Monday, August 13, 2018

Tripler Hospital

Just spent seven days in the Hospital and it was not so good. They mean well but it is very hard to do your own thing. I am not in perfect condition but I had to get out of there. The end may be near, and they were very negative about my leaving. They don't know and neither do I. Meanwhile I await my regular nurse and a doctor tomorrow and perhaps we can get a little routine going until the "time" comes.

"Social dancers know that Dance is the joy of movement
to music and the heart of life."


I am slowing down the Latin Rhythms blog and it will eventually be deleted. The readers have made the decision. Meanwhile it will just float around with a little JUNK, then it must deleted. And perhaps there are two or three of you out that would like to have it. I can coach you and you can have it.

"You must look into other people as well as at them."

Friday, August 3, 2018

Social Dance

Many of our social dances on Oahu are partner dances. In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind. However it is should be natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo. A social dance is any dance that is done purely for pleasure with other people, as opposed for performance or competition purposes. It may not look as good, but in social dancing, the focus is on the people actually dancing, and not impressing judges or spectators.

“Social dancers believe that life may be just music
to which they choreograph their own dance.”


Some of the answers here say that social dancing encompasses only partnered dances that are not choreographed.  But after doing English and Irish folk dancing, and contra dancing, which are danced in long lines or large groups of couples, and often choreographed, I would include pretty much any kind of traditional folk dancing under the general umbrella of social dance, choreographed or not. So long as the aim is to have fun and to coordinate with other people, it's a social dance. It appears that in the context of this topic social dance refers to partner dancing in a social setting.

     "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"? by Bryan Adams  (1991)


Partner dance is dancing that, as the name suggests requires a partner. In that context, a social dance is an event at which people will engage in partner dancing in a social setting. Salsa, Swing, and ballroom dancing are typical and popular examples of partner dancing. A primary characteristic of social partner dancing is the element of lead and follow wherein the leader choreographs the dance on the fly, in his own interpretation of the music, and uses the connection of "leading" to communicate the choreography to the follower. We are s fortunate the we some of the best followers in the world.

 "Trump does not bother me too much as we all know he is a liar and going down hill.
  I am grateful that he brings out the best insults in me!"

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Evolving Very Nicely

I have tried to define Social Dance Oahu blog as my personal blog but it seems to be accepted as just another blog. Fine with me for each of the blogs seems to find themselves with their own readers. Again, the Information Contributors are the ones that will help to define each blog. We just have to be patient.  Who knows? With enough good Two Centers, the hits will run up ahead of all the other blogs and make it ready for independence.

“Social dancers know when both partners are in touch with their own sensuality,
the experience may be amazing because it is a harmonic dance of passion.”


What is Feedback? Nobody knows. Feedback could be the response or reaction of the reader/dancers after reading and understanding much of the blog. It enables the blogger to evaluate the effectiveness of the message. Without feedback, two way communication is either ineffective or incomplete. Feedback is the only way to gain reader's response and depending on the feedback, the blogger can modify any future content.

1991 "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson


I have been getting hints in writing on some nice guidelines for our bloggers, I may have to look into this when we get more bloggers. I am specially looking for those on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. This is Social Dancing and most experienced dancers do things their way. It is only lately that it is being recognized as a most accepted way. The rigid styles will remain rigid in their syllabi, that is their style. Accepted yes, of course, but recognized as being a different style of dance and they can make their own rules.

"For many social dancers on Oahu, the problem is that we care
too much about people who don't give a shit about us."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Videos

The videos on Facebook are hitting all the blogs. There are now 3 Billions videos posted on Facebook daily. That is Billion with a B not an M. So we must await for the slow down, then we can get our blogs going again. For now let us respect that they are doing a great job for their fellow dancers. And that is our intent, so let us not get in their way. Blogging is a little different.

"Anyone who says only sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain."


I have been coming across more and more advertising for using VOIP instead of your landline. But upon further investigation I find landlines are more reliable than VOIP, as evidenced by the fact that businesses have not reduced landline usage at all. For now, I will just wait it out.

