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FUN MAGAZINE, October 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 10
Ken Lin Translated by Patricia Li
If you think ballroom dancing is no longer "in",
You may not catch me out on the ballroom floor
(my friends say I'm too "up tight"), but there are
plenty of people who enjoy ballroom dancing. Like the cha
cha. Just ask anyone at the famous pub Funky (10, HangZhou
S Rd., sec 1, B1, TEL: 02-2394-2162) where fashionable young
dancers line themselves up on weekend nights while the DJ
pumps up the volume. They rarely miss a beat as they cha cha
away, resembling marching troops in a National Day Parade.
friends who witness this scene remark, "What a fascinating
thing!" or "I've never seen anything like it!"
I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. Why,
the cha cha is just a thing of the past, I thought. That
is, until I went to the ballroom dance party in London's
BJ's White Swan.
I felt the same rush as my foreign friends.
At first glance, the party seemed like any other. The crowd
appeared conservative, all dressed up in their Sunday's best.
But these folks weren't coming from Church. They came to dance!
As the night wore on, the club filled and some serious dancing
Once the music started up, I realized that
this hip crowd wasn't amateur. Everyone had taken lessons
with hours of practice. And, they were good. They knew all
the steps to the cha cha, tango and rumba. I was dumbfounded.
you imagine row upon row of men ballroom dancing? They
were smooth, intoxicated by the music. And, everyone was
in sync from the toss of their head, the kick of their
heels to the look in their eyes. Mesmerizing! This was
the first time that I recognized ballroom dancing as something
I finally realized what my foreign friends
were getting at. Ballroom dancing is amazing. Check it out
- you'll be amazed, too!