Sunday, March 31, 2019

Update Good

The five blogs are getting more equalized this year. The top one is still on top but losing average hits per day, The bottom blogs are gaining in average hits per day. And I got the bottom one Dancing Nights safely out of single digit average per day hits.. Most dance Web sites on Oahu were in single digit average per day hits when they had counters. I have found out that the different opinions from our reader/dancers are crucial to our dance social media. The coverage of all dance locations is not very good because of my physical disability and little feedback.


So our five blogs have not been perfect but there has been much to learn from what they are doing. And I keep score, though not perfect, with the hit counters on every blog. I always try to push the bottom blogs. I have one outside blog on my stats only because it has a counter and since they are doing well, I like to use them as a comparative sample. We are ready to help anyone that is helping the reader/dancers on Oahu. The deluxe dancers do not need us so we can skip them and we can all be happy. I am no longer surprised to see the hits on all the blogs increasing.


Received from Deanie:

It's Aiea Ballroom's 64th Anniversary. Aiea is the very first ballroom club in Hawaii - that includes all the islands. We were founded in 1955 - before statehood. A number of our members and past presidents started other clubs. I guess after they found out how much fun ballroom dancing was they decided to form a club of their own. Additionally, non-profit clubs offer membership and lessons at very reasonable cost.

One of Aiea Ballroom's founders, Raymond Ching, is also the founder of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. They will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year.

Aiea Ballroom has enjoyed good dance times, growing pains, and many friends over the years not only with our own members but with all the other ballroom clubs and a Swing Dance Club.

Partnered dancing is just the best exercise for mind, body and soul. Can't beat it.

Joe, hope you're doing well. Please let me know if you'll be able to join us on May 18th. Our program will be simple - introductions, thank yous, about 20 door prizes, some good half-time food but mostly, lots of dancing.

Aloha ~ Deanie

"If we are doing our best, we won't have any time to worry about failure."


Attention Please: Looking for Dancer/computer Geek, I want to donate win 7 computer not working too well. Maybe fix and they can give to a fellow dancer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Waltz on Oahu

In the US, it is a dance in triple time performed by a couple, who as a pair turn rhythmically around and around as they progress around the dance floor. In this century on Oahu, Waltz is danced less by the young but still accepted very nicely by the more experienced dancers. The inroads have been heavy coming in from the Salsa, Bachata and Night Club 2 Step. And there are others being promoted by their own group of teachers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


For social dancing the American Waltz is preferred and the difference between American and International Standard Waltzes lies in their style. American Waltz is more theatrical and more social with wide arm movements. They have open work outside of a closed frame such as under arm turns and side by side independent dancing of the couple. They are both beautiful to dance and to see them in exhibition.

"Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


American Waltz also allows more opportunity to pass the feet. International Standard or English Waltz remains in a closed frame at all times with its technicalities relegated more toward footwork rather than the wider body movements of American Waltz. They may focus more on picture lines stressing balance and ideal for competition dancing. And there is only one country in the world that has their National Anthem in a Waltz. Guess.

"Every day is a new beginning - take a deep breath - smile - and start again."

Friday, March 22, 2019

Oahu West

Social Dance in the West Oahu
By Maria Kyong, Waimalo

The social dancers of West Oahu may not have an intricate knowledge of all the music for dancing. But they do have a good idea of sound and that requires some experience. They will accept that some syncopated music is fine for listening but for dancing not worth a hoot. Dance Music as with other types of music is rich in sentimental imagery. The melody expresses the mood of the music, the words add romance and excitement. And moving to good music can be a very enjoyable experience.


"Social Dancers like to dance only on days that begin with a "T" such as
Tuesday, Thursday, Today, Tomorrow, Thaturday and Thunday."


