Friday, January 31, 2014

On Course

We seem to finally get these blogs rolling for the year. The biggest expectations will be the Two Centers willing to share information and photos with their fellow dancers. This blog is at present the one most capable of getting the required Guest Authors and become the first independent social media dance blog. With enough Guest Authors it would very likely end up as the number one dance blog in Hawaii.

"Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face.
Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back.
And Blogging? - Ain't It Da Troot?"


Town Dancer and Blogging Hawaii will remain on top for the year 2014. And we should admit that a couple of good Guest Authors in any of the other blogs would make a big difference in hits. What do the reader/dancers want? Just a little of your particular dance information and a photo or two of your particular dance gang. Simple.
 
"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Out in the field we must concentrate on finding more places where we can dance comfortably. School cafeterias have always been nice but now they have to pay for the Rail Disaster and they must raise the fees. Apparently District Parks and Community Centers find themselves in the same fix. The city is running out of the Federal funds for the Rail Catastrophe and will have to raise taxes on everyone, not just the poor.


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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rolling Nicely

Even with only me, this blog is holding up pretty good. Of course I borrow from everybody. What a difference it would make with just a couple of steady Two Centers, willing to stick their two cents in for the benefit of all our reader/dancers.

"What is told in the ear of a person is often heard miles away."

Two Centers and photos. A picture is worth a thousand words has been around for centuries and we cannot really contradict it. However two pictures are not worth 1990 and three pictures are not worth 2880 and it gets worse. A photo contributed to one of our blogs is seen by most of the readers of the blogs regardless of club affiliation, dance style or level of expertise. The same thing contributed to Facebook is not the same, oh boy.

Ideal is five people, 4 or 6 fine and the interpretation of the results may be quite different. Ours is that Facebook gets 250 million photos per day. So how many people are going to see yours? It would take anyone several years to go through just one million of them. Did we get that point across?

Share your good photos with our fellow dancers, they will be much more appreciated by everyone.


From the San Diego Dance News: New Years Day.

You danced at one time, you just don't remember when you stopped. This year you will get back into the spirit of the dance. Learn to really listen to music, play, laugh, sing, jump in puddles, get your hands dirty, create smile lines on your face, be silly, don't be afraid to be alone and giggle often, walk away from your troubles and don't be ashamed if you are street dancer.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Theresa Brewer

Teaching to dance: "To teach is to learn twice." Anything you learned you can teach someone, but to teach anything requires a whole slew of variables. How much the teachers know and the degree in which they can pass it along to anyone, can be good, bad or indifferent.

How much the students know and the facility which they have to learn it can also be good, bad or indifferent. The degree in which the students can apply to their learning, can be little, much or indifferent.

We on Oahu have been very fortunate to have had some of the best teachers in the world. We can all see the results on our dance floors. We have no exact clones and we all accept gladly.

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 and will respect.

 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rail by John Pritchett

John Pritchett is one of Hawaii's leading cartoonists with his journalistic endeavors appearing weekly in Hawaii Reporter, Honolulu Weekly and Lahaina News. John also provides illustrations and cartoons on environmental issues for Environment Hawaii.

Presenting Award to Corazon Aquino
He has also published books on local politics including "Drawn & Quartered" and "The Unbelievable Empire," and "Jeremy's World Comics." Pritchett also provides cartoons, caricatures and illustrations to national and international newspapers, magazines and Web sites.

John has been honored with awards from: The United Nations Correspondents Association, Hawaii Publishers Association, The Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Common Cause Hawaii, and Small Business Hawaii.

See his web site at http://www.pritchettcartoons.com/


The citizens of this community are beginning to wake up to the biggest con job ever perpetrated in the Pacific Basin. Property Taxes will double and that is only the beginning. While these people make millions and millions of dollars in profits.
 
"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett
 
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ballroom Dances?

From the Dance News, 2005

Even rhythm, step, step, step, left, right, left, right. If you can learn to enjoy the simple dances, feel the timing, the rhythm and the styling then you are ready for the next type of dance. The ones with the quick, quick, slow or slow, quick, quick. Again the Foxtrot leads the group because it has many more complications. The rumba is the best bet for pure enjoyment of the music and the movement.

"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from."

Our dance people seem to increasingly include the rock step as part of the quick, quick. If you can squeeze in a little chassé, you would be way ahead of the game. It would give you easy entry into swing and cha cha cha. These are just guidelines, use them at your discretion. Everyone learns in their own fashion, whether street, club classes, pro classes or private instruction. ****


The newly changed blogs are getting off to a slow start but should be ready to roll by the end of the month. The blogs are completely screwed up in the Blogger Counters. They allow the scam spam robot hits to be counted. So I removed, the Blogger News, and the AdSense, because I have been told they contribute to the robots. I removed the counter from the blogs because I did not want the readers to think we are getting more hits when they are not legit.


Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums,
like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my briefcase.
~Henri Rabaud

To Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Dan Burton and the rest of the GOP attack dogs out there. You underestimate the readers' knowledge of history.

If you're going to use words like socialism, communism and fascism, you must have at least a basic understanding of what those words mean - (hint: they're NOT synonymous!)

You can't cut a leading Founding Father out of the history books because you've decided you don't like his ideas.

You can't repeatedly assert that the president refuses to say the word "terrorism" or say we're at war with terror when we have an awful lot of videotape showing him repeatedly assailing terrorism and using those exact words.

If you're going to invoke the names of historical figures, it does not serve you well to whitewash them.

You can't just pretend historical events didn't happen in an effort to make a political opponent look dishonest or to make your side look better. Especially the present events. (And, no, repeating it doesn't make it better.) They just received ten million dollars to tear Hilary down.

People are beginning to understand your lying ways. Most of us realize that you are just mentally ill.

"Genius has its limitations, but vanity and stupidity
have no limits."


 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dancing, What Kine?


By John Cheung, Manoa:

We all know what dancing is. Do we? Well, we know that plenty people out there are dancing. Maybe 500 thousand people on this Island. Hawaiian, Samoan, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and the rest of the ethnic groups is a lot of dancers.

"It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose
views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more
superficial views; for these also contributed something,
 by developing before us the powers of thought."

The entire civilized world went through a period of several centuries in which Ballroom dancing developed. And by the end of the last century, "Ballroom" on this island evolved into three separate divisions.

"The Times They Are A'Changin'" by Bob Dylan

The Night Club group developed the first division in which they preferred to separate themselves from "Ballroom Dancing." They were mainly resentful of the intrusion of International type of dance, which was more into competition, posing, dance shoes and looking good.


"Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MGs

The Second Division occurred when the Internationals, unaware of the attitudes in the Night Club circuit, decided that Ballroom dancing is what they did. Mainly because of their superior attitude, strict discipline and the fact that they usually required Ballrooms to dance in. They seized the name and excluded anyone else out of their kuleana. And on this island the term "Junk Dancer" emerged.

That left us, - and unknown to them, a larger group than the "bodadem" put together. We should all try to understand that it has also left us in the process of defining ourselves. We may unite and make sure the separation stands without apologies to anyone.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dancing in Honolulu?

There has always been dancing in Honolulu and when Aiea Ballroom had it's first spinoff it was HBDA in Honolulu. And there have been dozens of other groups of people with their idea of dancing which of course, could differ all from each other.
 
"Trust may get you killed, love may get you hurt, and being real will get you hated."

Ballroom has had a mixed history and has always felt on a more elevated status from the "street dancer." And learning the American Style of dance has been beneficial, overall, for the social, recreational dancers. Now we are all in a mixed terminology stage and hoping for the best for all.


Free Hula Dance classes in Waikiki. A most natural function in Hawaii.

"September" by Earth, Wind and Fire
 
Strokes:
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
 
 
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
 
Here we are between two NewYear Days. "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning
but we certainly can start today and make a new ending."
 
 
In studios and night clubs, but is there dancing outside of Honolulu?
 
From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago.
"The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit,
shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it."
 
 
 

 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Latin Music and Dance

By Raphael Gonzalez, Liliha:
 
Latin Music and Dance has been in the US since the latter part of the nineteenth century. And it came in pretty solid in the twentieth century. In the 50's, a hybrid of the old fast Rumba and Swing, Mambo became the most esteemed Latin dance in the US.
 
"Could be all lies and jest, still, a person hears what they want to hear,
disregarding the rest and arguing with a fool proves there are two."

It had the seductive qualities of all the popular Latin dances, and it began with the break of the rock step on the second beat of the phrase, which was easy enough when the accent was on the second beat. But it required some dance talent to perform when the accent in the US was on the first beat.

The mambo’s rhythmic originality reflected the influence of swing and jazz on the music and dance of Cubans of African descent. The freshness of the mambo rhythm emerged as a platform for artistic creativity in American and Latin music and it became a television showcase for rock and its teenage fans.

The new LP record format made rock music cheap and plentiful. With TVs in every home, teenage baby boomers had easy access to their own music and dance, and for the first time, youth dictated American taste.


Right with it came other Latin music into the American Scene. The top ten best sellers in 50's Latin were the following:

Cerezo Rosa, Perez Prado - Cuando Calienta El Sol, Trini Lopez - Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, Marisela - Besame Mucho, Trio Los Panchos - Perfidia, Linda Rondstadt - Sway (Quien Sera), Dean Martin - Aquellos Ojos Verdes, Trio Los Panchos - Solamente Una Vez, Sonora Santanera - Siboney, Placido Domingo - Quiereme Mucho, Los Copacabanas.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey, vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell

These established the Rumba solid in most dancer's repertoire and allowed the introduction of complete new creation by the American Teachers, the Bolero.  This fit in very nicely with the slower playing of the bolero music. The same identical music a little faster was danced in Rumba. The results are that Rumba is danced by everyone, and few dance Bolero and usually omitted in most dance functions. ****

Pub's Side Note: Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Number Two

Blogging Hawaii has emerged this year as a very strong number two to Number One, Town Dancer. But Town Dancer has not been getting much interest from possible Two Centers or Guest Authors. So I will push all publicity possible to Blogging Hawaii and get a couple of persons interested and run the hits up over 100 average per day. Then with an additional couple of Guest Authors could be the first independent blog.

"Good bloggers try to understand what the other bloggers are saying. In the end they may disagree sharply, but because they disagree, they want to know exactly what it is they are disagreeing with."

I am also looking for guest author posts on our blogs which is a great way to give our sites fresh insight and to offer some variety. Most popular blogs in any niche take advantage of guest contributions even if tiny, mainly to provide information.

I am hoping these guest authors will modify our blogs into real Social Media and bring in new ideas and a unique style no matter how small the item. They will also contribute some new information the readers were not aware of (and thus make our blogs comprehensive).

Many of our writers have stated. "I will write it but only once. I want to get it off my chest but that's it. I don't want to make any kind of commitment." That is certainly understandable and all we can hope is that they will get the urge again some time soon. No one should feel any kind of commitment or burden.

"The Theme From "A Summer Place" by Percy Faith

These blogs merely provide the platform and the Two Centers or Guest Authors use them when they wish to use them. Most people may not remember the term "soapbox" but similar goes back several millenniums. Shakespeare's, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, portrays Marc Anthony getting up on a rise and addressing the people around him. "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears, I come here to bury Caesar, not to praise him." Remember that?

"Penny Lane" by The Beatles

Our guest authors do not have annual or monthly meetings. There are no annual or monthly dues. In fact you do not have to do anything except get your two cents in there now and then. Once a week, twice month? Whenevah you feel like it. And once in, you don't have to ask for anyone's permission except your password to post for Blogger.

Of course, everyone is becoming aware of who our reader/dancers are. There are few parameters. We have 80% of the market and we may be able to handle only half of that, we just provide the Soapbox.


Friday, January 17, 2014

What Dancers?

Several decades ago, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gower Champion were sharing a limousine to MGM. A short distance from the studio, however, they found to their dismay that a bridge they needed to cross had collapsed, leaving them across a fast-flowing river from the studio.

Undeterred, Fred declared, "We're dancers! We'll 'dance' across!" Having spoken, he gathered himself, spun around a couple of times, and nimbly danced across the surface of the river. Gene agreed, "Good idea Fred!" He jumped up, and also danced across the surface of the water.

Gower Champion said to himself, "What Fred and Gene can do, I can do too!" So he took a deep breath, and jumped out onto the water - and promptly sank. Not wanting to lose out, he climbed out, took another deep breath, leaped - and promptly sank again.

Across the river, Fred and Gene watched as Gower kept falling in and climbing out and falling in. Finally, Gene turned to Fred and said, "Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?"

And Fred looked at Gene, puzzled, and said, "What stones?!"


Received in email from my niece Yvonne, prayer to be passed along but I do not know about the viruses.

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good. Remember ..... just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more
than standing in your garage makes you a car. Each and everyone one of
us may be going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready
to bless you in  a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Allegro Ballroom

The largest Ballroom in the Bay Area, Emeryville, California for over 20 years of dancing fun.


A Non-Profit Organization
A member-based club, Allegro Ballroom is organized as a non-profit, public-benefit educational corporation registered as Allegro Dancers, Inc. Their successful operation since 1994, is largely due to the dedication and support of approximately 100 "regular" Allegro members who staff the front desk, volunteer as DJs for their parties, pitch in to organize special events, and serve on an elected Board of Directors. Allegro thrives on the creative energy that comes from the members' shared interest in dance and the spirit of volunteerism.
 
"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett"
 
Coming Attractions.
 
 

 And with some of the most beautiful dance posters that go out regularly,
they are well known throughout the West Coast of the US.
 
Pub's Side Note: People are more mindful of possible disadvantages than of benefits. I will continue in my efforts to give free PR to our fellow dancers and if no can, that is OK with me. I have to go on my way.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Armando Manzanero

In 2011, Manzanero of Mayan Indian descent, became President of and one of the main directors of the Asociación Nacional de Autores y Compositores (Mexican National Association of Authors and Composers). His fame has spread outside the Latin World for Two Decades.

"The dream you are living is your creation. It is your
perception of reality that you can change at any time."

He also served as Vice President of the association From 1982 through 2011. His work in defense of copyright laws has strengthened this organization and has given it international acclaim. His work has been performed by many famous singers.

Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Raquel Bitton Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Miguel, Franck Pourcel, Paul Mauriat, Ray Conniff, María Martha Serra Lima, Raphael, Roberto Carlos, Christina Aguilera, Manoella Torres, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Angelica Maria, José José, Tania Libertad, Lucero, Cristian Castro, and Il Divo, as well as with pianist Raúl di Blasio and others.

Luis Miguel, Good Friend
Manzanero has composed more than four hundred songs, fifty of which have given him international fame. He has participated in numerous radio and television shows, recorded more than thirty albums, and composed the musical scores of several movies.

During the fifty years of his musical career, Manzanero has given performances all over Latin America, particularly in São Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), El Metropolitan (Mexico), the Teresa Carreño Theater of Caracas (Venezuela), Madison Square Garden (New York), and many other prestigious cities of Europe and Asia.

Blogger's Law #41: All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.
 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The New Year Shaping Up

By Harold Lively, Liliha:

Ballroom dancing was in the last century a world of class coupled with significant social and physical health benefits. It allowed people to be part of a unique social dancing group and dance to the rhythms of popular music. Is there a reason for the popularity of the "Oldies but Goodies"? And most of it was based on the American Style of Dance.

"Look to be treated by others as you have treated others."

If you wished to excel in your appearance and feel good about it, you could find a good Dance Studio just about anywhere. And we have been fortunate that we have had some of the best in the Pacific. You could always browse through the large selection of costumes, shoes and accessories at prices you could afford to continue this most enjoyable and fun type of dance.


Then came the Introduction of the International Style of Dance which was much more precise, since the goal was to compete and you will be judged. And many beautiful dance competitions were developed throughout the world. This also caused resentment in another growing phase of dancing, The Night Clubbers. The Internationals did not wish association with the Night Clubs and the Night Clubbers did not wish association with the Internationals. (Ballroom)

"What'd I Say?" by Ray Charles

Little did they realize that they were creating a third group when the Internationals seized "Ballroom" as their very own. And the dance scene of this third group is shaping up very nicely, We could establish an acceptable terminology this year. More than two thirds of partner dancers on this Island are in this third group and just enjoy moving to "music." A most natural human function. ****

 
Our Oahu version of Twitter. Short Micro, easy as pie.

Pub's Side Note: For our social media blogs, we need opinions from anyone in these blogs. The already famous Two Centers will contribute information and/or photos to share with their fellow dancers. No commitments, no registrations, just email any time you wish, all up to you and you can pick the blog of your choice. Later on if you wish, (your choice) you can get in on your own, easy set up.

Enough Guest Authors and over 100 average hits per day and I can resign and it is all yours. The junk blogs will remain mine.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Granada in Alhambra, California

Roberto Garcia picks up on the Club action:

A few years ago at the Sportmen’s one guy kept an arm barring across the girls throat to make them dip. After he hurt one of our girls, I sent one of the guys to ask him where he had learned such a move. The guys answer was "Pretty cool huh? If the 'bitch' doesn't want to go back, I use my arm and make her".
 
"You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between
agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the
vernacular, Americans are suckers for good news."

We never did find out who was teaching it. But finally think about this. Have you ever been stepped on in a club by a ladies spiked heel or elbowed by a spinning girl? That's bad enough right. When you dip or drop a girl, you lower her head to the level of crunching heels or swinging elbows.


