Friday, June 29, 2018

Gumbo of Dancesport


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, with its many amenities, serves as the competition site from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st. The hotel is located minutes away from the airport. One of the nicest features of the hotel is its beautiful 15,000 square foot ballroom where the dancing takes place on a 76 X 44 foot floating hardwood dance floor, (bigger than the Palladium.) A smaller practice floor of the same quality is also available for competitors. Spacious dressing room facilities are available very near the ballroom and the hotel offers ample free parking. Within minutes from the hotel are many excellent eating establishments, shopping areas and more.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


According to email from Calvin and Debra Ota, a total of nine couples from Hawaii have arrived at Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete. Competitions: Friday, daytime and evening time, Saturday, daytime and evening time, Sunday, daytime only. We know they will do well. They may not be social dancers in our class, but let us make no mistake, these people are dancers.
 
“Most dancers can make dance the mission that
every moment seeks to accomplish.” 

Monday, June 25, 2018

West Oahu looking better

With everything that has happened to us dancers on the island of Oahu, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or treat what has happened as a gift.  We learned something and everything was either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep us from growing. Most of the time we get the chance to choose. We know the good dance places that are in process of developing in West Oahu. And we know that something is overdue on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Business Parks are a big solution for the residents and Downtown is against them.

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


Line dancing as a separate peripheral comes and goes and it is much more accepted in the social dance clubs in West Oahu as a intermission fun time. Men dancers are still sorely lacking but the ratios are getting better in the West. The biggest drawback is that they are getting much too fancy. A few basic moves to "enjoy the music" is all that is necessary. Fancy steps, we know what they are in any dancing. They become Exhibition and/or Competition. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you like but it can and should be recognized for what it is.

1990  "Vogue" by Madonna


Meanwhile we must go on with much of what we are doing right, because so many new people keep showing up all the time. Social dancing is definitely in. There is no disrespect to the disciplines if a disk jockey plays a Salsa or a Bachata. Neither are a part of American or International syllabi. But they try to please the dancers and that is the name of the game. A few days ago, the disk jockey completely forgot to play a Viennese Waltz and nobody noticed. Anyway most of us will admit we are social dancers.

"Social Dancers know that it isn't hard to find injustice in our dance circles,
but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday."
 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Going

I finally got my main computer and my back up computer, running and they just both need the detail to get both up to date. It has been taking the blogs a while to get back on track. And Platinum Horseshoe lost a lot of readers when we lost Aiea and Wahiawa.. And I am beginning to miss my Search Engine Hits. For now I am deleting the comments sections in all the blogs. I don't get the people that I want and I get many anonymous that are looking for a money connection. So the best way to get something in is to just email it and I will post it to the blog of your choice.

“Social dancers believe that the impact of music is so great that
you'll leave whatever you are doing just to move to it.”


Many people writing something don’t really enjoy the editing process because by and large it’s the least creative part of writing a blog. Still it’s the most necessary. Yes, I know, I am one of the sloppy ones but I am learning. For example the spell checker that comes with this blogger will not alert me to the fact that words like there and their may be mixed up and often they're wrongly put. so it’s up to me to understand the difference and the correct usage for each word. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use automated spellcheckers. What it does mean is that I should understand the limitations of each so that when I am using them, I will know what might have slipped through the cracks.

January 20, 1990 Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"


In the end there’s really no substitution for reading my blog out loud and keeping my eyes focused for any spelling and grammar mistakes. Concentrate, for at my age, it’s easy to let my mind wander away and that’s why I find reading the text out loud to myself is the best method to catch mistakes. When I am finished with a careful self edit, I am pleased with the way the blog sounds afterwards. And even then I will see typos in all kinds of publications. On Oahu I cannot visit everyone so I must wait to be invited. I cannot eat or dance but I can blog'em and that is my hobby.

Friends can be like underpants - some crawl up your ass - some snap under pressure -
some don't have the strength to hold you up -  some get a little twisted - some are
your  favorites - some support you -  some are cheap and get bent out of shape -
some actually do cover your ass when you need them to.

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."