Sunday, June 27, 2010

Just Dance @Aloha Activity Center

Looking for a dance venue in July? Coming on the second Saturday in July, Aloha Activity Center will feature "JUST DANCE" for 7 bucks and parking is FREE. Check out the poster on right for more info. There's also contact numbers if you need to contact Carolyn, Shari, or Randy.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Revised Dance Hawaii 3rd Quarter Dance Classes


1. DANCE HONOLULU AT WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL will turn into an INTERNATIONAL DANCE CLASSES beginning from July 19th. Classes will be International Waltz & Rumba and the instructors will be Reggie Gascon & Gayle Kawahakui. This will be our first International Dance Class in the Honolulu area. We will have registration and line dancing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. will be the International Waltz and at 8 p.m. the International Rumba.


2. DANCE ST. LOUIS AT ST. LOUIS ALUMNI CLUBHOUSE will be our AMERICAN SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES formerly taught at Washington Middle School on Monday nights. The two dance classes will be Night Club 2 Step at 7 p.m. taught by Cullen & Cheryl Chong and at 8 p.m., Argentina Tango taught by Robert & Vanelle Hirayasu. This is a new dance site for Dance Hawaii. Registration will be at 6:30 p.m. The first class will be on July 20th.


3. DANCE WAIPAHU AT WAIPAHU UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (located right below of the Oahu Filipino Center as you head pass the Chervon Service Station and across of the Waipahu
Library. This will be an International Dance Class with Waipahu favorite son, Josh Manzano and Jill Tengan who will teach at 7 p.m. International Cha Cha and at 8 p.m. International Quickstep. We will be having registration and line dancing by Josh's Grandmother, Rose Manzano from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.




Dance Classes Dates: July 12, 19, 26; August 9, 16, 23, 30; September 13, 20 - Appreciation Dinner
Instructors: Lester & Henrietta Muramoto
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. International Cha Cha
8:00 p.m. International Tango
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends

Dance Classes Dates: July 19, 26; August 9, 16, 23, 30; September 13, 20, 27-Appreciation Dinner
6:00 p.m. Registration & Line Dancing by Roxanne Kaino
Instructors: Reggie Gascon & Gayle Kawahakui
7:00 p.m. International Waltz
8:00 p.m. International Rumba
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends


Dance Classes Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28-Appreciation Dinner
Instructors: Frank & Lani Sierra
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. American Social Waltz
8:00 p.m. American Social Mambo
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends

Dance Classes Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7-Appreciation Dinner
6:00 p.m.Registration & Line Dancing by Kevin & Margaret Yee
7:00 p.m. American Social Tango by Richard & Cora Nieto
8:00 p.m. American Social Samba by Andy & Monica Pascua
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends

Dance Classes Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14-Appreciation Dinner
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Night Club 2 Step by Cullen & Cheryl Chong
8:00 p.m. Argentina Tango by Robert & Vanelle Hirayasu
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends


DANCE CLASS DATES: July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19; September 2, 9-Appreciation Dinner
Instructors: Richard & Lynn Nakamura
6:00 p.m. Registration & Line Dancing by Kevin & Margaret Yee
7:00 p.m. International Samba
8:00 p.m. International Foxtrot
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends

Dance Class Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2-Appreciation Dinner
6:00 p.m. Registration & Line Dancing by Rose Manzano
7:00 p.m. International Cha Cha
8:00 p.m. International Quickstep
9:00 p.m. Dance Class Ends

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Dance Hawaii Location In East Honolulu

The fast growing Dance Hawaii (aka Dance Aliamanu) is expanding their reach in East Honolulu. The new location to open in the 3rd Quarter is the St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse on Isenberg St. It's in the same building as "Da Kitchen" next to the First Hawaiian Bank. Here's an excerpt from Dance Hawaii Prez Maurice Morita.....

For the 3rd Quarter (July-August-September), we will be adding two NEW dance locations as follows:
1. Monday Nights: Dance Honolulu at Washington Middle School will become our International Ballroom Dance Class site which will begin on July 26 to September 2. Our American Social Ballroom Dance Class will move to Tuesday nights at St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse (see #2 below).

