Monday, January 29, 2018

Publishing


By Benjamin Franklin

The opinions people have, are almost as variable as their faces. The job of printers is to allow people to express these differing opinions. There would be very little printed if publishers produced only things that never offend anybody.

Printers are educated in the belief that when men differ in opinion, both sides ought to have the advantage of being heard by the public: and when Truth and Error have a fair play, the former is always an over match for the latter.

It is unreasonable to imagine that printers approve of everything they print. It is likewise unreasonable to what some assert, that printers ought not to print anything but what they approve since ... an end would therefore be put to free writing and the world would afterwards have nothing to read but what happened to be the opinion of the printer.

"Social dancers believe that you're only young once,
but you can be immature the rest of your life."



It was not in Franklin’s nature, however, to be dogmatic or extreme about any principle: he generally gravitated towards a sensible balance. The rights of printers, he realized, were balanced by the their duty to be responsible. Thus, even though printers should be free to publish offensive opinions, they should exercise discretion. His quote, “I have always refused to print such things as might do real injury to any person.”

"Dance like no one is watching. Because they are not.
They're checking their phones."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Adjusting

We are losing hits in this blog and it should come at no surprise. I changed the name and the search engines are not yet aware. My fault, there is a way, just that I have not found it. I will be patient, the search engines will find it. But otherwise some people have accepted it and have just stayed on as readers and I thank you all.

"Our failure has only been the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."


The good news is I keep hearing or running into rumors of new dance groups. Kapolei is the one most indicated but what the hell do I know? Then there is the Waianae Coast just waiting for the right crowd to form. Then the North Shore has been doing something with Salsa. Cholos Homestyle and now Turtle Bay with Son Caribe laying down some good music. There will be a social dance club forming there soon, folks. Rome was not built in a day and times are changing but then I get impatient too.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Foxtrot in our social dance world has been lagging behind but it doesn't have to be your favorite to be useful. Your favorite dance is completely safe. There isn't a well constructed plan to sabotage your Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, or your Tango. The Foxtrot poses no threat to unseat those, or any other favorite dances you may have. So, being that this dance poses no risk to the near and dear dances to your heart, it is a fact that Foxtrot can be useful, even if you don't see it as fun or interesting. Your teacher may be risking something by recommending it to you but listen and think.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney

I am on a walker and I even have a helmet in case I fall. The walker helps to keep me from falling but I like to walk it is good for the environment - I am saving money on gas - it helps me stay trim - it is good for my mood and every step is a new adventure. Stay happy and keep on dancing.

"Social dancers may sometimes dance as if their gestures were shorthand
for a much larger and fuller dance, one that has held the whole
world together and kept it from extinction.” 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Back Up On The Road

What a beginning. Our dancing information has evolved to just about any form that is "interesting" to the reader/dancers of these blogs. The one time writers, write about some interest to the readers. And each one does it in their own way. Opinions are like noses, everyone's got one, they are all different and this is the place for them.The results? The hits go up through the ceiling. That is why we need more Information and photo contributors. Hard to get, everyone thinks in terms of "commitment." Ha! Ain't none, you do it only when you damn well please.

"Never sacrifice what you are just because someone has a problem with it."


Of course, with time, some will phase over into being Guest Authors and each will develop their own style there too. Advertising comes almost hand in hand when we deliver dancing information but it is quietly in the background. We must communicate to our readers, Wots Doin'? We shall have a lot of fun at the dance parties etc etc and more blah, blah and interesting blah and incidentally it may be on our usual dancing grounds on Saturday with our favorite dance club.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

This is something that will happen in the future and we get most of our information in the routine email flyers. However, the real meat and potatoes of the entire enchilada is what happened during the festivities, photos and descriptions. And the view from one corner of the dance floor is different than from the opposite side of the dance floor. That is blogging!

