Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Owen De Abrew - King of Ballroom Dancing

Owen de Abrew is one of Sri Lanka's leading ballroom dance personalities, he is known as the 'King of Ballroom dancing'. He was born on the island in 1920. 

 He started his dance career under the guidance of Carl Cooke and won his first Ballroom Dance Championship in Colombo in 1952, at the National Ballroom Open Event. He started teaching dance as a career in 1954. De Abrew has taught the waltz or foxtrot and Latin dances such as cha cha and rumba, among other dance forms to thousands in Sri Lanka.

Own de Abrew was also a guest presenter of many radio programs in the late 1950s and 1960s, over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon. He presented a popular radio programme called The Ballroom of the Air. The station ruled the airwaves in South Asia and millions tuned in to hear Radio Ceylon. Owen de Abrew brought with him a flair and creativity to English radio programmes on the Station. He continued giving his input when Radio Ceylon became the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. De Abrew worked very closely with broadcasting legends Livy Wijemanne and Vernon Corea at Radio Ceylon throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

The National Association of Dancing of the UK awarded Owen de Abrew a medal for outstanding contribution to Ballroom Dancing in Sri Lanka in 1989 and Owen de Abrew received this award from John Dilroy who was the UK's Ten Dance Champion, Fellow and Examiner of the Imperial Society.
Two of de Abrew's students represented Sri Lanka at the World Championships in the United States in 1988. Owen de Abrew has handed the ballroom dance mantle to his son Ravi de Abrew who is a dance champion in his own right in Sri Lanka.
Ravi is also an Australian qualified Latin and Ballroom Dance Teacher. Ravi is the first second generation dance teacher in Sri Lanka. 

Source: Wikipedia

No comments:

Post a Comment