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Hong Kong News Archive 2000 HongKong

2000 HONG 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.

HONG 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.)

OTHER 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.)

HONG 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 webmaster@mai.com.hk or call us at 2114 9030 for details.

NICK FOK'S INTERVIEW
The english version of the interview with Nick Fok - Dancing Career section is now available.


INTERVIEWS 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.

IDS HONG KONG
The 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!

FOK'S ARTICLES
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 of dancers.

HONG KONG SPORTS FESTIVAL
The 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 gallery.

TEACHER 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.

SINGAPORE 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.

MORE DANCE 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.

DROPPED 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.S.T.D. & 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.

WORLD CHAMPION 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

"SALSA 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 sales@inball.com or download the third issue of "Spoiled For Choice" from www.inball.com.


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 course.

Period: 2nd March 2000 - 28th December 2000
Timetable Monday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  Thursday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  Sunday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Course Fee: Free
Latin Instructor: Mr. Throsthur Johannsson
Standard Instructor: Mr. Neil Gerrans

 

SINGAPORE 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)

Team Leader Mr. Stanley Au - President, HKDSA
  Miss Ivy Tam - Vice President HKDSA
STANDARD Stephen So & Connie Cheng
  Billy Shuen & Canary Cheng
LATIN Nelson Lee & Angie Bup
  Lai Kim Ching & Flora Lam
  Alan & Irene Young

 

DEMONSTRATION
Mark Lunn
& Louise Libury will be demonstarting in a buffet party at Dance Culture on the 29th January 2000.

COMPETITOR TRAINING COURSE
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.

NICK FOK 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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