MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs
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Photos | KK Latin Kiz Escapade 2018


The KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 was held over the last weekend of June in the heart of Kota Kinabalu with an amazing turn-out despite being a small event (if compared to the bigger festivals around Kuala Lumpur). Amazing atmosphere with a fantastic organizing team that is on top of everything. Taking care of us from the time we touched down til us leaving.

Here's the photos from the 3 amazing nights of dancing and 2 days of fantastic workshops.


Workshops | Day 1 & 2



Party | Casual Friday



Party | Prom Night



Party | World Cup Night



That's all the collection for this festival, looking forward to the next festival to bring more wonderful visuals to all. If you would like to engage my service for your upcoming event, do drop me a message and we can discuss further from there.

Photos | Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018 : ALFA 2.0



ALFA 2.0 at Zell-V Wellness Club saw a fantastic turnout as fans of Latin and Afro gathered together in 1 venue for 5 days of social and 2 days of workshops. There's also the bootcamps but I always find that separate from the rest of the festivals. Here's the collection of photos shot during the Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018.

Party | Back to School



Workshops | Saturday



Party | Hawaiian Night



Workshops | Sunday



Party | Police & Thieves



Party | Nighties



I was not at the pre-parties as it's a normal work day for me so priorities goes to the paying clients. Next festival for me will be the KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 that'll be held in Kota Kinabalu. Will you be there? face

Photos | Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018


The Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018 has come and gone. A festival that is truly unique, organized and held at a small town in the Borneo island, the #MALF2018 was put together by a small group of dance enthusiasts, bringing in some of the best instructors and dancers from around the world to help build the dance community on the island, of course, those of us from the Peninsular was there as well. Here's some of the photos from the event.

The Free & Easy Moments



The Pre-Party



The Workshops



The Glitter Night



The Hollywood Night



The Traditional Night



That's all for the #miriafrolatinfiesta but do you know that they are currently running a super early bird promotion? Head to Facebook and do a search for Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2019 and you will see the promo being shared. Will I be seeing you at the next festival?

Photos | I'M YOUR DJ Asia edition 2018


The Asian edition of the I'M YOUR DJ party has come and gone, did you enjoy the party as much as I did? For those looking for photos from the event, here's the complete album from the 3 days.

Day 1




Day 2




Day 3



Next on my calendar of event is the Miri Afro-Latin Festival in March, come join me there.

Should local artists/performers get similar treatments from event organizers?


A friend in the dance community, Bani Alagesu raised the question of Why local artist/ performers is not being Paid at all by the event organisers on facebook recently. And thought I'd put this post here to get your opinion on it. What's your thoughts on this subject?

He posted: Why only external guest are entitled to get paid ?

> Our practise TIME
> Costume
> Studio Rental (if not with any studio)
> Performance Fees (if with the studio)
> Transport, Petrol, Tolls
> On top of that have to Pay Performers Pass for not even half the Price.
> If abroad: Flight, Accommodation, Food
> We are inviting our friends to watch our performances ?

Is giving 'opportunity' good enough reason ?

Is it because we are rich and can afford bigger charity ?

Why people reluctant to join Performance Team ?
Why people do Performances ?
Why people leave after a couple of attempt ?

No Right No Wrong .......


A fellow dancer, Azzy Soraya Hassan summarized it well with the following:

The question is NOT "organisers vs local dancers" OR "why we appreciate International dancers but not our local ones.

I'm not sure a lot of people really understand the nature of organising a festival; a lot of subjective issues. If an international artist comes to your city, for sure you want the opportunity to learn from them right, and we would be willing to pay for 'workshops'. Festivals is just a larger scale of that... Us as regular festival goers to pay for workshops with people we want to learn from.

Also depends on the scale of the festival.

Sometimes, up and coming local artists just want to be 'sponsored' (ie. Hotel, pass and sometimes flight) so that they have no cost to attend the festival but they don't receive any monetary compensation. And as they are able to build their reputation sometimes that's enough for them.
International artists have set contracts and rates and they are usually booked months before a festival....

