18 dance troupes to be featured at Sibu International Dance Festival in June

(from second left) Chen, Teng, Tiong, Hii and members from Hornland Dance Theatre at the press conference.

SIBU: The second Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) from June 3-7 at Sibu Civic Centre will see at least 18 dance troupes vying for various prizes.

SIDF director Chen Ing Kuan told a press conference yesterday that most of them were professional troupes.

“This year, we have ballet dance groups, Jazz dance groups, African dance groups, modern dance groups, and street dance groups,” he disclosed.

With him at the press conference were Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, secretary Hii Chang Kee, and assistant secretary (public relations) Teng Meng Min.

Hornland Dance Theatre is coordinating SIDR with the support of the council. Chen said he was waiting for two other troupes to confirm participation.

The confirmed troupes are Unlock Dancing Plaza from Hong Kong, PanDance Project from USA, Sasang Fringe from Korea, Modern Table Dance Company from Korea, Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater from Taiwan, Taipei Folk Dance Theatre from Taiwan, EKI Dance Company from Indonesia, Unit Kimiho from Japan, Dance Inspiration from Singapore, Ajay Shangde from India, Nkrabea Dance Ensemblem from Ghana, Aswara Dance Company and GeethaShankaran Dance from Kuala Lumpur, Borneo Dance Company from Sabah, FY Dance Ensemble from Johor, Sri Swangsa, Sibu Martial Art Association, and Hornland Dance Theatre from Sarawak.

The troupes are expected to perform during a welcoming reception at RH Hotel on June 3 at 8pm, followed by another round of performances at Rajang Esplanade on June 4 starting at 7.30pm. There will be conferences and workshops on dancing at RH Hotel, June 4-6.

Registration fee is RM25. It is RM10 for a single session.

The dance concert cum competition is scheduled for June 5-7 at the Civic Centre, beginning nightly at 7.30.

Entrance tickets at RM20 each are on sale until April 30. Each ticket will be sold for RM25 from May 1 onward. To buy, call 084-349932 or 0111-620-0177

“When we first started SIDF, about 10,000 people all over the world viewed our Facebook page.

“Last year, over 20,000 viewed our page,” Chen said.

Added he: “ This year, although the event is still two months away, 120,000 people have already viewed our page.”

For more information log on to www.sidfestival.com or visit the SIDF Facebook page on www.facebook.com/SibuInternationalDanceFestival or email to [email protected] or [email protected]

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