Friday, November 20, 2020

Maybe by Christmas?

Social dancers on Oahu are still lacking much knowledge of our dance situation.There has been a consensus that it has been challenging to navigate the Trump Pandemic whether you are a teacher, a dancer, or someone walking down the street. It has caused an increase in overall stress level, with guidelines changing on what feels like a daily basis. The state as a whole was doing very well until about three months ago. Then the Trumpanzees insisted on opening up too soon and too much. Our cases and deaths went through the roof.

"Don't despair, we are in not total control, we have hopes that the entire world is listening to science and is not going to rely on snake oil."


We have had a couple of lock downs again. We have more use of masks and we are respecting social distance more. The tourists and the schools make the issue still in doubt. They allowed tourists from the mainland and those people are contaminated. Americans are no longer permitted to enter Canada. Reports come out one day and then be retracted the next only adding to the frustration that many of us are feeling. One thing that we must remind ourselves is that we are dealing with a novel virus. We are watching science do exactly what it is supposed to do. And some still pay no attention. Research is happening at a very rapid rate- normally we wouldn’t see articles published for months,

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges 

We shall dance in the Palladium again.
The world is collaborating and learning more about this virus every day and so the recommendations are changing. They are dancing in Wuhan, China. Science is constantly correcting itself right now as our body of knowledge surrounding the virus continues to expand. I see this as a good thing - if we were still operating off of data and information we had in March we would be in a much different place. The scientists are adjusting their views, in a constant state of learning, and not just sticking to their own biases and perceptions. Dr. Fauci was right and Trump was wrong.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Blogging

Traditonal blogging delivers content but does not facilitate readers/dancers to participate in the creation or development of the content. On Oahu social media such as Twitter and Facebook have shot to the forefront of people's attention throughout the world because the participation may be fun. Of course, we will not push, so that many in our dance environment will take a while to fully understand. At this moment we do not have enough dance information to share so we go slow. We must be patient and the hits on our blogosphere may reflect this, when we begin to dance again.

"If I have a hundred ideas and only one of them turns right, I am satisfied."


Of course, the majority of our possible somewhat steady readers are still not certain what blogging or social media is all about, and let's not blame anyone. Social Media is not what we have been accustomed to for fifty, sixty years. We had news letters, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV type of media and all "to whom it may concern," with very little feedback. Social Media is essentially a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online. Social media gives you what TV never could - a chance to be engaged and engage others. Blogging is not so much even in Makaha.

"Waikiki" by Amy Gilliom

 
Most dancers are well aware of a possible commitment and even if not true, is their privilege, with the results being that blogging is increasingly going to the younger by default. In everything we do, we do not exclude anyone, they exclude themselves. And we. on Oahu, accept that, it is clear enough. Thanks to social media, it's easy to share our ideas, photos, videos, likes and dislikes, within our own dance world as far as it will go - and find out what the reader/dancers think of them. You can find friends, business contacts and become part of our entire dance community for the benefit of all. And it is all up to you.

“Social dancers believe that hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.”