Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Latin Rumba

I have come across old versions of the history of rumba, it was believed that rumba originated from the African Negros imported to Cuba as slaves. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Most studies completely ignore the fact that there were almost a million natives of the Americas living on the islands of the Caribbean Sea when the first illegal aliens arrived.

"Devuelveme El Corazon" by Patricia Gamero

The natives were dancing many different versions of the Rumba, though not in partner dancing, which was fast and resembled the Mambo more than anything else. In 1500, there were maybe 100 Europeans and a couple of blacks. They were a Big, Big influence on the dancing? Not by a long shot. One hundred years later, in the 1600s it has been stated as a fact that the blacks outnumbered the whites in the Caribbean.

Probably true, however they are again completely ignoring the natives of the Americas, At that time there may have been 10000 whites and blacks but nowhere near the populations of the natives and mestizos (mixed) which was closer to a million and a half by then. The Europeans consistently ignored the Indians as nothings.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" by Azucar Moreno

And nobody was going to stop the natives from dancing. The poorest of the whites learned the Indian way but they did introduce partner dancing. The Blacks had been picked young, with little culture and not because of their dancing abilities. They all learned like everyone else the Indian way. The dancing remained a native Indian dance, that had been danced by the natives for centuries. And this was on their kuleana. It is not African and it is not European, it is from the native populations of the Americas. And there ain't no outsiders that are going to come and tell you how to dance  it. Period.  (to be continued)

Who is a writer?

I'm not a writer, understandable, but it's totally clear to me that since I started blogging, the amount I write has increased exponentially, my daily interactions with the views of others in our dancing world have never been so frequent.

Blogger's Law #39C: "Complex problems have simple, easy-to-understand wrong answers."

The diversity of voices I engage with is far higher than in the pre-Internet age — and all this has helped me become more modest as a thinker. I am more open to error, less fixated on what I do know, more respectful of what I don't, and waste less time evangelizing. Yes, I know, if this is a deterioration in my brain, then more, please.

The problem is finding the space and time when this engagement stops. I no longer have the calm, quiet, thinking and reading of longer-form arguments, novels, essays. The bus catastrophe has made things more difficult. I also need the time for my mind to transition out of an instant gratification mode to a more long-term, thoughtful calm even if at my age it will end, all too soon.

Information and photo contributors are certain to make a blog a bit more interesting. I am sure of this now, but also because I think our dance world desperately needs to hear as many of these diverse opinions as possible and I would like to oblige. I must make more of an effort to get these people in. When we had the Spin Doctor and Richie blogged more frequently we had over twice as many hits on this blog as we do  now.

"We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me)" - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
It won't matter whether you were beautiful, handsome or brilliant Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant So what will matter? What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. We are getting there.

Pub's Side Note: Catch Calvin's blog in Town Dancer. Now that is information for everyone. No body loses, it is a win-win situation. People are picking up on this very slowly but it is coming and with the new information and photo contributors, the sky is the limit.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Looking Bleak

We just got the bad news, maybe only a rumor. But at the Dance Hawaii Anniversary Ball in town the Mayor was asked about the money for the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. What he said is known in dancing as, "the side step." He said he would look into it on Monday when he gets back to work.
"Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands."

We already know, he needs all the money he can get for the Rail mess. Those are the people that bought his election and they come first before anyone. Those are the rules. Forget about fixing pot holes in the streets, getting enough of the right kind of buses and right down the line. Alles Kaput.

So we are not getting much news from the dance organizations in this sector or the commercial sector so there may be no reason to keep this blog. Of course the hits will tell, and with the Rail Catastrophe there is bad news there too. We should know by the end of the month whether or not to let it go into limbo.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

On the other hand Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu - West are proceeding slowly but surely. But the Rail Goof is beginning to mess up the works. Nanakuli Ridge has been put on hold because of the Rail disaster. And it may go into the limbo route at the end of the month. The only people that know the advantages of the buses are the users and the bus drivers. None of the others have a clue about Oahu transit, except the profiteers. It's the money, Sonny.

Meanwhile Honolulu Dance Guide in town is going like a house afire. Take the ten best dance Web sites out there and together will not match the hits on them. They cover the live bands and night club dancers and stay strictly away from anyone connected to International Dancing. The readers are in town and they think town, so don't knock them. They are very probably enjoying themselves.

