Hong Kong – “Convergence” dance performance staged in Singapore celebrates HKSAR 25th anniversary (with photos)

“Convergence” dance performance staged in Singapore celebrates HKSAR 25th anniversary (with photos)

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     ​In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore (Singapore ETO) presented a dance performance, “Convergence: A Dialogue in Dance between Hong Kong and Singapore”, at the National Museum of Singapore today (July 30).



     Featuring Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) and Singapore’s Maya Dance Theatre (MDT), the event adopted a hybrid format, combining the display of a collaborative dance film, a virtual live dialogue session with representatives of Hong Kong Dance Company, as well as an in-person performance by MDT, which was well-received by an audience of more than 200.



     The collaborative dance film was the result of a two-month co-creation process between HKDC and MDT that took place online in a series of workshops, practices and reflections, as MDT learned elements of Chinese martial arts from HKDC and re-interpreted them in Indian classical dance known as Bharatanatyam.



     The idea of the event originated from HKDC’s online dance production “Convergence” in 2020 that blended Chinese martial arts with Chinese dance, after dancers had learned three styles of Chinese martial arts, namely Hung Kuen, Choy Lay Fut and Fujian White Crane during a three-year immersive study. Inspired by the success of the dance production, HKDC debuted the piece overseas to observe the synergy when a foreign dance group absorbed elements of Chinese martial arts in its own particular dance genre.



     ​Speaking at the opening of the event, the Director of the Singapore ETO, Mr Wong Chun To, said the name “Convergence” embodies the ethos and cultural identity of Hong Kong people, a spirit accommodating various cultures while constantly seeking to innovate and absorb new ideas. “This echoes Hong Kong’s role under the National 14th Five-Year Plan as an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange,” he added.



     He highlighted that Hong Kong has been holding an array of art festivals celebrating different cultures, including French May Arts Festival and New Vision Arts Festival. The city also welcomes artists worldwide to join major art fairs such as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Art Central and Ink Asia. In addition, global thought leaders and industry experts share their insights on design thinking in annual events such as Business of Design Week and Knowledge of Design Week.



     On the arts technology front, he shared that the East Kowloon Cultural Centre would become a major venue and incubator of arts technology in phases in 2023. Moreover, overseas arts technology professionals are recognised as needed talents, and will gain bonus points in applications under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.



     The Singapore ETO will continue to organise a series of events in the coming months to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.

Nunnbetter Dance Theatre 2022-2023 Class Season Opens

 Nunnbetter Dance Theatre (NDT), one of Bergen County’s elite dance schools, is excited to announce their 2022-2023 class registration is open. Building on the 20+ year success and post-COVID seasons, NDT has a renewed sense of energy and commitment to providing Bergen County families with the very best in dance training.

Located in Bergenfield, NJ, Nunnbetter Dance Theatre has been teaching and shaping young dancers since 1997. Ownership of Nunnbetter Dance Theatre changed hands in 2017 to Kimberly Galberaith, who has proudly led this studio since then through the ever-changing COVID environment. “It was important for us to continue the high quality of dance education during COVID. NDT is about integrity, professionalism and most of all family. I am proud that the students who attend NDT not only go on to have incredible dance careers, attend prestigious colleges and universities, I am proud that our dancers grow into confident, respectful, and contributing members of society,” says NDT Director, Kimberly Galberaith.

Known for excellence in dance instruction, emphasizing proper technique and strong dance fundamentals, NDT is proud to boast a remarkable world-renowned faculty. The NDT team worked hard to maintain a safe environment over the past Covid times, taking on a completely socially distanced and safe production of the Nutcracker, Spring Concert and other events.

This year Nunnbetter Dance Theatre is happy to welcome new faculty and classes to the school. NDT boasts an impressive list of alumni, including dancers who are now members of the Ballet Tucson, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and NWA Ballet Theatre to name just a few.

In addition to ballet, Nunnbetter Dance Theatre also provides the highest level of professional dance training in many other dance disciplines including Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, and Theater Dance. Current and former students having been seen on Broadway in Once, Matilda, The Lion King, The King and I, A Christmas Story, School of Rock, Les Miserable and in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

While Nunnbetter Dance Theatre is not a “competition” school, NDT does offer students professional performance opportunities. The NDT annual production of The Nutcracker is hailed as one of the best in the area. Other performance opportunities include a Winter Dance Showcase, the NDT Company Spring Concert and of course, the end of the year recital. Members of the NDT Company can also audition to be part of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competition that is the one competition of the year in which NDT participates. The NDT team is excited that all of these events will be back in person this season.

To learn more about NDT, to view their new schedule or to register, visit www.NunnbetterDance.com or call 201-385-9638.

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