Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Last?

We have come a long ways. From just jiggling to a beat. 8000 years ago, to the dancing we do today. Somewhere along the line all over the earth, these savages learn to accent one count and the other was less. The Two Count measure. Then some dummies went more and developed the three count, accenting the one. Some may have gone to six counts but that is hazy. And they could go forward, walking, or backward or sideways. They could even turn to the left or right. So when music began they could have a little more fun moving to the music in many ways. 

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

At any rate, this blog will be the last for a while and wait for the Trump Pandemic to be over. There is possibility of January the first and we can start the year of right. I am now 95 and as I approach the ending chapter of life I have met two kinds of people. The ones that have built me up, (bless their souls) and the ones who tried to tear me down. But in the end, I want to thank them both.

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

Friday, September 25, 2020

Moving Very Slowly

The Blogs are staying pretty stable with few average hits per day. There are bunches of hits a couple times per month from the search engines which keep these blogs a float. I have cut down to a blog every other day. And it may go to a blog every two days, depending on the feedback. Just one or two information contributors would do wonders. Photos at this moment are the most important part of our feedback. Oahu Dancer blog will have it's last posting for a while on this coming Sunday. Hopefully we can start the new year with it again.
Blogs are whatever we make them. Exact definitions of a "blog" is a fool's errand.

Dancing on the Internet for us, seems to be mostly in Facebook, in two groups. Dance Blogs and Dancers. And many of the reader/dancers read in both group posts. Most comes in the "to whom it may concern" category but it does get quite friendly because most of the readers know each other. And then, lucky for us, we are beginning to get some photos of our fellow dancers. Old pictures but remembrances of the "Good Times." So we have a lot reader/dancers on Oahu and we can sure share photos and dance information to keep us going until we can dance again.
"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The announcement of a coming function is waiting but it may not be until Thanksgiving. Some thing will be planned. It will be restricted to a few people if we have to permit 50 square feet per person. But some already recognize that two people that live together can count as one. Masks, of course and temperatures taken not to exceed 104 degrees and a tube of hand sanitizer for each person. Getting complicated yes, we wont be out of it for awhile. But the real meat and potatoes for blogging is the description of what happened, after the fact, at the function together with photos and we spread the word.

"Blogging Writers: We dream. We write. We believe, therefore We are."

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday, One More?

We are learning on Oahu to live with the Trump Pandemic. We are all aware that Trumpanzees do not believe in testing, wearing masks or respecting social distance. If they want to disrespect each other, they have "rights." The stats are there and they are more likely to be contaminated than ordinary humans. Don't argue with them, it is useless. Keep away from them. Ten feet, mo bettah. Don't allow any of them on your property.

 An oldie but goodie: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

In dancing we are making some progress. We believe that two people that live together can sit together and dance together with safety. If they wear masks and respect social dance it is not so bad. They protect themselves and respect their fellow dancers. Temperature taking on entrance is accepted and hand sanitizer is furnished by the dance group. Now the problem of how many people can be permitted in a room? Recommended no less than thirty six square feet of room space per person. Bathrooms are still a problem.

 "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Financially, the hardest hit are the Dance Studios and on Oahu we have been lucky that most of our studios have existed to help create good dancers and not just bleed you for whatever they can get. So all of us are willing to help. And some of the local dance clubs are making plans for next month. No hand shakes or fist touching necessary,  Maybe a Halloween Dance?

   "Some people may not go where the path may lead, - they go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Around the sun.

Yesterday I completed my 95th trip around the sun on this Space Ship Earth. I have been very lucky. The Tragedy is for those have died so young and did not have the joy of a few more years of life. Then the loss to their loved one too. When we get to my age, we can understand that we have had our time in the sun and we do not have any complaints. Successful aging is to be useful, responsible and productive. Let's get on with the business at hand.

Death is a part of life for many of the older people who often say they are taking each day as it comes and not worrying too much about tomorrow. It is only day-from-day when you get into your nineties. Some older people are more desperate in their desire to reach the end. I signed the paper not to keep me alive if there is little hope. Let me go. In my life, I have fallen and I have risen and it happens to many, I have made mistakes but I live and learn. I've been hurt, but I'm alive, I'm human and I'm not perfect, but I'm thankful.

I want to thank everyone who wished me Happy Birthday on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy Dancing Everyone.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Swing Dance in Hawaii

Obviously, there’s been a swing craze in this century. How does this compare, or does it compare to the original swing craze? At this time the enthusiasm is still there in spite of the Trump Pandemic. It’s not quite the same as the enthusiasm for the dance as when I was coming up because it was something new at the time. And now, at this period, it’s something new to many of these youngsters. It’s just that it’s a different environment altogether. When we were coming up, we danced to live music all the time.

“Social dancers know that every dawn is born
with its own unique hopes!

There weren’t many tapes and CD’s and all that stuff. We didn’t even know what a disc jockey was. If we went to somebody’s house, there was someone playing a piano, or some kind of instrument for the rhythm for us to dance to. If we went to a ballroom… it was unheard of if they just had tapes. So it was always live music, a live band. And by us being able to dance to live music, to musicians, we were able to feed off the music that they gave out and they were able to feed off our energy. This may be a different century.

