KONG BALLROOM DANCING COUNCIL LIMITED RANKING LIST
The 2000 Hong Kong Ranking Ballroom Dancing Council Limited Ranking
List is finalised. In the Professional Latin section, Alan
Li & May Lee, as anticipated by fellow dancers, retained their
number one title, followed by David Sin & Katherine Chak
in the second place, and Chack Cheng & Joe Lo in the third.
In the Professional Modern section, Jimmy Chan & Betty Wan
also maintained their leading position in the first place, followed
by Antonio Lai & Esther Chan in the second place, and Piney
Shum & Jessica Hom in the third. For further details, please
visit our results page.
KONG AMATEUR DANCESPORT FEDERATION RANKING LIST 2000
The Hong Kong Amateur DanceSport Federation ranking for the year
of 2000 is also closed. Ken Tsui & May Hau, the favourites
of the amateur Latin section, came first. The corresponding champions
in the amateur Modern section are Patrick Lu & Monita Lai.
Both couples accepted their awards as the 2000 champions on 26 November
2000 at the International Ballroom Dancing Championships for
HK 2000, and were rewarded with free air-tickets to attend the
Penang International Dance Sport Championships 2000 (Pesta Pulau
Pinang 7th Open) held in Penang, Malaysia on 3 December 2000.
Both had achieved fabulous results. Ken & May were the second runner-up
in the Latin section and Patrick & Monita came fourth. (Click on
the photos for a larger picture.)
SOUTH EAST ASIA COMPETITIONS HELD ON 3 DECEMBER 2000
3 December 2000 was certainly a popular day for dance competitions!
Apart from the Penang International Dance Sport Championships
2000, the 4th Korea International Dance Sport Championships
2000 and the Benny Tolmeyer Cup were also held on the
same day in Korea and Taiwan respectively, and quite a few Hong
Kong competitors went. Mr. Walter Wat
led a team of elite dancers to participate in the 4th Korea International
Dance Sport Championships 2000, among which David Sin & Katherine
Chak came 3rd in the Professional Latin section, and Jimmy
& Carol Yek and Dicky Chan & Christine Tam came 6th and
7th in the Professional Modern section respectively. At the Benny
Tolmeyer Cup in Taiwan, Andy Yau & Cat Ng came 4th and
Ringo Chan & Elaine Chu came 5th in the amateur Latin section.
(Click on the photos for a larger picture.)
KONG OPEN INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
A big dancing event, the H.K. Open International DanceSport Championship,
organized by the International Chamber of Ballroom Dancing,
will be held at the Queen's Elizabeth Stadium on 30 September 2000.
The unusual large prize money for the finalists in the professional
event has attracted many world class couples to participate. In
fact, it is confirmed that there are more than 70 entries from at
least 12 countries (including England, Germany, USA, Australia etc)
competing in different events. This is surely some big event in
the Hong Kong dance calendar! Furthermore, an additional interesting
element to this championship is that there will be a "Junior" category
event - where couples can not be older than 16 years of age. It
is known that the youngest couple in this event is aged on 8 and
9! Tickets are available from M.A.I. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at 2114 9030 for details.
The english version of the interview
with Nick Fok - Dancing Career section is now available.
WITH TOP DANCE INSTRUCTORS
A Hong Kong reporter 'Sum Yee' has recently conducted a detailed
interview with top dance teachers Nick Fok and Alan Li.
The interview will be divided in to sections, each part will be
published on our website 'article'
section periodically. The Chinese
version of the first section of Nick Fok's interview
is now available. The English translation will be available shortly.
Official Site for International Dance Shoes (Hong Kong) has
just been launched at www.idshk.com.
Check out this year's latest dance shoes at the site. Also the site
lists ALL the official International Dance Shoes retailers,
so you will be getting the real deal at these places!
The "monthly" articles written by Nick Fok is now
available for viewing at his website - www.mai.com.hk/dance/foxstudio.
It contains insights which might prove very valuable to all levels
4th Hong Kong DanceSport Championship, marking one of the
events of the 2000 Hong Kong Sports Festival, was concluded
on 7 May 2000. Organised by The Hong Kong DanceSport Association
and supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department,
this event has attracted many competitors, sponsors and spectators!
The competition was fierce but all the competitors were remarkable
sportsmen. The gold medals were won by Lai Kim Ching and
Flora Lam in the Latin section and Xie Can Guang and
Liu Yi Qing from China in the Modern section. To celebrate
the success of the event, all competitors were invited to exchange
partners and enjoyed a minute of Cha-Cha after prize-giving. The
event was then concluded by the fabulous performance of Kazuaki
Watanabe & Yumi Watanabe and Yukinori Sugano &
Naoko Tokiwa from Japan. To view results, please click
here. Photos are also available in our photo
GOING TO THE US
Having dropped many tears, one of the greatest dancers in Hong Kong,
Helena Ho has finally left Hong Kong on 8 April 2000 to begin
her new life in the United States of America. On behalf of M.A.I.
