Sunday, November 27, 2022

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, November 21, 2022

Looking Good

I tried the first comeback blog for trial couple weeks ago and got some hits. So I hope to get it rolling in December with some regular Guest Authors. And I believe I will probably will get most from my other social media. This Blog will be just bigger that Oahu Dancer on Facebook. It will cover dancing, music, food and drink. Of course the Guest Authors will stick their own things now and then which is perfectly acceptable. And 90% of the readership will be from Oahu. I will try to blog at least once per week. This is all preliminary and changes will be made according to Guest Authors. I can do it with three,  but six would be ideal.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better"

A dance opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. In our social media, we will continue to establish some better understanding of our dance scene. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. So in our blogs we need more honest dance opinions from different viewpoints. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. For now we cover what must to write. Later we must cover the feedback.

 "With A Song In My Heart" by Mario Lanza

Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

The Palladium

The Palladium now seems to be rolling again, It’s administered by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which does not limit its use solely to ballroom dancing. What may be still most irksome to the ballroom dancers, however, aren’t the line dancers, swing dancers, Scottish folk dancers or other dancers who have staked claims to the space. It’s the non-dance groups competing for the Palladium’s coveted time slots. We shall see.

"Ka Nohona Pili Kai" by Keali'i Reichel

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, (HBDA), is still the largest ballroom dance organizations on Oahu. HBDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, teaching and encouragement of ballroom dancing. They have their own studio in Aiea. HBDA offers both American and International style of ballroom dance and they can get a nice crowd at the Palladium.

 "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

   “Dance for yourself. If someone understands,
 good. If not, no matter.”


Monday, October 31, 2022

Dance Party in Wahiawa

First one in three years and not everyone was there. However, everyone there was fortunate to see our dance friends in a well known comfortable location, Wahiawa Recreation Center. Pictures galore, video, good music,- the works. Gives me the opportunity to restart this blog. Who Knows? Juliaann, all the photos.

 We Witched you a Happy Halloween.

Q: What’s a ghoul’s favorite drink?
A: Anything with boos."


"It it all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus?"


 

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Only One Left.

All of my blogs have now been deleted except this one. "Social Dance Oahu. My other social media has kept me busy. Twitter and Facebook. And I am starting a dance group on Facebook,. "Oahu Dancers." All dancers welcome


 "All Or Nothing At All" by Frank Sinatra





Thursday, October 13, 2022

Update

Our blogosphere on Oahu is definitely at the point of diminishing returns. Only a very slight but steady upward trend in hits. My physical disability has of course been a bigger part of it than I had first thought. It then hinges on my ability to get the information contributors to share the dance news with our readers.

"The truth may not always lead us to where we thought we
were going, but it may lead us somewhere better. Even
when ignored, it will eventually show itself."


Town Dancer remains in front by a more narrow margin every week. Dancing Nights is in second place with Platinum Horseshoe in third. The steady Two Center or even a Guest Author will help any one to the top. You got info that you are willing to share, email it and I will post it. The photos remain a big plus when we get going. The rest of the blogs are struggling to get into the 20s in average hits per day which is 600 hits per month.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho


Races are still being run on Oahu and I have been trying to find out. Most people have always known who were the top five clubs at the Palladium. Now number six has moved into fifth place and many do not know which of the top five is no longer there. Same thing on the Dance Studios, but now Divino Ritmo Studio is definitely emerging into the top spot in Honolulu. And they make good use of blogs to communicate with the dancers.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

"We are dancers and we believe that we learn by dancing. Whether it means to learn to dance by dancing or to learn to live by living."

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Da Latest Rerun from 2018

The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is written using two strokes of a pen. One stroke stands for danger, and the other for opportunity. In other words, in a crisis, beware of the danger, but also recognize the opportunity. Life always balances itself out. Everything that happens is neither positive nor negative; it just depends on your perspective. And all of us are going to dance.

"Social dancers think that all dancers are creators, and
all dancers create their own world in a dance.”


At one time,  I thought for sure there would be a new dance club on West Oahu dedicated to the social dancer only. And most of it based on the American Style of dance and with the introduction of many peripheral dances, such as Night Club 2 step, Bachata, Hustle, Salsa and Latin Waltz. Fortunately many groups have been way ahead of me. With terrific DJs that will play the music that the social dancers want to hear. In fact I have heard of one near Makapuu Point in Southeast Oahu. Gotta look into this when I get my new digs.

"Like a Virgin" by Madonna  (1984)


Now that I am moving to my new location in Mililani, I must accept that I can only go so far by myself.  So the next step is getting the most important Two Center. Finding the right keyword keeps eluding me and I somehow believe it it is not that important. I use Oahu and Social Dance and I will stay there for now. I am going for the dancers not the search engines. There are bloggers in the mainland that seem to have the right keywords and have been able to generate some incredible traffic from search engines and they make thousands of dollars. That is not my goal.

"We need more people who do not read with the intent to understand,
they read with the intent to reply." ~ Social Media.