Friday, April 28, 2017

The Dance Studio

By Jeff Allen, Dancing USA magazine
Dance Instructors Wanted: No Experience Necessary.

A dance studio is a labor-intensive service business and although some offer promotional products, its major expense is labor. In addition to labor, a dance studio has a large number of fixed and variable expenses such as rent, telephone, electricity, advertising, sound equipment and recorded music. The overhead of a dance studio adds up very quickly.

"Most dance teachers help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."


Unless students purchase consistent volume of lessons each and every week, a studio can go quickly bankrupt. Dance studios are under more pressure to make hay while the sun shines than are most other businesses. The peak operational times for most dance studios is between 9 AM and 9 PM and the preferred time in the later part of the day.

"Mano O Ku" by Amy Hanaialii


Because of this very small window of opportunity, it makes perfect sense to provide as many service hours during this peak period. In other words, a studio owner has an economic incentive to put as many dance instructors - experienced or inexperienced - at approximately the same time. Of course, there can be the added attraction of Saturday and Sunday evening party specials.

 "Heart Aching Blues" by Willie K


The evidence that things are changing fast can be seen in the dramatic increase in the influence of blogging. We should be collecting emails as we used to collect telephone numbers and using them to better communicate our message to our fellow dancers. I have three email accounts. My "outlook.com" has been deleted by me, but will not be officially closed until the end of the month.

"Social Dancers don't give anyone the power to put them down,
specially those pretending to be the max."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

From Kirsten Gillibrand

We can't afford to grow weary

To newmartel@yahoo.com
Joseph –

I know that the flood of bad news out of Washington can be exhausting. In just the past couple of weeks:

President Trump signed legislation allowing states to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, meaning that hundreds of thousands of people could lose access to their doctors just because of where they live.

President Trump has moved to gut the EPA, putting human health and our children’s futures at risk from the devastating impacts of climate change.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The White House announced that it will no longer release visitor logs – and President Trump still refuses to release his tax returns.

It’s a lot to deal with, but we can’t afford to grow weary.

President Trump is going to keep pushing his reckless, dangerous agenda. That’s why it’s critically important that Democrats retake the Senate in 2018 and build a firewall against his most destructive policies.

Nothing will change unless we all take action. Thank you for stepping up – I’m so grateful to have you on this team.

Kirsten

"Social Dancers know there is nothing to prove but
there is everything to improve."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dis N Dat

In West Oahu social dancing is becoming more clearly understood. And fortunately, in West Oahu most dancers take pride in it. Even though it has been somewhat imposed upon them by the upper levels of dance society. I tried to get the latest on the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park, but for sure it has been lost to pay for the Rail Catastrophe. Somebody is making millions and millions of dollars there and Hawaii has to pay for it. Went from five billion to entice everyone and now up to ten billion and still going up.

"Social Dancers know that they cannot always choose the music life plays
for them, but they can choose how they dance to it."


It is expected to hit 15 billion. Lucky people in Hawaii are all rich and can afford it. We don't even hear it much from the line dancers. Maybe we need a good dance craze in the area. How about reviving the Bossa Nova. Some of the best music that exists to this very day. And what we do is move to our favorite music and we call it dancing. The pros screwed up the Bossa Nova something awful and then the old Samba dancers resented the new music and dance. It became a fad dance and went out of style. But that music is still one of the best. no matter how you slice it.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be Dream)" by the Chordettes


Perhaps the most significant of all the early 20th century crazes originated in Argentina and the tango swept the world in the late 1910s and early 1920s. It sparkled a worldwide craze that was fanned by its use in Hollywood movies, and the style was soon appropriated to become part of the standard dance repertoire. But that's why we resist even calling blogging a medium; it is a means of sharing information and also of interacting: It's more about conversation than content ... so far. we think it is equally tiresome and useless to argue about whether blogs are journalism, for journalism is something else. Blogs are whatever they want to be. Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining "blog" may be a fool's errand.

"Dancing is like taking a mini vacation from the stress of everyday -
and you have to be in the moment."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What's doin'?

Yes we still have the problem, American vs. International Styles but it shouldn't be a problem. The problem has been in dancing "the right way." They each have a point and each has the perfect right to say that in their style, theirs is the right way. Stands to reason. The problem arises when one of them does not qualify it, and if you are not dancing it their way, you are dancing "incorrectly." Wrong, wrong , wrong.

"Dance is like life, it exists as you're moving to your favorite music,
and when it's over, it's done."


