Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dance Blogging

Interesting observation: It looks like the top blogs on this island are going to be Town Dancer, Oahu And Beyond and the Honolulu Dance Guide, all at well over one hundred average hits per day. That  is each one can generate more than 3000 hits per month. Not only that, but each has the potential of going over 200 hits per day depending on the additional Guest Author. That  is communication. Out here in the middle of the Pacific, it is remarkable.

"I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work."

Of course, my work is cut out for me. Dancing in the Dark, Central Valley, Oahu-West and Nanakuli Ridge are all below the magic 1000 hits per month. One of them may be dropped, and I have no idea which one. It won't be Nanakuli Ridge because that is my private blog, but it will probably be one of the others.
 
"Yes, I have been invited to an avoidance. An avoidance?
What's that? It's a dance for people who hate each other."

It depends mostly on the Information/Photo contributors and the Guest Author wherever. The blogs that get the information to share with the readers will be ones to stay. However, there is another very important factor, the new dance club.


Ewa Beach is the best one on the market and they have had at least three in the last 20 years that fizzled out. Next is Waikele or Waipio, (virgin territory) then one in the upper Moanalua Corridor, maybe Pearl City. The Waianae Coast shows flickers but nothing for the near future.

Another problem is finding a place to dance. But our blogosphere is getting its chance to evolve as a unit. A good American Style dance teacher for Guest Author, a place to dance and we have it made, in the shade.

Pub's Side Note: Finally found out how to copy a you tube video clip with a nice song to my computer. Then I found out how to put them into a disk. I could get over fifty into a disk, but to test maybe ten and have ten small shows with very good music. Now I have to find someone in the Kapolei Chapter with some good speakers on their computer. I will give it to them to try it.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dancing Around

We consider our Cultural dance to be any dance where you hold your partner in your arms, and the man leads and the lady follows. Cultural dance covers, waltz, foxtrot, tango, cha cha, swing, salsa, mambo, merengue, hustle, rumba, bolero, jive, samba. There maybe a few dozen others, many of them that are considered specialties and require special fans.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

For now the required basics are few. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Tango, Swing and Line dancing at break time are on the solid agenda. Samba and Tango are in process of evolution away from strict syllabus International and American styles and progressing nicely. There are too many movements in the discipline dances that are "exhibition type."

But most disciplines begin the "class" or exhibition kine stuff late in the intermediate class. This after they have only cover a couple dozen moves, having left out an equal amount. The cultural dancer may consider at least 25 as basic movements and at least 20 as intermediate. This for dancing socially. Anything in the advanced is considered for show, exhibition kine.


Most of our dancing is not dictated from up above anywhere. Waltz is danced because in cultural dancing they can enjoy the basic music of waltz. We will not have anything to do with Quick Step or Paso Doble. We can respect those people, they should do as they wish, but we do not have a duty to follow anyone's dictation of what we should dance and how. West Coast Swing is beginning to swing more. Salsa has peaked. Bachata is making inroads and none of it is being dictated from up above wherever that may be.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media - To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. Yes, they do their job, it jest ain't bloggin'!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Buses, cheap - Rail, Big Big Bucks

We have just touched the benefits of the articulated bus (tandem) and the top brass in the city now is aware that the costs of the rail are ten times greater than the use of articulated buses.

"There is no failure except in no longer trying."

The main benefits of an articulated bus over the double-decker bus are rapid simultaneous boarding and disembarkation through more and larger doors, much larger passenger capacity (120+ versus 80−90), increased stability arising from a lower centre of gravity, smaller frontal area gives less air resistance than double decker buses thus better fuel efficiency, often a smaller turning radius, higher maximum service speed, and improved accessibility for people with disabilities and the elderly.


One third of the fleet would cost over 40 million, but it is minor compared with Rail.
These alone would ease the traffic along that corridor and in town too.

An exorbitantly costly rapid transit heavy rail project has been proposed for the small Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the leading metropolis, Honolulu, ranks 53rd in population among U.S. cities, with less than 600,000 people. If the project moves forward it will be the world's only elevated heavy rail in a metro area with a population of under four million. But there are the few that are slated to make billions and billions of dollars in profits.

 
The Chinese are now introducing the bi-articulated (two tandems.) These buses very
carefully placed would enhance the traffic for the entire island, one third the fleet
 would be about 60 million. The freeway? Where is everybody? Together that
would be about 100 million. An awful long ways from the billions and
billions of dollars that the rail would cost.

