Monday, March 31, 2014

The Big Bash

Yes, the Annual will be done this year too but this time in the West. On Tuesday evening the 1st of April and all for free. And for those having auto problems there will be limousine service that will pick you and take you home.

Twelve piece band, playing all the old time favorites. They will have valet parking free of charge and at the entrance, door prizes for everyone. Show with some of the best Exhibition Dancers on this Island. Free tickets for the drawing at break time, on a new Mercedes Benz automobile.

There will be two professional photographers taking pictures at no charge. And during the dance they will have available 14 cases of champagne so that everyone can wet their whistles. At break time, they will serve steak and lobster and a side dish of caviar. The music will stop at midnight. If there is anything else you would like, call them and let them know.


As regular advertising transitions from a plain old marketing buzzword to common practice, there has emerged a blurring of the line between editorial content and advertising. Watch it, too many sneaks out there. In an effort to make content that looks as little like advertising as possible, many advertisers have failed to make it clear where the content is coming from and what its intentions are.

Much of the bad goop is coming direct from the computer programming schools. And their intent is not to sell, but to trick you into something you do not want. Unfortunately many of them are employed by Microsoft and Apple. Linux is about the only one that allows the users to use only what they wish to use. You cannot ask for anything more? Well, yes, I want them to learn about GUI.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Slow Down

Seems to be slowing down a little in this sector, but down town is jumping. Even the Night Clubs are doing good and can afford to be particular. I have heard there is some action on the North Shore but nothing definite.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is sure to have many people from the North Shore attending their Anniversary Dance at the Halemano Plantation. And I am sure there a lot dancers in the Central Valley. We don't get much news from the Dot's in Wahiawa or Just Tacos in Mililani. So we must be patient.


The hits are still slowing going up even though we lost most of the scam spam robot hits. So a photo in this blog can be compared very favorably with one in Facebook. (They get 250 million photos a day.) Your photo in here will be seen by your fellow dancers. 30 average hits per day is 900 per month. Send them in along with a little info and we can share with the growing readership.


Of course we are going to do our best to groom Waianae as the next excellent location of very good group of American Style Social Dancers. The Line Dancers, like every where else are a little publicity shy. So we have to wait until the next group that is not so private. Waianae District Park already has the most beautiful dance floor in the West, just waiting for the recreational dancers on this Coast. With a Good Night Club in the new Lualualei Industrial Park, the dancers on this Coast will be a little closer to Paradise.

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.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Dance Character

From Instep Magazine, 2005:

One of the key parts in dancing involves appropriately applying the character of the dance and it helps if you can interpret it from the music. There is the term "rise and fall" in Waltz in which there is a difference from Fox Trot even using the same figures. You can exaggerate but it is not necessary, you don't want to turn it into a Polka. Applying the appropriate technique to capture the character of each dance rather than blindly trying a "one size fits all" approach, is one of the most joyful aspects of dancing.


Finally there is the technique associated with each figure - the "heels and toes," amount of turn, sway, etc. However, what is overlooked is that they are actually descriptions of what the finish product should look like mostly in competition dancing. It in not a prescription for how to achieve it. Reading dance books may help but nothing will do it like the dance floor with some skilful help.


Whether you are a recreational or competition dancer, dancing is about enjoying yourself. Dance technique is not meant to take away from your enjoyment, its purpose is to enhance it! The more you understand about the different categories of technique, the more enjoyable dancing will be to you, and the more enjoyable you will be to dance with.

“The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.” ~Omar Kayyam


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Average Dancer

By Leslie Matsumoto, Foster Village

I have long believed that the average dancer is the one that has the most fun in the extras benefits, such as socializing with friends, drinking and dining in a dance party, and going to a night club in groups. And fortunately average is not real high at most clubs. So if you are not going to look down on anyone and many are not going to look down at you, that can be comfortable.

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful
about what we pretend to be.”

With a good basic of line dancing, it is relatively easy to get accustomed to the music that is used at most social dance occasions. The movements to the music will come easy in the beginning part and as soon as they get too fancy, you can switch over into partner dancing.


