Dear Dance Community,
As of December 31, 2014, Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy (a 501-c3 non-profit organization) officially closed. The last event was the Wednesday, December 17th Holiday Dance Party & Annual Keiki Toy Drive for the Homeless Resource Centers of Maui.
A Personal Note From Rita:
Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy has had the privilege and honor to serve the Maui community at large through professionally-instructed group ballroom and latin dance classes for 15 years and has been extremely blessed to financially contribute to and participate with various other Maui non-profits through our annual charitable donations. Most memorably, in February 2007, Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy broke the Guinness World Record for the largest ballroom dance class in the world!
I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time, talent and resources - both big and small - over the years in support of my dance vision for Maui. I am so proud that my dance dream became realized through the Academy and it was more than I could have ever imagined! A special "Mahalo" to Academy students Keoki Sousa (15 years of service), Julie Katz, Dean Feldman, Terry Hans, Daniel Kruse, Marty-Jean Bender, Charles Dougherty, Juan & Cindy Dawson, Jenifer and Dennis Goss, Karina Scarborough, Davidand Nancy Fairclough and the Academy's co-founder, Brian O'Connor, and others, too numerous to mention.*
"Mahalo" Mayor Alan Arakawa and the County of Maui Park & Recreation Department for supporting our community-based programs. A special thank you to the South Maui Kihei Parks & Recreation staff's support throughout the years!
With Deepest Gratitude,
Rita O'Connor, N.D.C.A. professional license #5546
Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy
* Additional notes of gratitude to: Fran Oshiro, Bob Straub, Mike Mathias, Mary Kielty, Jeff & Lydia Cruz, Jason McGuire, Alexandra Schaub, Celine & Ed Janisewski, Donnalee Singer, Kachina Palencia, Larry Zolezzi, Art Sumabat & the late Flossie Sumabat, Les Grimes, Lynann Nicely, Mike & Nancy Mateja, Barbara Flowers, Jeanne Doerr, Sandy Ward, Jim Dupree, Stephanie Chasagrande, Terri Williams, Ron Rinaldi, Ron Baybayan, Charlie & Cheri Ridings, Dale & Jackie Webster, the late Julie Claire Holmes. My apologies to anyone's whose name I might have missed.