Sunday, December 25, 2016

IBDI 2017 1st Term Dance Schedule

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Orchid Isle Ballroom Dance Club New Year Dance

Orchid Isle Ballroom Dance Club in Hilo Celebrates New Year in style!

Featuring Ron Montez and Guest performances by Oahu Studio, Dance Appeal dancers... Professionals Renna & Sergio Villanueva and their Fabulous keikis!

DRD Hosts International Latin Workshops

Divino Ritmo Dance 
two International Latin Workshops
with visiting Professional Couple
Evgeny Likhachev
Mariya Levina

on Sunday January 15th, 2017 
at Aloha Dancesport Center

2pm International Samba
3pm International Cha-Cha

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

IBDI Inaugural & Christmas Ball 2016

It's been a long but enjoyable journey with IBDI during this 2016 year for Lani and me. IBDI started the year with three officers who also served as Directors (Arnold Lee, Diana Vo, and Dana Morey). A few months ago, Dana passed away and Dean Sierra stepped in to fill that position. Going into 2017, IBDI will have a full complement of Officers with Arnold Lee (President/Director 1), Diana Vo (1st Vice President/Treasurer/Social Chair), Thomas Campbell (2nd Vice President/Director), Kathy Uyehara (Secretary/Ticket Chair), and Dean Sierra (Music/Equipment Chair).  IBDI is happy to announce that Professional Albert Franz will serve as Dance Advisor.

This past Saturday, IBDI celebrated Christmas with a Christmas Ball dance, and the installation of Officers/Directors for the 2017 year. My main squeeze and I got to the Palladium about 4:30 to help with the setup before the doors opened at 5:30. Most of the setup was already in place except for a few tables that needed to be in the foyer thanks to the volunteers from other danced organizations that came early to help IBDI. Chairs were already in place along the walls of the Palladium, thanks to David Carvalho. Some of the dance exhibition participants were practicing on the dance floor while Don, Cindy, Kathy, and Joe Lee (IBDI sergeant-at-arms) worked on decorating and setting up the Reception Table. Henry Lee was the Music DeeJay for the evening and his selection of smooth and upbeat music kept the dance floor filled with dancers.

As more guests trickled into the Palladium, the line at the Reception Table kept Don, Cindy, and Kathy mighty busy. Just as busy were the servers at the bento counter with a long line waiting. Thanks to the volunteers from other dance organizations who helped handing out the bento. There were many that jumped in to help but I was only able to get a snapshot of three of them since it was like a revolving door of helpers in the kitchen. (Left click on photo to zoom in).

General dancing was in full swing before the program started with calling of lucky numbers for door prizes. Renna Villanueva from Appeal Dance Studio presided over the evening program as EmCee and kept the program moving along smoothly. She's always been a faithful supporter for IBDI during her tenure as Vice President and Dance Director for IBDI and even after she left IBDI. After Renna introduced the VIPs from other dance organizations, she introduced IBDI Prez Arnold Lee and 1st Vice Prez Diana Vo, Arnold gave the Welcome Message, a short history of IBDI and the direction he will lead this organization during the 2017 year.   

It's becoming the norm having someone sing a song or two at sporting events and I guess ballroom dancing is a sporting event in some way. Linda Batt was introduced and I got to tell you for a little lady, she's got an amazing strong vocal chords. She belted out the Star Spangle Banner, Hawaii Pono'i and The Little Drummer Boy. Wow! what a treat. Then it was time for the installation of Officers and Directors. VIP guest Joe Magaldi presided over the installation and swore in the 2017 Officers and Directors. General dancing resumed with a short break for the second calling of lucky numbers for door prizes. Then it was time for the Showcase part of the program. Since Renna was also to perform in the Showcase, her husband Sergio took over as EmCee to introduce the dance exhibition performers. 

The Showcase included dance performers from Fuego Y Aqua Dancers, Appeal Dance Studio, and Kokohead Dance Studio. Fuego Y Aqua Dancers performed in three exhibition dances. Dario Garcia and Yuki Komiyama taught New York style Mambo and Cha Cha for IBDI during the 4th and 5th Term of 2016. Appeal Dance Studio performed in four exhibition dances which included two exhibitions from Appeal Dance Studio children program.  Concluding the Showcase program were Joe Shorba and student Hami Draper of Kokohead Dance Studio performing the Mambo. It was a fun filled Latin Showcase with colorful costumes, dynamic movements of forms, speed, and balance and the display of playful connection with partners.  

More general dancing resumed after the Showcase with spot time allowed for calling of lucky numbers for door prizes, and picture taking with Santa a.k.a. Joe Magaldi. The Officers and Directors thank everyone for coming to the dance and helping to make this event successful.
Merry Christmas, everyone and Hasta la Vista! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

DRD Christmas Party

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Come to our Annual Divino Ritmo Dance Christmas Celebration
Saturday December 17th 6:30-10:30pm
at Aloha Dancesport Center
Bring your own favorite drink, we supply soft drinks, food, social dancing, dance exhibitions, secret Santa.
Come and enjoy the holidays with us, cheerful spirit and lots of fun
Performance by DRD Formation team, keiki and teen group and much more.
Open to all  students, dancers, Aloha Dancesport center members and renters, friends and family
see attached poster, make your reservation today and wear your favorite holiday outfit.

Divino Ritmo Dance
350 Ward Ave #200

Friday, November 11, 2016

DRD 8th Annual Showcase & Grand Ball

From Yanna Samkova........

Divino Ritmo Dance 8th Annual Showcase and Grand Ball at Sheraton Waikiki
January 14th, 2017. Exciting Professional Show will be announced soon, stay tuned.

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For tickets contact or Facebook page Aloha Dancesport Center or come in to pick up in person to the  studio. 

Divino Ritmo Dance
350 Ward Ave #200

Saturday, November 05, 2016

IBDI 2017 Inaugural Ball

International Ballroom Dance Incorporated

Please come and enjoy the festivities!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

IBDI November Dance

IBDI Monthly Dance for November  2016 this Friday.
FREE admission for members born in November. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

DRD Halloween Spooky Party Update

DRD Halloween Party (submitted by Yanna Samkova)

Dare to Come to our Haunted Castle this SUNDAY
October 30th 6:30 - 10pm
Attend our annual studio Halloween party with
celebratration of success at Aloha Ball
Costumes strongly recommended
Bring your own pupus, B.Y.O.B
complimentary soft drinks, social dancing
special Guest judges for our Costume contest
Prizes are awaiting for you!!!!!!! 1st prize $100
admission $15 per person, competed in Aloha Ball $10
Keiki under 12 years old Free,
juniors and youth competed in Aloha Ball free

Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave,  Honolulu, HI, 96813

Friday, October 21, 2016

World Dancesport Grandslam Series Air Dates & Times

Message from Glenn Okazaki........

Just a reminder in case you lost your previous schedule I sent.
Starting tomorrow night!
Please be aware that this is the 2015 Grandslam!


This is shared by Sandy Kunimoto:

For your information, here are the airdates and times for the WORLD DANCESPORT GRANDSLAM SERIES (6 one-hour episodes) to be aired on PBS.
 10/22 at 9 pm Standard Series – The First Four Legs
10/22 at 10 pm Latin Series – The First Four Legs
10/29 at 9 pm GrandSlam Standard - Stuttgart, Germany
11/5 at 9 pm GrandSlam Latin - Stuttgart, Germany
11/12 at 9 pm Standard Series - The Showdown in Shanghai
11/19 at 9 pm Latin Series - The Showdown in Shanghai
 Thanks Sandy!!!
Glenn Okazaki

USA Dance Honolulu

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Additional Info-IBDI 5th Term Palladium Events

             Copyright © 2016 International Ballroom Dance Incorporated, All rights reserved. 
Thank you for providing your email address on your IBDI membership application. This ensures that you will receive important club announcements of all upcoming classes and events. 

Our mailing address is: 

International Ballroom Dance Incorporated
P.O. Box 22268
HonoluluHI 96823

Add us to your address book

Sunday, October 16, 2016

IBDI 5th Term Dance Class Schedule

Aloha Dancers,
       Here is IBDI 5th Term Dance Class Schedule for 2016. We welcome back dance instructors Nick Sierra, George Suetsugu, Jim Prado, Dean Sierra, Thomas Campbell, Frank and Lani Sierra, and Professional Dario Garcia, and Professional Albert Franz. Registration starts October 24 at 5PM and October 31, 2016. First class lesson starts November 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

IBDI Monthly Dance

Aloha Dancers,

IBDI Monthly Dance
Saturday October 15, 2016
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
(The Palladium)

Sunday, October 09, 2016

IBDI Annual Membership Meeting

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Free Jive Workshop for Keikis by Ron Montez

From Glenn Okazaki, USA Dance Honolulu......
Ron Montez will be conducting a JIVE workshop for Keiki’s Only at the “Dance Appeal Studio” in Waipahu.  The workshop is sponsored by ‘Marie Laderta’. 
FREEEE for Keiki’s!!!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity from one of the great masters.
Bring your Kids down!! 
Sunday, October 16th from 11:45am to 12:30pm
At Dance Appeal Studio in Waipahu. 
Glenn Okazaki-USA Dance Honolulu
From Marie Laderta....
Due to limited capacity, reservations needed. Please contact Marie Laderta at or Cell 222-3721
A big Mahalo to Renna and Sergio Villanueva for graciously allowing us to use their studio without floor fee and other charges. They have a lot of Aloha for the Keikis.   

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Correction: IBDI Annual Meeting & Dance

                                          *** CORRECTION ***
The FREE dance for IBDI members is from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.  Doors will close for the meeting when at least 10% of our members are present.  After the meeting is adjourned, around 7:30pm, admission will be charged ($3 for members, $6 for non-members).  Sorry for the confusion.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Samba & Jive Fundamental Techniques Workshop by Ron Montez

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Fundamental Techniques of SAMBA & JIVE  - a WORKSHOP by Latin Champion Ron Montez at Debby Borges' Dream to Dance studio.
DATE: Monday, October 17th
TIME:  8:30p-9:15p (45 mins)
Due to limited capacity RSVP needed:
Contact Marie Laderta @
Email:  or
Call: (808) 222-3721
Ron Montez is one of the most respected personalities in the dance business. He previously held title as the 7-time undefeated United States Professional Latin Champion. He achieved 4th place in the World's Professional Latin Championships held at Royal Albert Hall in London. He has reached the final of the prestigious British Championships in Blackpool, England. Ron is recognized as a World class adjudicator, dance coach and choreographer in both American and International styles.
Ron was the co-host and expert commentator for the PBS television show Championship Ballroom Dancing, which was hosted by Rita Moreno, Juliet Prowse, Barbara Eden and Sandy Duncan, Jasmine Guy. Ron is now on America's Ballroom Challenge this year with host Jean Louisa Kelly.
Ron is a national examiner for DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association). In this capacity he examines both amateur and professional dancers to obtain certification. Instructional tapes plus DVDs including bronze, silver and gold levels are available to the public.
Ron is a choreographer for the FOX television show So you think you can Dance. This hit show is the first of its kind to blend and compare ballroom dancing with jazz, hip hop, lyrical and many styles of dance using national finalists.
Ron is also the recipient of the 2009 United States Dance Championships Hall of Fame Award.
Check out his Bio on this link:
(Article submitted by Marie Laderta)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kesler & Company Presents HULAWEEN

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Kesler & Company Presents HULAWEEN 
Friday October 28, 2016   6PM-Midnight
Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom
Tickets $70 Phone 808-4363435

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2015 World DanceSport GrandSlam Series On American Public TV

From Glenn Okazaki:

USA Dance in collaboration with the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) are bringing the six-part 2015 World DanceSport GrandSlam Series comes to American Public Television stations around the country beginning in September 6, 2016. This new DanceSport programming for America showcases the world’s best Standard and Latin dancers in a six-episode abridged series that covers the two regular legs of the series held in Helsinki, Finland, then Wuhan, China in Hong Kong and Moscow, Russia, progressing to the Finals in Shanghai. 

The following schedule features the 2015 World Dancesport Grandslam Series and shared by Sandy Kunimoto.

For your information, here are the airdates and times for the WORLD DANCESPORT GRANDSLAM SERIES (6 one-hour episodes) to be aired on PBS.
 10/22 at 9 pm Standard Series – The First Four Legs
10/22 at 10 pm Latin Series – The First Four Legs
10/29 at 9 pm GrandSlam Standard - Stuttgart, Germany
11/5 at 9 pm GrandSlam Latin - Stuttgart, Germany
11/12 at 9 pm Standard Series - The Showdown in Shanghai
11/19 at 9 pm Latin Series - The Showdown in Shanghai

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

You Go Figgah!

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meet Da Crew

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

More Info On IBDI (PRO) Mambo Workshop

                                                                   (Left click to zoom in. )  Should be EWA Ballroom.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Big Time Dance Events In October 2016

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NIFTY 50s/60s/70s OLDIES BASH Sock Hop have always been a SOLD OUT event. You might want to contact Wendell Kwan at the e-mail on the poster for more info.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

IBDI July Birthday Dance

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Friday, July 01, 2016

Aloha Ball-Dance In Paradise

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Nifty 50s/60s/70s/Oldies Bash (Left click to zoom in

 If you plan on going to the Oldies Bash Sock Hop 2016, please contact the organizers
by phone (808) 239-5360 or e-mail:  to see if they are still
accepting reservations to this event.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

DRD Social Dance Calendar

Divino Ritmo Dance  


FRIDAY JUNE 24th 7pm-10:30pm
50s NITE
Ballroom social party, BYOB, free soft drinks

SATURDAY July 2nd at 7PM-10:30
Independence Day Celebration 
RED,WHITE and BLUE Party time!
Potluck, BYOB, Mixed Ballroom Music

SATURDAY July 16th at 7:30pm-11pm
Alma Caliente
Latin, Salsa NITE
free soft drinks, dance exhibitions
$10 with reservations, $15 at door

Divino Ritmo Dance
Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave #200

Monday, June 13, 2016

Friday, June 03, 2016

IBDI Free Dance and Registration

Free Dance

and Class Registration

Monday, June 6

6 pm to 9 pm
Third Term Classes
Monday, June 13 through August 1

Ballroom Dance Professional
Albert Franz
Disco Hustle
$25 for seven classes

Palladium second floor

Events Calendar

Monday, June 6
    Free Dance
    Class Registration
Monday, June 13
    First Class
    Class Registration
Saturday, June 18
    Full Ballroom Dance
Monday, June 20
    Second Class
    Class Registration