Monday, January 4, 2010

Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association Hosts Year-End Open House

Some 200 people attended the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) Year-End Open House held at its premises in Wisma OCM along Jalan Hang Jebat on December 27. Among those present were Datuk Sieh Kok Chi - Honorary Secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Datuk Cheong Siew Kai - Patron of the KLDA, Datuk Dr Lim Teong Wah - President of the Royal Selangor Club and Teh Keng Hong - President of the Kuantan Dancing Association. C C Lai, the President of the KLDA and ever-gracious host, was at the door to welcome the guests and chat with them. Everyone present had a wonderful time enjoying the company of friends, dancing and watching the performances.

Members of the KLDA entertained the audience with Ballroom, Latin American, Salsa, Hip Hop, Zouk and Argentine Tango performances. Among the performers was Cecilia Yong (pic), the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Malaysia 2008. Dancing a Samba with Alfred Choo, the couple moved effortlessly around the dance floor to wild applause from the audience. South Korean dance instructor Dean Craig Kim who coaches at the KLDA, and his wife Justin mesmerized the crowd with their slick and sultry Argentine Tango routine. Their performance was so electrifying that one of Justin's high kicks accidentally hit a lamp shade overhanging the dance floor! Fortunately, no one was hurt or anything broken.

In spite of the economic slowdown, the year 2009 had surprisingly been a good one for the KLDA. There was a marked increase in the youth membership with many of the youth coming regularly to the KLDA to practise and take dance lessons. More dance classes are being offered at the KLDA now and a few well-known teachers from overseas had also been invited to conduct classes and workshops there. Social events like the potlucks and performances held on the last Sunday of every month attracted big crowds. There was also the spectacular KLDA Gala Ball 2009 where the members put up a dazzling and very entertaining show. The KLDA has in plan, many interesting and exciting events for year 2010.

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