Thursday, January 31, 2019

Trending Very Nicely

We are gradually communicating to more dancers on Oahu. A person who posts entries to a blog is called a blogger. A blog can comprise text, images, and links to others. Blogs use a conversational style of writing so there is no need for a degree in journalism. Our blogs focus on a particular area of interest, such as ballroom dancing. But we section it out to the differences to provide more understanding. We try to respect our differences and of course blogging allows us to discuss our personal experiences,


“Social dancers believe that you must Dance, Live, Sing, Cry, Love,
Travel and Love again, until the day you have to stop”


The whole enchilada can be mixed with any chili sauce we want. Most of our coverage is Social Dancing because it is based on American Style and it includes most of us on Oahu, And many of our good social dancers do very well in exhibition dances. Although it is generally accepted that the Internationals are the best. But their entire syllabi is geared for Exhibition and Competition dancing. Our next group are the night club dancers a few that started as Street Dancers, in a dance style that has evolved in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, and even in nightclubs.

"Fools Rush In" ... Tony Martin


Like any other blog, one good steady information contributor or Guest Blogger and the hits will go through the roof. Why? The different opinions, the different viewpoints. That is social media and that is what will make our blogs. We just increased the average hits per day for February and that means we are going in the right direction. If we do right we should get rid of our best blog by March. The blogs are gradually establishing their differences which is just beautiful. We will be attempting to give a positive rationale for the differences as a guide for the reader/dancers.

"Social dancers act boldly - Standing in the inspiring vision of their future -
and taking every step - large and small - with courage and intent."

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Counters

I am quite sure that no one has ever made a study of the hits on dance web and blog sites on the island of Oahu. But I have accumulated data for the last 20 years and I believe I know a little something. Fifteen years ago most dance web and blog sites had averaged nine or less hits per day. Then the counters began to be removed. With me, any of my blogs that could not get out of this level would be deleted and I have deleted a few. So ten and over average hits keeps the blog in for me but that is not enough, I cannot just coast along.

“Social dancers feel that the dancing school of the social dance floor may give high
quality training and enjoyable atmosphere if you use your entire self.” 

 

I then must do everything I can to get the blog into the 20s in average hits per day. Then I can coast and wait for Guest Bloggers to join and let them carry the blog into the 30s. Thirty Three average hits per day is 1000 hits per month. No one of our Guest Bloggers should feel pressure and commitment. Ir will go much higher with three Guest Bloggers and together we can then plan on making the blog independent and I can resign. They will inherit what will amount to be my best blog.

"How High The Moon" ... Les Paul and Mary Ford


This blog is in the middle level of our blogosphere and still looking for its niche. It is not too bad but it could be better - patience. We seem to be getting new people all the time, and that is what is moving this entire enchilada.  I have sort of planned on it being the West Oahu blog but I will have to take whatever it becomes and let the Information Contributors and Guest Bloggers decide the direction it goes. The dance blogs will be for the dancers.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Central Valley

Well, the reader/dancers are communicating. Of course many don't even know that they can still convey information by not doing anything. Anyone out there interested? There you are, not a sound. Proof enough, so I can plan on just keep on telling the readers that their opinions are valuable and welcomed in these blogs. And opinions are like noses, everyone has got one. The situation is not really that bad, our blogs are going up in average hits per day and I keep looking for some dance group that we can kokua with.

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


We are making some contact with the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. That will take some time. The Central Valley looks more promising, simple because I live here in Mililani. Few have Web sites so they should be open to a blog site as a natural to get the word out. And perhaps others could see it and get the same idea. Then we have a commercial establishment, Just Tacos and their Salsa in Mililani, When I get my special shoes and I can walk, I will make the effort to "Case the Joint."

"Fight For Your Right" by Beastie Boys (1986)


Then there is Dot's In Wahiawa. Unfortunately, they have a Web site so they may not think too kindly of a blog site. So from there I am sure we have some line dancing in the area. Perhaps someone can notify them and see what we can do for them in this blog. We must make more contact with the area and get some news and photos for our reader/dancers. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is going great guns and is due to get even better yet.

"There are not that many facts in dancing, but there are plenty of interpretations."

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Starting the Year OK.

Wow, I am making some contact with dancers on this Island of Oahu. Many groups have newsletters, ads in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Some have web sites and even have contact with Micros such as Facebook and Twitter. They may be seen on the Mainland, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our reader/dancers are mainly on Oahu and a very few on the neighbor islands. So I admit we are limited. You got something you are willing to share with Oahu, email it in and I post to the blog of your choice.

“Rock and roll, big band, the blues. He loved them all. He would close his eyes and with a blissful smile begin to move to his own sense of rhythm. It wasn't always pretty.”


