Monday, March 27, 2017

Dance Blogs on Oahu

Comments on our Blogs have been somewhat overlooked in Hawaii in the last twenty years. And not many have realized that anyone can use comments for the benefit of their group and of all the reader/dancers. Web sites statements are engraved on stone. They have spoken. What we say in our blogs count very little, but with many voices everyone will take notice. Public relations is communicating your organization’s messages at the right time and in the right places to the right audience.

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy,
you must have somebody to share it with."


With the proliferation of tools and technologies, we can measure the value of those efforts and how they align with a business’ overall mission. Public Relations in its true sense is about human connections and the art of mastering human connections at a deep level. In the early days of PR, it was about relationships with not just the press but communities in various forms – the difference was that these audiences were not online.

"The Impossible Dream" by Andy Williams


When played from a place of passion and purpose, public relations in our new dance world will not only take social media, branding and marketing to the next level, but will elevate the people and products that are changing Hawaii. Now a blog is different and the biggest difference is the currency and frequency of information. Much more than a Web Site. Blogs contain many opinions and they invite commentary. Our blogs will cover dancing in most of its ramifications. And the effectiveness in the amount of people that read them is based on the counters that are furnished by the blogging company

"You play football, that's cute and you throw two pound footballs.
We throw 100 pound girls and we actually catch ours."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Making Connections

This blog trying to make connections with the neighbor islands. But seems like they like to keep things pretty local. We gotta respect. Meanwhile we got a hold of one and posted. Anybody objects and I will delete the entire blog of today.

"We all die, so the goal is not to live forever.
It could be to create something that will."


One reason that fad dances fade away is that they get too fancy. People liked the music of Mambo, and loved moving to that music with all the normal basic moves of ten thousand years ago. Even steps, rock steps, chass├ęs, left turns, right turns, forward and backward. The additional Basic of the Rock Step and a Slow step was nice. Within 20 years there were over 600 documented steps and that was the beginning of the end.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Sign at a Kalihi Bar: Please be patient with our bartender, even a toilet
can serve only one Asshole at at time. You got that, Trump?

We are fortunate that in the Waltz for instance we have the American style of dance. There are less than fifty steps in the divisions of Bronze, Silver and Gold. If the social dancers can keep within these, the Waltz will be danced in the next century. They can use the fancier steps for exhibitions and that should be fine with the rest of us. We can admire them and applaud them enthusiastically. They deserve it.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving
to our favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by." 


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Developing Nicely

No smashing success, just a steady plod to getting a bigger readership. Most important is comments and feedback in the form of contributing dance information to share with our fellow dancers. Easy to understand, more information to share, more readers and our dance world will be more informed. And we are going to have 40 thousand social dancers on this Island, Yes, this is a WAG*.
 
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness,
we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams,
we are the dancers, we create the dreams."


Relative Costs
We all hear about costs from non dancers and of course, they are somewhat limited in their knowledge, Competition style of dancing will eventually cost more than any other type of dancing. And it stands to reason why. You know it or you ignore it, it is up to each individual. And there are quite a bit of people in the world interested in this type dance. There other types of exhibition "show business" dances that can be quite expensive. But there is also quite an interest there throughout the entertainment world and it really is up to them, not us.

"What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.
 

Social dancing, just to dance for fun, can cost from much to little and in some cases gratis. And just about every dancer on Oahu knows that the dancers that know everything do not know everything, If you can develop a nice loose style in line dancing, it will give you the step up to learn Country, American or Social dance steps and patterns by absorption and watching. When you get to that point, (to dance well) you learn one other thing. You must dance, dance and dance and the more you enjoy it the better it gets. Dat's da reel teeng!

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


Thirty Five years ago when Salsa was in the process of migrating from the streets to the Ballroom, many good dancers were dancing Salsa for four or five hours straight. Having drinks, socializing and repeating over and over again. Fun, fun, fun and of course they were getting better all the time in their dancing. You can't go wrong with that method if you love the music.

*WAG - - Wild Ass Guess

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Comments

One of the most missed items on our blog spectrum are the commenters. Those that have obviously read the post and have something of value to contribute. Their comments may not always be long or in-depth but they add to the conversation with something that is thoughtful and relevant. Ours are not Web sites, we are blog sites and we need feedback.

"The comments in blogs enables the delivery of
additional dance knowledge to others."


These dancers might share a story, give an example, put another point of view, answer a question or do something else that provides value to the blog and the readership. These commenters are all about delivering value but in doing so builds their profile and credibility. Each has their own original, unique viewpoint and there in lies the value for everyone else.

"Young At Heart" by Jimmy Durante


They are after a win/win exchange where the blogger/readers get value from their comment but they also might get some kudos from the exchange. The best of these commenters, in our experience, tend to use their own personal name or a pen name. We would rather skip the anonymous. They tend to leave less comments and have less value than the other groups.