2. Tuesday Nights: Dance St Louis, our American Social Dance Classes held at Washington Middle School will meet at the St Louis Alumni Clubhouse on Isenberg (next to Maple Gardens/across of old Honolulu Stadium-now a park. Parking is available in the St. Louis Clubhouse (enjoy a dinner at the "DA KITCHEN" before the dance class. Parking will be available at the First Hawaiian Bank next to the St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse (St Louis will give you a stub to put in the parking box of your stall #). Classes will begin on July 20th to September 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse is air-conditioned.

Editor's note: Dance Hawaii Kai 3rd Quarter dance class will start on Tuesday, August 3rd at Koko Head Elementary School. The school cafeteria will be closed during the month of July for maintenanc work.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rising From The Ashes

Aloha Dancers,
Dancing In The Dark was put to sleep early this month by me but the originator of this blogsite (Joe Martel) has requested to reactivate it and ask to take over the site. It had been an exciting ride for me to share news of dancing in our community with you on Dancing In The Dark while it was alive and well. Joe will sign in as Guest Author and gradually take over as Administrator of Dancing In The Dark. Surf URL: to see Dancing In The Dark.


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Matsuri Hawaii Goodwill Dance Update

Thanks to Ki and Nancy Shen for sending me this updated poster. The change is that there won't be a Live Band from Japan. In place will be a DeeJay .. that's good, and a Singer from Japan ... that's good,too! Come and enjoy the experience.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Dance Hawaii Prez Maurice Morita's Message

Nearly 400 Dance Hawaii members, other dance clubs members, family,and friends popped in to our 1st WASABI FUNDRAISER at Aliamanu Middle School cafeteria.

Decorations chair Cora Nieto & her committee members (balloon girl Lucille Nakamoto) did an excellent job(we had a lot of good comments as to how we decorated the cafeteria); Thank you to the members who came out at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday to set up for the night's event. GOOD JOB GANG!

Sharon Nakai, Refreshments Chair, and her committee members (including her classmates) did a good job taking care of the sandwiches, chili and rice/hot dog, many desserts, etc. The members as well as our friends(Aiea Ballroom Dance Club Arthur & Joan Oda-owners of the New Aala Bakery in Liliha) came through with more refreshments that killed our worries if we would have enough refreshments (Thank you members & friends). To Rudy Luat, Pan Pacific President, for obtaining the New Aala Bakery donation.

Sisters Harriet Kihara & Marion Iwasaki for taking cafe of the registration table making sure everyone got tagged with a red wrist band, For many members who help the "two sisters," thank you very much.

Tony Alcover and his crew for taking care of the parking ( the parking lot was filled all the way to the Salt Lake Library. Good job Tony and gang.

Chris Ano and his two good lookiing sons and the rest of our members and friends for setting up and cleaning up. Terrific Job! I cannot leave out the two key guys,
Chair Melvin Nakagawa & Vice Chair James Brierly. Good Job Mel & Jim! Mel Nakagawa has to be the top ticket seller, who sold nearly 100 tickets at the WASABI shows at various sites prior to our event on June 5th and who took care of the finances as Treasurer, too. Jim Brierly was also in charge of "Ticket Distribution". To the many members who helped sell tickets to their friends and family members. Good job gang!

For our Music DJ Andy Pascua who played dance music for us during the WASABI breaks.

Of course, the main stars of this event, the members of WASABI and their leader, Doreen Nakamoto! We had a special guest singer, Nick Sierra, son of instructors Frank & Lani Sierra.

DA WINAS of the best dress looking nifty 50's & 60's - $25.00 gift certificates to Deanie Bates, President of he Aiea Ballroom Dance Club; Junie Sato; and Sharon Nakai.

VISIT FRANK SIERRA BLOG: and JIMBO JOHNSON BLOG: of pictures from Saturday night WASABI Fundraiser.

Once again, thanks to the many members, and friends who supported our 1st WASABI Fundraiser!

