Friday, May 29, 2020

Average Dancer?

By Chunho Kim, Kalealoa, two years ago.

Do you have to be the best dancer on the dance floor to have a great time? Ha Ha Ha. If you want to maximize your social dancing fun on Oahu, you simply need to become "average" and take your time enjoying the journey from beginner to average. Even if you are not the outstanding super star, you can be having a better time than half the guys in the room. I say this to all the newer leads who will listen: The fun in dancing is amplified dramatically when you get yourself into that "average" skill level.

"Social dancers believe that hope is a good thing, maybe even the
best of things, and good things are something to hope for."


There is nothing wrong for working toward being the best on the dance floor, but getting into the top 50% on Oahu changes the dynamics of partner dancing forever. Once you're as good as half the guys in any room, you grow even faster because your more experienced partners are much happier dancing with you. Part of the followers night is spent dancing with guys below your level, so you start earning a spot on their "preferred list." Some partners position themselves closer to you so you almost have to ask them or risk being rude (it may be a problem when it happens).

"Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz

One of these days

Dancing with stronger partners improves your game too, and it creates its own momentum. At the same time, when dancing with newer follows (who grow much faster than most new guys), they recognize you're better than many others and as they grow, they also want more dances with you. You win with both sets of potential partners. Just the fact that you've grown to the average level lets them know that you'll probably continue improving, and ladies are attracted to guys who are improving over time. Even if you reduce the pace of your direct learning, you’ll still grow with the momentum of your stronger partners.

No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it may be better tomorrow.”

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Two Center

I thank all of you for any contributions of content to any one of my blogs. Not only do I appreciate your participation, but the readers on Oahu show it and I can see the hits go through the roof. I would like to make things as easy as possible for all of you to share your awesome content with us. Specially nowadays when we are so limited in actual dancing. Every little bit counts and all the blogs will be different. So what’s it like being a Two Center? Basically it has been defined by many others many years ago, They are just dancers willing to "stick in their 2 cents" of information for the benefit of their fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that we got more yesterday than anybody.
We will always hope and need some nice tomorrow.”


And many are willing to do so regularly. How regularly? Entirely up to them. Social Dance Club or Dance Studio affiliation has no bearing on the matter as far as we are concerned. The goal is to make dancing fun, beneficial, and easy for everyone on Oahu. From the reader/dancers point of view, it is having the benefit of so many private independent opinions given in honesty and not as gossip. You will be able to grow and share your expertise on dancing experience, health and creativity with a lot of people. Being a contributor automatically makes them eligible to be an Invited Writer, able to create their own blog within any blog of their choosing.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

 We may dance in the streets with masks on?

Our blogs come with their ready made readers and if that time comes, - you are ready. There is no registration required and no registration fees. There are no annual or monthly meeting or dues. And they may contribute whatever and whenever they wish. I hope I am not being too strict but we will have Social Media on Oahu. And ultimately, the blog will be ready for independence. Town Dance is just about ready. A couple of steady Guest Bloggers and they will be ready to go. The best blog will become independent and the junk blogs will remain mine.

"The creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to be better than others."


Monday, May 25, 2020

American Style of Dance

On Oahu, this is much the style you will see going out for a night of dancing on the town or at the smaller social dance clubs. American style has two genres of dance within itself – Smooth and Rhythm. Smooth consists of Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz, while Rhythm has Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Mambo and Bolero. In Social Dancing, the Viennese Waltz and the Bolero are easily omitted and others such as Merengue, Bachata and Salsa may be added. Most of us agree that our DJ's are terrific.

“Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision. But today
 well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”


The style as a whole was derived from International and was developed in the United States with the rise of Swing before WWII. American style is more relaxed, letting movements have a great deal of freedom. This makes the style excellent for phasing into social dancing. The steps are designed to be done in whatever order the leader chooses and with generous leeway in regards to alignments. Dancers are allowed to break frame in Smooth, making for very grand expressions and arm styling as they move around the floor. Also, in Rhythm, Cuban motion in the hips is achieved by stepping on the bent leg and flexing the knee.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Hawaii may be coming out it. Let keep doing what we are doing right.

