Sunday, July 31, 2016

Changes

Most of us should not be surprised that the world is constantly changing. And of course, our scene of social partner dancing. Communication to the reader/dancers has changed from straight advertising - in radio, newspapers, magazines, TV, newsletters and most Web sites - all a one way street.

"When we dance, our purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy moving to the music, each step along the way."


Now we have Blogging and most have a comments section at the end of every post. Anyone can use it and the blogger may or may not accept it. Our blogs also have information contributors, that will give us up to date information on the dance scene and one of the most valuable assets of any blog, The beauty of it all, is that Two Centers don't really have any commitments to anyone and can do this anytime they damn well please.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

 
Right now all the blogs are too much alike because it is mostly me and SOS (same old shit) and that is only semi valuable because some hits are there. With comments, information contributors and Guest Authors, each blog will define itself more clearly and the hits will go through the roof. No one knew and neither did I what would happen when I expanded to ten blogs. The total hits did go up but most were from search engines and from scam, spam robot hits. I reduced them to seven blogs and the total hits remained about the same.

"Skylark" by Jimmy Borges


Seven blogs seem to be just about right and I should know for sure by the end of the year. The sole purpose of this blogging group of independent thinkers will be to provide a venue for all dancers to come together separately and work on their craft of communication. As a result all the dancers will be able to work on their dancing skill and improve their enjoyment of moving to music  Meanwhile, it is up to the reader/dancers willing to share information with their fellow dancers.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Social Dancer? Whazzat?

As we near the end of July, we are still wondering which one of our blogs is going to be the first to go independent. But I am certainly glad that social dancing is gradually being understood throughout Oahu. Partner dancing socially is not the same as formal or international style ballroom dancing. This has been pointed out repeatedly over the years by the "higher" forms of dancing and they are right.

“All our fellow dancers on Oahu, know how hurtful it can be to deny
one's true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.”


Social dancing is informal, more friendly and casual, it is an intuitive dance where the dancer's personality and specially the music, are an integral part of the dance. In the more formal styles there seems to be more emphasis placed on methodology, lines, execution, form and shaping while performing standardized figures with precision and to perfection - the music is just a time keeper. And they have good reason for it all. It must be judged so don't knock it.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero


Although there is structure to partner dancing which is learned just like it is with formal ballroom dancing, the essence of the dance welcomes basic movements that are similar in countless dances. Also musical interpretation, experimentation, imagination, improvisation and spontaneity, thereby allowing the dancers to become one with the music.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Christina Aguilera


The possibilities are endless with social dancing, as partners will communicate, collaborate and seek new discoveries in dancing with each other. "If this is better for us, let's do it that way." The music is not just an accompaniment but is the driving force that allows the dancers to express themselves and bring the dance to life. Anyone ever hear of "the oldies but goodies."

"Y Volvere" por Lucero


Social dancing is not a science rather it is an art form with the dance floor being your canvas, your feet the brush and the dance is your painting. Although becoming proficient at partner dancing is gained through study, observation and doing, one of the noted dancers in American history, Fred Astaire shared his dance secret, "Don't be a slave to steps or routines."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

VCR - DVDs

The VCR, video cassette recorder, burst onto the scene in the mid-1970s, sparking a major standards battle between Sony’s higher fidelity Betamax format and the lower quality but cheaper Video Home System, or VHS, format developed by JVC. The economic war raged for several years, as each side tried to convince consumers and Hollywood to favor its format, but by 1980, VHS had captured 80% of the market.

"Sometimes we just have to bow our heads, say a prayer
and weather the storm."


Analysis of the battle, and why Sony lost, formed the basis of innumerable business school articles and remains a frequently cited lesson whenever a market has competing technological standards. Hollywood had to get over its initial wariness of a machine that could record television programs without requiring any fees. By 1986, the $4.4 billion consumers spent buying and renting tapes exceeded the $3.8 billion they spent going to the movies at the theater. The VCR went on to triumph, ultimately reaching 95% of American households in the 1990s

The VCR, 1980s  - - - The DVD, 21st century

DVDs arrived in 1997 but spending on buying and renting the plastic disks did not exceed video tape sales and rentals until 2002 and DVDs were outselling tapes 15 to one in three years. It’s been almost two decades since the DVD arrived, sparking the long, slow decline of video cassette tapes. But the tape era is about to come to a final close. Here in Hawaii, we can see tapes in open boxes in all senior centers available for anyone. By last year, Funai sold less than 1 million and will no longer produce VCRs - and time marches on.

