Zee – How I started dancing and my dream to share the gift of dance

Zee – How I started dancing and my dream to share the gift of dance

Wee Tze Yi (Zee) is the organiser of Asian West Coast Swing Open and Singapore Latin Extravaganza. He shares how he started dancing and his desire to grow the dance community. How did you start dancing? When I was a teenager, my mom brought my family to a social dance club. I was rather reluctant to attend the event as a boy who does sports, it didn’t seem appealing to dance nor wear shiny costumes. After the workshop, I was impressed by watching people improvising and freestyling on the dance floor. A girl on the dance floor caught my attention and I danced with her. That’s the pivotal moment when I fell in love with social dance. I had a change in perception that social dancing was in fact, a great experience to meet people. What were the struggles you faced when you started dancing? I started learning social dance while I was in the army. In army camp, social dance wasn’t well understood nor accepted amongst my army buddies. It didn’t help that I was serious about practising and committed to practising my dance moves while in the army camp. They would make fun of me for dancing in camp and called me names. It wasn’t easy to put up with. It was rather challenging to deal with criticism and negative feedback from my peers. But I was determined to push through and continue what I loved doing despite my circumstances. How did you overcome your struggles and continue on? I started teaching dance at a small dance studio, but I never envisioned myself to do big things...

Highlights of SLE 2017

Singapore Latin Extravaganza (2017) held it’s very first dance festival pool party in Singapore. Dancing outdoors in the tropical climate, cool breeze and warm sunlight by the poolside, it was a picturesque dreamy moment to remember for the dancers who attended the event. SLE saw the debut of Brenda Liew’s new choreography by BLDC (Brenda Liew Dance Company) Professional Team. BLDC is putting Singapore on the map in Asia with her cutting edge latin ladies shines franchise that has expanded to Taiwan. Zachery Pang’s heartfelt post on facebook saw the unity of teachers coming from different dance studios to perform a Afro Cuban Shines choreography that marked a milestone in the community spirit of latin dance in Singapore. In Zachery words, “Performing together are mere gestures to create a livelier local dance community. I think it is in ALL our interests to create an open, inclusive, captivating dance community to keep both the current and new generation of performers/social dancers captivated and engaged.” SLE saw the return of the annual tradition of sensual guy on guy bachata dancing with ZeeRaj making head waves within the community. It is widely popular with #zeeraj on social media. It inspired countless of videos by other artists who seek to emulate in their legendary footsteps.   Follow Singapore Latin Extravaganza on Facebook for the dates of this annual event.     Written by Averral Lim   Share...
BAILAMOS XII -21st Aug 2016

BAILAMOS XII -21st Aug 2016

Proudly presenting, BAILAMOS XII: Date 21 st August Venue Lasalle College of Arts 1 Mcnally Street RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1762512730699380/ It’s Showtime! Loosely adapted from the Broadway musical Hairspray, sit tight as we follow Tracy on a journey through the vibrant and bustling streets of 1980s Singapore to experience the authentic flavour of Salsa! You may purchase your tickets from any SMU Caderas Latinas member or online here: http://bit.ly/bailamosxiitickets Remember to RSVP at our event page here: http://bit.ly/BailamosXI     Share...
RI 10 Years Anniversary Concert & Festival

RI 10 Years Anniversary Concert & Festival

Date:- Sep 9 – 11   Venue:- Tbc   Contact:- Jaxen Tan +60123052847 jaxen@rhythm-id.com   Celebrating Rhythm Identity Dance Academy’s 10 Years Anniversary, this event will feature workshops, party and performances by both the students of RI and also the other supporting dance schools from around. On top of that, Daniel and Desiree (currently the biggest name in Bachata) together with Mitch and Elicia (World Bachata Champion, Australian Salsa and Bachata Champion) will also be here to conduct workshops, party and perform.   More details out soon. Share...
Zouk SEA (South East Asia) 2016

Zouk SEA (South East Asia) 2016

Date:- July 8 – 10   Venue:- G Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia   Contact:- Jaxen Tan +60123052847 jaxen@rhythm-id.com   Event website:- www.zouksea.weebly.com   Asia’s largest Brazilian Zouk dance festival featuring some of the best in the industry. This event will have 3 nights of party, 2 days of pool party, 3 nights of shows and 3 days of workshops. We will also be featuring the Asian Zouk Championship, the Zouk Pro-AM Championship and the BZDC Zouk Jack & Jill Competition.   This year the event will be on the island of Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage city famous for its historical buildings, street art, hawker food and loads of other tourist attractions.   Share...