Sarawakian Khim Ho 22, started ballroom dancing at 9 when her mother enrolled her at a family friend’s dance studio.
Khim confesses that she had no prior ballet background but was inspired by her first lesson.
After her SPM, Khim decided to jump right in and join ballroom competitions.
She took private lessons for 2 hour sessions with an additional hour of practice every day! She went on to complete her UPSR as a Straight As’ student.
She recalls a time when she entered 5 Latin and 5 Ballroom dance competition in Vietnam. Leading up to competitions, the lessons and practises were back to back with the most gruelling schedules when she had to dance up to 12 hours a day for an entire week!
“I felt like dying, “Khim said with a bright smile,” I found out that I could push myself to the limits and but I loved it!”
“The exhilaration was very liberating to me. Dancing is my life!”
“Now I teach adult and children competition class, social dancing, performance class and teacher-student lesson. I encourage my students not to be afraid to commit. If there’s no commitment, there are no visible results.”
“My dream is to promote dance in schools and colleges. It will be a challenge to convince non-dancers to stay and start to love dancing after their first try.”
Khim’s advice is to always boost the confident of beginners as most non-dancers are afraid to start.
She is keen to make her classes fun with different music, and varies the routines to encourage dancers as most become bored with the same steps or too many corrections.
Khim encourages and challenges her students to keep their lessons exciting so they would have lessons more than once a week.
What does it take to dance like her, we asked.
“Practise, practise and more practice,” was the reply. See you on the dance floor.