From February 8 to 11, 2018 Bangkok hosted the much anticipated International Dance Competition – 2018. This year’s event was marked with an unprecedented number of participants - more than 900 dancers aged from 7 to 30 years old representing 100 dance academies, schools and studios from Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam. The competition was jointly organized by the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) and Chiang Mai Ballet Academy (Thailand) under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Stunning programs were performed by the participants from International School of Russian Ballet “Rosinka” (Pattaya) led by artistic director Ms. Ekaterina Benderskaya and choreographer Ms. Anna Myakina. The team of dancers comprised eight students aged from 9 to 16 years old from Russia, Japan, Spain and Thailand. The young artists presented six performances in the following nominations: classical dance, contemporary, novelty and solo. The team of Russian Ballet School “Rosinka” won the second prize in classical dance nomination and the third prize in contemporary nomination, as well as two honorary prizes.
A special emphasis in the numbers performed by the “Rosinka” students was made on fine dance technique, costumes and roles of artists that are inherent in the Russian Ballet tradition.
Thai audience and the jury were highly impressed by the participants of the Folk Dance Ensemble “Katyusha” (Bangkok) led by Mrs. Ekaterina Alekseeva. This year the Ensemble was represented by 55 dancers aged from 6 to 22 years old who prepared 120 dance performances and in total won 66 prizes and awards in seven categories, namely folk dance, novelty, classical dance, demi-character dance, lyrical dance, contemporary and repertoire.
The young artists presented folk dances of the world: Russian, Belarussian, Ukrainian, Tatar, Uzbek, Bashkir, Chinese and Hungarian, to name a few.
Awards to the winners and their teachers were presented by Ambassador of Russia to Thailand H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, President of ATOD Mr. Paul Malek and President of ATOD Children and Youth Development Association, President of Chiang Mai Ballet Academy M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat.
I am glad to welcome the organizers and participants of the International Dance Competition 2018 in Thailand. The art of dance is one of the greatest gifts that have been offered to the world. The language of the dance is easily understood and clear to everyone. It is an expression of freedom and inspiration. It helps to convey universal emotions, feelings and experiences.
At the same time dance as a reflection of national traditions can serve as a bridge between different cultures. From this perspective the International Dance Competition plays a very important diplomatic role.
Your competition seems to me a harmonious world where talented young people gather to test their abilities and develop a healthy mindset. This fabulous festival brings together both amateurs and professionals, those who favor folk dance or stick to classical ballet, and, on the contrary, those who seek to realize themselves in various areas of contemporary choreography. I have no doubt that everyone here will receive an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas and engage in exciting and creative communication.
It gives me special pleasure to notice that young dancers representing rich dance culture of Russia for the second time participate in this competition. I wish them good luck and send them all my moral support.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Chiangmai Ballet Academy for the excellent arrangement of this feast. My congratulations and respect also go to teachers and dancers for their untiring dedication, their hard training, their faith in themselves and their will to win.
From the bottom of my heart I wish the participants success, joy, fun, energy, commitment, new friendships, new horizons and new hights!
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand