Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Social Dancers

Dancers don't drink is the general assumption everywhere. And we accept the fact that we are not drunks, thank heavens for that. So many commercial establishments selling alcoholic beverages on Oahu would rather not deal with social dancers. However on the mainland, many are discovering that the juice bar may outsell the alcohol bar. But you must provide a variety of different juices made in a blender. And if there is something a dancer requires besides music it is liquids.

"Social Dancers think less and feel more. They let
the beautiful music do the talking."

Some one is going to write something on this soon. And in addition, we all know that there has to be cover charge. You will have to get your own glass of water, your own napkins and your own toothpick, and they should be freely available. Some are even trying small chopstick pupus which could be made and sold very easily. And most dancers like to chomp down on something when they are drinking. In a club it all seems to be one big social party.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Christina Aguilar

 The Mariachi Sound coming in slowly but surely
and loudly into the Hawaiian Islands.

Any of the Old Taxi Dance Halls Still Remaining?
From Peter T Young <peteryoung@hookuleana.com>

I got this e-mail address from the Dance blog. Are there any of the old taxi dance halls left in Hawaii? Any idea where I can get information on the old dance halls? Do you have any historical background on the old taxi dance (and other dance) halls?

Peter T. Young, President
1539 Kanapu`u Drive
Kailua, Hawai`i 96734

(808) 226-3567 (Cell Phone)

"Do well by doing good."

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Pub's Note: We got a legit question and we don't have the answer. I think the fact that in the 80s we began to have a surplus of women in Hawaii may have something to do with it. Perhaps one of you out there can set us straight. Your opportunity to share your opinion with the reader/dancers. This is social media, let's use it for that. And thanks Peter.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

"Dancers know that in dancing, there is no ceiling, there is no end.
It is just a joyful continuous improvement."

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Patrons

We have a new emerging group of people on Oahu as patrons of the art of social dancing. Patronage of dancing on Oahu is the support, encouragement and privilege, that an organization or individual bestows to another. It is not support as it has been applied to the menials in the past.

"Dancers know that it is not enough to do your best -
you must know what to do and then do your best."

It is in the history of dancing and arts patronage as it refers to the support that the admirers have provided to the artists such as the teachers of dance, the musicians, the DJs and the top dancers. In our case it is for social dancing and for the benefit of the dancers first. On Oahu it has slowly been acknowledged in this century. Whether they make "correct" decisions is not that important. What matters is that they care and are willing to help in their way.

"Till Then" by Les Brown

These people are the ones most likely to comment in the comments section at the end of each post. However, not many have enough computer savvy and it will take time. Some do not have to wait if they can email the information and/or photos to any Guest Author. It can then be published. And two person photos are better than one. Of course, three is better than two. Photographer, do your thing.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Tony Bennett

 And then those "funny, familiar, forgotten feelings
start walking all over my mind."

Advertising in this century really does bend the truth, but usually, it's so exaggerated that no one ever believes it to be anything other than entertainment to raise attention. And many still use the "bait and switch" to make a sale. From talking crocodiles to cars driving on the ceiling, it's simply razzle dazzle to get you, the customer to pay attention.

"Social dancers do not really care if you cannot dance well, the best dancers are great because of their passion."

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Evolving Blogs

Hopefully these blogs will be of help to all the dancers. If, in the process of helping the dancers, we help any club or group, we are all for it. But just to make money for a dance organization is not our primary goal. The hits on all the blogs are going slowly but steadily up. I am beginning to see that we have just touched the tip of the iceberg. An awful lot of people have been reluctant to get on the band wagon simply because it is something new. Which means that we are getting a younger group of reader/dancers.

“We can make our dance world a better place - by making daily improvements to become the best version of ourselves.”

Dot's in Wahiawa is a good example and for sure there will another coming when more different type dancers mingle. Coupled with some of the members of Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club, the amalgamation of all the regular dances will occur. Blogging will be a big help to communicate. We must provide for our own people first. Could be Waipio or Waikele next?

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

It will happen and with the full knowledge of everyone it will overflow into Mililani and the North Shore by word of mouth more than anything else. And further, when the music moves a little more into the Latin, the joints in the Central Valley will remain open until midnight. Yes, I have been wrong before.

"If I Didn't Care" by the Ink Spots

 "Till Then"
was a popular song written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Guy Wood and published in 1944. The song was a plea (presumably by a soldier off to fight the war) to his sweetheart to wait for him until he could get back home. Like many war-themed songs, it enjoyed great popularity when it came out in 1944, and versions by The Mills Brothers and the Les Brown orchestra dominated the charts. I heard it the other day and it was still "Beautiful."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Social Dance

by John Wettner, Kalihi

On the Island of Oahu we are still in the process of defining "Social Dance." In reality however, more often than not it is the beginners that will dance exclusively to prescribed steps, fine, you gotta start somewhere. But if you ever watched a Jack and Jill dance contest you will see hardly any prescribed steps with the experienced dancers, If someone does not dance the way that you do perhaps you could try to dance with them and find a groove where you avoid thinking that you are dancing with someone in your dance class.

"Social dancers practice the philosophy of continuous improvement.
Just get a little better every day."

