Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween in Wahiawa

Started preparing for the day about 1 PM, and there was plenty for me with my physical difficulties. But I was ready for the Handi Van by six, and it was only 20 minutes late. I don't complain, they are doing much for me. Got there before seven and things were already looking good. Said hello to all my friends and I was lucky and found a young lady to get some photos. She did very well indeed.


"Wahiawa is a wonderful ballroom dance club filled
with love and the joy of dance." ~ Pauline

Dressing to find the best Halloween decoration costume for a dance is rising. But in a social dance club it is just lending the Holiday spirit to the dance and finding the perfect outfit doesn't have to be stressful, expensive nor left to the pre-made costumes at your local party store. There's still plenty of time to make use of your creativity and get a mask, a cape or a special hat whipped up as a part of your costume. The main thing is socializing at a dance.

"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran (1982)

"Our first time to attend Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so enjoyable and friendly people. We love all of them and we got to meet the President. Thank u all."
~ Vicky Visoria.


"Trick or Treat: I know someone who has the witch stick - be safe."
~Jess and Georgie

Even not dancing I can enjoy myself working on the blog like finding someone new to take pictures of their people. Then the quotes from some of the attendees are well received. The reader can better understand the enjoyment of life these people are having. Some could not attend and in a social club you have no obligation or commitment. You wanna come to dance, have fun with your fellow dancers? Fine. You cannot for whatever the reason? That is your business. No hu hu.

 "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen  (1984)

"So much fun with ballroom dance friends. We enjoy ourselves every time." ~ Paulette


A fun loving crowd, a real "social" with dancers dancing whatevah. Some nice line dances to mix up the music and dance and only one set back. Gotta get more men in there, they can enjoy that fun dancing too. The microphone was on with President or others making announcements now and then. The Ring of Prayer was very nice and I found myself standing pretty steady holding hands with my fellow dancers. And everyone got ready for the Kau Kau.

"We are having a wonderful time at WBDC Halloween dance.
Lots of good food, dancing and great music by Leland."
~ Stephanie, for Aiea Ballroom Dance Association


Everybody lined up to what looked like some Ono Grindz and some were even dancing in line. It looked to me like the members were enjoying the eats. I have a tooth problem and the Prez was gracious enough to got me a little to take home. They went through the process of judging for Costume Prizes. I figure more people will join the costume department just to help everyone get in the spirit of the holidays. And I got ready for my Handi Van at nine and it was a little late, but I got home before ten and first thing was eat up the goodies. I hope everyone had a good  time.

“Social dancers cannot give you a sure-fire formula for success, but they can
give you a formula for failure: - try to please everybody all the time.”


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It is Rolling

The love of your life isn’t perfect and you aren’t either - and the two of you will never be perfect.  But if you can make each other laugh once in awhile, cause each other to think twice about the sweetness of life, and both admit to being human and making mistakes, your relationship is something special.  No, you two may not always choose the most poetic words, and there will likely be inconsiderate slip-ups on occasion, but that’s what makes your bond real.  Smile when they make you happy, speak up when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re gone.  Love hard when there is love to be had.  Perfect love doesn’t exist, but true love does, and it’s worth the effort.

"Social dancers think that we should be joyful, dance,
and bring pleasure into our lives deliberately.”


The Legacy Ballroom in Waipahu is a fully air-conditioned, multi-functional auditorium/theater. It is has a banquet hall, featuring a 40 foot wide theater stage, a professional lighting and sound system and a large projection screen that drops from above the stage. It is a smaller Palladium with a good sized dance floor. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 800 guests for a sit-down banquet or up to 1,200 guests for a stand-up reception or in a theater style sitting configuration. We have no record of it ever having any ballroom dancing.

"Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983) 


Music on Oahu is taken much more into consideration in this century. In the past we were lucky to get what we got. Now, many are preferring live music and the goodies but oldies kind where they recognize and re enjoy their favorites. The DJs are doing fine in acquiring the latest hits, world wide. We are accepting more easily those that wish to be separate and we are amalgamating an awful lot of people into "our" social dance environment. So Rome was not built in a day.

Some have said that "a mistake is the first step of success." - But the truth of the
matter is that "the correction of a mistake is the first step of success."

Friday, October 19, 2018

Latest Adjustment

The feedback on all the blogs has slowed to a crawl and the hits show it. My lost time at Tripler and the deletion of the Platinum Horseshoe blog was partly to blame. This blog, Social Dance Oahu will be taking over with West Oahu dance news and it may be permanent. We can wait and see. I am hoping that one of the studios, one of these days will see the light. and give us some feedback. Then there is the possibility of a new dance club on the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The noise on the Rail Tragedy will not do much good for Kam Highway.

"Social dancers hear much talk about dance! They think dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


With Social Dance Oahu getting in the news with write ups and photos, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club giving us feedback and having their doings posted, it will start to move. By Christmas they may catch up with Town Dancer (dream on.) Hits mean readers and that is the name of our game. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson  (1982)


The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything any of us have come across before. I have been doing this for 20 years and I am still learning because I favor the social dancer. Personally, I would interpret social dancing as being distinct from dancing that is strictly for performance, such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, belly-dancing, or even dancing strictly by the disciplines methods. So under social I would include freestyle club dancing, square dancing, line dancing and the partner dancing that we dance.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Polly2

Every now and then I find a good one about my favorite despot.

