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Parents, faculty dance up a storm at the TES Gala Evening

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Parents and faculty of the Taipei European School (TES) vamped up the annual TES Gala Evening last Saturday night at the Hyatt Taipei in the popular garb long immortalized by John Travolta and Farrah Fawcett.

A tradition that possibly dates back to the school's beginnings, the Gala Evening has gradually shifted from a fundraising event to a night for tired parents to mingle and relax themselves. Themed "Saturday Night Fever," this year's Gala Evening threw its doors open to around 230 parents and staff members, all eager for a night's disco dancing.

Bell bottoms, Farrah's feathered bangs topped with wide headbands, glittery platform shoes and white suits with oversized collars … the parents' well-planned event and costumes all scream of 1970's. The TES' Parent Support Council (PSC) has been preparing for the event right after Christmas Break, trying to bring a different flair to this year's gathering, said PSC Chairwoman Eri Ho. "This year we just want to go crazy! We want the parents and teachers to just let go and enjoy themselves. So many parents signed up to dance!" Ho laughed.

Doubling as DJ for the night, PSC Vice Chair Mike Humphrey points to the decorations that give the venue a retro aura, saying that the parents had created everything from scratch. "A lot of parents volunteered to help with the preparations and we even decorated the place ourselves … also, we have a non-competitive dancing competition this year," said Humphrey.

School CEO Allan Weston and Board of Governors Chairman Mark Lintott greeted the guests and introduced this year's sponsors, including Audi, Mercedez-Benz, Grand Hyatt Taipei, the Sherwood Taipei, the American Club Taipei among others.

The dancing competition proved to be a successful first as both parents and faculty jazzed up their dance steps to appreciative hoots and cheers from the guests, clapping to Abba and Bee Gee hits. The dancers' efforts were reflected on their matching outfits and some had even hired professional dancers to coach their moves. "I heard they practiced for an hour everyday with the coach," whispered a parent-dancer.

Weston also performed with the members of the school's jazz band, bringing smiles with the old but gold hits from the 1960's and 70's; "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Brick House," and many more songs that had people reminiscing of their past Saturday night fevers.

After a raffle draw, the night ended with the guests dancing through the night amid talk to "do it again next year."

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