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Clara Shih

55th Annual UBC Gala Ball

The 55th annual UBC Gala Ball took place earlier this month at the UBC Nest on March 10 & 11th, 2017.  Each year, this ballroom dance competition, organized by the UBC Dance Club, is infused with a young, infectious enthusiasm that only a student-run club can produce!  Congratulations to the 2016-2017 executive board members and to Crystal Cheng,…

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Dancing with the Richmond Stars

“Dancing with the Stars” has been such a huge hit over the past several years.  Now, in it’s 24th season, it is still going strong!  When I allow my girls to watch it (which is not very often, as I’m very low tech with the kids), they are glued to the screen.  They love hearing the personal…

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Vancouver Challenge Cup – The Aftermath

This was my fourth year as co-organizer of the Vancouver Challenge Cup (which was held on January 20 & 21, 2017).  The event was another huge success!  We had a packed house on the Saturday evening; in fact, the most people we have ever had to date!  I was elated by the enormity of positive vibes…

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Vancouver Challenge Cup 2016

  Happy Leap Day everyone!  At the rate I’m going, I’ll be lucky to get a blog out every 4 years!  😀 It’s been over a month since the Vancouver Challenge Cup (VCC), my 3 year old baby, was held.  For those of you who don’t know, VCC is a 2-day spectacular that actually, just…

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Competition Checklist

Island Fantasy Ball is this weekend in Nanaimo! Since it’s an out-of-town competition, I thought it would be a good time to bring out my old Competition Checklist again. I’ve posted it quite a few times, but I think it’s a good reminder so that you don’t forget anything for your trip! read more

Ballet versus Ballroom Training Approach

Everyone knows that ballet is a very technically demanding form of dance. The strength, balance, flexibility and precision required to dance ballet is quintessential. No one would argue that fact. However, in ballroom dancing, for whatever reason, the strength, balance and flexibility that all dancers admire and respect, seem to fall by the wayside and the focus is more on learning steps and routines. read more

Re-igniting the Passion to Dance

What better way to re-ignite the passion inside of you than to spend a couple days with your lovely coach and mentor? After having 2 full days packed with lessons, lectures and workshops, we are re-inspired again to dance from within, to search for the truth and to pass it on to our beloved students! read more

The Unbridled Spirit of the UBC Dance Club

It was yet another fun-tastic event at the UBC Gala Ball this past weekend!!! You never really know what to expect, as the executives are always a brand-new group of kids every year, presented with this massive undertaking of putting on a full-on competition for the local DanceSport community. This year, the execs showed everyone their unbridled spirit and enthusiasm towards dancing, that (as I know from experience) can only come out of being at the UBC Dance Club! read more

Performance Team… What’s that?

I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about our Performance Teams lately, so I thought I’d answer a few common questions. Hopefully I will be able to address what the difference is between a Performance Team and Formation Team, and the benefits of joining a team of dancers, as opposed to social dancing or being involved in competitive DanceSport. read more