Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our Blogs

By John Nguyen, Pearl City

Since I travel in my business I see many different things. Blog sites are much newer than websites so most of us have much to learn. There’s an interesting cultural difference between a blog that allows comments and written exchanges with its readers and a blog or web site that does not.

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."


A blog that doesn’t allow comments or feedback seems to me to be saying “this is the final word on this topic.” It seems there’s something formal about such publications — they distance themselves from their readers; they hold themselves up as a paragon rather than engaging “on the level” with users.  In our blogs, we ask for comments, and more than that, regular information contributors. We want to engage, and we aim to build a creative dialog that enriches the initially published content. And we want to be up front about it.

"Hopelessly Devoted To You" by Olivia Newton-John


In our dancing world, all hard copy print has been in the same vein since the beginning.They provide straight-up news and reviews of current dance news updated every two months or so and many do a very good job of it. So perhaps those sites are less about community than about providing information. Facilitating on-site dialog isn’t central to a Web site’s strategy. Everything is always peaches and cream. Behind the scenes, things could  be quite devastating as we all know. The cliques and their talking stink were the most vicious kind. They are still there, but they are not as powerful as they once were in helping to run our entire dance world into the ground.

"Yes, Wine is the answer, now what was the question?"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2nd. Place and Steady

It is now very apparent that the hit slide for these blogs has stopped and it is staying steady. With the increase in information contributors and dancers aware of Social Media, the hits will go up. A good Dance Studio teaching Ballroom Dancing and another independent Dance Club in the Kapolei, to Waiapio area and we got something going for this blog.

“We have dancers who say that O is the last letter of the word, ZERO. Our readers instead say it is the first letter in the word OPPORTUNITY.”


If we get kokua from the dance scene, we can get some news in this blog. A couple of information contributors and the sky is the limit on hits. And then I can groom this blog for independence because it will have the most hits. Also something not quite understood. I give away the best because these blogs do not belong to me. They belong to the reader/dancers and they should have it. I can resign and they can make their own rules. The "junk" blogs will remain mine.

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge

Banzai Sushi Bar, Terrific Place to lay some leather down
on a dance floor, on the North Shore

Many more people would like to live on the North Shore but it is a drag driving all the way to Honolulu to work and another drag coming back. The Present Rail Party will not permit any Business Parks built in the neighborhood and we all know why, it's the bread, Fred. These four hour daily commutes are for the birds. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

West Oahu

We are all mourning the loss of the Moanalua Corridor that had the potential to be one of the biggest centers of social dancing on Oahu. It would have been from the Stadium to Pearl City and the beautiful new HBDA Studio the center of it all. So far the Rail Disaster has done its part in the destruction and it is going to get worse.

"When words leave off, the music begins and the dancing soon
follows and we can just let the rest of the world go by."


It was at one time the second most densest area next to Waikiki, it was a natural. But it was the money, Sonny for the Fat Cats in Honolulu. We all now know it was the bread, Fred. So it is up to Kapolei and the Central Valley to provide the dance action in West Oahu. The North Shore has to wait because too many of the Fat Cats of Honolulu are still with their "Keep the country, country." Big Laugh, I know.



Many of the Social Dance Clubs already have a good number of members so they do not care to communicate that more would be welcomed. So we must go after the new groups, the ones that are getting a good group of dancers wanting to move to the music of their choice. We can rattle the dishes for them and help build them up into a solid dance group. We will have Social Media.

"Dancers seem to be quick to believe the bad things they hear
about good people even from known liars."

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kapolei

Gotta keep looking around and I will be able to do more when I can move around easier. Came across three Dance Studios in Kapolei, none of whom I have ever heard. Of course, my memory is pretty bad. Dance Forever Studio which apparently teaches Ballroom but I am not sure. Then there is Impact Studios and they have a Web site, so they don't need us. Apparently it is mostly for kids and for exhibition type dancing. And the third is Kapiolei Yoga and Dance Studio, which is mainly a fitness and exercise type moving to music.

"Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--
is the key to unlocking our potential."


Perhaps these Dance Studios will send us some information to share with our readers. We are all ears and Platinum Horseshoe is a West Oahu dance blog. It can only exist if it shares dance information with our fellow dancers. The only social Dance Club is Kapolei Chapter HBDA, but we don't get much information from them. They are very busy and we will respect. I have heard of something new in the Kalealoa Corridor that sounds good. Patience.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by JImmy Borges


Next is the nitty griity of dancing, Night Club dancing. Not done in many places in the West yet. But of course you ain't seen nuttin' yet. The Present Rail Party has been holding this up. This is where the action will be once they get the Rail Disaster out of the way. Industrial Parks and Business Parks in the area. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." And the residents will live, work and play in their own kulieanas and they will have a ball.


"To dance is to be out of ourselves larger and with more power,
it is glory on earth and it is ours for the taking."

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Other Way Around

The Tea Dance in the West:
There seems to be many people that work in the West and live in town. Perhaps the Pau Hana Dance would do it in reverse. Many still do not see the need it fills and how it would work. A place to go in the middle of the week and not just Happy Hour with a couple drinks to unwind and talk story. Dancers could enjoy dancing on a nice floor with some room. (maybe a 500 square foot floor) Best territory so far Kalealoa between the Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport. That is a coming section in spite of the Present Rail Party.

"The birds are molting. If only people could molt also - their minds once

a year of its errors, their hearts once a year of its useless passions."


Could start right after work, maybe 5 PM. A little time for nice conversations in between dances, possibly meeting old friends. Plenty of chop stick pupus and fruit drinks available. The kind of dancing that has been referred to, in the past, as social dance. It could be pau at about 8 and the freeway home will be all clear. And we could possibly get some of the dance information to make a blog now and then, write ups and photos.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Malama Learning Center, Kapolei
The Malama Learning Center at Kapolei High School may rival the Ala Wai Recreational Facility. For now it has a dance studio with an entire wall of mirror. It is for kids now but the evenings may eventually cover ballroom dance lessons for adults but we have not been able to get more information.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Most of this will come to fruit long after I am gone but for sure you can't stop it. That is just the way the mop, plops.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Line Dancing

From what we hear, Line Dancing is doing pretty good in West Oahu. A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows and not in contact with each other. But many of the groups in the West like to keep it a little secret. Just fine with us and the lack of men has also kept it in the background in the past.

"A person can be as miserable as they think they are."

But now in the West we are seeing an increase in amount of men in line dancing. Ah, there's the rub. Men can learn to dance easier if they don't have to lead a lady. They have a very good reason and all men are invited.

"In The Midnight Hour"
By Wilson Pickett

In line dancing, everyone is facing in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dances have now accompanied many popular music styles since the early 1980s including pop, swing, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and jazz

"Mister Sandman" by the Chordettes


Beginners usually start quite simple, the Waltz and/or the Rumba. Once they have knowledge of the steps required they begin to enjoy the movement to the music. They learn to accentuate whatever moves them and give any particular part of it that extra feel or push. Soon they develop their own style of each dance. and they become accustomed to dancing and moving to different music. The Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha etc. With a little time of enjoying the pleasure of line dancing, they will feel like learning to partner dance.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


And they will learn far easier than other beginners. It will not be that difficult if they just let it roll when it asks. On Oahu, line dancing is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social dance clubs, night clubs and ballrooms. It is sometimes combined on dance programs with other forms of dance, such as two-step, western promenade dances, and as well as western-style variants of the waltz, polka and swing. Line Dancing, anyone?

Monday, August 1, 2016

What's New

The reader/dancers of this blog do acknowledge that Blogging is a different communication media from the last century. One way - to whom it may concern - dance club newsletters - studio email flyers - web sites - newspaper - radio and TV advertising. You know Da Kine and they do their job well but we understand - no talk back.

"When the Rumba became universal, because of the music, it was so
real and so honest, it transcended every difference that we have
and reminded us that we are one human family."


Blogs, however, are more personal, direct and mostly current communication. And they leave an opening for comments in each blog and are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself, the information contributors. The hits just naturally increase which confirms the communication within the group. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across on Oahu before. It will take a while for more people to know.

 "That's Amore" by Dean Martin
 

Anyone ever noticed, the solid rumba being danced west of Mapunapuna. Nothing for exhibitions, of course, but good solid American based Bronze rumba with a little Silver, danced with real feeling of the music. Many using the alternative basic which just beautiful. We've got some terrific teachers somewhere teaching this. Does not seem like any of the LAGS stuff, just beautiful simple stuff.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


Exhibition dancers may be the greatest with their fancy moves, most of them look good and we should and do appreciate them. The only thing we resent is when they lord it over us, just because we want to dance and be happy our way. Though I have not heard the term "junk dancers" in quite a while, we are all sure that many of them still think that way.

"The only dancer you should compare yourself with
is the dancer you used to be."