Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Dalia Lama

Part received in my Tweeter and I lost the second page with two final paragraphs. But anyway, we can all know the entire world is aware. Trump doesn't know yet unless he can make Big Bucks.


Trump has become aware that Easter is too early to proclaim victory over the Trump Plague. Meanwhile they are sure setting up some Big Bucks for Big Pharma. Everything has doubled in price. Trump says you got two choices - You can take it or leave it. These people are all heart.


We have to get something in these blogs on what the dance community is doing. Most are for the PEOPLE, and not for the MONEY. We are losing hits on our blogs. You got something to share with our fellow dancers? Email it and I will post it. No anonymous, but pen names permitted.

Friday, March 27, 2020

International

After WWI. a few groups in England got together and established what is now known as the International style of dance.with two categories: Standard – which includes the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz, and Latin– which includes Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble. It has been an influence on an established English style, not a derivation. The International style was established at the time when the sun never set on the British Empire. It was not simply descriptive, but also prescriptive, largely and primarily in the interests of the English dance teachers involved.

"Social dancers believe that dancing is a fun way to exercise, though
it may be disregarded by those who argue they can’t dance.
Face it, anybody can feel good moving to music."


The British established a power base formed by having organized the first extensive dance competition system which they exported around the British Empire and much of the rest of the world. They then created, for example, a Viennese Waltz with virtually no steps in it (over the strong objections of the Viennese masters, as I understand), To this day, the world over, the Viennese Waltz is the one danced in Vienna. They also developed a Slow "English" Waltz with an extensive syllabus. They created Jive, definitely not Latin and based on an American dance, and wonder why Americans don't conform to their "descriptions."

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


They created Tango, which is quite different from the Argentine version it was supposed to be based on. The rest of the Latin dances are even worst off. They created Rumba and got the basic step correctly. Their Cha Cha Cha is a bit off but generally well liked for all the right reasons. Samba is way off with way too many basic steps, in effect different dances. The Paso Doble is not Latin. Originally from France went into Spain and evolve into a Bullfighter dance. And yet International has been the biggest influence World Wide of the Ballroom Dances.

"It may be that nothing so deceives your adversaries as telling them the truth."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Opinions Needed

Blogging is now more than 25 years old. It took off in the 90s with the development of consumer broadband in Europe and the US. It is now also all over the world. In our dance circles it was  overlooked in the beginning mainly because of the Web Sites which had the bulk of the readers. There was also a renewed interest in ordinary newspaper and magazine advertising, newsletters and of course, radio and television advertising.

"Social dancers believe that socializing is ever more important as we age. Partner dancing enables us to grow our circle of friends whether we have a steady partner or not."


Blogging has persisted and by now it is understood to be the dominant form of media all over the world. I have sought out the opinion of respected bloggers throughout the internet. I specifically wanted to know about the future of blogging and the benefits people experienced from blogging. The results have been quite varied. The business of blogging involves learning, professional and personal development, networking and profile. Our biggest need is the opinions of our varied readers. Those willing to share those valued opinions with their fellow dancers.


For now the Micros are getting quite a few fans. Facebook and Twitter leading. But those are international things. Ours our mostly local island scene and some overflows to the neighbor islands. It is still evolving but for those individuals and organizations that are prepared to invest the effort it has a strong future.  Ours are very simple blogs and I have shared my findings with our dance blog readers regularly. And giving them the information by the spoonful and not the entire bowl. That is why the importance of the Two Centers and eventually the Guest Authors. But for those interested in more detail and expanse they can find it easily on the Internet.

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end, there it is."

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dancing Began.

The history of dance is difficult because dance does not often leave many solid things to see. It is not possible to identify with exact precision when dance became part of human culture. We think it began soon after agriculture some 10000 years back.We have the first archeological recording of dance from 9000 year old cave paintings found in India. And Mexican Civilizations have recorded the beginnings of professional music and dance about 6000 years back. Ancient Egyptians used dancing for both entertainment and religion about 5000 years ago

"Social dancers are some of the most welcoming,
supportive people on the dance floors of Oahu."


