Monday, September 14, 2020

I am not sure

The young dancers are still in it and have for ages made the distinction. "Never trust anyone over thirty." That was in the last century but people are getting younger in this century. The young are now saying, "Never trust anyone over forty." No hu hu, let us just ride along with it and make our own adjustments to it. The young are going make many changes in their paths to enjoy their dancing to da max. For now, that is their style, something new everyday and they are discovering the world. "It is not so difficult to understand that pop music, has not progressed very much, since the advent of rap, in the last 20 years."

“Social dancers sometimes feel it's easy to lose faith in people. And sometimes
one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.”

It is their cross to bear and for us, the older, we have "been there, done that." We are settling into the maximum of pleasure in moving to music with our old tried and true methods and our old tried and true friends. Most are basic moves using partner dance to communicate with other people on a daily basis. And to enjoy moving to our favorite music in sheer joy over and over again. Let's face it, it's better than just listening. This fancy stuff in the Gold and beyond Syllabi is for OPs. (Other People.)

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Do you have a good spell checker? Don't count on it for everything. From a recipe in our local newspaper. just the extra letter makes big difference. "Bigger bowels are recommended if you double this recipe."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We may Halloween

Latest is that: testing, masks and respect for social distance is doing some good in many parts of the US. In Hawaii, it is showing some good results, however the schools remain a very big problem. The kids give it to the teachers and the teachers give it to the kids. Then the teachers and the kids give to their relatives, neighbors and friends. Cross your fingers. Social distance is 99% effective. Masks are 95% effective. If you have skipped them, you may be contaminated right now.

"Social dancers know it is an oldie but goodie. Where there's life there's hope."

Daifukuji Soto Mission and other temples have had to adapt to new norms: arrows on the floor of the main hall direct foot traffic, and pews have been carefully marked to ensure adequate social distancing. The temple, like many others in Hawaii, also canceled its bon dance, which attracts crowds every year for an evening of music and celebration. Nonetheless, temples and their members are determined to find opportunities to celebrate Obon, especially during a time when values like family and community are a source of strength and resilience.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Is is illegal to dance Tango in the street?
We all waiting but some of us are planning and even making suggestions. We know the basics that are working all over the world except the US. Fortunately we are also involving teachers of dance, musicians, DJs, and dancers from all over Oahu. The Main Part is our social dance community, being as we are over half of the total dancers. The peripherals will help but reluctantly. And of course, the Internationals are in a world of their own. With more feedback, these blogs will eventually be theirs. We will all help to make it the Social Media that it can be.

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone,
but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

Friday, September 4, 2020

This is gonna kill you

It is getting a little less muddy out there. Trump is the worst mud because no one knows what he going to do next to take money from the lower classes and give it to the upper classes. The "Workers" should remain in the class that actually does the "work" for what little they can get for it. The uppers will continue to wheel and deal and make Billions. This is what Trumpanzees call Easy Money.

“Social dancers believe that you just kind of do the best you can and hold on
to moments that feel a little better than others and we'll get there."

In Hawaii, we were coming out of the Trump Pandemic a month ago, we were among the best in the nation. But the Trumpanzees got in, forced openings too soon and too much and ran the cases and deaths way up. Hawaii is in very bad shape now. Trump is smarter than anyone, he has as his key advisors, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, so he knew from the beginning that Trump Pandemic was nothing. Then he "discovered" the Malaria drug cure which he said he was taking. The Voodoo doctors, the Clorox, the Lysol came in and lots of money was made but the deaths kept going up.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Europe and Asia is coming out pretty good but they have the secret. Testing, Masks and respect for social distance. But Trump is brilliant, no need that crap. He just got a sure cure from some kind of snake oil made from Pillows. They made some money but didn't work. Now, he got another expert "Doctor" Herd Immunity, 300 thousand deaths for sure by the end of the year. But the Christian Evangelists are selling a dozen or more "sure cures" and Big Pharma making Big Money. The Easy Way with Trump.

“Social dancers may believe that the times are chaotic. But they hope
that people look at and gain strength by it."

Monday, August 31, 2020

dance and blog

We all have the time to think things over and we may gather some information to go into any blog and we can kicked around just for fun. I find that comments stressing the fun part of dancing while minimizing the importance of "good dancing" seem to come from individuals who are not qualified to speak on the subject. Do they believe that if they improve their dancing their pleasure would stay the same or not be enhanced? Certainly those of us who have experienced the highs from "good dancing" know better, Those of us who are experienced dancers, who love and enjoy ballroom dancing, of course, do it for fun and the satisfaction it provides.

“Social dancers believe that some days the bravest thing we can do, is to hold on,
have hope and keep dancing, even just for another day.”

