Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blogging Marches On

The increase in average hits per day in our total blogosphere is slowing down to a crawl. Beside the fact that we need more feedback is the fact that not too many dancers are computer savvy. I get lost myself many times and it seems to get worse with age. I am trying to keep my computer usage as simple as possible. No more fancy do-jigs.

"Social dancers know that they may listen to music, move to it and
find that their confidence can last longer than the dance." 


I do find that I enjoy going to the dance functions even though I cannot dance anymore. The beautiful music brings beautiful memories and the spirit of the dancers is evident and a joy to watch. If I get enough photos I can usually make a blog that is appreciated by all. I have been fortunate to be invited often to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and I will be there for the Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation Camp 808 on Saturday, December 9th.

"Take Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Coming up in town:


From the articles on dance in Hawaii: If the beginning social dancer can do the entire Bronze well they can be excellent social dancers of any dance. Most teachers will want to teach their students in their own way. Why not? Just pay attention and you will learn a lot about dancing socially. And the results will be that you will develop your own style and preferred moves. We happen to be so fortunate to have some of the best teachers of American Style in the US, right here on Oahu.

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should
therefore be treated with great caution."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar, Part 2

It  makes more sense if you read Part One:
"Now," said the dance instructor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions like dancing---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff."

 "Through these blogs read the most informed social dancers in the Pacific."


"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you." "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner and dance.

"Because You're Mine" ... Placido Domingo 



Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." -- One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The instructor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend."

"Social dancers encourage the genius in everyone they meet."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Not Just The Westside

By David Bennington, Kalealoa
Lucky us for all that the advertising, (millions of dollars) to stress the fact that to ride the rail, it will be at the same rates and the same rules as the Bus. What they haven't mentioned is the rates on the Bus are going up to $5.00. And the people in the neighbor islands are a little miffed that they are going to pay for the rail too. You didn't think the rich were going to pay, do you? Ask Trump! He He! He!

"I used to have a handle on life, but da buggah broke."


The increasing amount of dance fans on Oahu of the "Oldies but Goodies" music have a different affinity for their music than the young rappers. The music in the old days was something to worship. Nowadays, these people  go around very comfortably with earphones stuck in their ears, hearing music 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. And did they hear anything? They admit that some times they do, Gawd!

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces


I am firmly convinced that the primary reason for the advancement of hits on these blogs is the amount of information and photo contributors. Next, in importance is the feedback in comments or information contributions such as this one. The secret to our type of blogging is that I, by myself, am not the answer. Once we get a few, the rest will be easy. But the dancers will eventually decide. The total hits are going up gradually as more people become aware.

"Take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though everybody is watching."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Latest Stats.

The top ten, the smartest locations in Hawaii: A dispute somewhere? It's OK by me.

Ocean Pointe - East Honolulu - Mililani Mauka - Makakilo - Ewa Gentry - Kalaoa -
Kaneohe - Halawa -Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) - Mililani Town

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And for reference, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college. In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 32 with one being the "smartest" in any category.


We took the average rank across the criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for "Smartest City In Hawaii". If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see the lowest. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

In the end, Ocean Pointe ended up being the the smartest city in the Aloha State. And that's how you graduate in style. There you have it folks, the 10 Smartest Cities in the state Hawaii. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you don't agree, that is still your privilege.


If you're curious enough, here are the least smart places in Hawaii:

Ewa Beach
Waianae
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Looking Good

I must say the Halloween Dance at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club did something good for this blog and for me too. I thought there would be more people but no hu hu. It is going to build up very nicely with the kokua we are getting there now. The people as a whole gotta be some of best on Oahu. My depression drops down to zero in their company. No dancing, little conversation but the beautiful music by Leland and just being there in that dance environment makes a difference.

"Dance may live at once in both space and time. In it the creators,
the expression and the thing being created to music are one."


I was worried about getting enough photos because my hands are just not working right. But Maile came through like a champ and I got enough photos for two blogs. I made the second in Blogging Hawaii blog. I was able to get two opinions and that helps to make it social media. I am now working on their mini Web site in the Pages section of Platinum Horseshoe blog. Nobody knows what a mini Web site on a blog is. Takes time.

