Friday, October 19, 2018

Latest Adjustment

The feedback on all the blogs has slowed to a crawl and the hits show it. My lost time at Tripler and the deletion of the Platinum Horseshoe blog was partly to blame. This blog, Social Dance Oahu will be taking over with West Oahu dance news and it may be permanent. We can wait and see. I am hoping that one of the studios, one of these days will see the light. and give us some feedback. Then there is the possibility of a new dance club on the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The noise on the Rail Tragedy will not do much good for Kam Highway.

"Social dancers hear much talk about dance! They think dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


With Social Dance Oahu getting in the news with write ups and photos, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club giving us feedback and having their doings posted, it will start to move. By Christmas they may catch up with Town Dancer (dream on.) Hits mean readers and that is the name of our game. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson  (1982)


The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything any of us have come across before. I have been doing this for 20 years and I am still learning because I favor the social dancer. Personally, I would interpret social dancing as being distinct from dancing that is strictly for performance, such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, belly-dancing, or even dancing strictly by the disciplines methods. So under social I would include freestyle club dancing, square dancing, line dancing and the partner dancing that we dance.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Polly2

Every now and then I find a good one about my favorite despot.

All the rich people gonna vote for him, that's for sure.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: You could look into what Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has coming up on Saturday, October 27th, the Halloween Dance. I expect to blog'em, take my camera and get some people to take some pictures. I usually make a collage of six people each. A two or three collages and we got a nice blog. On all our blogs, we need pictures, posters and a little more written information from anyone. Then Central Valley is getting to be very prominent on the Ballroom scene in the west. They have discovered a beautiful new place for a Dinner/Dance at Halemano Plantation. These people are leading the way to the North Shore or Waipio?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

From Maile Yagi
"Life isn’t meant to exist in a narrow color spectrum of perpetual happiness.
That’s a movie. It’s not reality. Experience all your vivid, fiery, watery emotions.
Give yourself permission to be full bodied. You’re peeling. Revealing.
It’s a messy, magnificent process."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Social Dancing

On Oahu we have other very good dancing groups, the same as in the rest of the US. Exhibition, Acrobatic, Theatrical, Cabaret and Competition dancers who do everything so it will look pretty and the idea is to paint pretty pictures. Most of the time they succeed and they can make their own interpretations of what is "pretty." Most of us clap enthusiastically, in appreciation, at the end of every presentation. Social dancers accept the fact that we do not dance that kind of stuff.

“Social dancers may think that dance is a game of extreme emotions
and freedom of the soul, where nothing is ever the same.”


Then right about the Palladium time, the Competition Dancers decided that the term Ballroom rightfully belongs to them. Why? Because they really dance in Ballrooms and therefore they are truly Ballroom Dancers. Most of "us" have concurred, a school cafeteria is not a ballroom and we know that the era of the Big Ballrooms is over. It has left us to look for an acceptable terminology for our type dancing. Yes, it is purely social dancing and based on the American Style of Dance. But most dancers would like a different term and it is a Work In Progress.

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)


In the last twenty or thirty years another group has been growing. The spectator or viewer group that has been created from TV shows and these new people want to see. Of course most dancers on Oahu have also liked to see. These are specified audiences that look at Television shows or are paying money to see these type of shows and whether they know little or much, they will still judge. If they don't like it for whatever the reason, they will look elsewhere.

"Social dancers think that you should not be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still or worst."


Monday, October 8, 2018

Peace And Calm.

Since my vacation of five days at Tripler it has been hard to get these blogs going again. I deleted Platinum Horseshoe blog a few days ago and I expect an increase in total average hits per day this coming week. And this blog will transform itself as a helper blog to get the others defined with steady information contributors. But I hope they understand that they are not competing with other bloggers, all of us are merely "an addition to." And that translates into hits which simply means more reader/dancers.

“Social dancers believe that there is no limit to what a person
can do that has been inspired by moving to music.”


