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”