Those who expect others to dance their way or only to their steps show their inflexibility (and lack of true dancing experience) because they expect standardization and lack the capacity to deviate from it. Whenever someone begins to comment or teach others how to dance it is as if they wear a cap with blinking lights that says, "Because I took a few lessons I am an expert in this dance and you are doing it wrong unless you dance MY WAY" There is also a certain air of smugness when people behave like that.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

What these individuals fail to understand is that in social dancing every dancer has their own unique style, expression and musical interpretation that they bring to the floor. If they are both are on the same beat, its like dancing in the rain, it is their joy and entitlement and it should be respected. In the real world of club dancing there are no standardized steps and styles - standardization doesn't function because each partner is different. And we believe that most dancers are nice people.

Yes, I know, it is an old prayer.

Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder -
To the faults of those around me,
Let me be when I am weary -
Just a little more cheery,

Let me serve a little better - Those that I am striving for,
Let me be a little meeker with the brother who is weaker,
Let me think a little more of my neighbor and a little less of me


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Minimum wage

Trump and his Political Committees spent more than ten million to stop the minimum wage increase in the individual states. The rich stand to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. They neglected a few states and the minimum wage will be increased in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington starting this year, 2017.

"There is always room for improvement and in Hawaii we look for it."

The beautiful Business Park proposed for West Oahu and voted down
by the Present Rail Party. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

In Hawaii, the minimum wage is now $9.25 per hour and some prices will have to be raised and all understandable. Unfortunately for the rich, they got to pay for the increase in prices too. Trump and his republican attack dogs are still working to stop it in their government, the one that use to belong to the citizens. They own the US and anybody don't like it, can get thee hell out.

We coulda got 100 of these bi- articulated beauties for less than
100 million, which is one tenth of a billion. The Rail Disaster
will now go to ten billion dollars. Maybe more?

Anyone know what the minimum wage is for the workers on the "Gravy Train" in Honolulu? I think it is somewhere around $40.00 per hour. And everyone now knows that this is "Easy Money." And we all know who are the lucky ones that are going to pay for it. The neighbor islands are not aware yet that they got to pay for it too.

"Fortunately, in our dance scene we have many dancers
that can still afford the luxury of integrity."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Independence

The year is developing very nicely. Marie and Paul Laderta are some of the best patrons of the art of dancing on this island of Oahu. And they are now aware that I wish to help too. I am at their service and hopefully one of them will eventually be a Guest Author in any of our blogs of their choosing. They will be able to open, write, photos, publish, close and get out without saying boo to anyone. In effect they will have a blog of their own within the blog. At the same time they will have ready made readers and for sure they will run up the hits.

"Dancers truly believe that gossip is shared by the misinformed
who often sound like fools, while creating drama and disorder."

Information Contributors do not have to do everything, they just email the text and send me the pertinent information, my hobby is making posters. I need help because I have been deteriorating for a few years. My eyes, ears, nose and throat, feet, legs etc. Nothing drastic just enough to make me see the difference and to accept. I use a walker but I totter in the morning and gradually get stronger during the day. I have even been known to dance one late in the evening. I am grateful for that.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey,
Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell on vocals.

I have seven blogs to get rid of before I go and the first one will have to be the best. And at present Platinum Horseshoe seems to be the one most indicated this year. A couple Guest Authors and a couple of steady information contributors will run the hits up to over 167 average hits per day. That is five thousand per month. Very good communication for us our here in the middle of the Pacific and the blog should be ready for independence.

"Perfidia" by Artie Shaw

There are some in our Oahu dance community that do not wish to be involved in blogging for whatever the reason. We should and promise to respect and try to avoid bothering them. We wish no commitments from anyone. We offer the use of our blogs but only if they wish. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door we leave open still says welcome and they will make the final decision.

I regret that I have not made the transition to Wine. I am still looking at
our beautiful dance world through "Rum" colored glasses.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Good News

From my son Ron in California.

Happy New Year! We had a busy holiday season and wonderful family party. Including a few pix attached. Hope you are well and had a chance to read some from that WWII book. My friend is interested how you like it, let me know when you get a chance, thanks.

I include the two photos he sent. Made me very happy to see the family having a nice time.

I cannot read very well and I have tough time writing, but I can still handle the computer if somewhat clumsy. This is my personal blog and any one of the family can email me and I will post. Thanking you all in advance. I share with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus.

My two remaining sisters, Eleanor and Beatrice. May they all have best year they have ever had and may they all live a long and happy life. Love to all, Uncle Joe.

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us,
but we can choose how we dance to it."

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Central Valley

Looks like the Central Valley is developing a good inclination for Social Dancing. It has taken some time defining itself, but there are many out there well aware of it. There are several places to dance, led by Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. The entire valley will bloom when they have the next dance club in Waipio or Waikele.

"We know that when people cut us down, or talk behind our backs -
they took time out of their pathetic lives to think about us."

We have had the social dancers divided into two sections. The social ballroom club dancers and the night club dancers. Now most of them have melded into each other's style of dance very nicely. And many more night club dancers are taking American Style dance to blend in more easily. The night club dancers and the social ballroom dancers are both social dancers but the differences are in the strictness of the foot placements and styling due to ballroom teaching.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The International people are much more exact and are a breed apart, they are taught for competitions and they must have a basis to be judged. They very easily learn to be excellent exhibition dancers. They have known the big difference in their dancing and ours and have professed it for years - and we concur. They really dance in ballrooms, and we certainly should respect it.

"The Thrill Is Gone"
by B.B. King

Meanwhile, the night club dancers are found in smaller dance floors and they develop very good floor craft. They can handle themselves and their partners very well in a crowded floor. The social ballroom dancers are not quite that good because they usually dance in more open dance floors. A school cafeteria may have 1500 square feet of open space.

"There are short cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them."