Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Imperial Ballroom Dancing School of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will be organizing the 8th Sabah Open Dancesport Championship 2008. Details are as follows:-
Date: December 6 2008, Saturday
Venue: 1 Borneo Hypermall Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu
Events: Ballroom Standard - Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz;
Ballroom Latin - Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble
Participation: Open to competitors from the Asia Pacific countries only
For information and enquiries please contact Anthony Keung, the principal of Imperial Ballroom Dancing School at telephone numbers 6088-253090, 6019-8213322, fax 6088-238785 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabah is one of the 13 states and 3 federal territories which make up Malaysia. Known as the "Land Below The Wind", Sabah lies on the northern part of the island of Borneo. Sabah has lush tropical rainforests, beautiful islands & beaches and an idyllic lifestyle. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu which is the gateway to eco-tourism adventures like mountain climbing, caving, river cruising, white-water rafting and diving. Mount Kinabalu at 4095 meters is reputedly the highest mountain in South East Asia. Its main attraction is the Kinabalu Park with its rich diversity of flora, fauna and an amazing array of birds.
Other famous tourist attractions in Sabah include Sipadan Island which lies off the town of Semporna in the East. Sipadan which is famous for its teeming marine life has been named as one of the 5 most beautiful diving spots in the world by renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. In the town of Sandakan to the North is the well known Agnes Keith House. This former British colonial government quarters was once occupied by famous American author Agnes Newton Keith who wrote Land Below The Wind (1939), Three Came Home (1946) and White Man Returns (1951). Nearby Sandakan is the Sepilok orang utan sanctuary where orang utans are raised before they are released back into the wild. Tourists can also take a river cruise along the Kinabatangan River to witness the proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Best Wishes As Usual,
Monday, October 27, 2008
Over in Japan, scientists at Tokhuro University had in 2005 developed a Partner Ballroom Dancing Robot (PBDR) which was able to predict the steps of a human dance partner based on body movements and react accordingly on its three wheels. The robot had sensors to anticipate the moves of its dance partner and a complex wheel system that enabled it to move freely in any direction. The 1.65 meter tall robot (or "fembot") had a female face and a female body. It wore a ballroom gown and came in bright pink plastic. Although it could match the movements of a human partner's upper body it could not perform dance steps.
Japanese scientists had in 2007 also taught a human-sized robot named "Promet" to imitate the steps of a dancer. It was hoped that the robot could be used to record the movements of traditional dances that may be lost as their performers die off. To demonstrate what the robot could do, the scientists programmed the 1.5 meter tall "dancebot" to mimic the graceful sways and whirls of the Aizu Bandaisan, a Japanese folk dance. Although its interpretation of the upper body movements of the Aizu Bandaisan was impressive, the robot had difficulty with complicated leg movements.
It would not be in the realm of science fiction anymore that sometime in the not too distant future, scientists will be able to develop human looking robots or androids as dance partners and which can do your housekeeping as well. You may even be able to order a dancing robot to match your height, size, temperament, etc. Imagine bringing your own dancing robot to your dance school or social events. You can programme your dance routines into the robot and dance like champions. The best part of it is you can chide the robot and it will never talk back. That would be a blast!
Best Wishes As Usual,
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Level 3, Block A-1-5
Menara Uncang Emas (UE3)
85 Jalan Loke Yew
55200 Kuala Lumpur
Best Wishes As Usual,
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Bronze - Waltz, Quickstep, Rhythm
Silver - Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Rhythm
Gold - Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot
Gold Star & above - Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Bronze - Cha Cha Cha , Rumba
Silver - Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
Gold - Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba
Gold Star & above - Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Stalking Walks - Stalking walks are a delight to dance and to behold. Standing on one leg, the dancer places the other foot in front and slightly across and points the toes at the floor. Like an animal stalking its prey, the dancer takes alternate stalking steps and dances a few of these walks before continuing with a fast-paced figure. Sometimes when dancing this figure I imagine I am a lion stalking its prey and ending with the chase. Must have been watching too much of "National Geographic!"
Friday, October 3, 2008
The American pair of Jonathan Wilkins and Katusha Demidova went their separate ways last year. Wilkins is now partnering Hazel Newberry and both are dancing for England. Hazel Newberry was Christopher Hawkin's previous partner and they were the World Professional Standard Dance Champions from 2002 to 2004. They were a fantastic couple and famous for their quickstep. As for Demidova, she is is presently dancing with Arunas Bizokas for the USA.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Ad Deum with its base in Houston, Texas, USA was founded in 2000 and is a professional contemporary/modern based dance company. The company consists of dance artists who have found a new home in Houston from all across the United States and other countries of the world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is what attracts dancers to this dance company. Ad Deum have toured North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and have received rave reviews of their performances worldwide.
As an incentive, ACTS is giving freebies for its students who register for the workshop in the form of free classes for two weeks and free tickets to watch the Ad Deum dancers. For more information please contact Angeline (012-6579924) Jo (016-3117335) or Ms Liew (016-2024250).