"Warehouse Blues" by Willie K


The rest of the Dance Blogs on Oahu are just holding on because they have no feedback. We are fortunate to have a few now and then. We can also thank Maile for her comment in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. That is what will make our blogs Social Media. The readers are interested in reading but they are not interested in the price of eggs in China. Dancing? Now you got it. So Rome was not built in a day.

"Social dancers know that if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more dance to it.”

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the beers. - The dance instructor stood before his large studio class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

“Sometimes we will find that it is necessary to let things go;
simply for the reason that they are too heavy.”  


They mostly agreed except he got a couple of smarties that mentioned the space in between the golf balls. The instructor acknowledged this and then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. This time everyone agreed it was. - Ah - Ha! The instructor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine 

Update from Aunty Maile
BE SEEING YOU THERE!!! WOOOOOO...


Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students were getting apprehensive but responded with a unanimous "well, yes." The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. - - Think it over, you will learn Part Two later.

Halloween: What's a monsters favorite desert? I-Scream! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Swinging

by John Lane, Whitmore Village

The Lindy Hop, the jazz folk dance from Harlem was free, and combined African as well as European dance traditions, with black and white folks mingling in the ballrooms of Harlem. The disciplines "cleansed" out the African elements, created the "refined" dance called Jive and it was no longer a jazz dance. Governments have regulated, taxed, and privatized traditional dancing, ballrooms, and music into near oblivion in the past, now we have to watch out for Trump.

"Social dancers believe that the hardest step in learning to dance is the
first one the student takes into the studio, the rest is pure fun.”


Bureaucrats, politicians, corporations and artists generally value that which they think is lofty and visual. They are not willing to accept what used to be common and participatory and they cannot see dancing as a cultural heritage. Meanwhile, what remains of traditional social dancing has been relegated to a "niche" existence for a long time. It has often been done in church basements, often to recorded music, or, in the case of Swing, the only venues that had live music were often unhealthy smoky bars.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Wahiawa is gonna be jumping next Saturday night!

In this century it is evolving into something pretty good and necessary to the well being of humans. Everyone used to sing songs naturally as part of playing, learning, teaching, living and interacting. Songs about many aspects of our cultural treasure. Today only professional performers sing for money. They sing trite songs where only one out of a thousand attain some status. Tradition has usually been a process where cultural treasures are passed on and received with respect and competence.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Pub's Side Note: We have other very good dance blogs on Oahu and we do not have to be clones. They may share dance information that is unavailable to us. Tune it to them, now and then. The holiday season begins with Halloween and does not end until the famous New Year's Eve Bash.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Best Teachers

By James Kwong, Waipio
"The best teachers are not always the best dancers. Likewise, the best dancers are not always the best teachers." This is pretty well known in our dance culture. On Oahu, there seems to be two very definite groups that consistently train the best International Style dancers. By the same token, there are two groups that regularly are not able to do good teaching and most of the students have to "learn." Ron Montez, well known Latin Dance Champion, "It's one thing to know how to dance but it is a totally different thing to be able to teach students at their level."

"If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all the evidence that you tried."


Many teachers begin to notice quite early in their respective careers that the results may be different according to different teachers. As always there are three levels of teachers and students. The teachers that seem to be able to convey dance basics to a large quantity of the students in their classes. Then there are teachers that have difficulty with some students, many of whom remain for relatively long periods. Then there are the ones that as far as the teacher is concerned will always have two left feet.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck


However the students differ also in three classes. Those that absorb the rhythm of the dance and can apply the teaching by rote easily. The middle class which is the largest group are the ones with the perseverance to learn, but just take a little longer. Some times in changing to a new instructor everything seem to come to an order and they all right then. Then the worst are the ones with two left feet that are difficult to convince that one of them is a right foot. The only way these can learn is not by rote but by the rhythm of the dance being learned. With time they will find the right teacher."

