Sunday, March 31, 2013

Da Latest Scoop on Kapolei

Well we are fortunate that we will not have to dance in the streets. For now, anyway. Just got the news from Willy.

HBDA Kapolei Chapter Officers: Martin Powell, President, Lorna Depew, Treasurer,
Nora Dionisio, Vice President and Willy Dionisio, Secretary/Reporter.
Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
~ Vince Lombardi
Journalism has developed a variety of ethics and standards. While objectivity and a lack of bias are often considered important, some types of journalism, such as advocacy journalism, intentionally adopt a non-objective viewpoint. In blogging you can do more or less what ever you damn well please.
"Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific."


Thursday, March 28, 2013

What is a Dance Professional?

by Janice Hashimoto, Village Park

In Hawaii, it is pretty simple. A person who hangs out his/her shingle and teaches dancing or dances for money is a professional which is pretty close to the truth. However, we are becoming more aware of the difference in dance professionalism. Specially when you compare the entire work attitudes and results of some of our amateur teachers with those that are monetarily compensated.

"Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors,
because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead others astray."

We are fortunate to have some of the best amateur American Style dance teachers in the entire state of Hawaii. These are professionals in all except that they teach from the kindness of their hearts and not compensated in money.

At one time there was quote from a Professional in which he declared that there are no Semi-Professionals, they are paid or not paid and that was the difference, He was referring to the well known, Play For Pay Partners, Dally For Dough Daddies, Boogie Dates for Hire and Dance Escorts for a Fee. He was being kind. Because none of the people that he was talking about were anywhere near his level of professionalism.

"Blue Angel"by Roy Orbison

Since the set up in Hawaii is pretty well done, then all you have to do is look for the results.  And that will take some doing, but fortunately it is coming out. At the moment the easiest ones that are being judged professionally are the Masters of it, the International Style Dancers. And we are gradually coming to the right conclusions even for those of us that do not know much.

There seems to be two groups that consistently produce the best International dancers on this Island. By the same token there are two groups that consistently produce the worst International dancers on this Island. Fortunately for us, (as American Style dancers,) we do not have the qualifications to judge them.

There is more? Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Someone out there is waiting to make a more complete write up.

Pub's Side Note: There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

HBDA Kapolei Chapter

HBDA Kapolei Chapter’s Final  Social Dance Held at  Kapolei Elementary School
By Tim Cubero, Jr.

It was hard to believe, but this year HBDA Kapolei Chapter danced its final social night at Kapolei Elementary School on Monday, March 18 .  Just about 100 current and former members and guests of the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association came together to celebrate the close of its fourth quarter classes and enjoy one more time the luxury of a large and spacious dance floor at the school’s high-ceiling cafeteria.

Needless to say, it was another fine night with great music by DJ, Augusto Jarra, and lots of great food and companionship.  Some really nice door prizes, too, generated much suspense and laughter that made more than a few cameras come out to capture the winning smiles!

 Martin and Leona Powell with dance instructors Elsa and Romeo Navares

Taking more than a glance at the amount of square footage available to dance students for over five years in use by the chapter, members appreciated using the facility to learn their steps on Monday nights under the direction of well over 10 sets of HBDA instructors. Kapolei Elementary was like home to all of them.

 Left Pic: Marilyn Meers, Roger and Elle Moore, and Georgie Amantiad.
Right Pic: Bernie Jay, Selina Mattos and Emmie Visitacion 

We at Kapolei are proud to be the largest HBDA chapter on Oahu with an astounding seventy-five members; yet our chapter continues to humble ourselves by what visitors have said is our gracious invitation to welcome our sister chapter from Pearlridge to always join our table and floor for regular dancing and line dancing.

Many thanks go to the genuine commitment and strong leadership of our current Kapolei chapter officers: Martin Powell, president; Nora Dionisio, Vice President; Willy Dionisio, Secretary; and Lorna Depew, Treasurer.

Left Pic: Jonel Diocares with Nilda and Pete Quindara.
Right Pic: Former chapter presidents Noemi Jarra and Rudy Nabreja
with dance instructor Miriam Quemado and Lily Nabreja

(Even though this was the last night to be under the cafeteria roof of Kapolei Elementary School, Monday night’s excitement never ends as we realize  that dance classes will still continue under the name, HBDA Kapolei.)