For now we have Dancing Nights (covering Night Clubs) at the bottom of the pile because I cannot get around as easily as before. But with just a couple of night club fans, contributors of information and/or photos, this blog could move ahead very nicely. Plenty of our reader/dancers are also night clubbers. Those willing to share their pearls of dance information will do the trick.  A blog that can get 33 average hits per day (1000/month) will be communicating to our people.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

From Maile Yagi
The agenda at the moment seems to be a blog a day, so the invitation to get another blogger in during the week will remain there. The social or cultural dancers on Oahu are the main ones who dance for the pure enjoyment of moving to music in a social environment with friends. Most of us are in this group and it is pretty much the same on the Mainland. Facebook now has 50 million photos submitted daily. They have 3 Billion videos submitted daily, so look them over very carefully. Which is better for the dancers on Oahu.?

"Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn people because they don’t do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today."

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New Beginning

Good news is that Platinum Horseshoe, the blog has come down to 12 average hits per day. Nothing new in it and when it gets to single digit average per day hits, it will be deleted. So as far as I am concerned, now that I am back from Tripler, it is a new beginning. The links have been somewhat useful but not as important as the information and photo contributors. They are the real meat and potatoes of social media and I wish more of them would be willing to share.

“Because if we're on the road to hell, we're going to dance the whole damn way
and give them something to talk about when we're gone.”


And we must accept those that cannot share with their fellow dancers on these blogs. They are readers and we must give them what they want. Since the links have established some importance I cannot plan on the deletion of any other blog, yet. Perhaps I can flower them up with news of the other blogs and post less frequently. Since most dance Web sites get less than ten average hits per day, I will be just fine at about 20 hits for each of my bottom blogs. I am organizing things anew.

"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi  1986)


Also, though most of our readers are social dancers, we must recognize the existence of the Street Dancer. The divisions have always been there but many us have tended to look "down" on any group that does not dance "our way." But let is face it, all individuals have the absolute right to dance, their way. Now we can subdivide the dance scene on Oahu a little more clearly. The Street Dancers, the Social Dancers and the Exhibition and Competition Dancers.

"One of the greatest discoveries that people make, one of their great surprises,
is to find that they can do what they were afraid they couldn't do."


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Shift

I am gradually shifting my personal to Dance Blogs and this Social Dance Oahu will have to find its own definition. Our social dance clubs seem to be dividing into three different groups and all intertwined. The regular solid social dancers (us), the exhibition dancers and the viewers. The main body will still consist of the social - universal dancer. We just need more places where we as social dancers can dance. Wahiawa District Park has been a big help but we desperately need some action in Waipio & Mililani.

"For some dancers, the hardest step in learning to dance
was the first one they took into the studio.”


There must be nice Community Center that will not be adverse to Social Ballroom dancing. Yes, I know, very difficult. Of course we only have a few Dance Studios in the West and all will teach you whatever you want to learn. We don't expect any feedback from any of them in the immediate future. We can only hope to include and help them someday.This will all take time. And perhaps in this blog we could have the "dance couple of the month" in the side bar. Who votes?

"Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera (1999)


The Good People one month and the Good Teachers the next month and alternate. I don't know, I just throw them out and hope somebody picks up on them. I need some help there. It all comes under Public Relations and some may think "who needs it?" That is just fine with me, as long as everyone knows that it was their decision, we can leave them out. Meanwhile we can have a ball dancing up a storm and reading and writing about it.

“Social dancers often think, that it may take a good fall
to really know where you stand”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Steady

Lucky I have more than an ordinary counter. There is nothing extra in the writing of this blog but the hits are holding up very steady. My counter doesn't just count hits but can tell me where they came from. It this case, I am getting an awful lot of scam, spam robot hits. I don't know what benefit they get from it but they do bother. Then the counter used to tell me from what country. Now the biggest percentage is from "Unknown Region." So what do I know?

“With good music and a good dance, you enhance your physical,
emotional, spiritual and mental well-being.”


So the only way these blogs will progress will be from Feedback. The "Two Centers" willing to stick their 2 cents in dance information to share with our fellow dancers. The reader/dancers would be happy, the Two Centers would be happy, and the blog will have hits going through the roof. The blog will get to the point when they can refer to themselves as Social Media. We can cover the dance functions and make some terrific blogs. Finally we can make our Best Blog independent, (from me.)

"Believe"? by Cher (1999)


We will eventually have photos in every blog. They will not be seen in Nigeria or Pakistan like in Facebook, but they will be seen on Oahu by anybody and everybody. And we will know how to get the best photos. Like two people in the photo is more effective than one. Three is more effective than two. But 20 is not better than 19. Peas in a pod is not as good as an unsorted group. Too bad I have fumbleitis and I just have to pass my camera around and hope for the best.

"Social dancers know that about all you can do in life is be who you are.
Some people will like you for you. Some will like you for what you
can do for them, and some won’t like you at all."

Monday, September 17, 2018

James and Yolanda Tilley

Hi Grandpa,
Attached are a few pics from the 50th anniversary party for my parents.
Hope you like them...Much love,
 Your Granddaughter, Tracey

My daughter Yolanda and her husband James

"Human beings grow best with encouragement and love. Today let every word
you speak (to yourself and others) be filled with kindness."

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ballroom Dancing

By Jason Lombard. Mililani

Ballroom dancing has been the most practiced form of social dance on Oahu in the last century just like the rest of Hawaii. And ballroom dancing has gradually divided itself into groups. The first when the American style discipline was introduce on Oahu in the 50s and somewhat different than the street or social dancers. And in the 60s the Peripherals, the Swing dancers and the Argentine Tango dancers. Shortly thereafter arrived the first Internationals. By the 80s we had the Social dancers at about 20%, the Peripherals at 10%, the American at 40% and the International dancers at 30%, and all under the description - Ballroom Dancers.

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


Then came the Palladium in the old style of the Big Ballrooms. And the Internationals were on the rise and there was much printed matter advising the dancers. Even suggesting they should have some lessons and experience in American before taking International classes. Clearly an implication that International was on a higher plane than American. In the Palladium, arose terms "Ala Wai Dancer" and "Junk Dancer," to describe the non International. We can plainly see that International Style of Dance peaked shortly thereafter.

"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith (1998)


Meanwhile the social dancers on Oahu were increasing and dancing in small intimate groups, in Gas Stations, Malls, Parks, School Cafeterias and if lucky, in a District Park or a Community Center. There were more Social Clubs forming and the type of dancing remains in the American Style but readily interchangeable with the Night Club and the Social Club environment. In this century it is the Social Dancer that will prevail socially. You have a different view of it? Your welcome.

"Social dancers believe that the stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but never forget."

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Blogging

Blogging is not "Ordinary Communication Media" - To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, advertising, web sites. They do their job but there ain't nuttin' like a blog. It is enough to give me pause to rethink the situation and delete another blog. If the possible reader/dancers cannot communicate pertinent information to me, I am limited in publishing what social media must have. If I, in turn, do not get the hits, then that is ample evidence of wasted time.

“Social dancers believe that you can use your body to free your mind.
That's the blessing bestowed by dancing to good music.” 


The places in town are pretty set, with terrific Web sites, good advertising, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. So they may look upon blogs as superfluous. All my blogs operate mostly on the SOS method. (same old shit) because it is mostly me, where as it should include all 40 thousand dancers on Oahu. Actually the hits go up when I have one or two information contributors. The blog most indicated to be deleted is ???.

"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton (1996)


From Kapolei and up the Waianae Coast to Makaha, is the number one upcoming spot. All because of the Rail Catastrophe. Ko Ilima already has something going but it is pretty upscale. Something like Cholo's Homestyle on the North Shore with a bigger dance floor would be perfect. Live music is better because they play more oldies but goodies. But some DJ's understand Social Dance Music which is for a more experience crowd.