I try and I try and that is all I can do, is try. I am definitely not going to force anyone to do anything they do not wish to do. They kokua or ignore me, they make the final decision. It is getting easier as I stay out of the hospital with no chance of blogging. In this sector there is one dance organization that is moving ahead very nicely. And they have their own way of doing it and their own particular way of doing good for the dance community. Stands to reason that we must and will respect their wishes.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Received in Email from MaileYagi. Mahalo

For now the order of popularity according the average hits per day is Town Dancer, very comfortably in front. Dance And Live and Social Dance Oahu nip and tuck for second. Bringing up the lowest are Dancing Night and Dancing in the Dark. I have included in my stats only one other (has a counter) and they run right behind Town Dancer. Any other dance blogs that have a counter are welcomed to get on the list at no charge, of course. A small poster in the side bar and an intro by them at the right time in the blog. We are informing the reader/dancers of all the Islands. So for the next blog we welcome a comment or two from Dance Fever Oahu.

"With courage, we will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Socially Dancing

One of my most important goals for these blogs is the Guest Bloggers' opinion which can be an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits will go through the roof. Come on somebody, about five or six Bloggers would be ideal and each would write only whenever they damn well pleased.

“Social dancers know that they can dance love, they can dance joy and
they can dance dreams - and their legs are made for dancing."


The basic Rumba can be a problem with diverse opinions. Arthur Murray invented the Rumba box step with a Slow. Quick, Quick. And when Fred Astaire opened his first studios, they used the same "American" style Rumba basic. And Arthur Murray did not like that and took him to court - and he won. Fred Astaire was a dancer and he merely changed the Rumba box basic to a Quick, Quick, Slow and no more problems. However in the Caribbean there is no box step.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


But another figure is used as a American basic repeatable pattern by Social Dancers in Rumba. It is known as the Alternative Basic and it can function as an alternative to the Box as a basic, The Alternative Basic is derived from the basic movement of the Mambo, Salsa and other Caribbean dances, as well as that of the International Rumba, and blends well with many of the figures in the Rumba. When Fred Astaire studios arrive in Hawaii, there will be problems.

"Social dancers believe that they should be a first-rate version of themselves -
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hey Hey, we are connecting.

This blog is still struggling. Most of the hits are from search engines and scam, spam robot hits. But they do keep the hits up. It is gradually moving into being the blog for West Oahu. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way.

Life is the muse which perfectly rhymes: Plays with the words and fills empty lines. -
for some, life is a battle for others, it’s a dance, for the rich it is a party, for the
poor it is a chance, - for lovers, it’s dizziness, it’s a dream, it’s romance.

For the Artist it’s a drop of the rain on his hands. - for a writer, it’s a story, - for an
actor it’s a stage, - for a painter it’s a canvas, - For a thief, it’s a cage, - for you
it might be the money you blew. For someone the entire life could be you!


I am firmly convinced that the simple fact of taking photos for our blogs together with a little information available is the key to readership. The readers connect easily because they know the places, the occasions and the people involved. That seems to be the ultimate in dance blogging. That along with a few hints on dancing from different viewpoints completes the picture. Feedback will do it. Just email it in and I will post for everyone on Oahu to see.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Kapolei and the North Shore are just beginning to see the light. When they realized the success of their contributions in our blogs, it is relatively easy to become a Guest Author. Then they could get in the blog of their choice, write, post photos, publish and get out without having to say "boo" to anyone. It certainly would send the hits up through the roof on all the blogs. This is acknowledged as Synergism.

"Mean people don't bother me a bit. Mean people that disguise
themselves as nice people bother me a whole lot."
 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shindig in Wahiawa

Just about the best shindig Friday, the 11th in West Oahu with some of the best people on this island. Frowns are hard to find here and the name of the game is fun. Everyone enjoys moving to good music and DJ Leland Yagi is right up there with the best. The level of help in the club is at the top.


And let me tell you we have some people that are good at taking photos. I passed the camera around and got over 50 pictures. Of course the more the merrier because if I get too many I delete the blurry and the singles. A professional photographer may take 100 photos and then choose the best ten. For us, two people in a photo are better than one. And three are better than two. However 18 is not better than 17. The photographer decides and see what fits in. I have enough photos for Dancing Nights blog after this one.


Wow, just received another batch of photos, this time from Maile. At times like this I wish I had Instagram (all photos.) This a blog, blogs are usually text. But I can get three collages of six photos each into a blog nicely if I get in some text. Anybody want to say something email it in. I have enough photos to make collages for the month. Thanks everyone.

