Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Place to Dance

Manoa Chapter HBDA has classes at a nice place like the Manoa Japanese Language School. There are some dance clubs that are very fortunate. We need places to dance. Schools are raising prices to pay for the Rail Disaster. But if we have to, we shall dance in the streets.

Town Dancer Blog, running at capacity for the reader/dancers of these Islands. Calvin and Debra Ota reports sending the hits up into the stratosphere. The hits certainly prove the need for this type of information. Even with all the photos that he posts in the blog he sends many to Facebook. And Facebook is on record as receiving over two million photos per day.

"A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires
only our silence; which costs us nothing."

Contrary Body Movement also known as Contra Body Movement in Hawaii. When I first wrote about this in the Waha many years ago, some of the “top” amateur teachers with “real” knowledge of dance terminology flipped their collective lids. I was publicly derided. And many of them to this day, will bring it up as a good point to elevate themselves among their contemporaries.

“Many spend their time berating practitioners for not applying their method. We all need to disseminate our ideas, but most of our time should be spent applying and improving our methods, not selling them. The best way to sell the better mouse trap is to display some trapped mice.”

The Moanalua Corridor at one time was solidifying very nicely. More people were beginning to feel it. In the Dance Clubs, the Studios, the emerging Night Club scene. From Pearl City to Salt Lake and they didn’t let the Stadium bother them. Then in the last two years it has fizzled out. What happened?

Of course, the Rail Disaster has been a key factor, so apparently things are beginning to open up in the East. Two new blogs in the East. Oahu East blog and the East Ko'olau Blog. All running slow but next month should see them moving ahead. No one there is aware yet that just one Two Center in those blogs will send the hits to the high heavens.

I am so glad that we are keeping the followers out of our blogs. Followers, we don't need. There is so much extraneous crap in blogs that just screw up the works. We need readers, yeah man. not followers.

That is old hat for for those that must follow someone Else's rules, but we are not sure where we have been and we certainly don't know where we are going so don't follow us. Our dance blogs are a Work in Process.

"The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

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 ever come across.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Two Center

A year ago someone mentioned the two-center. I am getting old so I brushed it off and promptly forgot about it.  Then a couple months ago someone from the Windward side mentioned the two-center and this time it stayed with me a little while longer. Now I just heard it this week and it sounds better now. What is a two-center? Simply put, it is a person who is willing to stick their two cents in.

"Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood,
as oil does above water." ~Miguel de Cervantes

So now we have to find a good job description for the two-center. They can develop into the heart and soul of any blog as social media. Instead of the quiet, gossipy, untruths and innuendos as we have had in the cliques, they can have an honest opinion out in public and with the person responsible clearly stated. And we have stated before, opinions are like noses, all different but everyone has got one. Once a day, or once a month, a decision that should be entirely up to the two-center.

The hits would double on all the blogs very easily. And socially it would mean that they are connecting with other dancers that may still feel uncomfortable with club rules.  They would rather do things their way and not as the rootzi tootzis say we should. Getting closer to real democratic principles.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

Our Donation for the cause.

What do the readers want? Just a little information of what is going on in your dance world, is all. Witness Calvin's blogs from Blackpool in the Town Dancer blog. The hits are going through the roof and Town Dancer is now far ahead of whatever is in second place. The readers are ahead, of course, but so are our friends that are over there and also the participants at this spectacular. The local Dance Clubs are not losing, and even the Dance Teachers come out ahead. The entire thing is a win-win situation that in generally being underutilized and could be for the benefit of all.

Thousands of pictures are being taken daily, but they go to the big places where they receive over ten million photos every day. They feel that sharing with their fellow reader/dancers on a blog is beneath them. We will find the right ones, they are part and parcel of our own personal opinions.

Know any dancers from way out there?

From there anyone should be able to decide when they are ready to be Guest Author in the blog of their choice. That means they can get in write, post pictures, publish and get out, all on their own without saying "boo" to anyone. These blogs are a "Work in Progress." The Counters? Ah Ha! How many out there don't realize they are just beating their gums?

