Monday, May 29, 2017
We checked in at the Reception Table and we were greeted by Joanne Rimas who had invited Lani and me as her guests to this event. Thank you, Joanne. Before I go any further, this blog may not identify all the persons in the attached photos. (It's because I didn't bring any paper and pencil to record their names. AUWE!). Yeah, I know. I deserve 40 lashes. But please bear with me on this one.
|The Lovelies at the Reception Table Joanne Rimas and friend.|
|Bento was served to those who came with Pre-sale Tickets|
|Ilima Ballroom Dance Club President Dianne Wong and the Music Man Walter Wong|
Squares of delicious Banana cake were served during the Refreshment period along with soft drinks and coffee. But it was time to go back to the ballroom for more dancing with my main girl. During a short spell I got to go paparazzi with my mini cam. Everyone was having a good time and most were smiling for the camera shot.
|My main squeeze Lani, and Wayne Hikida the VP of HBDA Council|
|This was a neat background for picture taking.|
|Jane Umeda and Arthur Oda.|
|Bert and Deanie Burgess|
|Diana Ako and hubby|
|This is Kathy. One day soon you will see her on my Facebook dancing with a Professional Dance Teacher.|
|He's tall and likes to learn to dance Mambo and Salsa.|
|He is Henry Rimas, the hubby of our host Joanne.|
|Who da guy?|
|Trudy Uechi and Gail Kawahakui|
|General dancing continued till closing.|
Hasta la Vista fo' now!
Posted by Frank at 12:17 AM
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
|International Foxtrot by Thomas Campbell|
|View the video of the Bachata by Dean and Suzy at|
Frank Sierra Jr. Facebook
Pre-sale bento was served before social dancing and door prizes to the lucky numbers concluded the demonstration portion of the program. Social dancing continued till about 8:45 PM.
Registration for the 3rd Term starts on May 29 and dance classes start on June 12. Classes are
Intnl Tango I and Intnl Cha Cha I by George Suetsugu, Bachata by Dean, Quickstep by Jim Prado, Intnl Foxtrot I by Thomas Campbell, Bolero by Frank & Lani, Intnl Waltz I and Intnl Samba I by (Pro) Albert Franz.
Posted by Frank at 7:19 AM
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Alma Latino Caliente Salsa Night
|(Left click to zoom in)|
Saturday May 20th 7:30-11:30pm
Latin Social night ( salsa, merengue, bachata, rumbas)
B.Y.O.B soft drinks complimentary, admission $10 per person
Please join us on Saturday June 3rd for Annual Anniversary Celebration of Aloha Dancesport Center
see poster for details
Divino Ritmo Dance,LLC
350 Ward ave 2nd floor, Honolulu
Posted by Frank at 10:27 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017
JAZZ AND HIP HOP
Remember those VHS tapes that we used to record TV shows and just about any video to play on TV? Well, I came across a bunch of them yesterday. Investigating each one like Sherlock Holmes took time and with a keen eye. Lo and behold, I discovered one with my main squeeze Lani learning some Jazz and Hip Hop from our daughter-in-law Annette in our living room that I had recorded over two decades ago. But still looking good on TV. Digging deeper, I found another VHS tape of Lani performing the same Jazz and Hip Hop dance on the Ala Moana Centerstage with some younger chicks from the Big City Production dance class at the Central YMCA. I gotta admit that we were already considered as SENIOR CITIZENS and collecting Social Security. But as the saying goes..... AGE IS JUST A NUMBER. Anyway, I want to share this video to show that even older chicks can dance Jazz and Hip Hop with the younger chicks. They just need to keep on "moving to the music" to stay healthy both physically and mentally.
|View the video at Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook|
Posted by Frank at 11:21 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Da Gals of Can Can Dancing
I was digging into my photo archives yesterday and surprisingly came across a photo of Eugene Ichinose's Can Can Girls. (Eugene was the Founder and Dance Director of HBDA, and the choreographer of the Can Can routine). Okay that was many many moons ago but those gals are still in today's dance scene. Some of them are seen dancing at the Palladium and they are still in grade A shape. So it must be true about the wise saying "Dancing Is Good For You. It'll Keep You Healthy and Young!" Now I don't know where I first heard that phrase or even read it. All I know about it is that my main squeeze Lani keep telling me that. Anyway, I saw some of those Can Can gals at the Palladium when Lani and I were there not too long ago. The scene in this photo was at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Ballroom where nearly all of HBDA big events were held before the Palladium was built. These gals did really good that night and the countless hours of practice really paid off. Practice sessions were held at the old Ala Wai Clubhouse on the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and McCully Street. It wasn't the best place for dancing feet but it was maybe the only public place to hold dances outside of the hotels. Gotta appreciate the dance floor at the Palladium 'cause the old Ala Wai Clubhouse floor was all cement and some areas were uneven. It didn't have airconditioning and the only relief during those muggy nights was the light breeze from Manoa. Mr. Ichinose was strict during those practice hours and some members in the dance club thought he was hard core. But I saw the other side of him during all those days of practice while I was taping a training video of the gals. I found him to be a gentle person and easy to talk to. Although there were more girls during the rehearsal (see photo of nearly all the Can Can Girls in my "That's Dancing" blog), only eight gals performed in the Can Can routine at the HBDA 35th Anniversary Ball, and they all performed in the tradition of true Can Can showmanship....the tumbling, the high kicks, the chorus line, the crisscrossing, the tush tease, etc....they were all there and performed with expertise. That was the WOW factor that brought favorable applause, whistles, excitement, and entertainment to the HBDA showcases of yesteryear. Okay, dat's all the musing for now. But keep on dancing. Dancing Is Good For You. It'll Keep You Healthy and Young!
(left click on photo to zoom in) View video of the Can Can performance on Frank Sierra Jr. FaceBook.
Posted by Frank at 2:16 PM