Monday, March 28, 2011

Passion Of Buenos Aires

Experience Argentine tango when the Passion of Buenos Aires comes to Kuala Lumpur. The festival aims to let this beautiful dance of the heart foster goodwill, happiness and harmony among the participants. For many, dance has become a passion. It lifts the spirit, exercises the body and mind and allows one to enjoy the company of others in a genial way.

The festival will be held in the Annexe Gallery in Central Market. Supported by the Embassy of Argentina, the festival continues to attract more tango enthusiasts in its fourth year. The tango maestros attending the festival are Marcelo Gutierez and Johana Cessiecq, Pablo Nievas and Valerie Zunino, and Stefano Fava. The pace of the festival will be relaxed with emphasis on instruction and fun. 

Workshops will be conducted from April 22 to 24, from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm with two sessions daily. Every night there will be milongas (social tango dance parties) and Saturday night will be  'Tango Tradisi' the Gala Dinner and Dance, where the three pairs of instructors will delight the crowd with their performances. The milongas and 'Tango Tradisi', held at the ballroom of the Raintree Club are open to the public.  (The Star)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dine And Dance For Earth Hour

Whether dancing in the dark or having a nice dinner by solar-powered light, choose to reduce your energy consumption during Earth Hour on March 26. To mark the occasion, WWF Malaysia will be organizing a huge dance event called "Dance In The Dark" at Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya. Participants will take part in the 'flashmob' and dance to the Paul Simon song The Lion Sleeps Tonight at the Oasis Boulevard from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

WWF Malaysia communications unit manager Suan Tan said it had initiated the "Live Green: One Switch At A Time" pledge, which aims to promote sustainable living beyond just Earth Hour. "Those who purchase an Earth Hour T-shirt and sign our pledge will get a free glow-in-the-dark armband," she said, adding that all proceeds will go to WWF Malaysia's conservation work.

Meanwhile, those without dinner plans should head over to Ikea for some Swedish meatballs whilst dining by the light of its Sunnan solar-powered table lamp. All proceeds collected during Earth Hour will also be donated to WWF Malaysia's conservation and outreach efforts. The Ikea building facade and external lights will be turned off from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. (Sourced from The Star)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Flashmob Dance For Charity

Inspired by the Girl Effect movement spreading around the world, Malaysian teenager Aisyhy Vimal will perform flashmob dances in four venues in the Klang Valley to raise funds for the movement created by the Nike Foundation. Her first flashmob dance will take place on March 31 at 8.00 pm at Starbucks in Bangsar Village 2 in Kuala Lumpur, and one of the sponsors is Live & Inspire magazine, said Aisyhy, 14, a performing arts student at a dance academy. Also confirmed is a performance at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya on April 20. Two other shows are likely to take place at Pavilion KL and at Bangsar Village 2 again.

In a flash mob dance which is particularly popular in the United States, a group of strangers breaks into a dance spontaneously and when the music stops, the dance also stops and the crowd disperses. "I started thinking about doing something for the less-fortunate while doing my geography homework when I learnt that 80% of the world's population live in poverty," said Aisyhy, who credits her mother and elder sister for encouraging her. "Then I came across this organization called Girl Effect which encourages teenage girls to help the poverty-stricken in the developing world."

Girl Effect receives financial and intellectual contributions from NoVo Foundation and Nike Inc and its key partners include the United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls. "For 14-year-0lds like me, the hardest thing is passing our school exams but there are many unfortunate girls our age who are victims of child labour, child marriages, teen pregnancies and unwanted diseases," said Aisyhy who has also created a Facebook page which has generated a growing fan base. Her page can be viewed at (Sourced from The Malay Mail).

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