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Renowned Beijing Dance Academy to showcase classical Chinese dance

For the past 50 years, Beijing Dance Academy has been renowned as the cradle of dancers in China.

Hong Kong audiences will see why in November when the academy's Youth Dance Company performs "Classical Chinese Dance Showcase", featuring various award-winning repertoires and new works.

Led by Pang Dan as the company director, there are seven principal dancers who are the winners of "Lotus Award", "Taoli Award", Beijing and National Dance Competitions.

The company performs different repertoires in each show varying from group dance, solo dance, pas de deux to pas de trios.

A dance institute of higher learning in Mainland China, the Beijing Dance Academy has groomed numerous dance talents who have harvested a host of awards in various national and international dance competitions. The Youth Dance Company, composed of teachers, graduates and students from the academy, has been well received with their innovative repertoires, sophisticated presentations and superb techniques. It has given highly successful performances in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain, Romania, Belarus, Japan and South Korea, winning acclaim as "the first dance troupe with an academic, intellectual aura in China".

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the "Classical Chinese Dance Showcase" will be staged at 8pm on Friday, November 11, at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall and on Saturday, November 12, at the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall. A matinee show will be held at 3pm on Sunday, November 13, at the Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre.

Tickets priced at $140, $110 and $80 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.) A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group-booking concessions: 10% discount for every purchase of four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 or more tickets.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Ends/Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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