The Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association is organizing the KLDA Gala Ball 2009 to help raise funds for its "Dancesport Scholarship Project". This event will be held at the Superstar Hall of the KLDA at Level 2, Wisma OCM in Jalan Hang Jebat on August 8 (Saturday), starting at 7.00 pm. A sumptious buffet dinner will be served and there will be general dancing till 12.00 midnight as well as dance performances by members of the KLDA. Door gifts will also be given away at the entrance. You can expect a really smashing time at this social. Get ready to Lindy Hop to Hip Hop till you drop! For enquiries, and tickets which are available at RM80 each, please contact C C at 012-2029991 or Cecilia at 012-3061051.
The Dancesport Scholarship Project was initiated by the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) to provide assistance to young and talented dancers who are members of the KLDA by way of subsidizing their dance lesson fees. The KLDA is committed to promoting dancing in Malaysia and hopes that with this scholarship project, many youngsters will be encouraged to take up dancing and join the KLDA. Over the years, many of Malaysia's dance champions and promising dancers have become members of the KLDA and practised regularly at its premises. Many renowned dance teachers from overseas including Blackpool Grand Finalists have also taught and performed at the KLDA.
Recently, I spoke to Steven Ong, a life member of the KLDA and a dance veteran of more than 50 years who related to me the history of the KLDA. Steven is a very active social dancer and is a hit with the ladies on the dance floor wherever he goes dancing. According to him, the KLDA was formed in 1982 and had its initial headquarters at the Eastern Hotel & Nite Club in Jalan Ampang (where Capital Square is now). Over the years, the KLDA has shifted several times: to Jalan Galloway, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Sungai Besi and Cheras Utama before relocating to its present premises at Wisma OCM in early 2008. The patron of the KLDA is Datuk Cheong Siew Kai and the incumbent president is C C Lai.