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May 2, 2018
Let's Boogie! - The Story
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Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!

Celebrating the upcoming International Dance Day, which is celebrated on 29 April, Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter collaborated with DanceSport UI in a dance-themed meetup titled “Let's Boogie!” last Sunday, 22 April 2018. In this particular meetup, we discussed about ballroom dancing and we even got the chance to learn some basic cha-cha-chá moves!

Attended by 40 participants, the meetup commenced with an explanation about ballroom dancing by Grecia Angelita, the president of DanceSport UI. We were taught about the history of ballroom dancing, the difference between social and ballroom dance, the existence of competitive ballroom dancing, both internationally and nationally, types of competitive ballroom dance, etc. In explaining the types of ballroom dance, she was aided by Ira Destiara and Hamzah Al-Ghifari, the dance athlete pair from DanceSport UI who frequently compete in national competitions.

After the background introduction, the participants were asked to choose, from the ten types explained, one that they deemed the most interesting according to their table. They were also tasked to introduce a dance from their respective language table's country of origin. For this meetup, our participants were divided into three English Tables, Mandarin Chinese Table, Korean Table, Japanese Table, French Table, Spanish Table, and German Table. Almost every table tried to present their chosen dance with a demonstration, which incited either a round of applause or a round of laughter. In addition to the chosen ballroom dance and some well-known traditional dances, we were also introduced to new kinds of dances such as Morris dance, Ganggangsullae, and Trachtentanz.

After the presentation session, we headed outside to learn some basic cha-cha-chá moves. Ira and Hamzah were the instructors for this short ballroom dance workshop. First, the boys and the girls were separated and positioned behind the instructors to see and copy the postures and steps. Afterwards, they were told to pair up. Some boys were too shy to ask a girl's hand and ended up not practicing. Pity. After one hour of practicing, the workshop concluded with a demonstration by our instructors in which they performed the basic steps taught to the participants and a choreography for their upcoming competition.

Thank you for DanceSport UI for the fun and amazing collaboration! Special thanks to Hoshino Tea Time and Menara BTPN for the great venue! Hope to see you again on another Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter's meetup!

About the author

Fajar graduated from Japanese Studies, Universitas Indonesia in 2013, and currently works for Australia Awards Indonesia. His interests else than language including doing part-time work as liaison officer or interpreter, reading novels or manga, and browsing through spotify and youtube for music, preferably European or Asian music. He is also a big fan of Eurovision Song Contest. Currently he can speak Indonesian, English, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, with French, Portuguese, Czech, and Russian in progress. To a certain degree, he also able to understand Javanese and Sundanese.

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