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."