Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WBDC Anniversary Dance

The Handi Van sure is handy, they picked me up at home and I got to the dance before 6:30 pm.  DJ Leland was laying down his typically excellent music and the dancers were having a ball. I quickly found a spot to park my walker. Got a paper cup and some ice, then poured a little of my mix (Rum and Coke). I was ready to sip and watching the people having fun dancing and socializing.


Social dance is a major category of dance forms, where socializing is the primary focus of the dancing. On Oahu, many social dances are partner dances. In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind. However it is natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club does their own thing and does it very well.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel


The biggest factor in our blogs, besides the information, is the photos. It so easy to do, but few are willing to do this. We are all fortunate to have had Vickie for Aiea and Maile for Wahiawa. We have been blessed with so many nice photos that we can share with our fellow dancers. Some send photos to Flicker, Picasa and other photo media,  perhaps 100 million per day. They have no counters so how many saw the pictures? Two, or a thousand? Facebook gets 50 million photos per day. We have a different agenda. If somebody in Nigeria missed us we don't mind. However we want everyone on Oahu to see them and enjoy.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho


West Oahu is doing just fine with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club doing better every day and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association is even making an impact in town at the famous Palladium. For now I would like to see a new club on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. The Rail Disaster has made it clear, "I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

“Social dancers know that it takes two to dance but in our social dance world
both partners are not the same. One dictates the steps and the other
 usually executes them beautifully and effectively." 

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Updating

Looking over my blogosphere I still am not sure if Platinum Horseshoe or Town Dancer will become the first independent. We must have a few Guest Bloggers and way ahead on hits, then I can  resign. I am  getting too old and there are plenty of nice dancers willing to share their pearls of dance wisdom with fellow readers. Having lived in West Oahu for last ten years, I would rather have Town Dancer go independent and have town people take it over.

"Social dancers dream of dancing better and enjoy moving towards it.
With time, their feet will have the quality of dance.”


It is shaping up that Platinum Horseshoe will comprise the territory from Makaha to Mapunapuna and the Central Valley and include the North Shore.  Large territory but few dancing organizations. They will come. Central Valley will probably increase all by itself when we get one more dance club in MIlilani or Waipio. With plenty dancers willing to contribute information and photos for the benefit of all our reader/dancers. Then, I can work on remaining five and get the next best blog independent.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


Blogging has been a nice hobby even with its ramifications. Much of it is pleasant work and I get the information to blog from "artists." I end up just being the mechanic but it is just fine with me. Social Dance Oahu has become my personal blog and it is central to all in my other blogs. It will help make all the other blogs eventually independent. These evolving blogs will add their own Guest Blogger and they can publish whatever and whenever they damn well please. They will establish their own parameters and will be for the best of the entire dance scene. When I leave, this old world will keep on turning.

 “Social dancers believe, that they can be the change
that they wish to see in the world.”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cinco De Mayo

I came here in November of 1978 and met very few Mexicans. I was very pleasantly surprised in the interest of Cinco de Mayo festivities from the Hispanics and even the other ethnic groups. Of course, like many other holidays we do not have to think why? It is enough to know that we have the opportunity to sing, drink, dance to nice music and generally have fun. Nothing wrong with that.

“Social dancers may dance together and be joyous, but they can let
each other have their own space and be alone too."


"Hay Jalisco, No Te Rajes" por Los Triburones.

Came across one of the myths of Cinco De Mayo.

And myths on dancing have existed for centuries. This one called for a shipment coming from New York to Vera Cruz, Mexico in the mid 1800s. It consisted mainly of 500 huge buckets of Mayonnaise. And the Mexican were just learning to like their Mayo.

Coming into the Gulf of Mexico a great storm arose and the boat sank. This shocked everyone in Mexico with the news that they had lost their mayo.  And they decided to commemorate the day with a New Holiday, and they called it, "Sinko de Mayo." - Well, every one is entitled to their myths.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Everyone will be celebrating all over Oahu no matter their ethnic descent. Then the urge hit me to look for more information on Cinco De Mayo. Cannot find the reason but Cinco De Mayo Block Party in Chinatown is No More.


