Stunning show of music and dance


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 11 Sep 2017

Star Media Group chief executive officer and managing director Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (centre) leading the senior management staff of The Star and representatives of the sponsors for a cake-cutting ceremony to mark the 40th edition of Penang Starwalk.

GETTING the crowd on their feet and enthralling them with a vivacious performance were a piece of cake for United States Monarchy’s deejay Mickey D.

Based in Penang, the American group comprising the Silva siblings Marc, 13, Sophia, 12, Chloe, 10, and Luc, eight, had the crowd cheering for more during the Starwalk Variety Show at Gurney Paragon mall yesterday.

Belting out covers of popular songs like ‘Feel This Moment’, ‘See You Again’ and an original number titled ‘You Know Why’, the kids added slick dance moves to their act that had the crowd jiving along.

Their father Marc Silva, 41, said the children are working on their first studio album with Grammy-nominated producer Benny Steele slated to be released next year.

“They will release a few singles this year and an album next year. The kids turned professional two years ago after they started performing at a restaurant in Hong Kong where we were previously based.

“When we realised how much they enjoyed it, as parents, my wife and I wanted them to pursue their dreams,” he said.

Silva said the group had joined forces with fellow American Mickey D who also helped them write their songs.

Regular performers for Penang Starwalk since 2007, Let’s Dance Studio students did not disappoint with their energy-sapping performances.

Comprising two groups, D’ Starz, an all-girl group, and Shinobi, an all-boy group, the individual acts mesmerised their crowd.

The boys showcased their break-dancing moves while the girls, clad in cheerleader costumes, brought their sexy moves to the floor as they danced to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’.

Studio founder Joonee Oh said that being a part of Starwalk for 10 years was amazing.

Earlier, hundreds of participants also took part in a 30-minute fun Zumba session led by pioneering instructor Lisa Lim after the fun run.

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