"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it,
but, in the end, there it is."

We cannot do anything more in Wahiawa, so we must get moving into Mililani and Waipio. Anyone there? Those with Web sites already think they have everything, so we must go with the ones that really need us and the sky will be the limit.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What am I doing?

For the folks back home.

I had a computer crash and then had to set up everything almost new. Lucky I have been doing some savings on a flash drive between computers, so much of it was still there. Then I had installed Windows 8 on my old back up computer and was forced to learn how to use it. Not too bad. Then I got a special buy at Office Depot, Windows 8 computer for less than 300 dollars. Amazing, so I took it, came up to a total of 282.71. But now I am having second thoughts, because I am working mainly my Win 7 window, so I could have done as well doing everything on Win 7. I will wait and see what happened when the crashed computer is fixed.

"You must look into other people as well as at them."

Next, I get a cold every couple of years and I am learning the use of Zinc. Not so bad anymore but I still have to go through three days of misery. Then I had my appointment with the VA on Saturday and though I am feeling just fine (after the cold) the news on my levels was not good. So I have to go back in two weeks.

Did my run arounds to get into town, and Longs had the special on candy last week. I wanted to send a birthday box to my great grandson in California. So I just sent him his check and will send the candy next week.

"Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr

Then I was able to get the #93 bus at 3:30 at the Alapai Transit Center. Just beautiful. About half full and then almost full by the time it got on the freeway. No one standing. Just like when Honolulu was at the top in public transportation. And I was home by 4:30, One of the guys in there said, "This beats taking the car to and from work." But with the Rail Tragedy coming in, this is going to stop soon, they have to try force the people to use the Castastrophe of the Rail.

Public Transportation has gone from bad to worse in this part of the
island too, now that the Rail people have taken over.

I have a friend who lives in Kapolei and attends classes at UH-Manoa. Gets home in an hour and a half. She knows what is going to happen when the Rail Disaster is in. It will take an hour and a half just to get to the rail station in town. Auwe, but the millions and millions of dollar in profits. Wow! Biggest con job in the Pacific in this century, what they did to the people of this state will be unforgivable and live forever.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Going Down

I suppose it had to happen. I had wondered what was keeping the hits up so high, but then Google Analytics changed and they are now definitely going down. 34 average hits per day is equal to 1000 hits per 30 day month. They are now about 30 hits.

"Charity, good behaviour, helpfulness, amiable speech, unselfishness — these by most of our fellow dancers have been declared the elements of good people."

Also the "protagonistas" have Web sites or access to Web sites so they feel no need for the additional Blog site public relations. However, we just got a nice poster from HBDA, Manoa Chapter and they may be appreciating the additional public relations. I am certain our readers will find it interesting.

I can almost guarantee a packed floor. It has been slow going and most of our non-readers are not aware of what a blog does or the results (which is what counts.)

"Any Time" by Eddie Fisher

Then there is the new club in Central Valley that is waiting in the wings. I hope that when they are ready to make their move, they will contact me and they will see the results in public relations from a good blog. And the hits will tell us if we are doing good or not.

Oahu East blog is the new kid on the block and not even crawling yet. With the Rail Disaster looming even worse in the West, the East is looking better all the time. So far, nothing much here.

Pub's Side Note: The slide show in the "Bailando" blog had gone over 40 photos. I received only one suggestion, "hold it." Perhaps I should put a top number, people definitely don't want too many photos. So I must gradually get rid of the old ones and I have to do something about getting some new ones.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Valse, (the Latin Waltz)

Only one other waltz vies with the "Blue Danube" for the privilege of being played around the world every day, every hour. It is "Over the waves", the most universal piece among those produced by the Mexican arts.

"Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves,
nor half of the evil they say of others."

The world was conquered by this Mexican waltz around the end of the 19th century: Over the Waves, (Sobre Las Olas) written by a little known Mexican composer, Juventino Rosas and its melody filled the air in dance halls, parks and fairs throughout Europe where it delighted listeners who danced and cheered it as if it were their very own.