Blogger's Law #13C: In every dance organization, there will always
be some that know what is going on. Get rid of them!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Social Workers

Terrific Jobs you all seem to be doing. Mistakes, misunderstandings, of course, but over all you people are the best. To all of of you, please continue your work, as I am sure you are doing. There are others who need your encouragement, patience and knowledge. We have two social workers at my senior complex and I am in contact with two at the VA that help seniors to see the big picture and help in identifying and obtaining assistance with local services, personal finance, mental and physical illness, family dynamics, and many other issues.

“God knows even the dreams and desires that lie dormant in the far
reaches of our little human hearts, and lovingly He brings us
to places where we can flourish in those areas again."


They work with the older person to assess both their strengths and needs.  Based on the senior's values, preferences, and finances, together they make a plan of changes that will improve their life. The job of a social worker is not to “fix” someone, but rather to help people make the changes they desire.The goal of the program is to assist older clients and their families in accessing the most appropriate and affordable combination of services that help clients stay in the community for as long as possible.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


At the moment I am trying desperately to get help to find another place nearer to town. This one is not it mainly because it was Paradise living in Nanakuli and meeting some of the finest people on this Island. I moved only because I wanted to be nearer to the VA. I must go there more often now because of my deteriorating health.

 “We can feel that the essence of dance is the expression of humans
and the landscape of their souls. We can hope that every
dance we do reveals something of ourselves or
some wonderful thing a human can be.”


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Feedback

Most dancers have heard the term, but many have never exercised it in writing anywhere.  Many have restricted it to confiding with their preferred cliques. Feedback is an essential part of the education and understanding of Blogging, either in the comments section or as an information contributor. It may help the readers to maximize their potential at different stages of dancing and raise their awareness of strengths and areas for improvement, and identify actions to be taken to improve everyone's dancing environment.

“The essence of being a good social dancer is that
we do not seek perfection in anyone.”


Feedback, for dancers, is part of the overall dialogue or interaction between the Bloggers and the reader/dancers, not a one-way communication. If we don't give feedback what is the reader gaining, or indeed, assuming? They may think that everything is OK and that there are no areas for improvement. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Readers should value feedback, especially when it is given by someone credible who they respect as a role model or for their knowledge, attitudes or dancing competence - our dance teachers for instance.

"Ala Moana Annie" by Amy Hanaialii


Failing to give feedback sends a non-verbal communication in itself and can lead to mixed messages and false assessment by the readers of their own abilities, as well as a lack of trust in the bloggers. Most bloggers already give feedback to their reader/dancers. Our blogs all offer some suggestions on how you can improve the feedback you give so that we are better able to help motivate and develop the dancer's knowledge, skills and behaviors. We are getting there.

"Living Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano 

Blogger's Law #17C:
After things have gone from bad to worse, the cycle will repeat itself.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Changing Dance Scene

I am just planning my new adventures traveling via Handi Van and walking a short way with my walker. But I do get dance information from wherever I can  I was just reading that the Dancing With The Stars show is slowly losing what had been its usual audience. So the days of the Spectator division may have been a fad that will slow down. We may lose the spectator crowd here on Oahu too, but what do I know?

"Perhaps we can make a dancing world on Oahu that cannot fall apart
and everyone will be welcomed."


However, the outlook for the Social - Cultural dancer on Oahu is looking better all the time specially in the outskirts of Oahu. Residents, with good reason, wish to live, work and play in their own kuleanas. People want to dance and move to music for fun and without a lot of technical rules. We could help to promote these kind of dancers and make this kind of dancing easier and more accessible to all. Our local dance teachers are becoming more valuable.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr


Most of the professional Dance Studios along with the Social Dance Clubs seem to be well on their way in teaching the American Style of Dance which melds easily into Cultural Dance. There has been some street dance that has existed for ages on Oahu and which has been prominently danced at house parties to disco music. But due to the modern mainstream popularity of night clubs, street and fad dances have evolve more often there rather than outdoor spaces.

