Saturday, January 31, 2015

Slowly

by Fred Ching, Pearlridge

Folk dance is a collective term that is used to identify a wide range of dances that have to do with dances and traditional dancing performed by the common people within a given culture. That leaves the Rootzi Tootzis out. Unlike some forms of dance where there are stringent rules about how the dance must be conducted in order to be considered authentic, a folk dance tends to emerge spontaneously among the general populace.

"We can start by doing what is necessary, then we do what is possible.
Suddenly we are doing the impossible."


A little late but at least everyone can see what can be done.
Next time give us a little time.

It becomes widely popular and identified with the prevailing values of the majority of citizens regardless of their social standing or economic status. At its best, folk dance embodies elements that are unique or at least indicative of a particular culture while still sharing some broad characteristics with dances developed in other cultures.

"As one eye said to the other, "There is something
between us that smells."


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

Pub's Side Note: Night Clubbing is much more different and many would say it is much more fun. We will have to cover it more thoroughly in future issues.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Holding On

I have cut the entire blogosphere back to a minimum required to keep it going but it still keeps me pretty busy. However the set up is almost complete. We just need that regular Information Contributor to liven up whichever blog they choose. And liven it up is sure simply because it will no longer be SOS.

This is a dancing blog but the Contributor should be able to submit just about whatever they think would be of interest to the reader/dancers. The blogs are all in a plateau as far as hits, though they show no signs of the Law of Diminishing Returns yet. I am not that sure of my stats but I am going to find out. I am still learning this enchilada and it is fun.

Received one last week and one today, plainly marked. "Copyrighted, all rights reserved." That is clear enough, It has cost big money to some people that violate these laws. They were put there for a purpose and they are to keep anyone else from copying their precious information. We shall respect.


What Age Are You?

Age cannot be counted by ... the years a person lives, ... But by the
hope within their heart ... and all the love they give. How old you
are is not measured by ... your time on this earth.

But if your heart is full of dreams, ... and if you are among ... those
with an eagerness for life, ... Then you are truly young.

But if you see no beauty, ... in all you behold ... and care not
for your fellow man, ... Then you are truly old.


From the old printed publication,
by Greg "the Salsaman," still good today.

Instructors Note! People talk about dancing and where to go but some times people talk about other dancers/people in a negative way. Friends, I’m telling you now avoid them!! I know who they are, You don’t care you just dance and if you start in on the conversation they will think they’re right for disrespecting others. Don’t get involved with people like that! They even talk about me and I just want everyone to be happy and dance. I know these people will not quit or change. Dance is personal leave others alone. (Dancing is a positive not a negative!)
Aloha,
Salsaman

Pub’s Side Note: Negative gossipers have been the biggest blight on our dance community for decades and not only with Club Dancers. The Creative Researchers And Producers had begun to infest the Salsa sphere. But many people were beginning to recognized this and complain because they do not like it. Three Cheers for Greg.

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering
and take without forgetting”

Friday, January 23, 2015

First in the East

Actually I am in last place in the East because, I am just starting there anew. Dance Hawaii is the only one that has communicated anything I could offer to our reader/dancers. We are all aware that for the client it may be advertising but for our blogs it is communication to our reader/dancers.

"We could allow ourselves to be drawn by that strange pull of something
that we really love, such as dance. It will not lead us astray."

Dance Hawaii - Friday nights

Koko Head Recreation Center
in Hawaii Kai Community room

Cost: $20.00 for one dance class per person
$40.00 for two dance classes

Parks & Recreation requirement:
Minimum 8 students
Maximum 16 students

Dates of dance classes (10 dance classes)

January 30, 2015
February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015
March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015
April 10, 2015 (no class on
April 3rd - Good Friday)

Senior instructor: Sally Forges
Dance assistants: Maurice Morita + guest

6:30 p.M. American social rhumba
7:30 p.M. American social cha cha
8:30 p.M. Dance class ends

 "Besame Mucho" by Placido Domingo


 "It requires a very unusual mind to make an analysis of the obvious.

In blogging the information is more easily accessible than any other social media. The micros. such as Twitter, Facebook are almost as accessible usually posted often but much shorter, and you have to be a member to read the micros. The Web sites are updated less often but just as accessible as Blog sites, anyone can tune in to their address.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Agonizing Reappraisal

Well, I cannot avoid it, I don't make the rules the reader/dancers do. And the hits are going up for the Dancing Night blog with the addition of Richie Fun as Guest Author. For the Moanalua Corridor blog, the hits have been going down. The Rail Disaster is taking its toll. I do not have a choice in these matters.

"Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner
voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your
heart  and intuition. They somehow already know what you
truly want  to become. Everything else is secondary."


The reader/dancers continue to make the decisions and at the top is Town Dancer and no one is close to them. With four Guest Authors they will stay on top for the foreseeable future. I have the second tier blogs at half the average hits per day  At present they are Platinum Horseshoe (area in the West), Blogging Hawaii (includes the neighbor islands) and Dancing Nights (the Night Club Scene.)


The rest will remain in the Third tier pending the results in the next few months. Key of course is the Information Contributors and Guest Authors who will pick the blog of their choice. Heading the list are Moanalua Corridor, Sea Country and Chicharrones. I just naturally keep them all about the same, so the difference will be established by the Information Contributors and the Guest Authors.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by  Judy Garland

They will define the blogs according to their preferences, it is their blog and they will do as they please. And the photos are becoming a big factor. One photo is not enough, but 100 photos may be a bit much. Midweek discover the power of the photos last year. Now I think they have gone overboard, but we all have our opinions. Photo albums will be for Web sites not for Blogs but I will all play it by ear.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What's in a name?

Another agonizing reappraisal of our blogosphere. I have had to promote a couple blogs because of the closer definition for their existence. That has reduced the hits on other blogs and one of the worst hit is this one. But it does not have any definition. It is just there.

"Perhaps in making social media like dance blogs. we can help make a dance world where things are done morally, democratically and done honestly."


I have a total of nine blogs which I admit over dilutes the available reader/dancers for one person (me) who is not famous. The most important item for now is the Information Contributor. They along with the Guest Authors which will eventually turn out to be the most crucial part of our blogs. They will furnish the dance information and photos so necessary for the reader/dancers.

"By the Shack, By the Sea" by Don Ho

The Guest Authors can become good mechanics in handling the blog, the writing submitted and the photos, which will be so important  A reader/dancer may have been at one end of the Palladium and the person writing is about his/her end, may make it very interesting. This is a lot of fun and interesting for me. Keeps me alert.


I have reduced the amount of blogging in each blog to reduce my work but also to test the hits and they do come down with less blogging. Hopefully the total we have now will increase daily just with the daily promotion from the micro blogs such as Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Facebook and Word Press.


I will change the name on this blog to something about the East to help define it. And I mean East Honolulu. Maybe Diamond Head or Kokohead. I don't know. I have tried the East twice and no go. But now there is a Dance Hawaii dance class in Hawaii Kai. Could be a beginning and others could email us more information. I must just let them roll and they will mostly sift for themselves.

"That Old Black Magic" by Glenn Miller

My intent is that with enough Guest Authors and hits, the best blog could go independent from me. I would resign and they could make their own rules and probably run the hits up into the high heavens. The rest of the blogs should eventually go independent but the junk blogs are mine. We sure would have the island covered and the beneficiaries would be the dancers.

 Email direct from God. Wants me to post it in this blog.
"Will the road you're on get to my place?"


Steady As She Goes

The dance scene in the Moanalua Corridor has been going through some drastic changes in the last two decades and even more now because of the Rail Catastrophe. But it will recover and develop into something good for the social dancers.

"If we have the time to whine and complain about something,
then we have time to do something about it."


In the 70's the introduction to International (English) Style began in earnest with a strong influence on dancing in all the islands. It began with the idea that this was their method and their style. And somehow it changed, and with it, the understanding that the old methods were obsolete and that the International Style was the "correct" way to dance, period.

"There Are Such Things" by Tommy Dorsey

By default any other way was "incorrect." There were no other qualifications and there developed a mind set in which the "high class" dancers could accept the "lower class" menials in a rather condescending manner but they could be polite.


