Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dancing on Oahu

Ballroom dancing has been changing for centuries. And at one time we had Ballroom dancing pretty well defined with the introduction of the Ballroom Dance Clubs to Oahu dancers.  Then the Internationals came in with beautiful Exhibition and Competition dances. The dance population on Oahu doubled until 1994. Then the most beautiful ballroom in the Pacific, the Palladium come into use.

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


The Internationals took over. They were frankly looking down on anyone who danced some other way. What had been the "correct" way to dance International style changed. It became the "Correct" way, period - and anyone not dancing their way was, "Incorrect." Then we heard the dreaded phrase, "junk dancer." They assumed that International was ballroom because they danced in ballrooms while the rest of us usually danced in other places.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


And they were right. Social dancers were dancing in the streets, malls, gas stations, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers and night clubs. Fortunately we have on this island some of the best American Style dance teachers in the Pacific. These dancers began to accept the terminology of "Social Dancer" but it may eventually change when more people accept the difference. There are more of us everyday and in this century, there is definitely a little more pride in saying, "I am social dancer."

Received from my sister Eleanor and her daughter Val,
a nice biblical quote.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD,

thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gaining Readers

Our Blogosphere is expanding along very slowly. Getting rid of scam spam robot hits and gaining new readers. And we have four blogs clearly on top. Platinum Horseshoe, #1, Town Dancer, Blogging Hawaii and Dancing in the Dark. Number three and four struggling for third place.

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."
Ancient Hopi Indian saying.


In the struggling group we have Extrava Danza, covering the live music scene. Ritmo Mestizo, covering the Latin music and dance scene. And Dancing Nights covering the Night Club Action on Oahu. These are the blogs that need the most help. The easiest way is the comments at the end of each blog. Comments are very important and needed because it is feedback and that is something new in our social dance scene on Oahu.

"Livin' Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano


Of course our readers have many other interests that are important in their lives like the almost catastrophe of the Trumpcare machine willing to let millions die so that the medical industry would make millions and millions of dollars. A crime against all humanity. Many did not think much of Obama before, but now most of us are convinced that he was a much much better president of the people in the United States than Trump the white man, will ever be. Every day more people realize Trump is a rat fink, period, and we can tell, he is mad at the "poor."

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


 "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth" It is the third verse in the Sermon of the Mount from the Bible. It ultimately means setting goals and fulfilling them in a civilized, dedicated and mutually respectful manner. This is meant to be in contrast to tapping into hate and anger which ultimately results in violence which leads to destruction. If played out to the end destruction only leads to death. The logical end is if everything is destroyed there is nothing left to inherit. If you are dead you cannot inherit anything either.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The ones who survive and inherit the earth are the ones who figured out how to solve the problem (gain power over a difficult situation) in a peaceful way. The newly revised Trump version, "The Rich Shall Inherit The Earth." came out a week ago. Trump people don't think Christ knew what he was talking about. With the Trump people, money is the only thing that matters. It's the cash, Nash.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good News

We were informed today that Frank is doing his thing again and I checked it out. Welcome back Frank, yes, you were missed. Both his blogs include links to Dancing Nights and Town Dancer. In reciprocal appreciation I have included both of his blogs in our links side bar on both our blogs. Just click the link and Frank's blog will appear like magic on your screen.

"Dance for yourself, if somebody understands, good. If not then,
it is no matter, you can go right on doing what you love."



Our Oahu blogs are read on Oahu - that we know. However they are increasingly being read in the Neighbor Islands too. We even get an occasional email from the Philippines. That's nice. Actually I am just working to get an increase in hits from all the reader/dancers on Oahu.  Fortunately I have a Blogger counter on my blogs. It is not perfect by any means but I can sure tell a lot from the stats. Hits are not going through the roof? That is quite alright with me, as long as they keep going up.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The best thing that seems to be happening is the realization that social dancers are the heart and soul of dancing on this Island. Perhaps 40000 social dancers on this Island and a lot of different points of view. And that is going to be the coming attraction in our blogs, the different independent views from our hundreds of different fellow dancers. Of course, the write ups and the photos of a dance function is still numbah one. And Frank does that very well.

"I Got You Under My Skin" by Jimmy Borges

"Gentlemen, remember the 15 second rule. When the music stops, you
have 15 seconds to escort your partner back to her seat. If you're too
slow, the music will start again and you'll be stuck for another dance."

