Saturday, December 26, 2015

International Rumba Workshop with Mr. Akiyoshi Sugino

IBDI presents International Rumba I & II Workshop with
Professional Mr. Akiyoshi Sugino. See poster for more info.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dance Venues for January 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016– Dance Magic 808’s New Year/Inaugural Ball at the Palladium (full ballroom)
Cost: $3 for members /$6 non-members /pay at the door/ no special ticketing.

Monday, January 4, 2016 - IBDI International Rumba I & II Workshop with
Mr. A. Sugino. Palladium. 7:00 PM. Registration 6:30 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Divino Ritmo Dance Annual Grand Ball and Showcase at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Monday, January 18, 2016 - IBDI First Term Dance Classes at the Paladium. 
See poster for more info.  Registration January 4 and 11. (Left click on poster to zoom in)

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - IBDI Inaugural Ball at the Dole Cannery Pomaikai Ballroom. See poster for more info.

Friday, December 11, 2015

What's Up On Saturday December 12, 2015 at the Palladium

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Dance Magic 808 International Rumba Workshop featuring Carlos Chang this Saturday morning at the Palladium.
See poster for more info.

Also Pan Pacific Dance Society of Hawaii Christmas Ball at the Palladium in the evening. Starts 5:30 PM. $10.00

USA Dance Tonight @ The Palladium

Late notice but not too late to steer down Kapahulu Avenue to the Palladium for an evening of good music and dancing hosted by USA Dance. 
Please read on..........
USA Dance hosts our monthly dance tonight, Friday December 11, 
B-1/Diamond Head/Stage Side of the Palladium.
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Dance starts at 6:30p or maybe earlier. 
Great Music, Great Sound, Ono-licious Snacks. Ono-licious friends,… oops J
Join us tonight for our DECEMBER DANCE – HO HO HO !!!!
Greatest thing is……. it’s FREEEEEEE FOR MEMBERS !!!
Non-members only $6. 
Tell your friends, you will meet them tonight , at, you know where!!!!
@ USA Dance – HO HO HO Dance!!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

IBDI 2016 First Term Dance Class Schedule

 Aloha Dancers,
       Here's a preview of the IBDI 2016 First Term Dance Schedule. On January 4 (Registration Night) there will be an International Rumba I & II workshop featuring Mr. A. Sugino in the Diamond Head Ballroom. I'll post more info as they become available.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Dance Venues In December

Okay guys and gals! Here's some cool places to let loose on the dance floor in December.

Thursday, December 3 at the Cupola. Divino Ritmo December Social 6:30-9:30.
Free admission. Free Parking with validation. Live music featuring Augie Rey.
Design Center corner of Kapiolani and Piikoi. More info scroll to previous blog.

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Friday, December 4 at the Palladium IBDI December Birthday Dance 6:30-9:30 PM
Members $3.00. Non-members $6.00. Members with birthday in December Free..

Saturday, December 5 at the Aloha Dancesport Center Divino Ritmo Annual Christmas Party Featuring Augie Rey 6:30-10:30 350 Ward Ave, More info scroll to previous blog.

Saturday, December 5 at the Palladium. Dance Magic 808 Christmas Ball 6-9:30 PM.
Members $3.00. Non-members $6.00

Friday, December 11 at the Palladium USA Dance December Dance 6:30-9:30 PM
Member s Free, Non-members $6.00

Saturday, December 12 at the Palladium. Pan Pacific Dance Society of Hawaii Christmas Ball.
Starts 5:30 PM $10.00

Saturday, December 19 at the Palladium. IBDI Christmas Dance 6:00-9:45 PM
 Presale $10.00 with Bento. $10.00 at Door No Bento..
See poster for more info

Thursday, December 31 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HBDA New Year's Eve Ball.
 5:30 PM. $63.00.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Divino Ritmo December Update

DIVINO RITMO's December Dance at the CUPOLA
Thursday December 3, 2015 6:30-9:30 PM