VOIP suffers from multiple points of failure or degradation:

    Internet connection could be dropped (connection, modem or router)
    Power to the internet connection to the premises could be lost
    Computer reliability - Power to the computer
    Multiple processes running on the computer can interfere
    Congestion on the network
    Location of the computer in the house (if wireless)

 1991 "All The Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston


These blogs have never been properly defined simply because they were mainly me and that's no good. The blogs need other opinions to help define themselves. The blogs at six are on shaky ground for now, and the dance video fad on Oahu is slowing down. We must be patient and wait for a that one Guest Blogger that can see a dance group that can use a blog. One Guest Blogger will decide it. We are waiting for you. I will reiterate, the reader/dancers will make the decisions, this is a blog.

"Two dancing peanuts walked into a Waikiki Night Club.
And wow, one of them was really salted."

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Social Dancers, again?

The entire island scene is adjusting itself to all the other groups and that is very nice. There were differences in dances from the very beginning. So did anyone have the supreme knowledge to tell you if you are dancing correctly. If you are dancing ballet, the master can tell you if you are doing it wrong in that discipline, not all dancing. On Oahu, we seem to be able to see the difference in the social dancers, the strict American Style and the even stricter International Style. Each one has its own rules and we, the social dancers are the lucky ones with the minimum of rules. Many social dancers are also in the Night Club circuit.

“Social dancers know that that being technically perfect isn’t good enough.
We need to know why we dance."


Then we have the Fad dances, and the Dance Teachers instigate LAGS. (the Latest And Greatest Syndrome.) And of course with the collusion of the students. Completely unrestricted and deluxed up to unbelievable levels. The Lambada was not even a Latin dance but it was hyped. Lasted over ten years and made billions and billions of dollars for the dance teachers. Salsa is slowing down definitely in New York and Bachata is coming on strong. In Hawaii we have Zouk, Kizomba and Zumba waiting in the wings. I am of the old social dance school. May I have this Rumba?


Social dancers are there to move to the music and it is quite simple. Standing a woman on her head is not social dancing. Throwing her over your shoulder is not social dancing. Those that do it and (let us face it,) they do a beautiful job is exhibition dancing. But they know and we know that it not social dancing. There have been accidents in Honolulu Night Clubs by fancy dance Salsa patterns. Nuff said, we are Social Dancers.

"Social dancers know that the song and dance does not stop us from dying. It just stops the fear of death swallowing us up while we were still alive."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trump, The Worst

Americans who voted against Trump are feeling unprecedented dread and despair
By David Horsey, LA Times

I have never seen anything quite like the grief being felt by the majority of American voters who did not vote for Donald Trump. Back in 1980, there was disappointment among Democrats when Ronald Reagan won. In 2000, after the long Florida recount and the intrusion of the Supreme Court into the decision, there were plenty of upset people who thought Al Gore, not George W. Bush, deserved to be president. But the losing voters in those elections were not despondent.

“Social dancers can think of dance as a poetic journey with emotions
and experience packed up in the form of movement to music."


They were not breaking out in tears weeks later. They were not waking up each morning with feelings of dread about what was to come. This time it is different and, in my experience, unique. This is not simply a case of Hillary Clinton supporters being bad losers. For most of those who feel traumatized by what happened on Nov. 8, this is not about the candidate who won the popular vote, yet lost the election. It is about the candidate who was picked as president by the electoral college on Monday.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


People are mourning because the fate of their country will now be in the hands of an intellectually uninterested, reckless, mendacious narcissist. It is not just Democrats. There are plenty of conservatives and Republicans among those feeling depressed. Their party has been captured by a man who has no bedrock belief in any principle; a man whose only allegiance appears to be to himself and money. Some of you are stuck with him. Tough.

"Life may be a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think."

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bossa Nova

By Jon Buenaventura, Turtle Bay
Bossa Nova remains to this day, some of the best music in the world with some of the best movements in dance to go with it. And it came into being when there were a lot of fad dances coming in. In the US and Europe, the local ones were backed heavily by the local disciplines and dance studios. The Bossa Nova articulated existing social differences in the United States, those of the elite versus the masses attempting to attain elite status, and the subsequent devaluation of the musical style as a result of its success.

"Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends
are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care
if you're 74 or if you are 24 because it is for everyone."


In addition, there were fundamental shifts in how musicians arranged Bossa Nova songs in their recordings to cut across those social divisions for mass-market appeal. For this reason, the sounds of the music as recorded or practiced by musicians are as important as the performance  and spectatorship of the Bossa Nova dance for explaining the rapid spread of the Bossa Nova as dance throughout the U.S. The popular culture made it especially true as expressed in print media, recordings, and television programs.

