Wednesday, April 29, 2020

International Dance Day

In 1982 the Dance Committee of ITI founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th April, the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, creator of modern ballet. International Dance Day on April 29th is an annual celebration of how dancing positively impacts our lives. The human body’s ability to move, groove, pop, and sway has captivated the way we interact with music and express ourselves artistically. This day was created to allow the world to recognize dance as a professional art form.

"Social dancers believe that it is because of hope that we suffer.
It is through hope that we will change things for the better."


Dancing gives us the ability to communicate emotions frequently deeper than our own language. International Dance Day is a tribute to millions of people across generations who have dedicated their lives to this craft of enchantment. People reflect each other constantly, but when they dance, perhaps what they reflect most is that moment of honesty. Dancing is an action shared by both professionals and amateurs alike and is enjoyed in all parts of the world. This day is all about celebrating the history of dance and recognizing its monumental place across all cultures.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

Line dancing for men? It is not illegal on Oahu?

Covid 19 seems to be World Wide is spite of Trump. It is pretty clear that it spreads mainly from person to person, Mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. If you wear a mask, you not only protect yourself from some one else, but you also protect someone else if you already have it. If each wears a mask, double the protection. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

"Social dancers believe that in all things
it is better to hope than to despair." 
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Little Update

This blog is the newest and the bottom blog in average hits per day. It would help if I was famous but even with that it would be tough without blogging about the dance last week or the dance next week. In blogging, feedback is important because it can give us the information to evaluate whether we are meeting our objectives. A system without feedback is doomed for failure. Relating this to social dance is easy. If we accept that the feedback we get from reader/dancers can make changes to what we publish and we may see positive results.

“Social dancers believe that they can learn from yesterday,
live for today and hope for tomorrow."


On the mainland the Covid 19 environment is still very varied mostly with the confusion set up by Trump. In Los Angeles, several people got sick after dancing at their favorite clubs and then everyone gets on Twitter or Facebook. Then they must pray for those friends that attended those particular clubs and having a bad time. Since April 1st at least a dozen members of this ballroom community have died from COVID-19 with several others sick from the illness. Most of the dancers were still attending several dance events in and around the city around the end of march.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii

 
There will come a time, soon.

There were Night Club parties, there were birthday parties, and just social parties. They had a special event on April Fools Day with too many people. It was widely attended as were a few other dances in the days following. Six Week Delay by Trump sure messed up the works. We are all certain now. Stay home until further notice. So that if you or someone you know attended any of these events or places in early April, please be vigilant of any COVID-19 symptoms. We are being careful in Hawaii, - Oahu, being the worst. However we will survive. We’re not only just dancers, we are family.

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Line Dancing

By William Fong, Ewa Beach

Ten thousand years ago only men danced, then humans discovered agriculture. We got civilized and dancing became more intricate. In the Mexican Civilizations of three or four millenniums ago they had "professional musicians and dancers." Somewhere along the line, in the last century in the industrialized world, many men have learned to feel as if they have two left feet. The concept of moving gracefully is not a part of their self-image. Learning to dance is way out of the comfort zone of many men. Some men simply accepted line dancing as an acquired gift, going back to the Greeks in Greece, centuries ago.

"All children are dancers. The problem is how
to remain dancers once they grow up."


I felt this in my youth, despite my strong desire to flow across the dance floor like Gene Kelly. The feelings of awkwardness persisted and I had little control over my body. But in my forties when I began to slow down physically, I discovered something about Line dancing. In spite of my sloppy learning, I could learn, along with everyone else, the appreciation of the music, the timing, the rhythms and the steps of the different dances. With time I could relax and move my body as I pleased and whichever way I wanted and simply enjoyed my movements to the music. Later on I went into partner dancing,

"Fly Me To The Moon"

One of these days.

I found the way to experience touch, to interact with another person safely. I learned to be comfortable dancing in sync with my partner and leading. I will never participate in a competition. I feel no need for it. But the need to enjoy my music in movement will be there until the day I die. It can be the start of a wonderful adventure. You revel in the music and your body as your coordination grows along with the feeling of freedom moving around the floor. It was not always easy, and there are too many men out there that a missing a very good thing.

"Social dancers believe that they have only one life to live, and
they are not promised a perfect tomorrow. So they might
 as well have a good time with what they have."

Friday, April 24, 2020

Slowly Folks.