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our dance is changing

From Diary of a Street Dancer
By Walter Darian


On the East Coast on the Mainland in the eighties, to be included in a "select" group, a dance had to have lasting appeal! A dance’s Basic step determines whether it will be accepted by a "trendy" public as well as by the experienced Social Dancer. The great appeal of the Mambo, at the time was, and is its Basic step — the dancers constantly moving from and returning to the Basic.

"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers, does not include
all the dancers. There will be some that do not wish to be
included and their wishes should be respected."



A sure "kiss of death" for a new dance is one with an uninspiring Basic step. The Hustle was a good example: when first introduced it was vastly different from the popular style introduce a year later. — when a "quick" step was added to the Basic. The addition which made the dance, - gave it substance. Not since the Mambo, has a dance been so embraced by the dancing public and it has taken its deserved place with the other classics.

"Que Rico Es El Mambo" por Perez Prado.

There are five "Major" (must have) dances popular with "the crowd"
in the 1980s, and topping the list is,

The Mambo: Mamboniks are simply driven wild by its pulsating, exciting rhythms.

The Tango: Danced in your preferred style; Roseland, International, Cafe or Argentine — is perhaps the most beautiful of all dances. Its music ... intoxicating. If there are violins, guaranteed her eyes will be closed.

"Rags To Riches" By Tony Bennett

The Foxtrot: Slow and easy, your arms around your partner, cheek to cheek. or to a faster tempos of Society music, is pure delight.

The Lindy: I have said so much about my favorite dance, there is no need to elaborate..... It is the greatest.


And there is one more that rounds out the "Big Five." It is exciting, breathtakingly fast and a real crowd pleaser! It is also the most difficult of all the American Social dances. When you‘re moving at "figure skating" speed ... suddenly stopping short ...turning-on-a-dime, reversing your direction (against the LOD) the girl responding with a smile, following perfectly and rewarding you with words like."Oh, you’re wonderful" I tell you, that's pleasure.

"Hurt" by Earl Preston


If ballroom ever comes back and you’ve guessed by now, that I am referring to another of my favorite dances — the spectacular Peabody! When you can do these five dances of substance well, you can have the satisfaction of knowing you can dance with the most sophisticated Social dancers of New York and Florida. No small accomplishment!

"Dancers can be creative in anything - in math, science, engineering, philosophy - as much as they can be in music or in painting or in - dance."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Update 4

The very good news is that the total hits on all the blogs is going up, not spectacularly but slowly. At the same time we are losing scam, spam robot hits. From my stats, I have seen the point of diminishing returns. We are still in process of developing the entire enchilada with the object of having all the blogs having different Guest Authors and minimize the interlocking kind of thing. I would like to continue the pursuit of diverse opinions.

"Charity sees the need, not the cause"


When we get enough Guest Authors and it is able to sail on its own, I will resign and leave it to them. That will cut the Creative Researchers And Producers down to nothing. I will have enough on my hands with the other blogs and still be available in an advisory capacity. Hopefully, I can let them all go before I go.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication they can take in their final days to end their dying process painlessly and peacefully, ending unbearable pain and suffering. Eighty percent of Hawaii voters want medical aid in dying as an end of life option.

A portion of Ecclesiastes 3
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven,

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal

a time to tear down and a time to build.
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oahu Rolling Along

We are gradually getting enough people in the West aware that West Oahu can dance too. And we can dance our own way, in our own locations with our own acceptable social cultural methods. There are also the lucky ones that can say, "I can be home in 20 minutes from my job." And most of us are aware, the Present Rail Party forbids business parks in the area. It's the money, Sonny. Millions and Millions of dollars being made every day from the Gravy Train. And there is more where that came from. Current estimates have gone up again to 12 billion dollars. Good thing Oahu people are loaded with dough and can afford the higher taxes coming and of course the increase in prices of everything.

"When we dance, our purpose is not to get to get to a certain place on
the floor. It is to enjoy moving to our favorite music, on the way."



We are also still patiently waiting to get some news from Waipio and Mililani. Many clubs and party dances in the West from Ewa Beach to the North Shore have been street dances. The many of these street dances have their own dance styles and they are diverse with many different music genres each of which have individually prominent vernacular dance styles. The social dance clubs have been very successful in standardizing the social dance.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And we may have to dance in the streets
We cannot avoid the amalgamation of the existing dance styles in the West with the styles now being dance by the social dance groups. A night club, a monthly dance at a community center, a new dance club? It has been asking for it, for a long long time. When it comes, the entire Central Valley will be rolling. The action in the Central Valley will tell the tale in the next few months together. Hopefully from some new information contributors and perhaps a Guest Author. A perfect one would be one that is a resident of the Central Valley and willing to deal with the Platinum Horseshoe blog.

