Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Aiea Ballroom Dance Association 62th Anniversary

Hola Dancers and Readers,

It was a sweet and well organized 62th Anniversary for the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association (ABDA) last night at the Palladium. There was no showcase of dance exhibitions; just a grand party where all dancers enjoyed dancing and seeing and chatting with old friends. Wow! It must've been a gathering of all the dance clubs, dance organizations, and owners of profession dance studios. As Lani and I walked into the ballroom, we couldn't see the stage side of the ballroom. The dance floor was filled wall to wall with dancers trying to find openings to move forward in tune with the dynamic sound coming from the music selection of the evening's music man, Bert Burgess. But first..........

Music Man Bert Burgess

 Lani and I were greeted at the reception table by Gary and Joyce (there was another lady there but she left the table before I could draw my camera out). We were given red tickets for door prizes, and white tickets for refreshments. More on this later.

At the Reception Table: Gary and Joyce

As we were looking for seats, an old friend called to us. We hadn't seen Joe Martel (Town Dancer Blog) since he moved to the Leeward Coast. KI of Dance Fever Oahu was also there. We made small chat with acquaintances along the way to the stage side where we were able to find seats.

ABDA 62nd Anniversary Stage Decoration

General dancing was in full swing till about 7:45 when lady emcee Kay Yahiku took to the mike and announced the opening of the program. Her welcome message included introducing officers of ABDA, past ABDA presidents, dance professionals, representatives from nearly all the dance organizations on Oahu, recognizing ABDA dance instructors Jim Prado and Cathy Snider (Jim was ill and couldn't be there), Annie Ferguson for most tickets sold, Jim, Cathy, and Annie were awarded with gifts presented by Deanie and Bert. And lastly, introducing social media dance news bloggers KI, Joe Martel, and me.

Lady EmCee Kay Yahiku

 ABDA President Deanie Burgess took to the mike, also and shared her welcome message. Sixty two years of history goes back to 1955. A very long time and still standing. Congrats!

ABDA President Deanie Burgess


The program continued with the Waltz Mixer, better known some years ago as "ice breaker". It was led by President Deanie Burgess.

Waltz Mixer

General dancing followed till it was time for door prizes; 18 in all. To cut the distance between the table that held the door prizes and the red ticket holder of the lucky numbers, ABDA had runners Sandy Pak and Vicky Hiramoto assigned to do the leg work.

General dancing continued as many dancers headed towards the outdoor lanai for refreshments. The line was long that snaked all the way to the Diamond Head ballroom entrance. There were still many dancers moving in tune to Bert Burgess music yet to come out for refreshments. But there was no shortage of the Chinese Chicken Salad, coned sushi, Gao, and a package filled with assorted cookies. There were many volunteer servers dishing out the refreshments and they worked fast but still able to slow down to say "HI" with a smile. ABDA had this part of the program well covered.

Volunteer servers at the Refreshment Tables
One more dance before heading to the Refreshments
Caught on Camera:  Dance Magic 808 Richard and Lynn 

Caught on Camera: Dream To Dance Carlos and Debby 

Caught on Camera: Joe "Pepe" Martel as he was heading home

General dancing was still in full swing as Lani and I walked back to our seats. Along the way I was able to get a few photo shots of some of the dancers and make small chat. It was an enjoyable evening for my main squeeze and me.....dancing to the upbeat music by the music man Bert Burgess, onolicious refreshments, and seeing and chatting with old friends.

Joyce, Stephanie, and Ester


The music was SOOO Good that even the Music Man Bert
and ABDA President Deanie got into the swing of it


George & Roscel Garcia, Lisa, and Vince


Music Man Bert and ABDA Prez Deanie


Tracy and Glenn Okazaki
Glenn is President of USA Dance Honolulu
Annie Ferguson and Lani

Last dance was at 9:30.

Gotta dance the last dance!

Count Down to Last Dance

Mucho gracias to Kay Yahiku for sharing her script of the program.

Hasta la vista fo' now!







Thursday, April 20, 2017

Just Musing a "Blast From The Past"

                                                             Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ADC Good Friday Dance

Aloha Dancers and Readers,
Last night the Aloha Dance Club hosted a Good Friday Dance at the Palladium. Besides general dancing, there was a dance exhibition of the Foxtrot performed by guest May Ching (Zheng) from Los Angeles and Aloha Dance Club president Gordon Wong.