The 12 members who attended the Shen Yuan Performing Arts Show on Friday, June 4th, enjoyed the many talented Chinese singers and dancers. It was very entertaining and hope some of you went to today's show.
Visit Frank Sierra's blog on the Shen Yuan at

Music DJ will be Mike Chinen! We will have our next Social Dance this Saturday, June 12th, at Radford High School Cafeteria from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please come and meet new friends, and to practice your dance steps. Social Dances are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month till August, 2010.
From September to December, we will be having Social Dancing at Aliamanu Middle School Cafeteria on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. When UH football starts in September, Radford High uses their parking lot for the UH football games.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Shen Yun Performing Arts Spectacular

Wow! What a was awesome! Last night (Friday), Lani and I along with 10 other members of Dance Hawaii (aka Dance Aliamanu) went to see the opening of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Neal Blaisdel Concert Hall. Thanks to Maurice Morita, President of Dance Hawaii...he was able to get all 12 of us discount tickets in row "O" just behind the $115 section. And the seats were perfect since they were smack in the middle, giving us a clear view of the performance.

According to its publication, "Shen Yu brings together leading dancers, choreographers, vocalists, and musicians (their very own)from around the world to create an experience that will not only be beautiful and memoriable, but also enriching and uplifting." And it most certainly lived up to it as we enjoyed the non-stop 2 hour fast paced beautiful art work of classical Chinese dancing. Two EmCees guided the audience through out the entire show (20 Acts) spoke in Chinese while the other interpreted in English. They were lively and at times put a touch of humor in introducing the next act which brought laughter and applauses. There was a 15 minute intermission after the first hour which was a welcomed break. Truly, the performers were in top shape and very disciplined. Where can you find 22 young ladies and 18 young men wearing colorful costumes all performing in perfect unison......dancing with props, too? Each act had a story... a cultural meaning as Shen Yun puts it..."to reclaim and renew the divinely-inspired cultural heritage of humanity". The music by the live orchestra was capitivating almost like inviting the audience to be part of the show. There were vocal soloist also...a Soprano, a Tenor. and a Baritone, and an Erhu Soloist which were a good fit...strong and persuasive. The cinematography was another amazing part of the show...the way it blended with the actual performers and the act. I should stop here since I don't want to give too much away. You gotta to see Shen Yun Performing Arts spectacular yourself to believe that it is an awesome stage show to ever come to Honolulu.
After leaving the Blaisdel Concert Hall, 10 of us met at Zippy's for a late dinner and talk story. Must've been close to midnight when we broke up to go home.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Dance Hawaii Kai Last Dance & Potluck

Our Dance Hawaii Kai Foxtrot and Swing classes concluded with a potluck last night. It was billed as the last dance class and potluck for this 2nd quarter but the onolicious food was too much to resist.

It was a small turnout because many students were away on summer trips but it gave us the chance to sit on one long table and chat about other things than about dancing. Pancit, pork & chicken adobo, lumpia, mochi rice, honey glazed shrimps with walnut, smoked cornbeef, fresh fruits and more...too much that the students decided to forego the dance lessons to feast and talk story. Instead Lani gave a quick lesson on Mambo #5 Line Dance which brought a good ending to the evening.

Before closing shop, Lani and I received leis and tokens of appreciation from Maurice and Gilda. We're looking forward to the 3rd quarter dance classes in Social Waltz and Mambo starting on August 3.

Boogie To Live Band Music This Month

If the sound of Live Band Music energizes you that you want to scorch the dance floor then here's a reminder: Dance Hawaii hosting a dance this Saturday (6/5) at Aliamanu Middle School. I hear from those in the know that WASABI belts out some awesome 50's and 60's tunes. And the bonus is that Dance Hawaii DeeJay Andy Pascua will be filling in with his great danceable music when WASABI takes a break. Non-stop dancing from 6 to 11PM.
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Then more Live Band sounds coming our way on June 18 at the Matsuri Hawaii Goodwill Dance hosted by Grace Nohara. Get your tickets early for a night of Social Dancing, Buffet Dinner, and Dance Exhibitions. Don't know yet what's on the agenda but I heard that a terrific group of dancers from Waipahu that appeals to the audience will be performing in the showcase. See poster for more info.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June 2010 Palladium Schedule

Aloha Dancers,
Here's the Palladium Schedule for the month of June. Mahalo to KI!
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