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


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.”