Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash 2012

Just a reminder to register early for the Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash 2012. Neva can tell when the max number is gonna be reached. For more info on the "Bash" and registration form, please contact Wendell Kwan (e-mail address on poster).

Friday, March 23, 2012

TALIAT Workshops by Divino Ritmo

Divino Ritmo Dance Presents:
Dance Lectures/Workshops by World-Renowned Coach & Adjudicator, TALIAT TARSINOV

Here's a special Easter treat for all you dancers in Hawaii! Lucky for us, TALIAT TARSINOV has once again accepted Lucas & Yanna's invitation to come to Hawaii to share his expertise and knowledge of dance.

TALIAT TARSINOV, top-ranking adjudicator, most sought-after coach and choreographer, will be conducting two dance workshops in Hawaii during the Easter week:

Friday, April 6th at 8pm (1 hr) - Sugino Studio [770 Kapiolani]
TOPIC: "CONNECTION - principles of lead & follow in Latin and Standard dances."
Registration @ 7:45p
Complimentary beverage & light refreshments included

Group Class/Workshop
Saturday, April 7th at 3pm (1 Hr) - Dream to Dance Studio [661 Auahi St]
TOPIC: "International Chacha."
Registration @ 2:45p

**Fee: $25 per person for each of the workshops [Pay at Door]

This is a rare opportunity for Hawaii's dancers to be able to learn from the very best. Whether you are a social dancer, competitive dancer, exhibition dancer, amateur or Pro, you will be sure to take away with you valuable information from TALIAT's professional and personal insights about organizing, choreography and technique. TALIAT is coach to numerous dance instructors and professionals in the U.S. and world-wide. He coaches all styles including International, American as well as Theater Arts.

While the list of accolades is too long, briefly, TALIAT's Bio includes the following:
Partnering wife Marina Tarsinov, TALIAT and Marina represented Russia at more than 20 World and European Championships where they were ten-dance finalists in Europe and semi-finalists in the World. In Holland, they were Exhibition World Championship finalists. They were also finalists of the European and World Cups in the Professional Latin and Standard programs as well as many other prestigious international competitions including the German Open, Dutch Open, and the United States Dance Championships. In 1992 the Tarsinovs moved to New York and have run the New York East Side Fred Astaire Dance Studio since 1994.

Many of today's Champions have been and continue to be coached & under the tutelage of TALIAT and/or his wife Marina. To have him here in Hawaii is an immense privilege.

Click on the following link and get a glimpse of TALIAT conducting a workshop at the the International Congress at Blackpool in 2007:

Recognize the couple demonstrating the rumba on the video? Yes, none other than Yulia Zagoryuchenko and her then-partner Max Kozhevnikov who performed at our very own Hawaii Star Ball a few years ago! And you will recognize something else very special in addition to TALIAT and the dancers, that is the MUSIC! - Yulia & Max were dancing to the tune of local Diva Melveen Leed's "Malaguena Salerosa!" Imagine that, haunting Melveen all the way at Blackpool!!!

From Russia, to New York, to the Tokyo Superstars, to the Philippine Star Ball, to Blackpool and now to Hawaii! Come experience the legend, the "Master" himself, TALIAT Tarsinov at one or both of our workshops!

Any questions regarding the workshops, please contact either Yanna or Lucas at:
Ph: (732) 499-0407
Ph: (917) 568-3173

Yanna's Dance Fitness Class Location Change

Yanna's Dance Fitness Class - Location Change
A Note from Marie Laderta

Hi Dancers!

Want to let you know that Yanna's Monday evening group exercise class for dancers will be moving to Aloha Activity Center starting next Monday, March 26th!

Aloha Activity Center is located at 725 Kapiolani Boulevard, across the street from Yanagi Sushi. Validated parking is available in the building.

Yanna's fitness class follows the Luigi technique for warm up and stretching, focusing on individual muscle groups needed for dancing. Luigi is a famous dancer in New York who overcame and conquered his paralysis from an accident by developing a set of warm-up, strengthening and stretching exercises. These exercises enabled him not only to regain movement, but to become one of America's great dancers!

Having attended Yanna's first class last Monday, I can't wait to go again! My core and muscles took a well-deserved beating, but they came to life and are being worked to move at their optimal capacity.

Come join us, whether it's for dancing or otherwise, these exercises are good for your overall fitness, physical and mental health!

The cost is $15 per person per class, or $50 per month (4 classes).
For more information, contact Yanna Samkova at: or call (732) 499-0407.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

WASABI Goin' Big Time @Manoa Grand Ballroom

Nor strong winds, nor thunderstorms will stop WASABI's Doreen from getting the word out; not even the computer virus. So go ahead and read Doreen's e-mail and see what da Leeda and this talented Oldies but Goodies Band got in store during March Madness...

Sorry for the late notice from me (my computer contracted a virus & crashed), but hopefully, you've heard thru the guys in the band, or from some of the people in our WASABI gang about our upcoming event at the Japanese Cultural Center's (JCCH) Manoa Grand Ballroom (MGB) on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The event is called "LIVE at the MGB" featuring WASABI. Tickets are now on sale for $15. Included in the ticket price is a pupu buffet and get a $2 parking discount voucher. Parking at JCCH is $5, so with the discount voucher, you'll park for $3, OR buy 2 or more tickets and get a $4 discount and pay only $1.

The Manoa Grand Ballroom is located on the 5th floor of JCCH, and there is an elevator in the parking garage that'll get you up to the 5th floor and right in front of the ballroom. Restrooms are clean and conveniently located right outside the ballroom, too.

Please reply to this email if you'd like me to reserve tickets for you. For those of you joining us at Dot's in Wahiawa this coming Friday, March 23rd, we'll have the tickets available for sale. This will be our first event there, so please let everyone you know about it so we can pave the way for more to come. There are other events coming up by Bernie at Kool Inspirations, so please stay tuned and check out Bernie & Bill's hard work on Olelo's Ohana Jam. Bernie & Bill have been videotaping all of our dance events for Ohana Jam, and you might get a glimpse of yourself on TV!!!


Mahalo Plenty!
Love from me & da boyz,
Doreen (

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mambo Workshop with Joe Shorba

It’s Mambo time!!! Come on and learn this Cubano/Latino dance from Joe Shorba of ‘Koko Head Dance Studio.’ Joe is a rhythm dancer (American Style) and will be sharing his great moves with us on Saturday afternoon, March 31. Joe is a former Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructor in Honolulu and in 2009 opened his own dance studio here in Hawaii Kai. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and class starts at 1:00 pm. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Venue is the usual Stage Side of the Palladium. Class is 1 ½ hours long. See attached pdf poster for more information. Remember March 31 st, Maaammmmbo!
If you are not a member, come on down and be one, and invite a friend to be a member too.
(Text by Glenn Okazaki and photo courtesy of Calvin Ota. Left click to zoom in poster)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ilima Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary

I met Diane Wong, Prez of Ilima Ballroom Dance Club, a few days ago and she mentioned about the upcoming anniversary dance this month on the 24th. I couldn't find any announcement on the Internet....the only indication was a poster tacked on the Palladium Bulletin Board. Last night's Latin Festival Dance was a BLOCKBUSTER at the Palladium....a very entertaining showcase. Anyway, March Madness continues this weekend with the Ilima Ballroom Dance Club 29th Anniversary Dance at the Palladium.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Paso Doble Anyone?

Paso Doble anyone? Here's your chance to fulfill your dream and tackle the most inspiring dance in the International Latin style. Professional Albert Franz can make that dream become a reality come next month. But don't stop there cuz Mr. Franz has the Quickstep on the agenda also. That's two great dances in one affordable package and the workshop is sponsored by Hawaii Gardenia Circle. Got questions? Please contact Gayle Kawahakui for more info.............(Left click on poster to zoom in; if not successful then right click on poster and download to your photo program)

Hi Frank,
Could you please put the attached sign in your blog.....I would really appreciate it.
If anyone has any questions, they can contact me at #223-8052.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dancer's Fitness Group Class

Dancing With The Stars has always been Lani's and my kine of reality show. We've always admired the beauty and stamina of the gal dance instructors, and the strength of the guy dance instructors. Gotta be some kine of dance fitness program that they practice to keep in shape. Long story short....Yanna Samkova of Divini Ritmo Dance Studio is starting a Dancer's Fitness Group Class this month. But let friend Marie Laderta fill you in........

Hello Frank:

Good news, Yanna is starting a Dancer's Fitness Group Class starting next week Monday, March 19th. A lot of dancers have been asking Yanna about how to improve their balance, flexibility, strengthen their core and build overall stamina! Her answer is the stretch and strengthening group class.

A big mahalo for posting Frank!

Starting on Monday March 19th at 6PM at Sugino. Teacher: Yanna

You are all welcome to join me for stretching, coordination and strengthening class every Monday evening at 6pm. Using Luigi technique we will go thru warm up exercises concentrating on muscle groups needed for dancing. We will improve your balance and
flexibility so urgently important for all ballroom dances.
Wear comfortable clothes, no sneakers, but practice dance or jazz shoes, no previous experience needed.

Price: $15 per person per hour or $50 per month( 4 classes)
More information at or 732 499 0407

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Little Bit More Info on da BASH Registration Form

Hola! Senior Teenagers and you Young ones who are planning to register for this years Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash. Got some HOT NEWS from Wendell Kwan about the Registration Form. You gotta know Wendell or bettah yet you gotta imagine what this dynamo looks like so I've dug deep into my archives for this photo of him taken at last years "Bash". He's gonna get you Rock and Rolling when you meet him but fo' now go lend him an eyeball on what he wrote in the following e-mail.....

No doubt, Frank, we will again be a complete Sellout, probably earlier than last Bash where we completely soldout by Aug. 4th, 2011 and our event was not until Oct. 14th, last year! So we are continuing to emphasize, First Come, First Served for Paid Registration and First Come, First Served for Reserved/Preferred Seating.

