Monday, October 08, 2018

First Sunday Social Dance @Holiday Retirement Community

It's gonna be a bit of a stretch introducing a social dance party at the Hawaii Kai Holiday Retirement Community on the first Sunday of each Month from 6 to 7:30 PM. But the IBDI big whips thought it was worth a try with the help of new IBDI instructors Daniel and Setsuko.
IBDI VP Arnold and Pez Diana
 Lani and I were invited by IBDI Prez Diana to attend. We got there a little before 6 and a small crowd were already in the dance area. We hadn't met Daniel and Setsuko before but I heard of their qualifications as dance instructors and exhibition experiences.
I thought Daniel handled the program pretty well as he introduced IBDI Prez Diana and VP Arnold, Lani and me, and Setsuko and himself. He also spoke about why we were there. Lani also spoke about the benefits of social dancing.
Daniel and Lani with Introductory Message

Daniel and Setsuko, who are both instructors of the American style and International style of dancing demonstrated the Waltz, Foxtrot, Merengue, and Tango, and later dressed in Latin garb exhibited the Rumba.
Setsuko and Daniel exhibited the Rumba
Lani and I demonstrated the American style Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Waltz, and Merengue.
Most of the residents were spectators and only a few joined in the dance.
Residents participating in the dsnce
Daniel and Setsuko were very cordial in trying to encourage the residents to participate in this introduction of the First Sunday Social Dance. I wish them every success in getting the program on solid footing..  

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Aloha Dance Club 44th Anniversary Party

AUWE! Was it all day and night humid this past Saturday??!! Yeah! but that didn't stop Lani and me from going to the Aloha Dance Club 44th Anniversary Party at the Palladium. It was a nice drive from Hawaii Kai to Kapahulu in my air conditioned car. Got to the Palladium about 7ish and was greeted by our host Gordon Wong. There were a lot of familiar faces in the ballroom and one lady out in the lanai serving slices of Happy Anniversary cake. More refreshments in bowls were served inside the ballroom near the kitchen. Henry Lee was playing music non-stop with a lot of dancers on the dance floor. Gordon had roped some seats for his VIP guests, so we had no problem finding seats. It was good seating among friends that we met long time ago. 

The Volunteers, the people who worked behind the scene to make this Anniversary Party a happy and successful one. Music was provided by Henry Lee.
Mistress of Ceremony Mai Wilkes opened the program with a welcome message and introduced presidents, representatives , and professional dance instructors from various dance organizations. She also spoke a brief history of how the Aloha Dancec Club was established in 1974 by Lois Takeuchi.  A short intermission followed then the exhibition of showcase dancers began with the International Waltz by Robert and Diana Diana.

Robert & Diana just competed this past July at the Gumbo Baton Rouge in Louisiana. They got to the final Pre-champ Senior 3 level. 

Wendy Wong sang a very famous
folk song titled LEMON TREE written
by Will Holt in 1950.

Calvin & Debra, a dynamic couple who are competitive dancers and loves to travel to dance competitions on the mainland and abroad. They have competed at the famous Black Pool in England.  

Led by Ms. Lan Ian, an experienced and establish professional dancer from mainland China, the all-star dance group performed the classical Chinese dance Lotus Blooms In Glory. The dancers are Nancy Chow, Melanie Siu, Jerrie Siau, Angel Lai-Rosenfeld, Yeemi Lam, Wan Ping Oshiro, Fawn Fong, Mia Huang, and Si Hong Wong.
 After the showcase performances, all the performers received appreciation gifts from Aloha Dance Club President Gordon Wong.
General dancing resumed till closing. Refreshments were still being served on the lanai as Lani and I left the Palladium. 
It was an enjoyable evening for my main squeeze and to do a little dancing, watched a colorful and well performed dance and song exhibition showcase, and sat with good company. Thank you to our host, Gordon Wong who invited Lani and me as his (as he says VIP) guests. Also a big thank you to Mistress of Ceremony Mai Wilkes who kindly shared her program notes with me. Most of her notes make up this blog.
Until next time, HAPPY DANCING! 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Showcasing Divino Ritmo Dance HSB Competition Teamj