Starting in May our chapter moves the dance lessons to its new location in Makakilo.  Note that the facility there is undergoing renovation, so our interim location in April is the Asing Park in Ewa Beach.  Romeo and Elsa Navares will continue to be our dance instructors.  They will be teaching Samba and Waltz.

Left Pic: Line dancing starring the famous, Augusto and Nora.
Right Pic: Nora Dionisio with DJ Augusto and Noemi Jarra

Here are the dates of classes and location for the next two months. 
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Asing Park, 1450 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, 96706
May 6, 13, 27
Makakilo Community Center, 92-1140 Makakilo Drive, Kapolei 96707

We realize it will be a little confusing in the beginning.  Please call 220-6026 or 781-2076 for membership and  additional information. Also visit our website at for our Class Schedule, Student Bulletin, and Updates.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bad Start

Got up late to the noise next door, the workers fixing up the Church Structure. They seem to be doing just fine. But the sales profession has painted their same brush on so many other people that it is hard convince anyone otherwise. So the church and the rest of the commercial community in Nanakuli are in agreement. We must be selling something and they must be wary of what it is and when it's coming.

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error."

In our blogs we are selling something, but no intentions to it costing anyone money. Your interest in the blog and what we print is the main thing. Therefore Nanakuli Ridge will be no more. And that is the way for all our blogs, if they are not wanted, they must go. So we must be patient and wait for the reader/dancers to be convinced that we intend to help, not hinder.

Messed up a few deals during the day, (it happens) and got ready for the trip to town. The C bus came along just a few minutes late but got a little tied up at Kapolei Transit and got too late to Middle street.  Waited almost a half hour for the first bus going West and got to Aliamanu almost an hour late. The Caldwell administration really screwing up the buses.

Nice to see so many early birds, and even one couple getting up to dance. This used to be the side less used at Aliamanu Intermediate, now it is becoming the "in" side.

I could see it was going to be difficult to get the pictures I wanted.  So I tried to find someone to take few pictures. Six people is the Magic Number. Three couples or five, six or seven people. I loaned the camera to a couple of people but something wrong with the camera. Says "Charge batteries" and I just charged them.

The dancing starts and I missed some good shots with the extra camera. With these two photos I did not have the flash button on. I am learning, the hard way.

The West side is picking up steam with HBDA, the other clubs in the West seem to have their own public relations departments and they do the best they can. Hopefully it will get rolling this year with the additional help of some of the participants.

And the line forms to the left. A good part of our dance and dine, ono-licious kau kau. And the nice socializing during and before you get back to dancing. What a pleasant evening.

And we anxiously await for the new dance clubs with emphasis on the American Style of Dance to "standardize" the interaction of our cultural dancing. Hopefully they will have Latin music to go with their Latin dancing. A bigger bronze and silver levels and skip the advance altogether. Those are for exhibition and competition dancers. Not the same thing.

I left early disappointed with my cameras. Just one photo of three couples would have made a big difference in the entire blog. Got the #9 going to town, and then waiting a few minutes for the last C bus going to Nanakuli. The bus situation being so bad, I still had to stand up for a couple miles and then someone got up.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero

With my time solution and my new Mp4 player, not as good as my laptop but not as heavy either, I was able to hear my music but also see the show. Made the time go much easier. Not too bad a day.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Weekend Looking Good

Kapolei Chapter HBDA went up in hits on their web site, naturally. Terrific Photo of the Gang at the HBDA Sweetheart Ball at the Palladium. Then they had a copy of our blog too. The hits have no where else to go but up. There is no Dance Web Site on this island that beats them in hits.

Advice to beginning Dancers: "Go ahead and look at your feet...Gradually you will gain the confidence that they will always be at the end of your legs and you will look no more."

