Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club


Mark your calendars to reserve this special day because
we are expecting YOU! Face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye
 
 
Ahui Hou,
Maile Yagi for WBDC
 
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
 
 
We only get news from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa. Anyone else? We are for the dancers and any information we can give them will be appreciated by everyone. Perhaps when the new Latin Dance Club is formed, we can give them all the Public Relations that we can, "for the dancers."


 "People Get Ready" by the Impressions

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. It is the most efficient and least expensive PR.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rosy New Years

Another New Year coming up and yet New Year's eve is like every other night. There is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be  noted - and yet no person has quite the same thoughts on that evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. It may give us another chance to do better.
 
"In some places a rumor without a leg to stand
on will get around some other way."

There is something that our dance society calls each of us when it wants to put us in our place, when it wants to shut us up, when we have been too loud, too big, too opinionated, too successful, too far beyond what is considered acceptable for whatever group we fall into. In town the Creative Researchers And Producers usually decide it. And now there is an all ladies group too, the "Ladies Into Easy Screening."


Our blogs are the beginning of the Soap Box theory in a new mode. Most of the young have never heard of the Soap Box. It happened many year ago before radio, TV and the Internet. A person wanted to be heard and grabbed a Soap Box and took it to Park and got up on it. Hopefully he would be heard but mostly to only a few.

But attempts to be heard have been there for millenniums back. If you remember "The Tragedy of Julius Ceasar" by Shakespeare, written 300 years ago, about something that happened 1700 years before that, there is a good example.

In killing Ceasar, the conspirators make clear that they committed this act for Rome, not for their own purposes and do not attempt to flee the scene. After Caesar's death, Brutus delivers an oration defending his actions, and for the moment, the crowd is on his side.

However, Mark Antony, with a subtle and eloquent speech over Caesar's corpse — beginning with the much-quoted "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" — deftly turns public opinion against the assassins by manipulating the emotions of the common people, in contrast to the rational tone of Brutus's speech, "And Brutus is an honorable man."

"Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Our wish for all in the Chinese New Year: "May your hand always be stretched out in help and friendship, never in want."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lit And Lat

Everything perking on all cylinders. Received from Aunty Maile: Apparently there are plenty of our fellow reader/dancers that go on cruises. And many tell me of the dancing opportunities aboard ship, sounds pretty good.

 
The Affordable Care Act, the greatest thing to help the non-rich in their Medical bills, was almost knocked out by the Republican Attack Dogs. The worst organization (of the rich) in the US today. the KKK were peanuts in comparison.
 
Richie Fun has a nice write up on City happenings in the famous Town Dancer blog.
  
 
Pub's Side Note: In my Internet surfing I came across that wine may be better than hard liquor for my health. And in another, that to achieve true inner peace you must finish what you start. So far this afternoon, I just finished a bottle of Pinot Noir. I feel better already. Have a nice week.


 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Da Latest

This blog had no changes in the latest reappraisals so it is moving slowly but just fine. I had diluted the readership (too many blogs) and then they were also hampered by the scam spam robot hits. But now the entire enchilada is moving again, slowly but sure.

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief
is more likely to be more foolish than sensible"

I made connection with Facebook under an assumed name and it is only so, so. I got into Google Plus and I really don't know what I am doing there. But I got on Twitter again, and discovered many angles. I got a second and a third Twitter and getting in my good licks for our dance blogs.

The only thing really holding anything up is the lack of Two Centers or Guest Authors. The variety of unique opinion is what will do it. I am getting some interest through the micro blogs, especially Twitter. I look forward to getting rid of my best blog this year.


"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters

Aloha Fun People!
Here is an invitation to lots of fun!  If you want to go, call the name on this poster and get a table together FAST!

 
Note: This message was shared to me by
Verna Hayashi-Nakahodo.
Mahalo nui, -  Maile
 
 
Pub's Side Note: People are beginning to realize that we dance to music. Our favorite music. The latest Rap Waltz that the disc jockey likes so much is not it. We are all aware that dancing to our favorite Rumba, where we gotta dance it,  is not the same as something similar and the DJ says, "You can dance Rumba to it." Auwe.
 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dancing Show Business

From an old magazine:

Headline: 'Superstars of Dance' premiere: Just, WHY? ... I do recommend viewing the show as if it's an intentionally arranged nightmare ... which is pretty much the definition of what it is ANYWAY ... aggghh, mind melt!" Annie Barrett, Entertainment Weekly.

