The Dance Society of Malaysia’s (TDS) main aims are to raise the standard and awareness of dance, especially ballet, in this country while at the same time providing a platform for talented young dancers to showcase their talents.
The idea of a dance society was first mooted by Ms Lee Lee Lan in 1985 when she invited dance teachers and those interested in dance to discuss the idea at a special meeting on 8 September 1985.
A year later in December 1986, the Society was registered and the Pro-Tem
Committee became the first official Committee under the first President, Ms Lee Lee Lan. TDS from then on grew slowly but steadily as various leading dance personalities became presidents, amongst them, the current President, Mr Sunny Chan, an architect by profession who had also trained as a classical ballet danseur and had partnered many leading Malaysian ballerinas.
In 1988, this non-profit Society invited YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Bte Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar as Patron and since then, she has worked tirelessly to promote the cause and objectives of the Society. Committee Members are all volunteers, united in their common goal of promoting dance.
From 1988 to 1991, TDS had organized 4 junior dance competitions to provide the impetus towards technical excellence and high artistic standards. After a lapse, the competition was revived and continued from 1998 to 2006. With the exception of 2007, the competition resumed from 2008 till to-date.
TDS have organized many workshops by Malaysian and foreign visiting dance teachers which are usually well attended. Since 1991, TDS have organized bi-annual Festival of Dance. TDS has worked in collaboration with Danceworks Production (now KL Dance Works) to present International Ballet Gala (KL Arts Festival) 2012 and La Bayadere in 2015.
TDS became known as The Dance Society of Malaysia
Started the Northern Chapter in Ipoh
Started the Penang Chapter
Started the Malacca Chapter
PRESIDENT Sunny Chan Hean Kee
VICE PRESIDENT Katy Cheong Thing Kin
HON. SECRETARY Priscilla Yong Chui Ling
HON. TREASURER Kathryn Chew Yee Hsuen
PUBLICATION Kong Ke Xin
MEMBERSHIP Irene Low Soo Mei
COMPETITION Ho Kah Yeng
Tan Yee Min
Datin Rosalina Ooi Poh Gaik
Wong Yik Fook
Chua Meei Sien
Galvin Foo Chwan Lee
Lim Jeng Bing
Koh Wen Yee