Dancing spread through most of the world including the natives of the Americas  However, in Europe, the "Dark Ages" came in as a historical period that asserted a demographic, cultural, and economic deterioration that occurred in Western Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire.from 500 to 1500 AD and where there was not much doing. The Renaissance awakened everyone and the Volta, a 3 count peasant dance evolved into the high class Viennese Waltz and the first ballroom dance ever created, - in the mid 1800s. The Milonga in Peru 1500s evolved into the Tango of 1800s, in Argentina and Uruguay.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


The Rumba, in the Caribbean and the Samba, Brazil in the 1800s. The music developed rapidly in the new Americas. The Merengue, 1850s and many other fad dances. The Fox Trot eased it's way in the US 1910, Swing dances solid in 30s and 40s, the Salsa and the Mambo in the forties. The Cha Cha Cha, came in as a smash hit in 1950s  Break dancing originated in the south Bronx, New York, in the late 1970s and there have been dozens of fad dances that have come and gone. Though with all the hype in modern day communication they last longer.

"Social dancers are well aware that life often offers us
a second chance. It is called tomorrow."

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Torso, Knees and Feet

By Jim Cane, Retired Dance Instructor, Pupukea
You sit and wonder why you don't have the extra oomph in your dancing. You observe dancers floating through space and time and they stand out like a sore thumb on the dance floor. It is not their collection of step variations. These skilled dancers appear to be floating, by moving their bodies first, in advance of their feet movement. Floating the body is what dancing is all about not the steps. Move your body easily without bumps before your feet move.

"Social dancers think that some days they have to create their own sunshine.
When the need is something to believe in, start with yourself."


You must involve your torso, knees and feet. From a standing position allow your knees to sway forward (whether moving forward or backward) then let your body move, then your legs join the action. Repeat from the next leg etc. Flexing the knees contribute to a softer action. Try it! When moving backward you must keep your body up toward the person moving forward and as you feel the light pressure of the forward movement, travel back with it.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


Don't put your body away or don't resist so much that you feel like a brick wall. If the backward travel was expected correctly, the body should travel vertically from the original position and will again be settled comfortably over the feet without any strain or contortion of the body in transition. Applying these techniques, not hard study, just having fun doing it over and over again, You will come to understand the basics of all movement and become a smoother dancer, a real social dancer.

Q: What goes in Dry, Pink & Hard and comes out Wet, Pink and Soft?
 A: Gotcha, -- Bubble Gum.

The North Shore

For the social dance fans on Oahu interested in dance information try, Dance Fever Oahu web site and any of Frank's Blogs. They have much good and interesting information that is unavailable to me. And for you beginners out there, yes, you can learn to dance by just dancing and enjoying the movement to music. Of course, most of us know you can also learn to live by just living and enjoy life in the easiest way.The principles are the same.

 "Young social dancers are well aware that they can meet
a new romantic interest on the dance floor."


Not in these Trump Plague times of course but when it is acceptable, visit Haleiwa on the North Shore. We have mentioned Haleiwa several times in this blog and we recommend you stick around and enjoy everything this little town has to offer. Relatively close by for us living in Mililani, the town is full of unique shops and boutiques and bristling with fantastic places that serve up some amazing food. You’ll pick up on the town’s relaxed, surfer vibes straight away, and you won’t be able to help yourself but to unwind and chill like the locals.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore see a concentration of surfing activity, taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy North Pacific. Notable surfing spots include Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. The spot of Ehukai Beach, commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline, is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore, and is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view. The North Shore is considered to be the surfing mecca of the world. Every December, the area hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing.

  "Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it." ~Henry David Thoreau


Friday, March 20, 2020

Pandemic, last part.

