Remember those out of the spotlight

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 May, 2009, 12:00am

Singers usually steal the spotlight in a concert but we should not forget the important role played by the dancers. Dancers, dressed in colourful costumes, liven up a performance with their eye-catching routines.

Compared to the west, Hongkongers are less passionate about dance. Many learn ballet and Chinese dance as children, but local professional dancers are not treated with the respect they deserve.

We should not underestimate the challenges of being a dancer. Dancing is like any other career, and performers who want to reach the top have to work very hard. But the problem in Hong Kong is that it is difficult to make a living through dancing unless you have made a name for yourself.

We need to appreciate dancers who add glamour to stage shows. We should applaud them for their dedication.

Eugenia Poon Wing-yin, Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Eugenia. It is very sad when an artist is not recognised for their talent, whatever their skill. Unfortunately in Hong Kong, music is often classed as 'superior' to other arts like dance and drama. They are all equally important, challenging and life-enhancing.

Another Hong Kong trait, as you say, is to credit singers and forget everyone else. Of course, a singer has to work hard, remember his or her words, and charm the audience.

But as in any job, there is a huge team of people who do a lot of hard work to make a star look good on stage. From the backup singers and dancers, lighting designers, backstage crew and wardrobe assistants, to the publicity teams who create posters and adverts, each person plays a crucial role in the star's success.

The important lesson here, perhaps, is to realise that none of us can succeed without a lot of help from others. We should be grateful to everyone who helps us, and remember that everyone has an important role to play in life.

Karly, Sub-editor