Sunday, June 30, 2019

Old Times

Yes, we are different than others as had been so often pointed out "by the others." We are not dancers like them. For us it is the music first, because we are well acquainted with most of it and then we move to that music. All the others learn to move first and - then comes the music that they are going to move to and that OK with us too because they are "dancers."

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

From Diary of a Street Dancer by Walter Darian:

I knew just where to look, the old WWII building looked the same, only the modern 1970s sign had changed. The bar to the left was gone, gone too were the booths and the tables on the perimeter of the dance floor. A lone bartender handled the near empty bar. I ordered a drink, then turned searching for it. "It" stood in a nearby corner, a modern jukebox, short, squat, dark - and non descript - unlike the original with its attractive colorful, oval shaped top. Alone with my drink my thoughts drifted back to 1942. Once again, the "joint" was alive and jumping. Still, only nineteen, but no longer a boot, I was at the bar with my buddies, white hat on the back of my head, to show my wavy, black hair, which now is gone too.

I ordered another drink - and the familiar feeling was starting to take hold. In my reverie, I could almost hear Jimmy Dorsey's great hit record "Green Eyes" with Bob Eberly doing the first vocal ... followed by the "swing part" with Jimmy Dorsey on sax. Then Helen O'Connell coming in very quietly with "soft light" - and building up to her sexy, unforgettable description of those six little words, "those cool and limpid green eyes." There may be a few people out there that can understand that. The was music first and then we could really enjoy moving to it.

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul,
to express what is too deep to find for words. ~Ruth St. Denis

Thursday, June 27, 2019

This Blog

Here we are almost 20 years into the 21st century and many of our reader/dancers are not fully aware of the wealth of information on the Internet, Yes, there is an awful lot of crap out there too, We would like our reader/dancers to know the difference between a Web and a Blog site. Web sites are usually beautiful and very informative but they are more static and not frequently updated. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. They are usually updated frequently.

"Social dancing is a great way to meet new people, have interesting
weekly dance classes and happy dances to attend."

It is a platform where the blogger or a group of bloggers share their views on an area of interest and expertise. There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and for us, social dancers, the reasons are more social than personal. As a new dance blog, we rely on blogging to help us communicate with the possible reader/dancers and grab their attention. In this day and age, without blogging, the dance groups may be less relevant and perhaps become invisible, whereas getting into a blog makes them searchable and competitive. So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect them to the relevant audience.

Another one is to boost their traffic and send quality leads to all their dance functions.The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your blog site to get discovered and visited by your target audience. Which means, a blog is an effective lead generation tool. But a blog also allows you to showcase the authority of the Bloggers. When they use their knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with their audience. Great blogging makes your group look more credible. It ensures presence and authority at the same time.

 "Every dancer who got to where they are, had to begin from where they were."

Monday, June 24, 2019


It has taken me a few years, but I learned more about dance blogs than most people on this island. I have been working on my stats for over 15 years. I know now that a blog for xyz club will get xyz loyal members tuning in and can run the hits up to 9 average per day. But two different dance clubs blogging on an independent Dipsy Doodle blog will run the hits up over 15 average per day with the synergism. Now with three different Guest Bloggers, Wow. Yes, I know, it is not easy to understand.

"Social dancers usually have good health, a clear spirit and a buoyant soul. They
may look at dance as a possible transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling."

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, Mexican,

But there is a technicality. His mother was pregnant at the time and visiting Puerto Rico with her husband and while there, gave premature birth to Luis Miguel. He was born on April 19, 1970. So there have been many that have said he is really Puerto Rican because they have proof that he was born in Puerto Rico.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel

His people are from Mexico and he was brought up in Mexico. So if he says he is Mexican, I believe him. He is a celebrated singer and he began his career at the early age of eleven, after the inspiration of his celebrity parents. He has never married but has several kids by several different women.

"Contigo Aprendi" por Luis Miguel

He is popularly known as Luis Miguel and honored as 'El Sol de México' (The Sun of Mexico). He recorded his first album 'Un Sol' in 1982; then after taking a career break, he launched his second album in 1988. Till now, Luis Miguel has recorded many albums and won four Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards. As per statistics, more than 100 million albums of Luis Miguel have been sold worldwide.

"A person may have been a king or serf -- a philosopher or servant, --
but the utterance neither gains nor loses in truth or reason."

Friday, June 21, 2019

We Are Not Lost.

By Francis Park Ki, Ewa Beach:
This is my view of self instruction in social dancing (and country-western dancing ). You can teach yourself dancing with DVD American Style dance lessons. The material presented is suitable for country club dances, formal balls, night clubs, and any honky-tonks too. Mostly of it is about slow social dancing, the kind that older people prefer, not the swing and latin dancing that we accustomed to hearing about.

"Social dancers think that dance is one of the most enjoyable
activities a person can engage in."

