Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Second Test

What am I doing? I am not sure, so we can all learn. It will be a work in process. It will be a bill board with all boards the same size. 435 pixels wide and 475 pixels long. The length I decided, the width was dictated by the set up. The total width of the blog is 1500 pixels and I divided it into three columns of 500 pixels each. So with a little space on each size I reduced it to 435 pixels wide.

The boards are free, and only one to a group. No Trumpanzees accepted. All must have some kind of mask requirement and respect for social distance. You may design your own board, and if you wish I can make a make shift board to post while you take your time to make a good one more to your liking. You can get an idea by what I have for mine for now. I will change them according to what I want.

"My Molokai Woman" by  Willie K

The center column will have text and I will write most to begin with but sooner or later we will get some feedback. You have the email address in the left column. And that is the name of the game. Spread the word. We are all unique in our thinking and that is valuable if we can share it with our fellow dancers. We may come to a wider consensus than what have now with smaller cliques making the decisions.

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Updating The Defense

Masks are very important and some Trumpanzees are still knocking it. However Social Distance may be even more effective than masks. You are by yourself in the middle of a Baseball Park without a mask. You have a 99.99% chance of not getting the virus. In a basketball Park, it may slip to 99.98%. But most people will begin to understand that the effectiveness can vary with the distance. So since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is generally recommend to stay at least 6 feet away from others even if you are wearing a mask. This when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who wish to establish a dance environment.

"Social dancers now have much time to reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that."

Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, social distance is an important factor, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Take care, be careful.

"WalkThrough Paradise" by Melveen Leed.

The World has increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks much more than the US. The latest science affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. We are not defenseless against COVID-19,  cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

“Social dancers believe that we cannot erase the past. We cannot even change it.

But sometimes life offers us the opportunity to get it right.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dance? Not yet.

Masks are gradually being accepted everywhere except by Trumpanzees. Masks may not be all the same against the Trump Pandemic..Two layers of regular cloth (T shirts?) are 91 to 92% effective. Three layers are 93 to 94% effective and four layers are 95 to 96% effective. NOT PERFECT? But way ahead of no masks and zero efficiency. Yes, we know, Trumpanzees do not understand this. In New Zealand? Wow, zero cases the last five days, right to this very moment. Up to date.

“Social dancers believe that hope is such a beautiful word, but they also know
there are times like these when hope may seem very fragile."
 
Plenty colorful and pleasant Masks. Stay Safe.
 
Social Distance is also not understood by Trumpanzees. Have you seen their last Rally. Wow, talk about contamination. Keep away from those people, far away. Six feet is recommended but it is not a fixed rule. Ten feet is much better, maybe 99% efficient. 20 feet is even better yet. Again, it is not PERFECT, But way ahead of of ZERO efficiency. Use your head, Red. The Chinese are not dumb, they are dancing in the Parks. They are not Trumpanzees.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Agriculture began about 12000 years ago when they began to plant things, help to make them grow, and eat them later. Instead of all hunting and foraging for food and keep moving in any direction they changed into smaller and smaller territories to move around in. Eating what they had planted allowed more time to stick around the same places. They developed rhythm with sticks and stones and whatever they could beat against something else. Soon groups would erect some kind of resting cover from the elements. We have come a long ways, baby.

"Social dancers believe that there’s no greater feeling in the world than moving

to a piece of good music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Masks

The Eight Stages of Dancing in a Mask

After months of dancing in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen, you finally get to go back on the dance floor. And for the safety of you and everyone else, you're required to wear a mask. No sweat, right? Well, quite a bit of sweat, actually—but it's well worth it.
 
One: Celebrating! It's the best news you've heard all year! You can't wait to head back on the dance floor with your fellow dancers.
 
Two: Choosing exactly the right mask. What style is best for dancers? What material should it be made of? Should it have over-the-ear loops or tie behind your head? Can you match it to your class look? Decisions, decisions..

“Social dancers remember that happiness is a way of travel, - not a destination.”

 
Three: Grinning at literally everyone back in at the social (or trying to, anyway)
Your face may be covered, but your excitement is undeniable. It's so good to be home!
 
Four: Feeling the heat. Whether it's from the mask or being a little out of shape after months away from dancing, you're getting a bit winded by the end of the warm-up. Don't worry: Everyone is adjusting as we return to in-person dancing.
 
Five: Feeling the frustration. Your face is hot and sweaty under your mask, but you know you shouldn't touch it. You miss seeing the expressions on the faces of your classmates and teachers. You're getting a little overwhelmed.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
 

Six: Taking a (safe) break. Find an isolated corner or head to your social's approved area to grab some water and switch to a fresh mask. Take it easy—dancing in a mask will require some getting used to.

Seven: Diving back in. New mask on, breath recovered, ready to roll or whatever the music requires!

Eight: Remembering the "why" Social distancing and mask guidelines are meant to protect you and your fellow dancers, teachers, not to mention everyone they come in contact with. Yes, wearing a mask is inconvenient—but it's a small way to do your part, so we all can return to normal dancing sooner rather than later!

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”
 
 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

From Lily Diamond Part Two

And yet. Over the past months, Hawaiʻi’s reefs, long dying under the toxic pall of chemical sunscreens, began to revive. Monk seals, turtles, and dolphins swim undisturbed in their habitats. On Maui, 20,000 rental cars that once clogged the roads sit fallow in lots near a quiet airport. Small towns where kūpuna kānaka maoli (native Hawaiian elders) and their families live reclaimed some sovereignty over land rightfully theirs. Until today. Which brings me to you, my friend. From the moment you set foot in Hawaiʻi to the time you leave, you have the opportunity and responsibility to redefine what tourism can look like here.

“Social dancers know that it does count if you believe in yourself
when it may not be so easy to believe in yourself." 


You hold that much power in this moment. I ask that you use it wisely. Start here: Understand your right relationship to the land. In Hawaiʻi, kānaka maoli lived in sustainable community for two thousand years before Europeans arrived and introduced diseases of the land, body, and mind. Hawaiian culture, practice, and spirituality understands the necessity of protecting the natural resources that sustain human life, and the insanity of trying to dominate nature. Land is sacred. Water is sacred. As are plants, animals, and all elements of nature. Consider this. Open your eyes to the power and tenderness of the world around you. Act accordingly.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner 
 
 
Educate yourself about Hawaiʻi‘s past and present. Do you know how Hawaiʻi came to be illegally annexed to the United States in 1893? Do you know the story of Queen Liliʻuokalaniʻs life and rule? Do you know that even President Grover Cleveland described the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi as wildly unlawful? Do you know about the Hokuleʻa and the science of celestial navigation? How about the wisdom of ahupuaʻa, taro loʻi, and the teachings of Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu to protect Maunakea? Google is your friend.

“Social dancers know how fortunate they are who still have hope."
 

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Trump Pandemic

Well, we got a dilly from Trump, "The Cure" that the entire world was waiting for. As he so modestly has claimed he is a "Stable Genius." Unfortunately no one knows how it happened or when it happened only that it happened to one person, the "Chosen" one. No one has ever mentioned Melania. Who dat? Tokyo, Berlin, Paris say they don't know anything about any cure for Pandemic. Trumpanzees say they are just stupid. Well for sure, somebody in this mess is stupid.

“If you're reading this...Congratulations, you're alive. The Trump Pandemic has not touched you yet. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is."

And the cases and the deaths keep going up

Asia, Europe and most of the world use the known and accepted methods. Their cases and deaths are going down. Testing as the only way to know who has it, to do everything possible to cure them. Wearing masks and hand washing is 96%, 97%  effective. Respect for social distance in 99% effective, And everyone knows and understands that this is not perfect. BUT, it is a hellavah lot better than ZERO percent effective. Trumpanzees do not know and do not understand this, even in Hawaii.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

 
"We want to dance again because there’s no greater feeling in the world than
moving to a piece of favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by.
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Coming Along

So far more than 11,000 people in Hawaii have been diagnosed with the virus. Outbreaks at jails and nursing homes are challenging our ability to manage the disease in vulnerable settings. And with the Trumpanzees, the virus has established itself so firmly in the communities that the federal government had to step in to help health officials get a grip on the increasing number of cases. This in a state that only two months ago was marketing itself as “the safest place in the world.” In this coming month, we have the problems of the schools and nobody knows from nothing. If the Trumpanzees get control, we are dead.

