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.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dance Jargon

East Coast Swing: A lively dance based on 1 1/2 bars of music in Single Rhythm. Has two natural step rhythms. - Eon: Unit of time, that it seems to beginners it will take to learn to dance. - Even Rhythm: The oldest of the rhythms, a combination of steady, consistent beats that are identical to the meter and get the same time value. In dancing, it is using the step, step, step such as Waltz. - Merengue: A carefree Caribbean dance in Even 2 Step, evolved from the old Danza (Paso Doble).

“Come friends, it's may not be too late to seek a newer and perhaps a better world.”

Exhibition Dancing: Not recreational dancing in whichever style. It is a partner dance done primarily for performance and theatrical purpose. Strictly Show Biz. - Exhibition Syndrome: The desire of all dancers to "look good." This may be hidden and unspoken in some cultures. It definitely exists on all social floors and is also linked to the Competition Syndrome. - Fads: Careful here, many people will be interested in new steps, patterns and even entire dances for a short period of time.

"Fly Me 'To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

They last longer now because of the amount of money spent on hype. But eventually they peter out, If you like it, enjoy it for as long as it lasts but do not forget your tried and true. - Fallaway: A movement where a couple moves backward in a Promenade Position. - Fellow: The highest level attained in International Style of dance and awarded either in Ballroom or Latin Divisions. - Figure: An activity in which a set sequence of dance steps is completed. Same as Pattern.

"Social dancers know that everything in the universe
has rhythm, everything dances."

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Looking Better

The entire enchilada that was down in average hits per day is now moving very slowly up. We do need any dance news and happenings on Oahu or the neighbor islands. Our reader/dancers are a special people and in the blogs we are trying to establish our blog communication as social media. The sharing of the dance information is what makes it social media. It has never been very thoroughly understood. Twitter and Facebook are easier because they are short and can be easily answered by the immediate crowd of friends. Our blogs remains a work in progress.

“Social dancers believe that if you lose hope, somehow
you lose the vitality that keeps you moving."

We don't even know what we are doing ourselves. Advertising becomes boring and Spam is the worst thing we can do to our reader/dancers. The rule for us in our social media is to make it mostly "communication" to the reader/dancers and they may be very interesting items for everyone. Advertising to a very very minimum and forget about Spam. I will reassert that we are not that strict, but we must always do the best we can for the reader/dancers. Feedback will increase in value, simply because we are sharing dance information of this Island via the blog. You do not know who these people are? Neither do I, but we will get there eventually.

"Waterfall" by Willie K

They will let us know, come one, come all, that is social media. Hey, so we don't know everything. Who in the hell does? Then the photos. Everyone wants to be in by themselves or with a partner as the "star of show." That is not it. We want the reader/dancers to tune in to find themselves in the photos. Therefore we need the best deal we can get. Four or five seems to be the magic numbers for one photo but everyone can contribute whatever they damn well please. We will have people that are recognizable and that means more reader/dancers. Anybody picking up on this action?

"Social dancers on Oahu know that all gossip at the Palladium is true.
Do not be misled by facts."

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Trump Plague Arises Again

We were very fortunate, that Hawaii was doing very well at the beginning of month in controlling the virus. Now it is quite evident that some places opened too soon and too much. The graphs are going up and we have enough conclusive evidence that we must do something about it. We do have heavy guidelines from all over the world. Testing, Masks and Social distancing are in front. No guarantees but way ahead of all the snake oils sold by Trump and Christian Evangelicals. There are Trump groups on Oahu that do not mask and there are "clusters" of cases mainly on Oahu.

“Social dancers believe that in a world with much hate, we must still dare to hope."

It is thought to spread mainly from person to person, and mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

This is not thought to be the only way the virus spreads, but if you go out make sure you wash your hands good when you get back in. We are still learning more about this virus. The Trump Protesters are paid strictly to muck up the works and get the economy rolling. We should accept that they have a right to a place of their own and contaminate their fellows all they want. But we have Rights Too. We do not want to go to their places, and we sure as hell don't want them coming to ours. Keep the hell away from us.

"Social dancers believe that being human, we can
only receive infinite truth in finite doses."

Friday, July 10, 2020

A Bit Of Update

Hawaii not out of it yet but we are making strides in spite of the Trumpanzees. We must keep mainland Trumpanzees out. They do not believe in testing, wearing masks or respecting social distance. They are very likely to be infested. If any of them make to here, minimum distance should be at least Seven Feet. Better yet get as far away from them as possible. Our social dance clubs have to make sure no guests from the mainland are accepted. If we do it right, we may live, work and play on Oahu by New Years Eve, and even better because we will appreciate it.

"Social dancers can't help hoping and keeping faith. Some day
soon we may have music and the opportunity to moving
to it again in the company of our good friends." 

The state’s food inspectors will now be enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines for restaurants and bars and could shut them down temporarily if they don’t comply. The state said Department of Health inspectors will be inspecting food establishments to ensure they’re meeting requirements for social distancing and face masks. The department is taking these steps now to enforce preventive measures that are known to be effective in preventing the transmission of the disease, especially as we have seen a recent increase in the number of COVID- 19 cases and evidence of community spread.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

They feel these steps are necessary to assure all restaurants and other food establishments are doing everything they can to protect the health of the public and their employees. The state Health Department has published guidance for food establishments online. Food inspectors will now be looking for physical and mask wearing violations during routine inspections or as a result of complaints. After the first violation, a food establishment will get a written warning. A second violation will result in a red placard and a restaurant or bar will be told to close until they fix the issues.

"Creativity Is Inventing, Experimenting, Growing, Taking Risks,
Breaking Rules, Making Mistakes, And Having Fun."