Monday, July 9, 2018

Demographics

No worry, it is just numbers. Oahu has almost one million people, and Honolulu has less than 40% of that total. That gives the rest of the island a little strength but not what it should have. I have found this out because Platinum Horseshoe blog is doing so well with so little to offer the reader/dancers. If there are 30 thousand dancers on Oahu, (no I didn't count them) then we should have 18000 dancers on the outskirts, more than half. They are over due to live, work and play in their own kuleanas. Kapolei as Second City is a good beginning, and then there has to be the Third City.


Traffic to and from Honolulu is without question "bad" and in Honolulu it is even worse. Everyone already knows that the Rail is one big Money disaster. And some have already become multi-millionaires in a short time. The name "Gravy Train" is very convenient as is also "Easy Money." The estimates have gone from the original 5 Billion dollars to over ten now. It is costing more than one million dollars per day. And who is getting the money? No body knows and nobody is going to find out either. The Present Rail Party has made sure of that. More electric cars are coming in. When you are stuck in a traffic jam. Your gas buggy is burning up the gas. In an electric, you just stopped running. Simple?


Meanwhile, we are trying to find a group ready to make a social dance club on the Waianae Coast. Now that I am beginning to know my demographics, I can see enough dancers on the Waianae Coast developing a good dance club with some very good people. Then there is the North Shore. Not only from the North Shore but also from the Northern part of the Central Valley and from the Northern part of the Windward Side. Can anybody see that? Of course I don't know if it will be night clubs or the social clubs first. Either way there will be dancing in West Oahu. And most of the social dancers in this century understand that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms is over.

"There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the person who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth."

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Photos

This blog is evolving though slowly but surely and like all our blogs we need feedback. And what is feedback? Hell, we don't know either.  Part of feedback is photos and for us they are continually hard to find. Everyone sends them to Photobucket, Facebook, Flicker, Picasa and not many senders know that the Micros receive over 100 million photos daily and available for the members of these Micros over the entire world to see. We just cover Oahu and the photos are for the benefit of our fellow dancers on this island. No one needs membership to see any of out blogs. Just tune in and you got it.


There are no rules in blog photos but there are guidelines and anyone still has the right to use whatever photo they damn well please. For our blogs two people are better than one. And anyone should be able to see the advantage of having two people in the same photo being better than just one. Three is better than two and four is better that three. However, 17 is not better than 16. The photographer makes the ultimate decision and it should stand. One other suggestion for blogging is if you can avoid the peas in a pod picture, which is not easy.

 1990 "Praying For Time" by George Michael


Kapolei - Second City is beginning to roll.

I cannot take photos with my camera, I have fumbleitis. However, I pass it around and hope each person can get three of four pictures of "their friends." I now make six picture collages to get bigger pictures, so that getting 13 or 20 pictures gives me enough to get the best in the collages. Passing the camera around gives us the advantage of getting a more diverse group in the blog instead of all being the close members of the one photographer. I like the advantage - for the photees, the blog, the reader/dancers, the club, everyone. This is social media, it should be a win-win situation.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
~ Mark Twain

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Getting There

Some thing sneaked into the hits on this blog on the first day of the month and ran them way up from expectations. I suspect search engines So then we must wait a few days for it to even out. Whatever, we need the steady information and photo contributors to get in on any of the reader's favorite blog and for their favorite people. The hits will just naturally go up, different people, more hits. The blogs are pretty much alike for now, (only me) but with steady Contributors, each blog will establish its own separate and distinct personality.

“Social dancers seem to realize that dancing defeats negativity
by the creative expression of moving to music.”


The dancers in West Oahu are developing a very nice territory. Kapolei's Luibueno's is now having a Saturday night Salsa dance. The residents of the Waianae Coast and the Central Valley will be attending. Sounds pretty good for the the residents of West Oahu. The ones in town will make their own decisions according to the help of their Guest Authors. And at least, now I know much more of how this thing operates and I can work to get the first completely independent blog with several Guest Authors.


I look for a new Dancing place in Waikele or Waipio. Each one is over due. But what the dancers want is not always what they are going to get. Those are the rules. I am beginning to see it, and it may be coming by next year, In our blogs, for one person (not famous) it is still going to be tough going. So I am cutting back on all blogging just one level. It may not make too much difference but I will have a little more time.

There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we most
crave in life - happiness, freedom and peace of mind - are always
attained by giving them to someone else."


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Reaching Out

All the blogs were pretty well stalled while I was having my troubles, computer breakdown and hospital time. But they stopped losing ground and right now they are holding their own. All the blogs need Feedback which is the process in which the writing or the fotos of an action is 'returned' (fed-back) to modify the next action. I print green in error. Some one sends the feedback, no, it was blue. Feedback is essential to the working and survival of all our dance blogs here on Oahu. News that we don't have, the party in Waipio, the big shindig in Nanakuli.

"Social dancers know that a day spent without appreciating the beauty
of music and dance is a waste of time."


With dance groups, feedback is the suggestions received by our blogs about its prior blogging so that the blog may adjust its current and future behavior to achieve the desired result. The blogs usually react to an action or behavior that was emailed. For example, 'customer feedback' is the buyers' reaction to a firm's products and policies, and 'operational feedback' is the internally generated information on a firm's performance. We cannot promise to do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly.

1990  "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey


Photo Contributors also lend color to the feedback in our blogs. Getting in alongside the news received, they should have a place to share their favorite fotos in a blog read by their fellow dancers. Ton's of photos we do not need, Facebook gets 50 million fotos daily. Three or four of your favorite photos of a few of your dancing friends. That's it, those are the ones we need and most appreciated by the readers. I am now making collages of six instead of nine to have bigger pictures but we are going to have them more often. And they can be seen by anyone that has a computer. No club membership is necessary and we are going to have the best bloggers in Hawaii.

"Social dancers know that defining our dreams may be difficult, but the
journey to reach them is rewarding. It depicts who we are."
 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rolling Again

Dictionary definition of a dancer: "a person who dances." But that is not good enough for us, because in our dance environment we have many who are dancers but not the same as others who are dancers. Those differences are what we are in the process of defining. Fortunately, many have already defined themselves. That certain helps but there are still many misunderstood definitions.

"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."


 It helps to have information contributors. This invitation from Maile of WBDC.

Aloha Dancers!
You are invited to WBDC's Stars and Stripes Forever Dance, to be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room, starts at 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm, Potluck or a small monetary donation appreciated! Attire: (Optional) DRESS WITH RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!  STARS AND STRIPES ARE GREAT TOO!

"The Star Spangled Banner" even if you don't know all the words.


Town Dancer is racking up the hits and is back at the top of all dance blogs. Most dance Web sites have deleted their hit counters. They have their reasons and we should respect them. I have one outsider with a counter included in my stats because they are in second place in my Blog Sphere. Platinum Horseshoe is in third place. I use them as a guide of where we are going. Most prove that there are a whole slew of dancers on this island in protest of "one Style." Additional is that a blog by one person (not famous) is not enough. We need Guest Bloggers.

"As social dancers get older they learn that as they understand life less and less,
they learn to love it more and more."

Monday, June 18, 2018

This was Tango Argentino

Tango Argentino by Art Hemenway

I assume that most tangueros can recall seeing a dance performance that they consider the greatest of their lifetime. For me, I think it was at the Queen Elizabeth theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the legendary revue, Tango Argentino played after skipping my home town, Seattle. of course, the show exceeded the expectations of all of us who drove north to see it. What dazzling displays of dancing, singing and music!

"La Comparsita" por Carlos Gardel

I thought the high point of the evening was the low key dance of Milena Plebs and Miguel Angel Zotto dressed in black evening clothes for "The Continental." The couple appeared at stage right and glided slowly across the stage to the music La Comparsita. They just performed a tango walk, nary a turn, ocho or gancho. But when they reached center stage I was amazed to see the entire audience arise and give them a standing ovation, "just for walking."

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

The audience response was almost as thrilling as the spectacle of the dance. Only the dancers in the audience could appreciate the extraordinary physical control that went into that smooth slinky walk. And I wondered how many professionals in the audience noticed that the couple was not dancing in time to the music. During the stage crossing each foot touched the stage about one half second after the beat. The dramatic suspense and relief as each foot of the couple stretched out and touched the stage slightly after the beat was devastating.  *  *  *

This was exhibition dancing.

Tango is Magic:  A feeling that is danced - A secret danced between two people -
It is not in the feet, it is in the heart - It is about your connection with your
partner and the expression of feelings rather than the choreography.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Progress

Social Dancing

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an event
Get into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a lucky few.

Share the body movement with your partner to music, and be passionate about it
Exercise your body, dance a fast Swing like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Cultural Dance Scene.
And be nice to the world around you.


We are still a work in process and we are actively looking for dancing in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Anyone that can use some blogging And all of our blogs invite everyone to share dance information. Even if you do not live in West Oahu as long as you know what the subjects are. This is meant to be social media, so whatever you put in here will be read by others and that is the idea. If we get no hits we are just beating our gums. Hopefully the readership will increase and I must continue to try, I will not give up so easily.

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara


My personal blog, Social Dance Oahu is still advancing but only by inches, not the usual feet as has been in the past. But that is all right with me as long as it increases daily. We are at the point of diminishing returns. The only other one in danger at the moment is Latin Rhythms. Too many people are not sure of blogs and think that I may be selling something and they don't want to buy. I must let it simmer a while longer and they may gradually realize that we are not a Web site that costs money. These blogs are for free. Patience.

"Life may be just a succession of lessons which must be lived
to be understood and we are doing that now."