“Social dancers don't breathe to survive; they must dance and feel alive.”

There are beginners learning on Oahu. The fundamentals of learning are just learning where your feet go first, so that is something you could learn at home with online help. Whether you foxtrot with friends or learn a waltz while quarantining at home, staying active will help your outlook during a year of staying home. You can take private lessons with the proper precautions.  It’s really important to keep moving because that helps release all of those endorphins, creates those good feelings as we go, and it helps us not spiral downward. The physical connection and also the social connection of just staying active around friends.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel


Enrique Santos Discepolo, famous Argentine Tango dancer said, "Standing a woman on her head is not dancing." Dancing is to enjoy the music and that is primarily the basic step. From there the man has the choice of going forward, backward or turning left or turning right. Just a simple variety of moves to enjoy the music first and foremost. There are at least 20 other basic moves just to enjoy moving to the music. You want applause? That is not wrong, but it is definitely something else.

"Social dancers know that good dancing engages the brain,
great dancing engages the heart."

Monday, September 14, 2020

I am not sure

The young dancers are still in it and have for ages made the distinction. "Never trust anyone over thirty." That was in the last century but people are getting younger in this century. The young are now saying, "Never trust anyone over forty." No hu hu, let us just ride along with it and make our own adjustments to it. The young are going make many changes in their paths to enjoy their dancing to da max. For now, that is their style, something new everyday and they are discovering the world. "It is not so difficult to understand that pop music, has not progressed very much, since the advent of rap, in the last 20 years."

“Social dancers sometimes feel it's easy to lose faith in people. And sometimes
one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.”


It is their cross to bear and for us, the older, we have "been there, done that." We are settling into the maximum of pleasure in moving to music with our old tried and true methods and our old tried and true friends. Most are basic moves using partner dance to communicate with other people on a daily basis. And to enjoy moving to our favorite music in sheer joy over and over again. Let's face it, it's better than just listening. This fancy stuff in the Gold and beyond Syllabi is for OPs. (Other People.)

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Do you have a good spell checker? Don't count on it for everything. From a recipe in our local newspaper. just the extra letter makes big difference. "Bigger bowels are recommended if you double this recipe."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We may Halloween

Latest is that: testing, masks and respect for social distance is doing some good in many parts of the US. In Hawaii, it is showing some good results, however the schools remain a very big problem. The kids give it to the teachers and the teachers give it to the kids. Then the teachers and the kids give to their relatives, neighbors and friends. Cross your fingers. Social distance is 99% effective. Masks are 95% effective. If you have skipped them, you may be contaminated right now.

"Social dancers know it is an oldie but goodie. Where there's life there's hope."


Daifukuji Soto Mission and other temples have had to adapt to new norms: arrows on the floor of the main hall direct foot traffic, and pews have been carefully marked to ensure adequate social distancing. The temple, like many others in Hawaii, also canceled its bon dance, which attracts crowds every year for an evening of music and celebration. Nonetheless, temples and their members are determined to find opportunities to celebrate Obon, especially during a time when values like family and community are a source of strength and resilience.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Is is illegal to dance Tango in the street?
We all waiting but some of us are planning and even making suggestions. We know the basics that are working all over the world except the US. Fortunately we are also involving teachers of dance, musicians, DJs, and dancers from all over Oahu. The Main Part is our social dance community, being as we are over half of the total dancers. The peripherals will help but reluctantly. And of course, the Internationals are in a world of their own. With more feedback, these blogs will eventually be theirs. We will all help to make it the Social Media that it can be.

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone,
but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

Friday, September 4, 2020

This is gonna kill you

It is getting a little less muddy out there. Trump is the worst mud because no one knows what he going to do next to take money from the lower classes and give it to the upper classes. The "Workers" should remain in the class that actually does the "work" for what little they can get for it. The uppers will continue to wheel and deal and make Billions. This is what Trumpanzees call Easy Money.

“Social dancers believe that you just kind of do the best you can and hold on
to moments that feel a little better than others and we'll get there."


