Friday, August 31, 2012

Dance Magic 808 Dance Workshop with Professional Leeanne Brampton

You are all invited to attend Dance Magic 808's Dance Workshop with Professional Instructor, Leeanne Bampton.
We are very fortunate to have Leeanne teach us here in the islands instead of going to Australia to learn from her. We are offering our members 3 workshops with Leeanne. You must be a member to take advantage of these workshops. Come and join us. You’ll learn a lot and it'll be fun.
Leeanne has won the Australian 10 Dance Championship 7 times and represented Australia in a World Final Competition where she came in fifth overall in the Ballroom and Latin Dances. She has also been South Pacific, Asian Pacific, Australasian and State Champion in the professional ranks. Leeanne has her dance studio in Sydney, Australia and retired from competition in 2004. She is the Dance Director of Dancing with the Stars in Australia and is a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance in Australia.
These might be the only group classes that she'll have on this trip as she will be helping her students with the Star Ball competition. You can also book private lessons with her but you'll need to do it right away since she usually gets booked up fast. For those of you who do not already take lessons from her and would like to book some private lessons, please contact us and we'll give you her contact.
Space for the workshop is limited and will be on a first come basis. Video taping will be allowed.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: Ala Wai Palladium (Kitchen side)
12noon – 4pm Dance Magic 808
12noon – 12:30pm Registration
12:30 pm – 1:30pm International Waltz (1 hour)
1:30pm – 1:40pm Break (10 mins.)
1:40pm – 2:40pm International Samba (1 hour)
2:40pm – 2:50pm Break (10 mins.)
2:50pm – 3:50pm International Foxtrot (1 hour)
3:50pm – 4:00pm Clean up & departure (10 mins.)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Location: Ala Wai Palladium (Stage side)
9:30am – 1:00pm
9:30am – 9:40am – Set Up
9:40am – 11:10am International Rumba/Cha Cha (1 hr. 30 mins.)
11:10am – 11:20 am Break (10 mins.)
11:20am – 12:50pm International Paso Doble/Jive (1 hr. 30 mins.)
12:50pm – 1:00pm Clean Up & departure (10 mins.)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Location: Ala Wai Palladium (Stage side)
9:00am – 1:00pm
9:00am – 9:30am Registration
9:30am – 10:30am International Viennese Waltz (1 hour)
10:30am – 10:40am Break (10 mins.)
10:40am – 11:40am International Tango (1 hour)
11:40am – 11:50am Break (10 mins.)
11:50am – 12:50pm International Quickstep (1 hour)
12:50pm – 1:00pm Clean Up & departure (10 mins.)
You must be a member of Dance Magic 808 to attend these workshops. (Please contact Lynn for info on membership fee and workshop cost).  There is a discount if you are taking the workshop on Sept. 15 & 16 (total $90). There is an added discount if you are paying for it by August 31 (total $80). If mail is postmarked on August 31, 2012, we will make an exception and accept that as being received on August 31. There is also a discount for Sept. 23. If you are taking the workshops on Sept. 15 & 16, Sept. 23 will be at a discount of $40 instead of $50. If you are paying for the workshops by August 31 and you are taking all 3 days, the total cost is $120 ($80 + $40).
You must register for the workshops and sign the liability form.

No refund once workshop begins.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Richard & Lynn Nakamura
cell 372-2256 (Lynn)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dance @ the CUPOLA!

On Tuesday, August 28th,
On the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center, from 
6:30p-9:30p, the CUPOLA will once again be transformed 
into a dancer's dream  a la Divino Ritmo style!

Nothing beats a midsummer social dance party to shake 
out the August heat and live your best fantasy dancing 
the night away.

Lose yourself as you groove to the rhythmic tunes of 
DJs Lucas Jaime & Jesse Gonzales. Let your imagination 
run wild...come and be cooooool.....
Admission is FREE and this social dance is OPEN to the 

Food and drink are available for purchase.

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

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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dance Magic 808 New Term Dance Classes

Dance Magic 808 new term classes at the Salt Lake District Park starts on Tuesday September 4 at 6:45PM.  See schedule below. The present term concludes next Tuesday, August 28 with the East Coast Swing by Frank & Lani, and the Salsa by Ed Ho and Veronica Munez. For more info, please click the link "Dance Magic 808" on the side bar.

