Monday, March 1, 2010

For The Love Of Dance

If you are taking dance lessons, how far would you be willing to travel from your home to your dance studio for your weekly classes? I remembered when I was taking regular dance lessons in Kuala Lumpur many, many years ago I knew of several dance aficionados from the other states travelling to the capital city to pursue their love of dance. In my class I became acquainted with some students from Klang, Selangor which is about 40 km from Kuala Lumpur. I also got to know a few students from Seremban, Negri Sembilan and Melaka City, Melaka situated 64km and 144 km respectively from Kuala Lumpur who would drive up to Kuala Lumpur for their weekly lessons. The journeys would take them approximately 1 hour and 2 hours respectively.

Then there was this retired doctor from Ipoh, Perak who would come down to Kuala Lumpur every week almost without fail to attend classes. He would hire a taxi for the 205 km journey to KL and would take 3 different group classes at one stretch from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm while the taxi driver waited for him outside the studio. After finishing his lessons he would then take the almost 3 hour journey back home to Ipoh. For his age he was sprightly and I could see that he really enjoyed dancing. He told me that he looked forward to coming down to KL to dance every week. It was like a weekly 'fix' for him! As a doctor he certainly must have known the health benefits of dancing!

The one who really takes the cake for the love of dance must be this young couple from Alor Setar in Kedah, a town located 462 km north of Kuala Lumpur. This couple would take the bus from Alor Setar every week for the more than 6 hour trek to KL. Arriving at the Puduraya Bus Station in KL at about 7.00 pm they would hop on a cab to get them to one dance studio in Cheras to take their Latin American dance lesson. After the lesson was over they would proceed to another studio in Pudu to learn ballroom. When the class was over, they would rush to Puduraya Bus Station to take the bus for the long haul back home, arriving in Alor Setar at about 5.00 am the next morning!

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