My main squeeze Lani and I got to the Palladium a bit late but with enough time to do some dancing before the dance exhibition part of the program started. We were greeted by ADC prez Gordon Wong as we entered the ballroom along with the Lovelies at the Reception Table. (This was the third time Gordon had invited Lani and me as his VIP guests).
The Lovelies @the Reception Table: Diane, Gladys, and Jane
  Music man for the evening's general dancing and exhibition showcase was DeeJay Henry Lee. Henry added some new music to his collection and that sure drew a lot of dancers to the dance floor.

DeeJay Henry Lee


EmCee Dianne Ako
Lady EmCee for the program was Dianne Ako of Aloha Dance Club who actually wrote the narration in this blog. Thank you, Dianne. The following are the words as she spoke to the audience as she greeted them, recognizing the workers behind the scene, and a short bio of the exhibition dancers.



Hello everyone. On behalf of the Aloha Dance Club and our President Gordon Wong, I would like to welcome all of you here tonight, and thank you for making our club such a great success and our evenings so enjoyable. We look forward to many great evenings to come. We are privileged as we are on many evenings to have Mr. Henry Lee provide us with his beautiful music.. May we also take this opportunity to thank our awesome kitchen staff directed by Jane Umeda, and thank Aala Bakery for the delicious "treats" this evening.

Kitchen Staff serving delicious "treats" from Aala Bakery

Tonight, we are happy to have a guest performer, May Ching (Zheng) to perform for us. May is an elegant dancer, who in her teenage years had a great passion for dancing which she has embraced with most of her leisure time. During the past 15 years, she has parlayed her beauty and popularity into fulfilling and realizing her life long dream to dance. May also attended a number of National Competitions across the United States with wonderful results. She has added to her success by being the Organizer for the Spring Event in the Dancing Sector for the Chinese Community of Los Angeles in 2015. We are happy that May Ching has now with her family, chosen Honolulu as her home.

Gordon Wong and May Ching (Zheng) dancing the Foxtrot


Tonight dancing with Ms. Ching is our own President, Mr. Gordon Wong. Gordon participated n the Hawaii Star Ball in 2009 with his then dancing professional teacher Renna Villanueva in 6 Latin dances and received 6 first places. Last year 2016, Gordon again entered the Hawaii Star ball with his partner Hana Yin and placed first in all 6 of their standard dances. He also danced with another professional teacher, Yanna Samkova at the 2nd Anniversary Ball of the Aloha Dancesport Center held at the (Waikiki) Sheraton Hotel.


Gordon Wong and May Ching (Zheng)


Tonight's performance of the Foxtrot is a "show dance" about a fairy tale, perhaps a myth, of a feminine little fox who meets some "company" and begins dancing for joy and harmony. As the darkness clears, she lets go of her loneliness and fears as she is finally united once again with her friend.



Now may I present May Ching (Zheng) and Mr. Gordon Wong dancing to the music and song from "The Secret Garden". (You can view the video of the dance exhibition on Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook)

Wendy Wong,  May Ching (Zheng), and Gordon Wong


Awards to the exhibition dancers followed.

Dianne Ako, Gordon Wong, May Ching (Zheng), and Wendy Wong


Thank you, Dianne for writing and submitting this detailed description of the Aloha Dance Club Good Friday Dance.

 General dancing continued till 9:30.

Aloha for now.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nostalgia: Flash Dance

Aloha Dancers,
 With all the nostalgia that's being posted on FaceBook, I'm going to slide in and bring you back to the 1990s when a group of senior-teenagers at Hawaii Kai took on the task of learning and dancing "Flash Dance" choreographed by Salome Sato. Lani and I had fun learning Jazz dancing from Salome along with ballroom and Latin dancing from HBDA. The video taken when HD was not discovered yet is the first rehearsal of the dance in preparation for HBDA's Masquerade Ball. To view the video, please go to Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook. Photo is of Salome and Lani when they were performing dancers for The Steptacular Dancers.

Good Friday Dance (Aloha Dance Club)

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Party Time @Aloha Dancesport Center

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Puka Pants Hula by RVM Dancers

 Aloha Dancers and Readers,
I gotta tell you that when it comes to health benefits, DANCING is tops in keeping mentally and physically fit no matter which senior age level you are on the ladder. Attached photo is a group of energetic senior-teenagers who competed in the 2016 Silver Stars Competition at the Rogue Valley Manor Assisted Living. They danced the Puka Pants Hula that was choreographed by Salome Sato who was Lani's and my Jazz dance teacher. Salome resides and choreographs dances for residents of Rogue Valley Manor in Oregon.  You can view a clip of the Puka Pants Hula video on Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook. The video was produced by RVM's Jeannette Bournival.