Upcoming Classes
Day       Class Dates Instructor(s)
Tuesday 6:45-7:35 pm Argentine Tango
Sept. 4, 11, 18, Oct. 2, 9, 16
Robert & Vanelle Hirayasu
Tuesday 7:45-8:35 pm International Samba Richard & Lynn Nakamura
Thursday 6:45-7:35 pm Line Dancing (partner not required)
Sept. 4, 11, 18, Oct. 2, 9, 16
Roxanne Kaino
Thursday 7:45-8:35 pm International Waltz Lester & Henrietta Muramoto

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hope For The Best For Cole Horibe

Family, Friends and Supporters of Cole:

I am sick to my stomach to receive this news about Cole's 

I am so very very sorry!!! It couldn't have come at a 
worse time but what can we do but hope for the best, 
Pray hard.

Cole is young and strong and determined....mind over 
matter, he has strong will and we will pary hard he comes 

Please pray hard for him,  send your spiritual support 
and well wishes....

We will weather this together! Cole is not alone.

I told Wanda herself and to tell Cole to hang in there, 
to tell Cole to stay strong and keep the faith!

Below is Wanda's email to me:

Cole suffered a foot injury and was in the hospital most 
of the day!!! Drs. said he can't dance for 2 days and show 
this week they have to tape on Tuesday because Nigel has 
an important will aire on Wednesday same time. 
Please please ask everyone to pray & or send positive 
thoughts & prayers....he is devastated because you know 
how he practices 12-15hrs everyday! And he thinks he's 
terrible in this routine (as usual) and now with this 
injury.....please share this w/everyone who's supporting 
Cole! Thank you!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Addiction Routine - Gravity - A SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON of Kayla/Kupono & Cole/Lindsay

Hey guys and gals! If you missed Cole and Lindsay's performance this week on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and want to compare their performance with the original performance. Then read the e-mail from my good friend Marie and be sure to click on the link below ..............

Cole Horibe, Yanna's student, performed a contemporary piece with 
partner Lindsay to the choreography of Mia Michaels this week. 
The judges called Cole "psychotically mental" and that he has come 
out the TOP of all the dancers this week. This particularly video 
is a side-by-side presentation of the same Mia Michaels routine 
done by Cole this week as compared to the original couple who 
performed the same routine a few seasons ago. Both set of dancers 
did a unique an incredible rendition....they each took ownership of 
the choreography and made it their own! Yanna, Lucas and all the
students of Divino Ritmo are so proud of Cole...... PLEASE stay 
tuned for next Wednesday's So You Think You Can Dance and PLEASE 
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE for our native son Cole Horibe!
Aloha, Marie

Check out this video on YouTube:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dancing In Paradise

There's more happenings this month after the IBDI Anniversary Ball on August 18 at the Palladium. Bantay Bata's DRAGON BALL DANCE at the Pacific Beach Hotel on Friday, August 24. Last year's Ball was a smash hit with a showcase of dancers from DIVINO RITMO and other dance organizations. (See photos)

If you can't make it there, then there's USA Dance UNDER THE AUGUST MOON DANCE at the Palladium that same night.

Our August monthly dance is right around the corner. Join us on August 24, for a beautiful evening filled with romantic music and the hot fiery music of our Latin sounds.
Mark it on your calendar. We will be in B1 (Stage side) of the Palladium. Don’t forget about our delicious snacks, great music, great sounds and FREE for members.
Under The August Moon..
Glenn Okazaki
USA Dance Honolulu

Closing the week at the Palladium will be the Gardenia Circle 21st Anniversary  Dance on Saturday, August 25, (See poster for more info).


Sunday, August 12, 2012

MTA Oldies Night

For you guys and gals on the Central and Leeward side, if you can't make it to the IBDI 51st Anniversary Dance at the Palladium on Saturday August 18; there's still dancing goin' on at your side of the island. Take a gander at the e-mail from Doreen of WASABI..........................

