Sunday, September 29, 2019

Blogging

I am running out of time and I have a lot of places to cover where I may help and I must be on my way. My physical limitations will have me concentrating on West Oahu. But hopefully, I may get dance information from other parts of Oahu. At five blogs my experiment of over dilution is just about over. There was a pause, then the average hits per day began to go up again, just kind of slow. So it seems as though the total reader/dancers may be increasing and they will concentrate on their favorites which is happening now. Then for now, we can be patient and wait it out for the rest of the year.

"Social dancers believe that we can all be social dancers –
but only if we actively choose it."


Town Dancer blog had been way ahead of the others but has been losing hits as the others increase. Of course, Town Dancer lost one of the best bloggers in Hawaii. They may just even out pretty much the same. We are getting increased competition from Facebook and understandable if you are interested in getting hits in Nigeria or Afghanistan. We are pretty well limited to the dancers on Oahu. Whatever, Dancing in our blogs is looking good in spite of the Rail Disaster. And yes we have heard the Rents are going up. Gotta pay for the billions on the Rail Catastrophe. And the worst is yet to come.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


The City Council under Caldwell is doing well. Their good wishes to all their loyal voters - they realize that you are already seeing an increase in your ordinary living expenses such as food, clothing, rents and automobile items throughout the island. And you understand that gas and property taxes must be increased to pay for the Rail Crisis. So they ask all our good citizens to tighten your belts and hope this will end soon. Meanwhile, they are going to give themselves a little raise.

"Whatever the mind of a person can conceive and believe,
it can achieve."

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dancespeak

On Oahu, we will change the Dance Speak to suit ourselves. You name it. I am glad some people are beginning to realize that some of the terms presented here have been there for some time in their dance experience. They have had to agree more or less with the meaning, but "social dance" is changing and some terms will become obsolete. Some of it may be expanded by anyone easily for more clarity. You may even write it up and share it with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers do not worry much on what they want
from their dancing, they just dance."


Arm Waving; used mainly in competition and exhibition dancing. "Hey, look at me." Also used in countries where they are unable to achieve the Cuban motion adequately. Used extensively in the Orient where they are more accustomed to the use of the arms and hands more than the feet. In Hula, just beautiful. In Social dancing we keep it down to a minimum.

Ball: Several definitions, the front part of the foot. Also another word for fun. 'Having a ball." And from the Latin, Ballere, meaning to dance and presently meaning a formal dinner and party which may be attended by non-dancers.

Band: A group of musicians joined together for the purpose of producing music such as a Dance Band or a small orchestra.

Basics: Very important part of the "Dance." In classes, the beginners are looking enviously at the intermediates. The intermediates are looking enviously at the advance students. The advance students really are beginning to know what dancing is all about. Now they want to go back to learning the basics right. If you can dance basics good and you can dance to anything.



Beat: The essential cadence of marking time for dancing throughout the tune and continues with equal duration and force. Listening music may vary.

BPM: Beats per minute. 24 BPM in a Fox Trot is six measures. In a Waltz it is eight measures and in any two count it is twelve measures.

Big Band: The name applied to the large dance orchestras up to the 50s. Danced in the Big Ballrooms some holding thousands of dancers.

Body Lead: This refers mainly to the signals that are given to a lady through the body movement of the man. He learns to use his shoulders, upper body and head. Takes some time for the men to learn and the ladies are pure geniuses in following.

"An unexamined life is not worth living." – Socrates


Sunday, September 22, 2019

American Style Of Dance

The American Style of dance refers to the Ballroom Dances developed in the USA that contrast with the International Style. They denote the group of nine dances that were danced in American Style Ballroom competitions. The group consists of two categories: American Smooth and American Rhythm. American Rhythm loosely corresponds to the Latin category of the International Style, just like American Smooth corresponds to Standard. The American established dance variations are not recognized internationally. They are rather used in dance and competition methods as attempts to meets perceived needs in the local market-place which immense in the US.

"Social dancers realize that regardless of where they live in the world,
they will participate in dances that reflect a lot or a little of the culture."