"The Social dancers believe they are the creators of the dance created. They are the artist and the expression in each dance and each partner participates completely."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Our Dance Friends

By Jennifer Flores, Waikele
Taking lessons, the not-right-now, where they say they’ll do it "later" to escape the pressure of performing in front of people. We often label these people as uncommitted, or know-it-alls. Very often, these people have no problem practicing a skill alone; they just don’t want you watching. Examples: saying they’re "tired" or "will practice later;" trying things only once or twice rather than using all the practice time; listening to advice, but saying they’ll apply it "later."

“Social Dancers feel that the essence of dance is human expression - -
the landscape of their souls.



The "I’ve got it! I don’t need your advice," where students are so afraid of looking bad in front of the teacher that they unconsciously reject the advice they need. Often, they get the reputation of being arrogant but they are good people. It can often be insecurity driving the "arrogance". Examples: saying “I already know that” or “I did that when you weren’t watching;” aborting a movement halfway through because they “already got it.”

"Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner


The "Let me help other people instead," where focusing on others helps to calm the anxiety sufferer down. We either view these people as incredibly giving, or as focusing too much on their partner’s development instead of their own. Examples: giving feedback to a partner instead of focusing on what they can do better; asking a teacher to “look at their partner” as a way to get feedback for themselves. And fortunately, most of us have understanding.

"Social Dancers hope that every dance they do reveals
some wonderful thing a human can do.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Drums and the Clave

By Rafael Ramirez, Maili
In any event by the law of addition and substraction, if you take the "slap" out of the Tumbao, you still have a Tumbao. If you take the TumTum out and leave the slap, you are playing nothing and the other musicians in the band will look in your direction with a question mark painted on their faces. The "slap" is really insignificant to the Tumbao. It is on the accented 4 of the music that we are to find the reason why people who learn to dance in the dance studios of New York dance on "the 2".

"Social Dancers dance and enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate
where they are at this moment instead of focusing on how far they have to go.”


If one has to look for an "original music and dance" to which today's music and dance can be associated with, then Mambo is not it. One has to go beyond that and we have never really defined, Salsa. I think the place to start with is with the old Son, which was danced in two different ways depending on where the dancers came from: one group, mainly the Cubans ( I'm taking liberties here, because Cuban "Guajiros"; peasants-farmers, didn't dance the same way as, say, urban blacks.)

"Flor De Cańa" por Jalisco Morales


And I refer you to the book "Cuban Counterpoint: Sugar Cane and Tobacco" by the Cuban Musicologist Fernando Ortiz, started with a step on the accented 4, with a pause or a riding motion on the one, stepping on the 2 and finishing with another step on the 3, to begin stepping again on the accented 4. The other group (and they came from many places) danced almost the same way, except that instead of beginning to dance on the 4, they started on the accented 1, with a pause or riding motion on the two, etc. I think Mr. Flores, aka La Maquina, belonged to one of these two groups.

"Social Dancers show us as human beings moving to music much
more gracefully than human beings really move."


Friday, October 6, 2017

Review

Town Dancer still leading the pack. Some scam, spam robot hits and some search engine hits. They are gradually taking up less space in our dance statistics. Comments is what we need most. It brings in the reader/dancers with feedback and can make the blogs into true social media. Of course from there, it is only a skip and a jump to become a nice steady information contributor. Wow. And then they have the choice of becoming a Guest Blogger. You can pick your blog and you will in effect have your own blog within the blog with ready made readers.

"Social Dancers want music that will make the blood surge in their veins,
music that will get make them get up and dance."

Music is an expression of individuality; it's how you see the world. All art is, for that matter. You take how you experience the world, interpret it, and send it out there - express it - whether it's sculpture, dance or singing.
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Music is an expression of individuality; it's how you see the world. All art is, for that matter. You take how you experience the world, interpret it, and send it out there - express it - whether it's sculpture, dance or singing.
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You learn your lessons from the mistakes you make, not the things you achieve.
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Second is Platinum Horseshoe solid right behind Town Dancer. - Blogging Hawaii and Social Dance Oahu run pretty close together, alternating in 3rd and 4th place. Dancing Nights is trailing and still trying to get into the 20s average hits per day. Contact with some Night Club would do wonders. I have only one outside blog that has a counter to match them with us. They are comfortably in the middle 20s. I think we will eventually beat them, but then what do I know?