"Love Shack" by The B-52's  (1989)


This last collage, I made from Maile's batch of photos. Hard to sort them out for the best presentation. But I am learning. Of course these blog are made for our reader/dancers and any of you can make suggestions. We will have something of interest for many of our fellow dancers.

"The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought
that is only an echo of an accepted truth."


"Wahiawa Ballroom is always fun. Their New Year's ball was one to cherish. The
members are very friendly and welcoming. Dancing is life and life is a dance.
So let's keep on dancing." ~ Charito and Leo Delgado.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

La Rumba

La Rumba has evolved into one of the most beautiful dances in World Social Dance, for the looks, feel and the music. The music has been combined and separated from the Bolero. Much of the difference can only be applied to the speed, Same music, Bolero, slow. Rumba faster. The terminology that has has been used by historians is quite diverse with many identical items having many terms and many different items have the same term. This can be quite confusing.

"Many social dancers believe that when they get on the dance floor, their connections
to the rest of the world may be washed clean of preconceptions and fears.
When they dance, they can enjoy the luxury of being themselves.”


The name of the dance evolved from the Spanish word, Rumbo. "Por ese rumbo," means, "like that," "similar to," "somewhat," and which was applied by the Spanish sailors to all the similar dances in the Caribbean. Later on Rumbo evolved from the dance to mean "party" or "spree." The music developed much more in Cuba. It is secular, with no religious connections. Over time, rumba ceased to be simply another word for party and took on the meaning both of a defined Cuban musical genre and also of a very specific form of dance.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw


The term spread with the music to the US in the 1930s to the faster popular music of Cuba (the "Peanut Vendor" was a classic),  It was used as a catch-all term, rather like salsa today. The term is also used in the international Latin-American dance syllabus, where it is a misnomer, for the music used for this slower dance is the bolero-son, much slower. Ballroom rumba is basically son and not based on the authentic folkloric rumba.The Africans in the Caribbean fell completely in love with it and developed many new sounds in the music and many new moves in the dance.

Book not recommended: "The Cat's Revenge" by Claude Balls

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Update

The beginning of the year almost always looks hopeful and 2019 looks hopeful for all the dancers on Oahu. Communicating with each other on this entire island is somewhat difficult but it is being done now by various means. 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. With enough information coming in to share with the readers, the hits can go through the ceiling. Blogging is much different than anything we have come across before.

“Social dancers hear the music and dance with hopes
and sing along with the possibilities.”


The modern Rumba - Bolero music is in my opinion the most beautiful music in the world. And the dance that moves to that music is the most pleasant moving to music in existence. It is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that evolved in the Caribbean as a combination of the musical traditions of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean. The movements and the music had existed for a millennium before the first illegals arrived. It was not brought over by the slaves and it had more influence by the Europeans in their dance and music.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Received from Maile Yagi

“Lord I thank you for the gift of breath, eyes to see, ears to hear, tongue to taste,
nose to smell; mouth to speak, face to smile, voice to sing, body to dance,
legs to walk, mind to think and hands to write.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Granada

The talk has been there for sometime, but no one has ever done anything on Oahu even remotely resembling the Granada in Alhambra, California. The builders of the Granada did not want anything in downtown Los Angeles. The original Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. The city of Alhambra in California is about the same distance from downtown LA as Nanakuli is from downtown Honolulu. The Granada is and was built as a deluxe Latin Dance Nightclub, Restaurant and Dance Studio, all in the same place and three stories high.

“Social dancers dance because dance can change things. One move to
music can bring people together. One move can make you
believe like there's something more in the dance.”


The basics of Latin Dance Music are already here on Oahu and our musicians and DJs know the preferred Latin music. The syllabi of the disciplines is the basic. Cha Cha Cha. Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, and Tango and every one learns those. The additional would be Bachata. Salsa. Perhaps later on the Latin Waltz. Nothing for the very young, hip hop, slat, rig or whatever. Don't knock it, they have the right to their preferences. The Granada in Nanakuli would be packed to the gills and not only by Latinos. In Hawaii we have some of the best Latin dancers in the Pacific  irregardless of ethnicity. With a healthy cover charge there will be no need to make the overhead with the alcoholic bar tab.

Afternoon dance classes
Very possibly an added Juice Bar and plenty of Latin snacks that can be eaten with chopsticks you got a smash hit, guaranteed. Then to complete the picture, my favorite, the modern Rumba - Bolero music in my opinion the most beautiful music in the world. And the dance that moves to that music is the most pleasant moving to music in existence. It is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that evolved in the Caribbean. The movements and the music had existed for a millennium before the first illegals arrived. It was not brought over by the slaves and it had more influence by the Europeans in their dance and music than the slaves.

"Charity, good behavior, amiable speech, unselfishness — these have been
accepted by all and declared the elements of popularity."

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