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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