Manuevering through the main heart of Waikiki was pretty maddening with more cars and pedestrians on the loose. But alas, we got to the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in good time and best of all found a parking spot on the 4th floor garage. Only a few people were mingling outside the Hawaii Ballroom so it meant that we were a bit early. There were proprietors of dance supply stores outside the ballroom selling their wares, too.
The doors finally opened at 6 sharp and Lani and I headed for our front row table. The Hawaii Ballroom was huge compared to the Grand Ballroom at the Pacific Beach Hotel that we were use to. The dance floor was huge too and rightfully so to accommodate the 550 guests that trickled into the ballroom. The stage was innovatedly decorated with colorful props and a large movie screen was set up to liven the scenery with past memories of other DRD events. Since the event was dubbed "World Of Music", the screen would depict the country the showcase dancers would represent. What a splendid idea!
|The World Of Music Stage|
Music DeeJay was Michael Yap with his awesome selection of dance music that kept the dance floor filled with dancers.
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Opening the program was a singer who belted out the familiar tune "Pennies From Heaven". A terrific voice with a catchy tune that even got Lani singing it to me.
There were Two Acts and a Special Professional Show on the program with 45 participants. All of them were colorful, entertaining, and performed with the taste of dynamic professionalism. The photos of the showcase performers with DRD Directors Lucas Jaime and Yanna Samkova are not necessarily in the order of the performance.
Mary D, Tom performed the Cha Cha/Argentine Tango with Mr. Jaime to "Tango" by Zane. She represented Argentina and was the first to perform in Act One.
Bella Boyer performed the Quickstep/Lindy Hop Medley with Mr. Jaime to "Pencil Full Of Lead" in Act Two. She represented the USA, and also performed with the DRD Keiki Dance Troupe choreographed by Ms. Samkova in Act One.
Dr, David Easa performed the Medley of Quickstep and International Rumba with Ms. Samkova to the Egyptian song "Serenity". His performance represented Egypt and was the last performance in Act Two.
Edwin and Remy Brion performed the International Rumba/Mambo to "Endless Love", and "Mambo No.5". They were in Act One and represented the USA.
Edward Nishimura danced a medley of the American Foxtrot and Cha Cha with Ms.Samkova to "Sakiyaki", and Lady Gaga "Telephone Team Kozan" in Act One. He represented Japan.
Noreen Ho performed the West Coast Swing with Mr. Jaime to "Popcorn" in Act One and representing the USA
Laila Spina Valenta performed the International Rumba/Samba Medley with Mr. Jaime. She represented Italy in Act One.
Marie Laderta performed the International Rumba Medley with Mr. Jaime to "Bali Hai" and "Kuhio Bay". Her medley included a Tahitian dance. She represented Hawaii as her performance opened Act Two.
Annie Chan danced the Waltz with Mr. Jaime to "The Godfather Waltz". She represented Italy in Act One.
Dr. Paul Laderta performed the Quickstep/Jive Medley with Ms. Samkova to "Dixie Biscuit" and Flip Flop & Fly". He represented the USA in Act Two.
Rolando and Gloria Padasdao danced the Foxtrot/Swing to "Dulce France" and "Ces Bottles Sont Faites Pour Marcher". They represented France in Act Two.
Rommel Del Rio danced the Paso Doble with Ms. Samkova to "En Er Mundo". He represented Mexico in Act Two.
Shervelle Bergholz danced the Cha Cha/ Rumba Medley with Mr. Jaime to "Try Sleeping With Broken Heart" and Blurred Lines". She represented the USA in Act Two.
Tomo Sasakawa dance the Waltz with Ms. Samkova to "Edelweiss" in Act Two. He represented Germany.
Wesley Numazu danced the Swing with Ms. Samkova to "Jailhouse Rock in Act One. He represented the USA.
Lucas Jaime, Asta Sigvaldadottir, Andrei Kazlouski, and Yanna Samkova after the Spectacular International Latin Professional Show.
The Spectacular International Latin Professional Show performed by Special Guest Artists Andrei Kazlouski and Asta Sigvaldadottir
Lani and I thank our hosts Paul and Marie Laderta for inviting us as their guests to this remarkable Broadway style show which we thoroughly enjoyed. We sat at a table with Paul and Marie's friends near the stage. The table had gift bags of chocolate candies and a special colorful package filled with specially wrap candies and a "Thank You" note addressed to all of us at the table for being there. What a nice and sweet thing to say and do!
Marie came to our table after the Awards Ceremony to thank us for coming to the show. That's beautiful coming from a beautiful friend, in our books!
If you want to see more photos and a video of DRD Spectacular "World Of Music" Production, please contact Yanna at: Yannajs@gmail.com.