There is another blog but hard to connect with. Rock And Jazz Hawaii. Good information in an informal setting, should be interesting to the same readers as Honolulu Dance Guide. And since most of their readers ride cars, they have no problem with the Rail Chaos. The auto industry is doing just fine on Oahu. Gas will go to Six per gallon, for sure. Gotta pay the Rail Goop.

Anyway, you can't say we didn't try. I think we gave it a good try and if others were not interested enough, we should not blame them. They should do as they please, we never asked for "support." There will be fewer posts when in limbo and then we can decide when and if we must delete.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Island Dancing

Line dancing is progressing along very nicely because of Bev Braun. But of course it is slow going. She still has the most comprehensive information for line dancers in Hawaii. A Playlist? A couple years ahead of its time for the rest of the dance groups. In the West, Wahiawa and Waipahu line dancing simply doesn't need anything and are doing quite well without me. So I must go where I can help and we are open to suggestions.

"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals
and that is why the body wants to move to music."

Salsa is spread out in town and pretty well covered by others. So I am trying to help in the West. I have a new one starting out weekly (weakly) in Waianae. But with a little help from me and others it will become a going thing. The Tspot in Kapolei has tried but not much success. And as the only bar in town, they can do pretty much what they wish. From Kapolei, I could be home in a half hour.

"What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner

This is only the beginning in dancing on the Waianae Coast. They are pretty well accustomed to rolling up the sidewalks by nine PM. Now they may start thinking of later, at least on Saturday night. The Bus system deterioration has not help. Gotta pay for the Rail Catastrophe so it just may stop all dancing on the Waianae Coast. A few more months and Caldwell will let us know, loud and clear.

Swing is only in town and we get the most information from the Hawaii Jitterbugs and it is the flyer-email kind. A lot of facts probably good for the die hard Swing dancers. But it does not address the reader/dancers of our blogs. We get almost nothing from the Swing Dance of Hawaii. I have heard of a possible Swing dance club in Ewa but nothing solid. When they come out we will help.

"Baby It's Cold Outside" - Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting

Round dancing is unknown in the West as far as I know. There must be some on Hawaii somewhere I just don't know yet where. Square dancing yes, plenty in town but we don't have a clue about Triangle dancing.

Tango dancing so far is only in the Argentine tango and they are doing pretty good as an elite group on their own without help from anyone. There will be another Tango club one of these days, based on American Tango with a fusion of Filipino Tango. That will surely roll and we will help.

This should be good coverage for this blog, when and if we can get enough people interested to make it "social media." It may be that all of these blogs are just here before their time.

Pub's Side Note: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yes, We Need You

Parts from the Internet:
Do you ever wonder why you really blog? For some, it’s for money, or perhaps there’s just some subject for which you feel strongly about. Sharing your thoughts in such a public manner once seemed like an odd thing to do online, but with an entire publishing industry shifting away from print media, blogs have taken on any meaning we assign and it is becoming more "social."

Blogger's Law #25D:
"To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human." 

And there are several ways in which blogging can help you, on a personal level, outside of the mere act of hitting the “Publish Now” button. No matter what your reason behind blogging, you’ll probably find that you change as a result. You become more understanding of other people's views and you can see the value in other people's opinion in a blog.

"Pennsylvania 6-5000" - Glenn Miller

Even if you don’t end up making a fortune from your blog, there are several therapeutic and personal growth advantages that a blog can have. Because the task of blogging can help you establish your authority on a given subject and your opinion is worth something. Blogging can indirectly help you grow in confidence, rank and stature. Overnight, of course not. But it will come in time.
"I Can Dream, Can't I" - Andrews Sisters

Most of us are in the Cultural Dance Scene and our first love is the music. We want to hear it. Nothing abnormal about that. Most people like music, witness the thousands with earphones to hear the music. But for the dancer something else gets in, the urge to move to that music.

You have seen them, with earphones and they want to move but hold themselves back when they look around, because people are watching. So there is only one way they can move to the music of their choice. And that is to find the right place with the right music and "move  it." And all of you have an opinion on it. Dis Da Place for it.

Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I have closed still says welcome.

Rock Bottom

With all the happenings including the goof up by Google Analytics, this blog has now gone to less than 20 average hits per day. As far as I am concerned the only way left is "up." Just gotta work it.