Hawaii’s Hispanic Community used to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a Celebration Block Party event. This free event was open to the public and many ethnic groups enjoyed the festivities. But then again Trump doesn't want Mexicans or Mexican music in "his" country and he wants to get all these Hispanics outta here. His famous quote, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

"Who can suffer while roses bloom? - Don't dream it, be it -
Our happiness depends on us."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Guest Blogger

Guest blogging is a tool that can enhance any one of our blogs reputation and exposure. When you have a blog and you are not famous, the content might have trouble reaching a wide enough audience, even if it is top-notch. By offering the use of any of my blogs to the dancers, I may get Guest Bloggers, with their own personal views, that can do some blogging on a regular basis, without making any commitments. I am sure, that we can reach many more people who may become readers. Guest blogging posts succeed because it’s hard for one person to produce a steady supply of fresh content.

“Social dancers. think less about the steps. There are no real moves in
social dance, only movement. Just listen to the music, the sways
 become steps, and then you realize, you are dancing.” 


For our blogs we will accept any dancer to be a Guest Blogger. They should have been reading enough of our blogs to make a decision to as to which one would be preferred. They can even have a Trial by emailing the potential blog and I would post to the blog of their choosing. If they like it, I can email Blogger and let them know "Your name and your internet address." They will send you the invitation and the password you choose will be only between you and Blogger. And you are in.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


You can now open, post text and a graphic, preview at any time, publish or delete it. Close it and get out without saying "boo" to anyone. It will have your name. Anonymous is not permitted but you can choose a pen name. In effect, you will have your own blog within our blog and all with ready made readers. And all of us with the expectation that the average hits will go up much faster. Of course we will need more Guest Bloggers and once any blog gets in a comfortable first place we can plan the independence and I can resign.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective,
not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Blogging?

I think that I am the only one that can see it and I am not at all certain how it is going to come about. It is slowly forming all by itself, our blogosphere into a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation, and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." The dancers are getting ideas and dis da place to spread the word. Let it roll! And we will accept that, each of one of us is but a small piece of the action, and each one counts.

"Social dancers know that maybe it’ll be there when they’re walking
into a dance. They will know they have something desirable,
and they know they can move to that music.”


There are a few people that communicate to us in flyer format that are slowly guessing that we are trying to create a social network, not an advertising agency. We try to communicate to our fellow dancers of the coming attractions. Of course, it is possible that some do not have a clue yet what we mean by all of this. It will take time. Patience. Social Media is two way information, Never been done before?  We could try to understand that there are many different points of view among our friends and fellow dancers. That value shared is what makes social media.

"Don't You Want Me?" by The Human League. 1981



Many people that have computers do not have enough information to save in data clouds free or not. But a few years back a nice lady friend informed me that she has her entire photo albums in her computer. A beautiful set up that took her a couple years to develop. Then the computer crash and they could not save the hard drive. She lost everything. I buy USB drives by the box. And I take a few with me to pass out when I party. Of course, I should put something in there and usually put in a song video. I get them for free and the music is good but the visuals are not. They of course, want me to buy it and which are less that than ten dollars a piece. I just want the music and if I can see something, good enough for me.

"In Hawaii, we love getting lectured about patriotism and morality by an
uninformed asshole who, obstructs Justice, undermines our
institutions and pays hush money to porn stars."

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Our Blogosphere

Should bloggers remain journalistic with their content, or be as opinionated as they feel necessary? You can be sure that in our blogosphere, no one person is going to dictate our guidelines, nor is one club. That is why we seek many different Guest Authors and so many different opinions. Cookie Cutter deals or Clones are not what we are looking for. Blogging can be a profession, but in our case it can be a personal means of communication. Social Media is still an unknown on Oahu.

“Social dancers learn quickly that dancing doesn't always go the way they
want it to, and that's okay. They will still continue to enjoy the dance.”


There is still an ongoing debate over the etiquette a blogger should use when constructing an article.Whichever process you subscribe to, It could be an important practice to explore a tiny bit of several. That within the few parameters set by the administrators of our blogs, all should feel free to express their honest opinions & keep flaming to a minimum. In part, the merging of traditional journalism to the world of blogging has raised some important expectations around what a writer should do and how they ought to behave.

