Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ballroom Dancing Storming through Asia - follow up

As a follow up on “Ballroom Dancing Storming through Asia” I emailed Marcel De Rijk regarding Hawai‘i Amateur couples and/or California couples joining the WDC Asian Amateur League.
I have known Marcel, personally, for many years from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s when he danced with his sister Ratna. They represented The Netherlands at many world championships and in 1972 they were finalists. I always connect with them both every year at the British Championships in Blackpool. Marcel is now the Vice President of the WDC and President of the Dutch Professional Dance Sport Federation, International Adjudicator and Trainer. His maternal grandfather was from Indonesia so it is natural that he now calls Indonesia his second home. He owns and runs a Hotel and Spa on the beautiful island of Lombok, just a 25-minute flight from Bali.
His reply from my email stated that the competitions under the Asian Amateur League are “Open to the World” so that Hawai‘i and Mainland couples are all welcome to join and take part in any of the WDC Open Asian Amateur Championships.
They organize these competitions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Marcel De Rijk’s own event in Indonesia will be held July 3 and 4, 2010 on the beautiful Island of Lombok (Last year there were 14 countries represented).
To get an idea of Lombok and Marcel's hotel, Puri Mas Resort & Spa check his website www.purimas-lombok.com. When you go to his website make sure you check out “About Us” and “Specials – Holiday and Dance”

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