In Hawaii, we were coming out of the Trump Pandemic a month ago, we were among the best in the nation. But the Trumpanzees got in, forced openings too soon and too much and ran the cases and deaths way up. Hawaii is in very bad shape now. Trump is smarter than anyone, he has as his key advisors, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, so he knew from the beginning that Trump Pandemic was nothing. Then he "discovered" the Malaria drug cure which he said he was taking. The Voodoo doctors, the Clorox, the Lysol came in and lots of money was made but the deaths kept going up.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Europe and Asia is coming out pretty good but they have the secret. Testing, Masks and respect for social distance. But Trump is brilliant, no need that crap. He just got a sure cure from some kind of snake oil made from Pillows. They made some money but didn't work. Now, he got another expert "Doctor" Herd Immunity, 300 thousand deaths for sure by the end of the year. But the Christian Evangelists are selling a dozen or more "sure cures" and Big Pharma making Big Money. The Easy Way with Trump.

“Social dancers may believe that the times are chaotic. But they hope
that people look at and gain strength by it."
 

Monday, August 31, 2020

dance and blog

We all have the time to think things over and we may gather some information to go into any blog and we can kicked around just for fun. I find that comments stressing the fun part of dancing while minimizing the importance of "good dancing" seem to come from individuals who are not qualified to speak on the subject. Do they believe that if they improve their dancing their pleasure would stay the same or not be enhanced? Certainly those of us who have experienced the highs from "good dancing" know better, Those of us who are experienced dancers, who love and enjoy ballroom dancing, of course, do it for fun and the satisfaction it provides.

“Social dancers believe that some days the bravest thing we can do, is to hold on,
have hope and keep dancing, even just for another day.”


This all comes about from having skill and proper attitudes. Over the years much of all kinds of "bad dancing" has been passed off to the public. Some of it has been damaging! So as not to be misunderstood, the word "bad" is used primarily for effect. To the experienced mind, being a "bad dancer" is one who is inept, unskilled, poorly trained, not well -educated, perhaps ill-mannered or poor in performance. In the hopes of making progress toward a society of better dancers, we must continue to pontificate, educate, disseminate, demonstrate.
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


In blogging on  Oahu, we can have wide spread opinions and we may gradually evolve into more standardized and at the same time a more diverse social dance. We are beginning to know that there is an "us" and a "them." The high disciplines have their place. They have repeatedly pointed this out and we are finally getting it through our thick skulls. Helping people through dance is our increasing vision to create a cultural, artistic group and developing multi-cultural exchanges between ethnic communities on this island. But it is not easy through blogging. No one is yet sure what it is.

"Social dancers believe that they should keep steadily before them the fact
that all true success depends at last upon themselves."

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Lockdown Again.

So we are stuck for at least another couple months. Families are gradually returning to some of the activities that paused when the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the virus still spreading on Oahu, however, it is important for everyone to continue social distancing. Social distancing means keeping physical space between yourself and other people outside your household. It is the number one step in helping to slow the spread of this virus. Social distancing for all families spreads easily through physical contact from person to person. This is why it is important to reduce the ways people come in close contact with one another.

“Social dancers believe that with hope, a grieving heart will turn into a stronger one.” 


Many communities have limits on how many people can attend events and gatherings or enter restaurants and bars. Today on Oahu, that means no more than five in a group. When close interaction with others is likely, such as essential trips to the grocery store or gas station, or at a gathering, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose and staying at least 6 feet away from others.There are some recommendations at ten feet so it may be that ten is better than six feet. Use your head Red.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges


The spread from person to person may be, even before symptoms start. So, if someone in your family starts to feel even slightly ill, run down, tired, or achy, it's important to stay home and practice “self isolation." This means limiting contact with others. If more severe symptoms develop, like a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor. They will let you know if a COVID-19 test is needed, and what the next steps should be. If it is believed someone in your family has COVID-19, quarantine will likely be recommended. We are getting used to our masks and it is some thing we do to protect ourselves and respect our fellow residents.