In American Smooth, - Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, - dancers wear costumes not greatly dissimilar to those worn by their counterparts in International Style Standard. Dresses often have prominent floats embellishing the arms and fuller skirts which are typically absent in Smooth, due to the open movement and changing arm positions requiring less restriction on the body. However, the dances themselves are significantly different as a result of influence by dancers like Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray in the years following World War II.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


While elegance and flow remain the goal, as in International Standard, dancers in American do not remain in closed position exclusively, instead breaking away from each other periodically and experimenting with open footwork. The American Rhythm dances, - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, East Coast Swing - and were also influenced by American dancers of the post-WWII era, but the differences between this style and International Latin are more subtle. Costumes are similar, and while step patterns are not identical, movements are as free and explicitly sensual as in Latin. Fortunately on Oahu we have had some of the best teachers of the American Style in the Pacific.

"Social dancers know that your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude."

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wine

The new century and Wine seems to be the increasing choice of drink for dancers. You just sip, sip and sip. Many seem to know the different classes of wine and even the differences in smell. Dancers have had a long time reputation of not being drunks. They drink but usually responsibly and that is to the good of everyone.

"I got started dancing because I knew that was one way to meet girls."
~ Gene Kelly (1912-1996) American dancer


Wine has a long history dating back about 8,000 years (along with agriculture) and is thought to have originated in present day Georgia (Russia) or Iran. It took about 1500 years to get to Europe. It became very common in classical Greece and Rome. In early Greece, 20000 Greek men and wine in the afternoon, evolved the entire Western concept of ethics that we know today.

"Days Of Wine And Roses" by Andy Williams

Wine has also played an important role in religion since ancient times. The Greek God Dionysos and the Roman God Bacchus represented wine. Wine has played an important role in ceremonies in the Christian religion such as mass. And wine was drunk at the Last Supper.

Forty years ago, I could see empty hard liquor bottles at some of the social dances. And always a few beer cans but no evidence of wine. Now. not many drinkers at the socials but it has become apparent in Night Clubs and Da Big Shows in Waikiki. There must be other reasons why wine is becoming "acceptable," One of the marks of a certain type of a bad person is one that cannot give up a thing themselves without wanting every one else to give it up too.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam, one millennium ago.

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.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Oktoberfest

Nice day, Saturday and having received the invitation, I was looking forward to attending the Wahaiawa Ballroom Dance Club social. I began to make my necessaries for the occasion. And I almost had everything when the Handi Van showed up. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my dentures. We were still on the property and the Handi Van driver was very nice. We went back and I got my dentures and we got to Wahiawa District Park a little early and some people were waiting to get in. Finally got in sometime after six and the set up began.


The set up went nicely, these people sure know what to do and they do it. In no time at all, people were dancing to the terrific music of DJ Leland.  And the feast fit for Royalty was looking good. I was glad Craig was there, and he took most of photos, and I thank the others for taking some photos of our fellow dancers. I have butterfingers, so I must be careful in handling my camera. Any help we can get will be appreciated by all.

Happy Octoberfest, I'm in Wahiawa, Hawaii - so many people enjoying a happy and
fun evening with great music and song. Some are the way from Germany. ~ Richard.


There followed the great music and dancing - socializing, picture taking and everyone having fun, which is the name of the game. Then after an hour or so, a respectful pause for Leo to say grace. A simple prayer thanking the lord for "giving us our daily bread." This was followed by the line forming along the wall to get the food. And with eating comes more socializing adding to a very nice past time, then gradually dancing resumes.

Group of people just paying in to attend our Octoberfest. It is amazing
to have this many people. Have fun every one. ~ Felipe

So many happy people. It is an honor to be here. Thank you WBDC for a great time.
~ ABDA


They were having fun with regular dances and an extra polka now and then. The line dances are nice and appreciated by all including the spectators. And we had a couple of beautiful impromptu exhibition dances. This is one terrific fun crowd.

Saturday night Octoberfest with our sister club Wahiawa Ballroom. Food, Fun, Dancing
to good music, Thank you DJ Leland and WBDC. And what a fun crowd! Aloha
~ Bert and Deanie, Aiea Ballroom.

Have a wonderful time at the WBDC Octoberfest. It's the people that make the party!
~ Maile, WBDC.


For me, my depression phases come in now and then, and the entire atmosphere may not be recommended by my VA doctors who are really very good. But at this social dance, no one is doing anything for me, they are just having fun and I benefit greatly just by watching them having a ball. What depression?