Why? It is not for the people, it's da money, honey. And they have paid millions to our representatives in the legislature who know little or nothing about the rail. But they do know where the money is coming from in "donations." As they say over at PRP, very simply, "they can be bought."


Not only that but the Chinese are not stupid. They have proven data that the buses are five times more effective in the transportation of human beings than rail. Not to mention that the rail cost ten times as much. They are now experimenting with the Tri-Articulated bus. (three tandems.) Is the Quad-Articulated far behind? They are leading the way for the rest of the dummies world.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dis n Dat


This industrial park would fit very nicely in the Ewa plain but the rail
people voted against it. 1000 people could work here and live near here.
"I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Went to a club in town and through some mistake by the disc jockey, he played a rumba that included the intro. Beautiful, hadn't done that in years. "Shall we dance? and the lady agreed and we walked onto the dance floor while the intro was going. We swayed back and forth enjoying the beautiful music and when the main theme came on we were ready. I waited for the accent and broke on the rock step and she followed, it was a beautiful gratifying dance.

"Peg O' My Heart"   ...   Buddy Clark


And it's gotta stop! What good reason do we have to do this insane thing of moving to music? In some modern civilizations many people learn to overcome these awful tendencies. You have seen perfectly educated people, with earphones, frantically trying to keep from moving to the music coming into their ears. Perhaps organizations could set up "Dancers Anonymous." Or perhaps we could make some new laws. The rich could pay the Supreme Court to make Dancing illegal. Or we could do more to accept religions that prohibit such nonsense. This natural instinct in humans must be abolished.
 
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every person has plenty;
not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some."


The two ladies met up with their local priest and complained about their two female parrots who blurted out some pretty nasty things and embarrassed them. The priest replied "I have two male parrots that I have taught to pray with the rosary and they know a lot about the bible. Bring your parrots over and my parrots will teach them a little religion."

That afternoon the ladies brought the two female parrots and they were put in the cage with the male parrots. The first thing they said was "Hi, we are prostitutes, you wanna have some fun?"

The older of the two male parrots looked over and told the younger. "You can put the rosaries away, son, our prayers have been answered."




Luis Miguel back in his younger days. He did not have to pay his current squeeze for playing the part, but he gave her a small token of his appreciation, a $2000 necklace. The song is still one of the most beautiful Latin songs in existence. I  remember it from fifty years back. You can sway to the intro and then you will hear the theme begin with all the little noises required, you have that Latin sound and you move.

Pub's Side Note: Hope you have a fast internet, and some good speakers or earphones. Otherwise, it would be better to skip it. Mahalo.









Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Blogs Are Moving

No big swings in total average hits anymore. They go up slowly, maybe 20 or 30 points then come down slowly 10 to 20 points. Then swing up again 20 or 30 and down again 10 to 20 points. The net result, of course, is that we are gaining reader/dancers every day and I see no signs of the point of diminishing returns - yet.

"Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference."

The "Good People" in the side bar of this blog are coming along fine. And since we have so many good people it can last forever. One of these days I can have somebody in charge of this and they can take care of it.

Then we also have "Good Teachers." We just have never set it up. I was thinking of Oahu And Beyond and start with the Good Teachers of the America Style of Dance. Since it is the most common among social dancers. Perhaps I can find some good teachers to help me on this. Later on if they wish they can add International style teachers too.

"Stormy Weather"   ...   Lena Horne

The information and photo contributors make a difference. The "up" period lasts longer and the down phase is shorter. This is affected even more when a Guest Author makes his posts, Wow.

The photos coming in from the outside are also coming in better. four to eight people and much better of not "peas in a pod" style. The best ones are going into the slide show and everyone seems to be going for that. The blogs are pretty much the same for now but with time we will have plenty of differences according to the territiory and that is what does it. Overlapping should not be a problem.

"Green Eyes"   ...   Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)

The good Rumba Links are moving OK, but not so good with the folks that do not have fast internet or the speakers for the music. Those with good speakers connected to their computers or good earphones (about $60 bucks) will get some terrific sounds. Anyone that has Firefox as a browser should be able to download either the full video or just the music.


Then we must polish the ethnic Holidays according to the people in our kuleana. We always have had Chinese New Year, but now we need a holiday for the Japanese and the Filipinos. We can include others later. I don't know but the guest authors that are coming will have something to say.

