Friday, June 26, 2020

Coming Up Roses

The dancers on Oahu are well aware of the cancelling of group classes and social dance parties on this Island. And the results have been very good. Hawaii is showing some of the best results in the US. Many of the neighbor islands have had zero deaths. On Oahu we are beginning to reopen for business, but there will be a few changes to our business model. Most of the teachers and wheels in dancing on Oahu have been educated as to the symptoms of COVID-19 and are practicing safe hygiene. There have been no group classes or social dances scheduled yet. We are slowly accepting that every dancer stepping foot in any dance floor on Oahu has a responsibility to help protect the health and well-being of their fellow dancers, in spite of Trump.

“Social dancers believe that a word of hope, a smile, and experienced
advice can help us expect a better life.” 
  

Prior to returning to the studio or district parks for lessons, your clubs may send you a notice of possible signing to adhere to the studio’s reopening policies. Return these to your club before your first lesson so they can log it into the system. You will only be required to do this once. There may be specials provided to us by the Governor, students over the age of 65 or others who may be considered to be “high risk” and particularly vulnerable at this time. Any “High Risk” client may be required to sign a separate waiver of liability before returning to the studio or parks.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed



Could you be considered “High Risk”? All dancers, teachers and staff will be wearing masks for every ones protection. Students will wear a mask while on studio premises and have it on prior to entering the studio. Any student who arrives without a mask may purchase one from club or studio. In order to promote social distancing, a limited number of private lessons will be allowed at any one time. There will be few group classes or social dance parties. Private practice will be strictly limited. We should appreciate all the dancers understanding, patience and flexibility during this time. We are coming out of it before the vaccine.

"Social dancers believe that if you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure,
you may fail above everyone else's success."

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Photos

On Oahu, one of the first things that we all learn about dance blogging is that images are crucial. That’s a rule of thumb that’s true no matter what subject is the focus of our writing. Including images with our blog posts makes them more attractive to the average blog reader. It breaks up blocks of texts and helps hold the readers’ interest. Since readers’ attention spans when perusing the internet are notoriously low, having photos to block up sections help give our blog post a more professional appearance that simply looks better. Visitors to our site are more likely to read our post if it is accompanied by a picture.

“Social dancers believe that we can quite easily hope
but darkness may not leave us that easily."


In fact, blog posts that have images are attractive to more people who often feel more compelled to look at a page that has an interesting picture. Once they have clicked on our blog post, we can keep their interest by supplying riveting content. What kind of pictures? On Oahu it is all very personal. A photo of Mary and Fred at the local cafeteria dance is very pleasant to our fellow readers. How about Sandra, Robert, Ruth and George. Evan mo bettah. Why? Mo People. However, 26 people is not better than 25. But you are getting it and we need photos right now, since we don't do much dancing.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Because of my "butterfingers" I can no longer take photos but all our readers can. And there is wealth of photos that you can take just anywhere for now as long it is "our" people. Your choice. Email one or two photos and later on you can send in more if you wish. And another good thing is that anyone can copy your favorite photo right off the blog. I will eventually leave the biggest photo album in the Pacific in five independent blogs. And I got "Butterfingers."

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

Monday, June 15, 2020

Oahu Not Too Bad.

Well many of us are just about ready to dance again. Most "Leaders" in the above average group will tell you the view from there is very different than being the new kid on the block. It's worth all the effort and being your personal best is an ideal goal. But once you get a little beyond the average in your area, the joy is multiplied and the effort seems like it was trivial compared to the fun.- Then - you have to be careful, that you don't get that "hubris." You begin to tilt your head back, lower your eyelids a little and look down your nose at some of your fellow dancers. You then expect to make statements that should be engraved on stone. It is part of the "Hazards of the Trade." Watch it!

"Social dancers believe that we got more yesterday from dancing than
just about anybody. We hope for a nice kind of tomorrow.”


We can see all over the country that Rumba has not been forgotten. The young ones are going for Bachata and Salsa only because it is "in." And of course, they both seem to be fine dances. Salsa has been the more solid, for 30 years but Bachata is catching up pretty good in this century. They are doing great on Oahu. Both of them are losing some of the old Latin sound in the music and the old Latin body movement of the last century. An awful lot of arm, head and shoulders moves and tricks. I'll take a good old fashioned American style rumba using the Alternative Basic and mostly in the Bronze level.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


On Oahu we are getting indications that a number of businesses aren’t going to reopen — ever. Businesses that were only doing marginally during the best of times don’t want to go through the costly and lengthy process of trying to rebuild their business. If your business was not flourishing in February, it’s hard to justify putting more money into it. Post COVID-19 business changes that reduce customer capacity and require investments in new safety protocol and equipment are squeezing already narrow margins. - We dancers don't have it as tough as others.

“Social dancers believe that they may stop hurting when they stop hoping.”

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Agonizing Reappriasel

I have five blogs and the hits have decided which one we can do without. Oahu Dancer will cease to be a regular blog. For now I will use it as a Sunday blog. It will have general information of the state of all Island dance communication and gradually fade into extinction. The other blogs will establish their own niche when we get some information contributors with their feedback. That will be most important factor when the lights go on again. We have 300 thousand potential social dancers on Oahu, we should be able to do something.

“Social dancers believe that everyone must dream.
We dream to give ourselves Hope." 


The analysis of my blog counters show a very low total of average hits per day from this shut down. This is with my five blogs plus two others on Oahu with hit counters. Those other without counters could be running about the same. Now I am certain that it will take a few volunteer "Two Centers" willing to share their two cents of good dance information with our fellow dancers, occasionally. Perhaps a photo of their dance gang to flower it out. Email it in and I could post it in the next blog due or you can pick the blog of your choice.

 "Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


With time one or two might be willing to take over as Guest Bloggers. The hits will go through the roof and it will make all the difference in the world. Together the Guest Bloggers and myself can make this best blog into an independent. This means I will resign and it is all theirs. I will be busy with the remaining blogs. By the time I get rid of it my days will be less busy and I can have more time to relax. I am getting old and we can work on getting rid of the next one.

“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tango

Tango is a partner and social dance that originated in the 1400s by the Incas as La Milonga. It then evolved in 300 years by European influence in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay into a modified Milonga. The biggest differences evolved in the impoverished port areas of Argentina and Uruguay. The Milonga was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music. The tango is the result from an Argentinian Milonga. The name Tango was applied in the 1890s and the tango then spread to the rest of the world.

"Social dancers believe, that it's not too late to seek a newer and better world.”


Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world. Now that we have had the chance we find that there are almost 100 different Tangos danced through out the world. Nine of them in Argentina alone. Divide and you shall conquer works in dances too. The popularity of Tango would be much greater if it could be standardized to only a few. Fortunately, we have not done so bad in the US and have fewer choices. Social Dancers, remember?

"Nostalgias" por Carlos Gardel


In the US, three styles of tango have been rather loosely defined. American tango is when you've just started dating, and you're flirting in an atmosphere of sexual tension. Argentine tango is when you've just started sleeping together and you can't keep your hands off each other. International tango is when you've been married for seven years and you're only staying together for the sake of the children. This year will do a lot for the Tango on Oahu. How about the Filipino Tango? Happy Dancing.

"Social dancers believe, that Tango is not a dance, it is a feeling."