"Maui Waltz"
by Loyal Garner

Advertising is quite well known, and we get a "lot" of advertising that people want to get in free of charge. But we figure it as communication to our readers. So we must accept as much as we can share with our fellow dancers. Schedules of days and weeks are awful. If the clubs that have schedules in their Web sites would install counters they would be able to see how many people are interested in their pearls of wisdom. Of course most do not dare to face the truth.

"Dogs not good dancers? Yes we know, they got two left feet."

The beautiful poster included in this blog, we got on the 19th. Surely you people can give us and the reader/dancers a little more time. Blogging is a little different and perhaps many of us will make the adjustment and get good results. Also this "mark your calendars for next year's function."  Not for our blogs, we just want to make it for next week. Mahalo.

I am on a walker now and I cannot get around much anymore. I need help with these blogs, otherwise I can take it. I like to walk - it is a great way to meet people - it is also a way to escape people - there are no traffic jams, parking meters or speed limits - I am on my own all-terrain vehicle.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bar Life

Rumours Night Club, one of my first favorites shortly after my arrival in Hawaii in 1978. Rumours since then has been the site of thousands of parties, pau hana gatherings and more than few high school dances. The club's last day in business will be on January, 28th and it will close after 34 years. It had been known in more recent years for attracting an older crowd with oldies but goodies music and a laid back atmosphere.As far as I am concerned it was still a popular place to go.

"Social dancers believe that if endangered people
have their dance they will never die.”


Millennials, also known as Generation Y, born roughly between 1980-2000. On Oahu, it may include people in their early 40s. Hell, some of my grandchildren are in their forties. Millennials are likely the most studied and talked about generation to date. They are the first generation in history that have grown up totally immersed in a world of digital technology, which has shaped their identities and created lasting political, social and cultural attitudes. Like every other generation, Millennials display generalized and unique traits that make them different from their predecessors.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


Nightclub owners in the US are finding it difficult to keep their doors open when a large portion of their clientele only stops by occasionally and skimps on drink orders. Dancers on Oahu are notoriously known as non drinkers. On the Mainland, some clubs have set up Juice Bars with moderate success. It comes to no surprise that an average of all venues on the Mainland have been breaking down earlier and earlier each night and officially closing up shop before passing the first year mark in their business.

"Social dancers are aware that men can be very good dancers, IF they want to."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dance And Live

I faced it and contemplating changing the name of this blog. I have had some advice this past year that for Social Media it sounds too official. Those cannot be the words of our everyday social dancers. Sounds right to me and I was getting some feedback for the new name. I finally went to the social at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Friday and got a good consensus from several good people for the new name. It came out very clearly - It is Dance And Live. Island Dance came in second.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending."


Apparently the neighbor islands have Web sites but they control the dance information very tightly and there is no feedback. There doesn't seem to be any dance blogs out there. They do have a very good blog on Kauai, but they operate pretty much like a Web site.There was another way to get the inter-island dance information and that is through this blog, Of  course, the cost may be difficult for them to understand. Most things are not usually done that way. The cost with us was zero, zip, zilch, nada.

Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Yes, I know, very difficult to understand. On the neighbor islands, many are akamai and they try to find out how you gonna get the money from them. All I can say is find out, ask. Try it, email, some written notes, a couple photos and it will be posted to the blog and see what happens.You may even become a good steady Information and photo contributor and very valuable to the  reader/dancers of this blog. The plum goal would be to get on as Guest Blogger, and post information and photos on your own from anywhere on the islands. Patience.

I am on a walker and I like to walk. I can do it rain or shine - It builds up my confidence - I can walk at my own pace - I can just check out the neighborhood.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Neighbor Islands

We are still having difficulty getting some good dance information from the neighbor island dancers that is available to all of them. We get a lot of advertising but we must be careful with copyrights. They also have hidden in there some valuable information that we could share with our readers. We provide the platform, all they have to do is send the information that they are willing to share with all of Hawaii. Many are too busy and we must understand that but hopefully they could understand that we cannot do everything, this is a blog.

"It is not death people should fear, but they should fear never beginning to live."