Received from Richard Takahata:

Testing and testing methods are subject to human errors and mistakes, which only favors the virus, and makes our problems much worst. People tested false negative, get a free pass out of jail/quarantine and get to run out free to only to infect more people, before they finally feel truly ill - too late for everyone else that got infected. Thats a way you get community spreading here in Hawaii and in many other places, and why all these closures could last longer and longer - till get it right, or we finally get a vaccine, in two years?

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China News - they claim that new COVID19 cases stopped weeks ago at 80K+, and is impossible to verify. Their previous curve of new cases would have them at over several millions of cases by now and still growing - not what their Glorious and Beloved leader wants the world to know - that COVID19 is winning in China. Unfortunately, we started a month late in this country and COVID 19 is now in all 50 states and getting more firmly entrenched. The death rate will continue to rise in spite of Trump stating that the Trump Plague has been contained. May God help us all.

"It is because of hope that we suffer, but it is through hope
that we will change things for the better."

Thursday, March 19, 2020

pandemic 5

Received from Richard Takahata:
To: Board of Directors
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

SUBJ: CDC WARNING on Corona Virus (COVID19)

The subject warning has been released to the media and public - a community outbreak here in the US, is only a matter when not if, so be prepared... significant disruptions can be expected

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byU_N9iHBFY

RE: COVID19 Closures and Reduced Operations at MTA, 3/17/20

https://www.mililanitown.org/presidents-announcement/

Could it last longer and longer?
Yes, and here's why... ( warning - contains opinions as well as facts, which are subject to verification)

COVID19 Update
by Peak Prosperity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmhsNdW24BM

- without a vaccine, all of the other choices are bad and get far far worst and costlier, the longer we delay taking correct actions - emphasis on CORRECT, because the virus doesn't give second chances if you get it wrong the first time. Once its in control, you don't get another chance to get it right - very unforgiving.

Non-pharmaceutical Interventions - NPIs
social distancing
self-isolation
cancel gatherings
close schools
testing* Testing, TESTING - share this information quickly and accurately

From the video - this analyses shows what NPI options our leaders have for dealing with COVID19 - it reflects estimates of how many cases/deaths could occur for the social-economic benefits gained by various combinations of NPIs they choose - they and all other world leaders are gambling with lives

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Here are the various "bets" and their estimated outcomes in case/death growth.

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“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday
you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

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With no vaccine, you can either have more cases and people die now to rapidly achieve herd immunity or completely isolate and contain for fewer deaths now and use a vaccine for immunity much later - leaders and countries are choosing between bad and worst choices - there are no good choices left ... its TOO LATE

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So how long will this take? - While the disease is in control, isolation and lockdowns will take as long as needed to get to a vaccine, or by achieving natural herd immunity by having the majority of us catch the disease and either recover or some die from it.

Wearing a mask and eye protection offers some protection, if you have to go outside for essential tasks and avoid the disease, and then keep up with NPIs till you can get vaccinated - if you can last that long. And then there are lots of other bad choices to deal with - massive social/economic disruptions, high unemployment, mounting bankruptcies, costs going up and up, huge bailouts to failing companies, more quarantines, delays and more delays in everyday life - higher and higher stresses that can kill you too.

Having a clearer understanding of what is driving the future of all our lives will help you to be better prepared and not so stressed out. Why I started doing that several weeks ago to help us prepare for this day.

Richard

"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe."  ~ Dalai Lama

 

Pandemic Update

From: Richard Takahata <godancing.wbdc@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 7:11 AM
Subject: Fwd: MTA News

To: WBDC Board

Looking at the recent actions taken by the Mililani Town Associations (MTA) Board of directors for how they have been reacting to the COVID19 crises can demonstrate the level of openess and transparency they are using to reach their membership of over 17,000 households. It can demonstrate the level of professionalism and the depth of resources they have in analysing and evaluating the situation and the long term plan of actions needed. Its useful to compare this to what the city and other organizations are doing and to take and adapt the best of those ideas to use for our own community.

