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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Update

Platinum Horseshoe coming down in average hits per day but still in first place. Town Dancer has overtaken Blogging Hawaii and now firmly in second place. From the looks of my stats, Town Dancer will be back in first place starting the month of November.

"We are stronger because we had to be, we are smarter because of our mistakes, happier because of the sadness we have known - and wiser because we have learned."


The newcomer which came out of nowhere is Dancing Nights and it is already ahead of two of the bottom blogs. One Two Center will put it up with the big ones. For all the dance organizations, we are not "instead of" your Web Site. We are "in addition to" like a newspaper ad except that we don't cost money. We do it as an act of communication from and to our reader/dancers.


This territory is developing very well. Kalealoa Airport is getting more action, and the Kalealoa Barber's Point Harbor too. Merchandise is being shipped to Kalealoa and then distributed locally without going through that horrible Honolulu traffic. They will eventually charge more for deliveries from Honolulu. And they are thinking of expanding the Harbor in Waianae. That Rail Catastrophe forced a lot of people to do some thinking. Da Rail ain't it in spite of billions and billions of dollars in profits. Easy money!

"A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles

So for this blog, all we need for now is one more good Two Center with the information that interests the reader/dancers. The photo of the gang is most important and you can have more than one gang, naturally. Hopefully we will eventually get that valuable Guest Author, that will develop their own mini-blog within this blog.

"If you live for having it all, No one has to tell you, it is never enough."

Photos are valuable in the inverse proportion to their availability. How you figure? One nice photo of the dance gang in one of our blogs, compared to the same photo in Facebook who is due to get 350 million today?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Our Blogosphere

Shaping up very nicely even though I will always stumble here and there but I will alway try to get back up. I just went through a very trying situation in which we almost lost Town Dancer. The scam spam robot hits are now all gone and perhaps we can do our blogging again.

"At some point in time, we just have to let go of what we thought
should happen and accept what is happening."

Platinum Horsehoe is still in front in hits, followed by Blogging Hawaii.  But Town Dancer is back and rapidly catching up to Blogging Hawaii. A couple more days will do it. And when Calvin blogs about the Aloha Ball, that may send Town Dancer back in front. Not much action coming from Platinum Horseshoe territory.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

In Waipahu there is an outdoor museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Hawaii’s immigrants.and is called Hawaii's Plantation Village. This village represents immigrants from China, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Philippines, Portugal and Puerto Rico and every group danced in their own way.


About 350,000 original immigrants had come to Hawaii from 1852 - 1946 to work in the sugar plantations in this area. The people living here today, live in similar structures that their ancestors lived in. And there has been a touch of each culture in every one of our social dances. This is a fascinating view of old Hawaii.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

I and many others hope that Benny and Emmie are getting better in health. Really a most important thing. If you are reading this, Benny and Emmie, you or your family are welcome to write something for our fellow dancers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Learning in the West

There are an awful lot of beginners in the West and many are interested in learning but many of the complicated exhibition steps in the exhibitions disappoint them. International styles are even more complicated. Beautiful to see, but definitely nothing like most beginners intend to do. Most people just want to enjoy moving to music, that's all.

"We must close some doors, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance
but simply because they no longer lead somewhere."

We are fortunate to have so many good dance teachers in the American Style of Dance on this Island. They learned the Syllabi from good teachers But since the Syllabi were made by Professionals many of the basic movements are included only as variations.



In every dance movement there are eight very basic and ordinary ways of doing it. This was established three or four millenniums ago in the Mexican Indian Empires and it was simple. There are four basic directions in dance movement, you can go forward, backward, to the left or to the right. And each one can be started on the left or the right foot, and that adds up to eight. They were very simple people, and partner dancing arrived a couple of centuries after the first illegal aliens and the natives adapted very easily.


So we can explain one and any one of your teachers can explain the others. The partners will do the basic common box step. The man goes forward with his left foot and brings his right foot to the side and then closes his left foot to his right foot. He then decides to lead into the forward walk.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

He leans toward the lady, and instead of stepping back with his right foot he steps forward. The ladies are marvelous and can follow. When he leans forward she leans back and is ready to go back on her left foot. He does three patterns and then they are both back to basic box step. And they will have moved pleasantly to the rhythm of the music. They were dancing.

He can do the same going back and the ladies can follow so beautifully. He can also lead into a left turn very easily. How about a right turn? Heh Heh. You are picking up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Visitacion Family

From Maurice Morita, Dance Hawaii.                                                                     

Emmie Visitacion:

In behalf of Emmie's family, they want to thank you for all the prayers, visits, phone calls, etc. wishing Emmie a fast recovery. Emmie had her 2nd chemo treatment last Wednesday, Oct. 15th to 17th. Her 3rd chemo treatment will be Wednesday, Oct. 29th to October 31st. If you want to visit Emmie, the middle of this week may be the best time, in between her chemo treatment. If you are sick, have a cold, etc., please do not visit her. Chemo kills her cancer cells but it also kills her good cells so her immune system may be down. Please call her if you want to visit her. If she is in pain, she will not answer her phone so just leave a message. Please continue with your prayers for Emmie.

Benny Visitacion:

For those who have not heard, Emmie's husband, Benny, also has a tumor below his bladder that has been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors are having consultation meetings with his family to decide the best way to handle Benny's tumor.

Please add Benny in your prayers, too.

Pub's Side Note:
I know that this would have been a perfect spot for a photo of my good friends. However, I just couldn't get it. My apologies, Sorry folks.

Monday, October 20, 2014

So What's doin'?

Club socials are going over very good on the island of Oahu for their primary goal. The socializing of the students of the class period in a nice environment of dancing, dining, talking story and picture taking. The side objective of the socials is to get your name out there for the Web & Blog readers and possibly turn them into steady club members.

"The most common way for people to give up their power
is to think they don't have any."

Dream On Fellow Dancers
Socials are faced with information overload from a slew of competitors. So, how do you get around the problem, grab attention, and ensure that your socials are well received in the hands of your prospective steady club members?

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

A well run set up of proper notifications in Newsletters, Web or Blog sites a week to ten days prior to the occasion is crucial. This can be followed by the write up (many viewpoints) and picture taking during the festivities. This offers dance clubs an effective, low-cost tool for attracting attention in a sea of information.


The follow up in a Blog or Web site with both text and pictures will do the job very nicely. If you use a Web or Blog counter, you will see the raw hits that show the likelihood that people will swing to your club and additional research would show that the number of leads for members increases incrementally.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

You can run up the hits in whatever media you use - Newsletters, Web or Blog sites. These would be quite sufficient to sideline information overdose and attract attention, while putting the critical content you want to get across to your prospective steady club members.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thanksgiving

And I have not had any notice what so ever on Thanksgiving.  I suppose it is possible that no one dances on Thanksgiving day or thereabouts. Well, I try to be patient. If and when they wish I will post something. As soon as I am able to walk around better (I am still on my walker) I shall have to take trips into town, Just to get around a little more.

"So many of us can hear almost complete fabrications and believe them even if
we know nothing of the real facts. Then they repeat it as if it were the truth. 
This is the Creative Researchers And Producers."


Then I thought to remind people of the Christmas Party in less the two months. It will be held far up the right side of the Horseshoe. We gotta good territory to cover but not much news from anyone. So many nice evening spots too but they have their own Web sites. Auwe!


A sccondary object of these blogs has been to help the ordinary dancers who wish to dance socially and gain pleasure from knowing many rhythms and types of social dance in these Islands. And I do not wish to overburden anyone with too advanced descriptions  of anything. And our local teachers have got to be some of the greatest. The social dancers will benefit even more if they use these blogs in conjunction with their other dance activities.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen


There is where the Two Centers and the Guest Authors become so valuable to the reader/dancers. Just sharing the local dance photos and items of interest with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. That's blogging.

Pub's Side Note: Social media in dancing is not about technology, it is about pschology. The tools are always changing but the concepts -- the engagement, transparency, sharing and entertainment -- do not.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update

Now that Platinum Horseshoe has taken the lead I will have to do some planning and make more invitations. So first off I invite the much needed Two Centers. Fortunately we have some now that have helped to make this blog into number one. Most dance Web or Blog sites are in the single digit hits average per day A couple more Two Centers would certainly help.

"No matter how good or bad your life is - wake up each morning
and be thankful that you still have one."

Coming down the left side of the Horseshoe, (the Waianae Coast) it has become apparent that they are rolling up the streets a couple hours later than three years ago. No cocktail lounges yet but there are several restaurants that have a small bar, five or six stools and a few people can have a few drinks. The west will have a night life very soon. And something is going to have to be done with Farrington Highway. Auwe!

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Anyway, Town Dancer is still in the clutches of the scam, spam robot hits in the Blogger stats. So I had to get another free counter which is turning out pretty good. It is giving me the readers, not robots in my data. Blogger programmers don't have a clue. So I am moving a lot of my interest to my other top blogs. 


I sent invitations to the Guest Authors of Town Dancer from Blogging Hawaii blog but none seemed interested. I will not bother but they can get on anytime they wish. So for now, the favored will be Platinum Horseshoe, Blogging Hawaii and Moanalua Corridor. And with a few Two Centers the hits will go through the ceiling.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile Second City, Kapolei, is looking pretty good now with their own Airport and Harbor. Just need a lot more industrial parks. Thousands of cars off the freeways to and from Honolulu and the same thousands out of the terrible traffic jams in town. Most of us could be home in 20 minutes and we would be really living in Paradise.

Pub's Side Note: I have not heard anything more about Emmie. If she or Ben would like to say something, this blog is at their service. Get well, Emmie. - Pepe.