Friday, July 30, 2010

Kuching International Dance Festival 2010

I feel honourned when invited as a speaker/presenter at the Kuching International Dance Festival from 22nd - 26th July 2010. Kudos to the organizers (SABATI and The Dance Academy) of this prestigious event for their splendid job. 15 dance companies from 8 countries participated in this festival namely from Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, various places in China including Macau and Hong Kong, Phillippines and Indonesia.


I felt like an artiste the minute i walked out of the airport. There were banners and cameras and welcome wishes from the organizers and an interview right at the airport! *surprised*

One of the main objectives of this event is to foster and nurture interests among the young generation in cultural and arts. The event will also raise the standard and profile of the performing arts by the participation of the very best dancers from around the world.




welcome dinner




cute little dancers from Taiwan



I was given the freedom to present on any topic i feel fit for the occasion and decided on Anatomy, Prevention Of Injury (dancers) and SenamSeni 1Malaysia. The response on my workshops was overwhelming. alhamdulilahh....



Ms Elaine and Ms Nor during an interview at the hotel. (they have been chasing me around for an interview)



The dancers from Phillippines. The Filipinas were superb dancers and i was mesmerized by their performances. The two groups from the Phillippines are Douglas Nierras Powerdance Company and Shirley Halili-Cruz Dance Company. I personally love their performances and their superb muscle strength. The display of skills from these two dance company really captivates me. A big applause to the Filipinas!



view from my hotel room at the 10th floor, Four Points Sheraton




A workshop on how to handle the korean drum from Ms Becky Lau


Ms Becky Lau




one of the girls from Macau



2nd nite dinner show - dancers from Singkiang



My liaison officer - the pretty and sweet Ms Sim Kah Yiing. without her i'm lost.





met one of my Sarawak students, Helmi from Ministry of Social Development and Urbanization, Sarawak who performed ethnic Sarawak dances representing Malaysia. Good job Helmi




a dancer from Tibet with detailed costume


The dancers from the Department of Cultural & Arts, Sarawak who helped me with my 3rd day presentation. I presented Senam Seni 1 Malaysia as my topic. The response was encouraging.


Thank you guys for your help :)



* I would like to thank Ms January Chan for inviting me to the festival. It was somewhat different from what i am used to and very educational. The most important thing is that i enjoyed myself and would love to be a part of it again in future.





note: SABATI - Sarawak Badan Amal Tenaga Isteri isteri. A charitable organization of wives of the State Miniters.

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