Gina and John came to the Friday night ballroom banquet dressed in Polynesian
spirit ...their brilliant orange leis were handmade by Event Host Irene
Shiroma (center) and her 'ladies'. 300 yards of ribbon were lovingly
folded into these hand crafted creations for the instructors! Doug and
Jackie Miranda not only taught at the event, but were MC/ DJ's as well.
Jackie and DQ are each wearing a hand folded silk ribbon Hawaiian Haku!
Hutch and Carmel are seen dressed alike and Hutch is second from left
in the 'pregnant bride' contest photo. Carl holds the pink balloon bouquet,
Angel appears the least pregnant and John sports the flattering white
skirt. John's strut in true model stride brought laughter, but when
Hutch's 'water broke' as he paraded in front of the audience ...howls
turned to out of control laughter, tears streamed down many a cheek!
Richard and Anni (otherwise known as that slippery 'little thing' enjoyed
the sun and games at the picnic park social. Local instructor Linda
Hijirida presented us with silk hibiscus clusters at the Friday Social
(Karen Jones is wearing a blue one in her hair) ...a yellow one adornsTerri
Slemmons, a purple one compliments Phyllis Tom and a red one brightens
my basic black.
Most late nights dancers walked to Coconut Willy's in the International
Market Place ...local dancers, local band, country music tape &
a small wood floor ...best memories ....Carmel dancing Runaway
and her @ The Hop w/us ...and
the dance off w/Mr. BoJangles & Anni ...her birthday was announced
and she danced! His tall frame watched his feet dance to the beat, she
smiled broadly while looking way up into his face and her feet 'clogged'
to the syncopated rhythm ...ever so sneaky ...getting into
his space with her steps and cleverly chasing his feet in tune with
the music ...he stopped to claim a hug and the audience applauded
...she is a DANCER!
The socials were scripted and each workshop dance had a quick walk through
to refresh our memories before the music played. Doug & Jackie did
their homework, they knew which dances would get the most dancers to
the floor ...of course we begged for Simon's Like
It Or Lump It and D&J's Seal
Our Fate and the local dancers wanted Terry Hogan's Me
Too ...they were played to a NOTso crowded floor, but CA dances
- American Pop, Tiggeriffic,
Queen of My Heart,
Circle Of Life, Sugar
Believers and Burning
Up! had a full floor. Dancers requests for extra workshop teaches
were honored ...Hutch taught his
Rose Colored Glasses, Karen taught her Sometimes
I Hide and Doug & Jackie taught their Burning
Up! I had a great time, picked some easier dances up
off the floor and made new friends. It rained only late night,
sun shined most days, shopped a little, toasted drinks a plenty,
ate a lot of food not on my normal diet, got more rest then I planned.
Didn't gain a pound & I danced my feet to soreness in Hawaii ...I
am one lucky dancer!
Waikiki in January for ~ 900 dollars - included
airfare, 7 nights hotel (double) accommodation, 5 meals, bus transportation
and dancin' at the Ala Wai Palladium (HUGE, smooth wooden floor) with
Aloha Workshop lessons Friday - Sunday AND one perfect step description
booklet & workshop schedule. The 2 day Aloha Line Dance Experience
Workshop itself was a huge success. 185+ dancers were takin lessons
on the Ala Wai Palladium wooden floor ...19 dances taught with at least
one re teach of every lesson, plus 'bonus' dances by request. Irene
Shiroma is one great organizer who has worked tirelessly on making this
one GRAND experience for line dance ....someone on her support staff
was constantly in motion ...or answering dancer questions. Doug &
Jackie have announced their intention of hosting Aloha IV for 2003 w/possible
venue change. Details will be on Line Dance Fun when announced.