Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Big Treat For Dance Hawaii Kai

Dance Hawaii Kai students got a big treat this past Tuesday. Some of our students couldn't make it to the Dance Hawaii 2nd Anniversary and Charity Ball at the Pacific Beach Hotel. So our Argentine Tango instructors Robert and Vanelle asked if it would be alright to perform the Argentine Tango that they had showcased at the "Ball", during the break after their first hour class. It was a good gesture and also gave our students a glimpse of how the Argentine Tango is danced. Dressed in the authentic Argentine Tango costumes Robert and Vanelle wore at the "Ball" showcase really added impact to their performance. The students were very quiet throughout the performance as they watched every movement of the dancers. It was only at the conclusion when the music stopped that the cheers and applauses were loud and clear that the students appreciated the dancers and the dancers' performance.

Robert and Vanelle will be with Dance Hawaii Kai for another 4 weeks teaching the Argentine Tango. (Photo of Robert and Vanelle by Calvin Ota). Their dance class starts at 7PM with a demo of previous dance steps and followed with a new pattern.
At 8PM, the Night Club Merengue class starts with a demo of previous dance steps by Frank and Lani and continues with a new Merengue syllabus.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Got Dance Fever This Saturday?

The Palladium will be reserved for Square Dancing and Circle Dancing tonight (Saturday). So if you're hunting for a venue to do some Ballroom, Lain, and Swing Dancing, you might want to swing over to the Radford High School cafeteria.


7:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.



Friday, January 21, 2011

YEAR of the RABBIT at the CUPOLA!

Looking to get an early jump in fun dancing? Well, my friend Marie Laderta has got just the venue for all you HOT "I like to dance on Tuesday night" Dancers that will get you hopping and dancing. This is the first Divino Ritmo social dance at the Cupola for 2011, so I'm not about to take the carrot away from Marie. Just go on and take a bite of her "What's Up, Doc?" e-mail..........

Hello Frank!
It's that time for our studio party again! Appreciate very much if you can get the word out for us by posting the following announcement on your blog! Thank you as always!

So, "What's Up Doc?" It's CUPOLA time again!

Come do the "Bunny Hop," the "Roger Rabbit," the "Rabbit
Dance," come shake your booties at the CUPOLA this coming Tuesday, January 25,
2011, from 7-10pm on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center at 1250 Kapiolani Blvd (corner of Kapiolani & Piikoi).

Come help Lucas and Yanna kick-off the "Year of the Rabbit" at the CUPOLA with
their Divino Ritmo ohana and other dance friends! There will be lots of boogying to the special hand-picked ballroom and "harey" tunes by Maestro Lucas Jaime and DJ
Jesse Gonzales. Ono pupus and wine are available for purchase all evening. Carrot
sticks will be complimentary!

As usual, admission is FREE and Divino Ritmo's monthly social dance party is open to the public! You never know, you may even get to meet Mr. Roger Rabbit or Bugs Bunny in the can you beat a night of fun and dance with your friends!!!!

Hop, hop, hop.... to the CUPOLA this Tuesday!!!!!! See ya!

For more info, contact:Lucas at: ph:(917) 568-3173
or Yanna at: ph: (732) 499-0407

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dance Your Heart Out!

WOW! IT's FREE! So if you're fortunate to be on the Valley Isle on February 9th, I hope you'll take full advantage of this offer. As the saying goes.."It's an offer you can't refuse". Please read on the e-mail from Rita.......

FREE February Dance Event Hosted by Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy - "Dance Your Heart Out!"

Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy hosts a FREE Valentine's Dance Event open-to-the-public (adults only) on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at the Kihei Community Center, featuring FREE Professionally-Instructed dance classes, FREE performances, FREE light refreshments & FREE dance party! Singles & couples are welcome! Brand new dancers & never-danced before dancers are welcome to check out the Academy's charitable event to the Maui community! Red, Pink, White & Purple "Appropriate" Attire Required; donations graciously accepted, but not required.

Former New York City Professional Dance Instructor, Rita O'Connor (Co-Founder) is the inspiration for Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy, which is County Co-Sponsored by the South Maui Parks & Recreation Department. Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy is a World Record holder and Maui's largest, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational Ballroom & Latin dance organization!

For more information about the Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy contact Rita O’Connor, Dance Professional at or call 879-0055!
(Left click on poster to zoom in.)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dance Hawaii Furlough Friday Dance

Forty lashes with a wet noodle for almost forgetting to post the Furlough Friday Social Dance at Radford High School. Thanks to Dance Hawaii Prez Maurice for the reminder.............

Furlough Friday Social Dance (means no dance at the Ala Wai Palladium)
January 14, 2011
Radford High School
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Music DJ: Andy Pascua

***** Special Guests: Approximately 40 members from the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club & Kauai Ballroom Dance Club (Lihue Chapter & Hanapepe Chapter)

***** Donations will be accepted to benefit Radford High School Athletic Program
***** Bring your favorite pupu dish to share with everyone

***** DANCE HAWAII to provide all paper goods; drinks; and serving utensils

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Star Light, Star Bright, I Wish............

There was this couple in their 60's celebrating their 40th Anniversary. A fairy appeared and granted them one wish a piece because they had stuck together these many years and they were good Rock & Roll dancers, too. Little wifey wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Quick as a flash two round trip cruise ship tickets popped in her hands. Now the fairy turned to the husband and asked what he wished for. Husband said, "I wish for a female companion 30 YEARS YOUNGER." Whoosh! Quick as a flash he turned NINETY!!!! AUWE!

Speaking about the 1950's, got an e-mail from Doreen, da leeda of the 50's and 60's Oldies but Goodies WASABI Band. True to their name, the Band is still Hot to Trot at the Saint Louis Alumni Clubhouse on Isenberg St. and at Ige's in Aiea. So if you're in the mood to burn the floor with those Happy Days kine music, lend an eyeball to Doreen's e-mail.......

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Hope you had wonderful Christmas & New Year's celebrations with family & friends. Milton, the boys,& I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love & support this past year, and look forward to more happy, fun times together again this year!

We only have (2) public gigs this month:
- Thu. 1/13 @ St. Louis Alumni. 7:00-10:00 p.m.
- Fri. 1/14 @ Ige's. 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Hope we get to see you there!
Love from me & da boyz,


As a reminder to the dancers who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and ono buffet at the Pacific Beach Hotel, Dance Hawaii hosting their 2nd Anniversary and Charity Ball on Saturday January 15. For available tickets, please contact Maurice Morita at 225-0326.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Dance Hawaii Kai Introduces ArgentineTango

It's a new season and Dance Hawaii Kai opened the 2011 1st Quarter at Koko Head School with the Argentine Tango this past Tuesday. We are very fortunate to have instructors Robert and Vanelle Hirayasu volunteer to teach the Argentine Tango to our students. They are excellent instructors and their method of "no rush" teaching should be appealing to the students. They covered the Basics (Tango hold, body position, Lead & Follow, and Footwork & Timing) very well and moved on to the first beginning "8 Step Pattern" of the Tango. When the music came on, everyone was dancing the Argentine Tango during the first hour.

Margie Ching is our new Dance Hawaii Kai Registrar. Margie came to us as a student during the 4th Quarter of 2010. She did a good job in registering the returning students as well as the newer ones while the class was in session. She deserves a lot of mahalos for volunteering to help Dance Hawaii Kai.

Lani and I taught the easiest to learn of all the Latin dances during the second hour...the Night Club Merengue. It's a fun dance with an enticing upbeat rhythm that causes the Meregueros to spice up the Latin movements. After absorbing the Basics of this dance and dancing them to music, the students were taught the "Underarm Combination" which in combination with the basic patterns kept them practicing the Merengue with music till it was time to close.

Our newest students Ken and Karen got so turned on to the Night Club Merengue that we had to have them dance for the class. Ken showed good leading and Karen moved with that eye-catching Latin motions very well.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011