Being so open to the creativity and individuality of dancers is what has made the American style so popular. This has also allowed for several variations of the same step to flourish. Artistic license, attitude and personal style shine through while dancing American. This has led very definitely in this century into Social Dance on Oahu. However, despite all of the freedoms, the following remains constant – each dance is started with the left foot for the lead and the right foot for the follow. Meanwhile we continue to test, wear our masks, respect social distance and we shall dance again.

"Social dancers believe that hope is precious,
and you may be right not to give up.”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Keeping Up

On my Facebook account, I have many "friends" discussing food and lately I seem to have a lot of Chinese Food Friends centralize around Marie Laderta. Chinese food has a very good reputation on Oahu. Though there are some people that think the rice-heavy meals and fatty meat dishes are thought to lead straight to obesity and heart disease. But properly prepared, the very opposite is true: the Chinese way of eating is healthy and fulfilling, fights illness and prolongs life. The Chinese don't count calories and the real Chinese diet won't make you fat.

"Social dancers believe that hope is the only thing stronger than fear,"


The rising levels of obesity observable in China are in fact caused by sugary, over processed Western food. So stop counting calories the Chinese don't have a word for "calories". They view food as nourishment, not potential weight gain. A 2000 survey found that Chinese people consumed 20 per cent more calories than Americans, but were not necessarily more active. Their secret is avoiding the empty calories of sugary, nutrient-free foods. The favorite Chinese Snack on Oahu seems to be Dim Sum. Tea Cakes. But on my Facebook, these people cover an awful lot of goodies

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire occurred in the 16th century. The basic staples were quite varied and the basic native foods remain such as corn, beans, squash and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced many other foods, the most important of which were meat from domesticated animals, dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices, although key spices in Mexican cuisine are also native to Mesoamerica such as a large variety of chili peppers. On Oahu it is second favorite after Chinese food. Bon Appetit.

"Social dancers don’t think too much of all the misery,
but of the beauty that possibly still remains."

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Optimism

Most of us believe that education should be furnished free to all the citizens of this country. The republicans think everyone should pay through the nose. This country was set up for "We the people." not for "we the billionaires." Our government could make sure that the citizens have access to things like good transportation, safe neighborhoods, healthy food, quality health care services, etc that are required for them to be fully functioning citizens in our society. Medical Care for all? Of course. Democratic Socialism.

"Our government. and we know there have been tyrants and dictators,
and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end,
they always fall. Think of it -- always.”


If we did that, and make sure that the ones on the bottom have enough for their basic needs, they will not invest but spend the money on their needs. We would have a stronger workforce and a more entrepreneurial and innovative society that would drive wealth creation in the US that will “trickle up” to the wealthiest people in the US. The American dream has always been about opportunity. You can start out with little and through hard work and a good body and mind, you can make good, lead yourself and your family to a better life.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Maybe by August First. Unless the Trump Protesters mess it up.

Meanwhile back at ranch, we are thinking that a social dance is any dance that is done purely for pleasure, with other people, as opposed for performance or competition purposes. Social ballroom  It doesn't look as good as performance or competition dancing, but the focus is on the people actually dancing, and not impressing judges. Could be that they are the real dancers because the dance is more important than the music. Where as with us dreamers, we just love moving to our favorite music.

"Social dancers believe that things work out best for
those who make the best of how things work out."

Monday, May 18, 2020

Catching Up

Plandemic is a 26-minute conspiracy theory video released in May 2020 that promotes a variety of falsehoods and misinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was produced by Mikki Willis's California-based production company Elevate, which has produced other conspiracist videos in the past. The producers of the video state that it is a trailer for an upcoming film to be released in summer 2020. They convincingly prove that they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. They don't convince me.

"Social dancers never give up. They have hope and expect the good from life."


