Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

HGC Latin Festival 2017

WOW! What a tremendous and electrifying showcase Hawaii Gardenia Circle hosted Saturday night at the Palladium. Gayle Kawahakui and committee did not spare anything to bring a dance exhibition showcase and a dance competition in one program under one roof and in one evening. My main squeeze and I got to the Palladium shy of 7PM. General dancing was in full swing since 6PM and I gotta tell you; the dance floor was already filled with dancers burning the floor to the upbeat music from the collection of DeeJay Bert Burgess.
DeeJay Bert Burgess

Lani and I gotta mention our appreciation to  Aiea  Ballroom Dance Club Prez Deanie Bates for giving up her seats for Lani and me. What a gracious gesture from a gracious lady!  Thank you, Deanie.
Deanie Bates with Bert Burgess

 The program lady emcee was Shari Berinobis who welcomed owners/teachers of professional dance studios and presidents and representatives of the various dance organizations. Among the professionals were Mr. Geoffrey Fells, Mr; Albert Franz, Sergio and Renna Villanueva, Carlos Chang, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Divino Ritmo Dance Lucas Jaime.. My apology if I missed any professionals.

HGC Host Gayle Kawahakui and Lady EmCee Shari B.

Greeting us at the door was the prez of Hawaii Gardenia Circle and the lovelies at the reception table.
The lovelies: Beverly,  Eileen, and Diane

The program started at 7:45PM featuring the showcase of dance exhibitions. There were some group performances as well as solo performances.

After the showcase of exhibition dance performance, there was a short break for general dancing.
The Latin dance competition started with a parade of the various dance clubs and schools participating in the competition.
Calvin & Debra Ota leading the group of competitive dancers
from various dance clubs and schools.

Sergio & Renna Villanueva Dance Appeal competitive dancers

Competitive dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio

The Latin dance competition commenced with the Cha Cha Cha first. There were eight dances in which the dancers were competing in. They were the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Bolero, Mambo, Paso Doble, Night Club 2 Step, and East Coast Swing.

Dancing the Cha Cha Cha

Dancing the Rumba

Dancing the Samba

Dancing the Bolero

Dancing the Mambo

Dancing the Paso Doble

Dancing the Night Club 2 Step

Dancing the East Coast Swing

Not everyone competed in all eight dances. The dancers chose which dances they wanted to compete in. However, it was a spectacular showcase of exhibition dancing, and competitive dancing. Colorful and electrifying and most of all it displayed the art of entertaining. Kudos to Gayle Kawahakui and her committee, and to all the participants in the dance exhibition and dance competition showcase..

Social dancing continued till closing.

View videos of the HGC Latin Festival at Frank Sierra Jr., ibdi clubhi, or Hawaii Gardenia Circle Latin Festival 2017 YouTube.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Go Latin Tonight!

Hawaii Gardenia Circle LATIN FESTIVAL at the Palladium 6PM $10 at door (no refreshment).

SATURDAY SALSA SOCIAL at Atherton YMCA 7PM $10. Please see ibdi clubhi FaceBook for more info on both venues.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

IBDI 2017 First Term Student Party

Monday, March 13 marked IBDI first student party of 2017 at the Palladium. Student Parties are held after each term to encourage the students to perform what they had learned during the past seven sessions. Lani and I got to the Palladium about 7 o'clock. Most of the students and instructors had already finished eating their pre-ordered bento and were already on the dance floor moving to the music of DeeJay George Suetsugu. After a while, it was time for the students to take the spotlight and demonstrate the dances they had learned. IBDI Prez Arnold Lee was the emcee for the evening. (You can see some videos of the student performances at the IBDI Face Book). As per tradition, there is always a break from dancing when it was time for door prizes. After that was done, then it was time for the instructors to demonstrate the dances they will be teaching during the 2nd term.

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Professional Albert Franz demonstrated the International Tango featuring the Spanish Drag with partner Theresa. He also demonstrated the West Coast Swing. You can watch the video of Mr. Franz demonstrating both dances on the IBDI Face Book (ibdi clubhi).

Lani and I demonstrated the Mambo but unfortunately we couldn't do a selfie. But you can view the video of us on the IBDI Face Book (ibdi clubhi).

 Dean Sierra demonstrated the LA Style Salsa with partner Anjanette. During the 1st term, Dean taught the Bachata with three different partners..Anjanette, Katie, and Suzy. All three partners are accomplished Salsa and Bachata dancers.

Thomas Campbell demonstrated the International Waltz II with partner. During the 1st term, Thomas taught International Waltz I. You can view the demo at IBDI Face Book (ibdi clubhi)

Social dancing continued till closing. Registration for the 2nd term is on March 20, 27, and April 3. There will be Free Dance on March 20 & 27 for students who register.

Friday, March 10, 2017

What's Cooking In March?

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