Watch it ! The Pirates of The Caribbean landed in KK on 29 Aug 2012. See all the smiling faces? They have seen their target ! Captain Hook came with sword and HOOK. Where is Captain Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard, the most feared pirate of all?? Missing Pirates are Loi, Diana, Janet , Amanda, Jeanie and Margaret Sinsua, Fung

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jungle Jive in Kuching ,23 June 2012

Five  KK linedancers were dressed in our themed costume, wives of Tarzan from The Land Below The Wind. 300 pax  attended this charity dinner and dance event.
Our homemade costume was  tailored by Voo . The material only cost us RM3 each. We enjoyed ourselves with the food ,dance and entertainment  - all towards a good charitable deed to bulid a home for the needy in Sarawak, nuder Habitat for Humanity.The amount raised was RM16k. Philip Sobreilo was our MC as well as chief dance entertainer. The Karar line dances put up 2 beautiful dances, "a tribute to Michael Jackson" and "a tribute to Whitney Housten". Well done and Thank You for a job well done.
The guest instructor , Alison Johnston from Perth came with her team of linedancers who were seated beside our table.They were on a roadshow from Penang, Kuching and KL. Alison taught 4 dances. My 2 favourite dances are:- You're My World and You Needed Me.

From the jamming dances, 2 of the best and most enjoyable were Caribbean Pearl & Chill Factor. We have the music....
We stayed in 360 Hotel in Hock Lee Centre, a shopping mall. As soon as we checked in, we shopped and continued again the next morning until pick up time to airport. Recommended hotel for ladies who love shopping. We all bought some....

Loi, Beeda and Philip Sobreilo
The stage decor included a waterfall! Its to the right of the photo

These 2 Burmese ladies, Loretta and Irene are from Perth - Alison Johnston is their dance intsructor.

Yu Puay of Karar Line Dance  and Us.

Alison transformed into a black cat/panther as the night photos !! She wore black pointy cat ears, black dress and a beautiful long black tail.
Originally from Scotland and now living in Australia, Alison Johnstone is an international judge, choreographer, instructor and coach and is the founder of Nuline Dance.

Often hosting cruises and workshops across the globe, choreographing hit dances like Cha Cha Romo, Dedication to My Ex and Edelweiss, Alison is very busy and always aims to keep the fun on the dance floor.

With over 25 years’ experience and having worked with many organisations including Select Events in the UK, Alison has  amazing energy and is known for her clean moves and natural teaching skills. No class or workshop is dull with Alison on the head mike. She was awarded “Australian Linedancer and Personality of the Year” in 2011. 

23RD JUNE 2012

After half a year of planning and preparation, the Jungle Jive Hoe Down organized by Karar Line Dancing in Kuching is now over. A total of 309 people attended the event which was held at Stampark Recreational Hall on Saturday, 23rd June 2012. Out of that number, 88 flew in from Singapore, 13 from Perth and 5 from Kota Kinabalu.

Attendees to the sit-down 8-course Chinese dinner and dance party were greeted on arrival by a sign that said: “WARNING! Wild Dancers Inside!” As they walked along the corridor and were greeted by the ushers, they passed through a little garden that had been created by the decoration team headed by Sobrielo Philip Gene and Eric Yap. The team had spent the whole of Friday and Saturday morning transforming the badminton hall into a mini jungle. Green, yellow and blue ribbons were strung right across the hall, palm leaves decked the walls, and there was even a little waterfall created on the stage by this creative team and their helpers! Tables were given animal names which were written on small logs (yup, real logs – thanks to Eric’s carpenter friend!) placed on big yam leaves on the table.

A dance list of 70 dances was played that evening, starting at 5.45pm and continuing until 11.30pm! Alison Johnstone – choreographer and instructor from Perth, Australia – taught four dances spaced out during the evening.

1.    Bengawan Solo – a 32-count Beginner dance to the song “Bengawan Solo” by Tantowi Yaha. No tags, no restarts. Went down well with the dancers - even some who have very little line dancing experience.

2.    Your My World – a 32-count Intermediate dance to the song “You’re My World” by The Borderers. One 4-count tag.

3.    You Needed Me– 32-count High Intermediate dance by Alison and Adeline Cheng to the song “You Needed Me” by Ronan Keating. One 4-count tag.

4.    Pick A Bale – the 8-count Beginner dance by an Unknown choreographer that is making waves worldwide. You could hear peals of laughter breaking out throughout the hall as the music sped up near the end!

There were also three performances:
1.    Gone Too Soon (a tribute to Michael Jackson) – Alison Johnstone and Sobrielo Philip Gene teamed up to dance to the song as it was sung by Yeo Yu Puay.

2.    A Line Dance Tribute to Whitney Houston by the Karar Line Dancers (adults, youths and kids) & Sobrielo Philip Gene – a medley of three dances to songs by the late songbird – I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Queen of the Night.

3.    Dance Again – a performance by Yu Puay and Philip (in fact, it was the first time Yu Puay had done a solo in a performance!)

The performances were all put together by Philip who flew in from Singapore more than a week earlier to help with all the last minute preparations for the event – the decorations, the final practices, etc and being secretary to Yu Puay! Hahaha

The purpose of the hoe down was to raise funds for a family in need of proper housing. Habitat for Humanity is the organization which will build a concrete toilet and bathroom for a family of a single mother with three young daughters. The house they live in is built on stilts with plywood over a wooden frame. There are now holes in the floor of the bathroom and water is seeping into the bedroom next door as well. Through the big hearts of the line dance community and the generosity of sponsors, Karar Line Dancing managed to raise RM17,507.84 for this project. As the amount raised exceeded the estimated cost, the excess money will be used to help another family in need in the near future. We will keep you posted on this.

A word of thanks to everyone who contributed towards the success of this event – Alison, Philip, sponsors, those who helped in one way or another, instructors who brought their students, all dancers and especially all the Karar Line Dancers who have stood behind us in every event that we’ve organized! Love you all loads! This event was a success because of you! God bless you all!

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Now, mark down this date in your diary - Saturday, 22nd June 2013 - next year’s big do! Hope to see you then!

Yu Puay

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