Sunday, September 25, 2011

Island Flavors and Special Features at HAWAI'I STAR BALL

By: Marie Laderta

IN ADDITION to the usual parade of local talent, to celebrate its 20th
year, Geoffrey Fells spices it up with home-grown flavors!

Hawaii Star Ball this year features   "local-girl-made-good" Patrice
Tanaka; the Gonzales Band; and local dance wear retailer Cammy Divers.

Ballroom dancer Patrice Tanaka, born and raised in our backyard, recently
featured in Midweek, tells her story in her new book, "Becoming Ginger
Rogers...How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and
Smarter CEO."

Her book was recently published by BenBella books and is available now in
bookstores. It tells the tale of a Japanese-American born and raised in
Hawaii who fulfilled her dream of "making it" in the dog-eat-dog,"
"scratch-your-eyes-out" world of public relations in New York. Patrice's
book has been described as providing a "voyeuristic glimpse into the world
of competitive ballroom dancing," as well as a business book about lessons
learned from ballroom dancing that have made one woman a  better CEO.

Patrice will be here in Honolulu this coming week, not only to promote her
new book, but to compete in the Hawaii Star Ball with her Professional
teacher & top-ranking American Rhythm dancer Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine.

I've recently read the book, which I found to be inspiring, touching and
definitely easy-reading. I've recommended it to many of my friends and book
afficionados in and out of the ballroom world, who agreed that Patrice's
story is uplifting.

Her book will be available for sale at the Hawaii Star Ball, and when she
is not dancing with Emmanuel, you may be able to catch her for an
autographed copy!

Patrice has lined up a number of promotional events for her book including
a book signing at Kahala's Barnes & Noble on Saturday, October 1, at 1pm.

For more information check out her website:

Our local social dance band, an icon at the Hale Koa's Warrior Lounge for
many many years, makes its debut on the stage of the Hawaii Star Ball on
Friday evening, September 30th. Joining in the many festivities for the
Star Ball's final & glitziest evening, Jesse Gonzales, wife Buffy, son
Jesse Jr., accompanied by Bobby, will be playing their favorite tunes
during the general dancing segments of the evening.

CAMMY DIVERS of Dancewear Hawaii:
Shoes, shoes and more dance shoes for your picking will be featured on the
vending tables of Cammy Divers' Dancewear Hawaii.

Cammy Divers, a dancer herself, the mother of 3 little girls who dance
ballet and recently ballroom, is also an industrious entrepreneur who runs
and manages Dancewear Hawaii, a newly opened store located at 1513 Young
Street, Suite 204.

Also a first timer at the Hawaii Star Ball vending scene, Cammy has brought
in a good variety of dance shoes for men and women, for competitive and
social dancing. Some more familiar name brands include "RAY ROSE,"
"SUPADance," and "Very Fine dancesport shoes."

Come meet Cammy and check out her shoes! She will be at the Hawaii Star
Ball Tapa Tower for all 3 days of the event.

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