Oahu Dancers is a blog about Dancers on Oahu. Surprised? A dance blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts and in this case it is about dancing. But now we are in different situation, we are not dancing, we are staying home. And what are we doing? "Only The Shadow Knows." We had plenty of information before of the hot spots for the week, but not now. If we can get some of our readers to share some information with our fellow dancers, we would get some readers back. We could let them know what we are doing and perhaps what else we could do. Just until we start dancing again. Email it in and I shall post. Mahalo.

"Social dancers wish all of you with enough hellos to get you through the final good-byes."


Many on the mainland are getting the rhythm more ingrained in their muscle memory. They are home and it is easy. They put on their favorite fox trot in a nice four count. Then they just use the even step. left, right, left, right, in place and feel the easy movement with the music. Whenever they feel fine with the movements, they start going forward in a circle around the room. There is Change of Feeling. How about backwards. Fine, they just have to be careful and there is a different feeling. How about a left turn, a right turn? But everyone gets the message, they will feel their way into the music and they will get better all the time. You will be a Social Dancer.

"My Molokai" by Willie K.


A word of caution to all our readers. Beware of the Snake Oil sales people. Right now, most are Christian Evangelicals. Jim Bakker, most prominent with a "Sure Cure" and there are several others, "Guaranteed." PT Barnum said, "There is sucker born every minute." Trump says he was wrong. "It is every second." Liberty University favors Clorox, the Christian Evangelicals favor Lysol and the KKK favors Windex. Just be careful folks, and listen to the ones that really know like the rest of the world.

"Social dancers believe that hope is being able to see that
there may be light ahead despite all of this darkness."

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

RE: Line Dance

From Richard Takahata Email:
I can upload the line dance step patterns to Youtube. But first I have to caption/label the step pattern on each clip and then decide on making the clip repeat 2 -3 times so that its easier to follow it during practice repetitions, and that takes time.

I have reviewed videos of some of the line dances at socials, and you already seem to know them. So you'd probably want those to practice to with music and seeing/following the group. The June 2018 Sampaguita Dance has Electric Slide, Uptown Funk and Blurred lines... starting at time mark 1m 28 sec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wO2TsuqlQA&t=20s

There's Sex on the Beach from the Roaring 20s back in Jan, but its not online yet... need more time.

Richard

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Carol, where are you?

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 2:02 PM Helen Bajo <bajo954@gmail.com> wrote:
is it possible to send me the videos?

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 10:16 AM Richard Takahata <godancing.wbdc@gmail.com> wrote: Enjoyed talking with you yesterday and hearing you and Helen were doing well despite the lack of freedom and many restrictions

Line dance basic steps I learned in Carol Kohguras classes last fall at Wahiawa - this is a list and I have video of her doing demos. These help build to doing full dances that are done at our socials ( Blurred Lines, Electric Slide( also - Felipe's 3x variations), Sex on the Beach, Uptown Funk, Cha Cha Slide, Cowboy Kumba Ya )

Back-to-back
grapevine
Key
Lindey (cha-cha w/break)
fan
Jazz box/Jazz Turn
Weave ( varioation of grapevine)
point-touch
charleston kick
V and Turn

Take care and try to have more fun.

Richard 

"Social dancers know that hope is sometimes all we have,
when we have nothing else, But if we have it, we have everything."

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoping

Many dancers are not taking a complete vacation from dancing. There are plenty of online videos where they may just touch up what they already know and very likely add a little polish here and there. They are getting some good music. Knowing how to dance at a club or party hasn't been that hard. Most from experience know that they can look passably good on the dance floor. Check out the dance videos available on line. Both men and women can develop body coordination with simple party dance and club dance moves that they can use on their own or with a partner.

“For social dancers, hope may be a verb
with its shirtsleeves rolled up.”


GUYS: You can review what you already know very easily from home. You can pick the most simple dance moves to make sure they are the most "practical" and "natural" moves for you. When you get tired of the basics, you can start adding your own pick of new stuff. LADIES: You can polish the moves that you need to partner any dance with simple and flirty club moves. It is very important to know which moves require lots of energy and which moves are simple grooves that are meant to be subtle. The key to looking sexy is to add your own arm, torso and hip movement to each move. Remember to keep social dancing fun and easy going.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


"Til I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer 1953

Sitting around with time to think, many of realize that fashion is a very important element in social dancing. Whether it’s practice time or a dancing party we always want to wear dancing clothes that can help make us look and feel better. It's very important as we feel and behave differently when wearing different styles of clothing and, therefore, we will ultimately dance with different feelings. Men find it simply easier. Women may find that beautiful long flowing silk skirts and elegant blouses will make any woman feel extra feminine making her more aware of her dance movements and gestures. Stay Safe.