"Corcovado" by Lisa Ono


Bossa Nova’s transformation into a social dance in the U.S. is crucial to its international history, but it had an established social context long before all of that dancing. Bossa Nova as a social movement began in the late 1950s among a group of musicians in the richest areas of Rio de Janeiro’s south zone. The musicians involved, took the basic polyrhythmic elements of urban samba and transformed them to a cosmopolitan perspective that matched the overall mood of the period. At the time, the upper classes in Brazil were experiencing a rush of optimism in country. In the US it went the way of all fads. World wide, it remains as one of the best.

"Social Dancers know there's good deeds and then there's good intentions.
They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Amazing Danced Blogs

My personal blog is finally coming around like all the others. I had a rough time when my computer went down and then I had a three day stay at Tripler which set me back somewhat. I am not losing anymore and it is somewhat static at the moment. I look forward to the Waianae Coast and to the North Shore to get some dance information in these blogs. I don't care where they come from and neither does anyone else. Just get it in here and share it with the reader/dancers on Oahu.

“Social dancers believe that you're not allowed to have legs
and not use them. - Dance.”


It has been very gratifying that we have come to realize that the vast majority of our people are "social" dancers and not inclined to be exhibition and competition dancers. We are just having fun and the minimum is prescribed. Those other dancers are a separate and distinct class of dancers. They know it and have not been shy about letting us know it. No hu hu, just accept any of them that wish to be a part of our group. But we can also accept the fact that they do not run our dance community.

1990 "Love Takes Time" by Mariah Carey


It helps to have information contributors. This invitation from Maile of WBDC, now vacationing in Jerusalem and having a great time.

Aloha Dancers!
You are invited to WBDC's Stars and Stripes Forever Dance, to be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room, starts at 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm, Potluck or a small monetary donation appreciated! Attire: (Optional) DRESS WITH RED, WHITE, AND BLUE! STARS AND STRIPES ARE GREAT TOO!

"The Star Spangled Banner" even if you don't know all the words.


I have heard little about the Windward side but I know that there are many good dancers there. Most dancers that live there prefer dancing in town. And of course that should be their privilege. Fortunately in the West because of the Rail Disaster, people want to live, work and play in their own kuleanas. Honolulu Fat Cats want everyone to be forced to deal with Honolulu. Anyone remember "Keep the country, country." They didn't get away with that for too long and Second City was established in Kapolei. But Honolulu sure knows how to screw that up. We are willing to help all of them.

“Social dancers believe that a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

Friday, June 29, 2018

Gumbo of Dancesport


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, with its many amenities, serves as the competition site from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st. The hotel is located minutes away from the airport. One of the nicest features of the hotel is its beautiful 15,000 square foot ballroom where the dancing takes place on a 76 X 44 foot floating hardwood dance floor, (bigger than the Palladium.) A smaller practice floor of the same quality is also available for competitors. Spacious dressing room facilities are available very near the ballroom and the hotel offers ample free parking. Within minutes from the hotel are many excellent eating establishments, shopping areas and more.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


According to email from Calvin and Debra Ota, a total of nine couples from Hawaii have arrived at Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete. Competitions: Friday, daytime and evening time, Saturday, daytime and evening time, Sunday, daytime only. We know they will do well. They may not be social dancers in our class, but let us make no mistake, these people are dancers.
 
“Most dancers can make dance the mission that
every moment seeks to accomplish.” 

Monday, June 25, 2018

West Oahu looking better

With everything that has happened to us dancers on the island of Oahu, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or treat what has happened as a gift.  We learned something and everything was either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep us from growing. Most of the time we get the chance to choose. We know the good dance places that are in process of developing in West Oahu. And we know that something is overdue on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Business Parks are a big solution for the residents and Downtown is against them.

“Social dancers quickly learn that life doesn't always go the way they want it to,
and that's okay, they will still keep on dancing.”


Line dancing as a separate peripheral comes and goes and it is much more accepted in the social dance clubs in West Oahu as a intermission fun time. Men dancers are still sorely lacking but the ratios are getting better in the West. The biggest drawback is that they are getting much too fancy. A few basic moves to "enjoy the music" is all that is necessary. Fancy steps, we know what they are in any dancing. They become Exhibition and/or Competition. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you like but it can and should be recognized for what it is.

