Monday, June 30, 2014

So What Snew?

Well, with Kapolei Social Dance blog so far ahead of Oahu West, it is no wonder that we have no news from this sector. Whatevah, it is being kept secret. That should be their privilege, but we invite all those willing to share a photo and a few comments for the fellow reader/dancers.

"Knowledge is knowing facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do
with the facts that you do know."


Social networks require a shift toward transparency, interactivity, immediacy, and partisan stakes in the media cycle. I try not to favor without reason. They contribute facts, I listen. With others, I am hard of hearing but the silence can be deafening. Structuring our services within the framework of blog management will enable us to go beyond traditional objectives and result in greater and more consistent or predictable success. And there is contact with the ever increasing dance audience out there, the hits keep growing.

"If Plan A doesn't work, Stay Cool.
the alphabet contain 25 other letters."

Pub's Side Note: Don't forget the "Goodies" section in every blog. Somebody gotta get those.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Adjusts.

This blog is moving pretty good and getting some interest from the reader/dancers. Even more so than Latin Rhythms blog. So what do I know? I revived an old one which was due to be deleted this month and renamed it Dance View. I will test it out as my personal blog. Not doing much now, not in the search engines yet, but I expect some action in the next few days.

"Let us not be too timid in our actions, all life is just an experiment."

I have notices in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ and that is sure to help. I will start July off with a pretty solid slate. The other blogs are solid in their niche except Kapolei Social Dance which is out all alone somewhere ahead of the others except for Town Dancer of course.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Then I have been having computer trouble. Everyone gets viruses, and malicious stuff into their computers and I get rid of most of it very easily. However, remnants remain and the system gets slower and slower. One of the best features of this Lousy Microsoft Windows is the System Restore. This can restore your system prior to the difficulties you are having now.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


But your work can get more and more mistakes and it becomes slower. Lucky I have the system on five disks. And I am just about due. Right from the beginning, (I have done it only once,) they warn me that everything will be erased and the system will be just as I got it when new. I back up all my data files and let'er rip. Takes about a half hour and then the real deal is in the Window Updates. Should be about 200 right now. So I will wait for the proper time this coming week.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago:

“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.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Finally

This will be my personal blog. Two Centers will be welcomed like all the other blogs but not Guest Authors. When I go, the blog goes with me. Meanwhile, you will all have six other blogs to choose from and it will be easy.

"Be stubborn about your goals, but be flexible with your methods."


So this blog will be the one to handle all the Micros, such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. And the purpose of the micros is to promote our dance blogs. After approximately four decades, people have begun to be very aware of Web sites. But blog sites have always been on the side. To this day, most people know very little about blog sites and what they do. It will come with time.


Meanwhile keep your eye on Kapolei Social Dance blog. One more Two Center or a Guest Author will send them up into Town Dancer territory and perhaps ready for independence. They just may be the best.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

Comments section are opened now and rarely closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. I will try to keep them open and hope they are used by our reader/dancers.

Slowly

Kapolei Social Dance the blog is moving ahead and where she stops nobody knows. Over 34 average hits per day (1000 per month) and rolling. Now firmly in second place behind Town Dancer (way out in front). HBDA (specially Willy) did it all, let's give them credit for it. For the good of all the dancers in these Islands. Oahu West and Blogging Hawaii, nip and tuck for third place.

"We will look back on all this and smile,
because it was Life, and we lived it."


Now, we must get something going from the North Shore, perhaps a line dancing group. Then there is the strip Pearl City to Aiea, ripe and ready to go. There is plenty dancing but unfortunately, the young kind of dancing and not our type of social dance. They have arrived at the delusion that Social dancers do not get drunk. A good Two Center from this area and the hits will go through the ceiling for the benefit of everyone.


There was a time when there was little meaningful difference between major political parties (Democrats and Republicans). They were willing to represent the people and it was so easy to get caught up the left-right debate and believe there was a difference between the two major political parties.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

But there is a big big difference now. And it is all Big Big Bucks. They bought the supreme court, even though many predicted it couldn't happen. But Cheney-Bush were able to accomplish that. Now they are intent on buying Congress. Billions of dollars to control the country. It will be the beginning of the end for the US. Those that are ignorant of history will be condemned to repeat it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Social Dancing in the West.

Ballroom Dance Styles
by Rodney Komatsu, Pearlridge

American Style: The one most used in the US and gradually moving into other countries, including England. The syllabus is based on the National Council of America with popular variations. It's best feature is it's inconsistency, Try the basic rumba step. Ho, Ho.

"You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal
with whatever the world can throw at you."

Names of figures and timing can vary from one part of the country and/or studio to another. The basic Social Dancer develops very nicely through this program because it is more current than the other disciplines. It can very easily be converted into the local social Style.

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

Country Style: Very similar to the American but even more varied and less strict than the American. If it wasn't concentrated on Country Music, it would have been ideal to develop into the Real Universal Style. Very nice movements with freedom of ease.

"Perfidia" by Linda Rondstad

International Style: The syllabus is based on the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England for both Ballroom and Latin Dancing. This is a real discipline and is a standard of dancing that is taught around the world and has standard technique, timing and styling. For dancers interested in competition dancing, this is the answer to your question. As a social dance handy because of the sameness of most of its movements all over the world.


All three Styles of dancing are used in competitive format, with the strictest  being the International. All three are used in social dancing. Very little in International Style, because it may not be dancing just for fun. It has a more serious aspect to dance "correctly." "Yeah, you, ya dumb dodo are dancing it incorrectly!" With a good teacher you can fix that up easily for a couple grand.

  Young At Heart by Frank Sinatra

In West Oahu we are gradually developing the best American Style dancers in the Pacific Basin and they will take a back seat for no one. For instance, I just saw an an American Style Tango dance on You Tube. Wow, it would knock you hats off.

And we keeps on dancing.
Rod Komatsu

 "The secret of living to 100 becomes less attractive
as you grow older."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Whatta you gonna do?

Not perfect but then what in the hell is? Troubles come and go in everyone's life. So I take the downs with the ups and do the best I can. And right now I just want to help wherever I can and I know I am not going to do it by myself.

"Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better
than you were before."


The blogs are beginning to climb again. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors are doing it and it is just fine with me. It proves what my stats are telling me. We get hits that way and why? The reader/dancers, your friends and neighbors are interested. No hits and I am just beating my gums and it feels pretty useless.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty."


So come one, come all.  And right now we are making a special notice to anyone on the neighbor islands. Blogging Hawaii is just waiting for you. Share a photo or two, and a few remarks and you can have it posted to the blog of your choice. The value is in a separate, unique opinion and not SOS (same old shit.) Town Dancer has been the perfect example so far. None of the Guest Authors are clones of anything, they are their own unique selves presenting their own opinions and the resulting hits are there.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Could Be Better

Such a good section from Salt Lake up and around Pearl City up through Waipio and all the way up to the North Shore. And so many good reader/dancers living and dancing in area. We just have to find the Two Centers willing to share with their fellow dancers.

"The ones crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones that usually do."

I have not been much on obituaries but now with some good write ups that we have had lately, it seems very appropriate. Anyone of our Two Centers or Guest Authors would feel perfectly right to take it upon themselves for their good friends. The latest by Calvin and Debra Ota in the Town Dancer blog is a very good example. Our blogs will be social media.

I have tried to include Kalihi Chapter HBDA but they have other interests and they should do as they wish. We have tried to contact someone, anyone in the North Shore but nothing. We will be patient. We hear the rumors that everyone hears. There may a new dance club in the Waipio area or in Pearlridge area.  Just rumors? Otherwise everything is quiet on the Western Front. We are here to help all dancers wherever we can.


The peripherals are doing fine in town but not much in the West. Line dancing is developing very nicely, but Tango, Salsa and Swing are not. So there may be a spot for one of these in this section. I realize that the Rail Disaster is messing up the entire section but I hope to get more photos and a few comments which makes for good reading for our fellow dancers.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

So we go ahead to what is coming. In town there is a group of Salsa Dancers that we do not know that much about. We will try to find out more about them. The new dance studios in town seem to be starting along very well. Dream to Dance moving right along and I received notice from Debby that she may have the Grand Opening in July sometime. Perhaps we can pick up a good Two Center from that new group though being in Palama they will likely go in the Blogging Hawaii blog.

Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before, we cannot blame anyone for holding back.

Slowing down

Everything is slowing down around me and I am too. I am not blogging as much as before and the hits are at a plateau. The very good news of course, is the advance of Kapolei Social Dance blog with the help of the best Two Centers in the business, the Kapolei Chapter HBDA. The news is created for the readers and their members and potential members have benefited greatly.

"Simplicity is not an end in art, but we usually arrive at simplicity
as we approach the true sense of things."


The Micros are not doing as well as I thought they would, perhaps it just takes more time. Twitter can get quite complicated and I am going to try to keep my followers and following at about 100 each. And I am reducing all to the US only. After that I may reduce it just to the Hawaiian Islands.

"Crazy" by Melveen Leed

In Hawaii, the neighbor islands rely on newsletters and web sites. The only one that seem to be moving into blogosphere is Maui and they are doing just great. Makes them definitely the next island after Oahu. With the Rail Mess on Oahu, many are moving to Maui. That should make it my definition of Social Media.


I am slowing down on my dance party attendance and  I know it will be worse when the Rail Disaster sets in. Everything will take twice as long plus hassles galore according to the new definition of Rapid Transit by the Present Rail Party. Just took the #93 bus home yesterday, from Alapai Transit Center to Nanakuli. In an hour I got off the bus within a block from home. With the new "Rail Rapid Center" I will be lucky to make home in two hours plus hassles, missed connections and wait time. How you like them potatoes? Talk about a con job. But it's the dough, Moe!

"Few people learn from success, but there is
much to learn from failure."  

But I am getting people interested and others may be taking over these blogs. Fine with me. I am getting old enough to recede into the background very nicely.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dropped Back A Little

The entire blogosphere is adjusting itself up very nicely. Kapolei Chapter HBDA is perking up the entire dance scene in the West. Some terrific blogs and running up the hits through the roof. Kapolei Social Dance is now firmly in second place behind the super blog, Town Dancer. Followed close behind by Blogging Hawaii and Oahu West.

"You don't have to live forever to create something that will."

And we have so many good people in the Oahu West sector, but all we can do is be patient and wait. There will be a time when they realize what they can do as Two Centers and share a photo or two with their fellow dancers. The clubs have been creating some very good dancers. A few comments now and then would do no harm. Takes time.

Of course, the Guest Author is the key to making the blog independent and operating on it's own. I, by myself cannot make this blog really viable, I am not famous. For Social Media, it needs other people's opinions and photos count as opinions. I know that many of you out there have something to share with our fellow dancers. This is going to be Social Media. Overnight? Nevah happened.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho


The Information Contributors (Two Centers) will, in the beginning, contribute a sentence and when they see it in print, they may contribute two sentences. Up to them, then more? So Town Dancer is up for grabs first and I hope to make it completely independent by the end of the year.

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force on Oahu, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we will respect.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dance Blogs, Sounds Nice?

What started out to be just an extra blog is turning into a nice empire. It is becoming my own personal home blog. First thing set up besides the original blog was the Dance Blog Twitter Micro. Being used every day all day by over a hundred following and almost 100 followers. And it seems to be getting new followers daily.

"It's the possibility of a dream come true that make life interesting."


I do not follow all of them. I began pruning those that have more than 2000 in total followers and following. Now that I am getting too many I am beginning to prune those with a total of over 1500 followers and following. I intend to keep this as social media, and as personal as I can. Those with ten thousand followers are surely something else.


Then I got Paper.li which gathers all my tweets from my daily Twitter Dance Blog and makes them into a beautiful Dance Blog Magazine which is posted to Google Plus and Facebook at midnight daily. And the good part is that it also contains my blogs for the day. So the word is spreading out very nicely. You have four places -  Dance Blog, the blog itself, the Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

"I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire" by Harry James

So our most urgent need to get hits on these blogs is the famous Two Center. Just a photo, now and then and a few remarks and comments. It would do wonders for any blog they choose. I have the list of the top twenty blogs in Hawaii and I have only four in the top twenty. I must get all of them in the top twenty. I know, ain't gonna be easy. The top ones get almost 600 average hits per day.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kapolei in the News

Wow, everyone is still reeling from that double whammy blogs of the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. So many good pertinent photos and seen by the people that were there or missed it for whatever the reason. The hits went through the roof and the average hits per day for Kapolei Social Dance blog are now in second place behind that impossible to beat Town Dancer blog.