“Social dancers believe that we got more yesterday than anybody.
We're hoping to get little better kind of tomorrow.”

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Social Dancing Marches On

Came across some terminology that is somewhat common among experienced social dancers:
Truck: Impolitely applied to women that have a heavy tone. The ladies usually acquire this from dancing with "Truck Drivers." Truck Drivers: Men who lead with excessive force including two hands for turning a lady. Of course, it may be acquired from dancing with "Trucks."

From the Spencer Dance Centre in London.
"Carry the lady as if she is tray of drinks - the most beautiful crystal glasses
containing the very best champagne. Do not spill a drop."



Underarm Turn: A turn in which the lady turns to her right while the man is holding her right hand with his left. Unleadable Step Pattern: Any dance movement that cannot be led and followed easily in a basic pattern. Mostly in the Silver Division and up. They must be taught and learned. Upbeat: The last beat of a measure, as opposed to the downbeat, the first beat. Also: In classes, used by the instructors as "and' to signal the next move in the following beat. Video Tapes: A terrific way to supplement and learn dance movements during this terrible time. The easy way to repeat it and specially for those that can learn easily by watching. Vocals: A musical selection with one or more people singing. Along with the Harmony and Melody, this is of little interest to beginners. This is more appreciated as the dancers realize they are becoming social dancers.

"In This Life" by Bruddah Iz

 
Patience and hope, our day will come.

The American Revolutionary War. How did that happen? Those were turbulent times throughout the world. The rich in Great Britain could no longer bleed the colonies of money and they had continued to make attempts to assert greater control over colonial affairs. The Declaration of Independence came in 1776. I am sure no one said it, but they were not going to take that shit any longer. The insurrection by which 13 of Great Britain’s North American colonies won political independence and went on to form the United States of America.

“No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that
what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.” 
 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Do Something

For experience social dancers this has been more shocking than most times. But it seems that many have maintained most of their strength through this time with a little activity at home. With some movements muscle memory doesn't lag too far behind. But aerobic endurance decreases about twice as fast, and is harder to rebuild—particularly for dancers, since class and socials typically stop and start too much to build stamina. Of course, every body is different, and those with more robust baseline fitness won't lose it as quickly. Look up aerobic programs online, jump rope (with good sneakers), climb stairs, run (with good shoes) or go biking You gotta do something.

 "Hope is a powerful force and probably the most important factor when it comes
to overcoming life’s biggest challenges. Without it, everything is lost."


Some may be using their computers a bit more. There is an awful lot of good stuff on the internet. Of course you will come across an awful lot of junk too. Be careful and don't download anything. The best is your browser because you can get plenty of good help there. You can find many online videos on dancing. Many beautiful exhibition dances that can make you wish you could dance like that. Then there many class videos, short or long of just about whatever dance you wish to know about. Exercise and limbering up videos too. You don't have to just sit on your rusty dusty all day.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We cannot lose hope, someday we may dance again.

Then you can look at different dances on the Internet and realize that Europe and the United States are no longer the Ballroom Dancers of the world. They have some very good ones, Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. And a couple of them may becoming obsolete in this century with the decline of the Big Ballrooms and the Big Bands. The much Bigger Part of the new era in the 21st century will be the Latin Dances. Unfortunately some are made up, manufactured much as the Bolero was made up by Dance Teachers in the United States almost 100 years ago. Many fad dances will continue to come and go.

"Social dancers are more optimistic and hopeful by nature, but even they need
a little reassurance, every now and then, that things will get better. Be nice."

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

We will make it.

Social dancing requires strength, mobility, power, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular endurance. More? That's true for exhibition, competition and professional dancers too. Not only does dancing keep you fit, but it also boosts your mood and keeps you mentally sharp. Ordinary dance studies published on Oahu have found that dancing is something that lowers the risk of dementia by 76 percent. It’s no surprise that mastering such a uniquely beneficial mind-body exercise demands a little extra support in the training department

"Hope itself is like a star — not to be seen in the sunshine of
prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity."