We are also interested if everyone knows on the neighbor islands that they will have to help pay for the Honolulu Rail Disaster. Perhaps the prices are going up there too. And it will be on their property tax bills. Honolulu cannot foot the bill which keeps going higher everyday. From 5 billion dollars, and the latest estimate is 15 billion dollars. Many are already aware, and there is no rail planned for the neighbor islands, the big bucks for the few, like in Honolulu, is not what they are about. And they know about the new type buses that are being tested throughout the world.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


We know there is recreational dancing in the neighbor islands but we get little information from them. Same thing with Line dancing and we consider that line dancing a good entrance to all of our kinds of dancing. They seem to get plenty of swing and a little salsa too. There are whispers of different kinds of Tango and we are certainly interested in that. We are going for the whole enchilada of dancing on the islands. We just have to communicate to the right people and it would be nice if they could communicate with us. = FeedBack.

"Social dancers believe that the movement to suave music is the best
freedom of the body and stillness of the mind.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Cultural Dancer

By Jimmy Chun, Aiea

Our cultural dancing is beginning to define itself. Most "Ballroom" dancing taught in studios and dance clubs in Hawauu have about the same syllabus length. These are beginners, intermediates and advanced divisions and each level comprising of about 15 moves, steps or patterns. This is whether it is American, Country or International styles. Most may be somewhat difficult to understand and should be taught by Professional Dance Instructors which is the original intent. However, the "street dancer" does not learn that way.

“Social dancers know that they have music embedded deep within them
to which they dance, even when they can't name the tune.” 


These dancers do not learn to dance a true unique dance. They move only to the music of their choice and the music is first. They remain for a long time a true beginner, because most of their moves are basic and they may develop 20 to 30 basic moves that can be led, followed and enjoyed in any dance. They may polish by learning some of the standard moves in the American Style of dance. And all this time they will be having a ball.The ordinary walking move to any kind of music is the most basic and is a dance move to music done from thousands of years back.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


The rock step and the chasse are two very good additional moves, in which they may add the quick, quick, slow and the slow, quick, quick. The walks, promenade or open, are common in street dancing because all you want to do is enjoy the music, waltz, foxtrot, rumba by moving to that particular music. The under arm turns come in six different varieties. And all may be applied to hundreds of dances. This is much, much different than learning the moves to a dance so that you can "dance correctly" for you will be judged and let us face it, you have a good reason.

"Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms
of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give
outward form to an inner experience."
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

The New Year

Here's wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season with the hope of having a bright and joyful new year. I hope you will have gone to any one of the many good dance celebrations that we had on this island. Now if we could get a couple of photos of the occasions. Wow! It would be photos for all of us on the island of Oahu, not on Flicker, Picasa, Instagram, Facebook or Photobucket. They receive hundreds of millions and millions of photos, daily. Those contain photo albums. Big, Big Difference. Our photos are in our blogs of our people for us on Oahu. You got four, three or two special people? Dis da place! Who sees them? Our people.

"Perhaps, our business in life is not to succeed,
but to continue to fail in good spirits.


For our blogs there are those items of unique happy dance occasions, and they are your opinion. Not mine, or his, or hers, they are yours and that is what makes blogging so unique. Intersperse and balanced with text and photos, makes a perfect blog. This is going to take a while for our readers to understand but it is coming, meanwhile, so is a little sharing of this information with our fellow dancers. And the hits will go through the roof.
 
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Google Plus. You don't need an invite you can just ask to be let in. It seems to be better than Facebook or Twitter. I cooled on Facebook a year back. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8. For now I just keep it to share my blogs from Blogger and WordPress. This particular "Blogging Hawaii" truly amazes me. The feedback this coming year will make the big difference in any of the blogs. And perhaps I will see my best blog go independent, I can resign and the new people will run it up into the best dance blog in the Pacific.

"Social dancers know the one thing that they truly have that nobody else has,
is themselves. So write and play and dance and live as only you can."