This effect began the slowing down of ballroom dancing on this island. And in the Ala Wai Clubhouse, there developed a group which was later named the Creative Researchers And Producers interlocked between the two leading dance clubs using the facility. And compounded by some of the regulars at Rumours on Sundays.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

In the nineties. with the introduction of the "Palladium" the Creative Researchers And Producers took control and the term "Junk Dancer" evolved and slowly began to permeate throughout the region. It became discomforting for those that considered themselves social dancers and enjoyed moving to music. At the end of the century some clubs had half of the membership that they had had at their peak and there were more clubs striving to treat their members better.


With this new century the differences are being accepted more willingly and with more than a little pride by the "lower" classes. The Palladium has been accepted as a good size for the Rootzi Tootzis, the deluxe dancers. However the social dancers can do very well in smaller "dance halls" in the West with less than half the square footage of the "big time." And night clubs with bigger dance floors are coming.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

The Rail Catastrophe. has found it necessary to cancel the propose Dance Pavilion in Waipio to pay for the Rail Mistake. So we will be forced to find many smaller places to dance in West Oahu where many people are dancing for the sheer joy of moving to music and it does not have to be show business.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Update

I am still in the process of getting all these blogs in a nice order. Of course a big problem is too much sameness, also know as SOS. (same old shit.) The regular information contributors and the Guest Authors are what will really establish each blog with its own identity. WIth enough hits they can go independent from me and make their own rules.

"Our mission? To be so busy loving our lives, that we have no time
for hate, regret, worry, fret or fear."


"Windward" will remain out of it but I can only say I tried. No feedback at all. I have made plenty of contacts elsewhere (search engine optimization) and I expect plenty of action with their crawlers and spiders in the future. If I really have diluted the readership it will show up in a few months and I can drop one blog and find a way of including the area into another or even two blogs.


Check out Richie Fun's latest in Dancing Nights blog.
Update on important changes.

It will be interesting. Hopefully the reader/dancers, information contributors, guest authors and administrators will just go on, doing pretty much whatever they have done. I can offer but I do not want to push any of them in any direction. Gradually I am still learning more about blogging.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

It just may turn out that the easiest of the blogs to make independent will be Platinum Horseshoe because of the Rail Catastrophe. The Dancing Nights blog with the nite club coverage is looking good. The independence in the entire West of this Island looks promising. Live, work and play in our own Paradise. Now I realize that the most important key in our Social Media is the Guest Author that can present "his or her" unique point of view.

Losing Ground

I am not getting much dance news from the Moanalua Corridor. They all seem to be doing just fine and they have their own Web sites. I will have to be patient and I will help those that need when the opportunity arises. A short review right about now should be necessary to look at the direction we may be going. We don't really know but most of us have some good guesses and it will be up to all of us.

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change things
- are the ones that do."

Ballroom dancing did not really start to roll in Hawaii until World War II with the influx of so much military from all parts of the Mainland. But roll they did and it overflowed onto the locals on Oahu and the neighbor islands. People just like to dance, it is a most natural thing.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jo Stafford

Then in 1959 came Aiea Ballroom Dance Club in the West with the first local dance club to teach ballroom dancing in big groups and at local prices. They did great. There were others that came later in the West such as Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club that is still in existence.


The Night Clubs in this section believe that dancers are not drunks.
Therefore, not really acceptable but one of these days.

Then came the differences of opinion, and HBDA was established in town and they did very well. Then IBDI was the first spin off to get independent from HBDA. And of course it would not be the last. In Town there has been a proliferation of Dance Clubs and the top five for so many years are no more.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The "deutchland uber alles syndrome," has been crucial in this. One of the newer ones is now in number five spot and the one that was there is number six. So we expect the next new dance club to be in the Foster Village-Aliamanu area. There are many dancers there that do not wish to dance in Town. The Rail Disaster has done some unintentional good.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Getting There

Moving but it is tough sledding. I have tried and others have tried along with me to get more Information Contributors and Guest Authors for this blog. But most people do not want the commitment. What commitment?

