PROFESSIONAL TEN DANCE REPRESENTATIVE
The selection competition for the 2001 World Professional Dance
Sport Championship Ten Dance Division concluded on the 23rd
September. The two couples that will be representing Hong Kong will
be Kenny Leung & Winnie Cheung and Fung Kuen Kei &
Chan Lan Heung
(See results page for full results).
This year the World Professional Dance Sport Championship Ten
Dance Division will be held in Hong Kong. The Championship will
take place in Queen Elizabeth Stadium on the 3rd-4th November. Winnie
Cheung has posted a thank you letter to their teachers and supporters
in our forum. Those who are interested can visit our Dancers'
Corner to view it.
The 2001 Blackpool Dance Festival has been successfully
concluded. Here is a brief recap of the results for some of the
outstanding Hong Kong couples:
For results of the other Hong Kong couples please refer to our Blackpool
Yin Wei Dong & Angel Long Wei Min and Li Ming &
Yu Ming Fang decided to represent Hong Kong this year, qualified
in the third round of both the Professional Rising Star Latin
(last 98 couples) and Professional Latin category (last 104 couples).
- Hong Kong's
own Rolex Lo & Linda Luk managed to qualify in the
second round of both Professional Latin and Professional Rising
Star Latin category.
& Irene Young came within the last 154 couples out of
302 couples in the Amateur Latin category.
the sunday of the Blackpool Dance Festival, 27th May, there
were two big competitions held nearby - the Star Championships
presented by Stopford & McColl at the Blackpool Tower
and the 26th Annual West European Dance Festival in Fleetwood. A
number of competitors from Hong Kong participated in the Fleetwod
competition. Rolex Lo and Linda Luk obtained remarkable results
and came fifth in the Professional Rising Star Category. Alan
and Irene Young also made the quarter final (last 24 couple)
in the IDSF Latin open (More detail results could be found in our
results page). Vincent
Li and Kong Siu Ping made the second round in the Senior Five
Dance Modern Category.
Dicky Chan, who has just announced his split-up with his current
dance partner at a party on 5 May, has found a new partner! She
is the Hong Kong Ballroom Dancing Council Modern Pre-Amateur
Champion, Ms. Ruthana Chan. Dicky and Ruthana will shortly
participate in competitions. At the same time, Ruthana also announced
her turning professional and wish to take this opportunity to thank
her former teachers, Alan Li & May Lee, and Peter
& Angela Lau.
9th "Come Dancing Cup" Hong Kong Open Dancesport Championship
& Jukka Haapalainen & Sirpa Suutari Performing Dance Party,
organised by Come Dancing Studio Academy held at the Crystal
Ballroom of Holiday Inn, Golden Mile was successfully concluded
on 30 April 2001. In accordance with normal tradition, the first
three places for the amateur events were awarded with trophies and
the fourth to sixth places were awarded with medals. In addition,
all finalists for amateur events were also rewarded with prize money:
The winning couple was awarded with HK$2,000, runner-up HK$1,500,
second runner-up HK$1,000, forth place HK$500, fifth place HK$300
and sixth place HK$200! George Yip & Rainbow Hung came
firstin the Amateur Modern category and Alan & Irene Young
became the champion of the Amateur Latin category. For detail results
of the competition, please visit our results
Competitors include representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand,
China, Macau and Hong Kong, and adjudicators include top coaches
from Finland, England, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China
and Hong Kong.
The composition of the adjudicators and competitors would have been
even more exhilarating if a renowned Blackpool adjudicator, who
had originally agreed to attend the event with a number of world
class standard and latin competitors, was not unable to come at
the last minute for certain reasons.
A special feature of the evening was the "twist competition". There
were altogether nine couples competing for the title and HK$5,000
worth of prize sponsored by Squina.
After the competition events, sponsors Mr. Lau and Ms. Wong first
took the floor and performed a foxtrot and tango. It was then followed
by an extraordinary combined dance of Argentio Tango and Rumba by
host Lawrence Chan and his student, Jennifer.
The highlight of the evening of course is the performance by Jukka
& Sirpa. It was a particular special evening for Jukka and Sirpa
because 30 April also happened to be Sirpa's birthday! The host
and hostess, Lawrence and Gertrude especially conspired with Jukka
to prepare a special birthday surprise for Sirpa. It was a very
touching scene indeed.
INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Here's a brief overview of what happened on the "Super"
International Ballroom Dancing Championships. In the Hong Kong
Closed Professional Latin category due to the absence of the long
reigning Hong Kong "Super" International Ballroom Dancing
champions, Alan Li & May Lee, the champion title is up
for grabs. Rolex Lo & Linda Luk emerged as the new champion
by winning three of the five dances with Eric Lai & Chizuko
Tanaka came second by coming first in Rumba and Jive. Third
place was taken by Daivd Sin & Katherine Chak. The category
continued to be dominated by Jimmy Chan & Betty Wan continued
to retain their Closed Professional Modern championship title.
The runner-up is Jimmy & Carol Yek followed by Dicky Chan
& Christine Tam.
On the following day, Rolex Lo & Linda Luk was the only
Hong Kong couple who was selected into the finals of the Open Professional
Latin section. They finished seventh out of the eight finalists.
(1st: Ryupin Sergey & Khvorova Elena from Russia, 2nd:
Mark Lunn & Louise Lidbury from England) Jimmy Chan
& Betty Wan also represented Hong Kong and came eighth in
the Professional Open Ballroom final. (The championship title goes
to Luca and Lorraine Baricchi)
Ken Tsui & May Hau carried on dominating the local Amateur
Latin scene and was the only Hong Kong couple who managed to get
into the final. They came fourth winning over couples from Taiwan
and Slovenia. The top three places of the Amateur Latin goes to
SĒren Hougaard - Mette Georgio from Denmark, Scott Montague/
Elisabeth Haraldsdottir from England and Michael Olesen/
Katherine Bonde from Denmark. Michael & Katherine also came
first in the Amateur Modern Section.
has been a very busy month for Hong Kong competitors. Firstly there
was the JDC Official "The 6th BDF.J Cup 2001 Japan Open
Dance Championships" which Dicky Chan & Christine
Tam (Professional Standard), David Sin & Katherine Chak
(Professional Latin) and Patrick Lu & Monita Lai (Amateur
Standard 4 dance) attended. Patrick & Monita did especially
well and came 19th out of more than 80 couples.
the following week many Hong Kong couples went to Taoyuan in Taiwan
to participate in the 9th Chin-Shi Cup. Jimmy
Wong & Sandy Tsui became the Professional Rising Star Latin
Champion, Jimmy Yek & Carol Yek took third place in the
Professional Rising Star Standard section. Alan & Irene Young,
Ken Tsui & May Hau came second and third respectively
in Amateur Latin. James Ma & Elaine Chan took the Amateur
Standard title and Tom Tong & Cherry Wan came fourth
in the same event.
On the 17th
and 18th, Tokyo hosted the IDSF International Open Championship.
Alan & Irene Young came 17th out of 76 couples in the
Latin Section and Steven So & Connie Cheng came 60th
out of 117 couples in the Standard Section. More detail results
could be found in our results
page. Photos are availble in our photo
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