Getting to average is not out of reach for anybody who stays in the game and attends socials and even a night club or two regularly. In some scenes a year or two will be required. Try to make it fun thing, enjoy every step of the way, the trip of learning does not have to be chore.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Many are the ones that can learn just by watching. Some watch clips on the web to learn  the simple movements and can even purchase some DVDs. It’s easy to miss details. Of the guys who do take group classes, the majority take once or twice a week for a few months before cutting back. For some reason, the dropout rates of group classes are amazingly high after the first four to six months.

If you make a concentrated effort, it’s easy to learn faster than average. In addition, most guys level off after a few months, so just staying in the learning game beyond the first six to twelve months can make you really stand out.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wassup?

People resent being controlled. Not benevolent control, but da odder kine. It happens in all our private social clubs. So my own plan is evolving that each blog will attain its independence from me. Oahu West will eventually be on its own, beholden to no one but its readers. This is going to take some doing.


Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious
wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
~Ludwig van Beethoven


So we have three categories of people that will have some control of information for the reader/dancers of this Blog:

The Information Contributors: They can contribute all the small items that are overlooked by the big shots and that are pertinent to the dancers that were there for whatever the occasion. That is the meat and potatoes of social media that we need so desperately.

They must be e-mailed to the blog. If they wish to contribute a bigger item, why not? How about a few photos too? Fine, for the ones we are seeking, five or more people. They can do an awful lot to establish this blog as Social Media.

"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley


The Guest Authors: When they are ready, these will come from the Information Contributors. If they can contribute on a regular basis they can very easily get to be Guest Author and the more the merrier. They will be invited into Blogger and from there that can accept or not. Then they can get in whenever they wish, write what they want and get out again and it will appear on the blog. Their own private blog within a blog.

The Administrators: They really don't have much to do but there should be at least two to keep the blog going if something should happen to one of them. However they can do a lot of damage if they wish. So please be careful.

"Youth is a time of ferment, not cement."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Valley Action

You don't really need to be the best dancer in the room to have a great time! If you want to maximize your social dancing fun, you simply need to become "average" in your area and take your time in getting there. Try to enjoy the journey all the way. You do not need to be the outstanding super star, just part of the dance crowd is fine. The rest of the fun is dining, drinking and socializing with friends, just being part of the fun group.

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start."

Many beginners walk into night clubs and quickly get discouraged when seeing some of the leads with years of experience. It seems like they are having all the fun, and many believe you have to be a near pro to have a great time. During beginners hell, (for some) -- that point where you can't remember much beyond the basic steps -- it seems like you need to earn some status to get the great dances. Through the new guy eyes it looks like such a daunting task.


Not so! Just ask around with your friends and most moves are very basic and the main thing is the music. Why do you think the oldies and goodies are in such favor? Da Moosic! And you just want to move to that music. This is for ordinary run of the mill social recreational dancing. Competition and Exhibition dancing are quite a different story. And of course, some of the night club action is getting just a little too Rootzi-Tootzi.

 "Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Blog Update

The first dozen days of March have been very revealing in my data analysis, with just about everyone faintly aware that there are many dance blogs now. Town Dancer is still head and shoulders above any other and definitely due to the Guest Authors. So it is leading the way for all our blogosphere.

'The readers of these blogs continue to be the most
informed dancers in the Pacific."

Blogging Hawaii, Oahu West and Kapolei Social Dance are the three scrambling for second place. They alternate back and forth and the difference will not come about until one of them gets the Guest Author. Fortunately they have all been picked up by the search engines and that helps. I have also included them prominently in the Micros.

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

So it was becoming quite apparent that Town Dancer would be the one to be first in getting independence.  However the additional Guest Authors have not been there. With two more, I could phase myself out and they would have a blog that no one in the entire Pacific Basin could match.

Meanwhile I could be having a ball with plenty of time to polish the rest of the enchilada. Fortunately the feedback is almost immediate in the hits and it seems as though Blogger has found out how to eliminate scam spam robot hits from the counters. From there, I have to get around more making more contacts.

"A wise man can appear ridiculous in the company of fools."


