Something to do this Sunday

Something to do this Sunday

The place is Gateway just off Ekamai. The times are Sunday and Thursday. Photos by Jacqueline Khoury
The place is Gateway just off Ekamai. The times are Sunday and Thursday. Photos by Jacqueline Khoury

Dancers, good, bad and ugly: You are welcome at Gateway Ekamai this and every Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

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I'm a little old for this, but I live down the road on Ekamai and writer Catherine Faulder has got me interested. Here is an excerpt from her story in today's story Guru Magazine.

On the spot inspiration

Catherine Faulder

If you’re an Ekamai regular, you may have already seen those sexy street dancers dropping hot-as-funk moves in front of Ekamai Gateway’s plaza, moving to the sound of funk, from ‘70s, ghetto and electro to boogie and hip hop, blasting from DJ Rory Breaker-Morant’s (aka DJ Pornstache) wheels of steel. No dancer myself (apart from in the bathroom when no one’s looking), I was a bit intimidated when I first stepped into a Sunday session at We Got The Spot (WGTS).

My minimal understanding of dance was immediately enriched. Zac Alcampo, a locking pro and founder of WGTS, introduced me to the different styles of street dance I knew pretty much zilch about: krumping, tricking, popping, locking, waacking, B-Boying or breaking, house, dancehall and hip hop, to name a few. My head was already popping, waacking and hip hopping with all these new words.

It's fun.

What I really love about WGTS is that every time I go, I’m not made to feel as though I have two left feet. There is a genuinely inclusive vibe inviting all people, whether they can dance or not, to join in.

“The Bangkok street dance scene is young, spread out and fragmented,” explains Alcampo. “When I set WGTS up, I wanted to change that. I wanted a space where we could all come together, practise, develop as dancers and share ourselves, a space where people had more in common with each other than not — and selfishly, I just wanted a reliable and regular spot to train!”

If you’re already a brilliant dancer, great, go there to improve and learn from other dancers. If you’re not a dancer and want to be one, no problem, everyone there is willing to teach you what they know, with absolutely zero judgement. WGTS’s motto is “Each One: Reach One: Teach one” and boy do they stick to it. Reach out to any one of the dancers at the spot and I guarantee you they will drizzle you with their enthusiasm for dancing. In fact, reach out to anyone who goes to the spot, dancer or not, and they will drizzle you with their enthusiasm for the talent they meditate with. And what’s your hidden talent? Why not go there and teach it?

That takes strength.

Honestly, everyone at the spot goes there to do what they love. Don’t like dancing at all and don’t want to think about ever wanting to do so? Then do you write? Paint? Sketch? Draw? Do you enjoy music or have a burning desire to learn how to DJ? Are you a budding photographer? Do you like taking really cool selfies? V-blogging? Snap chatting? Do you like hanging out? Do you like eating? People-watching? Laughing? Still no? OK, do you breathe?

Guaranteed, if you spend even an hour here on a Sunday night (sessions run from 6:30-9:30pm) you will be inundated with inspiration that will in the very least give you something interesting to talk about at work. If you’re really blown away by WGTS, you can attend its Thursday sessions — same time, same place.

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  • absolutely (adv): completely - โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแน่นอน, อย่างแท้จริง
  • blown away (verb): (informal) impressed or very excited about something - ทรหวล, พัดหอบเอาไป
  • boogie: a dance to pop music -
  • boy (inter): used for expressing a strong reaction, especially admiration or excitement - คำอุทานแสดงความประหลาดใจหรือดูถูก
  • brilliant: very skilful, impressive, or successful - ฉลาดหลักแหลม
  • budding (adj.): beginning to develop or become successful - การผลิดอก, แตกใบ, เริ่มผลิ
  • desire: a strong wish to have or do something - ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ
  • drizzle (verb): to pour, especially a small amount of liquid over food that you are preparing - เท
  • enrich: to improve the quality of something, often by adding something to it - ทำให้ดีขึ้น, ทำให้มีคุณค่ามากขึ้น
  • enthusiasm: the feeling of being very interested in something or excited by it - ความกระตือรือร้น
  • excerpt: a part of a longer story, speech, song, text, etc. - บทคัดย่อ
  • founder (noun): a person who establishes an institution, business, or organisation - ผู้ก่อตั้ง
  • fragmented: not unified; broken into separate parts - แตกแยกเป็นส่วนๆ, ขาดเป็นตอนๆ
  • funk (noun): a type of music that developed in the late 1960s from soul and early rock and roll, containing lively drum beats, repeated electric bass lines, and often singing -
  • genuinely: really; sincerely; honestly - โดยแท้
  • ghetto (noun): an area in a city or town where people of a particular type live, usually in poor conditions - เขตบริเวณสลัมที่มีคนอยู่กันแออัด
  • guarantee: to be certain that something will happen - รับรอง, รับประกัน
  • hang out: to spend a lot of time at a place or with someone - ใช้เวลามาก สังสรรค์ คุยกัน เช่น กับเพื่อนๆ
  • hip hop (noun): a type of music that developed among African-American musicians using rap and samples (=short pieces of recorded music or sound) that are repeated and combined with musical instruments -
  • immediately (adv): happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที
  • improve: to get better - ดีขึ้น
  • in common (phrase): shared, e.g., interests, experiences or other characteristics - มีบางสิ่งเหมือนกัน
  • inclusive (adj): including a wide range of people, things, ideas, etc - ครอบคลุม, กินวงกว้าง, รวมทุกอย่าง
  • inspiration: someone or something that gives you new ideas or enthusiasm to do something - แรงบันดาลใจ
  • intimidated: frightened or nervous because you are not confident in a situation - ทำให้กลัว, ข่มขู่, กรรโชก
  • inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
  • meditate (verb): to think deeply, usually in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm - ทำสมาธิ
  • minimal: very small in amount - น้อยที่สุด, น้อยมาก
  • motto: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a belief or purpose - ภาษิตคำขวัญ
  • regular: a person who often takes part in the same activity -
  • regular (adj): normal; following a pattern, especially with the same time and space in between each thing and the next - ปกติ, เป็นประจำ, เสมอๆ
  • reliable: that you can depend on; that can be trusted to work well - เชื่อถือได้, ไว้ใจได้
  • selfishly (adv): thinking only about yourself - อย่างเห็นแก่ตัว
  • session (noun): a period of time that is spent doing a particular activity -
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • stick to: to refuse to change your mind about something even when other people are trying to persuade you that you are wrong - ยึดมั่น
  • talent: a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught - ความสามารถพิเศษ
  • train: to practice a sport to get better and win in competition -
  • two left feet (slang): of someone who is very awkward, especially someone who can't dance well -
  • vibe: feeling - อารมณ์ความรู้สึกที่มีต่อคน สิ่งของ สถาน
  • zilch (noun): (informal); nothing, nothing at all - ไม่มีอะไรเลย, ศูนย์
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