1990  "Vogue" by Madonna


Meanwhile we must go on with much of what we are doing right, because so many new people keep showing up all the time. Social dancing is definitely in. There is no disrespect to the disciplines if a disk jockey plays a Salsa or a Bachata. Neither are a part of American or International syllabi. But they try to please the dancers and that is the name of the game. A few days ago, the disk jockey completely forgot to play a Viennese Waltz and nobody noticed. Anyway most of us will admit we are social dancers.

"Social Dancers know that it isn't hard to find injustice in our dance circles,
but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday."
 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Going

I finally got my main computer and my back up computer, running and they just both need the detail to get both up to date. It has been taking the blogs a while to get back on track. And Platinum Horseshoe lost a lot of readers when we lost Aiea and Wahiawa.. And I am beginning to miss my Search Engine Hits. For now I am deleting the comments sections in all the blogs. I don't get the people that I want and I get many anonymous that are looking for a money connection. So the best way to get something in is to just email it and I will post it to the blog of your choice.

“Social dancers believe that the impact of music is so great that
you'll leave whatever you are doing just to move to it.”


Many people writing something don’t really enjoy the editing process because by and large it’s the least creative part of writing a blog. Still it’s the most necessary. Yes, I know, I am one of the sloppy ones but I am learning. For example the spell checker that comes with this blogger will not alert me to the fact that words like there and their may be mixed up and often they're wrongly put. so it’s up to me to understand the difference and the correct usage for each word. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use automated spellcheckers. What it does mean is that I should understand the limitations of each so that when I am using them, I will know what might have slipped through the cracks.

January 20, 1990 Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"


In the end there’s really no substitution for reading my blog out loud and keeping my eyes focused for any spelling and grammar mistakes. Concentrate, for at my age, it’s easy to let my mind wander away and that’s why I find reading the text out loud to myself is the best method to catch mistakes. When I am finished with a careful self edit, I am pleased with the way the blog sounds afterwards. And even then I will see typos in all kinds of publications. On Oahu I cannot visit everyone so I must wait to be invited. I cannot eat or dance but I can blog'em and that is my hobby.

Friends can be like underpants - some crawl up your ass - some snap under pressure -
some don't have the strength to hold you up -  some get a little twisted - some are
your  favorites - some support you -  some are cheap and get bent out of shape -
some actually do cover your ass when you need them to.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Plateau

Every blog is slowing down including some of the outsiders. Patience, With 30 thousand potential reader/dancers on this Island I may be able to do it. I try to be understanding. I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other as good dancing friends in this nice dance world, then it is good. If not, it can’t be helped and we don't have to talk stink about anyone.

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington


 Written by Omar Khayyam, 1000 years ago

 From the Rubaiyat
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.


In addition, I can hope for the information and photo contributors that can make the difference to a dead blog and turn it into a smash hit. If anyone knows of a dance place that does not have a Web site, steer them this way. It may make a big difference and it is all for free. Many do not know the difference in "instead of" or "redundant" and "in addition to," in applying only simple communication to our reader/dancers. And we have over 30 thousand dancers on Oahu.

Social Dancers believe in an old saying.
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Portland, Oregon

Upcoming Dance Events Portland, Oregon. Population less than Honolulu,
but these people like to dance up a storm.

"If you cannot think of a good reason to dance, - just dance -
and you will think of one."

Every Thursday, Dance: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.Waltz Eclectic Thursday nights at Fulton Park DJ Dennis Myers, Host Colleen Suzanne. All styles of waltz plus an eclectic mix of other dance music. All ages, all levels. Everyone welcome. Fulton Park C. C., Portland. Cost: $7

"Like a Virgin" by Madonna

Sat. June 16th.
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:00. Stacks Image 20
World Cafe at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St,
Main Ballroom.

7:30- Lesson: fundamental lesson with Rachel Lidskog
8:15- Dance : DJ Dennis Myers. Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only

Portland Dance Eclectic presents an evening of dancing to some of the most beautiful and danceable music from around the world, in the spacious, friendly ambience of Portland's premiere dance hall. The lounge and bar will be open. Dancing will in the main ballroom and will be continuous from 8:00 to 11:30.