Come meet and cheer on our HSB Competition Team!
Defending HSB Top Local Studio, Divino Ritmo Dance, will be showcasing a dress rehearsal featuring their Hawaii Star Ball School Competition Team for 2018. 
Adm: $30.00 at Door/ $25.00 Pre-Sale, Students and Members
Teens 13-19 Years Old $10.00 Under 12 Years old FREE!
Buffet Pot Luck dinner with Free refreshments and Sweats.

Reservations Contact:
Aloha Dancesport Center

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ballroom Bash Social & Lesson

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Saturday Salsa Social

Aloha mi gente. 
Thank you very much for supporting this TRUE dance social for the purest of dancers.
You know we have always have something good in store for you at this social and, this Saturday will be even better!
Coming all the way from Tampa Bay, Senor Francis Rodriguez will be blessing us with his exciting and fun Casino Rueda Style. He and his lovely partner will also be celebrating their honeymoon while their here so, let's support this lovely couple and, show them a great time!

Cover Charge is $10

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dance Venues This Weekend September 21 & 22, 2018

Arthur Murray Guest Party poster courtesy Arthur Murray Dance Center
Aloha Dance Club 44th Anniversary poster courtesy Aloha Dance Club

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

IBDI 57th Anniversary Dance 2018

The International Ballroom Dance Inc. hosted their 57th Anniversary Dance at the Ala Wai Palladium this past Friday. It's been many moons since Lani and I really got to shake, rattle, and roll on the hardwood floor. As always, I bow to have my main squeeze dance my a** off even when my back injury is down to one quarter speed. OOOps! I'm getting ahead of myself. First of all, I thank Arnold and Diana for inviting Lani and me as their guests to this Anniversary Dance. Much appreciate! We arrived at the Palladium a little after 7 PM. People were in the lanai grinding down the ono bento (musubi, shrimp, chicken, and a slice of salmon). Inside the ballroom, we checked in at the reception table before joining the long line of dancers waiting to pick up their bento. Not a gave us time to make small chat with some of our former dance students and other friends. All the time, the dance music by Henry Lee was echoing throughout the ballroom and dancers were moving in rhythm. Got our bento but no time to eat now...some music just grabs me to get on the dance floor. 

Time to start the program and IBDI President Diana Vo took to the podium. After a welcome message and a few announcements,  the dance exhibition started with a Round Dance Waltz performed by Snow Jade Bunch with Linda Batt, Dr. Beverly Robinson with Karl Ishikawa, and John Caywood with Betty Ngai. John Caywood is a visiting retired cuer from California. The performance was good and looked pretty much like American Social Waltz danced to ballroom music. There's a Round Dance Workshop scheduled for this month if you want to add Round Dancing to your social agenda. Round Dance includes Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Tango, and others. ( See the  previous blog for the workshop schedule).

A Round Dance Cha Cha soon followed and performed by Snow Jade Bunch and Karl Ishikawa with some nice moves. They also danced very well.

Top photo: Snow Jade Bunch, Linda Batt, Dr. Beverly Robinson, and Karl Ishikawa
Lower photo: Linda  & Snow Jade, Karl & Beverly. John & Betty, Snow Jade & Karl
The exhibition part of the program continued with a dance group from Dance Appeal Dance Studio. There were 12 dancers performing a show dance which had a touch of Charleston and Quickstep. After watching the performance for a while, the dance resembled a lot like the Peabody, a dance combination of the Charleston and Fast Foxtrot. Whatever it was, the dance was performed very well and was enjoyable to watch.
Dance Performers from Dance Appeal Dance Studio
It was a fun night for my main squeeze Lani and me.dancing and enjoying the showcase of exhibition dancers. It's been a long time since we shaked, rattled, and rolled on the hardwood floor but as long as the body is willing, we'll be back. Aloha for now and Happy Dancing!  

