'Out of shape' Zoe Tay to perform peacock dance -- after not dancing for 8 years

5 October 2016 / 3 weeks 17 hours ago

Lisa Twang
The New Paper
Oct 5, 2016

She is gorgeous and graceful in real life, so portraying a peacock in a dance should come naturally to Zoe Tay.

Still, the Queen of Caldecott Hill is nervous about her performance at the President's Star Charity 2016 show later this month, even though she will be accompanied by members of the Dance Ensemble Singapore.

Speaking to The New Paper at a press conference yesterday for the event, the 48-year-old actress said: "When my manager sent me the clip of the dance, I said, 'Surely I can't do all those moves all by myself. I am so out of practice.'"

The mother of three recalled that her last dance lessons were at least eight years ago, to get her figure back after the birth of her second son Ashton, who is nine.

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Her Chinese dance item, titled Plenteous Love, will see her emulating the elegant moves of a peacock.

It is about how a peacock grows its beautiful feathers over time, similar to how people with special needs can grow to their full potential with the right nurturing.


Tay had only eight rehearsals to perfect her dance and she admitted it has been physically demanding.

"I was aching all over from the moves, since it has been so long since I danced.

"(The instructors) told me my muscles would ache less over time if I stretched, but I don't know if that is true because I am sore after every practice," she joked.

Asked if she was concerned about bringing in more donations since the economy is not in good shape, Tay said: "I don't feel any pressure at all. I will just do my best."

Tay has been in many President's Star Charity shows in her more than 20 years in showbiz.

"Don't ask me how many, because I can't count any more," she said with a laugh.

She continues to be involved because she feels a responsibility as an artist to give back to the community.

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She said: "I see old aunties selling cardboard in Chinatown and I want to help them.

"I actually stopped one such auntie and tried to pass her some notes, but she turned me down because she said she only sold cardboard to fill her time, not because she was poor."

"I want to help the less fortunate and this is a good way to do it because I know the proceeds are going to those who are truly needy."


The President's Star Charity show will be aired live on Channel 5 on Oct 23 at 7.30pm, and will be hosted by news presenter Glenda Chong and actor Chua Enlai.

All proceeds will go towards the 58 charities supported by the President's Challenge, including the Community Chest, Children's Cancer Foundation and the St John's Home for Elderly Persons.

STAR-STUDDED: (From left) Glenda Chong, Kimberly Wang, Sonia Chew, Tay Ping Hui, Rebecca Lim, Jayley Woo, Kayly Loh and James Seah at the President's Star Charity 2016 press conference. TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Highlights from the two-hour show include performances by the cast of the musical Wicked, which is running here, Taiwanese singer Chyi Yu, local singers Tanya Chua, Taufik Batisah and Sezairi Sezali.

Celebrities, including Tay Ping Hui, Kym Ng, Sonia Chew, Jayley Woo and James Seah, will perform in an All Star Choir segment along with the ITE Show Choir.

This year's show will also include a tribute to the late former president S R Nathan, a long-time supporter of the President's Star Charity and the founder of the President's Challenge.

I want to help the less fortunate, and this is a good way to do it because I know the proceeds are going to those who are truly needy.

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