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming, all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." And the key is in the Guest Authors. Let the good times roll!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Pau Hana Dance

From Makaha to the Salt Lake, there are very slight rumbles on the Pau Hana dance. Many say "it is a very good idea, now let us go on to some thing more important." So it is something which may be a non thing for now. And then there are some that have no idea what we mean.

"Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement."

Right now, in Pearl City, Waipio or Pearlridge, there is a place just waiting to be transformed and used every Wednesday evening for a Pau Hana Dance. What's Dat? A dance that starts right after work and take the place of an ordinary happy hour, just handled much differently.


First, because dancers are not drunks you can't make it on the bar. So you must have a small cover. If you can get 80 people at $5, you have 400 dollars to start your kitty. With the drinks at reasonable rates, and an extra juice bar. Food snacks that you can eat with chopsticks and you've got it. You hire Da Spin Doctor for the music and it is all easy as pie.


People will dance and drink, (300ft2 dance floor) they will also dance and eat and they will also dance and socialize, every thing pau by nine and everybody goes home with light traffic. They will have had over a three hour break in the middle of the week. They get home early enough to get some sleep and wake up refreshed for the short week ahead. Can anybody ask for anything more?

Pub's Side Note: Those guys that are going to make billions and billions on the rail have been a little quiet lately. They must be celebrating, the billions and billions of dollars that will be coming in from now on. They have already hired the ones that have to shovel the money into the safes. Good thing the people in the entire state have got the money for these people. It's gonna cost big bucks.



 
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rumba in West Oahu

They are sure dancing some good Rumba in the West. The only thing that has messed up the American Rumba is the square step basic "invented" by Arthur Murray, with a slow, quick, quick.
He sued Fred Astaire for using the same basic and he won. What do the courts know about dancing? So Fred Astaire changed the timing to quick, quick,slow which was closer to the real thing. Break on the two count and rock. In most dance studios on the mainland the Rock step is introduced as an "alternative basic."

"A person may fall many times, but they will not be a failure
until they say that someone pushed them."
 
In West Oahu, they use mainly the Arthur Murray, slow, quick, quick. But many are gradually moving over to the rock step followed by a slow. The ladies that are versed in International follow this easily. All the other movements in the American go as smoothly as ever. And the dancers in the West are really moving it.


Fred Astaire studios use theirs to this very day and since they run most of the competitions those are the rules. Naturally. That division of the American Style of dance has cost them a lot of dancers that came under the solid, one rule of the International Style of dance.

 

Of course the club dancer is not required to dance Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire or International Style. All he is required to do is move in the most natural way to the music. But if he is influenced by Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire and the International Style of dance, fine. From there, he can lead, and the lady can follow and they can dance up a storm.


So in Rumba, some studios will teach the rock step as an alternate basic. And you inceasingly have Club Dancers using the rock step and slow as basic and breaking on the accent whether it is on the one or the two. Everything else is the same.

Pub's Side Note: You can skip the music if you don't have the speakers or phones for it. And if you have Firefox for a browser, you can download the entire video or just the music.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

San Diego Bus Transportation

The population of San Diego is just little more than the entire state of Hawaii. And like most cities, throughout the United States, the idea is to get people off the streets and highways and onto Public Transportation. But they realized that cannot pass a law for this. They must make riding in Public Transportation a pleasant and acceptable journey. Once that is accepted, what follows is natural. "Why buck all that traffic in my car when I can ride the bus in comfort and I can get the bus right around the corner."

"In a world flagrant with the failures of civilization,
what is there particularly immortal about our own?"

They still have trolleys (their only rail) in San Diego, seem like mini trains, some are perhaps three cars long and seem to be riding in the middle of the street. Not good. That too will pass. A modern Chinese bus with over 100 passengers each would be much more comfortable and efficient. Wherever you would go on these buses, you could be sure there are almost one hundred cars missing on the street right in front of the bus. The drivers are sitting in the bus. There no record of anyone every wanting to ride in "cattle car" a la Honolulu.

 Chinese buses, seating over 100 passengers. With increased "leg room."
21st century thinking. Not in Honolulu, here it is the big big bucks in profits.

The Rail came up briefly in San Diego but everyone seemed to know that getting to a Rail is a difficult proposition for most people.  Fortunately the administrators of the city were able to see the pitfalls in a rail system in a city of that size and they were not conned.