Oahu West also went up in hits too, which was expected. Fortunately, there is another HBDA social at Aliamanu on Saturday, 21st. Gonna be packed as more people become aware of this fun occasion with plenty good people. I gotta be there and do my best, the West is beginning to roll. We just need more places where we can dance.
"Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day
We shall dance in the Malls if we have to.
So Kapolei Chapter HBDA is looking for a new place to dance. They have two in the planning stages, one at Makakilo  Community Center and one at Asing Park in Ewa Beach. If they achieve permanency in either place,  there may be a name change. Fortunately both places easily accessible to me. It will shape up, these people are willing to work for their beliefs.

On the Waianae Coast the best dance floor remains at the Waianae District Park. The absolute greatest and just as big as a cafeteria. Unfortunately, no dancing on the Coast yet and there is no record of it ever being used for dancing. Same as Hotel Ballrooms, old antiquated nomenclature. But there is an awakening coming in the West and the only thing holding it back is the Rail Disaster

"Effortless Dancing is an oxymoron. Without effort you do not dance,
and if you dance, it is never without effort."
Pub's Side Note: I am still getting "Da Kine" information. E-mail type flyer kind, with loads of information and schedules, scattered about. Some graphics and all in the body of the letter.

Very difficult and takes too much time to decipher as to what is too early, too late, too much, too little or duplicated. Nothing much I can do, I have to get too many things done. The best way is to send the plain text and the graphics as an attachment, makes it easier to handle. Or sometimes I get a poster. Easy, just copy and paste. Please make it short and sweet.

In dance blogging: the first time is communication and very necessary. The second time it's Advertising, and the third time, it's Spam. We are not that strict but you get the idea.

Blogger's Law #25b: If you hit two keys on your keyboard, the one you did not want or both will appear 0n the screen.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kapolei Chapter HBDA

Nice day in Nanakuli, as per usual and I did most of what I had to do. Got ready early and was at Nanakuli Beach bus stop at five.

"We shall know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart."

Did not have long to wait and the first bus that came along was the C bus and inside it seemed to be a little better than usual - more comfortable. Got off at the last stop before it gets on the freeway in Kapolei and from there it was a nice bike ride to Kapolei Elementary.

The place was already with a big happy crowd of good people. Whatta bunch of nice people getting together to enjoy the fruits of their dance learning and socializing with their fellow dancers. Plenty of cameras, too bad we cannot get many for this blog to share with the reader/dancers. I do what I can but I am very limited.

Plenty of early birds coming in and looking like a beautiful group of dancers.

But of course there is dancing: Too bad that it is the last of it here. There will be other places. Most dance organizations are finding it difficult to have place to dance.

Pub's Side Note: Places now insist on waiting on you hand and foot, but they want to charge you an arm and leg. Yes, we know, everyone gotta pay for the Rail Disaster.

They have to lay down some leather and that's the name of our game.

They seem to be starting to eat earlier than usual, and it seems as though it is everywhere. OK by me. Thanksgiving by Pete and everything is just fine. I am just about ready to use my teeth to eat but I got hungry and had a bite before I left home. Next time. As per usual, they had some ono-licious grindz.

I loaned a camera to Roy and he did a good job getting some pictures so I got a good collage. Unfortunately he ran out of battery power and I didn't bring any extras. I finally got rid of the last of my cassette tapes and I even gave them three blank tapes. I hope they can use them.
A Horse goes into the bar in Kapolei and the bartender says,
"Hey buddy, Why the Long Face?"

So Rome was not built in a day but we are getting there better every day.

The good people have got to have their line dances and looking better all the time. I got rid of the last of my VHS tapes last week, but now I got the VHS machine that I had donated back. I will have to find someone that can use it. They can have it.

Wow, these people are getting good and enjoying it more. Seem like we are getting more
men in there. I have find out where I can learn it.

Got ready to leave and the men were swinging from the chandeliers and the ladies were dancing on the tables. Not really but they were having a ball. Left at the last minute and when I got to the Transit Center, I saw the rear end of an articulated bus which seemed to be a  C bus, about 9:20. It must have been the 9:00 bus but late. I got the last regular C bus at a little after 9:30 so I was all right. And it was comfortable. Wot happened?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Aliamanu Middle School and Dance Hawaii

Awoke late to the sounds of the workers next door making progress with the church building. And it looked like another beautiful day in Nanakuli. Got on the computer, ate breakfast and cleaned up a few details here and there.

