It's been a while since we posted a blog. As many of you know, the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships were held in Baltimore, Maryland a few weekends ago. The Hawaii competitors this year included Glenn Okazaki and Anne Ho, Charlotte and Edwin Bugarin, Lorrie and Mike Chun and, yours truly, Debra and Calvin Ota.
|Edwin & Charlotte Bugarin, new Senior III National Amateur Latin Champs!|
As was posted on Geoffrey Fells' blog, and as spread through most of the local dance community, this year Hawaii had it's first ballroom Amateur National Champions. Charlotte and Edwin Bugarin took 1st Place in the Amateur Senior III International Latin Championships. So, they are now the reigning USA Dance National Champs in that category.
|Glenn Okazaki & Anne Ho|
|Mike & Lorrie Chun in the heat of competition.|
|Calvin & Debra Ota|
|Team Hawaii with National President Yang Chen and Carlos Chang|
|Thomas and Yuko Yu|
Missing this year's Nationals were Jackson Cho and June Choong, who have competed with us at many National Championships and Regional competitions. We missed having them with us. Ravi Narayan and Synthia Sumukti also qualified for the National Championships in the Senior I Bronze and Silver Standard and Senior II Bronze Standard categories. Unfortunately, they too were unable to make the Nationals at the last minute. Another couple who qualified at the Regionals is Miguel Hiraclio and Rieko Ota. Hopefully, they will all be with us next year at the National Championships.
If any of you would like to take a shot at competitive ballroom dancing, International or American, come see any of us. We have a great support team and would love to have you with us at the next competition.
Calvin & Debra
p.s. Click on the picture to see it enlarged