This all comes about from having skill and proper attitudes. Over the years much of all kinds of "bad dancing" has been passed off to the public. Some of it has been damaging! So as not to be misunderstood, the word "bad" is used primarily for effect. To the experienced mind, being a "bad dancer" is one who is inept, unskilled, poorly trained, not well -educated, perhaps ill-mannered or poor in performance. In the hopes of making progress toward a society of better dancers, we must continue to pontificate, educate, disseminate, demonstrate.
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

In blogging on  Oahu, we can have wide spread opinions and we may gradually evolve into more standardized and at the same time a more diverse social dance. We are beginning to know that there is an "us" and a "them." The high disciplines have their place. They have repeatedly pointed this out and we are finally getting it through our thick skulls. Helping people through dance is our increasing vision to create a cultural, artistic group and developing multi-cultural exchanges between ethnic communities on this island. But it is not easy through blogging. No one is yet sure what it is.

"Social dancers believe that they should keep steadily before them the fact
that all true success depends at last upon themselves."

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Lockdown Again.

So we are stuck for at least another couple months. Families are gradually returning to some of the activities that paused when the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the virus still spreading on Oahu, however, it is important for everyone to continue social distancing. Social distancing means keeping physical space between yourself and other people outside your household. It is the number one step in helping to slow the spread of this virus. Social distancing for all families spreads easily through physical contact from person to person. This is why it is important to reduce the ways people come in close contact with one another.

“Social dancers believe that with hope, a grieving heart will turn into a stronger one.” 

Many communities have limits on how many people can attend events and gatherings or enter restaurants and bars. Today on Oahu, that means no more than five in a group. When close interaction with others is likely, such as essential trips to the grocery store or gas station, or at a gathering, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose and staying at least 6 feet away from others.There are some recommendations at ten feet so it may be that ten is better than six feet. Use your head Red.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The spread from person to person may be, even before symptoms start. So, if someone in your family starts to feel even slightly ill, run down, tired, or achy, it's important to stay home and practice “self isolation." This means limiting contact with others. If more severe symptoms develop, like a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor. They will let you know if a COVID-19 test is needed, and what the next steps should be. If it is believed someone in your family has COVID-19, quarantine will likely be recommended. We are getting used to our masks and it is some thing we do to protect ourselves and respect our fellow residents.

“Social dancers believe that hope may be the power of being
cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Social Dancing

Most of us have come to the conclusion that there is no right way to dance. We accept that the Hawaiians can dance "correctly" according to their style of dance. Japanese want to dance Bon Dance their way can be acceptable to anyone. We do not have to judge but we can all applaud as enthusiastically as anyone else. And the same applies to the American style of dance and the International style of dance. American ballroom dance was developed a couple decades after the International by large American studio chains. The International had already develop a good reputation for competition and exhibition dancing. The American developed a more social aspect to it.

“Social dancers believe that they cannot erase the past. They cannot even change it. But sometimes life may offer them the opportunity to put it right.”

American Smooth
The American Smooth style of dance is loosely similar to the International Standard style of dance, with the main difference being that Smooth uses more separated and open figures, and International Standard is exclusively made up of closed figures. Basically, with this type of dance that Arthur Murray helped develop, there is the opportunity for a dancer to break away from his or her partner with some open footwork. Syllabus of American Smooth dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

American Rhythm
Just as American Smooth is similar but different to International Standard, the same type of distinction can be made between the American Rhythm and International Latin styles of dance. American Rhythm is most generally danced in the U.S. and Canada, whereas International Latin is danced in countries elsewhere. Latin dances move to contemporary Latin American music and perform their routines in pretty much the same spot (with the exception of traveling dances such as the Samba). The movements in both dances are free and sensual, as you’d expect from Latin dancing. Syllabus of American Rhythm dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast, Swing, Bolero, Mambo.

"Social dancers believe that the whole of life is about another chance, and while
we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Working On It

It is a sad truth that in our Oahu dance environment, people cannot like you for just you. And in our dance environment many dancers have been easily persuaded to believe anything about anybody. Fortunately, in our present situation it is not so bad. Even if some may still enjoy participating in the story line of a good bit of gossip. So how are we to cope? In gossip no one seems to know where the "truth" originated. In social blogging we have a good opportunity to know where it is coming from and we can correct some of it with opinions in our blogs.

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not
everything that can be counted counts." 

Our kind of dancing is for the masses not the classes. And many of the new dance fads for the young are for show (lots of tricks and flashy moves) and not really to enjoy the music for its own sake. Their movements intend to be seen. Notice all the trick moves they start out with. That is their view of Dancing. For social dancers the basics are the BASICS. And now we are getting closer to the Two Center and we will probably get one from the Micros. They already write something so it will be easier to just email the information and/or photos and they can pick the blog of their choice. I will post it.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

What is this we hear about an Industrial Park at Barber's Point. Terrific idea, think of the people that live near by and could be home in 20 minutes. Time with the family, enjoy a little recreation and make living, working and playing in their Paradise a reality. Of course, the Present Rail Party is going to try to stop that nonsense. Big Big Bucks in Profits from the Rail Disaster. And of course, the Downtown Money People.

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it may come
back to you in abundance. This is a law of nature.”