Monday, February 22, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This is the first time the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association is organizing a dancesport competition since its inception in 1982. The KLDA is sparing no efforts to ensure that this inaugural championship will be a success. Alan Liew, the organizing chairman, as well as the Vice President of the KLDA said in an interview - "The objective of this competition is to foster friendship, peace and harmony among dancers through dancesport, and promote unity in the ballroom dance community. I extend my invitations to and encourage all aspiring dancers to participate in this competition". For more information regarding this event, kindly contact Alan Liew at 017-2829321, email: email@example.com; Kelly Cheah at 016-2319998, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Chew Su Fen at 012-9116682, email: email@example.com.
The Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association was founded in 1982 by a group of dance enthusiasts 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 in Wisma OCM in 2008. The KLDA is situated directly behind the YWCA, adjacent to the Olympic Sports Hotel and is about 600 metres or a 10-minute stroll from the Hang Tuah LRT and monorail stations. It is also a stone's throw away from Petaling Street and Chinatown. The KLDA is open for dance practices from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm every Sundays and from 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm every Mondays to Fridays. It is closed on Saturdays and certain public holidays.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
A new reality TV dance show - Showdown 2010 will premiere over 8TV on March 31 2010 at 9.30 p.m. Auditions to select the Top 14 crews (consisting of between five to seven members each) for this street dance competition were held in Johor Baru, George Town, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Petaling Jaya last month. The Top 14 will have to challenge each other to gain a place in the Top 12 when the show begins next month. During each round of the competition, the bottom four crews, that is, those with the lowest votes will have to do a "dance off" to see which two of them will be eliminated. The Final Four crews will then battle it out in the "Final Showdown" on July 13 to determine who becomes the champion.
The host of Showdown 2010 will be Hafiz Hatim, a popular deejay with Fly FM. Hafiz will give viewers a peek at behind-the-scenes footage: from the rehearsals to the actual performances. Well-known rapper Joe Flizzow of Too Phat, and pole dance instructor Maple Loo are the permanent judges and will be joined by an invited judge during each round of the competition. The winner of the Final Showdown will be determined by a combination of the judges' scores and viewers' votes. A cash prize of RM50,000 will be awarded to the winning crew. I guess this show Showdown 2010 sort of makes up for the disappointment over the cancellation of So You Think You Can Dance Malaysia just after only two seasons.
Street dance is a generic term used to describe dance styles that have evolved outside of the dance studios and on to open spaces such as streets, parks, school courtyards, etc. They are often social in nature and involves improvisation with the other dancers and spectators. Generally, a street dance is based on a unique feel or style that is expressed through the dance, usually tied to a certain musical genre. The street dances include hip hop, breakdance, krumping, punking, reggae and house dance. Street dance competitions are getting increasingly popular and international events are held around the world each year. These competitions focus not only on judged battles but choreographed shows as well.