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper 1983


But making that decision for our own blogging purposes can be easier even when we are affecting our fellow bloggers on the same blog. Though we are fortunate, so far, to accept that in our blogosphere each Guest Author or contributor is expressing his/her own honest & personal opinion and it should be accepted as such. The matter of holding people accountable for their own online content is an attitude that has swelled over the years, changing the expectations of readers. We should continue along this same line. And we will get differing opinions which we welcome wholeheartedly, Mahalo.

Social Dancer Law #14: For every dance move,
there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Street

In Waianae and the North Shore the term street dance comes about often. But they can only guess at what street dance is. In professional circles, nowadays the terms “Street Dance” and “Hip Hop dance” are often used to refer to a studio-based version of certain forms. These came about after established teachers and choreographers of Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary tried to copy the “street” styles when they were popularized.

"Social dancers believe that you dance love, and you dance joy,
and you dance dreams and more?"


Since this style did not evolve naturally in a social space, it does not have defined steps, which means that anything can be included within it and be put under the umbrella of “street dancing”. You may have seen this style in music videos (especially commercial Hip Hop) or performed by backing dancers at music shows. The main difference to understand is that this type of “Street dance” was invented in studios to be taught in classes and to be performed on stages and videos.

"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel 1986


In contrast, the original street dances were not invented but evolved - and evolved with spot lessons on the streets, clubs and parks rather than a studio. These are the street dancers we have in West Oahu and many dance in Night Clubs. Going further The Curve of Learning is a great tool for understanding how you are progressing in any dance, level, or technique in your program. Take a moment to laugh, and reflect, on your very first dance lesson. What were you most worried about then, that you can laugh about now"? All of us from top to bottom are still learning and that's is just terrific for our dance world.

“Social dancers know that when the melody plays, footsteps will move,
the heart sings and the spirit begins to dance.”

 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Our Kind Of Dancing

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an event -
Get into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a lucky few.

Share the body movement with your partner to music, and be passionate about it -
Exercise your body, dance a fast Swing like there is no tomorrow.


Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy - Then
pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Social Dance Scene. - -
And be nice to the world around you.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Getting drunk? It's perfectly okay to drink a little bit to loosen up on the dance floor, in fact, it's recommended if you feel that alcohol will help you open up.  But in most social club dancing it is not permitted but understandable. But if you drink, you may want to refrain from getting on the dance floor if you feel the urge to get up on the speaker or do the funky chicken while doing the limbo. Most social dancers have a good reputation for not being drunks.

“Social dancers know that the job of feet is walking, - but their hobby is dancing.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Social Dancers

Social dancers are slowly getting properly defined on Oahu in this century. The definition from "On High" is different from the opinion of a good street dancer. The International style of dance on Oahu came in like a storm in the 60s and reached its peak when the Palladium opened it's doors. And many people assumed they were Ballroom Dancers because they were dancing in a "Ballroom." And many became well aware that "junk dancers" were dancing in Gas Stations, Parks, Malls, School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers.

"Social dancers seem to know that no one can write about what it means
to dance by just sitting and watching the dance floor.”  


By the end of the century many understood that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms were over. The social dancers have come into their own in this century and have realized that most of their moves are very close the American style and perhaps even borrowed from them. The dance parties by the many dance clubs usually have less than 100 people at what is commonly called a "social" because most everyone knows everyone - it is social.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey.


Social dancing is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. The music is very good and favors the tried and true. In the American style it is Waltz and Foxtrot and Swing. Most of the rest is Latin music and dance. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango seem to be solids. Then they must have little Mambo, Merengue, Bachata and Salsa. Lambada came and went a long time ago. Viennese Waltz is slowly losing it, you cannot dance it in a Night Club. Of course, Paso Doble is Spanish, it has never been in either class.

“Social dancers believe that dancing is the only art of which we ourselves 
are the stuff of which it is made, therefore we can enjoy it better.”  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dancing On Oahu

Wow, this blogosphere was adjusting itself very nicely from the beginning of the month. And today it almost doubles in hits on all except Dancing Nights. I will make some sense in a few days. Search Engine hits were not very heavy but the Scam Spam robot hits were there. Most were coming from Russia in the past but this time most are coming from Brazil. I don't understand that very well.

“Social dancers may believe that dance is spiritual but for sure, dance is personal.
Some people that do not consider themselves dancers cannot see this in
those people on the dance floor enjoying the movement to music."


