Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Latest

I don't hang around the same circles as before so it has taken me a while to become aware from the few people I still consult with occasionally. So I just realized the existence of a new clique in town, mainly women. Ladies International Association Repeating Stories. (better known for the acronym.) They are believed to be a Spin Off from the Creative Researchers And Producers. They have tried to keep it secret but it gets around like anything else. Not much truth to what they repeat but they just make sure it tears somebody down. And that is their raison d'etre.

"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to get out of than bad ones."

Our dancing world is going through a nice reappraisal from within. No outsiders coming in with their rules and regulations. With so many terrific people in our entire dance environment, it's a wonder. The dance studios, the different dancing styles, American, Country, International, Social, Night Clubs, Universal and Line dancing. The good new clubs, the expanding horizons in the West.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra
 

Our only Mini - Blog and not doing so good.
Let it ride another month.

Too many of us old timers are still too much into the old ways and these younger people in the fifties, sixties can see the dance scene in a different light. They are the greatest and fortunately we are gradually recognizing who they are. And what is more, they are willing to share their opinions and help each other, - talk about good people, this is it. And the West is getting more of them. Somewhere along the way the eastern part of the Island will get going too. The old cliques are shrinking.

"Live To Tell" By Madonna
 
 
One of these two in the East will make it.
But other people will be the deciders.

We thank our readers for their understanding of our typos. Before they had spell checkers they had to rely on proofreaders and of course, they were not perfect. One good example; local newspaper carried the notice. "That John Doe was the "defective" on the police force. They were promptly notified and it was changed.

John Doe as a "Detective" on the police farce.

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"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.
 
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A little here.

From Rudyard Kipling poem. You all know it.
 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
 
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
 
So we are missing a few people from this blog and all we can do is accept it. They should do as they please. I have gone through this in many places. Where I try to include all the dancers possible but then some (they) make the negative decision (I may be making big bucks, some way,) and then I abide by it and they are become excluded.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones

And yet we are getting more readers in the blogs. So what are they interested in? The news of what they did not see and none of us can be everywhere. But some of our reader/dancers are just beginning and willing to share information with their fellow dancers.
 
"Remember, if you're headed in the wrong direction,
God allows U-turns!"
 
Those that wish to keep to themselves will see that it is just fine with others too. And there will be another club for public dancers in a short while. And only because they couldn't get what they wanted in the private club in the first place. We are getting there and some people are beginning to see where they went wrong.
 
Then there is the possibility of a Latin Club in the West, catering to Latin Music and Dance. Latin Waltz, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha as the base and definitely for the over 40 crowd. Of course, the music is the important part and a few of our DJs still use the "You can dance Cha Cha Cha to it." and it never enters their minds that what the "dancers" feel is much different. You gotta dance Cha Cha Cha to it is in a far different plain.

Pub's Side Note; "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

 
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

No Dancers in Rail Disaster

And one of the braggarts of the Rail was telling me of the capabilities of the Rail getting from Kapolei to Honolulu in 5 minutes. Hey Hey Hey. Forget the people, we are talking big bucks and visions of grandeur.

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains
taken to bring it to light."

Paris Rail crash

At least six people have died and over a hundred were injured when a packed French intercity train derailed and crashed at high speed into a station outside Paris on July 6. The French railway company SNCF said the train travelling from Paris to Limoges was carrying 385 passengers when it derailed at 5.15 pm on Friday at Brétigny-sur-Orge in Essonne, 20km south of Paris.Four of the trains seven carriages ploughed into a crowded platform at rush hour on one of the busiest days of the year for holiday getaways.



Security services have been working on the wreckage where passengers are believed to be trapped in mangled carriages, which were lying on their side.The French president François Hollande, visiting the scene, said six people were killed and 22 were seriously injured, including one who was in a critical condition. The prefect's office in Essonne said a total of 180 people were injured. Hollande said three inquiries had been launched into what caused the derailment.

Michael Lesaunier, the owner of a cafe beside the busy suburban station told iTele: "The train approached very, very fast, knocking out everything in its path. It was rush hour, the platform was full."

When it happens in Honolulu, and they cannot avoid it, there will be many more deaths and injuries for it is going to fall on a lot of people. And it is going to cost us Billions and Billions of dollars to tear it down again.


"And I coulda got it right around the corner where I always did."



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Smile

From the Zine, 1997

A smile costs nothing but gives much, it enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give it. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or so mighty that they can get along without it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business and is the countersign of friendship throughout the world.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet, it cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give a smile. Give them one of yours as none needs a smile as the one who has none to give. ****

"April Showers" by Al Jolson
 
Days of Whine and Noises
 
Do you care enough to be apathetic? ... Yes, there are people that do not want you to be well informed on Dancing ... Is it true? There is no such thing as a gratis noon time meal? ...You can tell more by what a person says about others, than what others say of them ... Was there really more prime time than before the invention of TV ...The pessimist is worried because he's afraid the optimist will be right ...What ever happened to the Creative Researchers And
Producers?

Dance Agenda: A lady is not obligated to dance with anyone. She may refuse for any reason. By the same token, a man has the same rights. Fortunately many of our people are meeting each other on happy common grounds and everyone is having fun.


The First Mini Dance Blog. Short and Sweet.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music.


 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Al Franken

It's about time we get this in Hawaii. People all over the country are becoming aware of the corporate power in our human politics. The disaster occurring all over is becoming evident. In Honolulu, the most glaring example has been and still is the Rail Party. And who runs it? Ah, Ha! Nobody knows, but we are beginning to suspect it's the Big Bucks.  And they are mainly interested in making more.


Our Mayor elected by the Rail Party, was raised in Waipahu. He can look anyone in the eye and tell them that if the flips don't like the bus situation they can go back to the Philippines. These people work at minimum wage jobs in Waikiki, get off work tired and find that they have to stand all the way to Waipahu. the bus driver gets up, in Aiea somewhere and says, "Please folks, step back, I have to get seven more people in here." Auwe.

 
The Czar of the Rail Party, imported from the Mainland, gets more in salary than the Governor and the Mayor combined. So how do you like them potatoes? They cannot spend an extra ten thousand for maintenance on the buses, but he just get the $35,000.00 bonus. For What? Yeah, man, it's the bread, Fred. So residential property taxes will double in five years. You lucky people.
 
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pot Pourri

While we have not been able to get enough "local" news and "local" photos this blog is still holding up pretty good. Just one good steady Two-Center would make a big world of difference. But who knows about blogging?


Follow up on Paul's introduction to the Ohana Night in the Blogging Hawaii blog. That is a very nice dance night, plenty room, nice people and for me they kokua very nicely so that I can get information and photos easily. For non-members, $5 is a good price for an evening of fun. I am willing to help get it going.

"A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom."

I get a few snippets now and then, and sometimes I can make them into something but hard to do. The upcoming Jargon in the Dancing in the Dark should give some of our reader/dancers some ideas of what the rest of us don't know and would like to know.


Most of us are well aware of what has happened with our two most important newspapers and it may get worse. When the Star Advertiser was bought by the Rail Party that was the end of them and now they are fully aware of it. The Mid-Week is holding on pretty good because of the free home delivery.

Honolulu Weekly gone for now. and hopefully others will try to revive it or create their own new one. There is some on-line alternative press but people are not that aware yet. We need more local news that is not purchased by the Rail Party or any of those rich enterprises.
 
Q: What do ghosts dance to? A: Soul music, of course.


Formal Attire: definitely not for Cultural dancing. This requires a tuxedo or tails for men. We are in it for fun, not for show.
 
Dance as if no one is watching,
Love as if you have never been hurt,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though it were heaven on earth.

 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Our Dance Jargon


From the back of the booklet.
 
In ballroom dancing today, a large amount of fans talk to each other in dose and disa way. Not many have adequate knowledge of the jargon of dancing. However, to communicate to each other, it is almost as important as the mastery of the basic skills.

Dancing Jargon varies from one part of the world to another. In Hawaii, these definitions were gathered from sources in dance books, magazines, newspapers and newsletters from the Mainland. All of which are available in Hawaii to anyone. Also terms suggested by Mainland and Local cognoscenti.

Only a miminal coloring of Hawaiian flavor has been permitted and most step patterns have been omitted. Happy Dancing.


What we intend to do now, in 2013, is establish the Jargon of Hawaii's Dancing World, carefully excluding those that have made it plain that the do not wish to be included. It will be tried in every Monday blog of Dancing in the Dark, alphabetically taking one or two letters at a time. Feedback will be gratefully accepted. And hopefully everyone will be happy.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The New Spectator Division

By Harold Nakamoto, Ewa Beach:

We are getting some good write ups on the competitions in the Mainland and even Blackpool. And with good reason our Oahu blogs are getting some good hits. We have not had many competition dancers on Oahu but in the last ten, fifteen years, we certainly have been developing a large group of viewers,  the new spectator division. And let's face it, we have some very good exhibition dancers on this Island.

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking. ~ John Wain

Thousands out there will see the football games but a very large group of these will never even touch a football after they are eighteen. They become viewers and football becomes a spectator sport and a good beer drinking occasion.

"Alive And Kicking" by Simple Minds

The dance shows on television have been responsible for the big increase in viewer interest in dancing. It is becoming less a dance and more a show. And many are willing to pay, - $100 tickets are going to be common, and us dancers will be having a ball and dancing up a storm at the $50 ones too.