If you are a local instructor being invited to a local festival and you feel you are big enough name to get paid but the organizer doesn't have a budget for you... You don't need to attend la. Simple as that. But surely if there's a festival happening in your own city you won't wanna miss it... So why not be a part of your local community especially when an international crowd is coming into town.

Organisers undertake financial risk with every event just to bring in a few headliners...So most of all, there would be no incentive to be a festival organiser if everyone coming to your festival wants to be a performer and get paid.

Also, we are not doing any 'charity' by paying for a performer pass for a festival. That is the payment for the service for someone to organise an event you want to attend. Same way we pay tickets for a concert.. we want to attend the event, so we pay.

On the question of performers, I guess it's a lot of pressure for some people, and they just want the experience of saying they had tried it once, but unless they really feel passionate about dancing or enjoy the thrill of performing, some people won't re-join performance teams.

Some people just like social dancing for example. Or some people can't commit to practice.


What do you think? Why not comment below and share your thoughts on this subject. Again, there is no right or wrong in this whole discussion.

Photos + Videos | Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017


The Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017 is finally over, the 13 hours of non-stop partying was a fun night to be at. 4 workshops back to back to kick off the dancing spree before the dancers sit back, relax and letting the music take over. Was told by the organizer that the next one will be in March and that's specially dedicated to the ladies! So make sure you stay tune to the updates and I'll keep you posted on the next event at this page. For now, I'll let the photos do the talking.


click here to jump to the Facebook Album : Kizchata 2017 Christmas Edition

Performance by Alex and Roslyn



Performance by Izzat & Karina



Performance by Jeff & Alex

Photos & Videos from World Bachata Festival 2017



The World Bachata Festival 2017 has come to an end but that doesn't mean that we will just move on to the next festival, time to look back at all the wonderful visuals as we go through a week of post-festival boredom. The festival kicked off with a pre-party at B&Blanco and ended the festival running all the way til the early hours of the morning. Without further ado, here's the photos and videos:

Pre-Party

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Workshops

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.





Denim Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Bling Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Elegant Casual Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.





Definitely a great weekend of dancing, taking me a few days to recover from it. There's more festivals around the corner and as we wave goodbye to 2017, we can now look at the calendar for 2018 to plan our festival get-away.

If you want the youtube Video playlist (including performances) shot by me @ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVYZdt4yJHO1jKKi6p3jGdVERH_LWN51T
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10 WAYS to HONOR the KIZOMBA CULTURE


This is an article shared to me recently from this page. Am sharing it here as a reminder to myself about respecting the culture of the dance we embraced even though we are not from the Angola where the dance originated from.

One cannot expect somebody who's never been to Angola – or knows nothing about its troubled past – to fully grasp how the simple act of dancing, singing and socializing has always served as collective catharsis for its people. As Achille Mbembe, highly respected Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist puts it:

"Music has the capacity to marry soul and matter. Indeed, in Africa, music has always been a celebration of the ineradicability of life, in a long life-denying history. It is the genre that has historically expressed, in the most haunting way, our raging desire not only for existence, but more importantly for joy in existence – what we should call the practice of joy before death".

A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON

One of Princess Diana's most iconic images ever is her sitting next to a 13-year old Angolan girl, Lizete, who had lost her left leg to a landmine while going to get groceries with her mother in Huambo, a then war-torn province in southern Angola. At the time Lady Di visited Angola in 1997, Lizete had been waiting 3 years for a prosthesis.

Up to that point, Angola was virtually unknown to the average westerner; understandably so as war, famine, destruction and death were the only images typically associated with the country since the mid-1970s.

