|Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort|
The event was held at the newly renovated Kona Sheraton Hotel at Keahou Bay on the Big Island. Having just competed at the Hawaii Star Ball last month, we had not planned on entering the Aloha Ball. But, at the last minute, some of us from USA Dance, Team Hawaii (Glenn & Anne, Miguel & Rieko, Edwin and Charlotte, Mike & Lorrie, and Calvin & Debra), decided to enter - especially after Ron Montez told us that he would waive the late entry fees for us Hawaii competitors. It was a one-day competition, held on Saturday, with workshops held on Sunday. The other competitors from Hawaii included students from Divino Ritmo.
|Thank You Keith !!|
|The Judging Panel|
With the Aloha Ball being a one-day competition with lots of entries, the organizers tried to make up the lost time by cutting the heat times from 90 seconds to 60 seconds. Cutting 30 seconds off of each heat did not make up the two hours over the course of the day, but it helped. They then decided not to have a dinner break, as previously scheduled. With the dinner break omitted, they were almost back to schedule for the evening rounds.
We danced the Ten International dances in both Open Amateur and Senior divisions, dancing two rounds of Latin first. As soon as we were done with the Latin rounds, we had to run to our room and change into our Standard costumes. While we were changing, we got a call from Mike saying we were "on-deck" !!. We barely got our buttons and clasps fastened and ran back down to the ballroom. Calvin had beads of perspiration on his forehead. But, we made it. we got into the ballroom and a few moments later, we were on the dance floor for our Standard heats.
|Calvin & Debra with George & Vickie Dao, and good 'ol Bob Bosley :-)|
|Photo op with Donnie Burns|
|The competition hair.|
|USA Dance Team Hawaii members|
Calvin & Debra
p.s, Check out this video. Pros having fun doing cha-cha. You'll like it.