For over the past 20 years, I have producing shows & choreographed shows to represent Singapore on the international  arena. So here're some simple but effective advice I can give to all dancers, wanting to wow their audiences! 

Tip No 1: Internalise your Routine

Every dancer has to learn the choreography & make sure that it comes naturally without even having to think about what move is next. That should be the standard to go for. that will leave you with nothing else to worry about except concentrate on the more important stuff.  

Tip No 2: Accents

A dance move is all about the accents, the rhythms, so the moves have to go with the accents & not against it. I simply do not understand choreograoher who go agains the grain of the music, pinking the less obvious instead of going for the most apparent accents in the music. 

Tip No 3: Musicality

Every dancers has to make the move flow with the music, the feel is what separates a great dancer from the average dancers. So think about how to capture the essence of the move together with the music. 

 

Tip No 4: Warmup

Every dancer takes this for granted. Your body is a network of fluids & joints that requires a good warm up & tune-up. Nothing more important than this to ensure longevity & avoidance of injuries.

Tip No 5: Stage Run

You have to do a proper stage run with every single element possible to make sure to optimise the space, to ensure stage is safe, & free from defects, music can be heard clearly, & lighting does not interfere or endanger you. As much as possible, so your system does not get a rude shock.

So there you go! 5 simple tips-All the best for your next show!!! 

When it come to performing on stage for Singers, there's a lot to think about. Let me summarise by giving 5 simple tips to give a you a headstart to creating that perfect performance for a Singer.

Tip No 1: Finding the Right Song

This is the No 1 make-or-break tip for all performers as you hear that a lot during song competitions like such as "American Idol", the type of song, the range of the song, ie the key, the choice of style, the notes to pick all boils down to finding the right fit. 

Tip No 2: Preparation & Rehearsals:-

Practice makes Perfect. The more you can nail down every aspect of the performance, the better will the performance be. The song entry, the breathe control, the adlibs, the runs, make sure you practice the song to death.   

Tip No 3: Soundchecking:-

It is so important to rehearse with the actual sound person who is going to control your levels. Try to make sure the levels are right, that you are able to hear yourself, striking a good balance between that & the level of music too. Between the musician & yourself, know how to blend together .

Tip No 4: Develop Communication Cues:-   

Sometimes, halfway during the performance, you might want need the microphone to be louder or the music to be louder, so have a set of cues to help you manage that so as not to distract from the performance & come across as unprofessional. 

Tip No 5: Tell A Story

The whole idea about singing is that it is the musical way of telling a story- meaning what kind of character are you in emoting the song, what is the premise, what do you hope to make the audience feel? All that helps to create that memorable performance, as every song is like a story to be told.

So I hope these 5 simple but important tips will help you, feel free to comment & ask me for further tips & I will try my best, with 20 over years of experience, to share with you!

 

 

So you have a performance coming up. You have been practising but you want to make sure the audience totally enjoys your performance. Here are some simple tips to ensure you maximise the impact.

1. Write an Emcee Introduction

Nothing beats a proper introduction that prepares the audience to be ready to embrace you & your special talent. So a proper introduction will grab everyone's attention & make sure they are not busy eating or hanging outside. You want them to love you already before you start. So write a short but grabbing introduction to catch their attention.

2. Your Entry

You can create an impact from entering into the room rather then standing by next to the stage.

A piece of musical fanfare as introduction to pre-empt the audience. It can be short, but filled with anticipation.

3. Visual Impact

You can substantiate your presentation or your performance with simple hand props that won't cost an arm or a leg. Eg entering with a bunch of balloons. Now that's what a call entering the room with a bang!!! (well if any balloons pop that's really a big bang alright!)

4.  Comedic Element

Every performance can definitely benefit from a little humour, so work in that into your act. People love a little laughter to break the monotony, so don't be afraid to clown around or have a memorable funny moment.  

5. The Ending

Make sure you build your performance into a climax, i have seen too many started off well but never maintaining the audience interest until they feel like they lose the audience & just simply give up. Maintain your poise & end off with a bang. If not- at least, repeat your grand entry with a grand exit.