Ballroom dancing is such a great spice of life. It's great for one's wellness both physical
and mental. It is great for meeting people, awesome people, that is. ~ Leo


I went to the door at nine and watch the beautiful action on the dance floor. I  waited for the Handi Van and it was just few minutes late. I never complain, just as long as they get me home. I was home before ten and I had me my best meal of the month with enough left over for the next day. So how was your day? I slept like a rock.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Birthday

I have been on this space ship earth for a long time. Yesterday on the 12th, in this space ship, I completed my 94th trip around the sun. Even with all my mistakes, it has still been a nice journey. I have had my day in the sun, I have no complaints. For the young, leaving is such a tragedy, not only for themselves, but for their loved ones, friends and relatives. All I can do at this point is to wish all my friends a good time while they are here. No hu hu with me. And we all understand, after we are gone, "this old world will keep on turning."

"Social dancers on this island seem to have accepted the fact that the more we think
we are different, the more we find that we are the same. Dancing anyone?"


I am certainly glad that many social dancers are aware that dancing builds strength. The more time you spend dancing with your partners, the more strength you will build. Depending on the type of dance you do, you will build up strength in different areas of your body. Another fun fact is that the muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in a dance competition are sometimes equivalent to that of cyclists, swimmers, and Olympic 800-meter runners. Don’t underestimate the workout that dance provides, although it won’t seem like a workout because it's so much fun !

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The man died. went to heaven and met St. Peter at the pearly gates. As they walked down a long hall there were clocks everywhere but they all went at different speeds. St. Peter explained that each person on earth had a clock and that each time they sinned the clock ticked a tock. Soon they passed a clock that wasn't moving. "Oh, that is one of the best popes that ever lived." They passed many other clocks along the hall but one person they never saw. So he asked St. Peter, "where is Trump's clock." St. Peter said, "Oh, we keep it in the office for a fan."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Two Centers

The strangest thing is the lack of Two-Centers in this, our Oahu. Those dancers willing to share their 2 cents of a little dance atmosphere with their fellow dancers. Just a photo or two and a paragraph would do for a start. And just email it and I would post it in the blog of your choice. Easy as pie, the reader/dancers would eat that stuff right up and the hits would go through the roof. Why? Because they cannot get any thing resembling that kind of information except through the private cliques.Then, of course, these Two Centers would have the option of becoming a Guest Blogger and they could get in and out without saying boo to anyone.

“She didn't know how to follow. I did a spot turn while she did a promenade.
I never saw her again.”


The two-centers would have discovered that the view from their side is a very individual view. We have different opinions and that is what makes it interesting and it becomes Social Media. We are not talking about journalists, novelists, professional writers of any kind. We are simply talking about gatherering and sharing of information which may be of interest to our fellow reader/dancers. Just the facts as you see them and not SOS. Wha dat? On any blog, I hope to get enough Two-Centers and perhaps convince a few to become Guest Authors, able to get on the blog, write, post photos, publish and get out without saying "boo" to anyone.Eventually I could appoint two Administrators (one for back up).

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii

WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN!


Then, with at least three of four Guest Bloggers, we could go for independence. We could plan my resignation and the take over by the others. This would send the hits up for this type of blog. This will also lower the great reliance on the cliques that have always existed in our dance circles and have been so detrimental to our cause. I keep meeting so many “good people.” I am beginning to accept the fact that in the dance community of this Island we have some of the best people in this world. With all their faults, (and who in the hell is perfect?) they are still the best. All over this Island, we just have to look for them and gradually get them to know each other. I can see that the class of our reader/dancers is elevating day by day.

"Social dancers know that how much you know is not as important
as what you do with what you do know."

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pau Hana Tea Dance

By Justin Cheong, Ewa Beach

I have been reading about Tea Dances on the Mainland and there have been Pau Hana dances on Oahu and all sound very interesting. I am sure someone is going to try a better way for Honolulu. However with the Rail Fiasco looming up ahead, it will never be done in the West but it would do well in town. One of the principle purposes would be to avoid the huge traffic jams on the Freeway when the Rail is in. Ninety Nine per cent of the users understand that no one wants to ride the Rail Catastrophe and the City will be doing whatever the Rail Party tells them, to force as many users as possible to use the rail.