"All Or Nothing At All" by Frank Sinatra



The Robot Cars are coming. The leading cause of most automobile accidents today is driver error, alcohol, drugs, speeding, aggressive driving, over-compensation, inexperience and slow reaction time. In addition, inattentiveness, and ignoring road conditions are all contributing factors, Self-driving cars would practically eliminate those accidents altogether. Hundred of lives would be saved on Oahu and the saved costs would be in the millions. This is all great news for pretty much everybody—except of course, your local body shops, emergency services companies, taxi drivers and morticians. Those businesses would see a considerable drop-off in revenues. The Rail Disaster is now obsolete.
Why didn't the skeleton dance at the social?
He had no body to dance with!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Social Dancing

American Style of Dancing

This is the style most closely resembling the social dance in Hawaii. However the only thing messing up the works on the Mainland is the differences in the teaching of the Arthur Murray schools and the Fred Astaire schools. We do not have Fred Astaire in Hawaii so we are relatively safe. They are pretty much the same, in terms of strategy and layout. However, the steps they teach may have different beats, the Rumba for instance.

"Judging: Competitions in objective arenas is good.
Competitions in subjective arenas is bad."


Slightly different figures and different steps but Arthur Murray students can still dance with Fred Astaire students, except that it might feel little weird. However, that's what may happen when you dance with people from other studios anyway. Cross training is the way to go. Try not to get hooked into just one studio or one social dance club if possible. Its good to have a home base, but never restrict yourself. On Oahu, the dancing opportunities are varied and there are a many good independents out there with plenty to offer.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


A small problem that we have on Oahu is that we have less of the teaching of the basics and more propaganda of the style and the club. They have self contained events and try to make it a cult like existence for their students which tends to be restrictive to the students social development if nothing else. Fortunately on Oahu in this century we are getting more open minded.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges


For the smooth dancers, the present introspection has proven very beneficial, because in this century, they have been trying to move it in a different direction which will make it more unique. American Smooth is much more than just International Standard with occasional open moves. It now has a totally unique look and feel which is anything but Standard. And it is even being recognized in England.

"The Hukilau Song" by Don Ho


American Rhythm, on the other hand, had in the past century been moving in a direction closer to its International counterpart. So in a way, we tend to think that it's a few years behind smooth. But then we cannot be sure what direction would be a good one for it to go in, since for obvious reasons, it can't do the same thing that Smooth did. The only thing that can save American Rhythm is moving away from International and closer to the original roots.

“The winners in competitions were for that time, that day and that place. Nothing in life is guaranteed or permanent except death and taxes.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

update

In Hawaii we are keeping up with the trends on the Mainland. We usually are a year or two behind which is just fine with us. Salsa has been going down in New York City for a year, Bachata taking up the slack. Still going strong in Honolulu. Tango is picking up very well in Honolulu, with Argentine Tango leading the way. Samba is showing some interest and it has always had some terrific music for it.

"Dancers can become addicted to constant and
never ending self improvement."



All our blogs on Oahu seem to be static in average hits per day. Losing scam, spam robot hits but gaining real readers. Patience, the real turning point is when we get comments in the blogs, the many different, unique and valuable opinions of our reader/dancers. The regular information contributors become more valuable every day. And the "once in a lifetime" contributors are still needed too.

"Contigo A La Distancia" by Christina Aguilera



Photos received from my niece Yvonne in California. Her son, Scott and granddaughters, Maci, the dancer and Madison, the soccer player.

The peripherals are doing wonders, Line dancers, Country dancers, Swing dancers, Tango dancers, Salsa dancers. They simply will not "ballroom." The dancers are beginning to know what dancing is all about and all of us are 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.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Social dance will happen and with the full knowledge of everyone in West Oahu. And further change, 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. I can feel it, the action is going to be there. A night club, a monthly dance at a community center, a new dance club? This area has been asking for it, for a long long time. When it comes the entire Central Valley will be rolling!

"Most dancers know that dancing with the feet is one thing,
but dancing with the heart is another."