So far, 99.99% of the world accept the data of test and test. Masks and social distancing is no guarantee but way way ahead of any else.We in Hawaii have stopped viewing masks as a sign of disease, and see them instead as a social kindness, a courtesy as common as “Please” and “Mahalo.” In Hawaii we are learning to wear masks to protect ourselves from infections, but, even more important, to show consideration for others on our island. No matter what Trump and the Christian Evangelicals are selling for the love of Jesus. Keep away from Trump Protesters, specially keep them away from your family and friends. They are more likely to be infected.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Our day will come, patience.

Social Dancing is one of the three divisions of Ballroom Dance, along with Exhibition Dancing and Competitive Dancing. Exhibition dancing is choreographed Ballroom Dancing, where movements and lines of a theatrical nature are used to enhance the atmosphere of a dance that is performed before an audience. Competition is more strict because they must be judged and use the same rules for every one. In Social Dancing we just got a little more freedom and the dancers make their preferences.

 “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

Thursday, May 14, 2020

So What's Doin'?

Biggest news is OBAMAGATE, the most horrible crime ever committed on earth according to Trump and let's face it, he knows everything. After running this government almost into the ground in three years He made a discovery, OBAMAGATE is to blame. That is the reason his disorganization is all messed up. He does not know what giving all the money to the rich is doing to the country. Now McConnell agrees with Trump. The Trump Plague has been a disaster, the blame is easy, OBAMAGATE. And Fox News is getting on it. MONEY, MONEY AND MORE MONEY.

"Social dancers believe that hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make their dreams into reality."


On the Oahu dance scene, we are still in lockdown. Those with phones have found it easier to contact their friends on Oahu, Hawaii and even make foreign calls. Those with computers have a wider range of communication. Email, which works about the same as the phone and we can all contact our friends in the same fashion. But we have much more, the Micros, such as Twitter and Facebook which can give us much more information. Blogs are for more sophistication.

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Maybe by July 1st. Hope, Hope, Hope

Then there are the Browsers.a software application for accessing information on the World Wide Web. When a user requests a web page from a particular website, the web browser retrieves the necessary content from a web server and then displays the page on the screen. However, to connect to any websites and display its web pages, a user must have a web browser. I have three, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Google Chrome.

"Social dancers believe that to be without hope is like being
without goals, what are you working for?
 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

We Can't Quit Now

So here on Oahu, we can't take classes and we are stuck at home. (OK, we are safe at home.) But we have all taken classes that were good but we just didn't get it all. Well, that experience doesn't have to end! We can find some way of reviewing most sets. See if you can find something on line that will give you better ideas. Start by playing some music that fits the dance.Then just swaying any way you like to get in the mood. You don't need a mirror here, but it helps. Once you remember how it feels, try to move the easy movements first. Try to remember as much as you can of what the teacher was trying to convey that you may have missed because of the pressures of class.

"Social dancers try not to think of all this misery, but of
the beauty that may still remain ahead of us."


Got it more ingrained in your muscle memory? Cool. Now let it go easy with the music. Moving with the music is what most social dancers go for. With more leeway on time, you have the luxury of really playing around with the choreography – adding performance, facials, some freestyle, etc. This is a great way to get better at dancing and hone your strategy in class taking. Re-learning a piece at your own pace will help you understand how to approach a piece the next time you take a class. And better yet when you get on the dance floor again. And you can still get more ideas on how to keep learning dance at home!

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

One of these days soon.

Once we start to understand the problems our reader audience faces, we should be able to find a way to solve those problems. At this time there is not much we can do but keep giving the reader/dancers what little dance information we can get. We also have to have patience and wait for feedback from the readers. Whatevah, these blogs are still evolving and the one clear advantage is the Two Center when and if we get one. The rest of the reader/dancers know what we offer - and there have been few takers.

"Social dancers believe that hope means hoping when things
may look hopeless, or there is no virtue in it at all."

Friday, May 8, 2020

Not yet

"Social dancers are ambitious. they set goals; not because they are ungrateful for what they have, but because they are happy with who they are. They may enjoy the experience of
rising above their perceived limitations and discovering new levels of their capabilities."