The Angolan civil war ensued soon after independence from Portugal in 1975. The transition of power in the Portuguese colonies was notoriously rushed, cumbersome and, overall, poorly executed. In the particular case of Angola, there was the added factor that the USA & USSR (former Soviet Union) had a huge appetite for geo-political control of a key, natural resource-rich country located in a strategic region of southern Africa. As a result, this led to a brutal civil war that was only interrupted in May 1991 soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall and with the subsequent end of the Cold War. After the first democratic elections in September 1992, armed conflict resumed and prolonged for another decade.

Arguably, no other PALOP country experienced more suffering in the post-independence era than Angola. Millions of lives lost; families broken apart and displaced from their homes; some mothers lost several sons in combat; often children became orphans of both parents; folks lost contact with loved ones as they were fleeing war-affected areas and never saw them again.

For decades, and before the crude oil boom, before the kuduro hype overseas and before the current exportation of kizomba to European dance floors, kizomba was probably the main (if not the only) source of pride for Angolans – together with banga, that indescribable "swag" Angolan men and women apparently tend to possess.

10 WAYS YOU CAN SHOW RESPECT

It is rather popular now in the so-called kizomba world for people to talk about and reiterate the importance of respecting "the culture". Recently, we were asked: to Angolans, what does that mean, exactly?

Perhaps, it is easier to just pinpoint ways in which kizomba aficionados can demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of Angolan culture as far as kizomba is concerned:

1. In debates of this nature, we strongly suggest you avoid saying things such as: "what's the big deal? It's only a dance. Get over it." Otherwise, when you do that, Angolans might feel that you are willfully ignoring all the historical background outlined above.

2. Make an effort to try to learn as much as possible about the country's history and how it's intrinsically tied to the birth of semba and kizomba. By doing so, you're indirectly showing empathy for all that grief from years past.

3. Yes, dance is an art but that doesn't mean you should do whatever pleases you with kizomba under the umbrella of "evolution". If you exercise your personal creativity as a dancer or instructor within reasonable boundaries, you're also honoring the plight of millions of people who used this same music and dances (semba, kizomba, etc) to purge the pain of humiliation inflicted during nearly 500 years of colonialism and to bury their sorrows during almost 30 years of civil war, death and destruction.

4. Avoid tweaking your Facebook name to include some ridiculous variation of the words "Kizomba" and "Semba" solely for marketing purposes (regrettably, even some Angolans do the same 🙄).
5. Be humble and understand that it takes years to master kizomba/semba and that you will not achieve the required level of competency to teach others after attending 2 or 3 workshops at a big festival somewhere in Europe. And, when you are finally ready to start teaching the dance, make sure that you equally empower yourself with knowledge of the socio-cultural environment in which kizomba was born decades ago. That way, you can grasp how and why it grew in Angola (and in the PALOPs at large) before hitting your local dance scene in Paris, New York, Toronto, Sidney, etc.

6. If you know too well that you teach neither kizomba nor semba, then that's fine but just make sure you advertise as such in your classes and demos. That will prevent you from being labeled an opportunist or, worse, an impostor.

7. If you're a promoter and you organize only urban kiz-oriented festivals/socials, do not sell them to the (naïve) masses as kizomba events. It is becoming increasingly clearer that nowadays these are two separate dances which ultimately provide distinct experiences on the dance floor.
Same applies to DJs – be truthful to who/what you are and folks will respect your craft accordingly. At the end of the day, there seems to be sufficient market in almost every major kizomba scene for both camps.

8. The etymology of words can often get diluted with time. There are plenty of examples of elements from African culture whose names were eventually lost in translation after being "exported" to the transatlantic diaspora(s). "Kizomba" has a rich, specific meaning in Kimbundu which Angolans would like to preserve as the dance explodes across the globe. Thus, avoid using and abusing the abbreviations "kiz" or "kizz" merely out of convenience and/or for commercial reasons.

9. When you go to a social, do socialize! Don't just try to get as many dances as you can, i.e. as if you're at the gym and you have to complete a set number of weight-lifting exercises. That's not the point nor the essence of the dance.