"Many social dancers believe that if you can laugh at it, you can live with it."

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Blogging still running.

Yes I still think blogs are important when you know your audience. There are many local blogs for small organizations on the mainland and they are not that much. Much different than a blog that covers a city of a million people. However Twitter and Facebook will not do as well because though they have billions of readers, they are all over the world. If it benefits you, go for it. However, in our case we cover Oahu with about a million people.

"Social dancers believe that in Dancing, the creator and the thing created,
the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely
in the other for total enjoyment."


The information-gathering part of a blogger's job is the Information Contributor and it is usually called reporting, in contrast to the production part of the job such as writing the blog. Sometime in our blogging we must do both. All I can do is get the blogs going in the right direction and setting them up for my eventual retirement from running each one. One of them will go independent next year. I still feel, I am doing good within my physical limitations. I have tried my utmost to communicate and I am still doing it. I just have to be patient and we will see what we will see.

"Because You Loved Me" by CĂ©line Dion  (1996)


Now we are going to make contact with Waianae and Makaha. Yes, they are on this island and need ordinary citizen help. They will be in trouble when "Rapid Transit" sets in. At present, they can make it to Honolulu Hale in an hour and a half on the #93 express bus. But with "Rapid Transit" they are counting on fourteen hour work days. How about a few business parks on the Waianae Coast? Plenty room and the residents could live, work and play in their own kuleana. Paradise, at last.

"Social dancers believe that what you think of yourself is much more important
than what others think of you, but try to understand."


Friday, August 31, 2018

The Ballroom Dance Craze

By Genevieve Bernstein, Hawaii Kai.

In the teens decade of the last century, the US went dance-mad and much of the world followed suit.This dance craze was given much impetus by a young couple Vernon and Irene Castle. Vernon, an English comedian was working in America in stage musicals and Irene, a wannabee dancer met. He got her a job in the musical he was working in and they were married in 1911. They practiced and practiced, went to Paris as a dance team and were a smash hit. They returned to New York where they began a series of tea dances that became the rage of high society.

“Social dancers believe that life is dance and everyone
dances with their own rhythm.”


And of course other dance teachers bloomed all over. From 1912 to 1915 over 100 ballroom dances were created. The Castles founded Castle House, a studio for teaching a more refined type of dancing. A natural sociological function to distinguish themselves from the "street dancers," the lower classes. Much as the Internationals have done in present day Hawaii. They created many dances, the Castle Walk, the Castle Valse Classique, the Castle Tango, the Castle Last Waltz, the Castle Combination, the Castle Lame Duck, and the Maxixe. And most of their dances became fashionable in most of the American upper class ballrooms.

 "Waterfalls" by TLC  (1995)


And the Castles firmly established the terminology for this type of dancing as "ballroom." When they first founded Castle House, they had trouble finding a band that played music suitable for their dances. They met James Reese Europe (a black man) and engaged him as their personal musician. Many black musicians in New York looked down on syncopated music. Ragtime was associated with minstrel shows. Europe decide that his future lay in popular music and realized the power of syncopation, even in the primitive form of those days and made great use of it. He played in Carnegie Hall in 1914 ten years before the great Paul Whiteman.

"Social dancers believe that there may be three sides to every story:
yours, theirs and the truth."

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hang In There

By Derek Anderson, Manoa

Having just finished college on the Mainland, I took a Ballroom dance class at Arthur Murray's as a way to meet the fair sex. Sound familiar? The course taught 6 dances and we met 6 Tuesdays for an hour. I paid close attention, tried hard, and was pleased to receive several compliments. I was excited when the instructor invited the class to go Ballroom Dancing with him the coming Friday for "Graduation".  I even remember going over my notes thinking what a great time I was going to have that night. Talk about a set up, I never had a chance. First I found I couldn’t tell a Tango from a Waltz from a Swing to save my life. To my inexperienced ear, they all sounded the same.

