Friday, August 1, 2014

Dancing on Oahu, Hawai‘i



 Al Franz Dance Studio – Albert Franz
419 South St, Suite140
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 599-5335
International Style Ballroom and Latin
Private and Group Lessons
Mr. Franz is a former North American Professional 10-dance Champion

Arthur Murray Dance Center
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, #400
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 944-0606
American Style and International Style
Social Programs, Wedding Programs, Competitive Programs and Kids Programs.

Arthur Murray Dance Center
776 Kailua Rd, #202
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 263-2623
American Style and International Style
Social Programs, Wedding Programs, Competitive Programs and Kids Programs.

Dance Appeal Studio – Sergio and Renna Villanueva
Located in Waipahu away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.
Private and Group Lessons in Social Dancing and American Smooth and Rhythm
(808) 284-3619 or (808) 291-3619

Dream To Dance Studio – Debby Borges-Barbosa
1070 N. King St, #202 and 204
Above Palama Supermarket
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 372-5574
Private and Group Lessons in Social and Exhibition dancing
Mambo, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Hustle, Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Samba, Tango, Bolero, Night Club & more….

The Sugino Dance Academy  - Akiyoshi Sugino
404 Ward Ave, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96814
International Style Ballroom and Latin
(808) 591-9877
Private Lessons and Classes
Practice dances with a mini class lesson every Saturday evening.

(In addition to the above Professional Studios and Teachers there are Professional dance teachers that teach at various locations such as the Dance Studios listed above)

Christopher Bayot
American and International Style Private Lessons
Usually teaches at the Sugino Dance Academy (see ‘Studios’ above)
(808) 387-6575

Charlie Castro (Salsa No Ka Oi)
Salsa and Bachata Rueda classes
Teaches at Dream to Dance Studio (see ‘Studios’ above)
9th Anniversary Bachata Workshop August 22 – 25, 2014
(808) 779-7970

Geoffrey Fells
International Style Ballroom and Latin
Private Lessons and Classes at Sugino Dance Academy, Dream To Dance, Dance Appeal Studio (see ‘Studios’ above)
Dual Fellowship qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Complete training for the Beginner, Social Dancer, Competitor, Amateur and Professional.
(808) 371-8042

Greg “The Salsaman” Henry
Salsa and Latin Dance Classes 7 days a week at various locations
(808) 256-7556 for directions

Douglas Kesler
American Style Smooth and Rhythm
Teaches at Dream To Dance Studio (see ‘Studios’ above)
American Style Smooth and Rhythm. Social, Exhibition and Competitive
Organizer of an Annual Showcase at Pacific Beach Hotel, Friday, October 24, 2014 with a Fabulous Buffet, Dance Exhibitions, Door Prizes and Open Dancing.
(808) 436-3435

Linda Melodia
Salsa, Bachata, Mambo, Merengue
Classes and Salsa dances at Dream To Dance Studio and The Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Ave, 7th Floor
(808) 295-7481

Kyle Quintal
Bachata (Latin Dance) Classes
Dream To Dance Studio (see  ‘Studios’ above)
Sundays 3:00-4:00 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm
(808) 255-3033

Kelly Siu
Classes at Dream To Dance Studio (see ‘Studios’ above) Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Also holds classes at YMCA Atkinson and Nuuanu on Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Greg Underwood
West Coast Swing, Hustle, East Coast Swing

(There are many local dance clubs on Oahu. They run dances and classes usually at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse (aka The Palladium) as well as School Cafeteria’s. The instructors are not qualified but they do provide an inexpensive program for social dancers)

Aiea Dance Club
President: Deanie Bates
(808) 282-8430

Dance Magic 808
Contact: Richard and Lynn Nakamura
(808) 372-2256

Friends of Ala Wai Ballroom Dance Academy
Contact: Michael Yap
(808) 286-0328

Hawai‘i Ballroom Dance Association (HBDA)
President: Shirley Ota
(808) 753-8673
This dance club has over 15 locations on Oahu

Hawai‘i Gardenia Circle
Contact: Gayle Kawahakui
(808) 223-8052

Ilima Dance Club
President: Diane Wong
(808) 595 3134

International Ballroom Dance Inc.
President: Marsha Ninomiya

Pan Pacific Dance Club
President: Rudy Luat
Contact: Ed Felix (808) 478 5803

Swing Dance Club Hawai‘i

USADance – Honolulu Chapter
President: Glenn Okazaki
(808) 428-1704 or (808) 225-0915


The most popular place for dancing is the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, 2nd floor (aka The Palladium). This venue is very large (and I mean ‘large’) with a wooden floor and air-conditioned. In the evening it is often divided into two large ballrooms to accommodate two of the local dance clubs. There is dancing most weekends on Friday and Saturday for a very small charge.
On a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there is recreational ballroom dancing from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. No membership required and free dancing except on holidays. The City and Council Parks and Recreation Dept sponsor this event.

Saturday evening practice session at the Sugino Dance Academy, 404 Ward Ave. 2nd floor. From 6:00 - 10 pm. The cost is $10 and includes refreshments and a mini class lesson.

The Waikiki Elk’s Lodge at 2933 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 has music for dancers on some Fridays and Sundays in the month. No cover charge, $3 parking. Full bar and food available for purchase, 2 drink minimum. Non-members can sign in as a guest of the band for admittance. Call Shari at (808) 979-5005 or (808) 395-8055 for which days and time.

 For more information on Ballroom and Latin dancing on Oahu check out the following:

Dance Fever Oahu –
Dance News of the Pacific –
Hawai‘i Star Ball –
Shari Berinobis (808) 979-5005
Geoffrey Fells (808) 371-8042 or Email:
Mary Beth Van Hoogstraten – (808) 734-7222 or Email:

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