Meanwhile across the Ala Wai Canal, the Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society hosted their Christmas Dance at the Palladium a day after on Saturday. Complete with General Dancing, 3 Dance Exhibition Performances, Door Prizes for Lucky Number Winners, and Bento. Oh yes, Santa was there with a couple of his little helpers passing out candies.
Lani and I got to the Palladium a little before six...just in time to pick up our bento from the bento servers Marie, Amadeo & Stephanie. Gotta give them a pat on the back for working while others are dancing in the Ballroom. The guys and gals who man the Reception Table, Greeters at the door, and the DeeJays also should be appreciated.
Not too many dancers on the Ballroom floor. In fact there were a lot of parking spaces in the parking lot and lots of vacant chairs in the Ballroom. Most of them had a funny looking picture of a big bare foot taped on the chair....don't really know what it meant but someone said that those seats are reserved. Hmmm! must be a new Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society Policy.
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Fortunately, there were seats available near the dressing room without the funny picture of the Big Foot. Thanks to Reggie Gascon, we were seated near our friends from Dance Hawaii (aka Dance Aliamanu). There were other dancers that we knew and many others that we continue to see at the Ballroom but can't recall their names. But the main thing is that they were there to support the dance club and enjoy an evening of good music and fine dancing.
The Dance Exhibitions were nice to watch but somehow I gotta agree with Geoffrey that the Palladium dance floor is too large for exhibition dancing. Most of the time the performers were in the middle of the floor and facing the kitchen so those on the stageside only saw the performers' backs. We saw the Pan Pacific Formation Dance Team perform the night before at the Divino Ritmo 2nd Annual Grand Ball and Showcase at the Sheraton Waikiki and they again performed like clockwork...smooth like butter.
A new addition to the dance scene was a couple from the mainland who performed the Salsa with more moves that you can shake a stick at....well done. Ed and Charlotte Bugarin performed an exciting Latin dance and once again I gotta say they are always a crowd pleaser....always performing with that WOW factor.
Door prizes of potted ponciettas and wrapped gifts went like hotcakes. No calling of lucky numbers...only those tickets that had a red or yellow dot were the winning ones. What an innovative idea.
This Saturday (12/18) IBDI hosting their Christmas dance at the Palladium. For those on the Westside, Dance Hawaii hosting their Christmas Dance at Aliamanu Middle School this Saturday, also. For more info, please surf over to Jimbo Blogging at Moanalua Corridor.