A biggest difference between the styles is that the American style of dancing is competed and taught predominately in the United States whereas the International style is competed and taught all over the world. Therefore the International is more well known. The International people also consider their style to be more of an art and the real ballroom dance and many tend to agree with them. Hey, it is should be up to the dancers.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney


The American style of dancing evolved independently of the International style, but is often considered more simple and easy to learn. they use more basic moves from centuries back. which is why dance studios may prefer to teach it instead of the International style. The American style of dancing is understood to be more of a social style of dancing and is the style that most people will be dancing on Oahu. And it readily merges into what has been referred to as Social Dancing. The most accepted style of social dance in this century.

"Life may be like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
But some will get angry when the rhythm changes. We could accept
that life is changing all the time."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Night

There is still a need to define "blog." I doubt there ever was such a call to define newspaper or television or radio or book -- or, for that matter, telephone. A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. Our dance blogs are developing very nicely into their own and our dancers will use them however they wish. And it is way too soon in the invention of uses for this tool to limit it with a set definition.

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long
after the excitement of the moment has passed."


I plan to go this evening to the Anniversary dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, at the Halemano Camp 808. The Handi Van will pick me up at home and get me there before 6:30 and pick me up at the dance at 8:45 and bring me home - Nice. I plan to take some storage discs with a movie on each. But the most important help for me is in taking the photos. My hands are not steady and I dropped the camera once. I am very careful now and I take the first two fotos to make sure the camera is working.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Then I pass it around. Not only that but I have discovered that if I can get several people to take four or five fotos each, I am presenting different "opinions" to the readers of the blog. I try to make two collages of nine photos each. I also try to get an opinion, a sentence or two from the dancers to print and add text to the blog. Makes good social media and I can flesh out the rest. I have a hit counter on each blog and the hits on Platinum Horseshoe will go through the roof.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Next week, I have been lucky enough to be invited to the Anniversary dance of Aiea Ballroom Dancer Association. I hope to get the Handi Van and I hope to do the same thing there as in Wahiawa. I sure got some good photos last time. Faith was specially helpful. I hadn't seen her in a very long time. And I will take some storage media for anyone's computer with a few song videos in digital format. Not CD or DVD - Computer only.

"Our Blogging, the entire enchilada, in the middle of the Pacific is rolling."

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Slow Going

Platinum Horseshoe and Town Dancer are leading the way in blogging on this Island of Oahu. Even if they have mostly SOS (same old shit.) Dancing in the Dark is holding up pretty good in the third spot. The rest are the "also rans." Not many know that comments in the blogs and information contributors willing to share information with their fellow dancer is what will do it. This is Social Media and very few know what that means. It has never been done before.

"A dance blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space.
A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links.
Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world."


For the fans of Night Club dancing.
Sharing is the answer. At one time we had terrific news in the Town Dancer blog, from Blackpool. Calvin and Debra were really giving us a taste of what Social Media is all about. They were sharing their dance activities with their fellow dancers. The photos were a terrific addition to the information and the hits were going through the roof. There at least ten people out there that can do some thing similar and then, hopefully some will become guest authors and this blog will be rolling. Sooner or later one of these blog will become independent.

"What is This Thing Called Love?" by Tony Bennett 

For the fans of Live music and dancing to it.
From Actual Court Records.

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Are you kidding? Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Rail Disaster

The Present Rail Party continues with it's lies. I just found out they went to the same schools as Trump and his racketeer friends. Remember when the rail project would cost $5.29 billion? Now the estimates are going to 15 billion. Triple the amount. The taxpayers wouldn't mind a billion or two but now at 15 we know it will go even higher yet. The Present Rail Party calls it "Easy Money." They spent ten million lying about Ben Cayetano but they have made ten times over that right now.

 We coulda got 100 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.
Only not much profit for the Present Rail Party.

They promised that the rail project would be built on time, that it would create 10,000 local jobs and it is just a joke now. And more - the rail ridership numbers were grossly inflated. People were promised Rapid Transit (notice it has not been mentioned lately.) Many know now that they can get the #93 in Makaha at 6 am and be at Honolulu Hale by 7:30. An hour and half, and when "Rapid Transit" is done, it will take over two hours. They know the people are stupid. When it comes to bullshit these guys take the cake. Good thing the property owners on Oahu are rich.


Beautiful Business Park in Nanakuli at no cost for the taxpayers, voted down by the Present Rail Party. And "I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

The cost of the rail project was poorly estimated from the beginning, and has been severely mismanaged. There has been very little accountability and as of this day, HART has refused to provide much needed answers even to the Honolulu City Council, various members of the Legislature, and even to the FTA. Even after two separate audits, there is still no transparency. The People of Hawaii deserve real and complete answers, and deserve to be told the true facts. We do not appreciate being told nothing. And when there is something to be told, we do not appreciate half-truths, twisted information, PR, white lies and smoke and mirrors.

And Caldwell has a nice little part time job making a over 200 thousand a year. How about that? It's the bread, Fred, its the dough, Flo. And how many people know that the "Gravy Train" is obsolete, right now?