Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year Greetings - 2019

Sunset Mambo Hosted by Yuki & Dario Garcia

Come and meet Yuki and Dario Garcia and enjoy some Salsa music on the beach.

Wednesday, January 2, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kapiolani Park
2947 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu

Friday, December 28, 2018

IBDI New Year Celebration & Dance

Join IBDI in Celebrating THE NEW YEAR at the PALLADIUM on January 4, 2019.  "Enjoy Ballroom Dance Music, Ballroom Dancing, and Dance Program. Music By Henry Lee." Free entry for members born in the month of January, and February.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Swing Dance Club Christmas Dance Party 2018

The Swing Dance Club held their Christmas Dance Party at the Ewa side ballroom of the Ala Wai Palladium on Sunday, December 16. The Dave Toma Band was invited to play live dance music for the party by club member Rusty Chun.

The band played a mixture of Swing and Latin dance music with occasional Christmas tunes from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The guests seemed to enjoy the music and were dancing up a storm while the band was playing. There was a short break for the band as Door Prizes were called between 7:30 and 7:45.

General dancing resumed with recorded dance music the rest of the night. Someone had set up a small speaker and was playing music from an MP3 player or iPod. The music sounded really great.

Tables were set up near the kitchen with an amazing spread of food including roast turkey, ham, corn, stuffing, pork adobo, and salad.  A lot of ono food and members of  the band were invited to partake.

                                        Members of the Band are Dave, Fred, Alan, Jesse, and Nick.

Aloha for now and Mahalo to Nick for writing this blog.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Revised IBDI 2019 Dance Class Schedule

Get ready for our 1st term dance classes, choose from 8 different classes. Standard classes are $7, PRO classes are $25. Available for members only

Monday, December 17, 2018

Bachata Lovers Tueaday

Dress in your Christmas best! Ugly sweaters are welcomed. Calling all bachateros, bachateras, dancers, and anyone who's down for some fun on a Tuesday night! Bachata fundamentals and sensual classes at 8 pm, social at 9pm. Please share the event and bring your friends! 

Click below to pay online in advance for discounted rates:

For more info and getting your name on the guest list for discounted rates at the door, visit:

Hosted by School of Salsa
350 Ward Ave. Suite 200
Honolulu, Hi

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Season Greetings To Our Readers

IBDI Appreciation Party 2018

IBDI 2018 Members and Students "APPRECIATION PARTY" December 17, 2018 at the Palladium. Dancing, Door Prizes, and Buffet Dinner 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm  Appreciation Party will at the Ewa side Ballroom. Dance Lessons at the Diamond Head side Ballroom.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society Christmas Ball

T'is the Season to be jolly but it's been two nights in a row without my side-kick to a dance at the Ala Wai Palladium. Yeah! the cold bug bit my main squeeze. Thanks to all the nice people who asked about her and hope she gets better soon.

I got to the Palladium a little before 8:00. Enough time to go paparazzi before the show program began.  It was pretty quiet on the lanai except for a hand full of dancers having a chat and drinking coffee. But inside the ballroom.was filled with dancers burning the floor to the music from the library  of Ed Felix,.
Everyone had already checked in at the Reception Table and picked up their snack (pork manapua bun). So it was pretty quiet at that end.

Thought it best to get a shot of the DeeJay and EmCee before the program got underway. Emcee for the evening was Marsha Ninomiya who was coordinating the program with the DeeJay. Then scooted to the two couples who were going to perform in the dance exhibition part of the program. But bumped into two old friends (Stanley and Annie) on way. Captured a few snips of the happy dancers who clearly came to dance, and a shot of Ed Felix without the Santa costume..
The Music DeeJay, and EmCee Marsha

Annie and Stanley Nakamura

The first couple to perform were Atlas IV and Helene dancing the International Foxtrot.

Then followed by Derek and Debra Kam performing the International Cha Cha.

Santa and Mrs Claus (Ed and Matilda) concluded the exhibition part of the program with performing the International Waltz.

Roxanne Kaino was called on to lead in the Electric Slide dance. That got nearly everyone off their seats to participate in the dance. General dancing continued as I left the Palladium. Stopped by the kitchen to pick up my manapua buns that Jeff held for me. And Lucy was there to package them for me. Nice people!