But it is about dancing to any kind of music with a constant rhythm and tempo, that we hear at most dance functions. There are many different figures, or maneuvers, that could be taught as an introductory course in social dancing. The student only has time to learn a few and by rote. Of course the key is social so you must be around friends. My view presents the figures that are most popular with social dancers, not the figures that are most popular with professional dance teachers.

"Hawaii Wedding Song" by Don Ho

No matter what they may say to pacify the customer, most of these teachers are primarily rooted in the culture of competition dancing and exhibition dancing, not social dancing. This may be true of some deluxe Night clubbers too. Competition and exhibition dancing require music with specific combinations of rhythm and tempo for the wide variety of elaborate and complicated competition figures associated with each dance to work. Social dancing requires figures that will work when the combinations of rhythm and tempo do not match any of the competition dances. A much smaller and simpler assortment of figures have the universal applicability required.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them;
that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow
naturally forward in whatever way they like."  ~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Shaping Up Nicely

The people in our West Coast dance environment are becoming more knowledgeable about dancing on the entire island. It had been a little too private clubby. Somethings that had never been discussed before are now being evaluated. What is best, American or International? Who puts out the best International Style Dancers? We are talking about competitions, are we not? Remember the Aloha Games? Somebody sure screwed that one up. Then at the height of Palladium popularity, some International people got impolite as they evolved the term "junk dancer." Not anymore, we, the dancers on this entire island are morphing into pretty nice people.

"Experienced dancers know that they can dance fox trot to jazz music and
the movement begins to change. A new freedom in the hips creates
a whole new effect not immediately identifiable as fox trot."

We do not have to agree on dancing in every thing, and most of us understand that answering many of the present questions may be difficult.  Everyone has their own definition of "ballroom dance."  There is no official governing board to set parameters and limits.  Even within competition ballroom dance, two dancers may have opposing priorities, aesthetics and values.  If you look at dance writings which describe the "dark age of ballroom dance", one dancer today may say that's actually the way ballroom dance should be, while another might call it reprehensible. Dancers may disagree in many other areas as well.  It's normal human individuality, and I think we can all respect that.

"Crazy" by Melveen Leed

The Social Dance waltz may be quite different; it's sometimes described as a “one-step waltz”. It is an Even Step dance, left, right, left and one step on every count. Easy?. It really isn't forward-side-together; it's step-two-three, step-two-three. If you concentrate on the first step and let the other two just happen, you'll find the whole thing much easier. Turn your shoulders and your feet will follow — it sounds silly, but it's absolutely true. But make sure you actually do all three steps, even if 2 and 3 are just a transfer of weight. Some just go down onto a flat foot for beat 1, and up on the toes for beats 2 and 3, but no one knows whether a real expert would agree with that. Let's Dance.

Who was that dancer that said,
 “I’ve spent plenty of money on booze and broads, and I frittered the rest away.”

Saturday, June 15, 2019


The American style dance syllabus figures are used in two fundamental ways. First, they provide a learning framework for the student of dancing. The students on Oahu learn Bronze, then Silver, then Gold and then, perhaps, non-syllabus figures. The syllabus may be also used to define competition proficiency levels. For example, on the Mainland a Gold Syllabus competition event will have more advanced dancers than a Silver Syllabus event.

"Tools? So what are these tools that help us pay
more attention when we’re dancing?"

Please note that while the International Standard and Latin styles have relatively consistent syllabus lists throughout the world, the American Smooth and Rhythm syllabus lists can differ significantly depending on the organization which provides them. Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray schools are the main divisions and the big reason that American Style so easily merges into social dancing. Because of the differences between various syllabi, syllabus events in the American styles at competitions will require that the competitors stay within the technical difficulty prescribed.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The proficiency level in which they are dancing (Bronze, Silver, Gold) may not necessarily be within a specific set of steps. The American syllabi provided should be used as a measure of the difficulty of each proficiency level for the Rhythm and Smooth styles. If you are going into dancing any deeper than just social, see current syllabus lists in the Dance Rule Book available for review just about anywhere. Social Dancing, anyone?

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have
to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Beginning to set it up right.

Dancing Evangelism in West Oahu is reaching more dancers as more people get interested in this important role -- or take it upon themselves. Individuals in the new role of "dance evangelist" are reinventing what was once thought of as PR, with the principal goal of building a community of reader/dancers who are passionate about the entire social dance environment. Get dancers fired up. Being an effective blogging evangelist requires taking your individual passion a step further and creating a message or cause that stimulates others to join your blog's movement. In Hawaii we are not just there yet, patience.

"Social dancers know that the mind is everything. What they think they become."

Events, for example, are great ways to spread our message -- News from local dance socials and night club specials are the max. All these dances and even classes are food for our reader/dancers. Listen to our community blogs or web sites. Our reader/dancers constitute a unique community with a powerful voice. If we are providing a great blogging service, you can bet they will be talking or writing about their experiences. Have we provided a friendly reception for our community by inviting ideas, comments and participation?

