Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce shook off ten years of dusty image when Asbjørn Overgaard Christiansen – mostly known as the Commercial Counselor at the Royal Danish Embassy – on Saturday night took the stage as the MC of the first ever Danish Ball in Thailand. This was his night and he was amazing, fresh, energetic. He wore his smart tuxedo as casual as if he was always dressed like this and he filled out the stage as if he was born to be up there, addressing a ballroom full of discerning gala dinner guest. Good choice, Dancham!
The entertainer of the evening, Michael Carøe was also a good choice. Looking back at his performance, he had clearly planned something else. But that changed, when he asked the audience for Frank Sinatra suggestions and then took up a suggestion from Eivind Mellerby, probably the only Norwegian that night. Starting crooning the song “Fly me to the moon”, Michael Carøe jokingly added “Oh, I forgot to mention that the person suggesting the song must come up here and dance as well”. Next thing, you had Eivind Mellerby dancing there all alone on the dance floor in grand style – except he was not there alone for long. Within seconds, the floor was filled with other guests, Asbjoern and his wife Gitte of course the very first, who were itching to also get out there and move their feet before the “real” band would come on the stage later.
Michael Carøe went with the flow, took even a detour into some disco tunes to the delight of his uncontrollable audience, until he eventually ended up with “My Way”. Nice!
And that’s pretty much the way this great night went on and on – surviving even a lucky draw for shower of lottery gifts – and carried on until midnight to the tunes of Rhythm Nation band. And after a break for a midnight hotdog snack, the most hard core party-goers went on till 2 am.
What a night!
There was an official photographer, whose images will soon be made available. You can also see a number of photos uploaded on Facebook with the hashtag #danishball2016 here: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/danishball2016