"The ability to lie is a liability. When in doubt, tell the truth."

Got ready early, and was at the bus stop on the Nanakuli Beach at 5, but the bus was late and  packed, and got on the freeway to Middle Street. This would be such a sweet deal if they just had more buses. Wow! Yes, I know, we have to pay for the rail disaster. The rail overhead already running to almost a million dollars per day. Dumb Dodos. Yes, I know, it's the loot, Klute. Big Profits in Rail Disasters.

Got to Middle street late but was able to get the next #42 bus going back. That is a super bus. Got off at the Plaza Hotel and a short bike ride and not too many at Aliamanu, I was early.

Q: What's the difference between chopped beef and pea soup?
A: Anyone can chop beef, but not everyone can pea soup!
Joanne arrived with her goodies and soon got the dancers interested There was a little trouble with the DJ system. But fortunately not too many people there yet.
And the ones that were arriving seemed to have their own agenda which should be all right. They seemed to be one group and all went to one side of the dance floor.
Now I know, but they have made the decision, I have not tried to exclude anyone. I always let them decide.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Got this photo through the efforts of Maurice but I must be patient and wait, another six months should be fine. I have plenty of other places to cover.
Amor, Delia, Lisa, Rose, Derek and Lynette.
Nice Quote:
"Come Dance With US" Have fun, meet people, eat ono-delicious food!
So the situation seemed appropriate to leave early, and  I finally got some ice for my Time Solution. Got the first bus going to town and then just waited less than ten minutes. I got the last C Bus going to Nanakuli and had a space of one bike. With my laptop, music vids and Time Solution, I made it nicely all the way  home.
"Besame Mucho" por Placido Domingo

Still had one drink left and I updated my stats and the bottom blog is still "Bailando" You cannot get it from Dance Fever Oahu yet, so the only way is direct from the search engines or using the links in the side bars of these blogs.  Check it out.
Pub's Side Note: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Weekend Plans

OK, I cannot go to town for HBDA Ohana, gotta rest from the Bus hardships. Most of our readers will be going to the HBDA Ohana Night on Friday the 15th at the famous Palladium. Nice bunch of people but unfortunately they don't let us know much either. Many will also go to St. Patrick's Day dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. Got the last minute news that the west will be rolling too.

"To seek truth and to utter what one believes to be true can never be a crime.
No one must be forced to accept a conviction. Conviction is free."

Then on Saturday they will be attending the Dance Hawaii dance at the Aliamanu Intermediate. Should be a nice crowd attending. The reader/dancers in the West are picking up on this action and I certainly will try to be there. Get photos, info, maybe a few quotes. social media for the blog.

For sure we will have a big crowd in the smashing affair of the Kapolei Chapter, HBDA on Monday. I will be there taking pictures and hope some of the attendees taking photos will email me one or two, even though Kapolei is the one closest to me. The right ones could go into the slide show that I am just starting up in the Ewa Bus Stop blog and hope to include anyone from the West.

"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" - Connie Francis

The Caldwell people still keep screwing up the bus fiasco, by crippling the functionality of the existing bus routes in Honolulu. And plan on forcing users to "upgrade" to a rail service that they may not want or need to get that functionality back, the city is making a huge and annoying mistake for the citizens of the entire state. And the higher costs will come close to bankrupting the City.

Double the articulated buses we have now, would just about do it. Then bring a few
of these Bi-Articulated buses to clinch the deal. One tenth the cost of the Rail Damage
and five times more efficient. "I coulda got the bus right around the corner.
No need rail station and no need the car either."

You get people to enthusiastically use public transportation by making it compelling, comfortable and awesome and easy to use. You don't get people to enthusiastically use your services by forcing them to. In fact, that's probably a great way to ensure that a huge number of people who may have been interested in trying out your service will never even look at it. Cities all over the US bringing the Parking at the Rail Station to less than $200 per month because they are losing passengers to the automobile industry. More cars on the road? Of course, better than the Rail Humbug.