By making each dance adventure an emotional and physical experience, the dance takes on a new meaning and provides the social dancer with greater enjoyment. As we get older and more experienced we have less preference for this bang, bang, bang, one after another non stop kid stuff. A moment or two to socialize lets us savor our friendships. The newer DJs are on a learning curve and are getting better all the time. With live music you always get a break between songs that is never resented. And then, there is intermission, a few sips and nice conversation gives you real sociability.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The health advantages of social dance extend to improved outlook and mood. Go to a dance social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and you can experience a more positive outlook on life in general. And with these people you will find dancing can be an excellent mood booster. Additionally, dancing increases blood flow to the brain, slowing down cognitive decline. All good things! If you’re considering giving dance a try, let these benefits inspire you to follow through with that goal. Try dance with any group and see how it benefits your life. You won’t regret it!

“You should not honor men more than truth.” ― Plato

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Central Valley

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club still leading the way in the Central Valley and we will get another dance group soon. Waipio? Just finished making the last collage of photos of the Saint Patrick's Day Dance. I got enough photos for all five blogs. I am sorry I did not get any line dancing photos but I like it, that the line dancers are accepted very easily in the social dance scene.

"Social dancers know that when they write the story of their lives,
they are not going to let anyone else hold the pen."

Photos taken by several people, Mahalo
The initial ticket sales were at the St. Patrick's Day Dance and will be available at the Monday and Wednesday dance classes. Get them while they are hot.


The social banter in our blogs is important especially when we get people expressing their opinions. That is social media. However the Photo part is turning out very interesting. I, personally have seen quite enough to be able to make some judgement. A picture may be worth a thousand words but two pictures bring the value down. The Law of Supply and demand kicks in. We do not have to worry too much at this time. We are Oahu reader/dancers and we are just fine with what we get. Ok, So we could get a little more. Facebook gets 350 million photos per day. Can you figure how much each one is worth. Heh, heh, heh.

"What would life look like without a little Cha Cha Cha,"

Attention Please: Looking for Dancer/computer Geek, I want to donate win 7 computer not working too well. Maybe fix and they can give to a friend.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Great Shindig in Wahiawa

I had to plan the day early because of my physical disabilities, and I did well in calling for a Handi Van the day before. The pick up was too early and the other pick up people were going all the way to Hale'iva. I went for the ride and got back to Wahiawa by seven which was just about right, some people were already there. Found a nice spot so that I would not get in the way of anyone moving with my Rolador in and out to get what I needed for my blog.


People were setting things up such as Leland and his music. And we can all thank him for helping me get the camera going. Maile was decorating the walls and setting the photo background for theme. There were guys in the kitchen getting everything ready when for the eats were all there. You could tell everyone was going enjoy this social evening.


From Maile Yagi
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club had another incredible dance last night! Even first timers experience a wonderful time in a carefree, nonjudgemental atmosphere of social dance and camaraderie.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club’s theme dances have proven to be successful. Interesting themed music that surrounds you with the atmosphere, mixed with your old time favorites have a way of lifting you off into a flight of a most beautiful dance experience
.

From Maile Yagi
Delicious potluck foods and happy people that look forward to a fun event will come to create this wonderful experience, and together it’s a PARTY!

Decorations and a photo op themed banner are also there for you to take your happy souvenir photos! It’s not only a dance, it’s a dance mixed with a party!!! IT’s FUN!!!


More photos went over into the Dance And Live blog. We got plenty photos.

Our blogs are forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos) And I must try to get rid of my best one.

"Social dancers just do what they can with what they have where they are."

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WBDC Specials

Aloha Dancers!
Just a reminder that it's time for WBDC's monthly dance this Friday!!!
From Maile Yagi


We hope that we will be lucky enough to see you at this Friday's dance!
Please read below:


Also, ticket sales for our 50th Golden Anniversary Dance will kick off
this Friday at WBDC's St. Patrick's Day Dance!

Tickets will sell quickly so get yours this Friday at the St. Patrick's Day Dance!
Please read below:


“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person
is essential to your own.”

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Westside

Very interesting that the "to be seen" groups, (the competition and exhibition dancers) are not that many in West Oahu. Though we sure have a lot of good dancers here. We don't have much to do with them as they would rather not. And they will perhaps be covered more thoroughly in their own Blog or Web sites. Then there was a new "class" that was developing strongly in the nineties and which is now tapering off. The "viewers," the audience for the new Show Business of "Ballroom." New Divisions such as Cabaret, Acrobatic and Theater arose.

