Saturday, April 30, 2011

Summer 2011 Session @ Kaimuki CSA Complex

Our Ballroom Dancing classes on the Rumba, Swing, Foxtrot, and Salsa at Kaiser CSA and Ali'iolani CSA concluded the Spring Session this week. It was an enjoyable experience for Lani and me during the 10-week session teaching students very new to ballroom dancing. Kudos to our returning students who were generous in helping the newer students get on board in this new venture. It was an uplifting spirit to see those new students venture to the Palladium for the first time also and were courageous enough to dance without feeling out of place.
For the Summer Session, Lani and I decided to slow down the tempo a bit with the Social Waltz and Tango.

Palladium May 2011 Schedule of Events

Two Furlough Fridays in a row but no huhu! There's still a lot of dancing going on in the month of May. Aside from the norm, Star Dancers hosting one on the 1st, International Salsa hosting on the 8th, Kapiolani Lions Dance Club on the 22nd, and the Aiea Dance Club 56th Anniversary Dance on the 28th. Other than that Dance Hawaii Fundraiser featuring WASABI 50's & 60's Oldies Band at Aliamanu Middle School cafeteria on May 7. Anyway, go ahead and check out the schedule for the weekend dance club giants courtesy of Ki of Dance Fever Oahu ..............
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nifty 50's & 60's Oldies Bash 2011

Gotta hand it to Wendell Kwan and Diane Yoshida for spearheading this REUNION event for 2011. Last year's BASH was Lani and my first time experience in reuniting with high school classmates. Yeah! There were graduates and students from high schools way back when Hawaii was still a Territory all the way to the last decade. If you can still ROCK & ROLL, still have that LEATHER JACKET and the FONZI HAIR-DO, and for the'on down with your BOBBYSOCKS SHOES and POODLE DESIGN SKIRT to the Pacific Beach on October 14.
Yeah, I know it's a bit early to register but take a was a SOLDOUT last year 'cause you dancers know fo' sure that the Pacific Beach Grand Ballroom can hold only so many people like bursting at the seams. Anyway, take a gander at the announcement that Diane Yoshida sent to me and Lani. And no forget, there's more info at
(Left click on the poster to zoom in)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Fling @The Cupola

Aloha Students of Dance,
Spring is in the air and Lucas and Yanna are hosting a Spring Fling Social Dance this coming Tuesday at the Cupola. Now if you have ever been to their previous "last Tuesday of the month social dances at the Cupola" you'll know it's always gonna be a funfest. Last month it was a Mardi Gras theme. Will it be an Easter theme this time complete with Bunny? No pun intended, Paul. But it's anybody's guess 'cause the surprises have always been good fun ones. So here's the spill from my good friend Marie Laderta that will lead you on the yellow brick road to the Cupola.

DIVINO RITMO welcomes Spring with its social dance at the CUPOLA, on Tuesday, April 26th, 7-10pm, on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center. (1250 Kapiolani Blvd, corner of Piikoi & Kapiolani.)

Admission is FREE and it's open to the public, with pupus and drinks available for purchase!

"I have a yearning for beauty, a yearning for Spring, and finally it's arrived. Sunshine, birdsong, cherry blossom in the park - it's beautiful and I want to soak it up! And I want to MOVE, DANCE somewhere beautiful .." A dance prayer.

Spring is a time for celebration and many see it as a time of growth, of renewal, and of new life being born. It is a common metaphor for the start of better times and new beginnings.

In line with the meaning and spirit of Springtime, Lucas & Yanna invite you to join them in welcoming Spring in the Divino Ritmo style of aloha and hospitality...

Come dance or lounge to the notes of music floating through the Cupola, amidst butterflies, dragon flies, and exotic blooms strewn across the the night away, close your eyes and imagine all the possibilities....

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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Divino Ritmo Dance Workshop by Frank Regan

Aloha students of Dance,
Got this e-mail from friend Marie Laderta on a dance workshop coming to Honolulu featuring Frank Regan. There's more bio and photos of Frank and Dance In Time at his Website that's posted near the bottom of this publication. Read on for more info...........

Hello Frank!
Divino Ritmo Dance is proud to present dance workshops featuring another "Blackpool Great," world renowned choreographer, ajudicator and educator, FRANK REGAN.
Lucas & Yanna appreciate if you would kindly post the following announcement:

"Blackpool in our Backyard"
Lecture and Dance Instruction WORKSHOPS by FRANK REGAN, brought to you by Lucas & Yanna of Divino Ritmo Dance

Two Workshops,
1 Lecture & 1 International Standard Group Technique Class by Professional Choreographer and Ajudicator Frank Regan! ONLY $20 per workshop!

THURSDAY, April 21, at 8:00p, Sugino Dance Academy
[770 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 406]
A Lecture by Frank Regan: Mr. Regan's topic will touch upon the influence of musicality on dance. Soft drinks and refreshments will be served & are included in the $20 fee.

SATURDAY, April 23, at 3-4p, Aloha Activity Center
[725 Kapiolani Blvd, Street Level]
Group technique Class in International Standard. $20 per person.

Don't miss out on another rare opportunity brought to us by Lucas & Yanna! Whether you are a social dancer, exhibition dancer, competitive dancer, Instructor, Pro or amateur, you will be sure to enjoy & find value in what FRANK REGAN has to offer.