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice,
your mind, your story, your vision. So comment and write
and play and dance and live as only you can."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Blogs Shaping Up

These blogs are shaping up rather slowly but as long as they are gaining hits, they are going in the right direction. The biggest drawback is that the reader/dancers have never been in a two way communication. And bloggers aren’t made in journalism schools This is only coming out now. They are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They should have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
Great dancers are great because of their passion.” 


American Style - International Style: In North America there are two major ballroom dance styles that are taught and danced. So what is the difference between the two styles? Actually there are more similarities than differences. But the few differences are major and could determine your choice and enjoyment of dancing.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

American Style: Also known as Social Dance, is, Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing and Nightclub dances where the dancing is more relaxed and meant for the enjoyment of movement to the favorite music of the dancers. American Style Ballroom developed from social dancing in North America and is a fully recognized competitive style of dance. It was taught and popularized by North American dance schools such as Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray. It came about because the North American dancers were not responsive to the rigid and strict foot placement required in the European style of ballroom dancing.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Not according to Trump!
North Americans were more interested in having fun while dancing than the strict and ridged ballet discipline taught by the European dance schools. They wanted more freedom of movement, more freedom to be expressive in their dancing, and more freedom to interpret the music the way they felt it. The popularity of Swing dancing, Latin dancing and Country dancing in North America would suggest that most North Americans still feel the same way about their dancing.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Blogs were originally the work of a single individual but in this century there has been a rise of Guest Authors into small groups, and often covering a single subject or topic. The Guest Authors have in effect their own blog within the blog. They can get in whenever they wish, write, include photos, save, publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. When I have enough Guest Authors in my best blog, I intend to resign and let them have it. The junk blogs will remain mine.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Learning

Dance Evangelism 101:
Let the dancers test drive the cause. Essentially, we say to the dancers, “We think you are smart. Therefore, we aren't going to bludgeon you into becoming reader/dancers. Try our product, tune in when you want to, download anything from it or upload anything to it, and then decide if it's right for you.” A test drive is much more powerful than an ad when you are selling something, And what we are selling in our blogs does not cost anybody anything.

"Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one
 concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to
anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone."


Dance Web sites or dance Blog sites, are very much alike. They are both published on the Web and can be read with any Web browser. This gives them the same basic look and feel and similar user experiences. Many Web sites built with blogging software can look and feel just like a blog, even if that’s not what they are intended to be. Both Web and Blog sites depend on good, useful content. Web site visitors and Blog readers come to read content.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


If the content is good and meets their needs, they’ll be back for more, again and again. Web sites have more permanent data - their goals, the name of officers, dance teachers, schedules, photo albums - permanent information.  Blog sites are much more current and cover what is going to happened tomorrow and what happened yesterday. If the content sucks, they won’t be read. Simple? How can one know with either one? Also simple, - with a counter but on Blogger they give you a lot of other crap with it too, but it is free.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


But are they more different than that? Oh boy! - Wow! - Yes! We will cover many more differences later. In a Web site you can do quite well with one person running it. In a Blog site you can always use another viewpoint and right there is its biggest value - the outside information contributor. We have been lucky and we need more.

"The only dancer we compare ourselves to is the one we use to be."

Monday, March 6, 2017

Progress on Oahu

The teaching of night club two step, hustle, salsa, bachata and line dancing in ballroom circles was unheard of in the last century. What happened? And the revolt against strictly structured dance is coming in strong on Oahu. The Social Dancers are insisting on their rights. And with it, the understanding that dance structured for competition is just fine - dancers must be judged according to their rules. But it is not for the rest of us. You are going to compete? Terrific, go for it!

"Sometimes we do not have to wait for leaders -
sometimes we got to go it alone"


The entire dance enchilada on Oahu is slowly moving in the right direction. Patience, it is giving our dance people time to think things over and the process moves according to the majority of the interested dancers. We will all learn not to look down our noses at our fellow dancers. I have developed a terrific hobby of find the best videos on the Internet. I have seen many kinds of dance videos and dance movies. Let me say this here and now, my faith in the competitive world has been reinstated.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


Hopefully our people will make their own rules, and not let the "ultra big organizations" get in and "red tape" the hell out of it. And our Social Dance Club blogs are increasing in hits very nicely. And yes, there are people out there that think they have invented something new. They think they are so brilliant, and they just betray their ignorance. All of these movements have been done at some time, somewhere, including partner dancing.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller


There are at least 600 documented step movements in Waltz. How about Rumba? or Mambo? You know anyone who knows them all? Oh yes, you have got something new. Just because you have never seen the movement does not mean it has never been done.The Windward section, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are still wide open and may take some years down the road and probably done by new people. But the general consensus is that there will be new clubs where they can make their own rules and some of the older clubs will simply will not cut it.

"How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now,
and there will never be a time when it is not now."