The "Good People" have surfaced with many problems for many months. I tried to make it simple and not too specific but I finally had to skip it and this year I have waited to get feedback from the reader/dancers. I assure you they know what they are talking about and they will let me know.

Paso Doble? Fogadaboudit! When was the last time you and your partner dropped into some night club for a little Paso Doble?


Apparently others know more about it but not me. I may try it again in Oahu West blog. I think it would be the perfect place to test a gimmick like this for the benefit of all the reader/dancers. Really very simple and it should be easy. I pick the first good ones, (my opinion) and they in turn pick the next ones. Should be simple enough. Every month we get a new one and it will be someone else's opinion. This will be our social media.

That should be simple enough and hopefully there will be a minimum of interference from the "Big Wheels." The aim should always be for the benefit of the reader/dancers. We seem to be getting more feedback from the people and they are the ones that count.

Monday, March 10, 2014

WBDC

From Aunty Maile:
Here is a picture taken by Art Apilado at

the WBDC St. Patrick's Day Go Green Dance!
Friday. March 7, 2014
Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room


The next dance to look forward to is on
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014!


Thanks to Maile and Art, we got a picture of some fine people, many of who I remember well. Glad to see Felipe back,
looks like he is in good shape.

"Good friends are people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter, and live a little happier."


Friday, March 7, 2014

Very Nice Progressing.

We polish everyday, and hope to get another Two Center and perhaps a Guest Author. This blog now definitely in fourth place. Town Dancer in front, naturally, Dance Blogs now in second place, Blogging Hawaii, third and Oahu West in a solid fourth. The addition of a Two Center or Guest Author will definitely make a difference for any one of these blogs.

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."


Many people live pretty close to Paradise, and work and play on the outskirts of Honolulu. The big city is nice to visit but you don't want to spend half your life commuting. I coulda been home in 20 minutes is a goal for many people. And don't knock the minimum wage. The minimum wage is worth ten times more in Waianae, the North Shore or Windward than in Honolulu. This fact has been covered up by the Present Rail Party and we all know why. Da Big Buck$ in profits. Millions and Millions of dollars.

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice."


A small industrial park like the one planned near Mililani could
have hundreds of cars missing on the freeways to and from Honolulu, and hundreds of cars missing from Honolulu traffic. But for the Present Rail Party, it's the bread, Fred.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another WBDC

From Aunty Maile:
COME JOIN IN THE JOY OF DANCING!
GREAT MUSIC!
NICE PEOPLE!
GREAT FUN!
Although the donations on the flyer are endorsed for Felipe Repollo,
 please note that donations for Felipe are OPTIONAL,
and without obligation.

I predict everyone is going to have a rip-roaring good time.

Meanwhile I am getting some notice on other St. Patrick Day festivities. Why not? I can start to look for St. Patrick Day posters for the blogs and begin to install tomorrow. Monday is the 17th.


I guess the others are private affairs and we should respect. Meanwhile we keep looking for those that recognize that we mean to help. The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our most valuable Two - Centers. And the tremendous value is the fact, that they have their own unique opinions. Come on in.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Line Dancers

We certainly don't get much publicity from Line Dancers. Some have a very private attitude and I think they have a perfect right to it. However, there may be others interested in a more public acceptance and of getting into social media for the good of everyone.

 "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett


We are here to provide a platform and you use it as you see fit. Like all other Two Centers, you can contribute photos and comments by email, which will be in the contributors name. Easy and simple. Later on whenever anyone of you is ready you can become a Guest Author and get in, publish and get out without saying "boo" to anyone.

"Only The Good Die Young" by Billy Joel


The Line dancers do not need partners but have structured routines. And many find these routines pleasantly challenging with all the good side effects of moving to music. The advantage for all beginners is that you become accustomed to the same music used in social partner dancing. Many are the same moves to the same music. And since you have no partner you develop you own particular style of each dance which is the essence of social, recreational dance.


Of course, in line dancing there are an overwhelming amount of women, five to seven women to every man. And they resist publicity. A pressing problem, with no solution in sight. But there are some people out there that are working for a solution. And hopefully there will be more acceptance of line dancing in the over all social dance scene.