Social Dance

Swing dancers step back into bygone jazz era

It's a wet Wednesday evening in Hong Kong's financial district, but in an underground bar, the dance floor is packed with people reliving a bygone era.

Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am

If gym's a bore, take to the floor

Even the least graceful among us at one time or another have entertained the fantasy of being a great dancer - like a would-be Tony Manero, who daydreams about unleashing a fierce strain of Saturday Night Fever on the disco floor.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Move your feet to the Bollywood beat

First come the dulcimer beats. Then more layers of rhythm before female vocals reach a crescendo and the room seems to sway with lines of dancers bobbing their heads and waving arms.

15 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

The story behind samba

Like the mambo and the salsa, the roots of the samba lie with the religious traditions and the people of West Africa, exported to Brazil with slavery in the years between 1600 and 1888.

The word 'samba' is said to come from Kimbundu, the African Bantu language spoken by slaves from the area of Africa now known as Angola.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Salsa king in town to do his thing

He's not exactly Simon Cowell, but contestants at the Hong Kong Salsa Championship tonight will have to face legendary events producer Albert Torres (right). He's one of the judges and the winning couple will compete in Torres' West Coast Salsa Congress championship in Los Angeles later this year.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Keeping the Yi culture alive

What is everyday life like for you?

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Salsa ishere

A group of teenage dancers is gearing up to shimmy, spin and dip at next month's Hong Kong Salsa Festival.

The Dancing Dolls are a troupe of Form Two to Five students from the Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School in Tseung Kwan O.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Great shuffle forward

IT'S 6AM ON a humid summer morning in Shanghai. Much of the city is still asleep, but Zhongshan Park in the Changning district is already a hive of activity. The air is filled with the sound of laughter and exercise instructions. Towards the park centre, the mix gets livelier with drum beats, singing and samba music.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Dancing proves a delight for duo

Name: Allen Cheung Hing and Candy Lu Kin-tai

School: Chekiang College (Sha Tin)

Grade: Form Six (Allen);

Form Four (Candy)

Sport: Dancesport (Latin)

22 May 2006 - 12:00am

AND CHA-CHA-CHA

After 12 years of married life, Ieong Su-kan and Wong Sut-kuai still smile at each other across the dance floor and in each other's arms. Macau's first couple of ballroom dancing are still besotted - with the idea of winning a medal when this sport makes its toe-tapping debut at a multi-sports games.

29 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Chinese dance enters a new Era

Traditional Chinese dance can be as exciting as the drum dance performed by Zhang Ziyi in the martial arts flick House of Flying Daggers.

To promote Chinese dance, Hong Kong Ginger will perform Era - a show comprising both traditional and contemporary Chinese dance pieces - on Friday and Saturday at 8pm at Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

The next waltz is round the old market hall

It's a throwback to old Hong Kong. Women and men turned out in their finery, twirling gracefully across the floor of an old colonial building.

But this is not some Victorian-style tea party on the Peak, it's a Monday afternoon in the recently renovated Western Market building in Sheung Wan, and the dancers are not wealthy Europeans but locals from all walks of life.

4 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

The Performance

The Performance

Salsa Festival

The Hong Kong Salsa Festival (above) starts on Wed, and continues for five days with street parties, dance classes, club nights, and performances by top local and international salsa dancers. For full details of all events and venues, visit www.hksalsafestival.com. Ends Feb 29

22 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Canton Road 'Hot Salsa' Christmas Eve Countdown Party

Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui transforms into a street carnival tonight with two zones offering entertainment for all tastes. Zone A features British band Vistor Hugo and the Mambo Boyz who play an energetic mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms, salsa, mambo and bolero. Their gig is matched by a performance from Japan's salsa heroes, Ryoko and Ryu - first Asian winners of the World Salsa Congress.

24 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Hip-Hop Dance Classes

The Point, a recently launched dance studio in Wan Chai, is holding classes in hip-hop, break-dancing and Brazilian martial art/dance capoeira. The styles are being taught alongside more traditional categories of salsa and ballet. Classes are for children and adults. There are also classes in stretching, acrobatics and pilates. $150 for one class, $500 for four, $1000 for 10.

23 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

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