Pub's Side Note: Yes, we know, it's the dough, Flo. Da big big bucks in Rail Profits!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Weekend

Very busy for most of us, the West dancers will be attending HBDA Ohana on Friday evening at the Palladium. I wont be going because I have other things to do. They may get a good crowd. Then on Saturday many of us will be going to the dance by Dance Hawaii at the Aliamanu Intermediate, should be a humdinger. I expect to go to that one, get some photos and make the write up. Rest on Sunday, and get ready to party on Monday.

"To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant."

For most of us it will be the big bang up affair in Kapolei.  We are always overdue to have something at that place. And the way the Rail Goof Up has been messing things up, it is not going to get better. But we can have a little enjoyment in our lives with the social by Kapolei Chapter HBDA on Monday night. For those that live on the Waianae Coast, it is relatively close by. See you all there.

"Once Upon A Time" - Rochell & the Candles

Hopefully I can get some help on this blog or I could make a follow up with another blog. In dance blogging we operate on quite different principles than what you are accustomed to seeing in anything else. What ever information, photos or suggestion you wish to share should be what you want and it should not be taking anything away from you.

By the same token, whatever we give the reader/dancers in information, photos or suggestions does not take anything away from us, we just share. The reader/dancers are happy, the people that provide the info and/or photos are happy, the blog is happy because the hits are going through the roof. That is social media and it will take a while for all to understand.

Pub's Side Note: I keep hearing some possible good news,  a New Latin Night Club featuring real Latin Music to go with your Latin dancing. For the mature Latin dancer, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Vals and a litte Salsa and a little Jive to spice it up. Perhaps in Waipio away from the Rail Fiasco, it would be smash hit.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

HBDA at Aliamanu

Beautiful Saturday in Nanakuli, sun shining and looked like the usual beautiful weather we have on the Waianae Coast. Took my time and cleaned up a few things on my computer and in my home too. Ordered a small computer vacuum on line because my stuff seems to gather dust.

"To some the truth is an insult, to others it is life from the dead."

Anyway, I planned the trip, to take the C bus both ways and then travel between Aliamanu and Middle Street by bus and bike. The bus was late and it started to rain, off and on, during the trip. I missed the good buses on Middle street but finally got the #62 to the Plaza Hotel.

It stopped raining and from there it was a short bike ride to Aliamanu. The place was jumping already, so I was too late to get the early birds. But I had to get a few shots of the folks getting warmed up, getting the party ready and getting ready to party.

Still getting the photos too blurry, got to click even slower yet, if not, get rid of
the camera. I remember the days when you couldn't do all that fancy stuff
but you could just click and get a beautiful picture.

I was able to communicate to a few people that I hoped to get some couples in their exhibition costumes to make "transparent" photos to post in my posters. I had over one hundred special "transparent" pictures of professionals. But I am in the process of weeding them out and eventually all the couples in posters will be local people. Some will not want to be included and we must respect and leave them out.

Then a few of the ever faithful from Kapolei Chapter began to come in.

Jesse, Georgie, Pete, Norman, Yvonne and Nilda.

And it looks like we are going to have a humdinger of social at Kapolei coming up on the Monday the 18th. The best dance bash "west of the Rockies." I mentioned to someone about the rumor of six cases of champagne, but I was assured it was not rumor. We are going to have standing room only on Monday and I am going to be swinging from the chandeliers.

I wanted to get the supreme photo, three couples or five, six, seven people at random but all of sudden I got a group at the reception table. Good enough, too many to get names.

These are the good people. Gotta start the slide show again in the Ewa Bus Stop blog.

They get hungry earlier than usual nowadays and I got the tried and true photos.

The Ring of Prayer is always the most impressive part of the evening
followed by the line up for the ono kau kau.

Things looking good for Ohana Night at the Palladium, March 15, the place is going get rocking. And the time was running short. Got an offer for a ride Waipahu, but with the bus shortage, it is difficult to get a bike onto the #40 bus. Packed to the gills with "low class people." ~Caldwell et al.

