Monday, October 31, 2011

Meet My Friend Patrice Tanaka on KITV: Tonight at 10pm!

Aloha Students of Dance. Stay tuned to KITV 4 News after Dancing With The Stars tonight for an exclusive interview with competition dancer Patrice Tanaka. My friend Marie Laderta who has her thumb on the pulse of our dancing community sent me the following tip.

Hi Frank:
This is happening news for today! Hot off the KITV press!
If you are able to post this ASAP that would be great....if not, KITV will get it to the community!
Mahalo my friend!

Hello my friends in Hawaii's Dance community!
Find out about the moving journey of one woman after she lost her husband, the love of her life, during a time when faith in humanity and country were severely shaken by 9/11, when her career was at an all-time low, about how this ONE simple woman, someone I got to
know and admire, my friend Patrice Tanaka, took the high road and rebuilt her faith and career through the throes of ballroom dancing.....

TUNE in TONIGHT (Oct 31) at 10:00pm on KITV to watch her exclusive interview.

Clips of her ballroom competition last month with professional Rhythm Champion Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine at the Hawaii Star Ball can be found on KITV's website. Check it out and don't forget to tune in tonight:
Excerpt from KITV Website: At the age of 59, Patrice Tanaka has an accomplished career in public relations, but wanted to pursue her lifelong passion of becoming Ginger Rogers. See how she found an outlet for that passion on KITV 4 News Monday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

USA Dance Annual Classic Holiday Ball

Dance mania continues for the month and to December but prepare yourself for more to come before the 2012 New Years Dance. USA Dance-Honolulu hosting their Annual Classic Holiday Ball at the Palladium on Frday December 2nd with dinner of mouth-watering succulent grilled steak and chicken and the works, social dancing, and a showcase of exhibition dancing all for the price of 10 bucks. But here's the gotta buy the tickets presale. Otherwise, all you gonna get is cookies. But even with that, it's still a good bargain. Read on the e-mail from Prez Glenn Okazaki for more info...........

Another great event is coming your way to the Palladium. It is USA Dance Honolulu’s Annual Classic Holiday Ball, scheduled for Friday, December 2nd 2011. This year, our showcase will feature local amateur talents from various clubs here in Honolulu. The cost for a ticket is $10 presale w/ early dinner, or $10 at the door, cookies only.

Dinner service will start at approximately 6:00 pm and will be served on the ‘lanai’, overlooking our scenic Waikiki and the tranquil waters of the Ala Wai Canal. We will prepare a succulent grilled steak and chicken dinner complimented with moist grilled vegetables on the side, all grilled with olive oil, and gently placed over a bed of rice…(It’s already making me hungry)… Desert will be served during intermission at approximately 8:00 pm. Desert will be cookies selected from one of our wonderful cookie outlets available in Honolulu. Also available with your desert will be the aromatic flavor of ‘Folgers’ coffee blend and a refreshingly cold drink of H2O spiked with a hint of lemon. What a wonderful way to compliment your evening of dancing and dining.

Our ticket sellers are already out there, busily introducing our upcoming event to all of you ballroom dancers. Don’t hesitate, because these tickets are going out fast. In order to qualify for the great diner we are preparing, you really have to purchase your tickets early.

Glenn Okazaki

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trick or Treat @The Cupola

Yes! Yes! I's a bit late for this announcement but no can help. I just got off the plane from Kauai and wen spark this e-mail from my friend Marie. But no huhu. If you go by Filipino time, got uku plenty time for make up your minds to go to the Trick or Treat kine dance at the Cupola this coming Tuesday. I like thank my friend Marie for sending me the following e-mail. I know she had to rush it because she was at the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 7th Anniversary Ball, too...just like me........

Trick or Treat at The Cupola
Enjoy a ghoulishly good time at Divino Ritmo's Halloween Dance at the CUPOLA this Tuesday, October 25th, from 7-10pm.

CUPOLA is located on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center, corner of Kapiolani & Pensacola, at 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.

Dance the night away to live music by Jesse Gonzales & DJ Lucas Jaime!
Food and beverage are available for purchase.

Fab news, Tuesday wine special is back! 50% OFF ALL wine bottles are available for purchase.

Costumes are encouraged but not required.

We dare you to dress like somebody you are not!!! Surprise us and enter our costume contest! We have cash prizes for best costumes -scariest, funniest and most original!!
Free trick or treat bags for the first 30 people!

So Get your dancing shoes and come on down to our Halloween dance and see if you can spot Uncle Wes in his Zombie Zoot suit, or Lucas & Yanna among the ghouls and goblins......

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WASABI Oldies Night @ Dot's In Wahiawa

It's been many moons since hearing from the HOT WASABI Oldies Band but as usual da Band Leeda Doreen came through with their next venue. If you're in the heart of Wahiawa be sure to check them out. Here's Doreen's e-mail....

Just making sure you didn't forget about us . We're looking forward to another great night at Dot's in Wahiawa this coming Friday, Oct. 21, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Gosh, we had so much fun there the last time, we were so blown away! Even my mom got up to dance with Richard, Jo-Lin, & Roz guys!
If you're planning on joining us, come early to have dinner in the main dining room before coming in to see us. I tried the Sizzling Hamburger Steak the last time cuz everybody who'd had it told me it was a winner, and you know what? It is!!! You gotta try it, if you haven't already. They have quite a menu with other offerings, too. Yummm!