CUPOLA THURSDAY Featuring the live performance of AUGIE REY!
DIVINO RITMO's December Dance at the CUPOLA 
Ushering in this Holiday Season with the finesse and Aloha of the engaging and accomplished local musician, AUGIE REY, Lucas & Yanna invite you to join us for Divino Ritmo's December social dance at da CUPOLA!.
 Dance your hearts out to the swinging tunes of AUGIE and DJ Lucas. Come and be engaged by Augie's special brand of charm.
CUPOLA is an event room located on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center (Inspiration Furniture), 1250 Kapiolani, 6:30- 9:30p.
The dance is OPEN to the PUBLIC & Admission is FREE. Food & beverage are available for purchase. Happy Hour/Discounted pupus if ordered by 7pm.
Parking is FREE with validation. The Parking entrance is located on the Street level of the Piikoi side of the building.
For more info, contact:
Lucas Jaime (917) 568-3173
Mr. Augie Rey
Yanna Samkova (732) 499-0407
Aloha Dancesport Center (808) 200-5540
Web Site:
Saturday, December 5, 2016  6:30-10:30pm
Divino Ritmo's Annual CHRISTMAS PARTY with Augie Rey!
If CUPOLA is not enough, Lucas & Yanna are giving us a very special treat by bringing to Divino Ritmo's studio Christmas party, local recording artist, musician, entertainer, & nominee of the Na Hoku Hanohano award, AUGIE REY!
AUGIE will grace us with his presence and infectious charm, singing and playing to tunes that keep you dancing!
Come join Lucas & Yanna and the Divino Ritmo Dance Ohana on Saturday, December 5th, 6:30-10:30pm
Aloha Dancesport Center (Home of Divino Ritmo Dance)
350 Ward Avenue, 2nd Floor
Aloha Dancesport Center [w/a 4,000 square foot wood floor] (808) 200-5540
Web Site:
Parking Options: Across the street @ Sports Authority or Street parking.
$35 pre-sale, $40 at door
children under 18 yr old 50% off, under 12yr old free
Price INCLUDES:  Social Dancing, Buffet Dinner, Dance Performances, Live Entertainment featuring AUGIE REY.
Grab Bag (optional participation) you bring one, SANTA will give you one from under the Xmas Tree!
Yanna Samkova (732) 499-0407
Lucas Jaime (917) 568-3173
Aloha Dancesport Center (808) 200-5540
Web Site:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Is In The Air @Divino Ritmo

From Marie Laderta.

Hey All,
Come join us at our studio Xmas Party Featuring Augie Rey as our guest performer.
 Lots of social dancing, light entertainment, dinner and grab bag!!
 Tickets $35 presale, $40 at door.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Party & Group Class Update

From: "yanna" at
Date: Nov 23, 2015 7:40 PM
Subject: Christmas Party and December Group Class Schedule

Dear Students, Dancers
Join us for our Annual Studio Christmas Celebration.
Dress to impress and come to celebrate the wonderful time of the year, Christmas Holidays, 
with us on December 5th at 6:30PM. (See attachment for the details)
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Thursday November 26th, Studio Closed, 
Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday December 3rd Dance Social at CUPOLA , 
open to the public, free event 6:30pm 

Other Group classes continue according regular schedule till December 5th.
December 6th till 18th, NO Group Classes ( all adult, keiki, teen and youth Classes)

Classes resume on December 19th but on revised Holiday Schedule:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Adult Classes on Dec.22,23 and 29,30 as usual.
NO Thursday Classes on Dec. 24th and 31st.
Teen class will be rescheduled to another day of the week, NO Friday class after December 5th till January 8th.

Thank you, have a wonderful Holiday season

Yanna and Lucas
Divino Ritmo Dance,LLC
Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave 2nd floor
Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday, November 06, 2015