"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul,
to express what is too deep to find for words." - Ruth St. Denis

We definitely have to make contact with Mililani Chapter HBDA. They have no Web site so this blog site would be a natural to get the word out. And perhaps others could see it and get the same idea. Then we have the two commercial establishments, Just Tacos and their Salsa in Mililani and Dot's In Wahiawa. Unfortunately, they have Web sites and have no idea what or how many hits are in for them.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has some other connections so there is not much we can do for them at present either. Then we must look around throughout the entire territory. This weekend should tell us whether or not the Dance Pavilion is going to be cancelled to pay for the Rail disaster. You voted for it, now everybody has to pay through the nose.

So from there I am sure we have some line dancing in the area. Perhaps someone can notify them and see what can be done for them in this blog. We must make more contact with the area and get some news and photos for our reader/dancers. Perhaps I will have to take a day to go to the North Shore and case the joint. Might be something there I can connect with.

"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" - Andrews Sisters
Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!



The stats are saying something and I must go with them. The Google Analytics cut us down quite a bit and then the blogs themselves changed, so as to show me that we approach the point of diminishing returns with only one blogger.

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is
no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself." - Havelock Ellis

I, by myself, can carry a blog with perhaps tops, 34 average hits per day. (1000 hits per month.) So Dancing in the Dark, as my personal blog will take charge of Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond (both with much over the 34 average hits per day.)

The intent will be on getting them both independent since they will be our best. It cannot be all of sudden, it should be done gradually as the Guest Authors become more knowledgeable on doing their own thing.

"Besame Mucho" - Jimmy Dorsey

First we invite all to contribute information and/or photos of the dance environment for our reader/dancers of the blog of your choosing. From there it is a hop, skip and a jump to Guest Author when you wish. The entire enchilada is open for whomever. With two or three Guest Authors and over 100 average hits per day, they are there.

In the beginning six, seven years ago, my ideal was to get over 10 hits per day. Most Web sites were averaging about ten hits. When I hit it I was elated, then much later when I got my next blog it took a little while longer but it went into the teens. At present, any new blog must get over 20 hits per day or out they go.

However, I am more patient now, and the real goal becomes 34 average hits per day (1000 per month.) And the full knowledge that with more blogs the available hits become diluted. Only so many out there even though they are increasing daily. We are getting there.

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We're talking competition here are we not? That is the name of "your" game. I wouldn't know from Shinola.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Diminishing Returns

I can finally see it, and it is about three months ahead of us. For one person (not famous) it is about there now. So I am cutting back on all blogging just one level. It may not make too much difference but I will have a little more time.

"There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we most
crave in life - happiness, freedom and peace of mind - are always
attained by giving them to someone else."

So then we must wait for the steady information and photo contributors to get in for their favorite blog and for their favorite people.  The hits will just naturally go up, different people, more hits. The blogs are pretty much alike for now, (only me) but with steady Contributors, each blog will establish its own separate and distinct personality.

"As Time Goes By" - Dooley Wilson

The ones in the West will develop according to the territory. The ones in town will make their own decisions according to their Guest Authors. And at least, now I know much more of how this thing operates and I can work to get the first completely independent blog with several Guest Authors.

At any rate, all blogs will go up in hits. For now all the blogs were cut back in hits with the Google adjustment in their algorithms. There had been about 5  to 10 per cent bounce and there had been 10 to 15 percent in their spiders and crawlers for the search engines. All of it cut back drastically and in effect we are going back six months and starting again from there.

Pub's Side Note: "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Da Slow Down

Part of it has been because of the Google Analytics goofing up the works, but we have also lost regular readers from this section. So we need information (not flyers), information from the people in this section that are for the dancers. Those that are only for themselves, no hu  hu. You may stay out.

"Those who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk
and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."

The Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park seems to be on the way out, gotta pay for the rail shambles. Milk? Remember a short time back? $3.99 a gallon, now going for Six dollars a gallon. Gotta pay for the Rail mess. And you all asked for it, now you are stuck with it. And you ain't seen nuttin yet. There is more to come, and the Caldwell administration had a lot more goodies for you. You got suckered in? You are getting closer to finding out.

"In The Blue Of The Evening" - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)

Meanwhile the schools have to increase the prices on the use of their facilities. Same thing, gotta  pay for the rail chaos. So we all have to look for places where we can dance. The Rail people tell us, "You want to dance? Do it in the parks, shopping centers, gas stations  but don't bother us." But you know they are all heart.