Important Notice in San Diego:
The Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Center will be closing for about one year beginning in late January or early February 2013. The closure is necessary to construct a multi-level parking garage and enhanced transit center for the new I-15 Bus Rapid Transit project. Additional details (specific closure date and Park & Ride alternatives) will be posted in early January.

These administrators intend to make it comfortable and to treat people like human beings. These are 21st century thinkers for this size city. Honolulu ivory tower thinking is different and "cattle" cars are a disgrace to the entire community. Somebody has to do something to alleviate all these suffering users of Honolulu Transportation. Remember when they were among the best?

Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones, closing Industrial Average is published every Friday. The last three numbers are used for the Laptop Lottery in Nanakuli Ridge and Oahu - West blogs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tempo, Timing and Rhythm

By Russell Kawamoto, Village Park

A complete working knowledge of music structure is unnecessary in order for the average beginner dancer to begin to understand the essentials. In fact, many competitors will readily admit they have only a limited knowledge of the music. For anyone studying to perform  or compete, having this knowledge would certainly be an edge. Of course loving the music first gives you the biggest edge.

"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."

Tempo should be the easiest for the beginner to recognize. The music sounds too fast or too slow or just right. You don't have to go by any stop watches though it may be handy. Less than 40 beats per minute, Fox Trot, over 40 beats  per minute Quickstep. You want  to use a stop watch, go ahead. Most will find it easy to tell a Slow Waltz from a Viennese Waltz.

The Latin dances are usually  the easiest. A Bolero is slower than a Rumba, but I have never seen anyone use a stop watch. Important, yes, but in recreational dancing the DJs usually do a good job and the tempi is very nicely danceable
 
 "Chattanooga Choo Choo"   ...   Glenn Miller (Tex Beneke)

Timing begins to get more technical. All dance music is divided into, and made up of, a series of spaced, reoccurring beats grouped into small clusters, called Bars. The regulation of occurrence, pace, or coordination to achieve a desired effect, as in dance music, Knowing how many beats per Bar are being played, is knowing its time. and this hints at what the dance is. Slow Waltz is written in 3 beats to the bar and your dance patterns are fitted to each bar. Slow Fox Trot and  Quickstep are 4 beats to the bar. Most Tangos are in 2 beat to the Bar, but a few are written in four. Most dancers have a good idea, and just use the natural moves to the music they like and it can be quite easy.

 "Take The "A" Train"   ...   Duke Ellington

Rhythm is often confused with Time and sometimes mistaken for Tempo. Simply put, Rhythm is the regular repetition of accented beats within the music. The rhythm is tied in with the music the dancer is dancing  to. They can feel the ONE, two, three in the Waltz and feel free to move within its parameters. They can feel the One, two, three, Four in the Rumba and feel free to move to that rhythm.

Most beginners that wish to learn to dance already have most of the requirements. They begin by knowing the type of music rhythm they want to dance to. They find that their body discovers the rhythm on its own and starts moving naturally to the music.


You can watch others and that helps, whether in a dance club, at a dance studio, or in a movie. Listen for the drumbeat, and notice how the dancers' bodies mimic the rhythm of the drum. Practice at home moving different parts of your body to the the music  Notice that you can follow the beat with any part of your body, or even several parts at once.


Listen to the drum beating in the music as you move, and let your feet follow the rhythm just as your hands, toes, and other body parts did before. Practice using other parts of your body to add more expression as you continue the basic dance step. You've already learned the dance rhythm---the more you practice, the more you'll be able to do it without even thinking about it.

Before you know it you will be adding new moves to the music of your choice and you will realize you have become a cultural dancer.  *  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: Automobile sales are going up, naturally. Riding the present "cattle" cars is for the birds and with a forced rail in ten years, not much choice anymore.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Just Wait!

All we can do now is wait and hope that those lying Polls were not believed and the truth shall set us free.

"How High The Moon"   ...   Les Paul and Mary Ford

Richie is doing a good job in keeping the dance scene alive and interesting for us. He has a good blog in Town Dancer and another in Oahu And Beyond. Check them out and get the latest scoop. I hope all the people involved in these dancing scenes appreciate his efforts. We need more like him. Not clones just their own honest opinions. That is what makes a blog, and it becomes social media.

"My Way"   ...   Frank Sinatra

 A drummer, tired from being ridiculed by his peers, decides to learn how to play some "real" musical instruments. He goes to a music store, walks in, approaches the store clerk, and says "I'll take that red trumpet over there and that accordion."
The store clerk looks at him a bit funny, and replies "OK, you can have the fire extinguisher but the radiator's got to stay".