The music will have a variety of Latin, swing, waltz, and blues rhythms. Expect to be seduced into an evening of dancing outside of the typical categories to both familiar and fresh, new music. Latin, Swing, Waltz, Blues, NC2S and Alternative Tango. Yes, have a playlist.

 "When Doves Cry" by Prince


Sat. June 23rd.
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:30. Blues Eclectic Dance at Norse Hall. Blues, West Coast Swing, Blues, Waltz.
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St,
7:30 - Lesson with Marjorie McNair.
8:30: DJ: Sam Liebermen Cost: $10 for lesson and dance.

Sat. June 23rd.
Lesson:12am - 3pm. Richard Powers Weekend review with Dean Patton from Seattle Paradise Ballroom.

Sunday, June 24th.
Lesson: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Dance: 11:30-2:30 pm.
Waltz Eclectic Sunday Brunch and Dance
10:30 to 11:30 Beginners Lesson
by Uwe Hessinger partnered by Colleen Suzanne
11:30 to 2:30pm: Eclectic Dance music

DJ'd by Dennis Myers The music we play is a ballroom-like mix of contemporary dance styles: a number of varieties waltz and waltz tempos, swing both east and west coast, two steps, Latin and music that you can do both blues and tango style dancing to. Norse Hall, Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only.

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." --Thoreau

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Madison's Graduation

Many times people overlook the basics in self editing and sometimes technology makes it hard to concentrate on what you need to do. For instance, even though you have a spell check program available, it does not catch some things, it’s not the best for deciding what you want to do about your editing. Then of course to begin with, what to write. Today it is easy. My niece, Yvonne sent me some pictures to post in this, my personal blog.

 Sharing some graduation moments of my Grand Daughter Madison..!!!!💥


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

The hit counter for me is not perfect but it is the only way to confirm that I am not just beating my gums. Any of my blogs that cannot get out of single digit average per day hits is out. And I have deleted several blogs that couldn't cut it. l now have six blogs and they seem to be working into their right space. In another couple months I may have to delete one more. I do not make these decisions, the reader/dancers do. And right now the feedback is important.

"Despite how open, peaceful, and loving you attempt to be, people can only
meet you as deeply as they’ve met themselves. Be happy."

Monday, June 4, 2018

Rolling Again

Arturo Meza, famous Mexican writer and poet was asked to comment in Mexico City, on a Trump declaration at the end of his first year. They were disappointed that he just regard it as a sheet of paper. They did not recognize the his English was not very good. They translated what he said, their way. What he said was, "It is just a piece of sheet."

“Social dancers know that people dance because dance can change things.
One move to music, can bring people together. One move to music,
can make you believe like there's something more."


We are coming to a very good definition of dancers on Oahu and it hasn't been easy. Each faction has thought they were the real thing, but we are learning that the others are dancers too. The most elementary were the street dancers and mostly solo. Many were very good and found other social dancing in line dancing. Then we had the social dancers that learned a lot from the Studios teaching the American Style of Dance. This splintered and combined with street dancers to develop a slightly different style in the Night Clubs.

"I Want To Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston, 1987


Then about forty years ago enter the International Style of Dance and quickly introduce the exhibition and the competition style so well that they assumed the mantel of excellence. At the beginning of the Palladium, was the first time I heard the term "Junk Dancer." They had begun with stating the correct way to dance International. With good reason for it was to be judged. Somehow it was transformed and if you were not dancing it correctly. then obviously you were dancing incorrectly, with no qualifications.

"Social dancers learn that they have to live their own lives too, as best they can."

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away on Tuesday. This blog still in fourth place which is just fine. Now we just need enough feedback from our fellow dancers to make this one of the best blogs in the Pacific. Not possible?

"Social Dancers may not dance your dance or speak your language.
But they will try to help and be a blessing to somebody."


I do get around a little on my walker and I am using a helmet in case I fall. Sometimes I can get the help of the Handi Van. I am meeting more people with open minds on the definition of social dance. I don't know the answers but I listen. Many of the seasoned dancers in the West have their own ideas of social dance without the constraints of the big dance associations. Their own opinions are forming from what is being danced at present in our dance environment. Sounds good to me. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Tango and Swing are the primary dances of the social classes. More? Of course.

“The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. People love them.
The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”