A shame that the Dance Pavilion in the Central Valley may not be built because of the
Rail disorganization that is not going to do anyone any good. Except, you know who.
The ones making the bread, Fred. It's the money, Sonny.

We are all for Waikele , Waipio and Mililani, if there is anything doing let us know and we can publicize it for the benefit of all our reader/dancers. Anything from anyone for the ultimate use and benefit of the dancers in this area.

Pub's Side Note: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.

Hanoi Salsa

I have been reading that Salsa has peaked, but it certainly does not look like it from other news around the world. I get plenty of action in Australia and New Zealand and now Hanoi was holding its own international salsa festivals.

"Never judge a book by its movie."
A Latino dance festival, “Salsa Holidays,” was held for the first time in Hanoi from July 30 to August 1, 2012. Hosted at the Sheraton Hotel, (in Hanoi?) as a special treat, foreign dancers, including Canadian leading dancer and chairman of Attitude Dance Studio, Gupson Pierre.

Also Australia’s Sharon Parkir, teacher from Salsa Melbourne; and Reyno from Indonesia, founder of the Salsa Fresca and champion of the Salsa Indonesia Competition, were also in attendance with domestic dancers. This is a very new regime that's for sure.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" by Azucar Moreno

The event included an opening ceremony on July 30, with seminars on August 1 and dance parties held on July 30 and August 1.

Salsa lovers had a chance to enjoy salsa dance performances and take part in a course guided by world renowned dancers and instructors. And dance and dance.

The show was co-organized by Apsara Dance Studio and LinLine Malaysia. Entry tickets were US$75, $60 and $50 per person, and were available at Apsara Dance Studio, 137 Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District. Hanoi.

Salsa seems to be still going strong in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The Philippines seems to be pretty solid too. We don't hear much about Salsa on the neighbor islands. We will, but then they like to keep things pretty much to themselves. We must be patient.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before. We have a ways to  go.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Update, good

Dictionary definition of a dancer: "a person who dances." Not good enough for us, because in our dance environment we have many who are dancers but not the same as others who are dancers. Those differences are what we are in the process of defining. Fortunately, many have already defined themselves. That helps but there are still many misunderstood definitions.

"To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily."
With Calvin's blog on USA Dance competition, Town Dancer is racking up the hits and back in front of all dance blogs. Unfortunately, Rock And Jazz Hawaii does not have a counter. I suspect they would be out in front or pretty close to it. That have a good blog going. Together with Honolulu Dance Guide they prove that there are a whole slew of dancers on this island in protest of "one Style."

"Anniversary Song" - Al Jolson

My personal blog, Dancing in the Dark is advancing by inches, not the usual feet as other blogs. But that is all right with me as long as it increases daily. The only other one in danger for the moment is Nanakuli Ridge. Too many people there think that I may be selling something and they don't want to buy. I must let it simmer a while longer and stretch it out the Waianae Coast. They should gradually realize that we are not a Web site that costs money. These blogs are for free. Patience.

Then there is the phasing over part of the dance content from Da Blogosphere to Dancing in the Dark. And gradually get information contributors that want to stop the needless loss of so much money on a useless rail. So the name change to Ewa Bus Stop. And the buck stops here. All the others are moving nicely now that the Google Analytics seems to be back on track.

Photo Contributors are also getting the news that they could have a place to share their favorites in a blog read by the fellow dancers. Ton's of photos we do not need. One, two or three of your favorite photos with a few of your dancing friends. That's it, those are the ones we need and most appreciated by the readers.

Pub's Side Note: "We cannot do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly."

Thursday, February 14, 2013


It is slowly beginning to move again. So we build anew. I am adjusting the blogs all around and perhaps one will be allowed to lapse. Any blog remains open to Information and Photo contributors, with the possibility of eventually being a Guest Author. With enough guest authors the door is open for independence. The counters on all blogs seem to be working again.

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

Yes, I know, this is just advertising and we need social media. It's gonna take time, that is all. We have to work at it. And we do have an obligation to communicate to our fellow dancers and let them decide what they should do. I got the flyer from Debbie and found it in the email I no longer use, in the Spam folder. Part of this school of hard knocks.

"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
The International Dancers out there are also doing just fine. Calvin has just done a terrific job of reporting for our "International" fans, and that means "competition." This is not an ordinary '"social or cultural" dance. These people are, and with good reason, interested in their discipline, for it will be "judged." Check into the Town Dancer blog.