"Cathy's Clown"   ...   Everly Brothers

by John Prichett
And The Star Advertiser in now learning, they got on the wrong side of the rail and leaned too far. So they are losing more than that. They are consistently wrong in their polls that end up favoring their viewpoints.

Other news publications are coming to the forefront. Honolulu Weekly, Midweek, Honolulu Civic Beat and Hawaii Reporter. These new publications are giving us Da Reel Teeng, not that warmed over crap they think we deserve. Bye Bye newspaper.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Bus or Train?

Good News, Caldwell losing ground.
Proven fact, people would rather ride a bus, than a rail train. New buses are coming out with mentions of "leg room." This had never happened before when passengers were considered in the same class as cattle.

"If you want to get ahead, make sure you use the one you have."

Now in the 21st century, they are beginning to be regarded as human beings with likes and dislikes. The biggest dislike of course is standing up. Much much better is sitting down. Not generally taken into consideration by those in the ivory towers in Honolulu.


A person that lives in Makaha that is able to ride comfortably on a bus to town, would do so, but not if he has to stand all the way. Mo bettah the car. The nightmare at present on #40 bus is a good example. Everyone on those buses is thinking the same thing. "When  I  get my car" or "I have to get a car, so I don't have to put up with this crap."

Desperately needed on the Waianae Coast. Horrible bus situation. Never before seen.

Some are thinking out loud, especially when the driver of the bus stands up and says, "Come on folks, step back, we gotta get seven more people in here." This is our present Department of Transportation.
 
"Dance By The Light Of The Moon"   ...   Olympics

In Honolulu, the results are that we are getting people off public transportation and onto the streets and highways with their automobiles. Throughout the mainland organizations are trying to get people out of the cars and off the streets and highways and onto public transportation. Somebody has got this backwards. Just ten well place tandem buses in that corridor and everyone would see the difference. No standing and there would be lot of cars missing from in front of each bus. The drivers would be sitting in the bus.


Ten Billion dollars for a Rail, doesn't bother anyone at the Department of Transportation. Property Taxes will go up, of course. Gasoline taxes at least 50 cents per gallon. The rich ain't gonna pay, you heard Romney? General Excise Tax goes to 10% But some still want to be making Billions and Billions of dollars in Profits. Guess who?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Only few days left.


Dark money is a term for funds used to pay for an election campaign without proper disclosure before voters go to the polls. If an election is held and "dark funds" helped sway the voters, it is termed a dark election. Funds can be spent on the behalf of a candidate running in an election, or to influence voting on a ballot question. Some are not aware of the implications of voting for crooks.

 Los Angeles Rapid Transit buses, almost 100 seated passenger capacity.

The phrase “hitting a new low in politics” is usually an exaggeration. But in this year’s race for Honolulu mayor, that statement appears right on the mark, with PRP and "Dark Money." Caldwell has been in denial but he is in it up to his ears and more people are becoming aware. There will still be many suckers voting for crooks.

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New Chinese tandem buses with over 100 passenger capacity. We are not talking cattle anymore, this is the 21st Century, we are talking human beings. And they will all see that there are 100 cars missing from the freeway right in front of them. The drivers are "sitting" in the bus.

Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) and other pro-rail special interests are spending over $3 million – an enormous sum in an Oahu mayoral campaign – to tarnish the reputation of Governor Ben Cayetano and thereby boost the election chances of staunch rail supporter Kirk Caldwell.

 This is the answer to all our problems and at a much reduced cost.
This could probably benefit the entire island.

PRP, an organization of general contractors and unionized carpenters, knows the $5.3 billion heavy rail boondoggle would cost much more than estimated and reduce traffic congestion by less than two percent. Cost estimates are now at Seven Billion. That’s why PRP is trying to buy the election with an onslaught of vicious attack ads, “push polls,” mailers and other propaganda filled with distortions and outright lies concerning Governor Ben’s three decades in public service.


San Francisco found out too late that they had been taken by the same crooks that are in Honolulu now. But they soon realized that not many users wanted to go to trouble of getting to the rail. Buses were full. Rail was empty. High maintenance cost, and everyone agreed it looked like hell. They finally tore it down. Now the city looking beautiful again and people riding their tandem buses very nicely. But some in Honolulu want us to spend ten billion dollars on another disaster. Auwe!