So i hope these simple tips will help to bring your performance to the next level... feel free to comment & let me know if I can be of help!

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Today's event is really something very different & unique. As it is for a logistics company, they have decided to organise the Chinese New Year Lo hei event in their air-conditioned warehouse. Naturally I have a hard time looking for the place as the facility is so humongous, it almost feels like we are in the airport. Imagine that is the scale we are dealing with. Initially I had such a hard time looking for the actual warehouse venue that I almost gave up and call the event organiser to personally direct me.

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However, when we manage to find the place, I was pleasantly surprised that the air-conditioning was really working well. The entire please had everything including Staging, backdrop, decorations, sound and there was a still plenty of space to spare. Of course, unlike normal event venues, the place is a little grey, a little cold and very echoey. But we work with it & try our best to maximise the impact.

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Other than that, everything seems to go well -from the opening Chinese New Year song to the games to the singing and audience interaction, they seem to have so much fun that I was pleasantly surprised. I think the funniest must be the game I played with the guys in which one of them decided to carry me and lift me off the ground, without me even knowing. This gentle giant carried me as if I was a little baby- not just once but twice and to the amazement of the audience! Naturally, he won the contest as he proves to be the strongest. I think everything was memorable event for me. The boss even give me a big Ang Pow (red packet).

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In the end, it was a successful event as when I was going home, one of the staff in the lift commented "Great Job!!!" & said that I was such an energetic and vibrant MC. So in the end, I think I made a difference to the Chinese New Year event as we all love to bring a little more vibrancy and positivity and optimism to a Lohei event.

 

 

For the 2nd year in a row, i was asked to emcee for this client & they decided to choose Good Old Kampong Days as their theme as the Boss wants to keep the Kampong spirit alive amongst the staff.

Naturally I have to start off the event with a Kampong song to bring up the armosphere, so I decide to sing Geylang Sipaku Geylang. 

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The night went on just find as I began to warm them up for the theme. I sang a CNY Lohei song to introduce the first lohei dish.

We played a couple of Kampung games in which I set challenges like chapteh & 5 stones to give out ang pows but the funniest was Best Dressed, as they paired up in their respective character. Out of the blue & to my surprise, the staff really stepped up to make the good old days come alive. We all had such a good laugh including myself!

At the end, I remember the boss said "See you next year!" as he handed me & the crew an Ang Pow each.

 

It was such a gratifying experience to bring some smiles to the folks at the Jamiyah Home for Aged. I found them waiting for something to happen & they gladly welcome me when i started soundchecking the microphone.  Of course i tried to ra-ra them to warmly welcome Minister Masagos Zulkifli. As he arrives to deliver his speech & for the angpow distribution, I was put into a tight spot to do immediate translation for him. But shortly after. I started with my CNY song as well as moving into the audience to sing some P Ramlee favourites like Azizah

I did enjoy singing & connecting with them, as there so much sadness in them. So hopefully I brought a moment of reminisce, a moment of joyful recollection of the past.

Later at the CC, I started with a whole entire series of interactive fun & games with my CNY Reperoire & oldies but goodies segment. It went very well & they really enjoyed it. After inviting them for the buffet,  I thought of entertaining the Minister with a Malay song but he asked for a Mandarin song  朋友 Emil Chou's 周华健. That really brought a smile onto his face as he really likes the song.

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I did it!!! Entertaining 1130 pax is definitely no joke but i did it!!!

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in fact halfway thru the event, one of the organising committee members came up to me to say "Great Job & Keep it Up!!!" I knew then I was on the right track. It must be the way i interacted with the audience. They simply loved it!!!

Plus I received this after the event, Justin is in the organising committee. He was all praises for me even after the first segment of audience interaction.

I was truly appreciated, & that itself is great on my back. Even though i felt i could have done better if i got the chance to grab a bite or 2 before the event started. But I survived on coffee & water throughout. 

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Naturally I have to pay the price later after the show...I ate my beehoon plus 1 big bowl of mutton soup, 2 oranges, some banana, chips & salsa & 1 apple, & this is just 4 hours after the show, i am still up & wondering if all this is enough! haha, funny   

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