Saturday, September 19, 2020

Pandemic in California

So here are we at the middle of September and nobody knows where we are, but most of us still have our hopes up. We don't know what everyone is doing. The people into food, making or just enjoying it in good company seems to be in our Social Media. Not much of anything else. In California, the dance halls have stopped all action with the times: But no one wants the halls to become frozen in time. They have insisted that they don’t need to be declared a "cultural legacy monument" because they already are one.

"The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop,
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one."
from the Rubaiyat.

It's impossible to copy the dance hall scene in California because it’s impossible to revive all the people who have come through here. If the traditions of the California dance scene were to be lost, it would be very serious, It would be something very sad for all. For many of the steady customers, it has been like a second home, and the people who come here to dance have been like a family. It is still a friendly crowd of dancers.
"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" por Carlos Gardel
Now there is nothing to soak up the atmosphere, not even music. For years, the halls have been unique and there may not be many places in the world like these, they have so much magic, so much charisma, it has what social dancers need to make them dance, However, there is the reality of today You feel nostalgic, when you look around and there is no life, Surveying the dance floor as if seeing the ghosts of those who danced here for a century.

“Social dancers believe that life may be hell, solely
because sometimes it can be beautiful."

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We have hopes

Reasons and the New Year which starts in November? and the Objective will be? Some will be looking for a new hobby since they didn't much dancing before but, they liked playing in gym now a then. They could enhance their personal relationships getting fit & healthy just meeting new people. They can get in Social Dancing just for the socializing. And if they are young enough they maybe thinking going into the International Style of Competitive Dancing The interest is there for many of us.

"Social dancers believe that every day may be a new chance
to change and make it better for a brighter future.”

On Oahu we have another lock down extended to Wednesday September 23rd. It seems to be coming under control with testing, use of masks and respect for social distance. Social distance is still considered the best at about 99% effective. Masks are about 97% effective and if you use both methods you have a very good chance of surviving. Just keep at least ten feet away from Trumpanzees. They believe in Trump, you have seen his crowds, they got rights and they are very likely to be contagious.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

The Line dancers and others for young people such hip hop can be danced without a partner. They seem to be leading the way to the social dance scene for the end of the year. From what I have been able to gather, they are very aware of the music. All the dancers have their favorite tunes, and are the ones that have more fun dancing in the proper perspective, to the right dance. You may not need a partner to dance and there are so many dance elements to worry about like timing, technique, leg and foot work to the music

"There is no characteristic of human nature that is exchangeable as courtesy."

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Coming Through

Blogs can help bring humanity back onto the dance floor even now when we have no dance floor. In spite of Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr and the like. blogs have been very good all over the country. But you must be on Twitter to see anything on Twitter. Same on Facebook and all the others. In Blogging anyone can tune into whichever blog they wish and read whatever the bloggers are willing to share with the readers. And 99% of our readers are from this Island of Oahu.

“Social dancers believe we can do this… we can start over and soon.. We can
save our own lives, have stars to wish on and people to still love.”

Some groups have kept in touch with each other by Micros and they do know that they may be seen in many other countries. Before the lock down we had become so concerned with communicating support and processes that dancers had somewhat forgotten how to build relationships. How can dance clubs ask dancers to provide superior friendships and innovative thinking when everything they had seen and heard flew in the face of that? Blogs help create a culture with feedback that reinforces the good behaviors. Hopefully we will get many good honest independent opinions.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Meanwhile the Trump Pandemic is slowing down again in Hawaii and we may beat it again. The Trumpanzee territory on Oahu remains in the Ewa Beach to Mililani area. The Clusters are due there. In Asia and Europe, testing, masks and social distance are working very well. None of this Maleria medicine, Voodoo medicine, Clorox, Lysol, or the latest Trump push, snake oil made from Pillows. We just may have a few Christmas parties yet. Keep away from Trumpanzees. Six feet is not enough.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Now at the beginning of the last quarter, it is still looking dismal for the dance scene on Oahu. Just a month ago, Testing, masks and social distance and we were doing good and then we let it go. The Trumpanzees got in, Oahu opened up too much and the cases and the deaths went up and up. Dancing slowed down and the hits on my blogs went down. I have decided not to push any of the blogs into any direction that I would like. I will let the information contributors and new guest authors make their own decisions and each blog will go into it's own direction and eventual independence. So I will just ask around and first get some Information Contributors willing to share our meager dance pearls with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers believe that the problem with hope, is that it gets your hopes up.
But, of course, hopelessness is worse.”

And I will no longer solicit to make any of the blogs independent either. I will let each evolve naturally and the Information Contributors will help make the decisions. At the moment Town Dancer seem to be most solid of the blogs. They will  know when they are ready. The main thing I have concluded from my own Stats is that synergism is very evident with each new Feedback I get. Feedback generates hits simply because it is not SOS. (same old shit.) So right now would be a nice time to get the viewpoints of a few of our amateur teachers.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Gillion.

My preference is for American Style teachers but whatever we can get will be fine. Internationals fits in very nicely for those wishing to compete and be good exhibition dancers. This also includes the Peripherals. Then there are plenty of women in Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr so they could be a natural but not many in Web or Blog sites. A few in the non commitment style of one contribution only, which we are still lucky to get. And furthermore, many men are aware that the women may be a bit more knowledgeable of the whole enchilada. Ladies we welcome you.

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."