 
OK, Kauai, Tune in and check in.

Not only that but each of the fans, for whatever the sport, has their own opinion. They become judges and "I know what I like." Many can discuss many fine points and may have excessive disagreements. The real judges are the ones that are well versed in the discipline of their choice. International may be different than American or Country and they go by different rules. Not necessarily right but also not necessarily wrong. It is their cup of tea.

So twenty years ago we use to say I am not a exhibition or competition dancer, I am a social dancer. We only had two categories. Not now, and the third category contains many people that do not really care to dance. But they do want to see and they do judge.

In many of the big dinner/dance shows in Waikiki, you can see the tables becoming empty soon after the show ends and the dancing thins out. Why? The people that left early were simply not that interested in dancing. They were there for the show and for the "see" and "be seen" social kine stuff. This analysis should continue at a later date.

New Dance Club with high cover charge and an elevated
sit down bar running all the way around the dance floor and
to the rear for the spectators.


 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Update

So now we have advertising pretty well redefined from the old days. Advertising is the good old fashion way of communicating information for the benefit of the readers and the writers. This is what we still wish to do in our blogs and make it as sweet as possible.

"A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation."
 
In the outside world, it escalated to Spam and most everyone know what a horrible deal that is except the highly paid promotors of these spams. I dropped email accounts simply because the Spam had escalated to the impossible. Now I have a strictly business email and I have established two others for my friends and neighbors. The private accounts are doing well and very little spam. The business one, so far, is not doing too bad. But when it gets too much spam, drop them.

"Crying" by Roy Orbison

Now we are getting more of the Intrusive Spam in which they find ways of butting into your regular communcation means.  That is the most horrible of all and really makes you hate the spammers. This is one time that I am on the side of the NRA. OK you guys, get'em.

In the West we need some dance action on the Stadium to Mapunapuna area. "Nobody knows from nothing." And of course, the Waianae Coast is wide open. The biggest thing goofing up the works is of course, the Rail Tragedy. Throughout the world they are trying to get people off their cars and unto public transportation. The Rail Party has already created "cattle cars" on Oahu, so no way you are ever going to do it that way.


The Bi-Articulated bus, one tenth the cost of rail,
five times more efficient than rail. And I could get it
right around the corner where I always got it.

Mayor Fasi knew what he was doing and at one time Oahu had one of the best bus systems in the US. The Rail Disaster people have now run that reputation right into the ground. Old ladies standing up Waianae to town. Auwe. Bus driver getting up "OK, folks please step back I gotta get seven more people in here." And I haven't heard it for awhile. "Sorry folks, take the next bus."

Yes, I know, it is the big profits in the Rail, Billions and billions of dollars. It's the bread, Fred.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Holding On

The hits on the blogs still vary but the hits on the entire blogosphere are going down, one or two points daily. I am learning and I pretty well know what is causing that. First I pulled back on my blogging. Then I pulled back on my visitations to the dance functions and that is specially crucial. A published notice of a happening is not anywhere near as interesting as the results at the happening with photos included. This could be easily solved by the Two-Centers and even better by the Guest Authors.

"We cannot do what one person tells us to do. But we
can certainly hear what many of you say and then
we must move accordingly."

The Social Dancer
By Stan Masaki, Pearl City

I commit to practice and have fun doing it. I will never become proficient in Social dancing, (or anything else, for that matter) without practice. In our case, just having fun dancing is practice. If you’re having a problem with a particular step or pattern, it’s perfectly acceptable to hang around a few minutes after class and go through it a time or two with your partner.

"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry

Practicing the steps at home once or twice a day can be fun with the right music and you’ll be amazed how much better you retain them throughout the week. It will make the next class just that much easier and more fun. This is another benefit of arriving early for class, it affords you the time to practice those steps once more before the instructor begins.

Most studios also offer a ‘practice party’ or ‘studio dance’ weekly or monthly. These are excellent for practicing what you’ve learned as well as seeing the more accomplished dancers, which is what you’re striving to become! There is great importance in the studio dances and the role they play in honing your dancing skills.

"You Light Up My Life" By Debby Boone

Make plans to attend the available dances regularly, even when you’re new and just starting out. Maybe even ESPECIALLY when you’re new and just starting out! You can get a better idea of what everyone is doing just by watching. The seasoned dancers are always happy to help a newcomer and the dances provide a perfect complement to your classes. ****


Pearlridge Chapter, HBDA has classes in American Style of dancing on Tuesday evening. You want American? Dis da place. They still do not have a Web site but they don't use the available facility of our blogging. Let us be patient. They have some of the best American Style dancers in the West and some of the very best potential reader/dancers of our blogs.