Understanding why is an important to gaining valuable insights into not only taking actions today, but for planning and preparing for the future. Attached is the rest of the discussions that help you to understand both why and how long this crises could last, and what those plans and actions could be...

That forward look is based on only what we know today, and can change constantly with new information and analyses. A well known fact about viruses is that they can mutate and change - into either beneign/safer or much more dangerous forms - thats what could happen later in the fall and into winter, have more consequences.


The bigger picture is that what we try to do at the level of WBDC is teaching us also about what to do for the other parts of our life, family and community - its a two way street with information and lessons learn flowing each way to make our lives better.

Everything is connected, until you to decide to break some connections for valid reasons - thats happening throughout the world now, in order to control the spread of COVID19.

Richard

PS - go back and recall my first letter to you all on 2/25/20, when I first started to bring this matter to your attention - I was serious and sincere back then, and am more serious than ever now...

"Social dancers know that when our people lose their hope of a future and purpose,
they will surely watch them die a slow death in front of them."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Da Mayor

Received from Richard Takahata:

On Monday, 3/16, the Mayor closed all city meeting and recreational facilities to indoor activities, which include ballroom dancing till May. WBDC will not be able to hold any events at Wahiawa Rec Center till then.

As the PANDEMIC develops, its highly likely this closure will continue and applies to other organizations and community places for meetings. The Mililani Town Association and various churches are examples where that has also happened.

Sunlight contains UV radiation which naturally inactivates viruses, so being outdoors in purified fresh air is safer for activities. Continue to social distancing, self isolation, and stay home till the danger passes.

Richard

PS - masks - wearing one offers some protection by reducing a virus dose that hits you all at once - like someone coughing near you. Small doses or virus are more easily handled by your body, than massive doses. That can buy you time before the infection peak hits you. You will naturally develop immunity about a week after the fever passes - unless you have other pre-exisiting conditions that don't allow you to develop a strong immune response. In really severe cases, some persons could could suffer long term lung damage and reduction of lung function after you recover - you'll be short breath more easily with even normal activities. That weaken state could subject you to more frequent illnesses.

“Social dancers know, that somehow, when it is dark enough,
we can see the stars and we still have hope.”


Minimum wage people do not invest their money. They can buy food, and who gets the money? The food people and what do they do with their money? They get to pay their bills too.Very few will invest it. Minimum wage people buy clothes and who gets the money? Same thing. The Clothing people and very few will invest it. They pay their rent and somebody gets the money and a few will invest it. It will eventually get to the top but we have done something for the economy and our fellow humans on this earth. Trickle Up Theory?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed 

No, we don't know
Social Club, Dance Studios, Night Clubs, must prepare their businesses. All dance officers and business owners should be aware of the ramifications of Covid 19 on dancing, with information about everything from, from closing, to sick leave to sanitizing your space. The simplest thing to do immediately is just shutting down to the end of the month.You will have time to study the situation with much more correct information. And then make better decisions.

Social dancers believe that Hope is that little voice you hear whisper
"Maybe" when it seems like the whole world is saying "No."

Monday, March 16, 2020

Cancellation of Classes and Dance Socials

Received from Roscel Garcia:
Aloha.  Hope you and your loved ones are all well.
Kindly post this notice regarding our dance classes and socials due to coronavirus concerns:

"To heed caution, West Coast Swing Oahu is cancelling classes and dance socials until further notice.  We hope everyone will take care, stay safe and well.  Mahalo for your understanding.  Until we dance again…”

Thank you,

George & Roscel Garcia
West Coast Swing Oahu
danz@westcoastswingoahu.com

"Cuesta Abajo" por Carlos Gardel


Social dancing on Oahu is a language with many dialects which is what makes it fun. We have our own set of cues and responses that people understand and respond to with various degrees of efficiency. There’s people who speak fluently, people who speak basic, conversational dance, and those who only know a few words. Beyond the movements we use for actual steps, we have a second ‘hidden’ language. This language is what we use to communicate issues that we’re having with the other person’s dancing. This hidden language is sometimes MORE important than the ‘dance language’ itself. This is meant to be a guide to some of the most common or most widely-understood hidden language cues that we should know for our social dancing. But we do try to get along.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

