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)
(Left click to zoom in)


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