“Social dancers believe that hope may be the power of being
cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” 
 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Social Dancing

Most of us have come to the conclusion that there is no right way to dance. We accept that the Hawaiians can dance "correctly" according to their style of dance. Japanese want to dance Bon Dance their way can be acceptable to anyone. We do not have to judge but we can all applaud as enthusiastically as anyone else. And the same applies to the American style of dance and the International style of dance. American ballroom dance was developed a couple decades after the International by large American studio chains. The International had already develop a good reputation for competition and exhibition dancing. The American developed a more social aspect to it.

“Social dancers believe that they cannot erase the past. They cannot even change it. But sometimes life may offer them the opportunity to put it right.”


American Smooth
The American Smooth style of dance is loosely similar to the International Standard style of dance, with the main difference being that Smooth uses more separated and open figures, and International Standard is exclusively made up of closed figures. Basically, with this type of dance that Arthur Murray helped develop, there is the opportunity for a dancer to break away from his or her partner with some open footwork. Syllabus of American Smooth dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


American Rhythm
Just as American Smooth is similar but different to International Standard, the same type of distinction can be made between the American Rhythm and International Latin styles of dance. American Rhythm is most generally danced in the U.S. and Canada, whereas International Latin is danced in countries elsewhere. Latin dances move to contemporary Latin American music and perform their routines in pretty much the same spot (with the exception of traveling dances such as the Samba). The movements in both dances are free and sensual, as you’d expect from Latin dancing. Syllabus of American Rhythm dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast, Swing, Bolero, Mambo.

"Social dancers believe that the whole of life is about another chance, and while
we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Working On It

It is a sad truth that in our Oahu dance environment, people cannot like you for just you. And in our dance environment many dancers have been easily persuaded to believe anything about anybody. Fortunately, in our present situation it is not so bad. Even if some may still enjoy participating in the story line of a good bit of gossip. So how are we to cope? In gossip no one seems to know where the "truth" originated. In social blogging we have a good opportunity to know where it is coming from and we can correct some of it with opinions in our blogs.

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not
everything that can be counted counts." 


Our kind of dancing is for the masses not the classes. And many of the new dance fads for the young are for show (lots of tricks and flashy moves) and not really to enjoy the music for its own sake. Their movements intend to be seen. Notice all the trick moves they start out with. That is their view of Dancing. For social dancers the basics are the BASICS. And now we are getting closer to the Two Center and we will probably get one from the Micros. They already write something so it will be easier to just email the information and/or photos and they can pick the blog of their choice. I will post it.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


What is this we hear about an Industrial Park at Barber's Point. Terrific idea, think of the people that live near by and could be home in 20 minutes. Time with the family, enjoy a little recreation and make living, working and playing in their Paradise a reality. Of course, the Present Rail Party is going to try to stop that nonsense. Big Big Bucks in Profits from the Rail Disaster. And of course, the Downtown Money People.

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it may come
back to you in abundance. This is a law of nature.”

Friday, August 14, 2020

Keeping Up

I don't run into so many people anymore but all the ones I see are still interested in our "past time." I seem to be getting it over to some good people that the blogs need Feedback. They may just be willing to share information of our groups to the reader/dancers. Take it slow, when you are ready is fine. That will be your viewpoint and very necessary for the good of the entire dance community. Do I have to agree with everything you cover? Of course not. To each his own. And those differing opinions are what will make this real Social Media. We need many more.

“Social dancers believe that the good thing about hope is that
it may act exclusively of the thing being hoped for."


Meanwhile, what do I know? The follower's hand is held lightly by the leader. Neither dancer should clutch the other's hand and hang on. Nor should they press downward with the hand. While pressure through the hands aids the dancers, a tight grip by either dancer inhibits turns and other open moves. Downward pressure on the hand is uncomfortable at best and can strain the shoulder of the "pressee" at worst. Once the dance begins you will both feel modest centrifugal force, which is as it should be. New dancers usually try to avoid this feeling.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


The leader withdraws his right arm because he is afraid he will knock his partner out of balance. or the follower steps out of the arm so she won't feel "heavy." You drift apart. Self-consciousness may be fine for other social transactions, but when dancers over accommodate each other, they will alternately drift apart and then collide, precisely the result they are trying to avoid. The leader must take both arms with his body everywhere he goes and the follower must stay in the leader's right arm in order to fully "feel" the lead. A little hint here and there might help.

