Dancesport festival kicks off

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2008, 12:00am

A series of competitions aims to raise the sport's profile and bring new experiences to the audience

The second Hong Kong Dancesport Festival kicked off in Hollywood Plaza last weekend, featuring exciting Latin and standard dance performances by Asian Indoor Games medallists.

It was the first of a series of events to be held in the city this month.

'Dance in Asia, Asia is Dancing is the signature event of the festival. Strong teams from 25 countries and regions will be taking part in the competition,' said George Yip, chairman of the Hong Kong Dancesport Association.

The event will be held on Sunday at the Asia World Expo at Hong Kong International Airport. The 2008 Hong Kong International Dancesport Federation (IDSF) Asian Pacific Championships and the 2008 Hong Kong IDSF Open will also be held on the same day at the same venue.

During the festival, a performance that fuses Chinese drums with Latin and Standard dance will introduce the audience to a new era in dancesport.

Hong Kong's Youth Squad Team will also perform in the international arena. Members Chan Hing-wai and Chan Chui-mei have been dancing together for about two years and have won many dancesport titles in Hong Kong.

Through their performance, the promising pair aims to convince the audience that they are ready to represent Hong Kong at international competitions.

'The Hong Kong Youth Squad Team was formed recently. We hope that the team will be able to get a good result in the 2009 East Asian Games,' said Yip.

There has been increased interest in dancesport among teenagers.

'The number of students taking part in the inter-school dancesport competition has increased over the past years.

In 2005, there were about 100 participants.

'There are about 800 students taking part in this year's competition.'

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