Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Web Site?

This is first edition of the Sunday dance blog on Oahu


And we have the first outside announcement to share with our fellow dancers on Oahu.

In just a couple months since reopening, the total number of Trump Pandemic cases in Hawaii has reached 6,700, and public health officials are now reporting around 200 new cases a day. During this time, the death toll has also nearly doubled, jumping from 26 to 49, the figures show.Hawaii is the latest state where the number of cases is increasing; the Southern and Sun Belt states have been experiencing explosions of new cases and deaths in recent months after many reopened in May at the urging of Trump, and the pandemic picked up steam in those areas. 

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Dancing news from any dance group on this Island. Email it in and I shall post it.

“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.” From the song IMAGINE. By John Lennon 


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Shall We Dance?

By Frederick Aoyama, Palolo Valley
Nobody seems to know what real dancing is. And I suppose there are many different kinds of "real" dancing. Perhaps ten thousand different dances throughout the world. To find a real dance would be the easiest thing in the world or it would be quite impossible. Each person has to find their own and social dancers were the fastest growing group on Oahu when the Trump Pandemic hit. Meanwhile we have several dances at hand, in which you can look and feel like a dancer more to your liking for when the lights go on again.

“Social dancers believe that if you lose hope, somehow you
lose that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all."

 

And the ladies can look feminine more to your liking. The American Style of dancing and specially the Latin dances are a very good beginning, Although some men have learned Salsa on the dance floors of night clubs on Oahu and have done very well, they have also found it necessary to take lessons with a variety of Salsa dance teachers. You must have a great passion for the dance to learn without lessons. Fortunately we, on Oahu, have some the best teachers of American style of dance in the Pacific.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


They don't play much variety of Latin music in Hawaii Night Clubs so we have to take what we can get. The young are more into acrobatic bop, hip hop, do wop and disco type which is always non-stop. So this means that you can only find our kind of dance music in the various social dance clubs about town that have a little breather in between dances. The silence can be golden. Most are in public buildings such as School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers and of course, the deluxe Golf Course Ballroom, Any man interested in dancing would find any of these places good to start to gather information for the learning process.

“Most Social dancers understand that life is under no obligation
to give us what we expect.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Information Contributors

Our Blogging is just holding its own with very few legit hits. Occasional splurges from search engines but not like da reel teeng. I am looking for these dancers out there that are willing to share some Island dance information with our fellow dancers. Ideally it would be a small paragraph and a photo. The effective job is when the synergy multiples into a larger amount of hits for all internet dance connections on this Island. For now we must work on getting the same synergy with more hits, which tell us that we are communicating.

"Some Social dancers believe, that if is not them, then who will stand
for facts and reason and learning and truth?


We simply need a blog site that communicates with our fellow dancers and we must be well aware of it. I must seek Information Contributors to any blog of their choosing. When we get three semi - permanent people in any blog, we can start the planning to make it independent. I can appoint all three as Administrators and I can resign as Administrator. They will run it as they wish and all I will do is blog what I can.now and then when needed. But it is on its own and it can get it's own information contributors. With one more after that they could tell me that "they accept my resignation."

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner


I have got a lot of work ahead of me and I do not have enough time. You, young people might think about yesterday because hopefully you will have learned from your mistakes. Then it should also be pleasant to remember the good things. You must think about tomorrow, because you hope to do better than you did yesterday. But the important one is always today, make the most of it. It will never come again. We must cater to the wants of "our" reader/dancers, give them what they want and make it easier for them to make the right choices. This is different thinking? Definitely.

"Most social dancers accept that a good idea
can never drop into a closed mind."
 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Couple more months.

After all these years I have accumulated a little data which is a little more than just a guess. An educated guess but still just a guess. Some people will differ which is just fine, and they may be more right than I am. About 5% of the population in most states can be classified in the dance category. For Hawaii, it would be about fifty thousand dancers but I actually think we have a little more than that but this is easy figure to start with.The "to be seen" categories must take at least 20% of that, ten thousand dancers, which includes all kinds of exhibition dancing.

“Social dancers may believe how a little tomorrow
can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.”


