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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

4 Generations: Sunny Low To Tasha Low Of SKarf

Sunny Low
Sunny Low Dancers:
The connection is simple and clear. Natasha Low or Tasha, from the current K-Pop group SKarf, is the grand daughter of Sunny Low the undisputed king of dance in Singapore from the late 1950s. Sunny learnt the art from his father Low Poh San who had a dance studio at Tiong Bahru. Following his father's footsteps (pun intended) the present Sunny Low Dance Studio at The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road is his own making. 

The senior Low was the first to introduce ballroom dancing in Singapore and since the dance studio was a shop-house, the family lived and taught dancing at the same venue.   He participated in many dance competitions and later became the Singapore Professional Ballroom Champion in 1946, and from 1950 to 1953.

Sunny with wife Aleena Tan from his Website.
Sunny himself took up dancing at 14 and his younger sister Betty at 12.  They both started out by helping at the dance studio. Both became household names in 1960s when they acquired the title Singapore’s Rock and Roll and Cha-Cha King and Queen in a dance competition. The win encouraged the siblings to form The Sunny Low Dancers which had performed regularly since on television, in theatres, cinemas and night clubs whenever they could.

Ballroom Dancing Competition in Singapore Today
From the Website:
"Singapore's Father of Ballroom Dancing, Low Poh San with his wife Jenny Quek started the Pohsan Dance Studio in 1937. His children Sunny Low and Betty Low, crowned the King and Queen of Rock n Roll in 1957. Sunny Low Dancers, household name in the seventies and eighties, were featured in Radio Television Singapore and Singapore Broadcasting Corperation. His grandchildren and their wives, Alvyn and Lucy Low and Melvyn & Nancy Low were undefeated champions in Singapore and South East Asia. Today, the 4th Generation of Low family is very much in the business of Dance."
Natasha Low or 'Tasha'.
SKarf:
Back to the future and Natasha, daughter of one of Sunny's son Alvyn, is now a celebrity dancer herself having been cast in the KPop hall of fame as one of only four dancers in the group called SKarf (the first two letters are obviously Singapore and Korea).

                              SKarf You Tube Video uploaded by alphaentkorea

Tasha's mother, Lucy Wang who is part of the Low family dancers, is an instructor too and according to an interview in late 2012 she misses Tasha during her training in Korea.  Eighteen year young Tasha and Ferlyn Wong (20) another Singaporean were successful candidates from 3,000 hopefuls in an audition held here two years ago to select members for this KPop group.  SKarf has two other band members, Koreans Jenny Lee Joo Young, 16, and Jeong Sol, 21.

Wow! Four generations of dancers, from Poh San to Sunny, then to Alvyn and now Natasha. These are the people who have formed permanent footprints on the ballroom floor, true blue Singaporeans who  leave positive marks on our memory trail.

SKarf with Natasha Low or Tasha (2nd right)
This post is dedicated to the late ALVYN LOW, Natasha's father, who had passed away on the 11th of January 2013.   Larry Lai, friend Eddie and I paid our respects at the wake in Singapore on Sunday 13th January as we met Sunny, Lucy, Natasha and their families).

My thanks to Lai Simin, who helped with the writing of this article.
You Tube video by: alphaentkorea.
Images: Google, Raffles Town Club Singapore, and
Sunny Low Dance Studios Websites.

20 comments:

JC said...

Oh, didn't know Sunny has such a talented grand daughter. If not for the clue you gave I wouldn't have the foggiest idea what the connection is?

Cheers!

STEVEN FARRAM said...

Thanks Andy. Now I know.

VINCENT PATTON said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks for having a write-up on my dad.

I'm Maurice Patton son and he has passed on in June 1991. We have lots of Maurice Patton & The Melodians records at home still in good condition.

Simon Junior & one of the band member Sim are still around but not in contact.

Fyi - Barney Morier (Hawaian singer & steel guitars) has migrated to Perth WA.

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you Vincent for the information about your dad and the other members. I have written to Simon Junior a few times through a friend but he has not replied.

If you know the whereabouts of Mr Sim and Barney Morier's email address I would be grateful if you could send them to me.

Is there anyway I could contact you via the Internet. I shall not reveal your email address. I am doing all this in good faith for the younger generation to read and not for rewards, monetary gains nor personal success.

Cheers.

find.din3 said...

what you're doing is great Andy! just like you've said, it really does good for younger generation like myself as I did research on Singapore musicians in the 1960s. Thank you for doing this :)

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks again to JC who was from the pop 60s guitar group, DECIBELS and Steve Farram (both above)who have always responded to my blog and mail with lots of ideas and information.

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks find.din3. I don't know who you are as it is usual for readers to write anonymously. Appreciate your pat on the back. I am glad the blog is helping you with your research on Singapore 60s music.

Teoh said...

This is an amazing story. Members of 4 generations of Low family are pursuing the same dream in dancing/singing

Andy Lim* said...

Yes they are Teoh. When the heart is willing the journey is possible. Thanks for the visit and support of this blog.

DJCARLITO said...

The ZARAK Dancers? Just thought maybe since that's truly a "dance" group from the pop yeh yeh era.

Andy Lim* said...

That's from the Malay Pops DJ. Sunny Low and Betty Low are from the English pop genre. But the unique touch is that we all meet and perform together during the 60s. Doesn't really matter which group, language or dialect we speak in. Music binds and knows no boundaries.

BATURO said...

Thanks Andy,

The photos evoke nostalgia! I remember the day when Sunny approached my friend and invited him to take part in the 'Mr Twister Contest' held at Shaw's Sky theatre in the 60s.

Kind regards
Arthur

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you Arthur. Wow you are familiar with the 60s music scene. Blog readers will be glad for more stories from you.

BYRT MALLANYK said...

Ahh, now it makes sense! Thank you for giving the answer to that mystery Andy. I do remember Sunny Low!
Byrt

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks Byrt for your comment and visit. Appreciate that you remember Sunny Low. He's still at it, busy with his many groups and spreading ballroom dancing, etc. while his younger team teaches K-Pop and hip-hop.

MUNCS said...

Dear Andy,

Sorry for not being able to supply the Sunny & Betty photograph earlier to include in your blog.

Its great, thanks for posting it.

Regards

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you so much Mun. The posting is already up a few days ago. I just changed the photograph and it looks fabulous. What do you think?
You are a great photographer. You snapped at just the correct moment :-)

Regards.

RONNY AND THE BURNS said...

Dear Andy,

Thank you for the kind thoughts, as you've always been!

Sunny is a great dancer and dance coach, undoubtedly the most renowned in the 60s till today. I've been a fan of Sunny Low Dancers all these time. There were two of his best students (Victor Koh & Sunny Lee) who came and join the band, as leading Shindig Dancers (comprised of 3 males and 6females troupe), during the band's touring/performances in Malaysia in 1966.

My respect of Sunny Low being a great dancer is indelible.

Best Regards,
Ron.

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks Ron for your informative comment. Those of us who know the 60s appreciate Sunny Low's contribution to the dance scene. He is still one of the best dancers today.

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks very much to those who made this posting one of the most successful with nearly 3,000 readers within a year. That's a lot for a blog like this one. It is definitely due to the popularity of SKarf (today's K pop generation group).

Congratulations Sunny. Your granddaughter has made it, just like you.