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Bauhinia Cup winners to perform with dancers from Pearl River Delta area

Organised by the Hong Kong Dance Federation, the "Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championship" and the "Junior Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championship" are both open competitions for dancers in Hong Kong. The competitions explore new directions for dance as an art form and provide opportunities for local dancers to show their creativity and talent.

Winners of the competitions will join professional dance groups from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau in a cultural exchange programme to set new benchmarks for dance in the Pearl River Delta area.

This year, the competitions will be held in July and the performance to be given by winners will be at 7.30pm on August 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Guest performing groups include the Guangzhou Song and Dance Ensemble, Graduate Students from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Regina Dance Group of Associacao de Dancas de Macau (for Saturday's performance only) and the Hong Kong Ballet (for Sunday's performance only).

Founded in 1978, the Hong Kong Dance Federation carries forward the art of dance, encouraging and expediting dance development in Hong Kong as well as promoting cultural exchange. The federation, which has 150 group members and over 600 individual members, organises the "Hong Kong Dance Expo", the "CSTD Kangaroo Cup Dance Competition" and the "Summer Youth Dance Camp". It has also taken part in major events to celebrate National Day, the anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR and the equestrianism competition at the Olympic Games 2008.

The "Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championship 2008" winners' performances are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $90, $110 and $130 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20% is offered for various booking schemes. Please refer to the programme leaflets for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Monday, July 7, 2008

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