The disciplines, American, and International, with Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and all the other ethnic dances. may have ten thousand dancers. The young and the occasional dancer takes a piece of the total  Most of it in the solo dance routines. Very little partner dancing. The Night Club dancers and the peripherals, (line, salsa, swing, and tango) will take 10,000 and all them will be overlapping into each other sections. That leaves about 30000 of the total for real solid, social cultural dancers, which is a hefty amount and growing daily.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Many of the peripherals will be joining in the fun, specially when the entire dance scene begins to open up. The Studios will lead the way, followed by the night clubs, gotta make da money. The Dance Clubs will began their reorganizations. There are people living in West Oahu that would rather not go all the way to town so we may expect a lot of action from Kalihi all the way up to Kapolei.. Of course they may throw in a Polka every ten years, but it will be all for fun. And that is the name of our game. Of course, I just found out that many think this is a Web site. Sorry, this is a blog!

"Social dancers know that it is simple task to make things complex,
but it is a very complex task to make them simple."

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Dancing is Dead

All non essential businesses closed during the state shutdowns, economies suffered and unemployment rose. Dance studios and dance clubs had closures and cancelled events that arrested ballroom dancing. The dance environment has been trying to fight back with online lessons and special social distance parties, dance exercise videos, and taped videos of recent dance events to attempt to keep the spirit alive. But the Trumpanzees got involved and it went too far. The cases went up and the deaths are still going up. What does it all mean for ballroom enthusiasts? When and if dance studios and club do reopen, will patrons respond by returning to practice their beloved sport and art? Or will the combined fears and uncertainties of ballroom dancers prevent the revitalization of ballroom dance?

“Social dancers do not concentrate on their sufferings.
They would rather concentrate on their hopes."


The answer depends on how you define "death." The end of all ballroom dancing? Certainly not. In a self-centered view, we could call ballroom "dead" if there were no more social dances in our area, if there are no places where we can take lessons. We are fortunate that our island area has many interested parties. Some could disappear but we will gain new ones and there can still be a market for dance. Equally, one could fairly consider any significant reduction in the community as "death," since it will make for an ecosystem that looks very different from the one we knew in 2019. Death of "dance as we knew it," you might say. But most of us will dance again.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


Count me in with the "dancing is not dead" crowd. In spite of the perception that this thing has been dragging on FOREVER, it may be only a couple, three months more. The State may close again but it should be temporary. I'm sure it will take a while, and we could anticipate some difficult bumps along the way (spikes in cases or deaths), but humans are not going to tolerate living like this forever. We will find ways to get back to what we like to do, much of which involves close proximity with other human beings. Well, The SPIRIT of ballroom dancing is alive and prospering! Dancers have too many fine memories to be willing to let go of their passion so easily.

"Perfection is Annihilation, it paralyzes us from working with the heart.
Humans are not perfect by nature and imperfections are
what makes the world beautiful."

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Coronavirus scams

They are here on Oahu on the phone and making money. Big Pharma is selling through Trumpanzees and making millions in the entire country. We must learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information. And even there, please be wary. Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.

“Social dancers know that the problem with hope, is that
it gets your hopes up. - But hopelessness is worse,
and we shall dance again.”


Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Many give the initial understanding that they will send it free and then after they have your address and other information, the ask for your credit card number. Stop it right there if they get that far. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work. Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes. Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money. Trumpanzees and Big Pharma have found this to be Easy Money.

“Social dancers believe that it is not so much about who they used
to be, as it is about who they choose to be.”

Monday, August 10, 2020

Our Blogs

The entire structure of our dance blogosphere, is just about complete and just waiting to be put it into real practice. The 2 centers will be crucial, those willing to contribute their 2 cents of interesting information and/or photos that can be shared with our fellow dancers.They will establish whether this blog can handle independence. If it cannot, then the next in line may do it. Whatever, I must get rid of the best blogs and the junk blogs will remain mine. From there I am finally getting contact with a few people in the Micros, and convince them of the value of being a Guest Blogger.

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature
cannot do without." ~Confucius


The Guest Authors will have their own blog within a blog. They can write what they want and whenever they want, and it is their blog. The blog structure merely provides the platform and ready made readers. And when there are enough Guest Bloggers and enough hits, the blog will become independent from me. They will be on their own. Town Dancer is at such elevated heights that is not something to worry about. They will remain at the top.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges"


It they can get 33 average hits per day it means 1000 hits per month. From there it is only up. So those that only wish to be info contributors, email it in and it will appear in the blog of your choice and you will make a difference. Keeping in mind that we are very current and any of your friends can send in what they wish including photos. We will all be sharing, our aim is "Social Media," and that will take some time to understand. Some of our readers are developing into very good social dancers. And a very few may want to go farther and become exhibition and competition dancers. As long as we can enjoy and not harm anyone.