Monday, September 10, 2018

Round Dancing Workshop

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

IBDI 5th Term 2019 Dance Class Schedule

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Monday, September 17 Registration and Free Dance at the Palladium
Monday, September 24 Start first dance class
Monday, November 5    Last dance class

Saturday, September 01, 2018

IBDI Welcomes New Dance Instructors

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Aloha Dancesport Inc. Annual Keiki Fundraiser

(Photo courtesy Aloha Dancesport Center)
Come join us for our Annual Keiki Fundraiser. Saturday, Sept. 1, 7PM-10PM
Helping our Keikis for the upcoming Competitions and Showcases with costumes and entries. All donations appreciated.
Admission $25.00 min suggested Donation. Keikis Free
Refreshments and Pot Luck. 
Social dancing, Exhibitions and Solo performance by our DRD Keikis, Juniors and Youth with their Teachers.

Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Avenue, Ste. 200
Honolulu, Hawaii 

For information and reservations 
Studio 808-200-5540

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Thursday, August 23, 2018

IBDI 57th Anniversary Dance

Open House Party @ Arthur Murray Dance Center

Are you ready to put a little fun into your life?!?

We are excited to open our doors and welcome you to the magical world of ballroom, latin and social dancing! Dancing is great for your health, and a fun way to meet people in your community and make new friends! This event is FREE for everyone and includes dance demonstrations, group dance lessons, and a professional show!

Light pupus will be provided for your enjoyment. Bring all your friends and we'll see you on the dance floor!

We'll be dancing everything from waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, salsa, bachata, cha cha, rumba, and more! You'll meet a bunch of great people and enjoy a fantastic evening. Come see what all the fuss is about...You may be walking in, but you will definitely be dancing out!

Arthur Murray Dance Center
770 Kapiolani Blvd #115
Honolulu, Hawaii

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Line Dancing at The Plaza Assisted Living in Waikiki

James E. Jones Presents Saturday Salsa Social

It's been a good minute and, we know you need your fix from the "Truest" Social in Hawaii! We have the BEST venue, the BEST music and, the BEST hospitality crew that money can buy, all accompanied by the BEST dancers on the island. 
Lets' get that Salsa and Bachata in this Saturday night, August 25, 2018.

Free NYC On2 Mambo lesson from 8pm - 830pm
The floor is Open from 830pm - Midnight with DJ Rod puttin' in that GREAT work!
This event is BYOB so, please feel FREE!
We'll see you all on Saturday!

Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Avenue #200
Honolulu, HI

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hawaii Gardenia Circle Anniversary Dance & Showcase

It's been a very long time since Lani and I visited the Ala Wai Palladium or for that matter gone dancing there. The road from Kapahulu Avenue to the Palladium had been newly paved and the parking lot seems a lot bigger and visibly striped. Nice!

Climbing up the stairway was a bit of a struggle due to my back injury but I made it to the top (reminded me of climbing the stairs at the Great Wall of China during our visit there). Only a few people hanging out in the foyer. Fo' sure the crowd was in the ballroom dancing to the great music selection of  Bert Burgess.
Bert Burgess and Deanie Bates

Inside the ballroom, Lani and I were greeted by smiling faces of dancers at the reception tables that we hadn't seen for a long time. Got to greet our host Gayle Kawahakui who invited Lani and me as her guests to tonight's event. This gal is like a dynamo working behind the scene making sure that the program is well oiled and running smoothly. We didn't get to see very much of Gayle afterwards except for a few flitting moments.
Greeters at Reception Table  No. 1
Beverly, Diane, Bob, and Roxanne