Come and attend both or at least one of the two workshops featuring FRANK REGAN, a winner of many awards including the "Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Council of America," the "World Dancing Hall of Fame Award," and the "Legends of Dance Award." He has excelled in a wide array of stage and ballroom dance forms, and is a former US, Canadian and North American Professional Dance Champion. He has directed and/or choreographed literally hundreds of productions of all kinds and is recognized as one of the most eclectic horeographers in America with a background in Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, Musical Theater, and BALLROOM! Bottom line is Mr. Regan's accolades and talent run the gamut!

You may not know who Frank Regan is or even care about his multitude of accolades. But this doesn't matter. What matters is that you have an opportunity to learn and hear from a giant in the dance world, to interact in a lecture environment and also in a separate group instruction environment. Click on this link for more information about Frank Regan:

For more information, contact:
Lucas Jaime ph: (917) 568-3173
Yanna Samkova ph: (732) 499-0407

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tonight, Wed, No Cover! Ballroom-Latin@Honolulu Club

FYI for those dancers with midweek dancing feet. Sharon has some good stuff going on tonight. So if you're a smooth dancer or a swinger, go give her a buzz for more info. (Left click on poster to zoom in)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society 36th Anniversary Ball

Here's a late FLASH. FYI: Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society is hosting their 36th Anniversary Ball this Saturday (4/9) at the Palladium from 6-10PM. Admission: $8.00 at the door. General dancing, Exhibition Dancing, and Refreshments.

More Dance Venues In April

WOW! Just when I thought I had covered the whole month of April on dance venues, another two pops up to add to the more. Yeah! Honolulu is "Dance We Dance" community and the Windwardside Pali Lanes and Aiea's Ige's are cooking up, too. WASABI 50's & 60's Oldies Band is still Hot on the trail. Get a load on the e-mail I received from Doreen, the leader of the band...

Saw War & Doobie Brothers in concert this past Saturday, and boy, they were GREAT! Milton & I had pretty good seats on the floor...only junk part was when everybody stood up, then we ended up staring at their butts! ha ha ha!!!

Here's are our April public gigs:

Thu. 4/14 - St. Louis Alumni (7-10 p.m.)
Fri. 4/22 - Ige's (8:30-11:30 p.m.)
Sat. 4/30 - Pali Lanes (8-11 p.m.)

Hope you all can join us.
Love from me & da boyz,

And just when I thought I could press Shut Down on my computer, new gal professional dance teacher Sharon Liu has some surprising news for enthusiastic dancers. I gotta admit that I don't know anything about Sharon and her dance activities except meeting her for the first time at the Ilima 28th Anniversary Dance. She's got more plans and a dance schedule. So it's best you call her for more info. Here's excerpts from her e-mail........

Dear dance friends,
Thank you very much for your support, help & enthusiasm for dancing!!
We've got some good news for April:

The much anticipated Ilikai dance will resume activities this week with 3 nights per week Wednesday through Friday! I am to host the Friday night party from 6:30 to 11:30pm starting this Friday, April 8th!

Sunday pm ballroom program at Ilikai are expanded to 4 hours program with 3 hours of group instruction and 1 hour ballroom practice. 3) Wednesday Ballroom Lounge (a social dance mixer) at Honolulu Club
* April promo: NO COVER
* Run by club in late hours: Salsa dancing on most Wednesdays
* Run by club in late hours: coming soon live band in late April
* Expended wood flooring will be done in late April (hoorey!)

3 new Ladies (small group) classes at Manoa Studio are taking sign-ups:
* Standard Syllabus & Technicque
* Latin Styling & Technique
* Ballet Conditioning รข€“ a prerequisite for dancing, tailored for ballroom dancers

.. that's all for now until next update .. Happy Dancing!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Dance Moanalua Community Social

Here's another HOT TIP for midweek dancers along the Moanalua Corridor. Got this e-mail from Jill Kunimoto about a Thursday night dance at the Moanalua High School cafeteria. If you got dancing shoes and will travel, dat's da place to swing to for some hot trotting. Read on...........

Hi Everyone,

Dance Moanalua (the Moanalua High School Dance Club) would like to cordially invite you to a community social. Here is the information on this event:

Event: Dance Moanalua Community Social
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Place: Moanalua High School Cafeteria (2825 Ala Ilima Street, Honolulu, 96818)
Cost: FREE

Let me know if you have any questions.

Need more info? you can contact Jill at:

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Dance Classes @Hale Ikena Soaring Like An Eagle

Moanalua Corridor is soaring with new dance classes at Fort Shafter Hale Ikena. Spearheaded by the excellence of Richard & Lynn Nakamura, and Andy & Monica Pascua, these top notch International style, and American Style Ballroom Teachers have registered a large base of faithful followers during the first week. The dance classes are still in its infancy stage and registration is still open. So if Tuesday and Thursday nights are your free nights and you find yourselves cruising around the Moanalua Corridor, com'on and buzz in to the Hale Ikena. If you're early enough, you can catch a bite at the adjoining Mulligan's Restaurant before the class starts. For more info call 438-1974. (Left click on poster to zoom in)

Photo of Thursday night's International Tango and Quickstep students by Stan Da Man.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

FYI: USA Dance 18th Anniversary This Month

Another block buster of Exhibition Dancing and Social Dancing coming up this month. It's the USA Dance 18th Anniversary at the Palladium on April 23rd. Prez Glenn sez that all proceeds will be donated to the Japan Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to my friend Debra Ota for sending this poster concerning the USA Dance 18th Anniversary and for a worthy cause. If you plan to support this effort, you can contact Debra for tickets at e-mail: or cellphone: 224-9033, or Prez Glenn Okazaki at 428-1704.