10. When you go to kizomba events – especially evening ones – always look your very best and dress to impress. This is valid for both men and women and it's actually a deep-rooted aspect of the kizomba culture.

Based on our observations at certain kizomba events, we could have expanded this list further to 20 or 30 items. However, the key point we're trying to emphasize here is that kizomba per se is more than just a "ballroom dance" - at least from an Angolan standpoint.

EACH ONE OF US HAS AN IMPACT

For us, Kizomba is not only a platform to reunite with friends and to debut your new shoes/outfit; it is above all a vehicle for social gathering, a pretext to eat and drink and – for a few hours – forget about the hardships and vicissitudes of this life. So, every time you take the floor, embrace the essence of the dance, for you have been given the opportunity to witness and honor a profound history.

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Well, start looking at kizomba as the brown sugar in that lemonade and your experiences might be totally different. For the better.


2018 Dance Festivals & Competitions in Malaysia


Friends been asking so I guess now is better than later to post this up. To help you guild through the throngs of festivals that will be happening in Malaysia for 2018! The list will just be on Festivals & Competitions and not the regular parties that is held on a regular basis. For that, you can check out this link for the regular updates on venues to dance every week of the year.

Without further delay, here's the listing! If you would like to include your dance event or competitions in my list, please drop me a message via the contact form or click on the Facebook Messenger button at the bottom right of the screen to drop me a facebook message. Please note that this listing is for Dance related events only.

FEBRUARY

I'M YOUR DJ ASIA - Holiday Edition in KL

Date: 8 - 10 February 2018
Venue: Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur
Website: https://www.facebook.com/IM-YOUR-DJ-1376004512718045/
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478136595542476/

MARCH

Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018

Date: 2 - 4 March 2018
Venue: Meritz Hotel Miri
Website: www.malf2018.comPromo Code: Michael18
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/miriafrolatinfiesta/


Kizchata

Date: TBC
Venue: TBC
Website: TBC
Event Page: TBC


APRIL

ALFA 2.0 : Afro-Latin Fest Asia

Date: 27 - 30 April 2018
Venue: TBC
Website: www.alfa-asia.net
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/alfa.asia/


JUNE

KK Latin Kiz

Date: 29 June - 1 July 2018
Venue: TBC
Website: TBC
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575692152449035/


JULY

ALIA : Afro-Latin Invasion Asia

Date: 25 - 30 July 2018
Venue: TBC
Website : www.aliafestival.com
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/aliafestival/

AUGUST

Zouk SEA 2018

Date: 3 - 5 August 2018
Venue: Glory Beach Resort, Port Dickson
Website : zouksea.weebly.com
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/176963782860894/



There you have it, the list for 2018. Which will you be attending? For organizers that'll like me to cover their event, I provide photography and some videography services.

Just drop me a message and we'll work out some arrangement from there. Ya? If your event is not listed, do let me know too and I'll put it in.

Videos: Latin Experience Bali 2017


You've seen all the photos from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Now, here's the videos from the 3 days festival! Hope you enjoyed the videos as much as I enjoyed making them.

Highlights of The Latin Experience Bali 2017



Performance by Damaris Morales



Performance by Sea Safari



Performance by Salseando Group



Performance by Cebu Salsa Club



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #1



Performance by Zam & Jacintha



Performance by Dance Blaze



Performance by Cuban Salsa Indonesia Feat Amar Singh



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #2



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #3 (Bonus routine)



It was a fantastic weekend with the Cuban Salsa Indonesia team putting the weekend together. A team of superwomen with unlimited energy getting all the accommodation sorted for the participants, getting all the instructors out to the workshops on time and every night, host the party and after party til the wee hours of the morning.

Much respect to the girls and what they do. Looking forward to the Latin Experience 2018 as I was told that it will be even more epic than what we experienced this year.

