Wednesday, October 28, 2020

From Lily Diamond, Part Three

I also recommend bringing a copy of Haunani-Kay Traskʻs "Lessons From a Native Daughter" on your trip—an iconic beach read to decolonize the mind!  Be respectful and honor boundaries. How do you act when you enter the home of someone you respect greatly, on whom you want to make an excellent impression? Enter into this place with that same degree of respect, and more. As a guest, you would think twice before barging into spaces where you weren’t invited, and if you were told there were specific areas you should not enter, you would want to respect those boundaries. There are many places in Hawaii that hold great cultural significance and are not for settlers or visitors. What a beautiful thing that is, to be able to honor boundaries. It means we begin to live in a world where our own boundaries are respected as well,

“Social dancers still believe that to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

Be curious, and if you don’t know, ask. The culture of white supremacy teaches us to be ashamed if we donʻt know the right way to be. But guess what? We are all fallible, and we all make mistakes. White supremacy teaches us to make assumptions and put up a front of defensiveness when we don't know the answer. Don’t be a white supremacist! Ask questions if you don’t know how to pronounce a word, if you’re not sure of the appropriate custom, or if you’re not sure of your place in a situation. Don’t presume you know. Be open to learning new ways.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Give back to this place, rather than simply taking from it. Consider what you are being given during your time in Hawaiʻi: Rest, beauty, comfort, ease, the purity of this land, and the illusion that all of this comes easily, freely. In truth, all of these gifts, and the very impact of your presence, come at tremendous cost to the natural resources and the people here—particularly our host communities, the kānaka maoli. How can you give back to Hawaiʻi and its people to create a model of healthy relationship for other visitors and future generations? Spend your money with locally-owned businesses and artisans. Consider making a donation of money and/or your time to an organization working to restore Hawaiʻi’s natural resources and protect its people.

What have we learned in 2020?  We are fragile, we need each other, we need this earth, and we must rewrite our stories of community, connection, and equity if weʻre going to survive. I hope you use your time in Hawaiʻi to do just that. (And for goodness sake, wear a mask.)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Up To Date?

Dancing Jargon is just so that we can talk to each other a little easier, - East Coast Swing: A lively dance based on 1 1/2 bars of music in Single Rhythm. Has two natural step rhythms. - Eon: Unit of time, that it seems to beginners will take to learn to dance. - Even Rhythm: The oldest of the rhythms, a combination of steady, consistent beats that are identical to the meter and get the same time value. In dancing, it is using the step, step, step such as Waltz, Merengue. - Exhibition Dancing: It is not recreational dancing in whichever style. It is a partner dance done primarily for performance and theatrical purpose. Strictly Show Biz. - Exhibition Syndrome: The desire of all dancers to "look good." This may be hidden and unspoken in some cultures. It definitely exists on all social floors and is also linked to the Competition Syndrome.

“Social dancers know that you must have hope for if you lose hope,
somehow you lose the vitality that can keep you moving,"

Exercising in a mask takes practice, just like everything else in dance, and it's completely safe to cover your nose and mouth with fabric while dancing or exercising, and there is some discomfort which is to be expected. Many people feel that masks and face coverings may increase "breathing effort" during exercise, but not to a degree that it would affect their performance. You're not going to have any problems with oxygenation, increased CO2 retention or anything like that. We will just phase into it because we all have an obligation to our fellow dancers to help keep each other safe. Perhaps in a few months we will be phasing ourselves out of it.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center in Maryland: In general, face masks should be worn at all times while inside the Ballroom, and the mask must cover the nose and mouth. For a time, we allowed “open face” while seated, but that could still expose others to the virus. After considering requests from several dancers, we believe requiring masks at all times is the best policy for everyone. The face mask restriction may be considered unnecessary by some and this is understood. However other dancers remain concerned, and those concerns are valid. We want everyone to feel as safe as the Ballroom can make it. This attendance, limited as it must be for now, and comfort for many. Also, we have added dance instruction to the Saturday dance to encourage attendance at that dance. This provides more opportunities to dance at least once per week, as it was before this pandemic started. We hate these covid restrictions, but know they are necessary during these trying times.

“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today,
the Sun will rise again tomorrow.”

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Still Afloat

Fortunately most of us in Hawaii are not Trumpanzees and we may come out of this Trump Pandemic soon. "We" are certain of some facts. Respect of social distance - six feet is 99% effective. Not perfect? No, but it is was ahead of those that have no respect for social distance. How about Zero effectiveness? Masks are 96%, 97% effective. Not perfect? But way ahead of the Trumpanzees. They can stick together and contaminate each other. Just keep away from us. When we start to dance we must make it clear that we want no Trumpanzees there. We intend to respect each other.

“Social dancers know that all we need is hope. It has always been
lack of hope that has discouraged dancers.”

Most of now realize that most women are better dancers than men, because of this leader/follower thing. Everyone has realizes that a leader develops his own small repertoire of probably less than thirty different patterns, into several sequences and learns to lead those in the easiest way for the followers to follow. And most do very well indeed. The women, must not only be able to follow this man, but must also be able to follow the next man and the one after and all of which have different routines. Some women develop very good reputations for being able to follow anyone. It follows that women know and have a better understanding of the entire enchilada, Bless them.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

My Facebook account is getting too big, over 600 friends. And I have three big factions in it, the biggest being the Anti Trump faction. Then the economics and politics section followed by the social dance section. I have now created a Dance Blog Group within Facebook that has grown to 43 members. We social dancers can use it to communicate with each other. At the moment with photos is the easiest. Works almost the same as blogging. Look into it.

“Social dancers think that the job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”