"Communicate, even when it may be uncomfortable. One of the best ways to heal is to simply let everything out."


Makes two good certain necessaries, the Two Center and the Guest Photographer. We all know of the valuable Two Center but now the Guest Photographer has come into prominence. Anyone that knows how to push that button is it. Susan Matsumoto did a terrific job on the first blog.


I will continue to take an extra camera with me. They will pick "their" people and the photos become their point of view. And fortunately, points of view are like noses, everyone has got one and uniquely their own. Willy Dionisio did a terrific job with his photos and also a brief write up.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

Oahu West section has so many good people and I have tried but they all have their own kuleanas or something. We all should be interested in good results for our friends, neighbors and fellow dancers, but people still insist on sending to Facebook, who gets 250 million photos per day. Yeah, Man, Results?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Two Center

The Two Center has been loosely defined as a person willing to contribute their two cents for the benefit of the social dance community. That person counters the bad effects of SOS, which has been defined as Same Old Shit, but which has been necessary to keep the blog rolling.

"Look closely at the present you are constructing, it should look
pretty close to the future you are dreaming about."


The latest proof has been in the taking of photographs. My point of view may be different than yours as to who is in the photos. I have tried it three times now with different people and the proof has been in the pudding. If I loan a camera to anyone that can push the button, I get a nice point of view from them. They get different people and the hits go through the ceiling. This means more people are interested and that is good enough for me.


Next of course is the small write up that can go with photos. Strictly up to them. The latest from Willy Dionisio was a prime example. His photos and his comments made for a beautiful blog and as I repeat myself, the hits go through the ceiling. He is definitely the number one Two Center on this island, now.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Chordettes

None of this has been set on stone, so that whatever you can email, a photo or a couple photos, a comment or a few comments, it will all be posted and appreciated by the reader/dancers of these blogs. The neighbor islands? You bettah baleevit. Try it and I am hoping to get a Guest Author from one of these Two Centers.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Da Latest

The blogs seem to show a little life after the nice visit to the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. I had been slowing down to about two thirds of my previous blogging and perhaps that is an answer. Most of the results I have to discover myself. I cannot find prior research made on strictly social media blogging and they all talk big stuff.

"Often, it is the hardest times that teaches us the most valuable lessons."


The number one item on the Agenda is the Two Center. A side deal that has been very well establish by now is the Guest Photographer. One I can loan a camera to during the festivities. They can take whatever photos they choose. It will be their viewpoint and that is what counts. Susan did a terrific job in the last Social. Next time someone else? Beautiful, working out nicely.


Magic" by Pilot

Then I cannot attend all the functions, so whoever is willing to share with their fellow dancers can email, photos and/or comments for posting in any one of our blogs. Most people are beginning to know about this, they just don't know the benefits for everyone concerned. Next we go for the Neighbor Islands. Any Two Center from there is welcomed. We probably have the same objectives.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Time Marches On

Leading the parade in the West is Kapolei Chapter, HBDA, with their social at the Makakilo Community Center on Monday, the 9th. NIce place, way up the hill. Good crowd, ono food, naturally and good music. I posted the first blog today in the Kapolei Social Dance blog and will probably post the second blog, with new photos and comments, to Oahu West (and give them some hits.)

"One of the hardest decisions one makes in life,
is choosing to walk away or try a little harder."


Rich has a nice write up in the Town Dancer blog on the latest good dance news in Town. We are getting all the news that is fit to print. And blogs are free, they don't cost money. We just need more Two Centers to share photos and dance news with our reader/dancers.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

I have been hearing about Whitmore Village, but I think they prefer to keep it private. Like most things they should do as they please. The commercial watering holes are just a little different. They believe completely in their Web sites but they should also do as they please. Sooner or later we will find a dance group that can use our help. The good results will be there.


Of course, the biggest mess in the West is the Rail Catastrophe and quite a few are becoming aware of the negative aspects of the project. The noise will be terrible even three blocks away. No one knows yet how bad it will be. Hotel action along the way will be halted completely and perhaps some will shut down.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Update

Not much action to report for this section of the West. Everyone is keeping quiet. But I have been invited to the social of the Kapolei Chapter HBDA at Makakilo Community Center. I am not riding my bike much but I can get there fairly easily for now anyway, I don't know about when the Rail Disaster kicks in. I take the "C" bus to Kapolei and then the #411 to Makakilo.

