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‘World’s first’ Chinese Dance Competition

Posted by Author on June 20, 2007

The China Post Staff, Taiwan, Wednesday, June 20, 2007-

Fans of Chinese classical dance will be happy to learn that a new competition has been organized in New York to promote the ancient art form among modern audiences. New York’s well known New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) has announced the “International Chinese Classical Dance Competition,” which it says is a world’s first for the classical dance form.

The competition will run July 6-8, 2007, in New York City, and will feature a junior division and an adult division with a total of 28 prizes including four grand prizes of US$10,000 for the best male and best female dancer in each division.

A statement on behalf of the organizers, which includes NTDTV, Epoch Times, and Sound of Hope Radio, said that the numerous prizes for the event have already sparked the interest of professional dancers from around the world. The statement adds that the event is the latest of the station’s “ongoing mission to showcase and revitalize the best of traditional culture and values” as well as being “the first international dance competition to focus entirely on Chinese classical dance.”

Tia Zhang, vice chairwoman of the judging committee, said in the statement that it’s “wonderful to be able to bring the world’s attention to classical Chinese dance.”

“It’s such a rare opportunity for all of these dancers to showcase their skills in an event of this caliber,” Zhang said.

The official spokesperson for the organizers, Richard Yin, explained that Chinese dance was a good way to introduce people in the west to Chinese culture, according to the company’s media release.

“Interest in Chinese language and culture has been booming here,” Yin said, “but Chinese culture is so deep and intricate, sometimes it can be a bit daunting.”

“Chinese dance is a great window into this world because it’s such an accessible and universal art form,” he explained, adding that with all the colors and martial arts movements “at some level Chinese dance can be enjoyed as pure entertainment. And yet at its highest levels, Chinese classical dance is really about pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty.”

Judging committee member Zhang said in the statement that when Chinese classical dance is performed well, “it can convey so much drama and such beauty and inner grace” adding that with “thousands of years of stories and legends to draw upon, there’s really nothing else quite like it.”

“We can tell this is the beginning of something special for Chinese culture and for the world of performing arts,” spokesman Yin said in a statement.

Following the event, the competition will be made into a series of TV shows to air on NTDTV’s satellite television network and website, as well as cable channels where NTDTV is available. New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) is a Chinese-language television network was established by overseas Chinese and is headquartered in New York City. Online registration for the competition is available through the event website at http://dance.ntdtv.com/

original report from China Post

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