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 problem...it 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!