It’s crucial that dancers protect their joints and muscles, and strength is the number one injury-prevention tool. Make it a practice to skip a few dances in an evening of dancing. We can also add that low-back issues are common among dancers. When you dance, your hips and core work together. If those muscles are weak, it pulls on the lumbar spine and may cause low-back pain. To counter this and stay in peak form for dancing and other athletic pursuits, it is recommended setting up a short exercise routine for when you get back on the dance floor.

 "Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

There will come a time.

I will not be seeing many of my fellow dancers on Oahu for awhile and we all know why. We can all agree that many of our of fellow dancers are the best in the Pacific. Most of us accept that we were dancing to purely enjoy the dance, which is what most social dancers do. Each blog had been developing some niche, so everyone could decide which one was more pertinent by reading them and asking. Not relevant at the moment. The information contributors will eventually decide and define some of these blogs and the hits will go through the ceiling. And furthermore, to blog just for fun will just make it real social media on the island of Oahu.

"In all things it is better to hope than to despair, however bad
it may seem. Where there’s life, there’s hope."

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

We Can't Lose Hope

The slowdown has been difficult but most of us have been keeping it low key. The entire state of Hawaii has behaved very nicely and not paid too much attention to that crackpot in Washington DC. His Six Weeks Delay will cost 50000 deaths in the US by the end of the month. In Hawaii, we have a total of nine deaths up to date, 6 on Oahu and 3 on Maui. The other neighbor islands are holding on. I have just made my mask with six layers of T shirt material which is not perfect but good enough for what I do.

"Social Dancers may find hope in the darkest of days, and try to focus on the brightest."


In the Senior Housing where I live, the Social Activities Room has been shut down and the entire place is under semi-quarantine, and prescribed social distancing. I exercise by walking up and down the hallway about every two hours. I go down to the first floor once a day to get my mail. I have a helper that comes once a week with groceries and she cleans up the place. I have a VA nurse that comes every three weeks, and takes my vitals. Also my VA doctor that comes every three months. So I know I have to get out soon. I am going "stir crazy" an old movie prison term. I am not in excruciating agony, I may survive, I can still look around.

Someday, the lights will go on again.

Wahiawa Industrial Park consists of two well designed and constructed concrete buildings with excellent access and parking. Each bay has a roll-up door and main-access door. With a twenty-five foot clear span, this warehouse is designed for high cube storage. Wahiawa Industrial Park is located at the north end of Cane Street next to the police station in Wahiawa. And Wahiawa sure needs another one like it. One of those bays could be converted into a very nice Dance Night Club. They already have a high ceiling, and nice mezzanine could be built. No you don't want it packed every night. close it on Monday night, take a rest, you deserve it.

"Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age and Dreams are forever."

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Dance and Hope

Now that we are staying home on Oahu more instead of dancing we can review what we know and perhaps change some of our perspectives. What Is Ballroom dancing ? We know that it includes a wide range of social and competitive partner dances, derived from such various traditions as formal Victorian dancing, contemporary Latin dancing, and American jazz and swing dances. As we have continued to add dances to our repertoire, we find it necessary to divide the individual dances, under the larger Ballroom family. The many dance styles that are included in this umbrella term are further broken down into International, American styles and of course our Social Dancing subcategories.

"Social dancers believe that if we are to dream, the flattering of hope
is cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair."


Each of these groups have their own techniques and stylistic preferences which are discussed in each style's introductory set of instructions in the corresponding discipline. On Oahu we have none in Social Dancing. The dances offered in the disciplines include Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Merengue, Waltz, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Quick Step, Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble and Samba. It should be noted that there are many dances also done "outside" the competitive and social Ballroom dance world, in many cases with substantial difference in technique, styling, and approach.

 "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz

Patience, the time will come again.

Those that have never partner danced before, can be impressed with the organized approach offered by this system of dance, allowing anyone to become socially proficient at many styles in a relatively short time! If you like the idea of learning routines with a partner, and are interested in competition, you may also be attracted to the opportunities Ballroom dance has to offer. Finally, if what anyone is looking for is exposure to the graceful moving of the body to your favorite music, this can open up a whole new world of experience.

"Social Dancers know that hope means hoping, even when things seem hopeless."

Friday, April 10, 2020

Tough Going

So many on Oahu that were doing a little dancing and then had thought about taking up ballroom dance lessons. It seemed so great, after all! Yes, the thought of actually following through with dance lessons seemed unlikely, because they were too wary to take the plunge. Sound like you? Most studios feature a collaborative environment designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone knows how hard it can be to learn a new skill. Don’t forget that everyone you see in the studio, even your instructor, was a beginner once. But you were learning and you were dancing. Now comes the Trump Plague.

