Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Social Dance Floor

By Carol Woo, Kalealoa

Many times social dancers try to recapture some of the excitement of dancing together. They will try to create a strategy to improve how they move together, and improve the dynamics of their partnership. It wasn't long ago that Ballroom and Latin dancing was a hobby, and there were dance students with husbands that wouldn't be caught dead on a dance floor. This was in the time before shows like Dancing with the Stars. In the latter half of the last century, many shows helped change the stigma many men associated with dance lessons as a female-dominant activity.

"Many social dancers believe that inside of every large problem
is a small problem struggling to get out."

In a social dance club in Honolulu, the smaller ones are the most Social. Social dance couples try to make a commitment to work with both a male and female instructors to improve their ability to lead and follow each other. Why? As a couple, their most important audience happens to be on the other end of their dance frame. The primary objective for their dance instructors is to ensure that you Lead and Follow each other the best way possible. And for Social Dancers, these two roles are always under construction.

"My Moloka'i Woman" By Willie K

The couple then works together to implement their individual training to enhance their abilities as a unit. The results are usually good and most dance instructors can see plenty of good, Developing a clear lead, and a sensitive follow is the number one skill to reduce dance partner frustration. Then there is a method that is the number one solution to achieving that couples-resolutions-invitation. Never Refuse a Dance Invitation. Do not make any excuse, turn down any offer, or shy away from any invitation to dance... even if there's no invitation.

"Social dancers believe that the only dancer you should compare yourself with,
is the one you use to be."

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Wahiawa Starts with a Bang

Dancing together may have been a small miracle for some people, but does the miracle fade? As social dancers, it's easy to make some progress, and, at the same time, lose some perspective on how special it is to have someone who will dance with you. It should be fun and if it isn't, what then?

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity."
~ Plato

Received from Maile:
Come and join us on Friday, February 2, 2018
for WBDC's Jungle Safari Dance!
RSVP to Carol Kohagura for Free Pizza!
See you SOON!!! Maile Yagi for WBDC

Awfully nice to receive this beautiful poster in digital format like I have received in the last twenty years. Just right click and save. I get so many with all kinds of apps and it is sometimes difficult for me to copy it. Last month I received a nice poster and I tried several methods but no go. I finally emailed and asked for a digital copy. They never sent it - their choice. I am ready to help anyone that gives me a chance.

"Abrazame" By Julio Iglesias

In the 20th century, Social dancing has had 60 to 70% women. But in this century, men have been returning to the dance floor. It has been one of the most important shifts in Social Dancing on Oahu and that is why it is crucial that we strengthen the dance partner relationship. Men are learning that they can enjoy moving to music without being an exhibition or competition dancer and be proud of it.

“Social dancers know that we all can dance, when we hear the music that we love.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Hit Parade

A dance blog is what most dance websites would like to be, updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target dance audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action. Getting out of single average per day hits is my first goal. Once into the double digits I can count on hits increasing however slowly it happens. They will fluctuate as long as they have or lack the Information and Photo contributors and Guest Bloggers.

"Social dancers know that success is getting what you want.
Happiness is wanting what you get."

We are not talking Journalism or English majors, we are talking about dancers with opinions. How about a long time teacher of American style of dance? They don't know it but they would make perfectly new viewpoints. I don't have anyone to cover that section and getting into the exclusive section is 33 average hits per day which is 1000 hits per month. This is communication to our dance audience and I can consider it definitely a Blog. At the beginning of the year 2018, only Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe are beyond those levels.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

I said green yesterday, I said green last week, and I said green last month. That is referred to in Blogging as SOS. (same old shit) Now, someone gets in who says "blue." A refreshing new opinion, not the same old crap. The hits start to go though the roof. Simple? That's it! Most of our other blogs are at or below 20 hits per day, and I get worried if they drop to the low 10s. I will leave them in while I work at promoting them on Word Press, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook. Most of you don't have to worry about this, I will have to find the right people to get on the bandwagon and the hits will go through the stratosphere.

"Social dancers believe that dance is for everybody -
that dance came from the people."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wot's Doin'?

The year looks rosey and I am happy to say that there is going to be much dancing on Oahu to some beautiful music. But our blogs are still on shaky ground and I had to change the names on two of the blogs. Ritmo Mestizo is pending and I changed Blogging Hawaii to Dance And Live. Fortunately I received a major help with the opinions of our fellow dancers. Very few know that they can have a big influence on what and where of our dance blogs. Feedback is still almost unknown.

“Good social dancers are totally aware of themselves and dance their way
in a manner that is decided by their hearts."

With the diversity created in the past year with Web and Blog sites, the top Blog in our blogosphere has remained Town Dancer. They have been on top for over 20 years, with a large readership created by Calvin Ota. Nearing the end of the year Town Dancer has been going down, and was running neck and neck with Platinum Horseshoe. For some reason unknown to me at the moment, this year, Platinum Horseshoe is now holding on to first place, just a point or two but in front.

"Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaialii Gillion.

So it is quite evident that we will push for Social Dance and include the Line dancers too and there is going to be plenty of that. We should accept that our teachers on this Island are among the best and we need them. Street dancers still exist but let us face it, we can always use a little help. We are also increasingly accepting that our fellow dancers on this island are not destined to tear anyone down. We just accept that none of us is perfect. Except you of course!