Headline: 'Superstars': A Blinding Onslaught of Glitz "If last night's premiere of 'Superstars of Dance' is any guide, you'll need a strong stomach -- and preferably an empty one -- to watch the second installment of the show tonight." Sarah Kaufman, the Washington Post.

"The best dancing rules rest on the dancers, and not on the few wheels, on persons and not presumed knowledge, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority"
 
After a few years viewer appreciation has definitely peaked and reached the law of diminishing returns. The costumes for the ladies in Latin and even in Ballroom, had been leaning more to the "sexy," to attract more viewers. But there were many complaints that some costumes are unsuitable for family viewing. While Latin dancing is renowned for its sexy costumes, some viewers reportedly believe some are taking it too far and are “embarrassingly revealing”.

"The hardest math to master is that which enables us
to count our blessings."

In a couple of months we will know for sure if the trend has been confirmed by everyone. In Hawaii, many are looking for the same level of interest, but most simply do not know.

"The Stroll" by The Diamonds

Apprentice Blogger Wanted. Should reside on Oahu and available to attend a dance function now and then. Information can be submitted by email along with a photo or two. I may furnish a point and shoot camera. Two Centers need about two minutes of instruction. Within a week or so, they should be able to decide which blog they wish to Guest Author.

Guest Authors can learn to blog on their own or with little coaching from the sidelines. They can get in, write, include photos, save and publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. From there, they can definitely help to get more fellow bloggers and make one of the blogs independent and able to operate without me.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Crunch Is Beginning.

The pressure is now on Waimalu Shopping Area. It is coming and there is nothing you can do about the greatest disruption of a community that has ever been done in the Pacific Basin. Let's face it, people don't count. It's the bread, Fred. It's the money, Sonny. It's the dough, Moe. Big Bucks in Profits.


Taken at the Present Rail Party headquarters. Hey,
those Mainlanders know what they are talking
about when they mention Big Bucks.
 
The Present Rail Party on the Rail Catastrophe has deleted the word "comfortable" in all the manuals and it is apparently forbidden to be mentioned on the Ivory Towers. But they are nice people and the part for the drivers, on how to use their feet to get more people in the bus, has been deleted, after all this is Hawaii. Although they have another chapter on "How to pack more sardines in a can," for people in the Ivory Towers.
 
 
The Articulated Bus and enough of them. One tenth the cost of Rail Crises, five times more efficient and I coulda got the bus right around the corner and get to town faster.
 
It does have a full chapter on Cattle Cars. How to getting them into short haul buses to the waiting pens and how to get the most cattle into a cattle cars without "too much" crowding. Then how to figure getting them out of the cattle cars and not lose too much time. And figure more ways of milking the public for all the money they can get. Hey we are talking millions and millions of dollars in profits. And many still do not know who is going to pay for all this. Ha!



 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Spectator Division

Who Da Guy?
The dance viewers have always been there, a group of spectators at a public dance event, listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a dinner/dance recital or showcase. A regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like for "ballroom" dancing. We see them everywhere in our dance environment.

"The truth is always the strongest argument -
all great truths begin as blasphemies."

Thirty years ago, this particular audience of very little dance and much interest in viewing the folk dances presented was perhaps 5% of the attendees. It is perhaps 20 or 25% at present. Of course, the dancers have always appreciated the opportunity to see their fellow dancers in most group dances or routines. We had fewer outstanding exhibition type dancers in those days.

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles

The peak of viewers appreciation was when ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" outdrew both editions of Fox Broadcasting's "American Idol" several years back. It was the week's most-watched prime-time television program, the first time any regular series accomplished the feat, outside of post-Super Bowl shows, in nearly five years.

Many on the dance watch ("America's Best Dance Crew," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars") were probably quietly hoping that NBC's "Superstars of Dance" did well. The mixture of styles, the continuation of the love of dance, the costumes and everything the viewers love.