Closed for the month
The dialect in the new Swing era of the roaring twenties had meanings, -a hep-cat was a popular swing musician and a canary was a female vocalist. Killer-diller referred to a hot musical number and a jam session was improvised music making. If you understood all this you were "in-the-groove" and had a flawless performance. During the swing era, a whole new vocabulary of slang terms evolved and many of them have been forgotten. But I am an old man and I still remember the title of a famous Duke Ellington number from 1932 called "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

"Life throws curveballs. And while there might be blockers to success, 
it's imperative to keep pushing with the knowledge that mistakes
will be made and failure sometimes is inevitable."

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Pandemic, Part Three

Received from Richard Takahata
Subject: Fwd: Pandemic Response

One of the BIGGEST LESSONS LEARNED - fast reliable and effective communications is required to control the PANDEMIC. Email is NOT one of the best methods under rapid response situations.  Luckily we are not first responders, but be aware of the limitations.  We each have a close network we have frequent and strong ties with - we should be reaching out to them with  valuable news and public information.  We take care of each other.

The essential information about the PANDEMIC is about new and existing cases and the process for followup so we can know where the new dangers and problems are and act to protect ourselves and others.


On the other side is false and misleading information - its all mixed up in the avalanche of media out there, so be careful and think twice and check twice.  And it can be coming from the worst place - our public officials and government.

We can benefit through more cooperation and working together to seek the truth.

Richard

"Preparedness seem to be the key ingredient to handle this type of disaster."

The spread of the Corona Virus is scary, no matter who you are. But for dancers, who work in close physical proximity to one another, there's an added element of risk. Dancers can't exactly "work remotely," after all, and the dance world functions through large gatherings—classes, performances, rehearsals, events—that we have to avoid as the situation escalates. We've heard to wash our hands, avoid touching our faces and wear a mask if we're feeling sick. (No, really, please don't wear a mask if you're healthy.) But what else should the dance world be doing? We have rounded up some of the most helpful resources on dealing with the virus. We must keep working at it.

"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are:
precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless
it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from."

Pandemic Situation, Part One

Received from Richard Takahata: 

Pandemic Situation Analyses: ( based on experiences in UK- England)
ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYTFk34nhoI

1. Containment phase - these measures to test, identify and isolate infected individuals, have all failed to halt the disease spread, so this phase is over

WE ARE NOW HERE-
2. Delay phase - social distancing, social isolation, cancel gatherings, close schools, testing, Testing, TESTING.  This prevents the disease for spreading more and overwhelming hospitals and healthcare workers with new cases
3. Research and Treatment - develop and deploy a new COVID19 vaccine, and develop other medications and therapies - this requires additional time, which will be make possible by the DELAY Phase
4. Mitigation
I expect the City to close park facilities to private gatherings as a result, joining the many other public and private events that have been cancelled or postponed for safety reasons.  The state will be hit hard by a recession that heavily impacts tourism and will result in many new disruptions and higher unemployment, going into summer.

The Flu normally goes away in the summer and COVID19 could do the same and allow some return to normal - we have to wait and see and be prepared.  In the meantime, DELAY is the best way to fight the PANDEMIC.  In just a month, many more things will become far FAR CLEARER - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

The important things that can help you - get to know yourself better, learn and practice emotional intelligence, and be mentally balanced, in preparation for the many disruptions and changes ahead.  The ability to analyze and evaluate more new data and information about the developing Pandemic and financial crises will be the key to making the best decisions and taking actions.  Good communications and cooperation and teamwork will also be very important.