Videos : Salsa-Lah 2017 Shows


Remember I posted about the Salsa-Lah 2017 Photos and mentioned that videos will follow suit, well, wait no more, below are all the videos from the Friday and Saturday show. Yes quality is a bit bad as I have limited ways to put the videos together. Time for me to figure out a way to get a new workhorse to work as my editing machine. Anyone want to sponsor?

Friday Show


1 Bailamos Project from Malaysia



2. Max & Christina from Singapore



3. Lawrence & Vivien from Malaysia



4. Outcast Dance Studio Salsa Team from Malaysia



5. Bailamos Shines Team from Malaysia


6. Son Cubano Project from Malaysia


7. Farhan & Ira from Malaysia



8. Jose & Dawn from Mexico/Singapore



9. Kumbata Team from China


Saturday Show


1. Afro Cuban by Outcast Dance Studio from Malaysia



2. Spring Salsa Ladies Styling from Vietnam



3. Bangkok Touch from Thailand



4. Dance Blaze Ladies Styling from Malaysia



5. Havana Estudio from Malaysia



6. Fai & Mavis from Malaysia



7. Spring Salsa from Vietnam



8. Cachimbo Dance Company from Malaysia



9. OnDSpot from Malaysia



10. Ivy Team from Malaysia



11. 261 Crew from Singapore



12. La Danza from Vietnam



13. Las Chicas Salsalicious from Thailand



14. Ruben & Evgenia from China (Mexico/Russia)



15. BLDC from Singapore



There you have it folks, all the videos from the 2 nights of performance from Salsa-Lah 2017. Some of you might wonder why some of the videos can't be located on youtube itself but is visible here. Well, Youtube has a strict copyright rule and some of the songs are restricted by the original artists themselves so most of the time, we just avoid putting in there to avoid getting our channels punished even though it's just our own performances. So hope you guys understand why some of the videos are hosted elsewhere.

Next post is the performances from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Until the next Salsa-Lah event, share this post with your friends so they can enjoy all the performances as well!

Photos : Latin Experience Bali 2017


The 4th edition of the Latin Experience organized by the Cuban Salsa Indonesia superwomen has come to an end but that does not mean we leave the weekend behind just like that, I was engaged by the CSI to be there to capture all the laughter, fun and dance over the 3 days to be shared with friends across the globe. Here's some visuals from the Latin Experience Bali 2017!

The 2 days of Learning!




The Cuban Night!




The Pirates of the Latin Experience




The WaterWorld




That's all the photos from the Latin Experience Bali! Next post will be the video of the performances. Stay tune for that!

There's no festivities for the month of October, cause October's a special month for me. It's the Me Month! Next up is the World Bachata Festival to be held at Mutiara Damansara, Malaysia. Are you coming?

Photos & Videos : Salsa-Lah 2017


Salsa-lah 2017 is back with another edition and this time, was held at the Royale Chulan The Curve hotel in Mutiara Damansara. Below are the photos and videos of the festival as captured from the day I got to the Salsa-Lah venue.

SALSA-LAH 2017




If you missed the festival, here's a highlight of what happened at the event!



Performance Videos can be viewed here! From all the performances, which is your favorite?

Photos : Outcast Dance Show 2017


Photos from Outcast Dance Show 2017 is up. Didn't take much photos throughout the day I was there to watch the show but here's just some of what I managed to capture.

Outcast Dance Show 2017 - Sunday Show




Next festival is Salsa-Lah 2017 followed by Latin Experience Bali. See you there?

Organizers who wish to engage me for my photography and video production service can reach me at info@mikeyip.com or drop me a message using the fb messenger icon at the bottom right of the screen.

Photos : ALIA 2017



For friends that's been waiting for this post to be up, yes, the photos from ALIA 2017 is finally up! Sorry it took some time as I'm working from a computer that's the same age as my son. Anyone want to sponsor me a good computer that I can work faster with? Promise I'll be a good boy!

