Saturday, March 27, 2021


 'It ain't over 'til it's over" Yogi Berra. Same thing holds true for the Trump Pandemic. In Waianae they were already having crowds. And where did the new cases come from? Ha Ha, No one knows. Dumb Dodos. We still must be careful even if you are already vaccinated. If you must gather with other people, meet outdoors or open windows to increase air flow, still wear your. mask or face shield. Keep a safe distance from others. Wash your hands when you think you should. Listen to the careful ones around you.

 "Most social dancers have been somewhat prepared for the worst, but we never lose hope for the best."

Ballroom dancing began as partner dancing when the man led and  the woman followed. It was simple and the woman almost always knew what he would lead ahead of his signal and both made basically the same moves. However it has progressed and today the social dance has much more complicated moves. The Lead does less than the "star" of the show which is the Follow. It has been accepted that it is no longer "equal." And it works beautifully when they each know how to do their part.

"Social dancers can dance for hours for excercize. Run for 10 minutes?  - Well, - I, - um, - later."

Sunday, March 14, 2021

It's Not Over, Folks.

It hasn't happen on Oahu, we have been pretty careful. However people want to dance and they want to party. Police across the country have been shutting down parties that defied COVID-19 safety guidelines. They have shut down illegal warehouse parties where people were drinking and dancing without masks. And many large house parties acting as make shift clubs have also been shut down. Many cities have issued a special cease and desist order. In all incidents party goers weren't social distancing or wearing masks.

"Social dancers know that life is under no obligation to give us

what we expect, but we can always hope.”

State police shut down a house party near the University of Connecticut where 150 to 200 students were gathered also without masks, The three renters of the home that hosted the party were ticketed for violating the state's social distancing guidelines. These incidents come as public health experts warn that the US should not let its guard down even as cases decline. They warn that more transmissible variants of the coronavirus may likely spread and cause a resurgence in cases. Experts have warned that a strain discovered in the United Kingdom, known as B.1.17, is expected to become the most dominant variant in many states this month.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Dance Jargon

So we do have some time to clarify our conversations.

From The Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon.
Fads: Careful here, many people will be interested in new steps, patterns and even entire dances for a short period of time. They last longer now because of the amount of money spent on hype. But eventually they peter out, If you like it, enjoy it for as long as it lasts but do not forget your tried and true ones. 

Fallaway: A movement where a couple moves backward in a Promenade Position.
Fellow: The highest level attained in International Style of dance and awarded either in Ballroom or Latin Divisions. 

Figure: an activity in which a set sequence of dance steps is completed. Same as Pattern.
Flamenco: Andulusian folk dance known for heel drumming and castanets. The name dates from the Spanish occupation of Flanders and is recognized as the original Paso Doble.

"Social dancers believe that it may be because of hope that we suffer,

but it is through hope that we will change things."

Floorcraft: The art of dancing without running into somebody. It requires knowledge, not only of where you and your partner will be but also where the other dancers will be in the next pattern.
Follow: The lady partner interprets correctly the particular step or figure that the leader wishes to execute. And most ladies are marvels at it.
Foxtrot: An American Original in 4/4 time, and usually danced smooth and slow. Has three natural step rhythms.

"Social dancers know enough, that they must never attribute to malice
that which can be attributed to stupidity."