"Social dancers do drink. Is the glass half empty, half full, or
twice as large as it needs to be?"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles

An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, self-driving car, robotic car, is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Autonomous cars use a variety of techniques to detect their surroundings, such as radar, laser light, GPS, odometry and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage.

“Social dancers awaken the joy in their hearts and successfully
ignite the love of dancing in their souls.”

Autonomous cars must have control systems that are capable of analyzing sensory data to distinguish between different cars on the road. The potential benefits of autonomous cars include reduced mobility and infrastructure costs, increased safety, increased mobility, increased customer satisfaction and reduced crime. Specifically a significant reduction in traffic collisions; the resulting injuries; and related costs, including less need for insurance. And they cant tag you for a DUI, you weren't driving.

Where ma steering wheel?
Autonomous cars are predicted to increase traffic flow; provided enhanced mobility for children, the elderly, disabled and the poor; relieve travelers from driving and navigation chores; no fuel consumption; significantly reduce needs for parking space; reduce crime; and facilitate business models for transportation as a service, especially via the sharing economy. Among the main obstacles to widespread adoption are technological challenges, disputes concerning liability; the time period needed to replace the existing stock of vehicles; resistance by individuals to forfeit control.

"How many ballroom teachers does it take to teach a box step?"  On Oahu, ten. One to teach the box step and the rest to to say how they could have taught it better! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The New Year

I still have my depression but much less than before and I am trying to have a more interesting time. I only have six dancing blogs now and they keep me busy. I have tried to get a niche for each one which is not working too well at the moment. From the little feedback I am able to get Blogging Hawaii sounds too official and I should make it more social. The two best suggestions I have received so far, The Dance Agenda and The Dance Adventure. I tend to like, The Dance Adventure.

'Social dancers believe that if you love life enough, you will want to enhance
its beauty, bring a little more music to it and a little more dance to it.”

Anyway, this year seems like a new game as we start the year. So my immediate goal is to make sure that all of my blogs will get into double digit average per day hits. Single hits is no good and I have deleted several blogs in the past for that reason. Then I try to get some into the twenties which is not easy. And 33 average hits per day is 1000 hits per month is my goal and I would be very happy. I intend to go out more and get more people interested. Anyone out there?

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

I am at present sharing my blogs with Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + and Facebook. I have tried a few other gimmicks to spread the word and the total number of hits is going up gradually. At any rate I am still learning the game. There may be some out there who are positive in how to do all this but I am not. I just try to do my best and letting the blogs develop in their own best way with the feedback from the readers and information contributors.

"Social dancers think that music is for dancing and
people will always want to dance."

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dancing on Oahu

By Wendy Sheller, Waipahu
Until this century, dance has been on the margins of the modern Western intellectual tradition. Dance appears as an object of study in two particular domains of modern Western thought: aesthetic criticism and anthropology. Aesthetic criticism, emerging in eighteenth-century dictionary projects and then taking root in nineteenth-century philosophy parallel with the development of the romantic ballet, and considers dance to be an artistic practice.

"Social dancers know that when you start moving towards the music,
with the right dream, your feet will acquire the quality of dance.” 

Exhibition dances were early on distinguished from folk, social, or ceremonial dancing (though they may represent them) and it does usually require formal training. The idea of dance as a formalized performance tradition is usually associated with industrial economies, urban societies, and a culture's economically secure or educated classes. Appreciation of technical mastery and performance conventions is considered evidence of cultural sophistication or artistic sensibility. And meaning is communicated primarily in the visual realm of symbolic representation and technique.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Social dancing on Oahu is defining itself into a better category that includes most of the social dancers on Oahu which may number 40 thousand dancers from beginners to advanced. Most of the dances are based on the American Style of dance and Oahu has been very fortunate in having some of the best instructors in the Pacific. It also includes many "Street Dancers" that have phased over partially into the American Style and are mainly in the Night Club scene. This seems to be the wider audience for our dance blogs, even in their own different kuleanas.

“Social dancers know that dance is the delicacy of life radiating
every particle of our existence with happiness.” 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Year is just beginning

Looking over the dance scene on Oahu is not bad. I have also been looking over the available Web sites on the neighbor islands and they have an awful lot of single photos. A few partner photos but very, very few of bigger groups. Almost the same as here. However in our blogs we try to make it a more social atmosphere with three or more dancers. That makes it Social Media.

"Life is a dance, you learn as you go. Sometime you lead and sometimes you follow - Don't worry about what you don't know, Life is a dance, you learn as you go."

For our blogs, the number for the maximum efficiency as Social Media seems to be about four or five people and the faces are easily recognizable. Then we are beginning to  recognize the peas in pod photos, you know what those are. They are not really bad and they do play a nice part in blogs. The people with the selfies are doing just great, there is nice gang effect appearance in the photos. Our people will be known throughout Oahu, that's for sure.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

There are some things that don't look so good. Noticed the prices in the Super Markets?  Property Taxes going up to pay for the Rail Disaster. The stores will have to pay more rent. You just didn't realize you have to pay more for the goods. Milk going to $5 a gallon. Bread to $4 per loaf. Eggs to $5 per doz. Who gonna pay for the billions and billions of dollars in profits in the Rail Catastrophe? Guess!

"Social dancers know that this life is what you make it. No matter what,
you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth."