Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cowboys In West Oahu

The Wild Wild West social of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, at the Wahiawa Recreation Center had enough photos provided by Maile Yagi to make this blog too. Why not? Let's spread the good news, everyone had a great time. These are not back biting people.

For sure the entire enchilada is good for my health, both physical and mental. I spend too much time on my computer with all my hobbies. Since I do not have too much income to worry about I must do something. Walking is becoming a necessary function and I am going to learn to dance again. Merengue seems like the sturdiest  dance movement I can feel comfortable with. I can dance all the others but have to hold on to something, like a chair.

"Yeeha! It's always a dancing joy to be at the Wahiawa Dance Social! The
theme this Friday, "Wild Wild West" The Hawaiian cowboys and gals
were swirling their skirts and kicking up their boots to great music,
food and fun. I love their passion for fun." ~ Pauline Kim

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The music and the spirit of all these nice people completely separate me from my depression. It propelled me to a dance with Pauline but I got dizzy in less than a minute and I had to stop. Later Leland laid down a Merengue that had the beat and the kind of movement that let me feel steady. Soon Maile joined and almost like partner dancing - I felt sturdy to the end. I did not try another, I did not want to push my luck.

"Yeeha, !! What a night for WBDC. Enjoyed dancing Western dances as
well as Ballroom. More power to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.
Aloha" ~ Rod and Rosalie

Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

I left before it ended to make sure I got my bus going back to Pearl City and was home by eleven. Ate half of the goodies I got from Maile and got on the computer. Get whatever I could remember before calling it a day. It was a very good trip. To everyone, I wish Happy Dancing. 

 “Social dancers may believe that when they dance, they may just become
 the greatest dancer who has ever lived." ~ Dream On.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good Weekend

The weekend is looking good and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be have their shindig tonight.  Now that I got my helmet, in case I fall down, I plan on taking the bus, instead of taking the Handi Van. The total average hits on my blogs are almost at the point of diminishing returns. We need feedback, that all. Meanwhile, I share with Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook that don't do much except push the other blogs.

"Exhibition dancers show us human beings who move much more
gracefully than human beings really move."

Hopefully I can get rid of my best blog sometime early next year. I am curious as to how well it will do. With just two Guest Bloggers more, the hits would go through the ceiling, I am sure. It has never been done before, I know.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile, received from Yanna of Divino Ritmo Dance.
Looks like it is going to be a lively dance. Happy Dancing.

The day will come and the reader/dancer/contributors will know they are doing not only for themselves but sharing with their fellow dancers.  That will be "social media" and the hits will go through the roof. Can you imagine with two information contributors? Would break all records in this state.

"Social dancers understand, that the one leading leads with respect
and never seeing the follower as being weak or inferior."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just Blogging

There are good reasons for blogging all over the world and blogs were from the beginning "open" and social networks were "closed." Blogs let you put your current ideas out on the wild, untamed Internet for all to see. Social networks, Web sites and micro blog sites such as Facebook on the other hand, were "walled gardens." Blog posts were public - social networks were somewhat more private. And most that have several Bloggers on one blog account, are able to develop a real social media environment.

"Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most."

The social networks have knocked down the garden walls, encouraging public posts accessible to anyone in a rather small land area not world wide. And even if they're not fans of dance, music, chess, golf or whatever, sharing has become the de facto way for people to discover content. Now, if we want to really promote our blog posts, we've got to promote them on other social networks too. Why? Because social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest are where the viral sharing of content takes place world wide.

"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong

In fact, people now have so much content in their social streams that they're less likely to click over to our blog post. So posting on blogs, then promoting it on social networks, doesn't work as well as it used to. If we get feedback even if only comments, more people are likely to look for more like it. Our blog sites share with social networks such as Twitter, Tumbler, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. If Tumblr is a small step, then Google+ is a giant leap. We just have to be patient and wait for those willing to share their pearls of wisdom with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Right here in these dance blogs on this island of Oahu.

"We may try - and be ignored. We will not try again, but the
sign on the door we leave open will still say Welcome."

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hey, Hey, Hey

We are still moving slowly, simply because I cannot get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities. I am making some contacts with Windward Oahu but most people go to Honolulu to have fun. The North Shore seems to be waking up and it is about time. It will develop more in entertainment. Several good possible places and plenty good people. And we have heard of some dancing at Turtle Bay.

“Social dancers, believe that life may be music to which
they choreograph their own dance.”

Our best bet at this time is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club  and they are going to have a terrific blowout, - a Christmas Dance at the Halemano Plantation on December 9th.  Made contact with Dot's In Wahiawa, but they seem to be wary of this blog. Money? But we look forward to the fact that someone is going to see the possibilities of this blog and some dance functions in the Central Valley. Salsa at Just Tacos is almost sure to follow but Just Tacos has a Web site. And again, they are very quiet, perhaps they wish it to be private club. No hu hu.

"Green Eyes" Jimmy Dorsey Band,
Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell on the vocals.

The Line dancers in Mililani or Waipio do not say anything either. I have not found anything anywhere. I have been told Whitmore Village is a private club. So all we can do is respect and find the dancers elsewhere. I just cannot do it all by myself. We must be patient and the total hits on all the blogs is still going up, so the reader/dancers are increasing daily, slowly but surely. I had diluted the available readership with too many blogs but many of the blogs have been deleted.

"From my reading, there are Four hard and fast rules in blogging.
unfortunately no one here knows what they are."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Looking Around

All quiet on the Western Front. Met a guy who enlightened me on the Salsa scene in West Oahu. Apparently they found it in Mililani and found it wanting. Of course Just Tacos has several branches all over the Island and naturally they have a Web Site. That should be all they need. But that is not way the mop plops. First we need to contact dancers not diners. Then we have to try to contact Latin dancers. And it may be done somewhere in the West by somebody else.

"Social dancers know that the music and dance doesn't stop us from dying.
It just stops the fear of death swallowing us up while we were still alive."

Meanwhile we know every group is getting better prepared for the holiday season. Halloween was pretty good, but we have not been told anything yet about Thanksgiving so we don't know. Always falls on a Thursday but we have the weekend before and the weekend after. We can give additional thanks. How about Salsa in Waianae? Then we have a poster from Wahiawa Dance Club for the Christmas Social.

I don't know much about Blogging but neither does anyone else. I had at one time eleven blogs and each one with its own niche. Single digit average hits per day is much like a dance Web site. Not good enough for me and most Web sites do not have counters anymore. We cannot blame them. I gradually brought my blogosphere down to the Fabulous Five. And like I have said, I don't know but I am learning and I will. I have undeleted Ritmo Mestizo as a decoy to test the others.

“Social dancers find that they have drunk the night and swallowed the stars.
They have danced with rapture and abandon to their own music."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween in Wahiawa

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club had the good shindig on Saturday, the 28th. They are getting well known throughout the island. People are coming all the way from the North Shore which is just fine for everyone. I have complained about not getting enough photos for a good blog. Now my cup overflows and I can post the extras here. I make nine photo collages and with two collages, it is perfect. Most of the time with only my camera and with my fumbleitis I can only make one collage.

It is becoming obvious that text is nice but flowered with photos of the attendees is a clincher. More feedback is essential and even more so in the photo phase. Basic is slowly being established. Two people in the photo are better than one. Three are better than two. And four are better than three. But! ten are not better than nine. Sitting down is better than standing up. These are social candid photos. The best photographers will do as they wish but they will take this into account. It will show up in the photos that are published.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Most dance organizations are clearly divided into two parts, the teaching and the party. Both are learning processes but the socials are much more fun. The photos for the socials are usually much less serious. Our blogs are generating the best interest with at least two collages of nine photos each. So what do I know? But we are all learning.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

I don't know about Thanksgiving but I do know that Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has a nice Christmas Social coming up in December. I will post the poster next week. Anybody else? We are here to help.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Winners of the Costume Contest with King (WBDC President) Daniel Preza.
Randy, Most Scariest, Priscilla, Most Comical, and Cynthia, Most Creative.

"Endings are also beginnings, we usually do not know it at the time. "

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The West Looks Interesting

We have uncovered another quiet faction in our social dance circles, mainly in town. And there seems to be quite a few, that find themselves in a subgroup of Cultural dancers, which usually refer to themselves as "Dine and Dancers." Something new to me. They say, that about the only thing more fun than dancing is "dancing and eating." How about that? In Honolulu, we have too few places that offer "Dinner-Dancing," featuring live or recorded music plus the dinner service. Unfortunately, many dance night clubs are still in the last century trying to make it on the bar tab.

“Social Dancers believe that dance is a game of emotions and
freedom of the soul, where nothing is ever the same.”  

In most of our social dance clubs, they have an occasional "social dance" which involves a potluck and eating at the break in the dance at some time about 8 PM. This leads to socializing on a more personal basis and can make the evening more joyful. This has been done for years but has never been played up as a important part of the occasion. It could evolve into a nicer party with time and recognition and of course they might have a few more people. Social dancers have acquired the reputation of being light drinkers.

"Los Hawaiianos" por Willie K

Of course there are some clubs that are beginning to recognize that eating is very social part of dancing. Since dancers do not have a reputation for being drunks, they may try to sell juices and finger food, more sanitary with chopsticks of course. Look around you and you can see the evolving nature of our cultural dance scene and we are going to have ourselves a ball. Everybody has a viewpoint. I heard most recently from a very good club dancer. "But these people are real dancers, none of that Mickey Mouse showboat stuff."

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

West Oahu seems to be unanimously selected to lead the way. Look at the set up of Dance Appeal Studio. Chairs to sit on and tables for your drinks. Talk story with your table companions or those passing by. At Kau Kau time, you got some ono grinds and a comfortable place to eat. You want to dance, there is ongoing beautiful music and the terrific dance floor just waiting for you. In town they tend to be clones only they intend to be better. And many are very good  for a while but then something happens. What? I don't know.

"If you cannot think of a good reason to dance, just dance and you will think of one."

Friday, October 20, 2017

Arrogant Dance Snobs

Nobody in our dance world on Oahu is that bad. The only difference is that arrogant dancers try to hide their anxiety about screwing up by presenting "perfection" and "confidence", while insecure dancers apologize constantly as a way to explain why they’re so "bad". That is why social dancers try really, really hard to not get angry at "arrogant" dancers. None of us are perfect. What has helped most of us has been the awareness, and conscious avoidance of default behaviors when we feel anxious.

“Social dancers know that the job of feet is walking, but the real joy is dancing.”  

Granted, not every arrogant dancer suffers from anxiety. Some legitimately just think they’re amazing (whether or not they actually are). Mostly it applies to competition and exhibition dancers. But, we prefer to give people who appear arrogant the benefit of the doubt. Whether you’d like to do the same is up to you. we’ve seen (and had) a lot of different reactions to anxiety. Not all show up as arrogance. So we are not clones we are all separate individuals.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Social dancers understand the desire to ‘look capable’ in workshops and dancing. It has been one of the things that we struggled with most – especially when some begin transitioning from intermediate social dancer to more advanced dancing. From experience, we can also say that it’s possible to manage the anxiety – even if it never goes away. We can still get anxious when we are in the position of "student", and struggle with the need to "prove" ourselves on the ballroom dance floor.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

What is life?
Life is living in this moment, experiencing and experimenting but experience isn’t life. -- Life is reflecting and meditating but reflection isn’t life. -- Life is helping and guiding but philanthropy isn’t life. -- Life is eating and drinking but food isn’t life. -- Life is reading and dancing but art isn’t life. -- Life is kissing and pleasuring but sex isn’t life. -- Life is winning and losing but competition isn’t life. -- Life is loving and caring but love isn’t life. -- Life is birthing and nurturing but children aren’t life. -- Life is letting go and surrendering but death isn’t life. -- Life is all these things but all these things aren’t life. --- Life is always more.”
 ― Kamand Kojouri

Monday, October 16, 2017

This Week

We have had several perfect examples of why we need information contributors, photo contributors and even the big prize for all, "The Guest Blogger." I received some Email from Marie, Maile and Renna of some goodies that I can passed on to our relatives, friends and fellow dancers by blogging. They get better all the time of being good information contributors. I have five blogs to take care of and sure need some help. Of course I intend to donate a camera to Dance Appeal Studio. Why?

"Often the only thing standing between dancers and their dreams is the will
to do what is necessary and the faith to believe it is possible.”

An information and/or photo contributor could send me the information "in time" to fit it in for the benefit of all concerned. It would make it a lot easier for me. I am also looking to make my best blog into an independent (from me.) There would be enough Guest Bloggers that could open, write it up including photos, publish and close it up all without saying Boo to anyone. their own. I am going to find those dancers, sooner or later.

"Granada" ... Placido Domingo

On Oahu, we need any dancer that does not have a Web site and that would like to communicate with the reader/dancers of this community. If you have a Web site you probably think you already have it made. You are probably right. In our case, it’s all about you - this isn't a reporting job - it's blogging. There are no registration forms or fees. Nothing annually or monthly. You write what you want to say when you want to say it. Do it on your schedule, whether that means posting multiple entries per week or a couple times a month.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

Pub's Note: I went into this club and the music was terrific and when the song ended, I mentioned to this nice lady what nice moves she was dancing. She replied, "Who's dancing? Quick, where is the ladies room?"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hot Stuff

By Fred Kim, Kalealoa:
Social Dancing is not that unique. If you are someone who doesn’t deal with this anxiety, please try to have patience for those who do. Instead of assuming a person is arrogant, recognize that they may be dealing with something under the surface. Patience and understanding in social dancing is something that we can all cultivate in ourselves. We can all afford to be less judgmental of the people we dance with.

“Social Dance can become ritual. We may be washed clean of preconceptions
and fears and we can enjoy the luxury of being ourselves.”

More understanding costs us nothing, and can create a better experience for everyone. So, the next time you come across that man or lady with the puffed-up chest in class, remember that they may be terrified of screwing up. And as fellow dancers we all have the power to help them slowly learn that screwing up is OK by showing patience and understanding. Let us just accept that some of us are slower than others.

"I Can Dream, Can't I" by the Andrews Sisters

The next time you see that lady who says she “gets it” even if she doesn’t, remember that she may have fought a truckload of anxiety to even dance in public. She may be trying to “fake it ’til she makes it”. You have the ability to make her feel OK admitting she doesn’t know it all yet by accepting mistakes with grace (both hers and your own). Do you have any stories of anxiety, or thoughts to share? Leave them in the comments

 "Social Dancers believe that you can be creative only if you love life enough
that you want to enhance its beauty, want to bring a little more
music to it,  a little more dance to it.”

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Central Valley People

The West seems to be moving along just fine. We are going to see what the resident dancers do to help get the interest of the dancers in this area.. Perhaps they won't need anyone. We shall soon know. They all seem to be well aware of the music. Don’t get too far off of the music of the dance you are supposed to be dancing. A Rumba with some of the other mickey mouse music, is just not Da Reel Teeng. Now if you want to do Rumba steps and do it to other music, it is your dance we have not engraved anything on stone. That is why you have 3000 different dances out there and you can take you pick.

"Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the rhythm of your life.
It's the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy."

More news from Consumer Reports on Facebook:
Senator Franken has said that he is particularly concerned about the potential violation of children's privacy if Facebook implements the new policy. "Kids should not be able to give that information away to strangers even if they wanted to." Facebook recently began testing a program to use status updates and other information to deliver highly targeted ads. So if you post that you are looking for a car, you might find ads from auto dealers peppering the screen. Some might welcome such customization, but others might consider it an invasion of privacy. Regardless, such plans raise questions about what else the service hopes to do with the immediate data of personal information it controls. Consumers' concerns might be allayed if they had more of a say, in what Facebook does with their personal information.

Rumor is that the city of Phnom Penh is gonna have a name change? Phat Chance.

Calvin and Hobbes dancing the new Wahiawa Shag

"No person has made a bigger mistake than the one who did
nothing because they could only do so little."

Salsa in Cancun slowing down.

From Wilfred Martinez, Cancun, Mexico:

I have been out of the Salsa scene in Cancun for quite awhile now, but on my last birthday I WENT OUT. I mean WENT OUT for real, I didn’t get home until 3 am. This inspired me to write a post about the current state of Salsa dancing in Cancun and the surrounding area. First of all, let’s get this straight…La Candela, Batacha, Melao, Sabor Latino and my personal favorite, Azucar are all closed. There were many other places that opened for a short while and then closed again, but these are the big ones. 

"Some drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle."

There have been rumors about Sabor Latino and even Azucar opening again with Bachata but I won’t believe it until I see it. Now don’t despair, there are still a few places to dance Salsa in Cancun: Grand Mambo Cafe is open where Sabor Latino used to be in Plaza Hong Kong. They are open Wednesday- Saturday. The live group starts around midnight. This is the largest Salsa club in Cancun. No telling how long it will last. Let's enjoy it while we can.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

The Rumba has been danced for about two centuries and it will still be good for the rest of the present century. But the mature experienced dancers are very conservative when it comes to dancing. The Cha Cha Cha has only been in existence for about six decades, but such a fun dance and the MUSIC is out of this world. It will be here for the rest of this century. And every year we will get many new arrivals into the mature dancing scene..

"There are three types of people in the world.
Those who understand binary, and those who don’t"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Bossa Nova

Excerpt from the Dance Review.
Bossa Nova remains to this day, some of the best music in the world with some of the best movements to go with it. And it came into being when there were a lot of fad dances coming in. In the US and Europe, the local ones were backed heavily by the local disciplines and dance studios. The Bossa Nova articulated existing social differences in the United States, those of the elite versus the masses attempting to attain elite status, and the subsequent devaluation of the musical style as a result of its success.

"Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends
are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care
if you're 74 or if you are 24 because it is for everyone."

In addition, there were fundamental shifts in how musicians arranged Bossa Nova songs in their recordings to cut across those social divisions for mass-market appeal. For this reason, the sounds of the music as recorded or practiced by musicians are as important as the performance  and spectatorship of the Bossa Nova dance for explaining the rapid spread of the Bossa Nova as dance throughout U.S. popular culture. This was especially true as expressed in print media, recordings, and television programs.

"Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic" by Carmen Miranda

Bossa Nova’s transformation into a social dance in the U.S. is crucial to its international history, but it had an established social context long before all of that dancing. Bossa Nova as a social movement began in the late 1950s among a group of musicians in the richest areas of Rio de Janeiro’s south zone. The musicians involved, took the basic polyrhythmic elements of urban samba and transformed them to a cosmopolitan perspective that matched the overall mood of the period. At the time, the upper classes in Brazil were experiencing a rush of optimism in country. In the US it went the way of all fads.

"Social Dancers know there's good deeds and then there's good intentions.
They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."

Saturday, September 30, 2017

West Coast Swing

Simply because it evolved in the Western part of the US, it acquired the name Western Swing prior to WWII. "West Coast swing" as a synonym for "Western swing" appears in a 1961 dance book, and was used in an advertisement by Skippy Blair in 1962 but wasn't incorporated into mainstream swing circles until the late 1960s Western Swing did not lose it all until the late 70s. And West Coast Swing became a slotted dance.

"Beginners go to many concerts and listen to a lot of good music. They love the
experience, but they don't dance, they just jig up and down like everybody else."

The slot is an imaginary area, long and thin, eight or nine feet long if danced at a very slow Tempo, but shorter if the music is at a faster tempo. The follower travels back and forth in the slot dancing straight through the lead. The leader consistently moves a minimum amount (at mid-way point) to his sides, barely out of her way. She lightly brushes against him each time she passes him. Socially, it is considered good etiquette (particularly on a crowded floor) to use a fixed slot, in order to allow dancing without incident.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Received from Roscel Garcia

Having danced the slot repeatedly, the couple "has a claim" on the area, and other couples usually cooperate and establish their own slot parallel with the dancers. If the dance floor is not crowded and the couple is afforded more space, such as during a competitive event, the dancers may move the slot around the floor more liberally.

“Social Dancers know that there is a vitality, a life force, an energy,
that may translate into moving to music and because there is
only one of you in all time, this expression is unique."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still Defining

I do get around a little on my walker and with the help of the Handi Van. I am meeting more people with open minds on the definition of social dance. I don't know the answers but I listen. Many of the seasoned dancers in the West have their own ideas of social dance without the constraints of the big dance associations. Their own is forming from what is being danced at present in our dance environment. Sounds good to me. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha and Swing are the primary dances of the social classes. More? Of course.

"Social Dancers may not dance your dance or speak your language.
But they will try to help and be a blessing to somebody."

Secondary are the Mambo, Samba, Hustle, NC 2 step and Tango. There are terrific disk jockeys in the West playing these including Salsa and Bachata. If a new "social dance club" is constructed it would be a natural to begin with these and include them in the class schedules. Ballroom dancers are sticklers for music that's appropriate for each different type of dance. And Line dancing on Oahu is becoming part and parcel of our social dance scene.

"Here's To Life" by Jimmy Borges

Note that classifications are often subjective, they are still in process. Some songs lend themselves to more than one kind of step (for example, cha cha and triple swing.) Line dancing is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms worldwide. It avoids the problem of imbalance of male/female partners that plagues ballroom/swing/salsa dancing clubs/ And Line dancing has even reached Europe and Asia. Just gotta get a few more good men and make the dance floor look better.

"Social Dancers know that it isn't hard to find injustice in our dance circles,
but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Line Dancing

Yes, many people think line dancing began just recently. They have no idea that it may have been danced in Mexico and/or in the Caucasus some time after agriculture evolved. (ten millenniums ago?) The absence of a physical connection between dancers is, however, a distinguishing feature of most line dances in comparison with partner dancing. And it has had its pros and cons along the way. Many early line dances in the 70s and 80s were adaptations of disco line dances.

"Social dancers make mistakes, life doesn't come with detailed instructions.
They still try to dance the best they can."

Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 hit "Achy Breaky Heart" helped catapult western line dancing into the mainstream public consciousness. In this mid 1990s period country western music was influenced by the popularity of line dancing. Line dancing was fun for everyone and it didn't require a partner. It was great exercise, increased stamina and it was cheap. Line dance in Hawaii is now part and parcel of traditional ballroom dance to non country music and it fits in very nicely in any night club dancing program.

From the song "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths and Bunny Wailer

Though it is still going through an ebb and flow cycle. The 18 step variation of the Electric Slide went viral in 1989 and for ten years was listed by Line dancer Magazine as the number one dance in the world. It is still the most used on Oahu because everyone can join in, no fancy dudes needed. Line dancers dance to most styles of music: country as well as modern pop and Latin just to name a few. And the extra attraction that more than a few men have discovered, is learning to dance and move to all the music that is danced to in night clubs and the social scene. From there, it is a hop, skip and a jump into partner dancing.

"It doesn’t matter to someone who is not well versed on the concept of blogging,
it’s just a new, easy way for a person to publish content on the internet
and that’s all you need to know."