Pink sisterhood bonding over dance


THE love and passion for dancing brought together a group of vivacious women from diverse backgrounds to form a group called Pink Spice.

Formed last year, the group consists of members in their 50s and 60s, and they meet once or twice a week to dance.

Be it contemporary, Latin or jazz fusion, the dances are choreo­graphed by Yvonne Gabriel (pic), a former 1980s model.

Gabriel was Model of the Year in 1982 and a back-up dancer for the late singer Sudirman.

Unlike other dance groups, Pink Spice shares a “pink sisterhood”, as every woman here has battled cancer and are survivors.

Just as spice added to a dish gives an extra oomph, the women of Pink Spice exude strength and grit in overcoming, surviving and thriving after cancer.

According to Gabriel, dance allows a person to express a wide variety of emotions.

“Dancing is a fantastic way to relieve stress and lose yourself in the rhythm of the music.

“It helps us forget all the problems in our lives and to simply enjoy the present moment,” she added.

Audrey Herrera, 51, a group member, said dancing is a form of escapism and when there is a group of strong women to bond over something, one would love dancing.“It is a testament that cancer doesn’t get in the way of living your best life.

“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but as long as the music plays, we shall dance, stay fit and support one another in our journey,” she added.

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