"Hukilau Song" by Amy Gilliom

So it was an interchange between the dancers and the music and that’s the difference that we cannot see now. Most of the time today, it’s DJs. You can only identify with the music that’s coming over the loudspeaker. Back then we could listen to a record, and we could say, "Oh, that’s Harry James, that’s Gene Krupa, that’s Benny Goodman!" We knew who was playing what, because we listened to these guys impressions so much, we knew how they sounded; we knew what they did. Now you listen to music coming from the CDs and the tapes and somebody has to tell you who the person is that’s playing. We will adjust.

"Social dancers know that hope is not a strategy.
we have to do something."

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Street Dancers?

"What do we do to this dance?"
By Kay Gilley, Turtle Bay
A piece of music will occasionally come on and even the most experienced dancers look at each other and say, "What do we do to this.?" When that happens, one of my favorite partners and I look for each other because I know that he will be innovative interpreting the music. He knows that I am OK just following what he does. If the music is more flowing and romantic in nature, he may incorporate steps from bolero, waltz and nightclub two step ... and even make up a few. If it is faster and jazzy, we have done cha-cha-cha, hustle, East and West Coast swing and even merengue in a single dance, switching back and forth as he interprets the music.

“Social dancers may believe that hope is the power of being cheerful
in circumstances that we think may be desperate.”

I think it is a great sport, and it definitely invites me to use my best following skills. Yes, this is extremely difficult for the Rootzi-Tootzis to comprehend. It may even be considered blasphemy. We may eventually have separate dance floors. We have many variations of dance on our cultural dance floors. And fortunately all these people are coming forward with a little pride. They are dancing just for fun, and you can judge them if you will, but the judging doesn't count for much in this group. For they were good street dancers that have become good social dancers.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

As a result of fewer Pandemic tests counted over the Labor Day holiday, the Hawaii Department of Health today reported double digits in new cases — the first time in more than a month after triple digit increases for most of August and early September. The state reported 45 cases on Aug. 2 and a record high of 355 cases on Aug. 13. Health officials today recorded two new coronavirus - related deaths and 66 new infections, bringing the statewide totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 88 fatalities and 10,025 cases. We may be coming out of again. The schools in question.

"The insight and experience of others is a valuable source of
inspiration and motivation. And learning from successful
leaders and entrepreneurs is a fantastic way to grow."

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday Two

This is the second edition of the Sunday Dance Blog and it is moving slowly.

Looking over the dance Web sites on the Mainland and in Hawaii, I find them all at a stand still. Many have removed their counters simply because there is not much to count. I have all my five blogs plus two others with counters on my daily stats and it is very plain, "Feedback" to share with our readers equals hits. We are able to spread the available knowledge around. So there it is and when we get to do some dancing they will make all the difference. You got something share with our readers email it in and I will post it to the blog of your choice.

"Remember this Billionaires: We be many and you are few.
You need us more than we need you."

First most needed, Feedback, - info contributors and foto contributors. Your name or you may use a pen name if you wish - no anonymous. Anything pertaining to dance, of course..Anything to advise with the Pandemic, fine. And you can feel free to feedback anything else that may be of interest to the Social Dancers. At least two lines but a nice paragraph of five or six lines would be perfect. Photos, - 2 people is mo bettah than one. Three is mo bettah than two. But 19 is not mo bettah than 18. use your head red. Yes we are somewhat limited, with Facebook, you may be read in Pakistan. Our readers are mostly on this little island Oahu out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz

Latest on the Trump Pandemic: Lt. Gov. Josh Green believes a “stay-at-home” order for Oahu, which was originally set to be lifted Sept. 10, will likely be extended by two more weeks. “I can tell you that we have to get to a point where we have no more than 150 cases a day, That’s about the sustaining threshold where our hospitals don’t get overrun.” Perhaps we can breath easier by the end of September. Halloween Dance? Not likely?

"Social dancers do not try to dance better than anyone else.
They only try to dance better than themselves."

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Basic, Social Distance

The most basic movements to music are in disco free styling in night clubs, and not partner connected, mainly for the young. From there, some proceed to line dancing, again without a partner. But the movements are programmed in sequence or a routine for each dance. The routine must be followed because everyone will be doing the same thing. The main thing, of course, is to listen to the music and then allow your body to move to it. The music first and then you go with it.

“Social dancers believe there are some days that the
bravest thing we can do,is to hold on, have hope,
dance a little, even if just for another day.”

Line dancing can be very crucial in these times because it is relatively easy to social distance. You can relax and learn the timing and the rhythm of each type of dance with some freedom. Second, it is the easiest way to learn to move routinely to the music simply because you do not have a partner. Not the hardest, but the easiest, most relaxing way to move to music, which is the best way. And it is entirely up to you how much you exaggerate each move. You can really enjoy moving to the music by yourself.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

And that movement to music is what the body seeks when it hears music, that is dancing! From there it may be easy all the way, but it can get quite complicated. You would naturally be ready to learn to lead and partner dance. If you don't get in a hurry and just enjoy each stage of the game, you will eventually be a very good dancer. There are Social Dancers that have been dancing for forty years without ever being in a competition or done an exhibition. They must have been having fun and that is the name of our game.

"The searching out and thorough investigation of truth
ought to be the primary study of man." ~ Cicero