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


For sure the hits go up when I blog a social dance occasion. The results are much better than the poster announcement. And my biggest defect is I do not have ability to take the photos. I do get some help now and then. I make a collage of nine photos and I am lucky when I can get two collages. That is when the hits go through the roof. I just bought a new point and shoot camera. Nothing fancy, no zoom, no special landscape just an ordinary photo. I will donate it to some group it will be yours, but I hope they will share some photos with our readers.

"Social Dancers know that music is an expression of individuality;
it's how they see the world. All art is, for that matter.
They move to the music and interpret it."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Debby Borges Barboza

New location announcement

Debby's Dream To Dance <dream_to_dance@msn.com>
To: newmartel@yahoo.com

"When one door closes, another opens"


September 28, 2017

Dear Students & Instructors,
Palama Supermarket is intent on dividing the dance space that I occupy into much more profitable office space. I had requested a one year lease extension to start March 2018. That was denied and so was a 3 month extension. I was concerned about securing a space for my students as well as a space for the instructors to continue their livelihoods so I did not want to announce anything until I had good news.


WE HAVE A NEW LOCATION.

A wonderful opportunity presented itself. My dance floor, mirrors and furniture will be moved
to the new space which is comparable in length/size. The large group classes cannot be
accommodated at the moment but I have a 2nd location to recommend. It was advantageous for both the new location and for Palama Supermarket if Dream To Dance vacated the space earlier. The new space was ahead of schedule so I will be released early from this lease, October 31, 2017.

I truly appreciate everyone's support of Dream To Dance and I have loved working with you these past years. I look forward to seeing you on the "old" dance floor in the NEW dance space!

All the Best,
Debby Borges Barboza
Dream To Dance

Our mailing address is:
Dream to Dance
1070 North King Street
#202-204
Honolulu, HI 96817

Let us hope we can get an invite to the opening and blog'em.

Friday, September 29, 2017

We Got Nice Dances.

In Social Dancing most of us know that we have some terrific dances to terrific music. Swing is a solid, grounded Jazz dance, close to the music, sensuous, with close, gentle connection to other dances.  Ours may be unlike some which are upright, step-pattern heavy, push-pull, music-indifferent non-Jazz dances. Lindy-Hop, The Charleston, Shag, Black Bottom, Lindy Hop, and Balboa are danced with a partner to traditional Jazz music. Jazz is folk music, and jazz dancing is folk dancing. European and American with Negro feelings, solid, grounded, flowing, low, improvised.

"Social Dancers believe that the dance came from the people and
in exhibitions it is always delivered back to the people.


Unlike "modern/jazz" dance which is a choreographed stage dance that is not done to traditional jazz music, is not partnered, and is rooted in classical ballet sensibilities - high, up, pointed, leaps, etc. We are becoming more knowledgeable. The Fox Trot, originally a completely improvised Ragtime dance, dance to a rich variety of lively Ragtime music in its modern Dance Sport form is now generally done in set patterns with very little, if any, rhythm improvisation.

"Crazy Rhythm" by Harry James


Of course it has been formatted into the American and the English style and much is danced that way. Much dance instruction has been actually destruction of the natural joy of dancing, the natural ease of dancing, the nature of the dance forms, the interest in the dance form. And ultimately, of the dance community and the dance tradition. Of course all this is done with only the very best of intentions, by people who may be very fine dance organizers or very fine dancers.

"Old social dancers know that "Old roads, old dogs, old folks and
old ways still have a lot to offer in this sped up world we live in."

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Getting Old

Now that I am 92, I know that I am old but I am quite sure that this place where I live is the cause of my depression. It is a prison of my own making and for now I just have to live with it. This fatalistic stance relies on widely-held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes "normal aging." I should believe that, fatigue, weakness and depression, among several other common concerns, shouldn't be expected consequences of growing older. Instead, they're a signal that something is wrong and medical evaluation is in order. I am trying to get help from the VA.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam,
a millennium ago.