All the rich people gonna vote for him, that's for sure.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: You could look into what Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has coming up on Saturday, October 27th, the Halloween Dance. I expect to blog'em, take my camera and get some people to take some pictures. I usually make a collage of six people each. A two or three collages and we got a nice blog. On all our blogs, we need pictures, posters and a little more written information from anyone. Then Central Valley is getting to be very prominent on the Ballroom scene in the west. They have discovered a beautiful new place for a Dinner/Dance at Halemano Plantation. These people are leading the way to the North Shore or Waipio?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

From Maile Yagi
"Life isn’t meant to exist in a narrow color spectrum of perpetual happiness.
That’s a movie. It’s not reality. Experience all your vivid, fiery, watery emotions.
Give yourself permission to be full bodied. You’re peeling. Revealing.
It’s a messy, magnificent process."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Social Dancing

On Oahu we have other very good dancing groups, the same as in the rest of the US. Exhibition, Acrobatic, Theatrical, Cabaret and Competition dancers who do everything so it will look pretty and the idea is to paint pretty pictures. Most of the time they succeed and they can make their own interpretations of what is "pretty." Most of us clap enthusiastically, in appreciation, at the end of every presentation. Social dancers accept the fact that we do not dance that kind of stuff.

“Social dancers may think that dance is a game of extreme emotions
and freedom of the soul, where nothing is ever the same.”


Then right about the Palladium time, the Competition Dancers decided that the term Ballroom rightfully belongs to them. Why? Because they really dance in Ballrooms and therefore they are truly Ballroom Dancers. Most of "us" have concurred, a school cafeteria is not a ballroom and we know that the era of the Big Ballrooms is over. It has left us to look for an acceptable terminology for our type dancing. Yes, it is purely social dancing and based on the American Style of Dance. But most dancers would like a different term and it is a Work In Progress.

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)


In the last twenty or thirty years another group has been growing. The spectator or viewer group that has been created from TV shows and these new people want to see. Of course most dancers on Oahu have also liked to see. These are specified audiences that look at Television shows or are paying money to see these type of shows and whether they know little or much, they will still judge. If they don't like it for whatever the reason, they will look elsewhere.

"Social dancers think that you should not be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still or worst."


Monday, October 8, 2018

Peace And Calm.

Since my vacation of five days at Tripler it has been hard to get these blogs going again. I deleted Platinum Horseshoe blog a few days ago and I expect an increase in total average hits per day this coming week. And this blog will transform itself as a helper blog to get the others defined with steady information contributors. But I hope they understand that they are not competing with other bloggers, all of us are merely "an addition to." And that translates into hits which simply means more reader/dancers.

“Social dancers believe that there is no limit to what a person
can do that has been inspired by moving to music.”


For now we have Dancing Nights (covering Night Clubs) at the bottom of the pile because I cannot get around as easily as before. But with just a couple of night club fans, contributors of information and/or photos, this blog could move ahead very nicely. Plenty of our reader/dancers are also night clubbers. Those willing to share their pearls of dance information will do the trick.  A blog that can get 33 average hits per day (1000/month) will be communicating to our people.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

From Maile Yagi
The agenda at the moment seems to be a blog a day, so the invitation to get another blogger in during the week will remain there. The social or cultural dancers on Oahu are the main ones who dance for the pure enjoyment of moving to music in a social environment with friends. Most of us are in this group and it is pretty much the same on the Mainland. Facebook now has 50 million photos submitted daily. They have 3 Billion videos submitted daily, so look them over very carefully. Which is better for the dancers on Oahu.?

"Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn people because they don’t do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today."

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New Beginning

Good news is that Platinum Horseshoe, the blog has come down to 12 average hits per day. Nothing new in it and when it gets to single digit average per day hits, it will be deleted. So as far as I am concerned, now that I am back from Tripler, it is a new beginning. The links have been somewhat useful but not as important as the information and photo contributors. They are the real meat and potatoes of social media and I wish more of them would be willing to share.

“Because if we're on the road to hell, we're going to dance the whole damn way
and give them something to talk about when we're gone.”


And we must accept those that cannot share with their fellow dancers on these blogs. They are readers and we must give them what they want. Since the links have established some importance I cannot plan on the deletion of any other blog, yet. Perhaps I can flower them up with news of the other blogs and post less frequently. Since most dance Web sites get less than ten average hits per day, I will be just fine at about 20 hits for each of my bottom blogs. I am organizing things anew.

"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi  1986)


Also, though most of our readers are social dancers, we must recognize the existence of the Street Dancer. The divisions have always been there but many us have tended to look "down" on any group that does not dance "our way." But let is face it, all individuals have the absolute right to dance, their way. Now we can subdivide the dance scene on Oahu a little more clearly. The Street Dancers, the Social Dancers and the Exhibition and Competition Dancers.

"One of the greatest discoveries that people make, one of their great surprises,
is to find that they can do what they were afraid they couldn't do."