Friday, August 30, 2013

From the Text books

Technique:
The second category of technique has to do with the relationship between the partners. If a leader does not understand the correct dance frame, then the leader will resort to using strength, forcing the follower to move a particular way, which maybe awkward or even dangerous.

From a London Newsletter, 20 years ago:
"Carry the lady as she were a tray of drinks The finest champagne in the best glassware. Do not spill a drop."

A proper dance frame allows the leader to indicate the desired movement clearly but without force. This in turn, allows the follower to move properly and safely. Likewise, if the follower does not understand the correct dance frame, the leader has no method to communicate the lead.


This blog is for the beginning bloggers. Just four sentences
is all that is needed. Everybody's got that.

It is also important to understand that much of recreational dance is counter intuitive. For example, in some figures a couple turns not because the dancers turn individually but because one partner remains relatively still, while the other partner moves past, causing the partnership to turn. Many other aspects of dancing are also counter intuitive, and without a thorough grounding in partner relationship technique,the dance can become an arm wrestling match set to music.

"Are You Lonesome To-night" by Elvis Presley

Pub's Side Note; Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. The least expensive PR.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yes, Accidents Do Happen

That's what the Rail Party says and meanwhile the estimated costs on the Rail go up now to eight billion dollars. Ha, Caldwell just reported, that just a few months into the fiscal year, the city is already in the hole 26 million dollars. So many lucky Taxpayers out there. They are beginning to realize they were conned.


And we have to build million dollar rail stations too, and keep the monthly parking fees to less than $400.00 per month. The transit rates will be the same for rail or bus, except that it will go up to $5.00 per. Somebody is making some big bucks here and it isn't the city. The city will not go bankrupt. Pretty close but the State will have to bail them out. Lucky neighbor islands, they are going to pay through the nose too.


Industrial Park in the Ewa Plain, nestled up into the mountains. Voted down by the Rail Party. 9000 less cars on the freeway to town. 9000 less cars in Honolulu Traffic. And 9000 cars on the way back. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Yes, we have be conned, Royally. But it's the bread, Fred.


Monday, August 26, 2013

The Chassé, Anyone?

By Patrick Wong, Barber's Point.

This has been done by humans from as far back as fifty thousand years? Only forty thousand? I am not going to quibble over it. Humans can say, “been there, done that.” The point is that the people in the Western dance world did not begin to recognize it as such until the beginning of modern partner dancing. The word came from ballet terminology and from the French meaning “to chase."

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others,
what am I? And if not now, when?"

Nothing difficult about that. What was it and what is it. Chassé is any three-step pattern, going basically in the same direction with the leading foot always leading.

In complimentary style, the man going forward and the woman back in the first chassé, and with the man going back and the woman going forward is the “natural step.” Side steps too in mirror fashion, And there are many other movements which are considered “unnatural patterns” but quite acceptable in some disciplines.

"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) by  the Crew Cuts.

It works the same as the rock step, as a complementary step or a mirror step and even as a promenade step. Next, what happens when you dance a rock step and a chassé? You got a perfect Cha Cha Cha! Did somebody in the last hundred years invent that? Ha! - Africa? You gotta be kidding.

Then how about a Rock Step and two chassés. You have a perfect Jive! The Mayan Indians used to dance something like that to a six count measure. And they surely didn't invent it. It was there long before their time. I keep looking for all these present day folks that invented these steps and patterns. They just don't know any better. ****

"In My Life" by The Beatles


There must be some dancers there to get this blog going
and a new place to dance.

Rudolf Laban brought dancing down to five basic movements and he recognized that these movements had been in existence at least from the time man stopped walking on his knuckles. But there are, on records, as recently as the last thirty years when someone has claimed to  have invented a dance move. That is why all the forbidden cameras, trying to protect their material. "What fools these mortals be." Ha!

Pub's Side Note: Yes I work with your Social Security number. The prizes are usually the last two digits of your Social Security number. If the same as the posted number you da winnah.




Friday, August 23, 2013

Dance Floors

Sooner or later some club is going to find a Community Center with the room but no money to install a good dance floor. With the extremely high cost of the Rail Tragedy, it is out of the question for the city. It has been done on the Mainland. Many members on the Club make loans in packets of $100 to the Club at zero interest. This for the floor fund to install the floor. After the floor is installed a few "Fundraisers" to pay back the loans, and away you go.

"Our lives improve only when we take chances ~ and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be Honest with ourselves."
 
Basic oak strip flooring is around $10 to $13 a square foot, installed. Laminates range from $6 to $11per square foot, installed. Of course, the club may have some handy men, could be probably less than $2 a square foot. More exotic varieties of hardwood flooring quickly rise in price. With laminates, the wood character comes from a photographic image, so they are about the same price for any grain or finish option.

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones

Flooring installation is one of the later phases in a typical remodeling project so it would be considered a regular installation here. Solid hardwood flooring stock should be in the room where it will be used at least three weeks prior to installation. This allows the wood to acclimate to the average moisture content and heat of the room. If material is laid too early, it can dry and shrink and the joints between boards will open up. Laminates only need to be on site a few days prior to installation. This would not be a big problem.

"Hey Jude" by The Beatles

Maintenance and Repair
Laminate floors require very little maintenance. The material handles surface moisture well, but if the core material gets wet it can expand and damage the flooring. In ballrooms, you must make sure that surface water is wiped up quickly after spills. Unlike hardwood, laminate does not require sanding and refinishing every few years. Routine cleaning with a vacuum or damp mop is all that is needed. The process for repairing damaged boards is similar to that of hardwood. Precision cutting and fitting is required, so a professional should be hired to replace any damaged pieces.

Perhaps the new club that forms will be able to do this. We can all help.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Photos

We are all aware of the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, yes, to a certain extent. Pictures are governed by the law of supply and demand. If the first pic is worth a thousand words, when you introduce the second picture, now each one is only worth 999 words. And the more pictures the lessor the value of each.

"We support those who wish to be people of value, integrity
and quality for their fellow dancers."

A new study from the U.K. confirms what we've long suspected: Oversharing of Facebook photos is more than just a nuisance, and uploading a hundred "selfies" per day could very well be damaging to your real-world relationships. Facebook reports that they are getting 4000 photos per second or 300 million per day.

The net result of so many photos is negative, not doing anyone any good and sometimes the Internet is right. The study found that both excessive photo sharing and sharing photos of a certain type makes almost everyone like you less.

"Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole

From my viewpoint, I think the people on this Island are just beginning to use social network sites, and enjoy the benefits they bring. They are fun, or we wouldn't be using them. But just be careful about what how much you are sharing in places where they already have too much. "Think twice, post once."

 
This a Micro Blog. What's a Micro Blog?

In my blogging, I find the maximum efficiency with each photo containing 4 to 8 people. And about six to eight photos max in one blog. That is in my blogs - others may fly differently. So if you have any photos that fit in these categories, send them in. Guaranteed to post because we do not have many and will go over well with the readers. And I take the best ones and include them in the slide show.


Yes, I have been advised. There are no dancers in this territory.

Then anyone that sends a photo in has something to say about it. Guaranteed, it would be of interest to the readers. We are all interested in our fellow dancers. And from there we evolve some good information to share and in our blogs it is needed.

Monday, August 19, 2013

New

Central Valley has slowed in its downward trend, now that it will be phased out. That's all right, we can leave it there until it withers out. May take a couple months. And Oahu West is picking up steam.

"Science and mathematics run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it - They never touch it: consider what an explosion would rock the bones of humans into little white fragments and unsky the world if any mind for a moment touch truth."

Waipahu has made it quite clear that it does not wish to communicate. We cannot blame them. In the Internet and many other places, free is not free. Another couple years and they will learn, our blogging is for free.

Q: How does a witch-doctor ask a girl to dance?
A: Voodoo like to dance with me?

 
Our own Island Tw-itter, only B-iggah and B-ettah

Kapolei Chapter, HBDA seems to be doing good in their new Makakilo location. They found the spot that needed them desperately. I hope to be at their coming social, make a good write up and get some photos. Fortunately they kokua and we have helped them to be well known on this entire Island.

"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult


This blog starting to roll.

A guest author from anywhere would really enhance this entire dancing section. But that may not be "HBDA." I gotta keep up with photos and a few quotes for the fans of these blogs and it is a growing group. And I am certain of this, a guest author in any of our blogs would send the hits up through the roof.

'Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

But like I have said often enough, I try to help wherever I can.  I have work to do, and I must be on my way. I intend to help even though I have been charging thousands of dollars, UP FRONT. Ha!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Holding On Strong

From the beginning this blog has amazed me. It has done very well for the dancers in the vicinity and they have done very well for the blog. There must be a good Guest Author, with an honest opinion, among so many good people. That will make the definite difference from the other blogs.

"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it."

Meanwhile, Oahu West and Central Valley are almost sure for amalgamation by the end of the month. We can then keep Central Valley open for another month and then officially delete it. Meanwhile, Oahu West will inherit any dancing in the Central Valley sector. And they can probably start right around the corner from Pearl City, Waipio and its beautiful Industrial Park. And we welcome all the possibles out there.

"Stood Up" by Ricky Nelson

The proposed Dance Pavilion in the West is looking less probable. Gotta pay for the Rail Disaster. So perhaps some Community Centers can be convinced to allow our type of Cultural Dance. We don't need a big place like the Palladium, that is from the old days when they had "ballrooms" and everyone danced "ballroom." This is now, the 21st century and things are much different.


The new one, like Tw-itter, only B-iggah and B-ettah

The Internationals have seized the name "Ballroom" for their very own. And most of us agree with them. They really dance in Ballrooms. The night clubbers have acquire some views and they would like the term "social" dancer and they seem to prefer dancing in night clubs to live music.

"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd Have Baked A Cake"
by Eileen Barton

For us, the vast number of cultural dancers, we can accept that and seek a better terminology for ourselves, now that these two groups have insisted on separating themselves from us. We dance in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and when we find a Night Club that accepts us we will dance there too. Meanwhile we must be careful of the ones that are too rootzi tootzi.


The Waianae Coast has some readers but no news about dancing. Let's get with it!

And we shall get better organized and set up our own cultural dance clubs with the idea of enjoying the movement to music without a lot of cloning or excess individualism. And most of it based on the American Style of dance. (we can skip Bolero) We are already getting there, and we have a hellavah lot more people than anyone realized. And once more people are aware of what we are not, then they will join us for the fun of it.





Monday, August 12, 2013

The Chosen One

With the over dilution of the readership (too many blogs) I brought it to a head much faster. By the tenth the readers/dancers voted for Oahu East to butt out. It will be deleted on the 20th and very few will notice. It will give me ten days to get everything else rearranged and in order by the first of September.

"They who love dancing too much seem to have more
brains in their feet than in their head."

I have been running into a few Latins lately and as far as the Latin populations growth, I think its a nice thing. For one thing, Hispanic cultural awareness needs to be spread in Hawaii. It is not just Salsa. The entire Hispanic community will realize that Latin does not have to be from the Caribbean. There may be 20 million people in the Caribbean, but there are 20 million in Mexico City alone. Somebody picking up on this action?

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Mexico, the entire country, is a powerhouse of diverse music. South America with Brazil and Argentina have always led the way there. So it is happening in Hawaii, the diverse Hispanic community is independently identifying themselves as Hispanic. It will take time, we are going to learn to chassé, and there is a Latin Night Club right around the corner. Latin Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango. And how about a few Rhythm dances like Swing?

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey

 
There is going to be some dancing on this island.

Hear, Hear

This is a widely used way of expressing approval for something the speaker has said. It dates from the time when disapproval was shown by humming. Those who were in favor of what was being said called for others to listen by saying, "Hear him. Over time this changed to "Hear, Hear," the form that is used today.


 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Da Guy?

I have been watching some of these people in many places and they seem to know what they want. They enjoy the music and the moving to that music. They enjoy the company of their friends and neighbors and are willing to accept "outsiders" to partake of the fun. But of course, most of these people know the music and do not have ear plugs in their ears from sunup to sundown.

"Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life." ~ Albert Schweitzer

"We" do not dance for others, we dance for ourselves. Once we got that gang together we got it made in the shade. We get suggestions and among the best of our advisors are the teachers of American Style of Dance. But in the end, we dance anyway we damn well please.

"Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams
 
That guy over there dancing like a horse stuck in a muddy swamp is having the time of his life. He knows he is not the best dancer in the crowd but he is willing to learn a few things that will make his dancing to his favorite music more enjoyable. No one is going to tell him that it is heel, toe, toe. Or is it the other way around? Hell, I don't know.

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" by Frankie Lane
 
We understand that we cannot dance in all the social dancing because of the cliques. We should all know that an organization that is free of large cliques (like a private club) can be very good for the social dancer. Night Clubs? Careful, many are very adverse to anything that may resemble "Ballroom" dancing. They can be rootzi tootzi about it too.

I hope that in these blogs we will gradually cover only the most pleasant places to dance our way. Which ever way it may someday be defined. We do not seem to be there yet, but the new social dance club is coming, sure as hell.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

One has got to go

I don't really know why but it is happening. Meaningless statistics from Google Analytics, but it may be Blogger's fault. Some of you that have removed your stats from your blog or web sites, because of the screw ups, may be more right than me.

"The time is always right to do what is right."

Of course, zero hits means no interest. It is very simple, no hits, no use. So all I can do is guess. The posters were getting some hits but very little. Routine flyer kind of info that is received is almost DOA. Does not record anywhere.

However we have until the end of month. So we must delete one of these blogs as of August 31. Of course, I had spread myself too thin which was the experiment. What do I know of blogging? But I do want our reader/dancers to know that we have always been more than willing to help.

Tune in to any of the other blogs, you may find the information you are looking for. And very probably the blog that is deleted will not be missed at all. Perhaps we can post direct items from Two-Centers for the readers of our other blogs.

Routine flyers emails are not that effective. What is effective is what happens after. That is very interesting to the readers, runs up the hits and it is remembered by all. Meanwhile we can get some action in the remaining blogs. Then Blogger takes 90 days for anyone to think it over then deletes it on their books.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music.
~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


"No, not that way, remember the last time we turned over."   ► ► ►
  
 
 
 
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."

 


Monday, August 5, 2013

The Corporations Keep Buying the Votes.

People of all faiths are seeking help from their communities to lead in this dangerous moment and to begin to help heal what is becoming an increasingly alarming and frightening situation.
 
"God never puts any person in a space too small to grow in."

I both agree and disagree on various policy issues but I take this opportunity to expressed my real discouragement over how more and more Americans now get their news and information from only highly ideological and partisan media sources. Sources with whom they already agree, and who daily fuel the most passionate emotions of their loyal followers -- on both sides of the political aisle.
 
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

 
This blog coming up very strongly. Just one Guest Author,
a new view point, would put it over the top.

From a very old quote:

I have no respect for justice - I maim without killing - I break hearts and I ruin lives - I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age - The more I am quoted the more I am believed - I flourish at every level of society.

My victims are helpless - They cannot protect themselves against me - I have no face and to track me down is very difficult- The harder you try the more elusive I become - I am nobody's friend - Once I tarnish a reputation it is never quite the same.

I topple governments and wreck marriages - I ruin careers, cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion - I spawn suspicion and generate grief - I make innocent people cry in their pillows - I make headlines and headaches - Even my name hisses.

I am "Vicious Gossip." Before you repeat a story, ask yourself is it really necessary? Will I really enhance myself by bringing someone else down? Vicious Gossip will do it.

Actually, I would never call these people snakes. It would be an insult to the snake species.


This one is our only Mini - Blog. - What's a Mini - Blog?


 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Update

This blog has been truly amazing. I was just hoping it would go along with the rest and perhaps just be valuable as a link. Once testing was completed, participation was very good and I did not expect this many reader/dancers of such high quality.

"The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself
is in possession of it may be the deepest root of
all the evil that is in this world."

My job in search quality will be to rank the blogs appropriately in our stats. (see July Stats in Blogging Hawaii blog.) I have acquired a little experience in ranking our blogs and I feel confident that I will be up to the challenge making many of the blogs independent.

I am very excited by the potential to substantially increase the dissemination of knowledge among all of us on the Western Part of this Island. I do not want to build a walled garden of content; I want to disseminate information and photos of our kuleana as widely as possible.

"A truth that's told with bad intent,
beats all the lies you can invent."


Any dancers out on the Windward side?

If you have been gossiped about, it should be our goal to help bring you healing ... to bring you peace and to help you work through it. you may not be able to stop every negative word that comes your way, but you can minimize it and the damage so that it does not completely destroy, you, your relationships or your children's future.