Friday, March 30, 2012

Dance Sociology 101

For the students of Sociology among the reader/dancers of this blog.
While the Creative Researchers And Producers were a clique of the definite lower class in disorder in town, there was another rival clique developing too, Da Rootzi Tootzis. Now that the Creative Researchers And Producers are losing much of their clout due to the blogs, we have to start working on the Rootzi Tootzis specially since they have their eyes on the West too.

"The sad truth is most bloggers, even those who incessantly work on monetization
strategies, end up sitting around the few dollars a day mark and find it difficult
to rise above this level. Blogging is not money."
"Da Rootzi Tootzis" are a hypothetical group of relatively small size, same as the Creative Researchers And Producers but that are dominant within the larger dance society, having a privileged status perceived as being envied by others of a lower line of disorder.

On the island of Oahu, Da Rootzi Tootzis have two distinguishing characteristics, one, is that they are in a higher financial level than others and two, is that they dance the "correct" way. By default, everyone else dances "incorrectly." They are the inventors of the long ago used term, "Junk Dancer." And that comes from the International Style of Dance which is for competitions and really something else.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frankie Laine

The elite at the top of our social dance strata almost invariably find themselves in a position of leadership, whether it be expected or volunteered, and often subject the holders of elite status to pressure to maintain that leadership position as part of the status.

And yet very very few of them on our Oahu dance world really know much about "dancing." We can expect the dancers to take back the control and it will only be with the new blood in the Moanalua Corridor. This section of town is wide open for a new dance structure.

The average hits per day are down to the thirties which is bad news. I expect at least one information contributor and one guest author. If we do, that will put Moanalua Corridor back in the running as a viable blog. We just gotta be patient. Any new groups out there?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cha Cha Cha

Since the Waltz, the Rumba and the Tango were just covered in other blogs I thought I would make one on the Cha-Cha-Cha which is the name of a dance of Cuban origin. And at present, one of the most popular social dances World Wide.

"Unless you restrict your reading habits to a really small segment of the blogging
population, or you are a blogging machine, a feed reader is only going to give
you a small window of what is happening in the blogosphere."

The Rock Step and the Chassé developed in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens.. But these movements had been brought over centuries before from the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico, straight across to Cuba (only ninety miles from Yucatan.) Or around to Florida and then to Cuba (only ninety miles.) Or went down to northern part of South America (only ninety miles to the Antilles.)

Moanalua Corridor, wake up and smell the roses!

The partner dances that developed in the Caribbean were accented on the second beat. the slower bolero-son ("rumba") was always danced on the second beat. It was a rock step and a slow step. They broke on the second beat, back on rock step on three and the slow step covering 4, 1. Simple and beautiful. The same thing was done later in the Mambo and note the resemblance of many of the Mambo movements to the International style of Rumba. No coincidence.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

There are many "new" reasons for Cha Cha Cha. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. But generally this rhythm was developed from the Mambo by a syncopation of the fourth beat. And began to be used in the slower Mambos using the chassé instead of the slow step.

This new dance had a split fourth beat, and the dance was accented on the second beat. To dance it one broke (rock step) on the second beat, not the first. Back on the rock step on three and then the chassé on the 4 and 1. Later in the US, when the music was accented on the one, you broke on the one. Simple?

Please note, that this is also done in two swing versions. One has a rock step and two slow steps, and the other has a rock step and two chassés (substituting for the slow steps.) Dancing has very few basic movements and they may be used in 5000 different dances with only slight differences in styling. Learn your basic movements.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Music and Dance

Dancing in the West
By Maria Cervantes, Waimalo

The social dancers of West Oahu may not have an intricate knowledge of all the music for dancing. But they do have a good idea of sound and that requires experience. They will accept that some syncopated music is fine for listening but for dancing not worth a hoot.

Another blog on the bottom of the hit chart. Just need an information contributor is all.

Dance Music as with other types of music is rich in sentimental imagery. The melody expresses the mood of the music, the words add romance and excitement. By making each dance adventure an emotional and physical experience, the dance takes on a new meaning and provides the dancer with greater enjoyment.

"Listen to music and notice silence the way you would notice
the landscape in the background of a painting."

We could have less of this bang, bang, bang, one after another non stop kid stuff. Let us savor our silences with our socialness. The newer DJs are on a learning curve and are getting better all the time, for the kids one thing for the "older" social dancer another.

"Push" by Matchbox 20

Photos for Web sites or Flicker are far different that photos of blogs. In blogs they are few and every bit of space counts. Singles, doubles and triples should be out. In some blogs, fine, that is them but not for us. In our experience four in a pinch but the preference is for five, six or seven dancers. Over that is a crowd and that is important at times. Then no names are necessary. I am also at the point of including only the first names, we are all friends already.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Street Dance in the Upper Corridor

In the last ten years there have been several attempts to have dancing in the Corridor for the under 30 crowd. And being under 30 they have at times been a little, shall we say, "unruly." But there have been many that with a few drinks have been uninhibited enough to shake a leg to music very nicely.

"The currency of blogging is authenticity and trust and if you pay folks to blog about a product,
you compromise that. I would almost care about this, but it’s so obvious to everyone that this is
either a joke or an idiot that there is nothing more to say." ~Jason

Westgate section in Pearlridge has been leading the way with two and sometimes even three nightclubs close together with plenty of choice for the wannabees.. All this for a predominantly younger crowd and with the street dance fads of the younger dancers.

Street dance refers to modern folk dance with the term 'street' being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized. Some examples of street dance include B-boying, more commonly known as breakdancing, which originated in New York City, the Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and theTecktonik which originated in Paris, France.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

I have met the owners of some, and they will tell me frankly. "We don't have your kind of dancing here." This is an honest opionion and I take it as that. His view is very important. What they have been doing is quite simply "street dancing."

Then a little farther up in Pearl City we have the Elks Lodge and Ige's 19th Puka, also close together. Older crowd with the oldies but goodies music. The music is the same as regular social dancing but with Latin down to about 25% of the action. It is a good start for the Social Club Dancers.

However Moanalua Corridor music has never been properly defined, it is too fragmented. When the music becomes better defined for a regular Night Club it may established it for the entire section. It can be the start of Social-Cultural dance in the night life of the Corridor. The Dance Studios and the Social Dance Clubs have had their agendas from decades back but there will be changes and amalgamation and the Latin will go up over 50%

Traditional jazz dance has existed since the late 19th century. It is perhaps one of the oldest street dances of urban America. It can be argued that worldwide, there are older dances that evolved in a urban environment or alongside urban culture (even though the term was rarely used). We will be patient.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Should Be Better

This blog with the second best concentration of residents next to Waikiki is just about in last place in hits. The best function we had this week was at the Elk's Lodge in Pearl City and I was not able to attend. But no news from anyone else either. It will take time to understand.

"If the big shots in social dance think blogging isn’t educational, they may need to have their heads examined. They should be seeking out every dance blogger on this Island and giving
them special kokua to blog more — and giving them extra credit in their classes."

There is some action in the Corridor but difficult to get someone to share and they have every right to do as they please. Meanwhile, there has to be something new coming up that we can share with our fellow dancers. Let me know and I will try to follow it up by splashing them in our blogs in living color.

The Moanalua Corridor covers from the beginning of the Moanalua Road in Pearl City and going all the way to the end in Salt Lake and even includes the Moanalua area. That new studio that is looking for free public relations, or the new dance club in process of forming and how about line dancing? Swing, Salsa, Tango?

Those that wish to keep it private, we must respect. And we will be patient for the ones coming up to bat. Pearlridge already has enough bars and semi night clubs, so Pearl City is the one over due and they could get people coming from Waikele and Waipio. It has been a pretty fast pace for the last ten years. The next ten?

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Chordettes

Of course we have been patiently waiting for some action further West into the Oahu - West territory which is also wide open. Night Clubs, Studios, Dance Clubs, Line dancing and any of the other Peripherals. Eventually we will cover most of them and we are thinking all the way to Makaha.

Dance Fever: A benign illness that hits most every
Social - Recreational dancer in varying degrees.
"Just Gotta Dance" There is no known cure except
to just dance it out.

Floors: Yes, nobody know anything about floors. Why is that? I am trying. and came across Duofloor which is the only reversible dance floor available that will accommodate all styles of dance, from dance using non-percussive shoe styles such as ballet, modern and jazz to dance using percussive shoe styles such as tap, flamenco and Irish – as well as everything in between.
The surface of Duofloor gives just the appropriate amount of slip resistance to make it a truly unique multipurpose floor that accommodates the widest variety of dance styles. Duofloor is an excellent choice for ballet pointe work as well as a great floor providing crisp sound for tap. It just doesn't seem like what we need for Recreational dancing.

Pub's Side Note: A good example of the kind of blogging we look forward to is Richard in Town Dancer blog and also in Oahu And Beyond blogs. Good coverage of the evening dance action. Hopefully we will get a couple for this blog too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Apologies

Sorry I couldn't make it to the Elks on Tuesday. Seems like the older I get the harder it is to make it out two nights in a row. Just tired and did not feel too well. Need a little rest is all.

"As I have repeatedly written in one form or other, blogging is not about writing posts. Heck,
that’s the least of your challenges. No, blogging is about cultivating a mutually beneficial
relationships with an ever-growing online readership, and consistency helps."

This is specially tough for me to see the hits on Moanalua Corridor come down to the low forties. Once in the thirties they will be on dangerous grounds. So more action in this section is needed along with the information contributors.

Information contributors can start with just a sentence or two of some news, preferably in their sectors. Then proceed to a paragraph or two, From there it is just a skip and a jump into being a Guest Author. And all due to happen whenever "you" decide to do it.

Photos for blogs require a knack. Singles, Doubles and even Triples do not do much good in a blog for the space they occupy. Four to Seven is very productive for the space and room enough for the names. Over that and we are in group territory. No names needed but at times represent the dance group very nicely.

"Let Me Go, Lover" by Patti Page

It has taken us several years to build up the readership that we have and we cannot stop now. The next step will be to establishing independence for the various blogs in our blogosphere. With four or five Guest Authors, they will have their own viewpoints and can make their own rules. Hopefully, this year we will have the first one.

Pub's Side Note: Yes, I can be contacted by phone, but I am hard of hearing so it may be difficult to communicate. The best way is by email, it is very easy to read. Mahalo.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tueday, What's Doin'?

There are an awful lot of things going in our dance circles in this section but for sure no one is going to tell us anything about them. There may be blank points of view, but fortunately there are also a lot of points of view with an opinion. That is what we need in the Moanalua Corridor.

"With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

We got one from the Da Spin Doctor and he will be at the Elk's Lodge on Tuesday evening. I hope be there, have a drink or two, and a few dances, I hope to get a few photos and make a nice write up from "my" point of view. This is a nice place to dance and relax in the middle of the week. For those that live nearby (and there are many,) they "coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Imagine" by John Lennon

But then this section has been a long time coming. I lived there for ten years 85 to 95 and night life was almost non existent. Now that section has more bars than Waipahu. So that entire enchilada is evolving quite apart from social dancing. And the Dance Studios are holding their own but not too interested in the social-recreational dance that we do.

From Dancing USA, 1999

Rock "n" Roll was in the early stages in 1959 when a touring group of fledgling musicians set out to light the world on fire with their music. In 1959, the troupe was on it’s fourth national tour. They filled the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa with hundreds of fans. The next morning Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson chartered a plane to Fargo, Minnesota. The plane crashed in a snowstorm just out of Clear Lake, killing all three on board and their pilot.

Clear Lake kids wore black arm bands to school to honor stars not much older than themselves. Holly was 22, Richie was 17. Holly was one of the first musicians in the rock era to write much of his own material. He was the first to experiment with over dubbing and his "hiccuping" vocal style influenced other musicians such as Paul McCartney and Bobby Vee.

"La Bamba" By Richie Valens

Pub's Side Note: We are going to get some action in this section sooner or later. See you at the Elks and maybe get your photo along with the gang.

Friday, March 16, 2012

We Try

We try and we try and that is all we can do, is try. We are definitely not going to force anyone to do anything they do not wish to do. They kokua or ignore us, they make the final decision. And we seem to have a hard row to hoe in the Moanalua Corridor.

"OK, we are starting a blog. Hey, life is short. At some point, take your communication to its logical extreme, and this is how we’re all going to be communicating anyway. Think about it."

In this sector there are two separate large dance organizations that are competing with each other.  Each has their own particular way of doing good for the dance community. Stands to reason that we must and will respect their wishes.

Sooner or later they will come around to realize that we just want to help, and it is very distinctive of whatever else they have. I personally live in Nanakuli and if I go to some function, it should be productive for all involved. I do not intend to waste my time or of any others. We are trying to get everyone to understand that we are not "instead of" anything. We are "in addition to" whatever they have now.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Meanwhile, we can certainly help the independent dance organizations or those that would like to feel independent. The studios are not yet aware of the benefits of blogging because they have Web sites and that seems to be the solution to all their PR problems. Blogging is still relatively new in Social Dance.

