are just fine with what we get. Ok, So we could get a little more. Facebook gets 350 million photos per day. Can you figure how much each one is worth. Heh, heh, heh.

"What would life look like without a little Cha Cha Cha,"

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Wahiawa Rocks

Ever so slowly, this entire enchilada, our blogs, are moving up all by themselves. Our fellow dancers may not that computer literate which is just fine but many are slowly learning the ropes, reading our blogs. They are social dancers and when they are not dancing they just may be interesting in reading about dancing and their fellow dancers. You will all see that our Guest Bloggers may blog once a month. There are no rules or requirement that say how many times per month anyone should blog

"Social dancers know, that terrific dancer on the floor was once a beginner."


It helps that we get occasional contributors of information but most are deathly afraid of commitments and we cannot blame them. We provide the platform for our fellow dancers and they can use it whenever they damn well please. Traffic generation isn't a black art - it's something which largely relies on common sense and methods which can be replicated with consistent results. The reason people usually fail in their traffic generation efforts is that they don't really believe or truly commit to making traffic generation techniques a fully integrated part of their blogging strategy.

"So many good people having fun and dancing up a storm."


Now, most of the Night Club scene is hinged to the bar. The bar income has been the basis for night clubs for one thousand years. Yes, this is a WAG* But in the West it is changing. Dancers get thirsty, but they should not be require to drink alcohol if they don't feel the need. There will be a Juice Bar with the Greatest Juice Combinations in the world. There will be a slow change and we can all blame Hillery. In the West, there many plan on making an entirely new evening scene for the pleasure of the social dancers.

*WAG: Wild Ass Guess.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The New West

Our dance atmosphere is constantly changing and most of our social dancers seem to be more comfortable in smaller groups. In West Oahu they realize that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms are over for most social dancers. The city may build a dance floor in West Oahu of about 4000 square feet at the most, which is about one third of the famous Palladium on Oahu. Hopefully it will be in the Central Valley.

 "Social dancers are not sure if the happier they are, the more they dance
or if the more they dance, they happier they are."


Anyway West Oahu is well aware of the St Patrick Day Dance in Wahiawa. I got so many photos that I posted three collages on Social Dance Oahu and one collage on Dance And Live blog on Saturday. Spread it around and let everyone know. Then today Sunday I got another collage in the Dancing Nights blog. Everybody on this Island will have a chance.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


So more Social Dance Clubs are coming and with their own rules too. The biggest problem in West Oahu has been in finding a good place to dance close by. Going all the way to Honolulu is not the solution any more. Oh Boy. A nice small Club would have a ball every Saturday Night. Our hopes had been in Kapolei, second city but the Honolulu Fat Cats shut that down with the Rail disaster. A District Park or a Community Center? We could be dancing up a storm. No Rail Disaster, no crowded freeways, no downtown traffic. Our very own Paradise in the West.


From a top exhibition dancer
"I don't just dance. I perform, I breathe, I watch the world disappear. I release my feelings
and I lead with my heart. I tear down my walls, I stop feeling sad. I lose the pain,
I let go and I smile. - No, I don't just dance, I do much more.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Great Shindig in Wahiawa

I had to plan the day early because of my physical disabilities, and I did well in calling for a Handi Van the day before. The pick up was too early and the other pick up people were going all the way to Hale'iva. I went for the ride and got back to Wahiawa by seven which was just about right, some people were already there. Found a nice spot so that I would not get in the way of anyone moving with my Rolador in and out to get what I needed for my blog.


People were setting things up such as Leland and his music. And we can all thank him for helping me get the camera going. Maile was decorating the walls and setting the photo background for theme. There were guys in the kitchen getting everything ready when for the eats were all there. You could tell everyone was going enjoy this social evening.


From Maile Yagi
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club had another incredible dance last night! Even first timers experience a wonderful time in a carefree, nonjudgemental atmosphere of social dance and camaraderie.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club’s theme dances have proven to be successful. Interesting themed music that surrounds you with the atmosphere, mixed with your old time favorites have a way of lifting you off into a flight of a most beautiful dance experience
.

