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


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


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."