"You know you have what it takes for life, but you also know
that it will take everything you've got."


Information Contributors have it the easiest. They can submit one or more photos. They can write one or more paragraphs and email to a Guest Author which will post it in the blog of their choice. And they can do this any time they damn well please, once a week, once a month or even once a year. Shouldn't be anything hard about that. The only commitment is that they must be willing to share this information with their fellow dancers.

"I'll Never Smile Again" by Frank Sinatra

Guest Authors have a little more commitment. However once they accept to be Guest Author it is clear sailing. There are no registration fees, there are no annual meetings or dues and there are no monthly meetings or fees. They can blog whenever they damn well please, once a week, once a month or even once a year without saying "boo" to anyone. And their only commitment is with their loyal fans.


For the blogs it is a sure way of increasing the hits which benefit everyone. Therefore I must use what little knowledge I have acquired to pull back a lever or two now and then in handling this blogosphere, With enough information contributors and Guest Authors one of the blogs will get independence from me. They can then make their own rules.

"I Surrender Dear" by Perry Como

I will not live forever so we must plan ahead and give them to whoever is interested. The best ones will go first, the Junk Blogs are mine and they will just keep rolling along for now. I am learning the most effective methods for the control of the blogs. But I am limited, if I was famous I could run up the hits all by myself.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moanalua Corridor in Third Tier

I guess it was bound to happen, we hadn't had much information contributed from this sector. Town Dancer blog is still on top way ahead of all the other blogs. Of course they have a total of three Guest Authors. And when Calvin and Debra blog, the hits go through the ceiling.

"Our greatest weakness has always been in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed, is to try one more time."


In the second tier it is still a toss up between Blogging Hawaii or Platinum Horseshoe for second place. Which ever gets the Guest Author willl determine their second place. The future Information Contributor will also make that decision. I am growing more certain of these results as we go along.

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" by B.J. Thomas

That leaves Moanalua Corridor and Dancing Nights in third Tier. And they have some of the best social dancers on this Island. Dancing Nights coming up strong and it is becoming apparent with Marie doing a great job as Information Contributor and Richie Fun doing the Blogging. Check up on that last blog in Dancing Nights. One more Information Contributor will do it.


Pearlridge is establishing itself as the center for this area and that one new club in the Foster Village - Aliamanu area will make a big difference. May move the center to Aiea. And that is where it all started over five decades ago. At any rate it is the Information that we can get to share with our reader/dancers that will make the difference. Photos? Wow!

"Sh-Boom, (life could be a dream)" by the Crew Cuts

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. The Internet music and video is easily available.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The North Shore

So we have a new dance blog in Word Press with the title of North Shore. Gives you a hint at what it is going to be all about. The North Shore on the Island of Oʻahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku Point. And the largest group of housing is in Haleʻiwa. This entire area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe.

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking
that they can do things. When they believe in themselves
they have the first secret of success."


The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore see a concentration of surfing activity, taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy North Pacific. The North Shore is considered to be the surfing mecca of the world, and every December hosts three competitions,

"Facing Future" by Bruddah Iz

The Triple Crown of Surfing, the three men's competitions, are the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The three women's competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the Roxy Pro Sunset, and the Billabong Pro on the neighboring island of Maui.


The spot of Ehukai Beach, commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline, is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore, and is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view. Other notable surfing spots include Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. And fortunately they all have a few places to quench your thirst.


The Rail Disaster on Oahu has awakened the desire for independence from the Fat Cats in the Ivory Towers of Honolulu, out to make big bucks on the backs of the residents of this island. They taking new views on Kapolei, also known as Second City. And they are just now realizing the advantage of a road from Makaha to Mokuleia and have the first real around the island roadway for Oahu.

"There Are Such Things" by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

They are slowly realizing that the Rail Catastrophe is really screwing up the works for the residents of West Oahu. How about a small business park in Pupukea with about 200 employees Wow! 200 less cars on the freeway to and from Honolulu. And you coulda been home in 20 minutes and be able to spend some time with the family. Minimum wage? Worth ten times more on the North Shore than in Honolulu. Dancing is illegal there?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Amazing

With the Rail Catastrophe looming, this section is not doing too bad. We can see disaster all over the place and we know we ain't seen nuttin' yet. The moneyed people have been paid well. Meanwhile, HBDA has established two places where local residents can dance. In Pearlridge and at Aliamanu Intermediate. And the dancers should appreciate it.