What is a Latin Waltz? The native inhabitants of the Americas danced many dances in a three count measure. And some were danced with a three count chasse. When partner dancing was introduced from Europe (not from Africa) They took to it slowly. But when the Waltz was introduced they had done those counts for millenniums and it was readily accepted.

Sobre Las Olas, by Juventino Rosas 

There are many different Valses and a few are the Peruvian Waltz (Called and recognized in Peru as Valse Criollo). The Mexican Waltz (Valse Mexicano) follows the same basic rhythmic pattern as the standard waltz, but also has the chasse used in country Valses, but the newer melodies reflect a strong Spanish influence. Tango valse allows the dancers to dance one, two, three, or no steps to any three beats of waltz music, and to vary the number of steps per bar throughout the song.

Did someone say it was illegal to Waltz in the Eastern part of Oahu?

The Viennese custom is to slightly anticipate the second beat, which conveys a faster, lighter rhythm, and also breaks of the phrase. The younger Strauss would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz, a chasse.

The metronome speed for a full bar varies between 60 and 70, with the waltzes of the first Strauss often played faster than those of his sons. The modern Viennese Waltz has few step patterns because of its speed but the Latin Waltz have many because of the two different basic step patterns.

Ten of the top Waltzes danced throughout the World.

1. An der schönen blauen Donau
(On the Beautiful Blue Danube

2. Coppélia, Act 3: Valse des heures
(Waltz of the Hours)

3. Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64,
"Minute Waltz"

4. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66,
Act 1: VI. Waltz

5. Les Patineurs Valse (The Skater's Waltz),
Op. 183

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner
Anyone every hear this one?

6. The Nutcracker,
Op. 71a: XIV. Waltz of the Flowers

7. Waltz in E-Flat Major,
Op. 18, "Grande Valse Brilliante"

8. Swan Lake, Ballet Suite, Op. 20: II.

9. Valse Triste, Op. 44

10. Mephisto Waltz No. 1,

When the Latin Nightclub is established in the East or the West  side of Oahu they will play the Latin Waltz and most of it will be danced in a chasse. (Viennese style.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Thinking Dance

Vertical and Lateral Thinking

These terms were coined by the theoretician Edward de Bono who wrote:

  • Vertical thinking is selective, lateral thinking is generative.
  • Vertical thinking selects a pathway by excluding other pathways (leading to the jokes about "illegal moves" in strictly ballroom dance).  Lateral thinking does not restrict, but seeks to open up new pathways.
  • Correctness is what matters in vertical thinking.  Richness is what matters in lateral thinking.
  • Vertical thinking moves only if there are directions on how to move.  Lateral thinking moves in order to generate directions.
  • Vertical thinking depends heavily on the rigidity of definitions.  It often depends on identifying something as a member of some class or excluding it from that class. (Our Rootzi-Tootzis)  If something is given a label or put into a class, it is supposed to stay there.  With lateral thinking, classifications and categories are not fixed pigeonholes, but signposts to help navigation.
  • Lateral thinking welcomes chance intrusions.  With lateral thinking one welcomes outside influences for their provocative action.
Welcoming chance intrusions is one of the fundamental components of creative thinking.  Lateral-thinking dancers see differences from what they expected to happen as opportunities, not mistakes.

Any dancers over in that part of the Island?

"Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips."
~ Adabella Radici

In his study of American politics, historian Alexis de Tocqueville praised the openness of our democratic system, but warned that "There will come a time when the rich and powerful try to kick the door closed."

We've seen it happening this year in Honolulu. The steel-toed boots of special interests like the Rail Crisis Party, Caldwell, PRP and Boylan are working hard to kick that door shut, inch by inch. That door could be kicked shut, nailed closed and bricked-in by this time next year and the only force that can stop them is you.