Jeff in the kitchen

That's Lucy! She said, "Like the TV show "I Love Lucy"

A Mighty Mahalo to Ed and Matilda Felix for inviting Lani and me to the Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society Christmas Ball 2018.  
Matilda and Ed Felix
Aloha for now and Happy Dancing!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Divino Ritmo Dance Christmas Dance Social

Photo courtesy Divino Ritmo Dance

Whether you've been naughty or nice, this is your last chance to make it up to Santa! The last social of the year will be Our Traditional Christmas party with Divino Ritmo Dance. 
Join us for lots of fun and a surprise guest, you know who.
It's a secret Santa social so bring a small gift to give out.
Lots of dancing with exhibitions and some surprise performers!
Potluck buffet with free refreshments and Sweets!

Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Avenue  Suite 200
Saturday,  December 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Admission $25.00 Teens 12-19 $10.00 under 12 FREE.
To reserve your table contact us. Table of 6 get one Free.
Aloha Dancesport Center

IBDI Inaugural & Christmas Dance 2018

"Heard your car broke down!" said one of the guests to me. Boy! news traveled really fast. Yeah! my 2004 Saturn called it quits after 14 years of good service. It was no time to go hu hu, 'cause I was selected and scheduled to conduct the Installation of Officers & Directors of IBDI part of the program Friday night. Thanks to the support of my three sons who came to my rescue, provided the ride, and attended the dance event at the Ala Wai Palladium. Number 2 son drove me to the Palladium and got there with 15 minutes to spare before the Program got underway.
Guests were still checking in at the Reception Table while others were picking up their bento from the kitchen. There were more guests dining in the lanai.

Music resonated throughout the ballroom as dancers were moving energetically to the music of Henry Lee and Jane.
Jane and DeeJay Henry
The program got started with President Diana Vo's Welcome Message and the introduction of  Renna Villanueva as the emcee for the evening. After a memo about IBDI, Renna called me to the podium to begin the Installation of Officers and Directors for the year 2019.
EmCee Renna and IBDI Prez Diana

Called to the front of the podium to take the oath of office were incoming President/Teasurer/Director: Diana Vo; Vice President/Senior Directror: Albert J. Franz (not able to attend); Membership Registration/Secretary/Director: Arnold Lee; Music Equipmenr Direcrtor: Thomas Campbell; and Ticket Chair: Kathy Uyehara. All of them raised their right hand and said, "I will" to fulfill the responsibilities of their Office to the best of their ability and in accordance with the By-Laws of  IBDI. The declaring of the Oath was  concluded with, "By the authority vested in me, I now declare the Officers and Directors of IBDI duly installed".
Diana, Arnold, Kathy, and Thomas

Fact is I knew for about a week that I was selected to do the Installation bit but on that  night I was told it was because I was (pardon me while I stroke my long beard) the most senior and oldest member of IBDI. However, my main squeeze says, "not oldest but longest time member of IBDI".  (Nice way of putting it). Which ever the case, it was an honor to conduct the Installation of Officers and Directors of IBDI.

President Diana Vo was then called to the podium to present her President's Message.
IBDI Prez Diana

A presentation of an Award for Member of The year and Volunteer of The Year soon followed.
Arthur & Joan Oda of  New Aala Bakery receiving award from IBDI Prez Diana

A group of singers entertained the guests with the songs: Silent Night, Jingle Belle, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas" led by lead singer Linda Batt.

On the program was International Waltz and International Cha Cha performed by IBDI Students Group. However, some guests got caught up with the festivities and Henry Lee's music that they joined in with the group dancing. Nice to see that.

With the program over, pastries from New Aala Bakery were served as snacks
And it was time to go paparazzi. (Some of the photos were captured on camera by my number 3 and number 4 son).

It was near closing time  (9:30) at the Palladium and it was time to hit the road for home. Also time to put on the brakes here for this blog. By the way, my number 2 son got my car fixed and I'm hopeful Lani and I will continue to have wheels for another 14 years without car break down.
Aloha for now and Happy Dancing!