"Social dancers may wish you enough pain so that even
the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger."


Most places are on hold to the end of the month hoping the "curve flattens." New decision will be made then. Trump was six weeks late and we will have 20000 deaths in the US by Easter. Still going up in all states including Hawaii. It is good to see so many dancers trying to help each other. I think many people will adapt if we just give them that option, We’re all going to get through this together. It’s easy just to get worried and stressed but we got to be grateful that there are options to be able to carry forward. Anybody that wishes to share some thoughts with our fellow dancers, just email it in and I will post it. Mahalo.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

I Shall Return
In the Americas, thousands of years before the arrival of the first illegals from Europe, the original inhabitants were dancing. Hundreds of different dance patterns, but of course in Alaska and Argentina much less because of the extremes in temperature. In the Mexico, they developed civilizations with professional musicians and professional dancers. Early on they could differentiate from the even step, just step, step, step, to a different move to the music, a rock step and a chasse, Many of those basic moves are recognized the world over in whatever dances they have. The Mexican civilization produced a rich body of music and dance that spread throughout Latin America.

"Social dancers believe that success in life, in anything, depends upon
the number of persons that one can make themselves agreeable to." 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Frame

We are staying home a lot more and we cannot just twiddle our thumbs. Some dance teachers have recommended taking a little time to improving your frame. When we think of dancing, most of us first think of feet! But, in reality, the upper body needs to be held in a strong frame. Better if you have a full length mirror at home. Put on a little music, so that the connection to the music can be felt more thoroughly, and the feet can move where desired. Just enjoy moving to the music. Just like the frame of a house, or the frame of a car, the entire structure is built upon good frame.

"Social dancers believe there is always hope for a new day, hope
that the darkness won't always seem impenetrable."  


The Andalusian Tango, a very popular dance in Spain, 200 years ago. In getting independent minded, the high class Spaniards of Argentina imported teachers of the Andalusian Tango. At this same time the Indians and Mestizos were dancing the Milonga which was pre-Columbian and a quite different dance. Just step, step, step, more like the Filipino Tango of today. The Indians could not be made into servants but the Negro slaves could very readily do. They had no common culture, from different parts of Africa. And the many that served at the big balls adopted the music and many of the moves from the Andalusian Tango into their Negro communities.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

Patience, we shall dance again.

There is a painting (which is proof to some) that shows the Negros dancing Tango. It was dated 1832 and labeled "El Tango de los Negros." Which was the Negro version of the Andalusian Tango. The Castles, Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire were all witness to this and made their erroneous conclusions. The Negros were dancing Tango before Argentina. Meanwhile the primitive Milonga was still being danced in the first half of the 1800s in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uraguay. And it became highly accepted in the brothels throughout the lower part of South America. The upper class white contingent in South America refused to recognize the existence of Indian music and dance. That was strictly for the lower classes and Milonga was whorehouse music and dance.

"Social dancers believe that hopeful thinking can get them out
of their fear zone and into their appreciation zone."
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

From Richard Takahata:

Thanks again for lifting up our community. The lock down/shut-in time is an opportunity to reflect, take stock, and make some important changes that weren't possible before - we've never had a time in history like now that changes everything so suddenly and alters the way we see our lives today and in the future. We are never going back to the way things were, and the things we loved like dancing. Our feelings and emotions are the first and most important place all of this has hit hardest and is in need of the most attention right now....

How to avoid wanting to divorce or murder everyone you're stuck in lockdown with
https://www.peakprosperity.com/dont-let-the-coronavirus-infect-your-relationships/

After that, and you can clear your mind up, here's where to start looking at where we are and whats next about everything around you thats important to your life and those you love... why we need to look more closely at what needs to change for the better for the long run,

The Accelerated Crash Course - The Three E's 
https://www.peakprosperity.com/video/the-accelerated-crash-course/

Thanks Richard.

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."