And Linda Lingle says it may bankrupt the state. She hasn't taken into consideration that the neighbor islands may be asked to help in the paying. May take 30 years but that is what Caldwell and the rest of the crooks are demanding right now. And many that have been suckered in are going to vote for him. Dumb Dodos.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Da Bus and the Rail

I live in Nanakuli and I went to town, about noon, on the C bus. It was packed to the gills. Everyone of the passengers on that bus understood one thing perfectly, we need more buses. Old ladies standing from Waianae to town should be illegal. What happened to the Department of Transportation? They just can't cut it anymore. The rail ain’t gonna do nuttin’ for us, even if it cost ten billion dollars.


I got the #93 bus in town, coming back to Nanakuli. Most everyone sitting and comfortable, and I was home in less than an hour. The Rail ain’t gonna beat that in a million years. And everyone understands that there are fifty cars in front of the bus missing because the drivers are sitting "comfortable" in the  bus. The lady sitting next to me lives right across the street from the first bus stop in Honokai Hale. She also understood about those gangsters lying about Ben Cayetano. More people are becoming aware of their crooked methods. And Dan Inouye has said nothing. Remember what a great guy he was in his time?


And some dumb dodos still want the rail? We can understand the ones spending millions to lie about Ben Cayetano. They intend to make make Billions and Billions of dollars in profits on the Rail. And everyone of the passengers understands what is happening completely. Very few in the Department of Transportation even remotely understand this. You can see by the results of the mess they have made now in Honolulu Transportation. Auwe! Ten years ago, fine, but now, down, down, down. Tourists taking the bad news back home with them.


San Francisco, been there, done that. The most terrible thing that ever happened to a city.
Low ridership, high maintenance, horrible looking. They tore it down.  They found out
that people preferred riding the bus. Now, nice and beautiful.

Our Department of Transportation is last century thinkers, not this century thinking. Every Department of Transportation on the Mainland is concentrating on getting people away from their cars on streets and highways. And get them to use Public Transportation. It is not going to happen the way it is being done in Honolulu now. Only the users understand this. Very few of the outsiders. Rail will only screw things up.




Friday, November 2, 2012

The Manly Art of Dance Strategy

From Dancing USA, 2000
By the Seagulls


Whether by nature or by nurture even in social situations, we men tend to think in terms of military-like strategies. In social dancing, we often feel that we must perform superlatively, which keeps many men away from dancing. We who have taken dance lessons, however, have joined the fray and willingly put ourselves in the line of fire, so to speak.

 "Yes, you can't take it with you, but that's the only place you can go without it."

Now that we are ready  to dance, there are some “rules of engagement,” which may help us carry out our mission in a social dance. So first we cover the general rules, then discuss specific stratagies for dancing partners of different skill levels.

The object of social dancing is to have a few enjoyable moments together (and sometimes to chat after.) It takes away from the magic to hear, “Oh, I am a terrible dancer,” or “Are you sure you want to dance with me? I’m just a beginner.” Such statements over-focus on the skill issue, ignoring the social compliment that we pay the lady by offering to dance with her - we want to spend time in her company and perhaps get to know her better.

"Are You Lonesome Tonight"   ...   Elvis Presley

Smile, look the lady in the eye and speak clearly when you ask her to dance. If you are very worried, follow the same instructions. It is diagnostic to see how the lady treats you. Is she kind? Does she look like she is having fun? Do not misinterpret advice to look confident as meaning you should be a “show off.” Our job is to make the lady look good, not to use her to make ourselves the center of attention.


Regardless of the lady’s level of skill, she will enjoy being complimented even if her training in modesty, makes her protest. If she is a good dancer we can compliment her dancing. “I’ve admired your skill on the floor,” “It’s a pleasure to watch you,” “You follow so easily,” “You feel so light,” If we can not sincerely compliment her dancing, we can surely compliment her appearance. “That color is lovely on you,” “What a wonderful smile you have,”or her manner, “You have such an infectious laugh,” “I really enjoy your conversation.”  *  *  *  *

"Hey Good Lookin'"   ...   Hank Williams

Pub's Side Note: John White is from Arkansas, Peter Carlisle is from New Jersey and Caldwell was born in Waipahu. Can you guess which one said, "We gotta send these Flips back to the Philippines." Would you say all of them, only two, just one or none of the above? For our ongoing Poll. Hey, we are learning their methods.