"The year's end is neither an end nor a beginning. It is an everyday going on with all the wisdom that experience can teach us." 


In spite of the Rail Disaster, I expect the dance membership in West Oahu to double in the next couple years and that means all the way up to Makaha. The Rail Mess is starting to effect the North Shore too. They too, want independence from the Ivory Towers in Honolulu.


In addition to the new dance clubs that will be forming, there may be several Night Clubs catering to dancers. Dancers are not known as drunks and we should all accept it as a good thing. Naturally most people know it and adjustments in cover charges will be made. Plus a new industry may be in the making 100 different non-alcoholic drinks for the dancing public. Not to mention just making a couple of pop machines available. And make ordinary tap water free.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra


Meanwhile I hear a little about new Peripheral groups on the Waianae Coast such as Line dancers, Argentine Tango Dancers, Salsa and Bachata Dancers, Swing Dancers. And there could be a Latin Dance group to include, in alphabetical order, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Swing and Tango and yes, Waltz.

 "We cannot become what we need to be,
 by staying just where we are.

Strangely enough I still meet members of the Creative Researchers And Producers that attempt to define my job description. Heh Heh.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Has Gotta Be Da Yeah.

We certainly know a lot more about blogging than we knew last year. And some of us are aware that we need more different opinions in these blogs. As Social Dancers we cannot let the big World organizations dictate as to how we shall dance.

"Together all of us have opened a door for you that no one can ever close."


We can all see how each local club operates. And most of us know why the top five are the top five. Most of those that do not know why, are the ones in charge of the worst ones. Many think in terms of competition, so be it.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

In the last year we were all aware of the "top five" on Oahu, Now some of us have recognized the fact that one of them is now number #6. Most of us know which one is now number five. This comes all to mind when you become "competition" and not kokua.''


We have another dance blog, in suspense, from Kauai but we have no official notice as yet. There are two possible new ones, one on the Big Island and one on Maui, but of course, we are accustomed to rumors.

"String Of Pearls" by Glenn Miller

Hawaii will establish itself as a good information center for the rest of the Pacific Basin and that is an awful lot of land and sea to cover. All we can do in our blogosphere is to remain loosely connected and help each other wherever we can.

This coming year is going to be a good one for everyone, I am sure.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blogging

Twenty Fifteen and this blog needs more information about this sector from anyone and in any form that they wish. The simplest is by email, you can send, we can print and hopefully everyone will be happy. Not only that but there may be second thoughts. After it is printed you can add or delete by email or phone too. This is our dance blogging as it is evolving on Oahu.

"We could be thankful for all those who have said no.
Because of them we have had to do it ourselves."


The Moanalua Corridor blog remains from the start of Moanalua Road in Pearl City to the end of Moanalua Road in Salt Lake almost to Kalihi. Of course we all understand that at one time this was the most thriving sector on the island of Oahu. This sector now being devastated by the Rail Disaster and more people are becoming aware that it is doing nothing for the residents but making millions for the Fat Cats in the Ivory Towers. Does anyone know what the minimum wage is for Carpenters? Wow!


We cannot accept from Anonymous or Unknown, but you can use a pen name if you wish. Dance blogging also promotes authorship and a few (lucky for us) will make the decision to become Guest Authors. Then they can get in whenever they wish, post, save, publish and get out without saying "boo" to anyone. They will in effect, have their own blog within the blog. The readership will already be there and very likely would increase.

"Morning Dew" by Makaha Sons

The findings of most studies have been cited as a possible explanation for the growth of social dance and blogging as social media. The study suggests a link between short bursts of activity and feelings of elation, power and creativity. While the general appeal and influence of dance blogging seems to be growing continuously because the reader/dancers do not have to join anything. They can tune in any time and get out with little red tape. This is going to be a good year for most of us.