Day 1





Day 2





Day 3





Day 4





Post ALIA 2017 Activities






For organizers wanting to engage my service to cover your event, you can email me at info@mikeyip.com or use the FB Messenger icon you see on the bottom right of the site.

With ALIA 2017 over, where will I be heading to next? If you would like to engage my service for your event or your profile do drop me an email at info@mikeyip.com. Next up, the Outcast Dance recital followed by Salsa-lah 2017 and the Latin Experience Bali! Will you be there?


Photos : Zouk SEA 2017


For friends that's been waiting for it, photos from ZOUK SEA 2017 held recently at Pacific Regency Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is finally up. You can check out the albums according to day below.

Pre-Party





Day 1





Day 2





Day 3





Day 4





Next album to be up is photos from ALIA 2017 but do give me a bit of time as I'm working on an ancient computer to process all the images.

For organizers wanting to engage my service to cover your event, you can email me at info@mikeyip.com or use the FB Messenger icon you see on the bottom right of the site.

Do's & Don't's of Social Dancing - Social Dance Etiquette


Recently, we have been getting reports of some guys taking advantage of the ladies while on the social dance floors, predominantly the newer dancers to the social dancing scene. Sure accidental moves do happen on the dance floor but when the person is doing it on purpose, that's a big No No.

With that in mind, just thought I'd put up a list of Social Dance Do's and Don'ts or Social Dance Etiquette that friends/dancers should keep in mind. These are basically mantras instructors drill into all new students when we first started dancing, so it's nothing new, but after a while, there's a need to have some reminder. Right? If you feel that I left out any, do add on by commenting below.

DO


  • Lead or escort your partner onto the dance floor and off (at the end of the dance)
  • Dance the entire song - unless you feel uncomfortable, then you can and have the rights to excuse yourself. (especially the ladies)
  • Smile and look at your partner when dancing! It's a social dance, not a job.
  • Stay hydrated - Drink more water, we wouldn't want you to collapse half way into the night because you forgot to drink water.
  • CHANGE your clothes if you know you are going to sweat a lot! Your partner doesn't want to cling onto a sweaty person throughout the whole song, especially when there's close-holds involved.
  • Ask people you don't know to dance, social dance is a good way to make new friends and grow as a dancer. Why dance with the same people you dance with at class when you can experience a different way to lead/follow a new dancer and make new friends at the same time?
  • Respect Personal Space! - Not all followers are comfortable with the lead dancing too closed to her. Respect the follower's space and let her enjoy the dance. She'll definitely come around to look for you to dance again later.
  • Pay Attention to other dancers on the floor - You're not competing for space, you are not the only one dancing on the floor. Watch where you are going, watch where your hands is flying so you don't knock into other dancers or get stomped on when you get into other people's space.
  • Thank the partner at the end of the dance - Be courteous.
  • At the end of the night, if you know the lady came alone, Do Walk Her To Her Vehicle! Be a Gentleman, a lady will respect you more if you just take a bit of your time to walk her to her vehicle. Especially in venues that's dark/quiet.




DON'T:


  • Don't reject a dance - We are there to dance after all, and most dancers will try to dance with as many dancers as they can through the night. Unless the person is a creep or you are uncomfortable with the person. There are always situation where you should say No.
  • Dont Judge - Everyone was a beginner once, so were you. Don't judge a person just because he/she doesn't know as much style/steps/moves as you. Remember, you were in their shoes once.
  • Don't be offended - It's nothing personal, there are occasion when a dancer turns you down. They might have danced for a few songs straight and needed a break.
  • Don't be intimidated - You might see other dancers executing impressive moves while you only have what you learn in the studio, be confident and try out those moves! The dance floor is the best way to practice what you learn and like the old saying goes, Practice Makes Perfect.
  • Don't take advantage - This is the serious one. You might think that a person is new to the scene and you try to be cheeky and take advantage of the person. You'd be surprise that people are watching what's happening on the dance floor, words will get around if you did something offensive and you can't blame people if they start avoiding you. Social Dance Night organizers HAVE THE RIGHTS to Reject you or Ban you from the venue(s) when there's enough complains from other dancers.