“Social dancers believe in their infinite potential. Their only limitations
are those they set upon themselves." 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Waltzing?

By Robert Reyes, Makaha:
Yes, we got time to rehash. The ancient three count dance in England evolved into the waltz after the War of 1812, and its modern hold took root. In 1819 Carl Maria von Weber wrote "Invitation to the Dance," which marked the adoption of the waltz form into the sphere of absolute music. The dance was initially met with tremendous opposition due to the semblance of impropriety associated with the closed hold. Though the stance gradually softened, it was accepted for the lower classes but not for the "ballroom dancers."

"Social dancers know that all of us have to do more
to contain this virus, hope is not a strategy.”


In the 1840s several new dances made their appearance in the ballroom, including the Polka, Mazurka, and the Schottische. Most came in as fad dances but many remained as a fun dance even a century later. In the meantime a strong tendency emerged to drop all "decorative" steps such as entrechats and ronds de jambes that had found a place in the Quadrilles and other dances. And that brings us to the entire 19th century. Over great parts of the world people were finding the joy of partner dancing and many were realizing that they did not dance the same or even to the same music.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom


The Blacks, who had been in the Americas for 3 centuries, were now getting their freedom and in the Americas they began to develop their own versions of the local Indian dances. And more than that they developed their own versions of the European and Indian music in general. At the beginning of the 20th century, the US specially was ready for its revolution in music and dance. Some guy named Harry Fox, invented the Fox Trot in 1912. And the entire shebang began a good start at the beginning of WWI.

“If you think hope is just a dream, remember
that dreams can come true”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Adjusting, not easy

Town Dancer blog is still holding up pretty good in hits. But this month has been very good for all the blogs that I cover (with counters.) There has not been much dancing to write about or photos of our fellow dancers. We must be patient and the other blogs and web sites are going through a period of adjustment too. There have been some dance organizations that have not shown much interest in blogging and their views must be respected. For now we are getting some interest from commercial dance entities.

"Social dancers believe that there may be beauty in finding
the silver lining, even through the darkness."


We have no clear cut connection with any dance group yet, I get a trickle from my Twitter and Facebook and surfing the Internet. I now have a more open mind on the subject and I will help the dance community wherever I can. And I must try again with the line dancers and maybe country dancers. So it remains that I must find steady information contributors from anywhere willing to share dance information to the reader/dancers. In the West the blog that needs is Social Dance Oahu. I expect Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club to be the first, but West Oahu is wide open.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner


The Trumpanzees set us back, the cases and deaths went up and we may have to lock down. We should settle down in couple months if the school openings don't spike. Most groups are just holding on and waiting to come back any time they figure it would be to their advantage. We humbly thank all the rest. Then we can work to make all the first blog independent where the administrators together with the guest authors can make their own rules. And I can resign from it.

"Social dancers believe that it may not be too late
to seek a newer and better world.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Yvonne Rusinsky

We all have families and mine are mostly on the Mainland in California. I received a nice email from my neice Yvonne. Her daughter is Brigitt and her mother is my sister Beatrice. I include parts so we can all see the similarities in all families.


Hello there Uncle Joe‼️‼️   Just came back from the testing site here in Woodland Hills ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ.  My Brigitt and I go every month to be tested for this horrendous virus ๐Ÿฆ  So far we are negative .. Hooray Hooray❣️❣️   How are you feeling lately /  I know you are taking care of yourself ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ.  Mother is coming along.. from the wheelchair ๐Ÿฆฝ to the walker now‼️‼️   She has home health nurses coming 3 times a week and trying to do the best she can (she is 93 yrs. old) ❣️❣️  It’s BillyBob’s 1 year anniversary since his death... August 11th๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ.  Time flies and we are left with memories of a lifetime๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•. Sending you a great big hug๐Ÿ’œ.  Sent wrong picture (sorry)


"Cien Aรฑos" por Pedro Infante

I am glad I am not burden for these good relatives. Now I have a terrific helper from HMSA that comes in once per week. I have a nurse that comes in every three weeks and I see my doctor every three months both from the VA. Now I am beginning to feel I am burden for them. Well, it wont be for long. And I can wish all my relatives well.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God,
which is why we call it the present.”