Richard

PS - I recommend the Monday Dance classes be immediately cancelled from now on to protect everyone, especially Felipe and Carol

"We may not be able to stop disasters of this kind in time,
but we can arm ourselves with the knowledge and
preparedness so that fewer lives are lost."

Friday, March 13, 2020

Whatsup?

Received from Richard Takahata:
RE: Mililani Town Association (MTA) Seniors Club
Rec Center 3

Linda Chun, the MTA program manager, has informed me that ALL weekly club meetings are canceled until May.

The exact reason was not given, but I suggest its for the added safety and protection of club members who are at far more risk of serious complications from the Corona Virus Pandemic. Please be alert to more news on this matter that could affect in other areas of your life.

Please pass this on.

Richard Takahata


“People you trust, some people you may have voted for, have spent weeks
minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem."


The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) was established by YWCA Oahu, the U.S. Small Business Administration and a community of partners to become the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Hawai‘i. WBCs are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses, and seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs who still face unique obstacles in the business world. MCBL is named in honor of Patsy T. Mink for her dedication to helping women through legislative reforms. She was a transformative leader and a national voice for gender equality, education, peace, and so much more, 

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Chassé: One of the most basic of movements from the beginnings of dance. One foot moves followed by the other foot that stays behind the leading foot with a weight transfer. Then the leading foot steps in the same direction. Basically six movements, forward, backwards with either foot leading and side ways left and right with either foot leading.  There are perhaps one hundred documented variations of the movements (mostly Mickey Mouse) and used in perhaps 4000 different dances. So things can get complicated if you want to go that route.

 "Social dancers believe that if you tell them, they may forget. If you teach them,
they may remember. If you involve them, they will learn."

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Latino

After the arrival of the first illegals in 1492, the first two centuries were a time of development. Towns and cities, and the NEW Spanish and Indian (Mestizo) mix of half, quarter, eighths and various combinations. The Spanish were in control and they led and the Mestizo followed. The villages remained pretty much Indian. And there was a fusion of little Spanish bits and pieces into the local Indian styles. But with Ten Million original inhabitants you are not going to make any big changes to their regular culture.

 "Social dancers believe that dance is for everybody. Dance came from the people
and it should always belong to the people."


But it is quite certain that by the 1600s, there was a distinct culture evolving. There were some that were the great, great grand children of the original Mestizos. This new fusion was applied specially in music and dance, developing throughout the entire Latin Sector. It was based solidly on the Indian music and dance but it gradually acquired new instruments and became somewhat modified by the Spanish influence, this slow Fusion was more in the big towns and cities that were developing. Much of it in Mexico because of the highly developed civilizations that had been in place.

 "Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno


The Negros were still slaves but now as they became third and fourth generation they had seen Indian dancing and that is what they learned. They were originally from different parts of Africa and different cultures, so they had no common traditions. They liked and learn the Indian music and danced very well indeed and any changes that were made were not based on old African traditions. By the end of the 1600s the name Latin emerged out of nowhere, but mostly applied by outsiders. Latin music for the new music, and Latin dancing for the new dancing. And by the end of the 1700s, the new people were vaguely Latin, but the distinction was very subtle but there it was and it still had nothing to do with Latin.

"There are a terrible lot of lies evolving about history,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true."

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ballrooms

A ballroom was at one time a large room inside a building, the primary purpose of which was holding large dance parties called balls. In large houses of the rich in Hawaii they could have a large room such as the main drawing room, long gallery, or hall that could double as a ballroom, but a good ballroom should have the right type of flooring, such as hardwood flooring. In later times the term ballroom came to be used to describe large nightclubs and large rooms in hotels, where customers danced. In Hawaii, there was some street dancing up until the fifties and they danced in private homes, gas stations, malls, and parks.

"Social dancers know that dancing with feet is one thing
but dancing with the heart is another."


