Some 300 persons turned up at the open house hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) on January 16 at its premises at Wisma OCM in Jalan Hang Jebat. At the door to welcome the guests were its president, C C Lai and the office bearers of the KLDA. In his welcome speech, Lai said that the KLDA which was formed nearly 30 years ago, is a non-profit organization and receives no government grants or subsidies. In spite of that, the KLDA is financially healthy and stable and still going strong.
Lai said that part of the income collected from entrance fees, subscription fees and hall rentals are channeled to the KLDA Youth Programme to nurture and help young deserving dancers. In this respect, he congratulated two couples from the Youth Programme who did extremely well in the recent 10th BDFI Malaysian Open Dancesport Championships 2011. They were Alfred Choo & Cecilia Yong (pic) who were champions in the Closed and Open Amateur Latin events and Billy Yong & Carmen Choo who came in third.
To encourage more dancers to patronize the KLDA, the KLDA has decided to issue monthly passes at RM60 each to non-members. With this monthly pass, visitors can dance at the KLDA six days a week from Sundays to Fridays. Those who do not wish to purchase the monthly pass can still opt to pay an entrance fee of RM10 per visit. After the speech was over, there were Ballroom and Latin dance performances by members of the KLDA and resident coach, Dean Craig Kim of South Korea. A jolly good time was had by all.