Monday, January 18, 2010

Jubilations At World Dance Academy 10th Anniversary Celebrations

World Dance Academy (WDA) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala dinner and dance at the Royal Selangor Club at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on January 10 2010. More than 200 guests turned up to congratulate the co-principals John Lim and his wife Joanne Leong on the auspicious occasion. At the same time they also took the opportunity to wish John, whose birthday incidentally falls on January 10, a "Happy 66th Birthday". The evening began with a welcoming speech by John and the presentation of certificates to the students of WDA who had taken the medal tests conducted by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) as well as the teacher examinations conducted by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).

As dinner was being served, the students of WDA took their turns to entertain the guests with their Ballroom, Latin American and Argentine Tango dances. Among the performers were Johnston Lim & Nicole Tan, the current Malaysia Ten Dance Champions who enthralled the audience with their Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba routines. Siblings Kenneth & Coco Tan who performed a Quickstep were a delight to watch. With their elegant poise and fluid movements, I believe they can go far. The show ended with guest performances by 2 couples from the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association: Vernon Choo & Cheah Yen Thing who showcased an energetic Jive, and Alfred Choo & Cecilia Yong who sizzled the floor with their Salsa. Alfred and Cecilia who paired up only recently are certainly one couple to watch!

World Dance Academy which is located at 25-2 Jalan SS23/11, Taman SEA, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor was established in 2000 by John Lim and Joanne Leong. Both were avid ballroom dance competitors and who are now actively involved in the promotion of dancesport as teachers, organizers of dance competitions & events and also as adjudicators. The annual Crystal Dancesport Championship organized by WDA is one of the looked-forward to events in the Malaysia dance calendar. This year's 8th Crystal Dancesport Championship 2010 to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on August 29 promises to be bigger and better than the one held last year. To know more about WDA, contact John Lim at 012-2120326, email: or check out their website at

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