Enterprise Ltd., we wish her a lot of happiness and hope that she
will come back and visit us often. Those who would like to find
out the current being of Helena, please visit www.helena.com.hk
every now and then. Helena has promised to send us her latest news
regularly which we will put on her website.
2000 IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN
The Hong Kong
team returned to Hong Kong from the Singapore 2000 IDSF International
Open on the 2nd April 2000. According to the members of the
team, it was a truly world-class event, with competitors representing
more than 20 countries. There were 41 entries for the Latin section
and 30 entries for the Standard section. In spite of very strong
opponents, Lai Kim Ching & Flora Lam from the Hong Kong
Team and Bill Chan Kin Piu & Pat Mak Siu Fan (while a
HKDSA member but had to register their entry by themselves and wasn't
included in the HKDSA team), made the quarter-finals in the Latin
section. In the Standard section, both Stephen So & Connie
Cheng and Billy Shuen & Canary Cheng also made the
quarter-finals. Well done, Hong Kong couples, keep it up! Full
Results are now available.
NEWS IN LOCAL PAPERS
In addition to the Hong Kong Daily news which contains
a weekly section on dancing every Sunday, the Wen Wei Po
will also be publishing dance news every Saturday.
OUT OF SEMIFINALS
Although Jimmy Chan & Betty Wan (the winners of the
HK Championships 2000 - Professional Ballroom on the 25 March 2000)
were selected into the semifinals for the Open Professional Modern
Championship in the "Super" Hong Kong International
Ballroom Dancing Championships of Hong Kong 2000, it was unfortunate
for Hong Kong that for unknown reasons they were unable to compete
in the semifinals. Another couple from Hong Kong took their place
instead in the semifinals. The results for the"Super"
International Ballroom Dancing Championships of Hong Kong 2000
are now available.
& I.D.T.A. EXAMINATIONS
Dancers who want to take their dancing examinations can now contact
The Hong Kong Dance Institute
since they will be holding examinations from 16 April - 26 April
and from 10 May - 12 May.
GIVING LECTURE TO ELITES
1977 - 1981 World Latin Champion Alan Fletcher has been
invited by Throusthur Johannsson
to give a lecture on dance techniques to the dancers in Hong
Kong DanceSport Association's "Intensive training course for
Elite dancers" on Sunday 12 March 2000
QUEEN" IN HONG KONG
Salsa lovers are in for a treat! There is going to be a "Welcome
Salsa Dinner and Dance" on 9 March 2000, to be held at
the Foreign Correspondence Club. Famous Salsa dancer, Josie Neglia's
& L.A. Salseros from the USA have been invited to demonstrate
their show in this event. If you are interested, please contact
Salsa Chino at telephone number 2147 3203. If you like the
show, Salsa instructional videos taught by Josie are available for
sale. For further details, please contact email@example.com
or download the third issue of "Spoiled For Choice"
HKDSA TRAINING COURSE FINAL DETAILS
The Hong Kong DanceSport Association has finally annouced
the details of their "Intensive training course for Elite
dancers". The purpose of this course is to improve the
fitness and dancing technique of Hong Kong competitors so that they
can be at their best when dancing in competitions. The course is
open to amateur couples who are dancing Pre-Amateur and upwards.
There will be an inteview, fitness exam and technical examination
on the 27 February 2000 at Dansinn
Dance Studios. Competitors who are interested please contact
Hong Kong DanceSport Association since application in advance
is required. Listed below are some details for intensive training
2000 - 28th December 2000
7:00pm - 10:00pm
7:00pm - 10:00pm
10:00am - 1:00pm
2000 IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN ATTENDANCE LIST
The competitors that will be attending the Singapore
2000 IDSF International Open DanceSport Tournament
has been confirmed. This is one of the IDSF world ranking tournaments,
these competitors will be dancing against the top seeds:
Dmitriy Timokhin & Anna Bezikova from Russia (No. 4 IDSF
Latin), Arunas Bizokas & Edita Daniute from Lithuania (No.
3 Standard), Jussi Vaananen & Katja Koukkula from Finland
(No. 10 Latin), Serguei Belikov and Irina Lapteva from Russia
(No. 10 Standard) and Nikolay Kuznetsov & Petra Tomasovicova
from Slovakia (No. 23 Standard).
(The rankings listed are the current rankings in the IDSF World
Ranking list as of Februray 2000)
Au - President, HKDSA
Tam - Vice President HKDSA
So & Connie Cheng
Shuen & Canary Cheng
Lee & Angie Bup
Ching & Flora Lam
Mark Lunn & Louise Libury will be demonstarting in
a buffet party at Dance Culture on the 29th January 2000.
The Hong Kong Dance Sport Association will
be holding a training course for competitors soon. We will post
the details as soon as it is available.
LEAVING DANCE CULTURE
After the fabulous show by Nick
Fok & Helena
Ho on the 28th November at the Hong Kong Convention
and Exhibition Center, Nick is being flooded with an overwhelming
demand for demonstration shows and coaching. Faced with the unfortunate
consequence of a successful dancer - decisions in time, Nick has
decided to resign as director of the dancing school Dance Culture
and to concentrate on coaching and demonstrations.
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