Setsuko "Betty" Tsuchiya (Author) and her Dance Partner, Daniel S. Janik (Author)'s shared Blog

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ANOTHER WAY...

Posted by Betty on Sunday, May 26, 2019, In : somatic therapy 
When I woke up this morning, I suddenly had a new idea about somatic therapy.

When I am frustrated, irritable or in a bad mood, I have begun going to a gym and moving or do exercising, rather than just talking with someone. This action supports my theory of somatic therapy (emphasizing first correcting the body with the mind following - Dr. Wilhelm Reich's version) verses somatic therapy (which, being largely regarded as a form of psychology, emphasizes correcting the mind through talking with...
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A ZIG-ZAGGY FISHTAIL

Posted by Betty on Monday, March 11, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
Nope. Not a new fossil from China. Not a deformed fillet either. We're working on a new and unique figure for our Quickstep; namely a Zig-Zag, followed by a Cross Swivel amalgamated with a Fishtail. Neither is new, of course; in fact, they've been around so long few competitors are dancing them in Quickstep, focusing instead on a variety of novel runs. Amalgamated, however, these three classic figures create a unique break to the rhythm and flow of Quickstep. 

Looking over the over 30+ revisio...
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TIMING, TEMPO AND RHYTHM

Posted by Betty on Thursday, January 10, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
My husband (and dance partner) and I talked about how to explain rumba today. Our instructor, Mr. Albert Franz, always said what made a dance particular was foot position, rise and fall, sway, contra body (Modern or Standard Ballroom) or Cuban motion (Latin), timing and rhythm, direction/allignment, turn, footwork, and finally, precede/follows, but it is timing and rhythm that seems to give the biggest problem and cause the most confusion in dancers. In my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (...
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REAL SOMATIC THERAPY!

Posted by Betty (Setsuko Tsuchiya) on Monday, January 7, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
Happy New Year!

It is already Jan. 6th. Time goes so fast.

My husband and I went to Hawaii Kai Retirement Center to host a monthly dance. It's strictly volunteer, and I love it!

This is the first event of 2019. We hold it on the first Sunday of every month. This month was New Year's Party!

From 6:00 pm, retirement center residents gathered at "The Ice Cream Parlor" in the Center next to the dining room in Phase Two. We danced to Glen Miller's music for 20 minutes, then we did a Tango performance,...
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MACHO, MACHO, MACHO [MUSCLE] MAN AND WOMAN

Posted by Betty on Monday, December 31, 2018, In : Betty's Blogs 
I am reviewing bones and their muscles, and how to use them in ballroom and Latin dancing.

Arm to hand:

Upper arm - humerus bone (one bone) with three major muscles -- biceps, deltoid and triceps. Biceps flexes the arm like a flower closing. Triceps extends the arm  like a flower opening. Deltoid moves the arm to the side like a bird's wing. 

Lower arm - radius and ulna (two bones) with two major muscles -- pronator teres and pronator quadratus. Both muscles pronate (turns the hand palm down) ...
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CRITICAL THINKING!! (よく考えて、、!!)

Posted by Betty on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, In : Betty's Blogs 

Aloha!

WOO…it is 2018 April…time and money go so fast! I have decided to restart Futari Blog!

It is very easy to stop something but it is very challenging to continue a blog.


It is 1 April 2018, but this is not an April Fool's joke: I read in the newspaper that coffee can be dangerous to drink. My husband mentioned that perhaps it is the processing that introduces dangerous chemicals. Actually, I wanted to talk about drinking bitter coffee yesterday. So people have at least five taste se...


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted by Betty on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Betty's Blogs 
Happy New Year!!

It has been so busy a new year.  I went to work on New Year's Day.  After working, Dan and I attended my editor's wedding in the evening on January second (my editor, David, is editing my upcoming book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY).  The weather was heavy with rain but the wedding had so many people and was a very relaxed ceremony.

It has been three years since Dan injured his knee and his doctor said to forget about dancing. He recommended surgery and said he had a 75% chance...
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BACK ON THE DANCE FLOOR - WELL, ALMOST!

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Dan's Blogs 
Ever since I was a child, I've loved dance, but it wasn't until I was almost 40 years old that I got my break. That's when I met Betty. We met in Berkeley, California, at a YMCA dance, and have been dancing together since. When we moved to Hawaii, we took lessons as keen amateurs from a variety of dance teachers and coaches beginning with Judy Athens, moving on to Albert Franz, who gave us our first taste of competition dancesport, and, while recovering from a knee injury, continuing our expl...
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WRITER's UNBLOCK

Posted by Dan on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
It's been awhile, and you might be wondering what Betty and I are doing. I'll let Betty "kiss and tell" in her posting. For me, I've been being a good author. 

You probably know about my two children's books, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) and THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), at least I hope you do! If you haven't read them, now is the time! They're available world-wide from Amazon.com. The first is about ohana (Hawaiian for "family"), and the second is about enjoying moving -- "dance, dance, da...
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The Grand Hotel Budapest

Posted by Dan and Betty on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
As a publisher, editor and "multi-award-winning author," I'm often asked by writers aspiring to become authors, what I recommend to help make the transition easier or more effective. The answer is a bit like a keen amateur dancer asking how to become a professional dancer. The answer is, there is no one answer I know other than, if you're a dancer, dancing your heart out every moment of your life, and, if you're a writer, writing your heart out every moment of your life and showing what you'r...
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More Turtles, Turtles, Turtles!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 


I've just received my order of 60 turtles from Fiesta: one turtle per THE TURTLE DANCES book. At the Savant Bookstore Honolulu, it's exclusively $16.95 for the book and a turtle. Hurry before they all crawl out of the box and disappear!  Savant Bookstore Honolulu:

Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaii Kai Retirement Center (free parking);
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Kokua Market (free parking, too).

See you there! Just say Dan sent you!

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Turtles, Turtles, Turtles! Awesome!

Posted by Dan and Betty on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Now that my new children's Color-Me-Please book, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), has been released, I'm out looking for some stuffed animals to include along with the book. They've got to be realistic (I'm a naturalist) and yet cute and cuddly (after all, Isla, the dancing turtle and her dance partner, Surf, are beautiful turtles in looks and heart). While I haven't yet fully decided, I'm favoring these GUNDimals turtles. 


What do you think? Have you read my new book about Isla, the Hawaiian ...

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The Betty-Dan-Truman Show

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Weird. I was just watching "The Truman Show" and suddenly wondered if you're watching me blog. Are you? And if so, what do you see? The North Shore. At least, today. Well, earlier today. Betty and I drove to the North Shore, end of the road at Mokuleia, near where the "Lost" plane crashed. Really! Betty and I one day came upon this section of plane on the beach, with debris scattered everywhere. Being a physician, I thought to myself, "Oh, shit!" Then I noticed the movie trailers parked along...
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When Men Cry for Joy...

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
The earth is a magnificent place. Think Swiss Alps, red autumn leaves, the scent of frangiapanni in the air, ripe mangoes. It's people who are the problem. Hurt, depressed, vengeful, they replay their hurt on one another over and over, incessantly, hoping against hope that someone, somewhere will save them from themselves. Is a better world possible when so much pain is circulating around in ever widening spirals? Is our fate that of a magnificent world of damaged Conan the Barbarians where t...
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My Husband, Dan!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Aloha!

I write in English tonight,too.  When I went to my interview, I realized that I want to improve English more so I tried to write my Blog in English.  This is challenging for me and how much I can write it in English.
May be I will write my Blog in Japanese tomorrow.  I already am tired to write my Blog in English.

Today, I write about part one of my husband.  Dan, 
American, my husband and I met in California (CA). When my lady friend and I went to social dance class at YMCA in Berkeley CA...
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Poetically Perfect

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Although I'm a prose writer by profession, I've always been a poet at heart. Maybe at the heart of every good prose writer is a poet. Whatever, I began writing poetry at 12 years of age and have been writing ever since. In undergraduate college I wrote a poem called "Everyway" which won many honors and is one of my favorite to this day. Then came "Water Faucet Man" and many others, eventually collected in three editions: (1) "Footprints, Smiles and Little White Lies," (2) "The Illustrated Mid...
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Foot Dressing

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
When it comes to dressing, the feet have it! Where twenty years ago, shoes were shoes, and there was little difference from one men's brand to another, now there's foot dressing for every mood and occasion. 

For instance, there's "flash shoes," that flash bright lights every time one walks, calling attention to one's presence. "To shine like a light" was an achievable goal at last!

Then there's "rock shoes," with their curved bottoms and "natural" appeal. What could be better than natural shoes...
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The Turtle Dances

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
I don't think I've shared that I'm a multi-award-winning author of a variety of books ranging from non-ficition educational works to poetry collections to novels and children's books. My first children's book, SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRYTALES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants, 2005) is a collection of three "modern" fairy tales I made up and told around campfires throughout Alaska until someone suggested I write them down for posterity. 

That done, I wrote a non-fiction education work, ...
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"How Low Can You Go?" - An Old "Limbo" Dance Saying

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Hello, Sentence Dancers!

As a professor of liberal arts who teaches English 101/102 and Writing, and the author of over 60 books and articles, I am often asked how to make one's writing more interesting. One first-year college secret is to use differing sentence structure. But first, it is important to understand the difference between a clause and a sentence. A clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb. A sentence is a group of words (1) with a subject, and (2) a verb, that (3) beg...
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Dance, Dance, Dance!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Betty told you about tradition, I want to tell you about now, today, this moment. 

Every Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Betty and I sponsor a social dance (ballroom - waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, sometimes Viennese waltz; and Latin - rumba, cha-cha, samba, jive, sometimes paso doble). It's free at the Elks Club in Waikiki to members and guests. Any donations go to the Elks scholarship fund. Come join Betty and me for a light dinner and dancing on Wednesday nights. Parking i...
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