As a business decision nothing scares beginners or nondancers away faster than show dancers. A guy who can't compete with the good dancers goes to a club where he can fit in. That is what killed the Lindy hop scene and the disco scene. Finally pros: I have personally seen one pro who does aerials in a crowded club. He nearly took the head off two of our dancers because he did it on the edge of the floor (they were sitting at a table). On another night he hit Johnny Polanco's trombone into his lip. Johnny had the guy thrown out. Another one does judo trips to get the girls to drop. As I have announced many times: "If you want to do drops or lifts, perform at the Congresso!"


Our dance teachers on Oahu are sometimes susceptible to LAGS. (Latest And Greatest Syndrome.) There may be a thousand better steps for the man to learn and lead, but some teachers, in collusion with the student conspire to teach the "Extreme Professional" moves because they "look" flashy. But really they are not meant for the social dance floor.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Git'em outta heah! Now let's get back to Universal dancing just for the pure joy of dance and no menace to your fellow dancers. Have fun and enjoy.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Plan

I set the entire enchilada up before the year ended and I knew that I had over extended myself. I spread myself too thin on purpose. Simply because I did not know all the facts. I have found dozens of dance blogs with the last dates 2008 or 2009. They fizzled out when they found out they were just beating their gums. Few dancers were reading their material. No counters, no nothing to gauge the interest from any potential readers.

"Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults."

I have attempted to try, my way. I have ten blogs at the beginning of this year. And it is too many, I know. I also realize that many out there already know, someway or another, which ones are superfluous. I don't at the moment but I will know even with the lousy data that I get from Blogger Stats, infested with scam spam robot hits. So I am pretty sure that I will be down to eight very shortly.


Meanwhile I beat the bushes to get people interested in reading the blogs and it showing up in the hits on the blogs. First I got Google Plus. It is not easy and I have too many people in it, so I will do some pruning this year. But those people are interested in my Google blog and for now they just tell me they are reading.


Next I got Facebook under an assumed name. I had them before and dropped them when I read all the negatives in my Consumer Reports a year ago. Strangely enough I am getting quite a few people interested and sometimes I do not recognize my blog. No counter but I know someone is interested. I will do some pruning there too,


Next I got Twitter and that seem to be working so well I now have three. And again, I hardly recognize that they are my blogs, everyone else is in there. I will also have a lot of pruning to do here too. I continually mention my dance blogs and they have all helped because the hits on the total dance blogs are now over 400 average hits per day. (12000 hits per month.)

 
Then I have to find a way of making the best blogs independent from me. Five good people and over 100 average hits per day and they can have it and probably run the hits to over 200 per day. By the time I get rid of the second one my days will be less busy and I can have more time to relax.



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jargon 26

From The Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon, revised.

Winding up the Jargon for "our" groups finds us in a good position to analyse the audience, the readership. They are not a little group. They are mostly our fellow social and recreational dancers that dance in Malls, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and even Ballrooms in Hotels.

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where
they should be. Now put foundations under them."

Too few are from the Neighbor Islands, and even fewer from the rest of the Pacific Basin. And I have deliberately extended my Internet connections too far so as to get a better idea of our readership. I have ten blogs and two are destined to be deleted. The audience will decide and the first will be by the end of this month. We have over 400 average hits per day but many are meaningless robot hits.


I have Facebook and Google Plus, one or both may be deleted. And I have 3 Twitters, so I am making contact world wide. I have too many followers and I follow too many and am in the process of pruning. I will reduce Twitter to one only. And the best blogs will go independent one by one. Now that I have found my audience, it should be easier.

Our audience is definitely not a small club and it is not in the Pacific Basin and beyond. It is in the Hawaiian Islands and 90% will be on Oahu. Most of our audience will be the social and recreational dancers as we have accepted. There will be a few Internationals and a few Night Clubbers but strictly up to them and they have the right their opinions. We will have our audience, the Two Centers and the Guest Authors will acknowledege their readers.


"Yesterday" by the Beatles

The Jargon continues:

Wall: When dancing in the Line of Direction, the Wall is on the man's right, even if they are dancing in the Park.

Waltz: One of the greatest inventions in the dancing world. A moderate dance in 3/4 time with a marked accent on the downbeat, and natural rise on the two and three count.

West Coast Swing: Based on the old Savoy, which depicts the woman walking forward towards the man in a slot similar to a cross body lead. Danced to slow swing music and increasing in popularity.


Wheel: The turning of a man and woman around an imaginary center usually between them.

Yahoo: A vicious, coarse, loud mouth with little or no manners. Fortunately, a rareity but a few in the Creative Researchers And Producers.

Yawn: What you get when you read any of this to anyone.

Z: We just want to say we covered it from A to Z.