Come fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring
your Winter garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
to flutter - and the Bird is on the Wing.

Whether at Naishapur or Babylon,
Whether the Cup with sweet or bitter run,
The Wine of Life keeps oozing, drop by drop,
The Leaves of Life keep falling, one by one.


Docter's Advice: Just one glass a day. I can live with that.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller


When I was a kid I could toast a marshmallow on my birthday candles. Now I could roast a turkey. Hope you all enjoy the beautiful holiday season coming up.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Updating

My hobby, the study of social dance blogs on Oahu continues. I find that the general public assumes that you need to have taken lessons at a dance studio before you can dance. It is also assumed that dancing is steps and moves, rather than feeling, connection, improvisation, and harmonious attention, based on respect between the dancers and a love of the music and their own dance culture. The social dancers in the Night Clubs are very firm on this. I personally think lessons are great.

"Social Dancers use the creative process of dancing
to get to know themselves better."


The counters on all social dance blogs can be taken with a grain of salt. Specially very low counts. They may contain 30% scam spam robot hits and search engine hits. That means perhaps only 70% of your hits are legit hits. Most local web or blog sites are in single digit average per day hits. Double digits is still not so good. Most solid sites have average daily hits in the twenties. They must have feedback in the form of comments and information contributors. And with two or three Guest Bloggers, a social dance blog can get safely over the 33 average per day barrier. This is 1000 hits per month. And I can plan on getting my best blog independent.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." ~George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Classified

I break most everything down to three. And we have our most important participants in our blogging into three parts too. First the ordinary everyday reader/dancers. They usually just attend and that is what the entire enchilada is all about. Many share feedback but only between fellow dancers and when we have comments in the blogs, everyone will know that blogging has arrived.

"Social Dancers like to prepare themselves so they can
be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud."


The next is only when the reader/dancer wants to. They can become a Two Center, the information contributor that can share by email more information and perhaps a few photos that can be published in the blog for the benefit of all our fellow dancers. Perfect for one who gets around a bit. Occasionally I get enough from one person to make the entire blog theirs. Why not?

"My Isle Of Golden Dreams" by Melveen Leed


Then and only when they decide they are ready, they can elect to become Guest Bloggers.They will be able to get in on their own. write, delete, insert photos and publish at their discretion, without having to say boo, to anyone. I can coach and help anyone by email, give them any of the posters that I have. They will in effect have their own blog within the main blog and all with ready made readers. And they can blog whenever they damn well please. With enough Guest Bloggers and the hits going through the roof - what does the blog need me for? Yes, you got it

"Dance music is the passion of a social dancers life. There is no greater feeling
than being with their dance friends and partying to the music they love."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Social is Normal

By Jon Okamoto, Honokai Hale
What has happened to traditional Social Dancing on Oahu? Arthur Murray, a long time ago promoted the notion that dancing is steps, and that you need to take lessons to be able to dance. He built a lucrative mail-order business where customers could step through his patterns in the solitude of their own home. He also created a vast network of franchised dance schools, which, at first, also taught local dance forms. Actually many people have learned to dance using his methods.

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music."



Victor Silvester, in 1935, declared that dancers should not have to dance to traditional music. He invented the notion of "strict-tempo" music, and actually created "strict-tempo" bands. This broke the ancient tie between live, traditional, popular music and dancing. The "purest" "strict-tempo" music is a metronome, and there actually are "ballroom dance" competitions done to metronomes. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing promoted the notion of dancing as competitive sport and became very strict in the accepted timing.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck


On Oahu we are developing a very good group social dancers, not require to stick to the steps and dances prescribed by Dance Societies.  Most stick to the basic moves and enjoy the music that way. But some with a steady partner can get pretty fancy. I have been to many West Oahu dances where they include WC Swing, Bachata, Salsa and even Night Club 2 step. Not only that but many are dancing it. Whatsup?

"Social Dancers may sometimes just want to party and dance with
no thought or conscience or regard for tomorrow."