WASABI will be at Mililani Rec 5 this coming Saturday, August 18, and hope some of you can make it for an early evening of dancing fun, light refreshments & munchies. MTA (Mililani Town Association) has graciously opened this event up to non-Mililani residents so our WASABI friends can join us. We started off at Rec 3, but after a couple of good turnouts, we needed more "elbow room", and our friend Mei Linn got us moved to Rec 5, which is so much bigger & easier to find (for our friends who are not familiar with finding their way around Mililani). Rec 5 is right off the H-2 Freeway...take H-2 North towards Wahiawa, take the 2nd Mililani exit after passing over Kipapa Gulch, then turn left at the traffic light (you'll see Rec 5 right across the intersection). Stay in the right lane cuz you'll be taking the next right, then another right into the driveway for Rec 5. Go all the way in, and you'll be at Rec 5. We'll start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., and Rec 5 is huge with a nice floor, so we'll have lots of room for dancing! There'll be an $8 cover charge at the door...

Bettah late than neva! Got this e-mail from Doreen this morning with an apology and correction to her direction to MTA. .................

Sorry, gave wrong directions to Mililani Rec 5...
Take the 1st Mililani exit..."Mililani Mauka", then make the next right, then right again into the Rec 5 driveway. Sorry...I don't drive that way!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

IBDI Celebrates 51 Years

Over a half a century in providing an avenue for people young and young-at-heart to enjoy one of the finest things in life through movement of dancing, IBDI is still going strong. Come Saturday, August 18th they will host a dance at the Palladium to celebrate their 51st Anniversary. Be sure to purchase a  presale ticket early so you don't miss out on the bento. Good place to purchase a presale ticket is at the Palladium during the IBDI dance classes this coming Monday evening. (Left click on graphic to zoom in).

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Venturing with IBDI and Dance Magic 808

WOW! Monday, August 6 sure raced by quickly since Lani and I danced the Club Merengue at the Dance Magic 808 1st Anniversary Ball last month. Starting tomorrow night, we will be sharing some of the Merengue steps with IBDI at the Palladium. This will be our first venture with IBDI and I'm sure it will be a good venture and a fun one.

On Tuesday, August 21, Lani and I will be at Salt Lake District Park with the East Coast Swing (Triple Step Swing) for Dance Magic 808 to complete the last two sessions for Joshua Manzano who goes back to Las Vegas after four sessions of the Bolero. It's gonna be a tough act to follow with the EC Swing but Lani and I will try to make it fun and enjoyable.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2012 SOLDOUT!

Aloha Frank,
If you would be so kind to mention in your Blog:
"We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that as of July 10th, 2012, Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2012, being held on Friday Nite, Oct. 19th, is completely SOLDOUT! This years complete sellout date of July 10, 2012, has broken last years early sellout record of Aug. 4, 2011. We obliterated that record by a full month and now stand completely soldout a full 3.5 months in advance of our event date of Oct. 19. 2012. With this record early sellout we have also broken our paid registration record (guest attending), previously set in 2011, last year!
For the over 800+ who will be in attendance this coming Oct. 19th, you are in for another fabulous, authentic evening of Classic Golden Oldies, Rock 'n Roll, Cruisin' Classics which ONLY this dedicated, hard working group of volunteers knows how to put on! Can we put on a show, OR CAN WE!!!
For those of you who are joining us this year, welcome and get ready for another great experience of recreating authentically those Innocent, Love and Romantic times we all grew up with over 55 years ago! We have another exciting evening planned for you "Senior Teenagers" and of course you'll have to be there to experience what surprises we have in store for you! There is much Anticipation, Anxiety and Excitement in the air for our 6th Annual Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2012 as we continue to Raise the Bar! These are singular reasons why this wonderful group of volunteers continues to Thrive and Prosper!
For the many of you who I have the unfortunate job of having to turn away, my sincerest apologies! You are really missing out on a Magical Evening, as many of those who have attended will attest to! So, for whatever reasons, why you could not or did not pay and register, don't miss out on next years Nifty 50s /60s/70s Oldies Bash 2013! Remember, its First Come, First Served!

EMAIL: Or Phone: (808) 239-5360 and provide Wendell Kwan with your Full and Complete Contact Info, NOW, so that you WILL be one of the first to be contacted about next years event! Don't wait, contact Wendell Kwan asap!
Wendell Kwan