"Social dancers believe that if you love your music and dance from your heart,
your partner is sure to feel it too."


Then once the instructor told me what dance it was, I realized I could not remember the steps. The poor women in the class, bless their hearts, encouraged me to try and reminded me of some of the steps.Then I found out I didn’t know how to lead the steps. In class we had memorized the patterns. I started to seethe. Next I found I couldn’t hear the beat and think of the steps at the same time. Now I was angry. The ladies tried to cheer me up. They said none of the other guys were doing very well either. Oh, great. That makes me feel much better. But nothing prepared for the final acid pill. There was a girl in the class I had a hopeless crush on. I had tried unsuccessfully to dance with her three times that night.

"Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly  (1994)


As she sat there twiddling her thumbs at the table, the instructor came over and asked her to dance. She couldn’t remember a thing either, but once he put his big arms around her she started to Waltz like Cinderella. She smiled and laughed and forgot about me. Hmmm, so this is what leading is all about. I just crossed my arms and steamed. It was obvious in the game of leading and following, the guy got the short end of the stick. I contemplated the cosmic joke that the sex that needs the easier part somehow got stuck with the harder part. No Fair ! Where do I go to report this injustice ?  No, I was not the winner. I soon left. Despite my total humiliation, afterwards I decided not to quit.  I sure am glad I didn't.  Nor should you. I am still having the time in my life in the social clubs and even in the nightclubs.

"We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive …
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos." -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Updating

Yes, I know, most of us think we know and then again sometimes we are not so sure. In the Central Valley we cover a pretty large territory and which has been getting more residents in the last fifty years. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club stands out as one of the oldest and best dance clubs on Oahu. There is another dance club due, probably in Waipio along with a New Dance Night Club.

“Social dancers believe that Dance is the only art of which
we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”



I now have six blogs set up for this island of Oahu and one them may have to go. And it has taken a long time to build up the hits on all the blogs with the limited amount of help I have had. But hopefully this year only one of them has got to go. Hopefully Town Dancer in town, which is our best blog with the most hits. It will be so simple to expand and make independent when we get some Guest Bloggers to contribute their views and perhaps a few photos now and then.

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston  (1993)



Then with independence I can resign in peace. The bloggers will have a ball, covering the dance parties in town, and their dance blogs will be hit attractions. No matter who is the contributor, some will generate just a few hits but they will generate hits. Some will have hits going through the roof. The pre-party advertising is very nice but the results and viewpoints of the party with a few photos, is what really attracts the reader/dancers. We are learning.

"The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice,
and her constant companion is humility."

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wot's New?

The best way to define social media is to break it down. Media is an instrument of communication, like a newspaper, a newsletter or a radio. However on Oahu, in our Internet terms, Social Media, (our blog sites) don't just give you information, but get feedback from the readers and share that information on the Blog Site. And we have several methods for getting this feedback. Comments, Information emailed and the top, of course is being a Guest Blogger. In effect, having your own blog within the Dance blog of your choosing.

"Social dancers may believe that love is song, dance and celebration: a song
of gratitude, a dance of thankfulness, celebration for no reason at all."


For our dance blogs, we need those snippets of information on your dance scene and two or three of your favorite photos. You are the final judge and your opinion comes first but a word of advice, two people in a photo are better than one. Three, better than two and four better than three. However, 16 is not better than 15. Again I state, the photographer makes the final decision. Then there is that special photo of a couple in a beautiful dance pose in exhibition costume. Perfect to make "transparent" and use it in my posters. Whatta deal for everyone.

"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Michael Bolton (1991)


Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. Social media, (our blog sites) on the other hand, are a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate too. You disagree with something? Email your version, you have rights too. Unfortunately, not many of our possible reader/dancers have understood any of it. So there is nothing to do but have patience and wait.

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have
to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

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."