|Paul Billington and partner|
My main squeeze and I got to the Palladium a little after seven but was able to find seats near the stage next to Paul Billington (HBDA Representative) and his partner. There were other representatives that came to support this USA Dance Anniversary...Rusty Chun (Swing Dance Club of Honolulu), Ivan Johns ( Hawaii Gardenia Circle), Diane Wong (Ilima Dance Club), Deannie Bates-Burgess ( Aiea Ballroom Dance Association), Gene Inoshita (Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society of Hawaii,, Derek Kam ( Friends of Ala Wai), and Mai Wilkes (Aloha Dance Club) Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, and Dance Magic 808 were mentioned, also. So were the various dance club instructors and Professional teachers.
|DeeJay Gary Kawasaki|
|Synthia and Ravi Narayan|
|USA Dance-Honolulu President Ed Matsuda|
|EmCees Brianne Johnson and Ravi Narayan|
|Board Members: Jon Obara (Treasurer), Delia Tom (Ticket Chair),|
Jay Nelson (Secretary), Candace Matsuda (Assistant Treasurer),
Ed Matsuda (President), Ravi Narayan (Vice President) and
Synthia Narayan (K-12 Program Coordinator)
The Showcase started with the International Latin style Samba, Rumba, and Jive of ballroom dancing. Performing Samba, Rumba, and Jive were Amateur competitive dancers Edwin and Charlotte Bugarin, and Amateur competitive couple John Obara and Nancy Luckie. Representing Friends of Ala Wai Club were Derek and Debra Kam, representing Divino Ritmo Dance studio were Professional Lucas Jaime with student Candace Pitman, representing Dance Appeal studio were Kale Kingsbury and Mulan Lau, and representing USA Dance were Robert Holsen and USA Dance K-12 student Brooke Johnson.
The next performance was the American Smooth style of Waltz, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz. At this point, Ravi Narayan explained the difference between the International style and American style and their musicality. Performers were Ed and Candace Matsuda of USA Dance-Honolulu, Alex Deleon and Barbara Kaneshiro of Dance Appeal studio, Professional Yanna Samkova with student William Landers from Divino Ritmo Dance studio, and Professional Lucas Jaime with student Stacie Yoshinaga.
The next group of dancers came on the dance floor to perform the American Rhythm style of the Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and Mambo. Performers were Sinisha Kostich and Chanelle, Robert Holsen and Anna Kuznetsova from Divino Ritmo Dance studio, Kale Kingsbury and Mulan Lau from Dance Appeal studio, Lance Sabado and Emily Hackworth, and from Divino Ritmo Dance studio were Professional Lucas Jaime and student Kira Magnuson.
The International Standard dance was the final performance featuring the Foxtrot, Tango, and Quickstep. Participating were Michael and Lorie Chun, Robert and Diana Diana, David Matsumoto and Barbara Kaneshiro representing Dance Appeal studio, Jackie Lei and Terry Bosley, and from Divino Ritmo Dance studio Professional Lucas Jaime with student Stacie Yoshinaga.
It was a rare Showcase which Lani and I enjoyed watching as each individual performer injected their personal touch and personality into the dance.
All the dancers received loud applause after each performance.
They were later called back to the floor for picture taking and to receive appreciation gifts.
It was a colorful and great performance by all the performers in both the International and American style of dancing. I want to thank Ravi and Synthia Narayan for inviting Lani and me as their guests to this USA Dance Anniversary Dance and for sharing his notes of the program. Much mahalo!.
Aloha for now.