The Kapolei readers liked the poster in the Kapolei Social Dance blog. I thought I'd better include it in here too. All for a good cause.


I will try to get there by seven and make my preliminary arrangements. I will take an extra camera, since most of the readers really love their photos. And the rule is we don't get them locally. They are sent by the thousands to the world photo clouds. Facebook gets 250 million per day. I don't know how long it takes anyone to see one of yours.

"Eh Ku U Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

But for sure you know our readers will see them. Of course some people want to avoid their photos taken. They have a kind of a paparazzi view. I am gradually trying to learn and avoid those, and keep them out of our blogs. It will be more pleasant for everyone.


Kapolei posted Town Dancer blog by Calvin Ota of HBDA in their Web Site and the hits went through the ceiling. Yes, we know, some web sites are just beating their gums. Just watch the blogs with the photos and you will see hits which means that someone is looking.

Perhaps I can get a ride down the hill from someone leaving a little after nine. From there it is easy to get the last "C" bus going to Nanakuli. On the way back I can listen to some of the best boleros ever composed on my mini computer and using my good earphones. The entire passing panorama changes for the better, The people look better and seem to be friendlier. If I have my "nectar of the gods" in my flask so much the better. Just fine with me and makes for a nice trip. I get home feeling no pain and can start the preliminaries of my experience on my blog until I get sleepy and konk out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

San Francisco

I found this in a San Francisco blog and thought it was DA Kine we should have more of in our blogs.

 Lake Merritt Dance Center

Tue & Thur Tea Dance D.J.  1:00 to 4:00 PM  Mbr #3, Gen $4
Wed Night Dance 7:00 to 11:00 PM, Including Free lesson, $5

Friday Night Dance 7:00 to 11:00PM  
Live Band or DJ on Alternate Fridays - details

The Large main Ballroom with its well maintained 3500 square foot dance floor, the two story high ceiling, the beautiful architecture and the ambiance, all converge to produce a sense of joy in a quiet, smooth, effortless glide across the floor.

The Center has a long reputation for being one of the friendliest place for ballroom dancing in the SF Bay Area with the bonus of hard to beat prices.  As an example, on Sundays, you may enroll in the beginners Ballroom dance class of four lessons for only $10.

The warm friendly atmosphere is reflected in the available programs to meet your every dancing needs.  Go to the web site and check out the schedule for dances, dance lessons, tea dances, practice sessions and other special programs.

Come alone, or come with your friends.  No Partner?  No Problem! The Friday night dance for example normally has 4+ dance host.

COME FOR THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN AND HAVE A BALL!!
          200 Grand Ave, Oakland            510 504-2176


I cannot write all these things even if it is not every day but there are groups, clubs, organizations that have someone that could send us the information every few months, pick the blog of your choice and we would post it. Our blogs are all free and we do not look to replace anyone. We are an "addition to" not an "instead of."

Nics, Nats

I have been getting some good emails with good information. The Micros seem to be doing some good. I have Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Linkedin. I don't know how they all operate but I am learning. I hope to be getting some good photos and dance from off Island places. I am now beginning to include email address and the URL for the poster I insert. I am working, Dance Waianae, Latin Rhythms and Dance Blog. They are the strays that need the most help.

"We are almost always ready to learn although
We do not always like being taught."


I set up my new computer system on Windows 7.  Window 8 is just too much for me. I use, Print Shop and Photoshop mostly and Pagemaker is going off in the distance. This is mind-boggling but just beautiful. Now I just need a couple Two Centers and a Guest Author and sky is the limit.

"Low Rider" by War


Dance Steps: from a Mainland instruction booklet.
Waltz is a suave dance that travels around the line of dance. It is primarily distinguished by its 'rise and fall' action. It includes a step, slide and step in three quarters time. On the first step forward, the weight is taken on the heel then on to the ball of the foot. At the end of each first beat, there should be a slow rise to the toes and continued to the second and third beats of the music. Then lower to the normal position by lowering the heel of the foot at the end of each third beat. The shoulders move parallel with the floor and in a smooth manner. And the head turns along with the direction of the turn, where the man looks over the lady's right shoulder.

So what the hell do I know?