We must create plenty of community space on our blogsites that allows dancers to interact and share with feedback. Our best reader/dancers will be glad we asked for their input. We must be prepared to accept input--good and bad--gratefully. Once converted, reader/dancers become powerful evangelists. I want to give them the tools to send leads our way, and they should happily do so.

"Passion is contagious and, when channeled properly, leads to
increased interest. A few suggestions to help you spread the
good word through organizational evangelism."


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Makaha? No

It is West Oahu and I live in Mililani now. Very difficult to go to the Waianae Coast and still somewhat difficult to get to the North Shore too. My only way is by Handi Van so I must get some kind of contact from someone before hand, so that I can blog'em. Even then I cannot do everything a good blogger can do. I need some help from a few of the dancers at the shindig to make a nice interesting blog. I can usually fill in the rest. And if I cannot be there, the feedback is the most important. Anyone can email information and/or photos, for publication in the blogs. We can share with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers know that it is very possible to learn social dancing
and it’s the little things that make a big difference."

I cannot take photos with my camera, I have fumbleitis. However, I pass it around and I can usually get each person to take get four to six pictures of "their friends." I then make six picture collages to get bigger pictures, so that getting 13 or 20 pictures gives me enough to get the best pics in the collages. Passing the camera around gives us the advantage of getting a more diverse group in the blog instead of all just being the close friends of the one photographer. I like the advantage - for the photees, the blog, the reader/dancers, the club, everyone. This is social media, it should be a win-win situation.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Now, this blog has to look for a contact with the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Get me an invitation, I can get the Handi Van and we can take it from there. I want to blog'em and hopefully some one will want to get blogged. The Two Centers will be most important. They will be willing to contribute their 2 cents in dance information and share it with our fellow dancers. It should be up to them. We can all be part of the biggest group evolving on Oahu, the Social Dancers.

"Social dancers are aware that the most difficult thing is
the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."

Thursday, June 6, 2019

I don't know.

The Night Club scene is slowly changing on the islands. Bars are good places to get stoned. But social dancers have developed in the last century a reputation of not being drinkers (drunks), they have expected a different evening in a night club. The Clubs are learning not to do it according to "their" preset rules, but to accommodate what attracts the dancers, all the dancers. The bar tab will no longer be the main stay for income. For a long time now, in places where it was prudent not to raise the price of alcoholic drinks, they have added a cover charge. Some are even contemplating the "Juice" Bar that has been doing very well on the Mainland.

"Social dancers think if you keep your moves simple enough, the
dancers may see us as a desired dance-object in the dancing
scene and that, guys, is how you get popular?" 

That cover charge will go up but the price of drinks must come down. Eight dollars for a beer is for the elite, not for the common dancer. Then of course is the introduction of the Juice Bar. People that dance get thirsty and juice is much more palatable than water. They will buy, if it is offered, but you must offer first. Fans of live music have another big point in their favor. There is a welcomed pause in live music and everyone takes the opportunity to take that drink and exchange a few social words. And on Oahu it seems to have been slowly discovered that the old well loved tunes can be danced, gratefully over and over again in sheer joy.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

This is lost on most DJs that produce music specially for the young. The trick for the young is to have LAGS (latest and greatest syndrome.) They have no idea that in composing and arranging of all music the pause may be just as important as the notes. But of course it has been repeated often enough that we must differentiate the young from the not so young. The young like non stop music, the more mature have more experience and their wants may be different. And in our cultural dancing, it just naturally refers to the under/over 40. so we have two different audiences available.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Monday, June 3, 2019

The West

We gotta give these people in West Oahu an "E" for effort. There will be more dancing in West Oahu and not only our type of social dancing. All we have to do is continue to recruit the right people and evolve groups of friends, neighbors and fellow dancers. With good places to dance we can develop nice groups of compatible dancers. Kalihi is the perfect place to start it and keep it going West. The increase in the population of West Oahu as a bedroom community has been slowing down in this century. But Business Parks are still very much needed Waianae and the North Shore.

Science says the motor regions of professional dancers' brains
show more activation when they watch other dancers
compared with people who don't dance.

The real estate market is not doing as well as the Eastern part of the island. And the answer points to the "Rail Catastrophe." The people voted and they are now stuck with the biggest rip-off of the citizens of all these islands. Now, all the islands will have to pay the piper. Most of the troubles are in the Rail Tragedy area. Putzing around with the Rail Disaster with plans to cut the buses and forcing everyone to use the Rail is a big headache. Everyone can see the mess right now.
"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges

Hey, Hey, Hey. And more than that we are well aware that some people are going to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. Much of it going to Mainland people. Grabauskaus, the Rail Czar was the highest paid employee in the city administration, more than the Mayor and the Governor put together. Talk about a con job but I don't know if Trump was involved. They finally knew that he wasn't doing much and he left, a Multimillionaire. It's was the bread, Fred!

"Social dancers believe that living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident"