Wednesday, July 18, 2018

But there is hope yet,

This blog remains at the bottom of the pile. Plenty of dance places on Oahu, but all of them are making Big Bucks and they have beautiful web sites and plenty advertising. They do not need a blog, That is entirely their decision and they certainly have a right to it. So we can only go for the ones that may need us, we mustn't interfere.That new social dance club developing on the North Shore has their own ideas and they sure are entitled to use them.

“Social dancers believe that dance is not dance, if they don't do it from their hearts.”

Some potential information contributors have their own way of doing it and it must be respected. I do get comments with Anonymous and I will be accepting the good ones, but I will give them a pen name. We should respect everyone's opinions. But in the blogs they can be prominently displayed for all to see and read. And of course that leads to more readers and in return it should lead into more Guest Bloggers and more of our blogs will go independent. Perhaps we can continue the year in a more rightful area for each group.

1991 "The First Time" by Surface

Have we defined ours? Not really, but even though most "dancers" don't know it yet, we are in the process. It will be much easier when we get more Guest Bloggers, for then we will get different opinions. That'll do it. Ordinary Communication Media is one way. We are accustomed to whom it may concern: newsletters, email flyers, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV. They do their job but there ain't nuttin' like a blog. The feedback!

"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle."

Friday, July 13, 2018

Planning To Leave

"Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others."

"Social dancers believe that there is no likelihood that they would ever make a living from dance. They dance because they love it, surrounded by music and dancing with joy.”

I will not live forever so I must plan on the orderly fashion for the takeovers. My best blog based on the average hits per day will go first. Information contributors and Guest Bloggers will be accepted from anywhere. Each one will have the opportunity of presenting their own viewpoint. Hopefully the idea will evolve to spread it around for many groups over this island. I think you will know what can happen where one club get their members to take it over. A dead blog. Spread out, the results would  be dancing of the dancers, for the dancers and by dancers.

 1991 "Justify My Love" by Madonna

What more could we ask for? The blogs are not yet fully formed they are too much alike because of SOS (mostly my point) This blog I have set up to include mostly night club action. Just a hint and perhaps the people out there go with it. Are there any experts out there blogging with us that know everything? I know one thing, I must make our blogs "social media" and that means Guest Bloggers or at least other people regularly contributing opinion. It must not be only me. Now to find the people willing to share their pearls of dance wisdom with their fellow dancers.

Blogger's Law #41: "All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts."

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Carolina Dance Club

Since 1999 the Carolina Dance Club (CDC) has been promoting the wonderful diversity and passion of Swing, Salsa and partner dancing here in the Triangle, North Carolina area. We strongly believe in making social dance affordable and accessible to everyone and work to bring the highest quality of dance instruction and music enjoyment to our community. Our club began 19 years ago hosting a monthly Swing dance with 30 or 40 passionate, devoted dancers. Today our club numbers 250+ members and is celebrating 14 years of weekly Sunday Night Swing dancing and afternoon Salsa and afternoon Ballroom dancing at the beautiful Raleigh Elks Lodge.

 “If people listen to music and dance every day, they find happiness
and sacred solutions to many problems.”

On any giving Sunday 110 to 160 dancers of all ages will be swinging, dancing and making new friendships and connections with people from across the Triangle/Triad area. All dance activities are smoke free and open to the public. Fostering and promoting outreach within our local dance community has been an important goal of our club. We do this by co-sponsoring dance events with local dance instructors, promoters and dance organizations that share a common purpose – bringing the joy of social dance to people of all ages and backgrounds.

1990 "Close To You" by Maxi Priest

We support many non-profit organizations with fundraising initiatives at our Sunday Elks Lodge dances. If you are a non-profit and would like our support, let us know. This philosophy of inclusion and a sense of giving back to the community we live and dance in has guided our club activities and has helped us build our dance club into a friendly, active and growing organization. We invite you to come out and dance with us, enjoy friendly people, share your talents and your passion for social dancing every Sunday afternoon and evening. CDC club membership benefits and enrollment.

"Most Social Dancers can tell you that not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."

Friday, July 6, 2018

Social Line dancers

I had never noticed before that there is more line dancing in Night Clubs on Oahu. It is easy thing to get into it at break time from regular partner dancing in the evening about ten PM. They use the KISS method, "Keep It Simple, Stupid." And it seems that many of the best developing women dancers are coming into the partner dancing world of Social Dancing from the line dancers. Not like old times when the club dancer evolved from "street" dancing, but that is becoming scarce nowadays. Meanwhile, line dancing is already an accepted part of the Social Dance scene. So men wannabees can get more into that, even if just for the fun of it.

"Social dancers love to focus on the lyrics but sometimes they focus
on the lyrics too much and forget to dance to the music.”

In line dancing you first learn to enjoy moving to the music that is usually played in most social dances, and in dancing, moving to the music is it, recreational dances or cultural dances and perhaps even in Night Clubs. Eventually we will find the best terminology. And in line dancing they have one of the greatest inventions in the world, the Playlist. You will learn to dance to the music not the beat. It will be because you like that song, not because you can dance rumba to it. You will become a social dancer.
"Dancing the Electric Side to the Electric Boogie song."

Then you will develop, on your own, just dancing and enjoying the few sequence steps in each dance, the "timing" for each dance. Anyone can step one, two, three on the Waltz, but very soon, the "rhythm" comes in and you will want to stress the movement on the one count. Natural. Then you will develop your own unique style, all on your own and you will feel comfortable with the entire package, music, timing, rhythm and your own style. From there it is just skip and a jump to partner dancing. There are over 500 documented steps in every dance. To dance socially and for fun, keep away from anything that smacks of intermediate or advance. That is for OP (Other People.)

"I should not believe in a God who does not dance." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fad Dances

By Fred Chun, Waipio

Fad dances are for the young and the kids have always said, "Never trust anyone over thirty." That seems to be the dividing line for decades and its OK with me. Fads are dances which are characterized by a short burst of popularity. These used to be called "dance crazes" but no longer mainly because of modern day hype they usually last longer  Lambada last ten years and made billions of dollars. Dancing style fads have always been a part of social dancing, sometimes gliding smoothly into tradition after their "newness" has faded, and sometimes simply fading away into oblivion.
 "Social dancers may dance to inspire, dance to freedom, - life is about
experiences so dance and let yourself become free.” 

After WWI, in the early 1920s a string of dance crazes swept the world, including the Jitterbug and the Charleston. The decade was called the roaring twenties, it was a period of prosperity until the Depression hit. During prohibition everyone was having a ball, drinking, dancing and having fun.
Perhaps the most significant of all these early 20th century crazes was the tango which came from Argentina in the early 1900s. The tango swept the world in the late 1910s and 1920s, sparking a worldwide craze that was fanned by its use in Hollywood movies, and the style was soon appropriated to become part of the standard dance repertoire. But even then it has split into many different tangos in different countries.

In the US alone we have three. In Hawaii, four if we include the beautiful Filipino Tango. In modern times "fads" also arise and disappear much more frequently. This is certainly spurred by modern communication improvements (printed media, radio, movies, television, Internet). World War II was also another spur in the dance crazes. From Latin America, dance fads included the merengue, the samba, the mambo, the rumba and, in the early 1960s, the bossa nova. Each new Latin style enjoyed massive popularity, and many transcended their fad status to become standardized styles in the repertoire of western popular dance tradition.

Blogger's Law No. 28C:
"No matter what goes wrong, there is always somebody who knew it would."

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The New Wave

We are getting closer to a good job description for the two-center. Several two-centers can develop into the heart and soul of any blog as social media. Instead of the quiet, verbal, gossipy, untruths and innuendos that we have had in the cliques, they can have an honest opinion out in public and with the people responsible clearly stated. And opinions are like noses, all different but everyone has got one. Once a day, or once a month, a decision that should be entirely up to the two-center. The hits would double on all the blogs very easily. And socially it would mean that we are connecting with other dancers that may still feel uncomfortable with club rules. They would rather do things their way and not as the rootzi tootzis say we should. Getting closer to real democratic principles for social dancers.

“Social dancers know that music does not need the language of words.
It has movements of dance to do its translation.”

From the Internet: Some night clubs are glorified lounges with some dance floor,
and lots of tables on the side for bottle service:

Sure, some people dance. Many people on Oahu, go to these places, however, to sit at their tables and look smug about how cool they must be to get bottle service. And occasionally they get up and dance on the seats around their table, or on the dance floor right in front of their table. This kind of clubbing is all for being able to say they went to the coolest hotspot, and seen by the right people. And just perhaps, they may do a little dancing. And before you think we are being overly snarky, we have all had our stints of frequenting these nightclubs and sitting at tables and looking smug.

 "I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Just received email from Calvin and Debra Ota. They have arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a total of nine couples from Hawaii competing at the famous Gumbo of Ballroom Dancesport Championships from Friday June 29 to Sunday, July 1st. It is presented by USA Dance Chapter 5031 and Louisiana Dancesport at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We know they will do well. They may not be social dancers in our class, but make no mistake, these people are dancers.

“Social dancers know that the things they do for themselves are gone when they are gone,
but the things they do for others remain as their legacy.”

Sunday, June 24, 2018


This blog not going anyplace. Most places in town have terrific Web sites and have advertising in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Most are not sure what a Blog is. Hell, I have been working blogs for 20 years and I am not sure either. I have six blogs now and I have tried to make them different but tough to communicate that to the readers. The reader/dancers have some idea of what each blog does. If you have some dance information to share, email it and it can go in the blog of your choice.You are the ones to make it Social Media.

“Social dancers believe that dance does not give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. The music just sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”

 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. 

With enough guest bloggers and steady information and photo contributors, our blogs will be up in the stratosphere in hits. If we plan it right with the best blog, I can make my gradual withdrawal and let the guest bloggers take the blog over and they will make all the rules. For now I  hope it will be Town Dancer because that is the leader of the pack.  With new blood, these bloggers can teach the rest of us how to do better.

 “Social dancers know that the job of feet is walking,
but they also know that their hobby is dancing.”