Frank, one more VERY important point. Please make sure to add a line to your emails "stressing" to everyone that all registration forms MUST be filled out completely, Ladies Maiden Names, Full Contact Info, School Graduated From, Year Graduated etc. We keep confidential files, info is not made public, but this DATA BASE info is important in our Marketing Efforts for now and the future! I think you see my point. This year if Paid Registration Forms are not completely filled out, the Registrations will be mailed back for completion. Really appreciate everyone's cooperation!

Have a great week Frank!
Wendell Kwan

Friday, March 02, 2012


Boy! da guy Wendell Kwan and sidekicks Diane Yoshida and Sharon Uesugi sure know their stuff to "Wake The Town and Tell The People". I remember it was like "Yesterday" when Lani and I just got under the wire and made it to last year's Bash. It was soldout with more than 800 Senior Teenagers attending. So guys and gals, don't let the "Smoke Get In Your Eyes" and start thinking "What A Difference A Day Makes" cuz some of your friends who register early for da Bash gonna be singing "Wish You Were Here". The deadline for registration is September 19 or WHEN COMPLETELY SOLDOUT. Now, who da guy Wendell? He's da guy who has been spearheading the Bash year after year so us Senior Teenagers can get together fo' fun one night and to enjoy the "Rock Around The Clock" era and go "Shake, Rattle, and Roll". 'nuff said fo' now! Here's Wendell's email.

Aloha El! (dat's me el.bailador) You are one of the FIRST I am informing as we WILL be soldout again, First Come, First Served! Please SAVE the three attachments above and help us network email to everyone! Please also ask them to also SAVE and also network email to their contacts! Your Blog is wonderful and any assistance you can graciously assist us in publication would be greatly appreciated!

Our event is the TRUE Celebration of those special times from back in the 50s & 60s! We are as Authentic as they come, but do not call ourselves a Reunion as I can proudly say we surpass most reunions in more ways than one! We've taken it to levels above!

Please let me know if you should have any questions,
Wendell Kwan

"Rock 'N Roll, By VERY popular demand, we're BACK!" To ALL our "Senior Teenagers" its time to announce our 6th Annual and newly renamed, "Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2012"! Since last years extremely successful Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash 2011, everyone has been anxiously waiting and anticipating this announcement regarding our NEXT Nifty Oldies Event! Its indeed our pleasure to announce!

When: October 19th, 2012 Friday Nite
Where: Pacific Beach Hotel's Grand Ballroom
Time: 5:00PM - 12Midnite
Cost: $65 per person including Full Dinner Buffet
What to Wear? Come Dressed in your 50s & 60s Wigs, Shoes and Costumes!

Last year over 800+ were in attendance, with several hundred registrations being turned away when our event reached sellout status! So, Register early as its First Come, First Served and Priority Seating is also, First Come, First Served! Let us recreate those special teenage years from over 50 year's ago!

Please see the attached Event Sheet, Official Registration Form, and Hotel package deal sheet. It is important to fill in COMPLETELY the Official Registration form and mail in with your payment.

Please network this Event Sheet and Official Registration Form out to others via email, word of mouth, and ask others to also network to their Friends and Associates.

If you have any questions please contact:

Wendell Kwan - Chairman 239-5360
Diane Yoshida - Treasurer 834-1256

(left click on poster to zoom in and if still hard to read, you can contact Wendell or Diane to send you copies to your email)

WASABI in March

Hey, WASABI fans. Just an update....da leeda of the band Doreen is coming along okay. The cold bug bit her real hard last week..even gave her da asthma attack. But dat's not goin' stop her. I'm betting dat she goin' be making music at St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse come this Thursday. Anyway see her e-mail that follows.......

Back to WASABI...We have 3 public gigs this month:

- Thu. 3/08.....St. Louis Alumni (7:00-10:00 p.m.)

- Sat. 3/10.....Dot's in Wahiawa (7:30-10:30 p.m.)

- Fir. 3/23.....Dot's in Wahiawa (7:30-10:30 p.m.)

Let me know if you want me to reserve any tables for your group(s). If you let me know at least 2-3 days ahead, I will have Milton print up some "RESERVED" signs and put your names on 'em. How's dat?!

Thank you all & God bless! Missed seeing you Saturday night at Dot's, but heard you got a good laugh when Garry held Milton's cellphone up to the mic, and you all heard me (I really was clueless and didn't know you all were listening in!!!) LOL.
Love from me and da boyz,

Line Dance Teacher Henry Costa In Town

A bit late in getting this on the cyberspace but no pilikia you lucky Line Dancers. If you missed the FREE Line Dance lesson by visiting Line Dance Teacher Henry Costa at the Ward Warehouse this past Tuesday, you can still get that FREE LESSONS on Wednesday March 8 at the Manoa Valley Rec Center. Contact Sandy Zook for more info. See her e-mail below.

Henry Costa will teach at:
Manoa Valley Recreation Center:
Wednesday, March 7th 6:30 - 8:30p
FREE - You can bring him gifts (candy, nuts, etc) if you feel like it.
Everyone welcome, Please come join the fun. Teachers, please bring your students.
Sandy Zook