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

Pub's Side Note: Not too many interested in blogging over on this side of town. I will have to try the odder side. East Ko'olau Blog and Oahu East moving very slowly. But not yet in the search engines, another month may do it. Who knows? With a new Guest Author, new clubs, new people, new places to dance and out of the way of the Rail Tragedy, the place will be jimping in no time.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Agonizing Reappraisel

Oahu West and Central Valley have plenty doing but most feel that it should be private and I think we should respect. I have tried repeatedly with little effect. So I have now introduced the new blog Oahu East to see if I can arouse some interest on that side of town to our kind of dancing and willing to share with their fellow reader/dancers.

“Please note, people occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them
pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

Actually we started another one for the Windward Shore a month ago. East Ko'olau Blog. It seems to be arousing some interest. Hopefully we can get a few contributors of information and photos that would be of interest to the readers.

For some reason Sea Country on the Waianae Coast is doing very well in hits. Perhaps we will be lucky there and get a contributor of info and photos. That will swing it head and shoulders over all the other blogs.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Crew Cuts

The dance blog Honolulu Dance Guide is firmly in first place with over 120 average hits per day. Town Dancer is second with over 110 hits. Web site, 70s Nightclub Reunion is third, with Rock And Jazz Hawaii coming in fourth. Town Dancer use to be in first place for so long but still losing hits.

I am hoping some one in our gang will look into these social dance sites and perhaps use some of their ideas in our blogs. Whatever our readers will like. For now the simplest solution is the addition of a Guest Author in whatever blog they choose and blogging whatever they like. The important thing is their honest opinion. That is the value in our kind of blogging.

At the UH West Oahu Graffiti Board: E = MC2     and Below:

Good Albert. Next time please submit your work papers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Young People Dancing

Saturday night block party right around the corner of the Dream To Dance Studio with plenty of young people wanting to have a good time. There seems to be an awful lot of "young people" dance evolving all over the world. The thing that matters is that they wish to move to their music, the most natural thing in the world.

“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at the beginning.”

In this case I really don't know what they were doing. The band played a terrific "La Bamba" in the style of the Beatles and it was still perfect for a Mambo but no one was partner dancing. They were all moving to the music and they were obviously enjoying their own particular movements to the music.

I am not an expert but I certainly think they could enjoy it a little bit more if someone could teach them the basic movements. Just the slow and fast step, the rock step and the chassé would be enough to start. They could have been dancing in a more structured manner and perhaps enjoying the same rhythm together.

"La Bamba" by Richie Valens

But most of those that take lessons learn movements by rote. Dictionary: mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition, a joyless sense of order, rote, and commercial hustle. And that is if they learn at all. Put your left foot here and put your right foot there. The music usually is introduced much later. And only then do they try to do what is taught originally without music. This is the method most used around the world, so it is not a sin.

The only thing missing is the rhythm, so it just ain't da reel teeng. Of course, most eventually will find the rhythm because humans tend to go that way. But it is a round about method. The old indian way (street method) is the music first and the rhythm that goes with the music, and only then moving to that music, a far different method. Like those kids at the block party, if they learn there it is called street dancing.
"Don't Worry Baby" by the Beach Boys
Pub's Side Note: Parking problems on Oahu are increasing all over as more people are leaving public transportation. The bus system as taken over by the Rail Disaster people on Oahu continues to deteriorate. Auto sales are going up, naturally and the traffic in town on a weekend, day or night is terrible. Da Rail gonna fix that? Dumb Dodos. We need buses, each one can take 60 - 80 cars off the road. if you have comfortable seating,


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Journalism and Blogging

By Grace Muramoto, Kunia:

If all media reports are accurate, then journalism is dying. It seems to be on the way out. But are these reports actually accurate and is the issue really only about journalism? It is looking more interesting when you look what happened to the Star Advertiser when they were bought for the Rail Disaster, they are now definitely on their way out.

"With will, one can do anything - dream big and dare to fail."

