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Ballet in China?


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#16 JMcN

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:23 AM

Birmingham Royal Ballet is touring to China in January 2009, performing in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. They are performing Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet and Bintley's Beauty and the Beast.

The tour schedule can be found on their web-site:

http://www.brb.org.u...t...month&srn=1

#17 lovesvetlana

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:50 PM

I personally would NOT recommend Hong Kong Ballet, due to the fact that most ballet learners in Hong Kong quit once they pass their Grade 6 exam, and that to obtain Grade 6, in most cases, are solely to get themselves into a good Secondary School. (Since non-academic activities are valued high in Secondary Schools)

Shanghai however, is different.
There are people who learn ballet because they want to earn a living by performing ballet.

Beijing might also be a good choice too,
this video shows a 14 year old from Beijing during the Tao Li Competition

#18 little-junkie

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 03:45 PM

I personally would NOT recommend Hong Kong Ballet, due to the fact that most ballet learners in Hong Kong quit once they pass their Grade 6 exam, and that to obtain Grade 6, in most cases, are solely to get themselves into a good Secondary School. (Since non-academic activities are valued high in Secondary Schools)


I understand it's been a while with the above thread but regard to lovesvetlana's comment about Hong Kong Ballet, it's not true at all. Some students would pursue a career in dance and some would choose over something else in life, as we all make that decisions in life. Academic studies are indeed regarded as an extremely important part of life, it is deeply rooted in the culture. Parents all want their children to be a straight A's model student who would also excel in everything he/she does, mostly it's a wish list but that is the ultimate goal for their children. Two students from Jean M. Wong School of Ballet were selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy last year (http://www.jmwballet...P_28Aug2010.jpg), and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy has been producing a lot of professional young dancers for at least 25 years now.
Hong Kong Ballet has been selecting its dancers more locally and from mainland China than the last 20 years, and has created a lot of new pieces based on some of the famous Chinese epic stories, and true historial stories. In the past it was a big mix of different styles of dancers from a lot of places.
Cynthia Harvey helped producing the Sleeping Beauty just last year, you can see a short interview of her here


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