We do sincerely recommend the latest from Kapolei Chapter HBDA in the Oahu - West blog. The write up by Tim Cubero and the photos submitted are what we refer to as "Da Reel Teeng" in blogging. Check them out and you will see why the hits are going through the roof. They are read throughout the Islands and we even received an email from the Philippines.

Pub's Side Note: I will be at the Pearl City Elks Lodge this coming Tuesday and see if I can make a nice blog out of it. See you all there. This all takes time, I hope you understand and we must be patient.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nip And Tuck, It's Close

In the Moanalua Corridor I found two HBDA chapters without Web Sites, Pearlridge and Aliamanu. I offer our Public Relations whenever they are ready. the cost is zip, zero, nada. Then they can match the news that goes into our blogs compared to any that are out there on a Web site. Each type has its own contribution to the PR scene.The ultimate decisions are made by the reader/dancers. And that is why we have a counter, we want to know if we are just beating our gums.

Calm in Chaos: In the midst of the flurry - clarity. In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty. In the many roads - a certain choice.

Kapolei Chapter, HBDA remains a beacon of light for the entire dancing scene. They have regular information contributors, and I am invited to the socials. They are already getting recognition in the Philippines and they keep Oahu - West alive. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is coming in strong and that helps the entire Central Valley scene. I had never heard of Halemano Plantation before as a dinner/dance location.

The only others that we have going in the Moanalua Corridor are the Fleet Lounge and the Elk's Lodge. We have not had a write up contribution from either one in a while, but then Da Spin Doctor has his own Web site. So we can leave it at that. He has some terrific write ups in the Oahu And Beyond blog. Check'em out.

To find that Dance Studio in Pearl City is a problem. I read about it awhile back then lost the string. Perhaps it just came and went. For sure there will be a Studio in the new Ewa shopping center that is just shaping up. But then the entire enchilada seems to be moving further west. But the social entertainment is still "city." So be it for now, it too will change.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

There are over 20,000 potential dancers in this area, that end up going to Honolulu to dance.  And not very often because it is so far. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." And very gratifying that they are settling on the American Style of Social Dance.

Very acceptable and melds very easily with the night club scene. We are fortunate to have some of the best American style teachers on this island. Now we just have to find some places to dance, with some good music and a better atmosphere.

Central Valley is again leading the bottom three. Moanalua Corridor got stalled in these last few months but it shall rise again. Oahu - West is trailing badly but then not enough action there yet. It too shall rise. Just need another good steady information contributor. Dancing anyone? We go wherever we can help. Dancing is our game.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Flickers of Hope

It is getting to be pretty certain that those that have Web sites do not feel the need of any connection with a blog site. And that is their privilege. So we must target those that do not have a Web site and help them as much as we can.

"Be a first-rate version of yourself - instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Since I have spread myself too thin, this a very good method on cutting down on my work. And everyone will be happy. Of course there are those that will see the advantage of blogs not "instead of" but blogs as "an addition to" their public relations. The entire enchilada is still relatively new, so we all must be patient. The readers are there and they are increasing every day.

There is a dancing studio in Pearl City that we have not been able to trace and of course there are two others in the upper Corridor that have their own Web sites but think only in terms of paid advertising. So we must be patient there too.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Any other dance groups that do not have a Web site and could use some Public Relations in blogging could look into ours. You may be very pleasantly surprise and from there we can get some good information contributors and the readership will keep going up. We just have to be patient and hope for the best.

"Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit - To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly - To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies,
our symbols of renewal and rebirth  - To offer daily Thanksgiving
for ourselves, our families, our friends, our community, for the whole world."

Pub's Side Note: Everyone knows that everyone does not agree with all opinions on these blogs. Blogs are meant for feedback. You have a right to your opinion too and can be included if you wish. Comes under information contributing, Check out the latest from Da Spin Doctor in the Oahu And Beyond blog. It should be of interest to all our reader/dancers.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lucky, Lucky Us

We got some great news for the readers of Moanalua Corridor blog. Direct from Maile Yagi of the Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club. News of the famous Aiea Ballroom Dance Association which also mentions Aloha Dance Club. I am sure the reader/dancers of our blogs are interested and I hope it doesn't upset anyone.

Here is the Monthly Dance Schedule from our "Sister" dance club,
The Aiea Ballroom Dance Association-Hawaii.
Please call for further information.

"Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small, -
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all."
~ Juvenal

This entire blogosphere has been a puzzle and what makes it so interesting is that it is puzzle of my own creation. The hits in the Moanalua Corridor are holding firm in the mid forties, the same as Central Valley. Not so good but then not convincingly bad. And the reader/dancers will still make the decisions.

Of course, they do not have much choice if there is no dance news in the section. When it comes to the chicken or the egg, most of us in blogging know that the news comes first, then the readers. Not the other way around.

The information contributors are crucial. If we cannot get the news, then it is pau, fini, kaput, over and out. The reader/dancers will read the blogs wherever the action. And unfortunately, too many in the West are still thinking "downtown kine thinking."

"Cherokee" by Charlie Barnett

Late Addition from Maile Yagi:

An added message from Deanie from the
Aiea Ballroom Dance Association-Hawaii:

This is at the Palladium
"Aiea will have 2 dances in March. Aloha Dance Club asked us to join them on Sat March 31st; full ballroom. Henry Lee will dj - he's got good music. We've always had a good time when we've co-hosted with Aloha. Please come join the fun if you can.
Aloha ~ Deanie"

So the planning continues. Central Valley and Moanalua Corridor were once upon a time in the mid sixties. So now they are both on alert. If the hits come down to below the magic number of 34 per day, then we can begin planning the phase out. The information contributors are very important, then it is really very simple and we reiterate, the reader/dancers will make the final decisions.

Meanwhile, Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond are moving like a house afire. Plenty of action and the hits are going through the roof. The other blogs are correspondingly picking up too. Our entire blogosphere is now at over 400 average hits per day. (12000 hits for a 30 day month.) Can it go higher? I would say yes, but there are no guarantees.

Pub's Side Note: "Our blogs are what you say when there is nobody standing over your shoulder telling you what to do." We need a few Guest Authors and then there is no stopping us. Happy Dancing.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Still in there.

Dance, Dance, Dance!

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, be passionate about it. - Exercise your body, dance a fast Salsa like there is no tomorrow. - Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy.

Then, take a good look around and - pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Social-Cultural Dance Scene. There are so many nice people , it can make it easy to be nice to the world around us. This is our world and we deserve it, don't you think?

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

This blog is now headed for dead last and already passed in hits by Oahu - West. The others are catching up too. All we could do is try with Elk's Lodge and the Fleet Lounge. But now apparently things are changing there too. Perhaps a dance studio and a new dance club would do it. We must be patient. We should know in a couple of months. This blog may be turn out superfluous..

West Oahu and our blogosphere readers are gradually forming into a loosely and fiercely independent group of dancers wanting to invite more people to join them in their indulgence. And the Social-Recreational scene is merging very nicely with the Club Dancers. The class level of these people is rising and we are getting fewer of the chintzy lying gossipers.

Financially the range covers the ones paying only the minimum required for fun to those spending big bucks to become the best dancers they possibly can. Whatevah, these are good people and they are getting better all the time and with a side aim of wanting to help each other. As always we do not exclude anyone and always let them make the first move, so if we have skipped over some organizations and people, perhaps they can join us later.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bad News Bears

Moanalua Corridor still slipping slowly into the lower echelons of blogging. At present the only thing holding them up is the Elk's Lodge and the Fleet Lounge. Anybody else out there?

"Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles." ~ Confucius

Outside of that we have little kokua. Probably a good Guest Author would stop the downward plunge and help find more dance infornmation for this blog. But things change and we will move with them. A key factor for us is in the counters. If the hits come down to less than 34 average per day. Moanalua Corridor will be phased out, either way, the reader/dancers will have communicated.

A blog is what all "websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience and easy to update and change. If the target audience is not there, we must go elsewhere and the hits will tell. No out of it then. Too bad, this section had such a potential. Perhaps next year, different blog, different people.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

Vocals: A musical selection with one or more people singing, along with the Harmony and the Melody. This, of course, is of no interest to beginners. This is appreciated only by those able to use the right side of the brain when dancing. May be a little ways down the road.

Pub's Side Note: Some people can see it and some cannot.
Woody Allen; "I went to my parents 65th Anniversary and they danced. They can’t dance. But it had more feeling than two people who go to dancing schools for fifty years."

Pub's Side Note: "Blogging may be hard for one person when it becomes the grind
required to stay interesting and relevant. So the Guest Author is a must."