They may call it Latin and it may not be correct, but it is the British style, and everyone must accept it as their style. If a couple has just spent five thousand dollars in lessons, they are not interested in social dancing. They cannot lose precious time with a "junk dancer." They must practice their newly learned dance patterns which is the only way to get ahead. We must have an understanding of their position. We should not bug them. To each their own. These blogs insists that everyone has a right to their honest opinions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It is adjusting nicely

The entire enchilada is coming into focus. It will continue to change as everything else does. The two top dancing blogs are Honolulu Dance Guide and Rock And Jazz Hawaii. which cover the live band action and do very well in the process.

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived
to be understood and we are doing that now."

Neither are connected to us and either one of them would have more average hits per day than any ten dance Web sites on this island combined. Does that communicate anything to anyone? The dancers are on this Island but where?

Town Dancer is moving definitely into the Intermediate and advance dancer categories. This may include the rootzi tootzis from the Club dancers. The ones that know the LAGS (the latest and greatest syndrome.) They wish to differentiate themselves from the rest of us and they have no idea that we are very willing. That very special guest author is needed to establish their credentials.

That leaves us, the rest of the blogs, for the bronze and phasing into the intermediate. The main thing for all of us, in this division, is to enjoying moving to our favorite music (no not all music), just our favorites. For us it is our music. Very difficult for "those other dancers" to understand this.  We are talking Cultural Dancing.

We are slowly defining the categories and then we will let each one decide for themselves without anyone dictating anything. Everyone will do as they damn well please and enjoy the place that they pick. The more freedom we have the more we will enjoy it.

The Industrial Park in Central Valley

Everyone understands what the terrible bus situation is doing to the communities on Oahu. The more they make the buses uncomfortable the more people know we need buses, not a rail catastrophe. Then there is the inevitable turnover into more automobile driving. Bettah than "cattle car" buses. More traffic. Dumb Dodos.

One like this one in China, more than 3000 employees. But voted down for Central Valley by the Rail People headed by Caldwell, PRP, Boylan & company. And we all know why. 3000 less cars going to town. 3000 less cars contributing to the traffic congestion in Honolulu, and 3000 less cars coming back. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." No need rail. but the Big Big Bucks are there and its Easy Money, Sonny. The  people be damned.

Well kept secret from the ones that are going to pay through the nose for the rail boondoggle, the Bi-Articulated bus. Ten of these going to town in the AM, and ten coming from town in the PM. You need a Rail fiasco? What fo'? Yes, I know, it's the bread, Fred. And they will force everyone on this island to help pay for it. Of course, the neighbor islands do not know what is in store for them yet.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately we are getting more people on the bandwagon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Around Town

 Written by Omar Khayyam, 1000 years ago

 From the Rubaiyat
Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of spring
Your Winter garment of repentance fling,
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter -- and the Bird is on the Wing

Whether at Naishapur or Babylon
Whether the cup with sweet or bitter run
The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
I suppose every one has heard of the new rumor that the Palladium will shut down on Sunday. Gotta pay for the Rail Disaster. Silly Boy, you thought the rich were going to pay for it. Ha! The rich are the ones that are going to be making the Big Bucks! Actually, I don't know, but would like to. Anybody out there that can enlighten me. Yes, I know, the PRP says, it the dough, Flo.

Just ten of these Bi-Articulated buses, in the morning and ten in the evening
Makaha to town. What Rail? What fo?  - Yes I know, it's the money, Sonny.

But I can guess that the Dance Pavilion that was in the plans for the Patsy Mink Recreation Park is also going down the drain. It's the big bucks that a few crooks are going to make. The "Cattle Cars"  keep getting worse, and the Auto Repair shops are working overtime in Waianae to get the old clunkers running, It's better that the "cattle cars."

But fortunately a few people are gathering to stop this foolish spending plans and do something for the benefit of the citizens on this entire island. "Honolulu Traffic" is leading the way. This administration has been bought we must unbuy it. We may have some nice comfortable dancing again someday with the new 21st century buses.

Pub's Side Note: Be sure to check in on Calvin's blogging in yesterday's Town Dancer. The latest scoop on the USA Dance SW Regional Championships and our local people. "Dat's a blog wot am a Blog!"