And there are several new agencies on this island for the distribution  of information within the Internet and as Alternate News. Of course, the Web sites are coming in but they are too static and the Blogs seem about to inherit the earth. For all the blogs on this island, we just have to rustle the bushes to find more readers that do care for our particular brand of information distribution.
"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

When the boom first started, it was driven by investors who saw the potential for big profits and the new frontier of the web. As companies started pouring money, other companies quickly followed suit in an attempt to stay even with their competitors.

Unfortunately, as we all know, this didn’t work out the way many people envisioned which led to the crash. However, there were plenty of people that learned some valuable lessons and would become part of the framework of web 2.0. This is all new and evolving very nicely, except for the new crooked selling techniques. Be very careful.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

That is what seems to be working now, but blogs get too much flyer kind of email which every one gets, so the reader/dancers are not interested in reading it again. I myself do not have the time for the dancing blogs, but I can see it clearly, the regular information and photo contributor is the solution. We should be patient.

"I am a non-believer, only the journey has meaning in my life,
not the destination."

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dance Floors

Ah, to find a nice one is difficult and many people do not know what a dance floor is. Too many fancy dancers insist on the perfect dance floor. Most of us are not gurus, and we either find the floor nice or not so nice. I do not like concrete. So we must go slowly and it will come out.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

They have places on the North Shore where you can dance. The floor maybe only ten by ten but if it is a wood floor it may be nice. You may get two couples on it if they feel like dancing to whatever music is playing. But from what I hear there are no places on the North Shore where you can go dancing. There will be, but that will take time. For now they have to go to downtown Honolulu even if take fifteen hours to get over there and back.

"I'm A Believer" by the Monkees

There is very little in the Central Valley, and what there is we don't know much about. So most people will go to the Pearl City - Aiea section and not much there either. Even thought the dance floors are very reasonable. Most are young people jumping around, feeling good.

Perhaps the most regular places to dance in the immediate vicinities are at Aliamanu Intermediate and at Puuhale School. HBDA and Dance Hawaii share dates at Aliamanu and now Dance Hawaii has begun at Puuhale School.

Arm Waving
Used extensively in competition dancing. (Look at me, judge!) It has also been used to enhance the Latin dances in countries where they are not able to achieve the Cuban motion adequately. Dominant in the Orient where they are accustomed to using the arms and hands more than feet.

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


Thursday, May 9, 2013

American Style?

By Frederick Persoff, Waipio.

Sixty years ago International style was pretty much England and the US until the name change to International and then it spread throughout the "Empire." American style remained confined to the US and Canada with maybe 70-80 percent of the dancing. And there had been much influence by the US military in the outlying posts such as the Philippines, China and Japan.

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
~ Shanna LaFleur

Then International came to Hawaii in the 60s and the teachers were able to convince many, that what they taught was "correct" in the International Style. If they are going to have a different style they will do things differently. Sounds logical to me and many took to it.

However, within ten or twenty years, the statement came with no qualifications. Even today, many will flatly state, that they dance "correctly." By default anyone who does not dance that way is dancing "incorrectly." With the introduction of a new phrase, "Junk Dancer," in the 90s, it established the end of their upward climb.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his."
~Oscar Wilde 

Several years ago, they had a competition between International and American and the American style won. Since then the International people have not been interested in another competition between them. But the Internationals have advanced throughout the world and only in this century have they shown results of slowing down.

American has always been more diverse and more subject to change among different factions and the teachers may have their preferences. Even on this island we have some very good differences. International has more strictness from the governing body and it remains very close to the original beginnings.
"Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller

West Oahu is at present about 70-80 percent American, however many still have the idea that International is a much more advance dance culture than American. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is just a different style and lends itself very easily into high class competitions. If you are interested in competitions this very well could be your cup of tea and no one should hold you back.

But to dance for the pure joy of moving to the music of your choice is a horse of a different color. The Fox Trot box step in Rumba introduced by Arthur Murray and backed in reverse by Fred Astaire has always been the biggest drawback of American Rumba. Those that are using Mambo steps to Rumba music, with Rumba styling are the berries. And on the mainland they are accepting the rock step in the basic as an alternative.