For sure we are getting well known in the neighbor islands though we are just neighbors we can still help each other. It seems like Web sites do not like Blog sites. I look at a new Web site for one of our good clients not as an "instead of" but as an "addition to." I am sure that many neighbors come to Oahu and dance. I also am sure that Oahu dancers go to the neighbor islands and dance. Patience, we will try to be good neighbors.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces


Meanwhile, "Houston, we have a problem." Waltz is well liked and danced in the disciplines of American and International Styles of dance. However it is definitely not a favorite in the social dance locations like night clubs. I think dancers should dance as they damn well please. However perhaps we could convince the young folk,"It's just fine if you like to dance to Waltz music." Still some of the best music in the world today.

From an answer to a Trump Tweet. "So, a thought crossed your mind?
Must have been a long and lonely journey!"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Learning

Blogging is pretty clean without much clutter,  easy to navigate, and any Guest Blogger can keep it that way. Unlike Facebook which has a lot of things going on, all at the same time, and can get quite complicated. So your dance group may be accessible to a smaller audience on Oahu than on Facebook, (50 million photos daily) but it will be more visible to that audience, which invariably means greater engagement.

“Social dancers know that art doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. Dancing sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”


We are getting solid in our readership and the hits are going up but very slowly. We need feedback to share with our fellow dancers. Comments at the end of every blog are easy to write in. Anonymous is not accepted but you can use a pen name if you wish. For bigger items such as a paragraph or two, photos, just email and it will be posted under your name. Anybody can see the content of what we have now which is of interest to our reader/dancers.

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


Town us pretty covered and those people are making their own decisions. So we must  look to help those in the outskirts of Oahu. Specially West Oahu, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. And I am actively looking for a Guest Blogger from West Oahu. One that is interested in the territory. What a great beginning. Blogging will become a must to keep the Social Dancers well informed.

“Many dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them
pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

Friday, March 9, 2018

Street

The old street dance is a dance style that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, and nightclubs. Not only in the United States but all over the world and only to their music whatever it was. In Hawaii, before the war it was every where and reserved only for the under 25. Vernacular dances, in urban context are often improvisational and social in nature.  They encourage interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers.

"Social dancers like the people who have helped them remember when they
forgot that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”


These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from. Hawaii had several of the Mainland swing dances. They also had the Double Blues which has never been seen elsewhere. And when was the last you saw it danced. I have not seen it for 20 years. Street dancing has in this century had bad terminology. People just don't learn to dance in the streets like they did 50 years ago when they moved completely to the music in their fashion.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck


As of now any street dancing in Hawaii is done by solo males and perhaps under 21. Break dancing, Hip Hop, Popping and all "performed" by kids. They morph into partner dancing in night clubs when they become of age and they get a little more serious when they get into their late twenties. Dance breakthroughs happen more frequently in night club dancing when they consult with a teacher on the best way to take lessons. On Oahu the less expensive way has been with the many good social dance clubs on Oahu and we may be developing some of the best social dancers in Hawaii.

“Social dancers believe that using your body to free your mind
is a blessing bestowed by movement to music.” 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Semi - Web - Blog

A dance web site is usually very well designed and it is valuable because it contains information that is very permanent for the readers. Most of our dance clubs on this island have one. They usually have the aims of group, the Officers, the teachers,  and the schedule of events at the dance club. In addition they may have important contacts and links to other dance groups. These things do not change very often, it is the ordinary nature of a web site and they are updated every couple months or so.

“Social dancers admit that the follower is the star of the dance.
The lead dictates the moves and the follower usually executes
them beautifully. That makes for a great dance.”


Blogs have to be more current and up to date. Most blogs must cover more ground than just one group, so the updates are much faster. A week or so is about as slow as you can go to satisfy your readership. However some blogs on the Mainland are on daily basis with a half dozen or so guest bloggers getting their items in. What do I know? But for sure I am getting to know better than anyone else.

"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Jimmy Borges


"Dance And Live" was the blog that had to go but I didn't want to let it go. Yeah, what do I know? I know pretty well what dance blogs do throughout the world. And I know pretty well what dance web sites do throughout the world. But I have never seen one that is in between. Do I know what I am doing? No, but I am going to try it. First I am going to publish every Sunday, take a look see and if you want something in there email it in by Saturday.

