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Memory Lane Down Ashley’s Dance Journey In 2019

As 2019 approaches to an end, it is the time of the year to pen down Ashley’s dance journey in 2019. It has been an exciting year for our firstborn as 2019 not only marks her maiden voyage as a solo performer but also that of the opportunity of competing in different regionals for Get The Beat dance competition before she starts primary school in 2020.

As what every parents would feel, we were hesitant in our decision to have Ashley perform solo on stage as she has had always the comfort of performing alongside her friends in school. Luckily for us, Luminous Dance Academy’s Xpress Dance Challenge provided the best opportunity for Ashley to have her first experience performing solo on stage and despite initial hesitation in going on stage on her own, Ashley completed her first solo jazz dance routine “Birthday” and was awarded 2nd place for her category.

With the confidence built in the Xpress Dance Challenge, Ashley had the opportunity to compete in three regionals of GTB 2019 (Singapore, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur) where she surprised us with her placings, particularly with her performance in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur of which she was ranked 2nd overall in the Mini Category.

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Ashley’s 1st Overseas Performance with Jody Marshall Dance Company in Hong Kong

It has been ages since I have updated about Ashley’s dance curriculum and this makes an excellent opportunity for me to share on her dance journey thus far. Since mid last year, we have switched Ashley to Jody Marshall Dance Company (JMDC) as we realised that she was not learning much from her previous dance school which operated more like a multi-chain school which does not demonstrate dedication to individual students’ need. In May this year, she joined the JMDC 6 and under dance troupe upon completion of her TTA exam and the first item that caught our eye for their events in 2018 was he year end performance in Hong Kong Disneyland. Of no surprise, Ashley showed no hesitation in wanting to participate in the event when we asked her and went through months of training with her fellow JMDC dance mates for this Hong Kong trip.

After months of hard work from all the kids in JMDC, we finally set off on 6th December 2018 for their Hong Kong dance journey. Despite an early flight out at 7.40am, the kids were all bright and cheery on the day of departure (Daddy Colin is absent from the group photos as he readily stepped up to the role of the official photographer to capture the beautiful moments of the trip).

Departing early morning for HK

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