We may not get out much and we are very limited in contact with other people, so for now we must adjust. We still have the telephone and the computer and that helps but it is in a very unique small body of people. We don't know what is happening around the island of Oahu. This blog is social media and made just for such an occasion as this. So we ask everyone of our readers, email it in. What's doin'? Share with our fellow dancers. We can still remain a happy family.

"The Hukilau Song" by Amy Hanaialii

Patience, our time will come again.

People used to think the world was flat. It’s not that they were stupid, it’s just what they were told. Then came Magellan who set sail in one direction and returned from the other. Those of you that are new to our dance world, it is your turn. You can settle for someone else’s version of our dance world. Or you can bravely embark on a journey of your own. And there will be plenty to see when the lights go on again. Latin Dance is rapidly coming to prominence. And you will begin to recognize the fads which are usually money. Gradually you will find the definition of our kind of dancing.

“Social dancers believe that the past is made out of facts but the future is always hope.”

Monday, May 4, 2020

It ain't over til it's over

We must not relax too much, even though we are not doing too bad on Oahu. We should understand that there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. So watch it, be careful. Patience.

"Social dancers believe that they may begin die if they cease
to expect anything good from tomorrow."


Many of us have been staying home and besides looking at TV we have had a bigger opportunity to listen to some of our favorite tunes. There are an awful lot of oldies but goodies music that we just haven't had the time to sit back and just listen. Most people usually listen to music when working out, driving, or sometimes even while working and it creates a fun and lively atmosphere in everything that we do. Music sets the mood and is often in line with our emotions as we all can recognize its role in the theatrics of movies, musicals, and dramas. A relatable instance of the way music affects us all would be in terms of social dancing on Oahu.

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed 

Have patience, if the "protestors" don't gum up the works
we shall dance soon.

Meanwhile back at the Ranch, we, the bloggers and readers have begun to understand the problems of our fellow reader/dancers. We should be able to find a way to reduce those problems and share the word with all the dancers on Oahu. At this time there is not much we can do but keep giving the reader/dancers what little dance information we can get, - have more patience and wait for feedback. Whatevah, these blogs are still evolving and the one clear advantage is the Two Centers when and if we get them. The reader/dancers will know with time that we offer anyone, to share their pearls of wisdom with our fellow dancers, on this blog.

"Social dancers believe that hope, too, can be given to anyone
from other human beings."

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Cinco De Mayo

France  had invaded Mexico in the winter of 1861 and seeking to legitimize French rule in the Americas, Napoleon III invited Maximilian to establish a new Mexican monarchy for him. Napoleon decided not to make it a kingdom but an empire. He had his eye on Central America. And he chose Maximilian of Austria to be Emperor of Mexico.

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

Puebla, May 5, 1862
In 1862, the French marched from the coast to Mexico City under the command of General Charles Latrille. The French expected to be welcomed by the conservatives and the clergy. The Mexicans dug in at Puebla and heavily fortified it under General Ignacio Zaragoza, where around 4500 Mexicans troops faced off against over 6000 French.

"La Golondrina" compose by
Narciso Serradell Sevilla 1862

The French expected the Mexicans to retreat in the face of their aggressive assault and attacked recklessly. The French ran low on ammunition and many of their troops were weakened by sickness . On May 5, 1862, the Mexican forces managed to drive back the French to Veracruz while losing 83 men and the French lost 462. The date became the major Mexican Celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

"La Paloma" a favorite of Empress Carlotta

With the support of a larger French army, and a group of the rich conservative Mexican monarchists hostile to the liberal administration of new Mexican President Benito Juárez, Maximilian was able to get control in Mexico City. Once there, he declared himself Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864. And it took Benito Juarez three years to get financial and military help. Some from the United States to reclaim the republic. Maximilian was captured and put before the firing squad in 1867 and Cinco De Mayo became officially a National Holiday in Mexico.

On the left: Maximiliano, El primer y ultimo
Emperador de Mexico, 1861 - 1867

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."