“Many people are coming back to dance socially, they cannot help themselves.
People need music and dance and beautiful things. They can get
busy and forget, but not forever."

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reappraisal, Again?

Another reappraisal and I am getting use to it, so it does not upset me. These decisions are not really being made by me. The are made by the readers on Oahu and recorded in the counters. Apparently six blogs is a bit much, but then what do I know? So I will make a few adjustments favoring none and let the chips fall where they may. The reader/dancers will make the decision definite within a couple months. I can still move around by Handi Van and I sometimes can use a bus. I can attend a few dance sessions now and then and watch those hits go through the ceiling in the write ups.

“Social dancers know that most people love poetry and music. In our space,
we get the best of both, poetry set to music. You can't dance to poetry.”


A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging. Individual articles on a blog are called blog posts, posts or entries. And what makes a successful dance blog on Oahu is the feedback from the reader/dancers that is shared with the rest of our fellow dancers. The hits go through the roof.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

This Anniversary Dance is going to be a dilly.
Maile Yagi has become the best Information Contributor in our blogs. Platinum Horseshoe that was just a regular run of the mill blog is now in second place right behind Town Dancer. Town Dancer has been number one for decades from when Calvin use to blog. We have dance functions for Wahiawa Ballroom Dance in March and April. With the help I get from their good members, I can guarantee that Platinum Horseshoe will be in the top spot by then. And I can plan their independence.

"Social dancers, on hearing the start of a sweet melody that travels from afar,
 can smile, reminding their hearts that they can dance when their feet can't.”

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Problems

Yes in dancing we have problems. But most of time we accept it as part of life. And the root of the majority of dance problems is wanting to improve. Unfortunately, the method to doing that can be flawed, and lead to hurt feelings, a lack of enjoyment, or worse. Most of us do very well, allowing our teachers to make recommendations and eliminating any negative chatter. Focusing our efforts on our own side of the dance frame works for both amateurs and professionals.

"We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns
or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."


Having a dance partner is special, and we never want to lose sight of that on our road to improvement.  Dance advice from fancy people, like using Dancing as Therapy may not cure everything, but dancing together can sure help when times get tough. The big picture is that we can't control what life throws at us, but we can control how we respond to it.  Doing something together that is fun, physical, and interactive can help our dancing become an all-purpose tool for working through the toughest things we may be experiencing.

"It's A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


Going further into dancing takes consistent effort between your mind and body. This allows you to tune out any concerns, problems, or, seemingly, impossible challenges.  We all know how important it is to take a deep breath to avoid over-reacting to things. A dance lesson is like a 45 minute deep breath that allows you the opportunity to put your body and brain into a better place to tackle the biggest issues together. Share it with friends and it's never been easier to share your thoughts on a good dance blog for your your friends, family and fellow dancers. You got a dance hobby?

“Social dancers believe that we should all dance while we still can.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Evolving

The entire enchilada of Social Dance on Oahu is coming into focus very nicely. And no one organization or group is making the decisions. Many Big Shots are not aware that the "dancers" will ultimately make the decisions. Of course the dancers will listen to the "cognoscenti" but the ultimate decision is theirs. The biggest problem in our blogs is that more feedback is needed from our fellow dancers so that we can share more information with the readers. Social Media?

"Social dancers know that with hearing some music, they can only remind 
themselves that the heart can dance when their feet can't.”


Our best example for the moment is the Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club. We get a poster for the announcement of their social and post in our blogs with any additional comments and the hits on the counter "move." Next I cover the Social party and make all the notes which I consider pertinent including opinions from a few attendees. Maile and others help me with the photos and I have enough for a couple of blogs and the hits go through the roof. Is there somebody on this Island reading these blogs?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Platinum Horseshoe just inherited a nice territory, the Waianae Coast, the North Shore and the Central Valley. The Original Moanalua Corridor was destroyed by the Rail Disaster. And many dance groups in this section would rather be considered part of town. And they certainly have the right to make their own decisions. Meanwhile I am planning on making my best blog independent. Probably Platinum Horseshoe, you are all welcomed.

“Social dancers believe that facts do not cease to exist
simply because they are ignored.”