Do remember that social dancing is a great way make new friends, to meet up with fellow dancers/friends after a long day of work and great form of exercise, it's not a meat market and it's not a place for you to hunt for preys. Do unto others what you want others to do to you. 


Photos : ZOUK SEA 2016


It's been a year and we finally saw photos from last year's ZOUK SEA that was held in Penang, if you missed the photos. Check them out below. From the Pre-Party to Day 1 up to Day 3. Enjoy the album and I'll see you guys that is attending Zouk SEA 2017 that'll be back in Kuala Lumpur.

Pre-Party





Day 1





Day 2





Day 3





Hope you like the collection so far and we look forward to seeing you guys at the upcoming ZOUK SEA 2017! If you see me, do come and say hello and let's grab some wefie.

Places to Dance in Hong Kong – Updated May 2017


Since meeting some friends from Hong Kong at the recent dance festivals, and having promised some ex-colleagues that I'd go back to the island to visit them, I've been wondering about the places I can go to dance when I'm there.

Well, guess I don't have to wonder much further, and have since compiled a list of places to check out the local dancing scene. If you feel that there's some changes I need to put in, do feel free to let me know.


MONDAY

Rula Bula
58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 8pm til late.

Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry


Kizomba Social
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 9pm onward
Dance: Kizomba
Entry: Free Entry



TUESDAY

Viva La Salsa
Volar, B/F, 38-44, D' Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 8pm - 1am
Dance: Salsa
Entry: HK$150 (includes 2 drinks)
 

Afro-Latin Party
Mezcalito, 27/F, 18 On Lan Street
Central
Time: 9pm until late 

Dance: Kizomba, Bachata Zouk & Salsa
Entry: HK$130 (includes 1 drink)
 
La La Latin
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 8.30pm onward
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)


Cuban Nights
Ce La Vi, 25/F California Tower
32 D'Aguilar Street

Central
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry



WEDNESDAY

Sensual WedNite
Bar Six, 6/F Parekh House,
63 Wyndham Street, Central
Dance: Bachata, Kizomba & Zouk
Entry: HK$100 (includes 1 Drink) or HK$150 (includes 2 Drinks)


The Funkiest Salsa Party in TownFire & Ice, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Time: 9pm until late
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry

THURSDAY

Kizomba Party
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 10pm until late
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)

Salsa Night
Rude Bar, pper Basement
79 Wyndham Street, Central
Time: 9pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry



FRIDAY

Salsaman Social
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 8.30pm until lateEntry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks) 

Salsa FeverMorrison Restaurant & Bar
284 Queen's Road Central
Time: 9pm until late
Entry: Free entry 


Latin Beat PartyMahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza,
202 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Time: 10.30pm to 2am
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live Salsa Party
20/F Richmond Plaza
496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Time: 10.30pm - 2.30am
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)


Saturday Night Latin Fever
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 10pm - 2am
Entry: Free Entry



SUNDAY

Las Noches Locas
Mazu, UG/F, 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong
Central

Time: 7.30pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry

Salsa Fusion
Rula Bula, 58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 9.30pm til late.

Entry: Free Entry


Again, if you feel that I left out any locations to dance, do drop me a message at info [at] mikeyip.com or message me on Facebook. Until then, I'll see you on the dance floor.

Demo Videos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017


For those looking for the demo videos, look no further, but these are just the few that I managed to record as I was running around a lot during the workshop part of ALFA.

1. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Demo


2. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Connection Demo


3. Helio Santos & Hannah Melder Kizomba Demo


4. Azlan McKechnie & Mabel Kok Urban Kiz Demo



I'll try to upload more if I could get my hands on the rest of the other workshop videos. Until then, looking forward to seeing you guys at the next festival.

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