Hi Frank,
Amateur Couples
Ed & Charlotte Bugarin
Lorrie & Mike Chun
Debra & Calvin Ota
Here it is. Photos to follow - some photos from my camera, some from Jackson Cho with his permission to post on your blog.
Aloha Ball 2015
The weekend of our neighbor island escape finally came after weeks and months of anticipation. We were all abuzz at Divino Ritmo dance studio for  Friday dress rehearsal, readying ourselves for this one-day competition in our Kona backyard.
Amateur Finalists
1st Place Zhao Yida & Qin Lu (China)
2nd Place Debra & Calvin Ota (Honolulu)
In my mind, I was psyching myself up for a test of endurance on the dance floor. I told myself, I had to keep calm, focused & collected. Do what I can, and enjoy the moment. I competed all Pro-am at this comp and was thankful to have my teacher Lucas Jaime there to hold  my hand.
October 25th marked the second year of ballroom legends, Ron Montez & Tony Meredith's Aloha Ball at Kona's Sheraton Keauhou Hotel.
Nestled among lava rocks running along the ocean's edge where Manta Rays make their home, the Sheraton Keauhou was the perfect getaway spot to house this one-day ballroom competition.
Professional Showcase
Victor Fung & Anastasia
Aloha Ball is part of the Paradise Dancesport Tour series.  On its website, Paradise Dancesport Tour introduces its mission and purpose with the following description: The Paradise Dancesport Tour was started by an amateur dance student who recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes not only for the professionals but also the amateurs who spend countless of hours not only on the competitive dance floor but in the studios. Each Dancesport Competition on the Paradise Tour recognizes this and wants to provide you an escape to paradise. Returning to Aloha Ball to kick off its 2nd year, was none other than the energetic and charismatic organizer, ambassador & patron of the Paradise Dancesport Tour, Lauren LaPointe.
1st Place Top Studiio
For more information about the Paradise Dancesport Tour series, visit
Paul & Hiroko showing
off their tatoos
Converging at the great lawn by the Manta Ray look-out, Aloha Ball kicked off its competition with a magical sunset reception including island themed drinks of mai tais & chi chi, ono pupus and of course, no party can be complete without our Hawaiian music and hula.
We were there with our Divino Ritmo teachers, Lucas & Yanna, and the rest of our dance Ohana, playing tourists at the kick-off party, being reminded that we are so lucky to be living in Paradise. This was more than a ballroom comp for us, it was a studio outing, a neighbor island getaway, and holoholo-ing with our dance ohana, a little mini vacation combined with a fun dance experience... What more can us eager ballroom fanatics ask for.... We were giddy with pleasure at the great lawn, hobnobbing with Ron and Tony,  judges,  and fellow competitors....adrenaline was high and in full swing....
The major attraction this year was undoubtedly the professional showcase featuring mega ballroom stars Victor Fung and Anastasia, world class competitors and Blackpool contenders. It was incredible and a rarity to have Professionals of Victor & Anastasia's caliber perform right in front of our eyes!  Dancing International Standard, with impeccable technique and showmanship,
DRD Senior Competitors
Wes & Sandy Numazu
 they took our breathe away not just once, but twice, on Oct 24th & 25th as they took the Tango, Foxtrot, Slow Waltz, Viennese,  Quickstep to new heights! Wow wow wee this was what most of us can only dream of, but just witnessing the possibilities was inspiring!
Lauren LaPointe & Louis Bar
On to the competition floor at the stroke of 8 on Sunday morning. I had arranged for a wake-up call at 5 in the morning, with a half hour extra to snooze...then it was shower, make-up, room service breakfast, hair, and dressing...all in that order. Getting ready takes a good 2 hours, even for hubby Paul without the hair & make-up...
The 20+ of us competing from Divino Ritmo ranged from first time competitors to more seasoned dancers. Ages ran the gamut, from 14 to 74, and we put out our all. First time competitors held their own, return competitors continued to meet the challenge. Our goal was to dance within our means and challenge ourselves. Our teachers were gratified that we did that.
Top Teachers
1st Place Lucas Jaime
2nd Place Yana Samkova
3rd Place Gisella West
4th Place Louis Bar
Some rounds later, coming up for air and still energized for the evening heats, we looked around, gratified to see familiar faces sharing the floor and in the audience. Our customary handful of local amateur dancers from Honolulu joined us on the floor.
DRD Patrick Norman
& Edward Nishimura 
While Divino Ritmo Pro-am competitors saturated the floor, other local Pro-am contenders included dancers from Arthur Murray Honolulu.
Local presence clearly dominated the competition landscape, with Divino Ritmo taking center stage, making a broad sweep of the Top Awards including Top Teachers, Top Studio and Top Students. We busted okole for this, and distinctly felt the comraderie and joint effort of achievement as a studio.
DRD Marie, Tessie, Jennifer
with Victor Fung & Anastasia
Anastasia & Victor Fung
Like winning any other kind of recreational tournament, it was both exhilarating and humbling to win. A well deserved "pat on the back," "addaboy you done good," never hurt, and is always a good feeling. Certainly Paradise Dancesport Tour Ambassador Lauren LaPointe would agree that all the hard work, from studio to competition floor deserve a good pat on the back!
Awards and trophies this year featured handcrafted wood plaques designed by Tony Meredith's sister and world renowned artist, Regina Antoinette Meredith, using wood from trees grown on their family's plantation in Samoa.
Marie with Amateur Couples