Let me know if you need seats. I already have some tables reserved, and some of you have already responded to me from my WASABI schedule email. Thank you to the "early birds" who already let me know you're coming. hee hee!

Love from me & da boyz,
Doreen a.k.a. cho-cho lips (hmmmm Su, see what you started?)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dance Magic 808 Dance Classes

Dance Magic 808 opened the 4th Session Dance Classes this past Wednesday with the Argentine Tango with Robert and Vanelle Hirayasu, and Line Dance with "Roxie" Kaino and Elsie McGrew at Hale Ikena on the grounds of Fort Shafter. Not quite on the Moanalua Corridor but pretty much where the Corridor starts. If you haven't yet tuned in to the new Dance Magic 808 website, here's what's in store (left click on poster to zoom in). Richard and Lynn Nakamura continues the International Style of the Samba and the Waltz on Thursdays. For more info on Dance Magic 808 activities, please click on the link at the side bar.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Neon Lights

Aloha Students of Dance,
Here's more info on the Divino Ritmo Showcase coming in December at the Sheraton Waikiki. Please scroll down to previous blog "Divino Ritmo Showcase" for other info. Poster created by Lucas Jaime and submitted by my friend Marie Laderta.
(Left click on poster to zoom in)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

October 2011 Palladium Schedule of Events

Gotta thank KI for posting the monthly schedule of events for the dancing community on his Website. This is just a copy to my blog. So if you want to thank him in person, he's usually at most of the dances at the Palladium. Even though he is across the ballroom from where you stand, a SHAKA sign is good to show appreciation.
(Left click on poster to zoom in)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Three In One @IBDI Monthly Dance

This is truly a three-in-one event coming your way October 15 at the Palladium and get this.....hosted by IBDI. So expect an evening of good fun dancing, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RECOGNITION and a hilarious HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST to tickle your funny bone. So if you come as ZORRO, or JACK SPARROW, or even SPONGE BOB..neva can might be your lucky night. But as Prez Chris Jay mentioned in the following e-mail, it's ELECTION NIGHT gotta take care of business first. Anyway check out what's in store......(left click on poster to zoom in)

Hi Frank
Thank you so much for helping IBDI publicize its October 15th Saturday dance. Here are some of the details on it:

1. Election night for 2012 officers and directors

2. Birthday recognition for members who come in free. Otherwise, $3.00-members and $6.00-non-members.

3. Halloween Costume Contest: 3 Categories

a. Most Original

b. Most Scary

c. Funniest

Prizes will be awarded to the finalists and overall winner. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Divino Ritmo Showcase Coming December 3

Aloha Students of Dance,
If you enjoyed the spectacular Divino Ritmo Showcase last year and found it entertaining to the max...or missed it...then mark your calendar for another spectacular showcase coming this December 3rd at the Sheraton Waikiki. My friend Marie who keeps Lani and me in the loop on dance events sent me the following e-mail.......

Hello Frank & Lani:
We don't have ALL the details yet but below is a short message I've written to our Family and Friends to save the date, and with some preliminary information. Hope you can post it on the blog for us!

Here it is:

Dear Family & Friends:
I hope you will be able to join us at our showcase. Mark your calendars for December 3rd, Divino Ritmo's SHOWCASE at the Sheraton Waikiki. Once again, our teachers Lucas & Yanna and their students, including us and uncle Wes of course, will be putting on a SHOW for you! This year the theme of our showcase will be BROADWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course, just like last year we will have dinner and general dancing! Our DJ will be none other than Michael Yap unequalled in his choice of music and ability to spin those tunes that make your feet wanna wiggle!

Tickets are $95 for front row and $85 for all other rows. You can pay by cash or check. Checks should be made payable to: "Divino Ritmo Dance." Buy early for best seating!!!

Call, text or email me! My cell 222-3721.
My email is:

Hope to see you all!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

USA Dance-Honolulu October Schedule

Aloha Students of Dance. USA Dance-Honolulu is hosting their Golden Harvest Dance this coming Friday at the Palladium. A bit early for the "Great Pumpkin" night but as Prez Glenn Okazaki mentioned in his e-mail: es okay to come dressed in costume like goin' be "Spook" night. Should be plenty fun at the dance. There's more to Glenn's e-mail, so read on................

Our Golden Harvest Dance is coming this Friday, October 7. It’s a wee bit early before the great pumpkin, but you can come dressed in a costume if you want to share.

As usual, our Dee-J, GaryK will have the best music selections in town with his incomparable sound system. His sound system is so terrific, that our sister clubs often visit him to check out his system. Don’t forget our chef’s selection of light snacks to compliment your dancing!

USA Dance has the whole Palladium on Friday. Come on down and join us and our members for a swinging good time. A reminder to all of our members: MEMBERS ARE FREEEEEEE!!!!!! To our non-members, admission is $5.00. It pays to become a USA Dance member!! Holy Cow… USA Dance members are always getting discounts. This is our way of giving back to our members. See you on Friday!
Glenn Okazaki
USA Dance Honolulu