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

There are lots of recaps, but reviews were rolling in slowly last year. With pretty good numbers it looks like the audience may dwindle this coming year.   Looking at some of the comments, this year's reviews can't come fast enough!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wahiawa Rolling

From: AuntyMaile@aol.
Sent: Tue 1/07/14 12:51 PM
To: auntymaile@aol.com

A INVITATION FROM INSTRUCTOR, CAROL KOHAGURA!

Aloha all,
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to start moving again. I know I do after all the eating we did during Christmas and New Year's. Just a friendly reminder -- first line dance session for 2014 starts this Wednesday, Jan 8. Hope to see you there!
Carol

Cost: $10.00 per person for 6 weeks from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, every Wednesday at the Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room. WBDC membership - $5.00 per person per calendar year!

SEE YA!

Maile


We expect to see a lot more line dancers this year and we certainly do mean "beginners." What do they learn? First becoming accustomed the usual music that is used in our type of recreational dancing. If you have to have Rap Waltz this isn't it.


Second you learn the kinds of dancing we do in social dancing. It is not Hawaiian, and most of us realize we can only say good things about Hawaiian. But it is not us. And you will learn the two Divisions of our Recreational Dancing. The Caucasian and the Latin. No Hu Hu, just acceptance of each's territory.

From there everyone just puts it together and since you have no partner you develop your own unique styling. This is specially helpful for men. When you are ready, you can go into partner dancing and it will be just a skip and a jump.You will be moving to the music of your choice and having a terrific time.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Zits and Zats.

The Tale of the Tails
By Ron Kosaka, Kapolei
The undisputed king of all male civilian garments is the evening tail-suit. Its long tails confer dignity, while its starched white expanse of pique waistcoat, shirt and tie flatters even the roundest of face and plumpest of figure. Not in Hawaii, of course.

"Music is the shorthand of emotion." ~ Leo Tolstoy

First called a riding coat, very little about the evening tailcoat has changed in the last two hundred years. Its major alteration occurred when the double-breasted model was altered, removing the B-Hone in the front. Thus the single-breasted cutaway was born and endures today.

A tailor-cutter competition, held in 1929 to establish the dress style that most suited the average man, has endured. If you are going into International Dance Style and Competitions you may as well buy it. Seventy-five years later, the style perseveres.

"Getting Sentimental Over You" by Tommy Dorsey
 

The one I have seen most and maybe I can
get somebody's attention.
 
"Europa" by Santana

From the Dance World

Dancing motivates and fulfills your social goals and reinforces positive concepts. Learning new steps stimulates thinking and gives you a sense of mastery and ego esteem. Changing partners is part of the social purpose. This keeps one learning faster and should give you confidence to dance with anyone not just one partner.

"To teach is to learn twice."

Check in with the other blogs on the island. they have much good information that we don't have. The more you know, the better.

 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

From Aunty Maile

Still top of the list as the best Two Center, Aunty Maile really does it for the reader/dancers of these blogs. The Latest: In pieces and I put it together (my hobby.)


http://www.dotswahiawa.com/events


Monthly! Audissey – every second Friday of the month
Wasabi – every third Friday of the month!
Starting January 2014 !

"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield
 
 
"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

Interruption: was the disruption brought about by the advent of the Internet blogs that caught even the dance big shots predicting it off guard. Many had these views engraved on stone. Social media upended the system of command and control that organizations could count on when media relations and advertising held a duopoly. That is the way it had always been.

Many dance wheels on this island still think they hold the keys to the kingdom but they don’t especially if they’re playing the communications game business as usual. How many still think they are so avant garde because they have a Web site?

Now controlled delivery systems of content consumption are ineffective and new style social networks have brought an age of transparency and accountability. And in our blogs we must spread the facility of communication to our fellow dancers. The cliques are already on their way out.

Countless individuals and organizations have been left standing behind the eight ball, especially evident when a new dance organization erupts. And it will happen again.

Pub's Side Note: We welcome all but the reader/dancers are mostly in the territory and you make the decisions.