“Social dancers believe that using their bodies to free their minds
is a blessing bestowed by movement to music.”


All of this was show business and meant to be seen. By whom? By the "Viewers" of course. So they have established quite a little group which is entirely theirs as long as we all are aware of the differences. It is in a state of reorganization in this century and it is still held in respect by two of the oldest dance clubs on the Island. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association. The anchor had been in Kapolei because they were going be second city but it now in Wahiawa and Aiea. I am working on getting as many as I can into our circle of recognition especially if they do not have a Web site.


We had a slide show at one time but dropped it and we hope to get some help and suggestions for starting another. Comments at the end of each blog are no longer desired. Most are anonymous and they want to sell something or whatever. I will continue to attempt to make contact with any other dance that can use the Public Relations in a blog. May be difficult for those that already have a Web site. We are also receptive to any night club dancing in this section, but most already have Web sites and are covered by other blogs, so no need us. Feedback we need.

"Social dancers know that not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Moving Right Along

The Socially Cultural Dancer is coalescing very nicely on this Island. The hits show it in the ever increasing numbers regularly. More dancers are getting into computers just for the email and a little contact with Social Media like Twitter and Facebook. If we include people that dance most of the discipline and the peripheral dances, we are perhaps 80 - 90 percent of the entire dance group. We are the "to have fun" social group. That is our primary purpose. If we leave out the young we mean no offense, we merely respect their kuleana. Same for the "to be seen" categories.

"Many read dance blogs every day, for all sorts of reasons, but most turn
to blogs when they want to read alternative viewpoints."

 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch in Mililani. We have the Central Valley that has been bouncing around for awhile and Wahiawa leading with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa.  If we can get a club in Waipio, either social or night club this will becoming central for West Oahu. Of course there is not much in this sector yet and there is plenty going on in other sectors. We can be patient and let the dancers decide. We will eventually find a few steady Information Contributors about dancing and perhaps be interested in being a Guest Author. Once that is done, the blog is in.

"Be My Love" by Placido Domingo


Then we have big help to our blogs from Dance Fever Oahu, the best web site on dancing in Hawaii. They can make a statement in here anytime. Same goes for Frank Sierra who has two very nice blogs, The Dance Connection and That's Dancing. For everybody, we invite you to exercise your writing muscles, the more your practice the more you improve. Comments should be short, fast, to the point and make an impact. They are excellent exercises for your writing skills. Meanwhile, we have given Dance Fever Oahu, Frank's Blogs a Mini Web site in the headers of some blogs. Any other blogs interested, we welcome them.

Two fonts walk into a Waikiki dance club. The barman says to them,
"Sorry, We don't serve your type here."

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pooh

It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.

“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.



“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”

Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”

Pooh looked at Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.


Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?”

“We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”

“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.

Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Life

By Marcela Wong, Waipio
So we are getting old - enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing--not money, power, or fame--can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone. You probably have delusions of immortality right now—that’s natural. This has been going on since time began. At least consider that while you may be immortal, those around you are not. Somewhere in your closet, there may be many things, mementos of your glory days when you danced.

“Social dancers believe that you only live once,
but if you do it half right, once is enough.”


Dance defined you. It kept you busy and pushed you to enjoy it both physically and mentally. It challenged you, comforted you, and empowered you. Dancers learn to love the atmosphere of the dance floor whether taking classes or at a dance party for their love of the art. You were and still should be passionate and proud to be counted as one of the dancers. You didn't dance to put yourself on display. You danced to let go of the world around you, to forget your worries. You danced because it made the pain and any stress or anxiety so much easier to bear. You danced to show the feelings you could not bring yourself to talk about.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


No matter how your day had gone, you could walk onto any studio and forget about it all for a couple of hours. You gave up so much time and so much of yourself. You felt grateful in your heart and soul into every dance routine and your many friends. It was expected that you walk off the dance floor exhausted, struggling to breathe, but with a huge smile on your face. There was every weekend spent at a dance, every evening taking classes and perfecting your moves - it all meant so much.

 "Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good.
If not, no matter, you will keep on dancing."