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Review- FOLK-S: Will you still love me tomorrow?- Hong Kong Arts Festival26-2-16

FOLK-S uses the typical Bavarian and Tyrolean folk dance 'Schuhplattler'. The show description explains that this 'involves striking palms against thighs, legs and shoes, creating percussive sounds and rhythms'. I formed an idea in my minds eye that this might be reminiscent of a show like 'Stomp' and was excited to see the folk dance twist. I was wrong. Very wrong.

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Dying Art Forms12-2-16

These are 5 art forms that are currently performed in Asia but are predicted to be extinct within the next hundred years due to lack of interest from young people, lack of audience and several other factors. Some of these factors include language barriers making it impossible for the "masters" of these trades to pass on their skills fully to their protegees.

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History of the Lion Dance9-2-16

The Lion dance is a Chinese tradition synonymous with Chinese New Year. We see it happen every year and it's a big source of charitable donations for schools, temples and other organizations. Most troupes charge 2,000HKD to come to your location to perform and also take lai see packets as donations. All the money normally goes to charity. When booking a Dragon dance troupe make sure you know where your money is going. Most of the troupes would be already booked through the New Year but, who knows, maybe you'll get lucky! You may also see Lion dances at weddings and other Chinese holidays.

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Review- Flawless- Udderbelly3-2-16

‘Chase the dream; not the competition’ (the dance collective’s motto) put a smile on even the notoriously hard to please Simon Cowell’s face, back in 2009, when Flawless fever hit the UK after their first appearance on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I’ve been a lover of them since then, and after attending their opening night at Udderbelly last night, I love them even more now!

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Review- Gestalt- E Side Dance23-1-16

Oh dear ... if I put it blankly. This show certainly didn't turn out as I expected. Now don't get me wrong, I am a fan of contemporary dance shows and my decisions on this review are not based on my own personal preference. It just was, well... meh.

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5 Best Dance Movies12-1-16

These are dance movies, not musicals. A guilty pleasure for those who grew up taking dance lessons and failed miserably or are dancers at heart. Dance movies are a cult phenomenon and teach us important lessons about working hard, stepping up, stomping the yard and shaking your stuff.

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Review- Dancers' Homework- CCDC3-1-16

I travelled to the CCDC Dance Center in Wong Tai Sin this weekend to see their showcase of new choreographic talent, "Dancers' Homework." For those who had never been to the space before, the location of the theatre was a bit of a challenge. But within this building, there was a small studio performance space that was perfect for this type of show.

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Preview- Dancers' Homework- CCDC29-12-15

Extraordinary creativity. Innovative works.

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Review-Nutcracker-Hong Kong Ballet21-12-15

Tonight I was invited to the opening of Hong Kong Ballet's The Nutcracker. It's been quite the buzz around town due to the publicity brought about on the "reinvention" they're doing to the piece. Hong Kong Ballet chose to do away with some of the traditional choreography in Nutcracker and update the classic. They also brought in a brand new set and costumes. I had the pleasure of sitting between two Nutcracker virgins tonight.

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Review- Soledad- CCDC12-12-15

The latest CCDC grand production, Soledad, is a long-awaited stage adaption inspired by the Nobel literature prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Collaborated between two prominent artists, local choreographer Helen Lai and British-Hong Kong artist Peter Suart, the dance theatre production was greeted with a full-house on its inaugural night.

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