KEITH MCNAB & SUNSHINE CHAN – HONG KONG’S
ARGENTINE TANGO DANCERS AND TEACHERS
Argentine Tango – an intimate dance of style and elegance, emotion, passion and, always, simmering sensuality. Enter a world where the man leads and the woman is suggestive, playful, seductive but ultimately elusive.
Keith McNab and Sunshine Chan are Hong Kong’s leading exponents of Argentine Tango and were the first couple to teach and perform Tango at a professional level in Hong Kong.
Keith and Sunshine have been one of the leading couples in Hong Kong’s thriving Ballroom and Latin American dance scene for many years and Sunshine represented Hong Kong in the 1990 World Professional Ballroom Championships which were held in Tokyo, Japan. Sunshine is also a highly experienced and qualified teacher of dance.
Sunshine’s Teaching Qualifications:
Fellow of National Association of Teachers of Dancing [U.K.]
Associate of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing [U.K.]
Member of Queensland Society of Dancing [Australia]
Associate of Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing [Aust. & N.Z.]
Member of United Kingdom Alliance [Argentine Tango]
Keith's Teaching Qualifications:
Associate of United Kingdom Alliance
[Ballroom and Latin]
Member of United Kingdom Alliance [Argentine Tango]
In 1995 Pablo Inza and Gladys Fernandez made their first visit to Hong Kong to teach the Argentine Tango and Keith and Sunshine quickly became their most enthusiastic students. By the time Pablo and Gladys made their final visit in 1997, Keith and Sunshine were hooked on this fabulous dance.
Desperate to learn more, Keith and Sunshine have visited Argentina in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 to learn directly from the Tango maestros of Buenos Aires. During each of these 6 to 8 week visits they totally immerse themselves in the culture of Tango with a daily routine of private lessons, group classes, practicas and milongas which often go on until 5.00am.
During their visit in 2007, Keith and Sunshine won 1st Place in the 'World Dance Experience 2007' Argentine Tango competition, which was held at the Sheraton Retiro Hotel in Buenos Aires. The event was organized by World Dance Promotions during the World Dance Council 2007 World Pro-Am Championships and the most satisfying aspect of the competition is that it was judged by local Tango maestros.
Like many others, Tango has become an obsession and their ambition has always been to promote and popularize the dance in Hong Kong. To this end Keith and Sunshine have performed numerous dance shows, exhibitions and demonstrations at dancing schools and social centres as well as more prestigious venues such as the following:
|Fringe Club;||Regent Hotel;|
|Hong Kong Cultural Centre;||Sheraton Hotel;|
|HK Academy for Performing Arts;||Excelsior Hotel;|
Sha Tin Plaza;
|Great Eagle Hotel;|
|Aberdeen Marina Club;||Grand Hyatt Hotel;|
|China Tee Club;||Harbour Plaza Hotel;|
|Manhattan Nightclub;||Mandarin Oriental Hotel;|
|Chariot Club;||Holiday Inn, Golden Mile;|
|Club '97, Lan Kwai Fong;||Hong Kong Regal Hotel;|
|Hong Kong University;||Eaton Hotel;|
|Snoopy's World;||Intercontinental Hotel;|
|VIP Bar/Restaurant;||Mira Hotel;|
|Club Ing;||Hopewell Centre;|
|Bar City;||Lane Crawford, Tsim Sha Tsui;|
|Steps Bar;||HK Japanese Club;|
|Star Ferry;||Al Corso Bar/Restaurant;|
|YMCA;||La Placita Bar/Restaurant;|
Movenpick Marche Restaurant;
|Stanley Plaza;||Fashion Street, Causeway Bay;|
|Tai Po Mega Plaza;||Fendi Fashion Show;|
|Olympian Centre;||Hong Kong Jockey Club;|
|Arts in the MTR;||Sha Tin Jockey Club;|
|TVB's 'Cultural Plaza';||HK Cultural Centre Piazza;|
|TVB's 'Culture Engine 4U';||Discovery Bay Piazza;|
|TVB's 'It's Show Time';||Cyber for Children Charity Ball;|
|TVB's 'Identity';||Jumbo Floating Restaurant;|
|Dynasty Club, Grand Hyatt;||Ladies' Recreation Club;|
|Queen Elizabeth Stadium;||Harvard Charity Ball;|
|Dragon-I;||HK Convention & Exhibition Centre;|
|'C' Club, Lan Kwai Fong;||HK Salsa Festival 2005;|
|Cova Restaurant;||HK Salsa Festival 2006;|
|Club JJs, Grand Hyatt;||HK Salsa Festival 2010;|
|Dancing Restaurant, Tsing Yi;||Hebe Haven Yacht Club;|
|English Restaurant, Jordan;||Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club;|
|Telford Recreation Club;||LCSD New Year Count Down, 2007/8;|
|Stanley Prison Officers' Recreation Club;||1st Hong Kong Tango Festival, 2010;|
|Kee Club, Lan Kwai Fong;||'Time to Shine' charity events;|
|Club Sugar, Lan Kwai Fong;||Sheraton Retiro Hotel, Buenos Aires;|
|Club Sin Rumbo, Buenos Aires;||Plaza Derrego, Buenos Aires.|
In June 1998, to introduce more dance students to Argentine Tango, Keith and Sunshine founded the Hong Kong Tango Academy and started to provide the first professional-level Tango instruction available on a regular basis in Hong Kong. The classes were initially held at the New Academy of Dance and later at Scott’s Dancing School before Keith and Sunshine were able to open their own school at 22/F Great Smart Tower, 230 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai. Tango classes were held every Friday and Saturday for beginner, improver and intermediate levels as well as occasional classes for Milonga, Tango Vals and Show Tango. After 12 years, the school closed and classes are now held at the nearby Amico Dance Studio in Wan Chai.
Keith and Sunshine also teach tango classes for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education [HKU SPACE]. For full details of all classes, please click here.
Keith and Sunshine are available for private lessons, shows and demonstrations. For further information call Sunshine on 9486-4984 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In January 2005, after 25 years working on construction sites around the world, Keith retired from his career as a Civil Engineer and is now teaching Tango on a full-time basis. For private lessons, at $650 per hour [up to 4 persons], call Keith on 9104-5307 or e-mail email@example.com
Private lessons with Keith or Sunshine are available at Amico Dance Studio or their Sai Kung studio.
Want to see more photos? Check out Keith and Sunshine's Photo Gallery.