From Maile Yagi
Delicious potluck foods and happy people that look forward to a fun event will come to create this wonderful experience, and together it’s a PARTY!

Decorations and a photo op themed banner are also there for you to take your happy souvenir photos! It’s not only a dance, it’s a dance mixed with a party!!! IT’s FUN!!!


More photos went over into the Dance And Live blog. We got plenty photos.

Our blogs are forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos) And I must try to get rid of my best one.

"Social dancers just do what they can with what they have where they are."

Friday, March 15, 2019

Socially

Most dancers on Oahu seem to know what social dancing is all about. But somehow they differ in their views. Nothing wrong with that, we are not clones. But in this century it being better understood by the "common" social dancer. Social dancing has become a major category of dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing. Of course many social dances are partner dances. In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind.

"Social dancers know that every time they dance
they become a better version of themselves."


However it is natural to include such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, and square dances. No Triangular dances? Ballroom dance, depending on how it is defined, may refer to a wide variety of partner dances. Typically it includes Caucasian dances such as waltz or foxtrot, and Latin dances such as cha cha and rumba. Caucasian dances are normally danced to straight-beat, Western music; couples dance around the floor; and when formalized, the ladies may wear long gowns and the gentlemen, a bow-tie and tails.

"Macarena" by Los Del Rio


Latin dances are normally danced to Latin or jive music; and couples may dance more-or-less in one area on the floor; and when formalized, the woman may wear a short-skirt Latin outfit and the man dresses in black. The regular dances taught on Oahu include those on the syllabi of the American style of dance. And many of the newer more stable ones such Salsa, Bachata, Hustle and the Night Club 2 Step.  As an additional many have the option to learn from the dance group of international standard and international Latin. However, we will also learn some nightclub, square and line dances.

"There is one studio that consistently puts out the best International dancers
on this Island." Yes, I put it in quotes. What do I know?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bit by Bit

I am tidying up this blog situation all around. Thinning all my micros down to a nice friendly bunch, I will stay with five blogs, And I hope to get a couple people to help me get the first blog spin off. You can have the best blog. Our blog strength doesn’t come from what we can do; it comes from overcoming the things we once thought we couldn’t do. There are some people that I definitely do not need and even better yet is that they are not likely to miss us.

"Social dancers know that to learn to do the Cha Cha Cha is to love the Cha Cha Cha - Rhythmic music, sharp staccato actions,  exciting patterns." Now that is a dance.


The blogs are going nicely but I do not really know what the results will be. I also read about one of the best governors we have ever had, "Ben Cayetano" He would for sure have been the best mayor we ever had. I did not say perfect and just said the best. For all you perfect people out there, I feel for you. Cost one million dollars to "lie" about him. All Trump people.$$$$. The Rail is proving to be the worst disaster ever for the island of Oahu. What ever happened to Second City?

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


West Oahu is developing very well in spite of the Rail Catastrophe and the Honolulu Fat Cats. Kalealoa Airport is getting more action, and the Kalealoa Barber's Point Harbor too. Merchandise is being shipped to Kalealoa and then distributed locally without going through that horrible Honolulu Crap and then the long drive to West Oahu. They will eventually charge more for deliveries from Honolulu. And they are thinking of expanding the Harbor in Waianae. That Rail Catastrophe is forcing a lot of people to do some thinking. Da Rail "Rapid Transit" ain't it, in spite of billions and billions of dollars in profits. It was and is, Easy money!

“Social dancers know that whoever is happy may make others happy too.”

WBDC Specials

Aloha Dancers!
Just a reminder that it's time for WBDC's monthly dance this Friday!!!
From Maile Yagi


We hope that we will be lucky enough to see you at this Friday's dance!
Please read below:


Also, ticket sales for our 50th Golden Anniversary Dance will kick off
this Friday at WBDC's St. Patrick's Day Dance!

Tickets will sell quickly so get yours this Friday at the St. Patrick's Day Dance!
Please read below:


“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person
is essential to your own.”