Then Aiea Ballroom Dance Association came into existence on Oahu and the people loved the more formal American Style of dance. Other clubs came into existence, and now, they began to dance in school cafeterias, district parks and community centers, all of which were very nicely appreciated. This was also happening all over the US.  Some ballrooms became quite large, and had high ceilings. They are also designed large to help the sound of Big Bands carry well throughout the whole room. The large amount of space for dancing, as well as the highly formal tone of events certainly gave rise to ballroom dancing in the last century.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


The phrase "having a ball" grew to encompass many events where dancers are having fun, not just dancing and then everything began to get smaller. The Big Bands disappeared and the Big Ballrooms began to close up. The Palladium on Oahu is the last of the big ballrooms in Hawaii and it has 11000 square feet of dance floor. At the beginning of this century there were plans on building a Ballroom at Patsy Mink Recreation Center in Waipio. It was cancelled because of the Rail Tragedy. We still need one but with one quarter size dance floor of the Palladium, 2750 square feet would be enough and terrific.

 "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you
without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

Monday, March 9, 2020

Independence2

This blog is leading the way on Oahu for the other blogs, consistently in average hits per day. A blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts.We need one or two steady information contributors first to supplement the little information that I can get. For sure it will get us further in front in hits. Then with a couple of volunteers for Guest Bloggers, we can work on making this blog into the first independent blog in Hawaii. We just have to plan on when you people can take over full control.

 "Social dancers believe that when you dance your purpose is
not to get to a certain place on the floor. It is to enjoy
moving to the music each step along the way."


In popular culture we most often hear about news blogs or celebrity blog sites, but as we have seen we can have a very successful dance blog on Oahu. Bloggers often write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect directly with their readers. In addition, many blogs also have a “comments” section where readers can correspond with the blogger. We don't because of the spam. but later we can try interacting with our readers in the comments section. It will probably help to further the connection between the blog and the reader.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


Our guest authors may not have annual or monthly meetings. There will be no annual or monthly dues. In fact you do not have to do anything except get your two cents in there now and then. Once a week, twice month? Whenevah you feel like it. And once in, you don't have to ask for anyone's permission except your password to post for Blogger. Of course, everyone is becoming aware of who our reader/dancers are. There are few parameters.

 "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with
the results of other people's thinking."

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Help

I started my first blog right after I saw Frank's nice looking blog, over 20 years ago, I have been dancing all my life and I know enough, to know that I don't really know much. I never took lessons until I got to Hawaii. What a nice world. With time, like other social dancers I began to feel that I could share whatever with my fellow dancers. Like other dance blogs, I evolved into sharing any information on local happenings, dance history, choreography, dance artists and even life lessons from quality sources available all over. But unfortunately, I found out I could not handle everything I had seen and not many have helped or have been interested in getting involved. I reduced it from eleven blogs now to the present five.

"Social dancers believe that none of us are finished products. We live and learn every day."


As a result, "Oahu Dancer" was born and has been a “work in progress.” My  goal is to increase the amount and caliber of the content and to reach out to dance students, teachers and parents. You have something to say to this group of reader/dancers. I want a place where anyone can connect and share their experiences, that provide inspiration, motivation and sparks new ideas. I can consider myself a participant rather than an authority. This blog is for dancers, dance teachers and others interested in our social dance group. The entire thing started out as an experiment. Everyone can start slowly learning about the “behind the scenes” of a blog – creating pages, formatting posts, adding photographs, etc. With just a few people, I can resign and you people can take over. Easy.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


I have not been too surprised to see that people were reading my posts. Not only has the traffic been steady, it has been increasing slowly each month. In no time my “training ground post” became a “real” post with followers, a Twitter account, and a Facebook page. Over time I found a few people that would contribute to the blog and the list of contributors has grown. People on the Island of Oahu and anyone in the dance world. When I started this blog, I had no way of knowing how it would transform my life. The first blog went from being a small side project to many blogs and becoming my main focus. I can feel good to serve the dance community providing information about auditions, dance venues, dance wellness, and more.

 "Knowledge is learning something new every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day."