Friday, September 30

Queen’s students dance with Honours


OUTSTANDING RESULTS: Bush (seated centre) with Tang (seated second right) together with exam candidates in a group photo.

TO THE FLOOR: Tang (left) leading a candidate during the exam.

KUCHING: Queen’s Ballroom Studio successfully held its 30th Ballroom Dancing examination recently with all 14 candidates passing the examinations.

The exam was conducted by visiting London examiner Jill Bush from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), London.

A press release issued yesterday highlighted that Queen’s was the first local dance studio to introduce internationally — recognised ISTD Medal and Professional dance exams in 1984.

The 14 candidates who sat for 17 Medal Tests – One Dance Test (8), Pre-Bronze Dance Test (5) and Latin (3 Bronze and 1 Silver) — all passed with 98 per cent, obtaining the Honours grade.

One outstanding candidate, Sim Kuang Wui obtained the honours grade in the Latin Silver Full Medal test.

Ballroom dancing is divided into two sections — modern ballroom and Latin-American dance.

The modern section consists of waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep and the Viennese waltz while the Latin American dances include cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba, jive and pasodoble.

ISTD also conducts Social Dance Tests in the Rock ‘n’ Roll, Disco and Line Dancing categories.

At the amateur level, dance examinations are normally taken at Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Star
levels according to a set syllabus.

Examiner Bush also gave useful tips on the finer points of the basic steps of ballroom dancing.

She was very impressed with the high standard of performance delivered during the exam particularly on the technical aspects of the dances which were very important.

Correct technique will enable the dancer to move without strain, ensure harmony with partner in motion and enhance dancing skills for the more advanced figures in higher level exams.

Bush congratulated Betty Tang, the principal of Queen’s Ballroom Studio, on her excellent coaching.

Those interested to pick up Ballroom dancing can contact Tang at 016-8628903.