"If we don't stand for something we will fall for anything."

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Feedback

We are not doing much blogging because we are not doing much dancing but we do have some bits of information to share with our fellow dancers. What is Social Media? A newsletter or a radio can be social media as a social instrument of communication. In our Oahu blogosphere, we have blog sites you can connect with on the Internet, that don't just give you information, but are asking for feedback while giving you that information. And you can send this feedback very easily by email.

"Social dancers believe that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.”


This interaction can be as simple as asking for your comments somewhat like Twitter or Facebook. But these are blogs, not as current but you can find it easier and better to make a full paragraph and include a photo of the gang because it is by email. That is Social and completely up to you how much you wish to share. For us, the readers, we need those snippets of information of your dance scene and one or two of your favorite photos. "Six" is the magic number of people but there are no rules. Then there is that special photo of a couple in a beautiful dance pose in exhibition costume that I may make use of in a poster.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


Whatta deal for the blog, the sender, and the readers. Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or magazine, see something on Television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. Social media, on the other hand, is a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate too. Unfortunately, not many of our possible reader/dancers have understood any of it. So there is nothing to do but have patience and wait. Email it and I will blog it.

"Social dancers think that if you can laugh at it, you can live with it."

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Covid 19 on Oahu

At this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions and reopening guidelines on Oahu's public health order have created confusion in some sectors of the economy, including for those working the local dance environment. According to county public health officials, dance studios can choose to classify either as a gym or a day camp, and then follow the respective guidelines for each. Generally they are stricter than that because the people running things are thinking about the dancers.

"Social dancers believe that to hope and to act may be our duties in misfortune.”


There are many Trumpanzees willing to take chances with their neighbor's health. Although it might be odd to classify a dance studio as a day camp, it also might be the answer some Oahu area studio owners are looking for after recent state orders tightened restrictions on businesses such as gyms and hair salons. The order was just directed to fitness and gyms and yoga studios and there may not be any difference of having space if it’s an indoor activity. Masks and social distance are required.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Instead of focusing on dancing in the past few months, the studios have been closed and trying to navigating the ups and downs of state and local guidelines. The studios had a soft reopening after gyms were allowed to reopen in July, but restrictions soon were back into place as the state’s COVID-19 numbers surged. Classifying as a day camp — rather than a gym — allows for some indoor activity in small numbers, according to the county. But for now, many will continue to provide online lessons. They’re also considering holding dance classes in a nearby park since that allows social distance very easily.

These blogs, "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 respect."

Monday, July 27, 2020

Our Kind of Dance.

by Lucien Miyamoto, Waianae
Yes, the line dancing is still rolling along and they have plenty of information for Line Dancing in Hawaii. I would like to help but they are doing just fine. Our blogs are "not competition but an addition to." This takes time and flyers are not the answer, we could wait. We hear about Round and Square dancing but they don't seem to want to say anything or they just don't know about us old fashioned social dancers. The few that know of us have thousands of photos in Twitter or Facebook, or wherevah and expect us to spend hours in research. They are available all over the world.

“Social dancers may believe that hope will linger, as long as the heart still beats.”


Sorry we just don't have the time. We just have to wait and be patient. Salsa is all over the place but they also give us very little information. The all have Web sites (no counters) and many of them look very nice. Most of what we get is the email/flyer kind of stuff. Would be nice to have a nice write up in one of our blogs from somebody specially for our readers. Eh! but that becomes Social Media. Swing is the same way, plenty of flyer kind of emails but nothing concrete in writing for our reader/dancers.

 "Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges 


We have had some good contact with some social dance clubs but little news. But they seem to have lost interest in our blogs. The news is what we need and it doesn't cost anything. There will come a time. Tango dancing has become deluxe and not meant for the hoi polloi and is pretty well covered by Argentine tango and there is nothing much we can do there. However there will be another tango dance club, Tango fusion featuring American and Filipino tangos, with a dash of Fox Trot. A truly Hawaiian Tango, which sounds like a terrific thing to see. We should make sure we follow it with photos and information when things open up.

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.”