Greeters at Reception Tables No. 2
Friend, David, and Helene

It was wall to wall attendance but we were able to find a spot among some new friends who were mostly spectators than dancers but they were good to chat with until the program started.
The Program started with announcements by EmCee for the evening, Ivan John, who is the President of Hawaii Gardenia Circle. I thought he handled the program very orderly and smoothly.
The announcements were the customary stuff but very good to know who helped in making the Anniversary Dance and Showcase a successful one: Introducing the Professionals, Presidents of the various dance clubs, Upcoming events, and a Thank You message to all the Ticket Sellers (to name a few: Annie Ferguson, Debra Ota, Dance Magic 808, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club,  Pan Pacific Dance Society}, New Aala Bakery for the refreshments, Bert Burgess for the great music, and all the helpers in the kitchen and at the Reception Table. General dancing resumed till it was time for the Showcase to begin at about 8 o'clock.
Ivan John

Open Part One of the Showcase was a Rhythm Medley performed by Franchise Owner of Arthur Murray Dance Center, Gisella Shultz dancing with Kevin Kerns.
Kevin Kerns and Gisella,Shultz

A "rocking" group performance by the staff of Arthur Murray Dance Center to the tune "Rockin' Robin" soon followed. (You can see the video on Arthur Murray Dance Center Facebook).

There was a brief period for general dancing before Part Two of the program.

Part Two welcomed the Hawaii Gardenia Circle 2018 Grand Ball Dancers to the dance floor. The first dance was the Viennese Waltz which was performed by the dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Center, Dance Magic 808, Divino Ritmo Dance, and various other dance clubs.  Individual club couples were Calvin and Debra Ota, Mike and Lorie Chun, Ed and Candy Matsuda, Jackie Lei and May Zhang, Ravi Narayan and Brooke Johnson, Alan Kim and Lisa Hankins, and Tommy Nakamura and Joannie Hsieh. From Divino Ritmo Dance were Lucas Jaime with Ailie Barden and Lisa Wong. From Arthur Murray Dance Center were Gisella Schultz, Christian Grado, Rikita Turner, DeAndre Bobo, Steven McNally, Jeddie Kawahatsu, Kevin Kerns, Tamie Kerns, Naomi Hirayasu, Nathan Aragon, Lisa Valderueda, Damien Morales, Kevin Chen, Christina Forrester, Teri Bruesehoff, and Wen Chen. (Some of the listed Arthur Murray dancers were performers in the "Rockin' Robin"}.
After the Viennese Waltz performance some dancers danced off the floor to begin the "mock" portion of the showcase. Dancers danced in when it was their time to perform the Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, and Foxtrot. (Here are a few photos of some of the fast moving and energetic performing dancers).

At the conclusion of the Showcase part of the program, all the dance performers were called to the floor to be awarded appreciation gifts.

General dancing resumed while others bearing blue tickets from purchasing presale tickets marched out of the ballroom to get their refreshments (bento). Lani and I got ours and decide to head for home. We enjoyed the program, dancing to the music of Bert Burgess, and chatting with new friends. I had promised Lani that she could dance my a** off tonight which she thoroughly enjoyed. She was happy and I was happy that she was happy. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Before I close this blog, I sincerely thank Gayle for inviting Lani and me as her guests, and I am most grateful to Ivan John for sharing his notes on the Program. This is his story, too.
Gayle Kawahakui and Ivan John

Aloha and Happy Dancing!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

West Coast Swing Oahu & HBDA Presents California Mix Social

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Arthur Murray Dance Center Open House Dance Party

Are you ready to put a little fun into your life?!?

We are excited to open our doors and welcome you to the magical world of ballroom, latin and social dancing! Dancing is great for your health, and a fun way to meet people in your community and make new friends! This event is FREE for everyone and includes dance demonstrations, group dance lessons, and a professional show!

Light pupus will be provided for your enjoyment. Bring all your friends and we'll see you on the dance floor!

We'll be dancing everything from waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, salsa, bachata, cha cha, rumba, and more! You'll meet a bunch of great people and enjoy a fantastic evening. Come see what all the fuss is about...You may be walking in, but you will definitely be dancing out!

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