“Social dancers believe that dance is a series of movements that match the speed
and rhythm of a piece of music, but you may be missing the real essence of
dance. Dance is all of your emotions put together into a single piece."


So the bus system is going to be one hell of a big mess. We have just had a glimpse of how bad it can get in the last year. And the Rail Party is going to make sure it can get worse. It is not what the citizens want, it is what the Rail Party wants and that means money - Honey. Big bucks in profits. -- So on Wednesday evening there could be a Pau Hana dance at the "Mickey Mouse Lounge" in downtown Honolulu. Just to break up the week. Would start at 5:00 pm, like Happy Hour except that no one would drink so much. They would be social dancers and there would be dancing.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


But people would socialize, dance and eat. Dozens of chopstick foods available so that you don't have to use your hands. And a juice bar so that dancers can drink gallons of that stuff if they wish. The key words are "if they wish." Not what the bar owners want but what the "customers" want. With a suitable cover charge it would become a regular sell out. But most Night Club Experts are still accustomed to paying the overhead with the bar tab as it has been done for decades. The dancers had the "bad" reputation of not being drunks. But the scene has been changing since the cover charge began to phase in. The freeway home would be a lot more comfortable one day a week.

The common question that gets asked in dancing is, "why?" That’s a good question,
but an equally valid question is, "why not?"

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music which I copy on the Internet.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Blog Photos

The total average daily hits for my five dance blogs plus one outsider is still going up but very slowly. The dance Web sites do not have counters any more so the only way you can see anything is to figure it by the changes that occur. The Micros, like Twitter, Tumbler, Facebook and Pinterest have plenty of World Wide action each blog contains only a tiny amount of information. All of them are getting more pictures every day. Facebook gets 350 million photos daily. So our blogs are emerging slowly but surely and for us it pays to be local, Oahu is gonna be rolling.

"Social dancers take plenty pictures because they learn that half of them are blah."


I have fumbleitis and can no longer take photos like I used to. It is not like I was ever a "photographer" with a deluxe camera. It has always been just point and shoot camera, "you just push this little button to take the picture." I now take the camera to the dance functions that I am invited to and I pass it around. If I pass the camera to five people and each one gets five pictures, I get a good cross section of the dancers at the party. I also try to get four or five written opinions from anyone attending.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The temporary photographer may take whatever and whoever they want, however there may be a few suggestions. Stay steady as you can when you click and it may help to keep your photos in good focus. You won’t have to worry about shaky photos because you’ve been holding your camera too long. Two persons are better than one. I make collages of six photos each and I usually can get three collages in one blog. For the benefit of everyone, 36 people in the blog is twice as good as 18. And three is better than two? However, 12 is not better than eleven. From that, we can get our blogs with some good photos of the attendees. For the ultimate benefit of everyone.

"Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours
per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa,
Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

Monday, September 2, 2019

Cultural Dancing

That guy over there dancing like a horse stuck in a muddy swamp is having the time of his life. He knows he is not the best dancer in the crowd but he is willing to keep learning because he is having fun just moving to the music. He is a social dancer and there are no qualifying scores to use. There are a few things that will make his dancing to his favorite music more enjoyable. bit no one is going to tell him that it is heel, toe, toe. Or is it the other way around? Hell, I don't know. Our only difficulty is the disciplined cliques developed in every dance group.

 “While I dance I can not judge. I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life.
I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.” - Hans Bos


We should all know that an organization that is relatively free of strong cliques can be very good for the social dancer. Night Clubs? Careful there too. Many cliques there are adverse to anything that may resemble "Ballroom" dancing. They can be rootzi tootzi about it too. I hope that in these blogs we will gradually cover only the most pleasant places to dance our way. Which ever way social dancing may someday be defined, we do not have to look "down" at anyone else's style of dance. Specially in West Oahu.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


The new social dance clubs are coming, sure as hell. Everyone in our blogs has the power to spread the good word about our kuleana. The key is to have our people focus on a somewhat unified, motivational message. Short statements built around our core passion or cause, and blog it. Your opinion is what counts and you don't have to understand our blog's mission. And whether they're at the mall, a social dance or at a night club, when someone asks them what they do, each of them can do a little spreading of the right message

"Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life." ~ Albert Schweitzer