You think it's over with the awards.. Heck no! The day after the comp (Monday) was a day of workshops and coaching. Hubby Paul and I, together with fellow students and competitors, participated in workshops by Tony Meredith, Victor Fung, and Giacomo Steccaglia.  After the workshops, Paul & I went on for some private one-to-one coaching with various Pros.
Pros Yanna & Lucas
To top off this "complete" weekend experience, were group photos, a Polynesian show, and a luau fit for sure felt good to be treated like Royalty, AND, to stop to appreciate the rich culture of a unique Paradise we call home. 
Amidst the ashes and lava, we danced....and found Paradise.
With Much Aloha & Mahalo,
Marie Laderta

(Please click on  The Dance Connection @side bar to view more photos of the Aloha Ball)

Much Thanks to Marie for the write-up and photos and also to Jackson Cho for allowing me to use some of his photos of the Aloha Ball.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Divino Ritmo Dance November Bulletin

From Marie:

due CUPOLA Social Dance Party
Open to the Public. Admission free, food for purchase
6:30-9:30PM at Design Inspiration Center

Next week Thursday new groups class at 7PM
Quickstep with Lucas
4 week session class, all levels

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday adult Group Classes
continues as scheduled


Saturday November 21st at 6:30PM
Afro Criollo Sound, Social Party
with Authentic Latin Band

Saturday December 5th at 6:30PM
DRD Annual Christmas Party
Dance exhibitions, buffet dinner,
social dancing, special guests

Saturday January 16th, 2016
DRD Annual Grand Ball and Showcase
at Sheraton Waikiki
Reserve your table at

Divino Ritmo Dance

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Divino Ritmo Dance Group Classes Schedule Update

Next week Tuesday October 27 No Swing Class at 8PM Due to Studio trip to Kona.

Wednesday October 21st at 8PM
International Samba Technique and Principles with Yana
1st of 4week session, intermediate level

Thursday October 22nd at 7PM
Last Viennese Waltz

Friday October 23rd at 7:30-10PM
Dress Rehearsal-Social Party
Come to watch and cheer on your fellow dancers as they prepare for Aloha Ball Competition held on October 25th in Kona. Each Competitor will perform one dance (one of the routines prepared for Kona)
Social dancing, complimentary soft drink, B.Y.O.B
Regular Social fee applies ($15 at door, $10 for ADC and DRD students pre-sale)

Saturday October 31st 6:30-10:30
SPOOKY Halloween Party
Buffet dinner, costume contest, social dancing
Admission $25 per person pre-sale, $30 at door

Saturday November 21st 6:30-11PM
Afro Criollo Sound Latin Band Social Party
Admission $25 per person pre-sale, $30 at door

Divino Ritmo Dance
350 Ward Avenue 2nd floor, Honolulu

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Divino Ritmo Dance October Social

Hi Frank,
Appreciate your posting the following announcements for us. Much MAHALO. Marie

CUPOLA Thursday:
Divino Ritmo's October Social @ the CUPOLA, this Thursday, October,1st -  1250 Kapiolani, 2nd floor of the Inspiration Furniture,  Honolulu Design Center, 6:30p-9:30p. Food/drink available for purchase. Discounted pupus if ordered by 7p.  FREE social dance, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Saturday, October 3rd Afro Criollo Latin live band party @ the Aloha DANCESPORT Center, 350 Ward, 2nd floor. 6:30p-11:00p.  $25 if purchased before 10/3. $30 on day of event & at door. Price includes light buffet dinner, live music & dancing. See attached flyer.

October 31st, SAVE the DATE, it's TWICK or Tweet time @ Divino Ritmo's SPOOKY Halloween Party, 6:30p-10:30p, Aloha DANCESPORT Center, 350 Ward, 2nd floor. $25 if purchased before 10/31. $30 on day of event & at door. Price includes light buffet dinner & dancing. Costume contest with monetary prizes.

For more info:
Lucas Jaime (917) 568-3173;
Yanna Samkova (732) 499-0407
(808) 200-5540

IBDI 2015 5th Term Dance Class Schedule

note: This is a 2-day Workshop

note: Registration on Oct. 12 & Oct.19

You can print this application or
register in person on Oct 12 & 19.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Legend of The Chinese Moon Festival

Here is pic of modern version of moon cakes, which are really
French macarons....designed by Chef Abigail at Cake Works.....
Here like the evolution of the dance, we have the
evolution of the moon cake.
The Legend/Story: submitted by Marie Laderta
The Moon Festival
The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness. The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky."

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Divino Ritmo Dance Group Class & Studio SOCIAL Schedule UPDATE

UPDATE from Marie Laderta.....

Next  week Sept 14th to 20th NO GROUP CLASSES
NO Tuesday 8pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday 7pm
NO Keiki, Teen or Youth classes

On September 21st resume to regular Schedule
Tuesday September 22nd  at 8pm
Starting  American Cha-Cha with Lucas
4 week session, all levels

Wednesday September 23rd at 8pm
Starting International Cha-Cha technique and styling with Yanna
4week session, intermediate level

Thursday September 24th at 7pm
Starting American Viennese Waltz with Lucas
4week session, all levels
All group classes $50 per person for 4 week session
$15 per class, $40 4week session for DRD and ADC members
Membership can be applied

Divino Ritmo Dance,LLC
350 Ward ave, 2nd floor, Honolulu
808 200 5540

September 13th  at 5pm
Children Showcase and Social dancing

September 25th at 7:30pm
Regular Monthly Social, DJ Ballroom Music and Dance Exhibition

October 3rd at 6:30pm
Afro Criollo Sound Live Latin Band Social Party

October 31st at 6:30pm  SPOOKY Halloween Party
November 14th  at 6:30pm  Live band Social

December 5th at 6:30pm Christmas Extravaganza

Monday, August 31, 2015

Divino Ritmo brings you TWO Dances in ONE week!

From Marie Laderta.......

September1st, CUPOLA Dance, 6:30-9:30p.
1250 Kapiolani, 2nd floor,
Inspiration Furniture, Honolulu Design Center.
FREE event, Open to the Public, 
DJ Lucas & Live Music by Jessie Gonzalez.
Food/drink available for purchase. 
Discounted pupus ordered by 7p.

Saturday, September 5th, Rolando Sanchez Live Band, 
6:30 -10:30p.  Hot Latin tunes & more...
together with our DJ Lucas will give you a complete dance
experience of Latin, nightclub & social ballroom.
Tickets: $25 pre-sale; $30 at door, 
includes buffet, soft drinks, BYOB.

For more Info, check in with:
Lucas Jaime (917) 568-3173;
Yanna Samkova (732) 499-0407
(808) 200-5540

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aloha Ball-Correction

CORRECTION received from Glenn Okazaki.......

Hi everyone, statement retraction requested by reigning champions, Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova. 

It was previously noted in the email that Arunas and Katusha had retired, and Victor and Annastasia would become world champions.

Ron Montez was informed by Arunas & Katusha that they are not retiring and requests a correction be posted. 

Frank's note: Info about Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova have been deleted from the previous blog.

Friday, August 21, 2015

2nd Annual Aloha Ball

I received the following e-mail and announcement from Glenn Okazaki.......

Aloha Everyone,

The 2nd Annual Aloha Ball is coming up on October 24, 25 & 26 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel in Kona.
See attached Aloha Ball Poster for information and contact with Ron Montez & Tony Meridith, organizers.
They will also feature our next Standard World Champion Professionals to do a show, Victor Fung and Annastasia  Muravyeva.
See attached poster Victor and Annastasia.
I have also received word from Ron Montez that a ‘really good latin couple from China will be coming and dance along with Victor!!’
So a great show is lined up for the Aloha Star Ball.

Now check out the prices for KAMA’AINA ‘S below. 
Ron has three packages that you can choose. The prices below is direct from Ron Montez and I have ‘copied and pasted’ it below for you.

This is a show I would not like to miss!!!!
Please Forward this email to your friends.

After checking with Tony and receiving show fee from Victor Fung,
More than likely, Tony and i will subsidize this arrangement but we still want to do it for all the local hawaiian dancers from big island, Honolulu etc. please consider these prices Kama-aina rate.

1). Sat eve dance and show featuring Victor Fung and Anastasia plus a top Latin couple to be announced.
$30 per person
$55 per couple

2). Sunday all day competition including professional variety show with Victor and Anastasia.
$30 per person
$55 per couple

3). Grand combo.  Saturday dance and show plus Sunday competition all day and Eve admission plus show.
$60 per person
$110 per couple.

We would love to have USA dance members and the Oahu dancers  with us this year to celebrate the 2nd annual Aloha Ball.
Ron and Tony

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Aloha Ball Featuring Victor & Anastasia...Update

This competition is organized by Ballroom legends, Ron Montez & Tony Meredith.

We attended last year and can't wait to go again. They will also be having workshops. 
Big Mahalo for getting this out. Victor Fung & Anastasia are a rare treat....
Info at:

 Hi Frank:
Additional Info to ADD to blog please:
Yanna just advised that per her conversation with Ron Montez, Kama'ainas have been offered a super deal from Ron Montez & Tony Metedith!
$30 per person or $55 per couple for Dance and Show featuring Victor & Anastasia on Saturday evening October 24.
$30 per person or $55 per couple for All Day Competition and including professional variety show with Victor & Anastasia on Sunday October 25.
$60 per person or $110 per couple for Saturday Dance and Show plus Sunday Competition all day and evening admission plus show..
But what a DEAL huh????!!! For Kama'ainas ONLY, but you must RESERVE your ticket IN ADVANCE.
To reserve your tickets & for more information, you can call or email YANNA Samkova of Divino Ritmo Dance at:
(732) 499-0407

IBDI 54th Anniversary Dance...UPDATE

UPDATE: Photos submitted by Charlene Jay

Lucky there's a Palladium....and with the aircondition working. Boy! this humidity and heat can slow down anyone's energy level. Lani and I got to the Palladium a little after 7. Thought we'd be too late to pick up our presale ticket bento. The parking lot was filled so the best thing to do was wait for a golfer to depart. Waiting paid a parking spot and our bento, too..

Inside the Ballroom was SRO (Standing Room Only).....a  lot of dancers were standing against the wall on the Ewa side. Music DeeJays were Henry Lee and Jane Umeda.

EmCee for the event was past prez Chris Jay who had a good handle on the program. Current prez  Marsha Ninomiya welcomed everyone with an appreciation message.

The program began with a Kung Fu demonstration and Lion Dance by Grandmaster Zen Seng Au's Shaolin Arts Society. The demo included unarmed solo exercises and weapons (swords and long staff) maneuvers. Concluding the Kung Fu demonstration were two Lions dancing into the crowd while keeping time with the tempo of the drum players.

General dancing and a short period for awarding door prizes to the lucky ticket holders soon followed.

Come about 8 o'clock the showcase of exhibition dancing under the direction of Stage Manager Charlene Jay began. The showcase included:

Professional Joe Shorba and Hami Draper danced the Mambo.
Professional Reggie Gascon and Joseline Sangalang dance the International Waltz.
Fuego Y Agua Dancers performed the Salsa.
Richard and Lynn Nakamura danced the International Tango.
Professional Carlos Chang and Ashley Salzedo danced the International Samba.
Richard Nakamura, Ashley Salzedo, Carlos Chang, Lynn Nakamura

The Fuego Y Agua Dancers were Chieko Kimata, Yuki Komiyama,
Veronica Munez, Becky Arakawa, Yukie Honay, Yuka Jenkins

Fuego Y Aqua Dancers were James E. Jones Jr. Dano Garcia,
Kevin Laoron, Alvin Aurelio, Ed Ho

Reggie Gascon and Joseline Sangalang
To get mostly everyone off their seats and onto the dance floor the showcase performers and the IBDI Board members participated in the Snowball dance to a Cha Cha music.

General dancing continued till closing at 9:30.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Divino Ritmo Dance Showcase Update

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Afro-Criollo Sound @Aloha Dancesport Center

(Poster courtesy of Marie Laderta.  Left click to zoom in)

Monday, August 03, 2015

Hawaii Dancesport, Inc. Presents Dance Dreams

(poster submitted by Marie Laderta)
For added info: 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's Time To Party

Saturday August 22nd 6:30-10:30 PM
New Live Band Afro-Criollo Sound #Afro808
Authentic Latin Band playing Salsa, Mambo,
Rumba, Bachata and more,,,,together with our
DJ Lucas will give you full dance experience.
Tickets: $25 pre-sale, $30 at door
Includes buffet, soft drink, B.Y.O.B. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

USA Dance 10th Annual Mock Competition

(From Glenn Okazaki)
USA Dance 10th Annual Mock Competition
Reminder !!!! Saturday night, July 25!!!! That’s tomorrow night !!!
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse – Palladium
Full Ballroom.
6:30pm to 9:30pm
(doors may open earlier, depending on set up)
Tickets: only $8.00 at the door. (Includes snack!!!)
The Mock Latin competition begins at 8:00pm and followed by the Mock Standard Comp.
Come and watch Hawaii’s, USA Dance, Dancesport Athletes and Exhibition Dancers perform in the USA Dance, 10th Annual Mock Competition.
Do not miss out on the best ballroom music in town!!
Great snack!! Great friends!! Great Dancing!!
Lottsa social dancing!!

(Please scroll down to poster  for more info) 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Que' Pasa? July & August Dance Venues

Reminder: Professional Instructor Carlos Chang will be conducting an International Cha Cha Workshop for Dance Magic 808’s International Cha Cha Workshop on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the Ala Wai Palladium (Diamond Head side). Registration is from 6:30pm – 7pm / workshop starts at 7pm – 8:30pm with a short break. Cost $20 and must be a 2015 Dance Magic 808 Member. Payment by cash or check. Check payable to Dance Magic 808. Beginners and advance students are welcome to take this workshop. Video taping will be allowed but only at the end of the workshop. Carlos will advise when we can start taping his instructions and dance. You won’t want to miss out on this workshop. Please note that the workshop ends at 8:30pm. Around 8:45pm, Dance Magic 808 will be using the room for routine practice for some upcoming performances and would appreciate it if everyone could leave promptly after the workshop is over. Mahalo for your cooperation.

And don't miss out on Doug Kesler & Company "Bright Lights on Broadway" showdance  at the Pacific Beach Hotel July 17. Scroll down to the poster for more info.

Okay, now for the month of August, we got a heavy load of venues. Check it out...
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As one of the classes, IBDI is offering a Special Rumba Workshop Series by former Slovakian National Professional Latin Champion and International Professional Competitor Yanna Samkova. Yanna's class is applicable to all levels of dancers (Scroll down to poster for more info or left click on The Dance Connection in the side bar). Also being offered is Beginning Hustle. The Hustle can be danced at nightclubs and discos, as well as at the Palladium and dance studios because a lot of current and past hit songs such as Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars has a Hustle beat. Other classes being offered are Beginning International Waltz, American Samba, International Quickstep II and East Coast Swing II. 
On Monday, August 3, there will be registration for the fourth term and free dancing in the Ewa Ballroom of the Palladium. In the Diamond Head Ballroom, Glenn Okazaki & Anne Ho will conduct a one night workshop on International Tango (see attached poster for details).
Classes start on August 10. Hope to see you all there!

Ed Matsuda
IBDI Dance Director

Hawaii Gardenia Circle Anniversary Dance on August 8. 
Scroll down to HGC poster for more info.

IBDI Anniversary Dance on August 15.
See poster for more info.

Friends of the Ala Wai Anniversary Dance on August 29. (No additional info at this time)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Saturday, July 04, 2015

USA Dance 10th Annual Mock Competition

July, Hot Time In The City!!!!
   USA Dance 
10th Annual Mock Competition
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dance starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30
Best Music in town.

Ono Snacks!!! (NO BENTO)
$6.00 Pre-sale
$8.00 @ The Door

See poster for more info

Thursday, June 11, 2015

USA Dance Hot Exhibitions

June Monthly Dance..FREEE for Members!!!!
Friday, June 12, 2015
Dance starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30
Bestest Music in town. 
(No exaggeration intended)
Ono Snacks!!!

Non-Members $6.00

Exhibition by ‘Fuego y Agua Dancers’
New Formation Routine…
Other impromptu exhibitions..

See attached poster..
(from Glenn Okazaki)