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Ho Chi Minh City organizes dance contest to nurture dancing passion

Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 16:38 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City organizes dance contest to nurture dancing passion
Vo Trong Nam, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sport, speaks at a press conference announcing the launch of the city’s Dance Group Festival, October 6, 2020. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

The Ho Chi Minh City Cultural Center, under the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, has launched the Dance Group Festival, the second of its kind, to encourage dancing spirits in young people.

The festival will take place from October 30 to November 22, organizers announced at a press conference at M.PLEX Studio and Theater in District 1 on Tuesday morning.

Themed 'Suc Bat Tuoi Tre' (Youth’s Resilience), the event is a dance contest open to all professional and non-professional dance groups in Ho Chi Minh City.

Registration is open until October 26.

Contestants will be divided into three groups for teenagers engaging in clubs and cultural centers around the city; students from local high schools, colleges, universities, and vocational schools; and self-managed clubs.

All dance styles are allowed for the teenager and self-managed groups, while the flashmob category is fixed for the student group.

An attendant has a query for the organizers of the city’s Dance Group Festival at a press conference announcing the launch of the contest, October 6, 2020. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

An attendant has a query for the organizers of Ho Chi Minh City’s Dance Group Festival at a press conference announcing the launch of the contest, October 6, 2020. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

People’s Artist Ha The Dung, principal of Ho Chi Minh City Dance School, famed choreographer Viet Max, and Lam Vinh Hai, 2012 winner of TV dance show 'Thu Thach Cung Buoc Nhay' – the Vietnamese version of U.S. show 'So You Think You Can Dance'  – are on the jury.

Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference, the organizers said that the number of registrations for the contest has been nearly double that of its first edition in 2018.

The organizers aim to continue to hold the dance contest in the upcoming years, so as to make it a branded event of Ho Chi Minh City and expand its scale to the national and regional levels to attract participants from neighboring countries.

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Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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