Fortunately, in the Pacific, we have some of the best teachers of American Style right here on this Island of Oahu, let us appreciate them.

"It is not a question of who is going to throw the first stone,
it's a question of who is going to start building with it."


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Blaisdell

At the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu Hawaii on May 27th. Direct from the USA. 24 musicians, singers and dancers live on stage with the unforgettable music of the 1940’s from The Golden Era of Swing.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, a concert spectacular that promises the audience a sentimental journey down memory lane on the eve of Glenn Miller’s 75th anniversary.

"Moonlight Serenade"

Featuring the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers, the great ‘Big Band’ hits, the original Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of The Andrews Sisters, the Frank Sinatra Songbook, the romantic World War II melodies made famous by Vera Lynn – music which captivated millions of people worldwide - are all brought together on stage in a nostalgic concert spectacular.

Even after 75 years, Glenn Miller’s musical arrangements are still heard and loved around the world – timeless icons of American culture such as Chattanooga Choo-Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and Pennsylvania 6-5000 to name a few.

We have three different kinds of music and dance lovers. One is the mover of the body to their favorite music and that is most of us. Two is the voyeur of people dancing mingled with the exhibition dancers, those are a very special group. And Three is the listener of good music. And of course, many will consider themselves a little of each.  And then each of those groups has the Rootzi Tootzis that are just at little higher level than the others. Music Concerts are for the Listeners but music concerts do not do much for me even though I am also a listener.

New blog in town. Any dancers in this part of the Island? We don't know yet,
but maybe they will let us know. We are here to help. Mahalo.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Looking Good

Even though we are at a plateau and not moving upward, I can see most of it very clearly. In the stats furnished by Blogger from Google Analytics, I find the referrals from Dance Fever Oahu much less than before Ki reconstructed his layout. So we are being forced to wean ourselves out of Dance Fever Oahu and become more independent which is a good thing.

"If nobody ever said anything unless they knew what they were talking about,
a ghostly hush would descend upon the earth."

We will continue to keep their links in the indicated blogs but the others are ripe for experimentation. They are Sea Country, (the Waianae Coast) East Ko'olau blog (Windward Coast) and Bailando en la Oscuridad in town. They will not carry the DFO link and for the moment those three are at the bottom of the pile.
"Borderline" By Madonna

So with eight total blogs I can do a little promoting and try to get a few Information and Photo contributors along the way. This is turning out to be more fun. Won't somebody out there join in? No registration or registration fees, no annual or monthly meeting or dues and you contribute (not money) but whatever info or fotos, whenever you damn well please. All for your clubs, groups and fellow reader/dancers. A win-win situation.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

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.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Update on the Central Valley

Just got a terrific slide show from Aunty Maile on their 44th Anniversary Ball of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. at Halemano Plantation.  Just beautiful. Some day we will get something like that for this blog and the hits will go through the ceiling.
"It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings.
It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks."

Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani have been notified, but they have Web sites and they think that it will solve all their problems. Hopefully they will give us a little news now and then. Mililani Chapter HBDA is still HBDA so we cannot do anything for them.

We are getting some contact with Waipio Business Park and there seems to be a great opportunity. There is a studio in Waikele but they wish to keep it secret from us ordinary dancers. We have to keep looking.

To blog just for fun does not seem quite right according to some of our islands residents. It should be for money, so I am thinking of making a few changes just for the money, maybe then they will understand? Oh boy. And I can take them.

"All Day And All Of The Night" by the Kinks

Have you ever thought of couple dancing? It could change your life! Ballroom is the term that had been used to describe Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba for one hundred years. But gradually it became contaminated with the new competition and exhibition kind of dancing and they became very rootzi tootzi about it.

And actually there is a natural "raison d'etre" to it. Look what is happening to our night club dancers. They were getting away with the simple basics and enjoy the movement to live music. Now they are talking a bit different language. Some of the new blogs are into this fancy stuff.

Pub's Side Note: In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble.