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President's Message

Shirley Ota

Greetings to everyone

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association has been in existence for 54 wonderful years. The founders were Eugene and Harriet Ichinose. Original name was Hawaii Dance Association and now it is called Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association.

Our mission is to provide a ballroom dance experience for the people of Hawaii that is fun, affordable and promote healthy minds and bodies. Vision: to be the premier ballroom dance organization in Hawaii providing the highest quality and affordable dance experience in a welcoming and fun environment. Values that are dedicated to ballroom dance are Aloha that guides our actions, Fun that keeps us young, Excellence is what we strive for and Affordable to all.

Through our mission, vision and values, we adopted our strategic planning from 2012-2017. These areas are organization, membership, program events, telemark and financial performance. We will continue to capitalize on it. We have come a long way. We know that we have a lot more to do and learn.

We are working on various areas of the strategic plan. Every quarter, we have 4 review nights so the students can get extra help besides the classroom instructions, both in American and International.

The membership area is very critical because we want to recruit new members but we also need to retain the members. We will need all of your help. With everyone working together, we can achieve our goal.

Ballroom dancing is a popular social activity for all ages. The body and mind can attain deep satisfaction from the music and movements of ballroom dancing. Our dance classes are perpetuated by way of our talented and awesome Telemark instructors. They give so much of their time and are so dedicated.

Some of the members are working very hard at their routines. Bless your hearts. Our performance will be on June 1, 2013 at the Palladium.

To all the Council and Chapter officers, your responsibility is to reach out and convey our moral support to all your members. You can make a difference in what you do. Communication is very important from the top and down to the members. Ask yourself, what can I do to improve HBDA? I know all of you are volunteers and you give 100% of yourselves to Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association.

If you need to ask any questions, please contact me or one of the council officers. See you at Aliamanu Middle School on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and at the Palladium on the 1st Saturdays and 3rd Fridays.

Aloha Nui Loa

Shirley Ota

About Us

Welcome to the Home Page for the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association ("HBDA")! Founded in 1959, with over 2000 members on three islands, HBDA is Hawaii's largest, oldest, and strongest non-profit ballroom dance organization.

Regular classes are held in the various chapters on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights year-round. You'll find some of the top American and International volunteer dance instructors in Hawaii teaching with HBDA -- generally located in roomy neighborhood public school auditoriums. Several exciting, elegant formal, and sometimes informal dance functions, are also held around the islands -- typically in first class hotel ballrooms.

See you on the dance floor!! Come prepared to have FUN!! (HBDA is a non-profit corporation formed for the sole purpose of promoting, encouraging, and developing public appreciation of ballroom dancing in Hawaii).


Membership with the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association has many benefits. You have the opportunity to take dance lessons from excellent instructors at nominal fees and there are many dances at which to practice and perfect what you have learned. There are also other special dance functions that you are sure to enjoy. For example, you may enjoy the opportunity to be part of a choreographed dance exhibition. Besides dancing, you may be inspired to become an instructor, a chapter or association officer, or help out in other volunteer positions. Whatever you decide, it is certain to be fun and rewarding.

Membership is $15 for the fiscal year. All memberships expire on March 31 regardless of when you join. Members who join in the last quarter (January - March) of the fiscal year pay $10.

If you have any questions, please call 808.753.8673.


The Palladium

"The Palladium" as the City and County of Honolulu's Ala Wai Recreation Center is affectionately called by the enthusiastic ballroom dancers who use it, is an open 11,000 square foot eucalyptus dance floor which was built in 1990.Map to the Palladium It is home to several State of Hawaii and National Ballroom Dance Competitions each year as well as to several other dance clubs. Much of the credit for the vision leading to construction of The Palladium for the people of Hawaii goes to the former Harriet Ichinose, and her husband Eugene (the Founder of HBDA). They were the principal driving force that spearheaded the idea for The Palladium through the myriad of governmental approvals required. A bronze plaque honoring their efforts is mounted to the left of the main entrance to the upper floor of The Palladium.

Updated 05/11/2013