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Clara Shih

Why Dance is an Essential Skill for Growing Up

When people first find out that I’m a dance teacher and a mother, one of the first things they ask is:  “Do your kids dance?”  Well, of course they do!  But few people actually know WHY they dance.  Do I put them in dance classes so that they could one day follow in their parents’…

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The 6th Year of VCC

VCC Organizers:  David, Clara & Michel It’s Monday, just over a week after my annual time of chaos, otherwise known as the Vancouver Challenge Cup.  Most people know that as event organizers, David, Michel & I are extremely busy with preparations during the last few weeks leading up to the event.  However, it’s just like…

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5-Step Competition Warmup

A good warmup is essential for competition success.  Not only does it prime your body to perform at its best, but it also prevents injury and is good for your health in the long run.  Don’t go straight into a 5-dance cold and expect to dance well.  You need to spend a good chunk of…

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Another Birthday To Be Thankful For

2018 BC Legends of Dance Award goes to Joel & Clara Marasigan This past weekend, another birthday has gone by.  After 40-something years, I am pretty used to the fact that my birthday often coincides with Thanksgiving weekend.  For the last 2 years though, not only has it coincided with Thanksgiving, but also the Delta…

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An Interview with Simon & Frances

Meet Simon & Frances… A retired Financier & Sociology professor, husband & wife team, who seek fulfillment in life through ballroom dancing. Names:  Simon Pau & Frances Chiang Age:  Simon: 69 years old;  Frances: 64 years old Education:  Simon: Postgraduate in Business and Undergraduate in Economics & Sociology Frances: Ph.D in Sociology Occupation:  Simon: retired Financier Frances:…

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An Interview with Amber Blair

Meet Amber Blair… Chemist during the day, outdoors aficionado on weekends and ballroom dancer at night.   Name: Amber Blair Nickname: “Bambi” Age:  27 years old Education:  Master of Science in Chemistry Current Occupation:  Scientific Communications and Publishing Coordinator at STEMCELL Technologies.  Amber’s main role is to write weekly science newsletters covering a variety of immunology…

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Free Ballroom Dance Lesson

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! In celebration of our nation’s important milestone, we at JC Dance Co are giving you a free ballroom dance lesson, eh!   Canadians are known for our hockey and our maple syrup, but wouldn’t it be great to be known for having a great time on the dance floor too?!  Teacher…

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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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