Posts Tagged ‘Praise dance’

During my recent visit to Sibu, I took the opportunity to drop by one morning at Xin Fu Yuan, Brooke Drive to take a look at their Praise Dancers. This church is well-known for their team of dynamic instructors. Last June they successfully hosted a Praise Dance Convention with a participation of hundreds of Praise Dancers from all over Sarawak.

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The exercise regime was held in the void deck of an adjacent building next to the Sanctuary. I thought this was great because come rain or shine, the people could still attend.

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All who attended were ladies.

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The instructor on duty that morning was Madam Goh, wife of Rev. Jonathan Wong. She’s an excellent instructor with lots of patience.

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There were other instructors present too.

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What a nice pose from the instructors!

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They even agreed to do a jumping shot for my camera!

Praise dance schedule at Xin Fu Yuan are as follows:

Mon – 8:15am
Tue – 7:30pm
Thu – 8:15am
Fri – 8:15am

Admission is free. Exercise regime is one hour. If you are in Sibu, why not drop by one day to try out? You won’t be disappointed, I promise! :p

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This is the last of the Sibu Praise Dance series I’ll be posting.

About seven hundred people attended the dinner and dance on the night of June 1st. The occasion was graced by Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King and wife Datin Mrs Tiong. Also present were SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann and wife, SCAC Lay Leader Mr Hii Ching Chiong and wife and Pastor Rev. Wong Kai Ho.

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Praise Dance Founder Ng Mei Yun adjusting the hat for the ladies from Miri before their presentation. I was touched by her gesture of motherly love, :).

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The team from Miri!

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Seeing my wife happy really made my day!

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Happy 4th Anniversary to Praise Dance in Sarawak! It was first introduced in Miri in 2005.

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The Sibu Praise Dancers were absolutely awesome!

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Even President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann could not resist photographing the Sibu dancers, haha!

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Datin Mrs Tiong presenting the Tupperware hamper to the first prize winning table. Instead of an individual winning a prize, all the prizes drawn were according to the table numbers. Nice change, :).

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These kids kicked up a storm when they performed – they almost stole the show for the night! Well done children and the teacher (pic-far right) did a fantastic job!

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Ng Mei Yun gave a beautiful and sincere thank you speech.

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Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King presenting the appreciation gift to Ng Mei Yun.

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The closing song and dance – it was very emotional as everyone participated.

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Wah, this was a nice surprising performance from the men!

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This photo is special! The three ladies Wendy, Jenny and Roseline from our church Grace Methodist Miri taking a group photo with Rev. Dr. Su and wife, and the Taiwanese.

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Kudos to the Sibu team – they have done a brilliant job! Looking forward to the next big Praise Dance in the future.

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The Praise Dance training continued on the following morning from 8:00 am to noon (June 1st) at Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church. I was impressed that the church has such a well-equipped Multi-Purpose hall covering three badminton courts, :).

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Teacher Ng Mei Yun wasted no time in sharing her expertise. At her age, she has more energy than me. Sigh.

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Teacher and Assistant Teacher on stage.

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See the joy on their faces! Need I say more?

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I was amazed how these dancers could remember all the steps and movements! Certainly I couldn’t, haha!

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Yes, that’s the right way, the Assistant Teacher from Taiwan encouraged.

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See how I do it, the Assistant Teacher from Taiwan reminded the participants.

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Can you see the beads of sweat on her forehead?

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Photographing them for three sessions has made me appreciate Praise Dance even more. On the surface it may appear like a form of exercise that is beneficial to health. But deeper than that, I would say the strong bond and fellowship cultivated among the Praise Dancers are truly borderless and priceless. Don’t just take my word for it – just join one group and tell us about your experience a year later, :).

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One hundred and eighty instructors throughout Sarawak signed up for the intensive Praise Dance training on May 31st. The training was held at the Sports Hall in SMB Methodist Sibu. I was able to snap some photos during the three hours refresher by Taiwan Praise Dance founder Ng Mei Yun.
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A group pose before the training started.

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The training began. It was a refresher as Ng Mei Yun clarified steps which caused some confusion.

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The Taiwanese assistant of Ng Mei Yun (with headband) giving tips on expression.

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The dedicated teacher.

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View from another angle.

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During the break my wife chatted with a friend whom she has lost contact for over twenty years!

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The training continued after the break.

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The assistant teacher from Taiwan showing the proper posture.

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Ng Mei Yun gave a sharing before the training ended for the day.

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We arrived in Sibu on Saturday (May 30th) in time for the Praise Dance performance at the Gateway. With the Taiwan Praise Dance founder Ng Mei Yun and her two assistants, I estimated there were about five hundred participants including those from outstation. The atmosphere was electrifying with anticipation of a fun time ahead!

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The Gateway is an open square catering to multi-purpose use. The gathering of such a huge number of Praise Dancers at one spot definitely made the free and popular exercise it a high profile event.

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The Organizing Chairlady was Lau Sie Poh (pic). She and her team are from Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church. I applaud them for doing such a fantastic job! Organizing such a big scale event is not easy so two thumbs up to them!

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The opening number caught me by surprise. I was much impressed with their creativity when the Sibu Praise Dancers presented their own unique version of welcome – wow! What a pity – I should have videoed it! My wife and church member Wendy (see pic) were among the hundreds who enjoyed the opening song and dance.

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SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann was there to grace the opening ceremony. He candidly asked, “How many of you men out there are Praise Dancers – please raise your hands?” This was because men are always reluctant to participate though the Praise Dance exercise is open to both genders.

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The Praise Dance “Sarawak Convention” (May 30 – June 1) was declared open.

Here are some of  the highlights of the one hour show. The lead instructor on stage was 74-year-“young” music teacher and founder Ng Mei Yun.

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Look at the sky – heavy downpour was reported to have started in other parts of Sibu already. But believe it or not, the threatening dark clouds held on the rain until the event was over, :).

It was an evening my wife and I will treasure and remember.

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Continuing from yesterday’s post, here are some more images from the Sports Day.

Our team’s march pass. Look at the beautiful sky!

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My wife was one of the Praise Dance performers.

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What a magnificent poise from the Praise Dance ladies!

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Everyone joining in the Praise Dance as a warming-up session!

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It’s amazing that without any practice we managed to get a Silver medal for the penalty shootout. My youngest son scoring, :).

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Our ladies team won a Bronze medal in the tug-of-war. So proud of them, :).

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Family, :).

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Overall we had a great time of fun and fellowship with everyone!

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