Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wahiawa District Park, Oktoberfest

I prepared for this excursion and still forgot some things, paper and pen to write a few opinions in the the blog. The Handi Van got me there at a nice time and everything else was moving very nicely. I got the first person to take my camera and she got the majority of the photos. Others did help too. And there was no truth to the rumor of a keg of beer.


They always set up a nice background for taking photos and they are very good. I put some in yesterday's blog, Dancing Nights. But then I had enough photos for three collages in that blog. I still got two collages for this one. We were lucky to get a few people willing to help getting these good photos.


It has been written many times that the Polka was a simple Czech dance that was known and danced in the early 1800s long before the nobles got hold of it - it is a truly Czech folk dance. By 1835, this dance had spread to the ballrooms of Prague. From there, it spread to Vienna by 1839 and in 1840 was introduced in Paris by a Prague dance instructor. It was so well received by both dancers and dance masters in Paris that its popularity was referred to as "polkamania." The dance soon spread to London and was introduced to America in 1844. It remained a popular ballroom dance until the late 19th century. There are people that believe it is still being danced today in the 21st. century."

"Beer Barrel Polka" by The Andrews Sisters.  (1939)


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in
any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
Dr. Seuss, - Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dance Structure On Oahu

Seventy years ago the English style was pretty much England and the US until the name change to International and then it spread throughout the "Empire." American style remained confined to the US and Canada with maybe 60-70 percent of the dancing. And there had been much influence of the American Style by the US military in the outlying posts such as the Philippines, China, Korea and Japan.
“Single social dancers some times feel like they’ve been dancing
with the same ten cute girls their whole life.”


Then International came to Hawaii in the 60s and some teachers were able to convince many in their recommendations that some American Style classes should be taken before taking International classes, This was a clear implication that International was at a level of dancing much more advanced than the lower class American style. Then they taught many of their moves as "correct" and they were accepted as a different style and done differently. Sounds logical to me and many took to it. However, within ten years, the statement came with no qualifications. Even today, many will flatly state, that they dance "correctly." By default anyone who does not dance that way is dancing "incorrectly."

 "Angel Of Mine" by Monica  (1999)


The noses of the "Rootzi Tootzis began to be lifted when observing Social Dancers at the time of the Palladium and there was the introduction of a new phrase, "Junk Dancer." It established the end of their upward climb, and showed the rise of the Social Dancer. American has always been more diverse and more subject to change among different factions and many teachers prefer those options. Even on this island we have some very good differences. International has more strictness from the governing body and it remains very close to the original beginnings for competitions. We are so fortunate that on Oahu we have had some of the best American Style teachers in the Pacific. We could just understand and respect each other.

"Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it." 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Ocktoberfest

This blog is standing still. Not too bad but this is at a time when Facebook is receiving 3 billion videos per day. Town Dancer still remains our top blog. We still do not know who is running it, not much Feedback. But they keep pretty close to the social dancers of the dance community on Oahu, like most of us. So there seems to be plenty of reader/dancers in that category. With the others we can try to understand  and stay at a respectable distance. They have Web sites, so obviously for them, those are more effective means of communication.

“Social dancers believe it takes two, the lead picks the moves and the follow
executes them effectively and usually beautifully.”

From Maile Yagi


"Life is variable - a rich strain of music, suggesting a realm too fair to be."


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Politics

We are still looking for those that may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make it our blogs into the Social Media of dance. This a test to see if I can set it up "long distance" since I am limited in getting around. I can just help to build it up and the Guest Bloggers will inherit it whenever they are ready. Most of our blogs are for the beginners and intermediate dancers. The advanced dancers already know it all, so there is not much they can learn in these blogs. There are other blogs for them and it should all be quite understandable. No Hu Hu.

"Have You Ever" by Brandy (1999)


“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Year

It is a new year for me. Today, I will have completed my 93rd trip around the Sun on this Spaceship Earth. I consider myself very fortunate when along the way I have lost so many good friends. It is a tragedy when they have died too young to enjoy life just living around good friends. Me, I have had my time in the Sun, I have no complaints.

“Social dancers believe that there is no limit to what a person can do
when they have been inspired by the dance!”


The Hit Counter did not have the complete answer to our problems: Hit counters help, but by themselves are almost meaningless. You must compare your Web or Blog site with others in your same or approximate category. I am limited mostly to mine because everyone else got rid of theirs. So it best that we able to compare to find out if we are just beating our gums. I have reduced my blogs from the Swinging Six to the Fabulous Five. "Platinum Horseshoe" blog is in process of being deleted.

"My All" by Mariah Carey (1998)


Hit counters can be public or non-public. If they are non-public, or "invisible", only the webmaster can see how many times the page has been viewed. And if they are not seen, there is a reason. Technically, hit counters measure requests sent by a visitor’s browser to a server. Each time a visitor’s browser requests to see a page on your site, this request is relayed through your server, and is called a hit. There is a high potential for confusion here, because log analysis also involves the interpretation of "hits." I do not worry about this anymore.

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

Monday, September 10, 2018

Gittin' Thar

Looking over the Island of Oahu, "our kuleana," I find Web and Blog sites from around the Central Pacific. There are dance blogs enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with a reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machines start to crumble. Oahu? Many of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living in these sections. Patience.

“Many Social Dancers believe that dance is the art closest to nature,
and because it involves socializing is closer to real life.”


Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make these blogs into "Social Media" of social dance. This a test to see if I can can set it up at some distance, simply because I am mobile dificient. I can only help to build it up and they will inherit it whenever they are ready. I am trying to make some connection with the North Shore, and also for something in the Waianae Coast. I have been told that there are plenty dancers there. We will see what we will see.

"Honey" by Mariah Carey (1997)


The main thing is that the Rail Tragedy is already screwing up the works in the West and the city government. More people are getting interested in dancing on West Oahu. The American style of dance is popular and in some social dance clubs, the DJs will play, Bachata, Salsa, Hustle and Two Step, none of which are syllabi of either of the disciplines. But many dancers love it. So it looks very good for the American Style and the Social Dancers, especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs.

"Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try."

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hot Stuff

This blog was at one time my personal blog to alert my relatives and friends on the mainland and perhaps a few on Oahu too. But it has turned into a catch all. The rest of the blogs will be available to acquire Information and Photo Contributors and hopefully full fledged Guest Bloggers. They in turn can help me decide the appropriate time to resign and let the blogs become independent. The best blogs must go. The junk blogs will remain mine.

“Social dancers believe that there is only one of them in all time, this expression is unique. And if they block the dance, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”


I have thought about Maui for a new dance scene but that is too much trouble. I have already set up my "final rites" on this Island so I will just have to put up with living where I live and try to find a nicer place. I will do whatever I can in whatever sunset time remains for me. I just got a raise in VA pension money from the VA and they want to raise my rent 1000 dollars. I must find another place. The local Social Worker is trying to help me. With the blogs I need information and photos. Just email them in and I will post to the blog of your choice.


Interesting revelation now that I don't get around much anymore, Tango dancing has become deluxe and not meant for the hoi polloi. It seems too be pretty well covered by Argentine tango and there is nothing much we can do there. However there may be another tango dance club, Tango fusion featuring American and Filipino tangos, with a dash of Fox Trot. A truly Hawaiian Tango, which sounds like a terrific thing to see. There will be New night clubs in Honolulu just for the specialty dances. Line, Round, Salsa, Swing and Tango. You pick the night.

"Social dancers believe that they were born to be real - not perfect."