Friday, August 23, 2013

AnykindaHats" Labor Day Dance at the CUPOLA

Divino Ritmo takes its hat off in celebration of American workers & Labor Day at its CUPOLA social next Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:30-9:30pm. CUPOLA is on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.

Admission is FREE and our dance is open to the PUBLIC. Food & drink are available for purchase. Discounted pupus may be ordered by 7:00pm.

A national holiday, Labor Day (officially celebrated on Sep 1st) is said to symbolize the end of summer, and pays tribute to the contribution of American workers who are the backbone of this great Country.

Commemorating laborers of all kinds, and in the spirit of Divino Ritmo's unique brand of fun and entertainment, Lucas & Yanna encourage you to sport your favorite head-wear, be it a top hat, Easter Bonnet, Fedora, cap, sun visor, Sombrero, construction hard hat, race car helmet, hair ornament, toupee or wig, you feel like wearing it, wear it! Anykindahat you want!

Love to dance and socialize? and enjoy moving to all kinds of music? Here's the dance for you to a moveable variety of tunes by DJay Lucas! You get to practice your dancing skills AND have a great time!

See you on the dance floor, hat or no hat, all are welcome!

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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hawaii Gardenia Circle Anniversary Dance 2013

Boy! There's been a slew of Anniversary Balls this month and each one has brought showcases of exhibition dancing entertainment a notch higher. This coming Saturday Hawaii Gardenia Circle is hosting their Anniversary Dance at the Palladium. Gayle sent me a gentle reminder. See the attached poster for what's gonna happen. (left click to zoom in).

Hi Frank,
Just a reminder, don't forget Saturday night Hawaii Gardenia Circle is having their Anniversary Dance at the palladium.

Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Da Gals of Can Can Dancing -Part 1

I was digging into my photo archives yesterday and surprisingly came across this photo of Eugene Ichinose's Can Can Girls. (Eugene was the Founder and Dance Director of HBDA, and the choreographer of the Can Can routine). Okay that was many many moons ago but those gals are still in today's dance scene. Some of them are seen at the Palladium and they are still in grade A shape. So it must be true about the wise saying "Dancing Is Good For You. It'll Keep You Healthy and Young!" Now I don't know where I first heard that phrase or even read it. All I know about it is that my main gal keep telling me that. Anyway, I saw a couple of those Can Can gals at the Palladium last night when Lani and I were there to teach the American Cha Cha....the gal in the foreground, and Joella (the music player in my Cha Cha dance class) on the far left next to my main gal Lani. The scene in this photo was at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Ballroom where nearly all of HBDA big events were held before the Palladium was built. These gals did really good that night and the countless hours of practice really paid off. Practice sessions were held at the old Ala Wai Clubhouse on the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and McCully Street. It wasn't the best place for dancing feet but it was maybe the only public place to hold dances outside of the hotels. Gotta appreciate the dance floor at the Palladium 'cause the old Ala Wai Clubhouse floor was all cement and some areas were uneven. It didn't have airconditioning and the only relief during those muggy nights was the light breeze from Manoa. Auwe! Mr. Ichinose was strict during those practice hours and some members in the dance club thought he was hard core. But I saw the other side of him during all those days of practice while I was taping a training video of the gals. I found him to be a gentle person and easy to talk to. There were more gals in the Can Can routine than are pictured in the photo and they all performed in the tradition of true Can Can showmanship....the tumbling, the high kicks, the chorus line, the crisscrossing, the tush tease,  etc....they were all there and performed with expertise. That was the WOW factor that brought favorable applause, whistles, excitement, and entertainment to the HBDA showcases of yesteryears.  Okay, dat's all the musing for now. But keep on dancing. Dancing Is Good For You. It'll Keep You Healthy and Young!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

More Info On Kauai Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary Ball

Aloha Frank,
Yes, there will be exhibition dances by the Hanapepe and Lihue chapters of KDBC, and hopefully by some 808 dancers. For ticket information, feel free to my email address:

 Thanks again for posting on your Weblog.

Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 9th Anniversary Ball

Aloha Frank and Lani,
Attached is the flyer for the KDBC 9th Anniversary Ball in Kauai. Mahalo for posting it on your blog.
KDBC Anniversary Ball Chairman

Lani and I met Ken and Ellen Kitabayashi of the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club when we first attended IBDI's Dance at Las Vegas a little over 3 years ago. The are genuine friendly people. We met them again a few months later when Lani and I attended the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary. Long story short, Ken and Ellen came to last week's Dance Magic 808 2nd Anniversary Ball at the Pacific Beach Hotel. We talked a little about their upcoming 9th Anniversary Ball that's on tap in October.  As with all anniversary balls, there's general dancing and a good number of dance exhibitions. Kauai Ballroom Dance Club holds their anniversary ball at the Marriott so you can expect a good dance floor and good eats. Anyway, if the call to go to the Garden Isle is on your agenda come October and you're looking for a place to have an evening of fun dancing, I've attached the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 9th Anniversary Ball poster courtesy of Thomas.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2013-SOLD OUT!

Aloha Frank!
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I hope everything finds you well! Frank, if you don't mind posting in your Blog the above Regrets Letter Announcing that as of July 15th, 2013, Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2013 is officially and completely soldout, for the 5th consecutive year! We've reached a new milestone in both attendance and the earliest complete sellout in our history, this our 7th Annual Nifty 50s/60s/70s Oldies Bash Sock Hop!
I have also, once again, reattached our great poster for this years event for reference
There is much, much Anxiety, Anticipation and Excitement in the air for this years event from hundreds of guest who made it a point to not forget to Pre-Register. But if you haven't Pre-Registered yet, its now too late! We are taking names and contact information, though, for our waiting list. 
Wendell Kwan

Monday, August 05, 2013

Hawaii Dancesport, Inc.

Aloha Frank:
Appreciate your posting this for Yanna. Big Mahalo.

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Thank you!