"Good Night Irene" by the Weavers


There will be more night clubs in the West catering to the older more experienced dancers. However, on Oahu, with such nice weather, they could be practiced in outdoor spaces very easily. But each style continues to evolve and will be adopted by most dancers island wide. Ballroom was at one time just a room where the "ball" or the dance would be held. It has evolved into something else and unfortunately "Ballroom" is theirs and no longer ours.

"A little wine may make daily living easier, less hurried,
with fewer tensions and more tolerance."

Thursday, July 7, 2016

We are not standing still.

The overall picture of dance looks good but not for our blogs simply because I cannot get around like a I use to. I am getting into better shape physically even if I have to use a walker. Then I have made good contact with the Handi Van and they sure are handy, bless them. And I certainly miss living in Nanakuli, some of the very best people on this island.

“When each individual understands that their contribution, no matter how big or small, fits together in a wider framework and is literally changing lives, then one cannot help but desire to be the very best that one can be”


Rumba is danced by 200 million people on this planet in one form
or another. Maybe there is something to it.

The dancers are beginning to know that they getting more knowledge of dancing every day and we are all going to come out ahead. There is a small difference between entirely freestyle (improvisational) dance and an absolute street dance. While freestyle dance is random and a personal dance invented by a single person (even if it's based on someone else's dance style), a full street dance is a collection of the various similar dance moves and styles collected into one practice and regarded as the same dance.

"Duele El Corazon" by Enrique Iglesias


And Cha Cha Cha dancing has come, along with the music
as one the best of the 20th Century, world wide.

Partner dancing is where one person leads and the other follows. Though leading requires skill, the follower will usually have the best moves. In standardizing we can dance with each other more easily and we are coming to the knowledge that the music is first and moving to our favorite music does not require a lot of fancy stuff and LAGS is for OP (other people.)

"CicatrIIIces por Regulo Caro  

Did somebody forget the Cumbia from Columbia?
One of the best, simple and straight.


The social dance clubs are beginning to take a better form of treating their members. Though the differences in oligarchies is still evident. Nevertheless, they are going in the right direction and not looking down their noses at those that dance differently. And the standard steps in the different dances are solidly being established to facilitate the dancing for all. We just need more voices among the crowd to share the dance experience a little more broadly. Web sites, Blog sites or even the Micros, just to spread the word.

Blogger's Law #28C: There are some things that are impossible to know. -- but it is impossible to know these things.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Progress

The end of month was not exactly surprising but I am glad to see Blogging Hawaii back in the top three. Town Dancer is back in first place and Platinum Horseshoe very nicely in second place. However I do not feel comfortable of about where I am at until about the tenth of the month. Then I know where I must work the most.

“It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
- Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez


The blogs need information contributors for information and photos to share with the reader/dancers. And we do not want information contributors only because they feel they must "support." They should do what they wish to do. The reader/dancers are the same. No "support" please, just read'em if you like'em. And contribute if you wish to share with your fellow dancers. Let's make our Oahu dance world a nicer world and I think we are fortunate that our people just happen to be nicest people in this world.

"Hale'iwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii


Does anyone on Oahu know that falling down is the leading cause of injury death for Americans age 65 and older? According to the Health Center, each year 35 to 40 percent of older adult Americans fall at least once. Falling down is not just the result of getting older. Falling can be caused by a variety of circumstances, and many falling mishaps may be prevented. Dancers exercise by just dancing and that helps but it is no guarantee. Careful out there.

"With Or Without You" by Willie K


I still use a walker but I am exercising a little better and I hope to be using a cane by the end of year. The Handi Van is the greatest invention of our time, but perhaps I will have lesser need of them in the future. Now that my foot is healing I may be able to walk around a little more. I am walking up and down the halls of where I live, once a day, with just a cane and the hand rail handy if necessary. I have not fallen in one year so I have my hopes up.

"As much as wine has played the infidel and robbed me of my
robe of honor, I wonder often what the vitners buy one
half  so precious  as the stuff they sell."
 Omar Khayyam in the Rubaiyat.