Many of us have been in contact with private and government bodies devoted in whole or in part to the development and support of the arts. Although a staggering number of dollars are essentially donated each year to musicians, painters, sculptors, as well as to ballet, jazz and modern dance troupes, social dancing is not considered eligible, since it is not a "fine art." However, we are in it just to enjoying moving to our favorite tunes. And there are many other health benefits too. Don't knock it.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Update

Most of us in dancing have anticipated the worst which is better than being ill prepared. Preparation is challenging when we don’t know what will happen next. Whether or not our studios or clubs are closed, I’m sure most dancers are considering how Trump's Plague will ultimately affect their dance life. I am not alone in wondering if this closure is for a much longer situation. Most studios and clubs must create a worst-case financial plan now, Some non-profit groups on the mainland are asking for donations to help them stay afloat. We are all creative people, and we may need to use that gift to plan for the months ahead. Patience and be careful.

"Social dancers wish you enough happiness to
keep your spirit alive and everlasting."


We are not getting much news on the latest dancing, of course. We certainly can use FEEDBACK and each of our readers has something they could share with our fellow dancers on these blogs. Email it in and I will post it to the blog of your choice or the next blog being published. Try to be positive. Give at least as much positive feedback as you do negative. Positive feedback stimulates the reward centers in the brain, leaving the recipients open to taking new direction. Meanwhile, negative feedback indicates that an adjustment needs to be made and the threat response turns on and defensiveness sometimes sets in,

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

Competitions on the Mainland
You don't need to avoid negative, or corrective, feedback altogether. Just try to make sure you follow it up with a suggested solution or outcome. Be specific. People generally respond better to specific, positive direction. Avoid saying things like, "You need to be more talkative in meetings." It's too ambiguous and can be interpreted in a lot of personal ways. Say something specific and positive pointed at the task you want accomplished, such as, "You're smart. I want to hear at least one opinion from you in every meeting we're in together."

"Social dancers always hope for a new day, hope that the darkness
 won't always seem impenetrable. There is always
 hope that things will change for the better."

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Coping with the Trump Plague

Most of our dance groups have been extremely supportive, with a few naturally concerned about make-up classes and possible refunds. Most studios have answered email and immediately. Most advise communicating to each other, and they are waiting to see how things play out before committing their studios to any decisions about future plans. This has been hard for everyone because everyone has always preferred to handle everything immediately. The open-ended nature of the situation has been stressful.

"Social dancers wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright
no matter how gray the day may appear."


It has been a roller-coaster for a few weeks, but most of us have been grateful to be able to use the seriousness of the governor and school district’s responses as a guide and barometer for the danger of the threat in our area, something each of us has felt ill-equipped to judge. There are some dance studios choosing not to close, and we must support their decision. Each studio owner should know what is right for their groups. Masks and a six foot separation should be minimal. For now line dancing is just fine if you have a big enough place to keep six feet of distance.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Remember the Good Old Days?
Social media differs from traditional/industrial media in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, usability, immediacy, and permanence. There are many on this island that have seen it plain as day that there are half as many blog sites as web sites on this Island. There are many effects that stem from Internet blog usage. According to Nielsen, Internet blog users continue to spend more time with social media sites than any other type of site. At the same time, the total time spent on social media in the U.S. across PC and mobile devices has increased drastically.

"Social dancers believe that to be without hope is like being without goals.
What are you working towards?"

Friday, April 3, 2020

Waianae Coast

With the slowing down of our dance adventures our blogs are slowing down in hits. Understandable. The blog with the lowest amount of hits is Dancing Nights blog. Covered night club information but now very little. You got some? Email it in and I will post it.

“Social dancers believe that a person may need just three things to be truly happy
in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”


In spite of the Rail Disaster, the best news I have heard so far is that, someone is seriously contemplating an industrial park on the Waianae Coast. People could be going to work when most people would be going the other way. They would be coming home the same way, the others would be going in a different direction, clearer roadways. And many could be home in a few minutes instead of being stuck in the Honolulu Traffic mess which is going to get even worse. There may be some good thinking people that wish to continue living in paradise, before they get stuck with a Rail Disaster like Kapolei and Waipahu.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Beautiful Waipio Industrial Park, built before
the Present Rail Party could vote it down.

"The citizens are becoming able to concentrate on a dedicated infrastructure in a delimited area to reduce the per-business expense of that infrastructure. And be able to attract new business by providing an integrated infrastructure in one location." Terrible English isn't it but the perfect example of good results is the Waipio Industrial Park. And an old expression from Waianae applies very nicely. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." And since I don't get around much anymore, you got something to share with our fellow dancers? Email it and I will post it in the blog of your choice.

“We must not lose hope. The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there may be
more dark things to come. Still there is much that is fair, and though in our
land love is now mingled with grief, it may grow perhaps the greater.”