I got the #40 going to town, and got off on Bishop. Waited about ten minutes and got the last C bus going to Nanakuli. Only one bike on a three bike rack. Nice. With my music shows on my laptop, (from You Tube) the time went by fast and I was home before ten pm. Not bad.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Information Contributor

I know they are out there but I have to make more of an effort to contact them. The entire blogosphere needs all the diverse opinions that are out there. The Creative Researchers And  Producers are on their way out. They no longer have the clout and the clubs where they were the heaviest is where they are losing the most.

"Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so."

The Information Contributors put themselves out in front. Why should they spend time writing free content for someone else? In our social media it is sharing with your fellow dancers and there are many out there that would be willing. In our blogs no one is making any money, and Blogger provides the blog for free, so we just have to keep looking.

Since these posts would be attributed to the Information Contributor, an entire audience that may vaguely recognize the content writer will suddenly be more aware of him or her and their dance connections. This alone makes it a valuable marketing tool, but that’s not all there is to it.

"That's All You Gotta Do" - Brenda Lee

The top blogs at the moment are Town Dancer (naturally) followed by Oahu And Beyond, Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu - West. These are safely beyond the requirements of 34 average hits per day. (1000 per month) An Information Contributor with a few photos now and then would make a big difference for any one of these blogs to make them number two and right behind Town Dancer. The Hits?

The hits are increasingly coming from the neighbor islands and even the Pacific Rim, mainly in Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond.  So take your pick, you can share just your unique opinion, with more than just dancers on this island and whichever blog you choose, it will roll. This particular blog covers the section from Kapolei to Mapunapuna. Plenty there to build up too.

"There Is Something On Your Mind" - Bobby Marchan

It can also directly drive traffic to the content writer’s connected websites! Anyone who owns a website knows that a website without traffic is worthless. Traffic is undoubtedly valuable. This is a great, legitimate, and inexpensive way to get some extra traffic. But that’s not even the best part. The link does more than drive traffic. It makes your center of dancing more important to our dance world as a whole. Plus, they tend to be permanent, so each one will continue to help for an extended period of time.

My calendar is shaping up to try and do the most good for these blogs. I plan on going to the HBDA Review on Saturday and perhaps get a few photos and make a short write up. The West has gotta get  going. If I do my little part we will have people coming from the Turtle Bay Hilton to dance here among such nice people.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Looking a little bettah

Several years back I wanted a little help for the blogs which were not going up in hits as fast as before. I enlisted some free hits in several organizations. It took over a month and then the hits began to arrive to send blogs hits up into the stratosphere.
"Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other."

I soon saw that I did not want that and I notified them all to turn it off. It took a while and it was soon apparent that it was working. From a high of over 200 average hits per day for all the blogs, they came down to less than one hundred in less than a month. But I was sure of getting "legit" hits in all our blogs and I wanted everyone to know that I did not want "store bought" hits even if I don't have to pay for them.

"I'll Walk Alone" - Dinah Shore

Nevertheless, our non-violent guerrilla warfare for the benefit of the dancers in our island community continues. I have now over diluted the readership available on this island at present. But I handle each blog differently and I hope the best ones will eventually emerge with the help of the Guest Authors.

They will be the determining factors. The Guest Authors may choose a blog with a ready made audience (plenty hits.) Or they may choose an upcoming one in their sector and realize that "they" are helping to build it up.
"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" - Tex Williams

For now hundreds of factions have gathered around and we are finding the ones that have their own agenda and would rather not have any connection with us. We will respect and dismantle any parts that are still connecting in error. They have made the decision, not us. We can concentrate on the parts of the "empire" where they understand that we are helping them and we can go all out for them.

It will take an awful lot of the good people/dancers out there. It will be for those that have the courage, the humor and energy to help their fellow dancers and all the potential new ones that are waiting in the wings. There are at least one hundred potential Guest Authors out there and at least half of them know it.

More opinions of course are desperately needed by the entire community. It cannot be dictated by the "leaders." Gradually we have been getting rid of the horrible cliques that had been running the entire dance community into the ground. To paraphrase, "Dancers, arise, you have nothing to lose but your chains."

It will take time, yes I know, not in my lifetime.

"You must change with the times - unless your are big enough to change the times."