KARAR LINE DANCING, KUCHING

About Us

 

In 2001 Alice Wright approached Yeo Yu Puay to form a partnership to teach line dancing here in Kuching. Together with Alice Gan, the three of them had been teaching themselves line dancing since 1999. Alice Wright had also started teaching a group of ladies from the St Mary’s Secondary School Alumni.

 

Even from the beginning, the group (which then consisted of Alice Wright, Yu Puay, Alice Gan and Patricia Au Yong) was asked to perform at private functions around the city. And it was at one of these functions that, while we were waiting for our turn to perform, KARAR LINE DANCING was named and christened! KARAR is a Hebrew word which means to dance and whirl, and that is what we’ve been doing since (and having such fun)!

 

Karar Line Dancing was the pioneer of line dancing in Kuching. Prior to that, Chinese folk dancing was the rage here. But once Karar started line dance classes, many dance instructors came to realize and saw the potential that line dancing had and switched over. From the humble beginning of three line dancers, there are now hundreds of people line dancing in different groups around the city!

 

In 2002, Alice Wright and Yu Puay were among the first batch of line dance instructors to be certified “Professional Line Dance Trainers” after successfully completing and passing their Trainer Accreditation Programme by the Professional Association of Line Dancers (PAL) in Singapore. The examiners were Bill Bader & Charlotte Skeeter. It was a very intensive course but was well worth the time and sweat as they learnt the professional aspects of teaching line dancing. It was only much later that they were told that less than half the instructors in that batch passed the exams!

 

Throughout the years, we continue to strive to improve our standards by traveling to events and workshops in different parts of Malaysia and Singapore as well as inviting choreographers and instructors from other places to conduct classes or workshops here. Amongst these are Judy Teh (Malaysia), Robin Sin (Singapore), Sobrielo Philip Gene (Singapore), Simon Ward (Australia) and Alison Johnstone (Australia). We also had visiting instructors passing through in Arline Winerman (USA) and Peter Heath (Australia). We hope to be able to bring in more of them in the near future.

 

Karar Line Dancers have performed extensively in various functions in Kuching and even as far as Miri – be it corporate or private functions. We have also been involved in the Sarawak Heart Foundation week for the last few years promoting line dancing as one of the ways to a healthy lifestyle. In 2008 and 2009, we were also part of the Good News Fellowship team performing at Christmas celebrations at a couple of local shopping malls. In December 2010, the Karar Line Dancers did a Michael Jackson routine with Sobrielo Philip Gene in Johor Bahru at a line dance function.

 

Karar Line Dancing has classes of different levels (Absolute Beginner, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and Advanced as well as a class exclusively for school children) running throughout the week. Please check out our class schedules for further information.

 

RANDOM: Write-up featured in a Singapore website:

http://linedancing.webnode.com/news/featuring-yeo-yu-puay-versatile-and-energetic-lady-from-kuching-malaysia/

 

 

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