Eric Sun was instrumental in building the swing dance community at Facebook London, where he spent two-and-a-half years as an Engineering Manager helping to grow the office. Eric and his wife Karen Law were regulars on the Swing Patrol London scene, and coaxed Facebook engineers to come along to events and learn to dance. Today, the Facebook London swing community is going strong, with an official club and in-house troupe.
Eric was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016, and died in the US on Thanksgiving Day 2017, aged 34. Eric inspired many with his zeal and dedication to the arts post-diagnosis. In his final months he performed notoriously difficult violin cadenzas as the Fiddler on the Roof, and alongside his wife, wrote a book and many compelling web posts, choreographed dance performances, and established the Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship for young musicians.
The Eric Sun Rising Stars 60 Second Showcase has been sponsored by Facebook London in honour of Eric and his contributions. It is a category that encourages everyone to have a go at performing, bringing their own style and flair, which is fitting given Eric‘s passion for building community and spreading the joy of music and dance.