"MOVES! COMMUNITY, WE ARE ONE!"
The National Travelling Dance Competition has got to be the first ever competition within the parade! To be held on on 11 & 12 February 2011, come on down to witness the intense competition amongst 18 participating groups; dressed in beautiful costumes, these groups are going all out to showcase their dance moves to charm the audiences and judges. The winners will be announced on Saturday 12 February 2011 at the Pit Building.
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"Bharathaa Arts" is founded by The Kesavan Sisters who wield more than 20 years of teaching experience in Classical Indian Dance. Comprising more than 80 students, Bharathaa Arts has been presenting audiences with stunning works of art annually such as Bharatha Natyam, Folk Dances, some Contemporary pieces and Dance Dramas such as Padmavathy Kalyanam, Divine love, Krishnaya Thubyam Namaha and Sat Devalaya - sailing with vela.
D' Belly Dancers from DBDC (D' Belly Dance Club) is a Belly Dance Group under the umbrella of Kampong Chai Chee CC. They will showcase a fusion belly dance piece with a 1.5-metre silk fan veil and the formation of a mandarin word "CHUN" (meaning SPRING in Mandarin) within 14 seconds. Ms Pamela Wong, the main choreographer and founder of DBDC, has more than 8 years of experience teaching belly dance. She started off as a tap dancer for a few years before she switched to Belly Dance 12 years ago.
To be in line with this year’s theme “Moves! Community, we are ONE!”, Yuki, the Director of Bellydance Discovery has designed a special theme and choreographed unique steps. In a modern and multi-cultural city like Singapore, we always see new collaborations and alliances among different cultures, people and even dance forms.
Yuki hopes to see BDD as a new synergy in this Chingay that links different dance forms together and therefore we are going to have more than just bellydancing.
Bukit Panjang Dance Fit Club is a relatively new club formed by the Bukit Panjang WEC and North West CDC. The purpose is to provide an avenue for Bukit Panjang residents to enjoy dancing and keep fit at the same time.
The group comprises residents from as young as 13 years old to 60 years old; with 80% of them above 40 years old and of different races. Although these dancers have no professional dance experience, they share a common love for dance. The competition item will showcase most of the dance moves that the group has learned. The dance is choreographed by Dance Fit Club Instructor cum Champion Ms Diana Kho.
The costumes are green, pink and black. Green and Black; colours of Dance Fit Club logo. Pink is added to add a touch of liveliness. The group hopes to create a "Mardi Gras" feel with the costumes.
The "Dazzling Divas"is a team of energetic and charming ladies aged between 20s and 70s from the Women's Integration Network Council and Women's Executive Committees. They will dazzle you with their graceful and energetic dance moves. Their competition item will be a line dance depicting the roles and responsibilities of women in everyday life.
Their dance movements are divided into 4 phases. In the first phase, they execute their feminine actions while portraying the multiple facets of a woman's life -working versus enjoying, nurturing children and even while taking her rest, depicted by sitting down; she holds her arm up, demonstrating her that she still holds on to her responsibilities. The tempo change in the second phase of the music demonstrates the women's energetic and enjoyable response to the pace of today's fast moving progressive society. In the third part, the women have to keep in pace with our society by dancing in tune to the rhythm with both hands held up high and stretched out; symbolizing the balancing of responsibilities of family & career on each palm respectively. The final phase showcases dance movements in tune with quickened tempo representing their gracefulness and energetic perseverance in maintaining their respectable status in our ever progressing society.
Their energy and dynamism is represented by vibrant colours; bright pink dresses donned with white boots and blond hair; bringing us back to the good old days in the 1960's of "ah go go" girls. Among the women are 2 sisters, Angela Quek and Molly Quek from Gek Poh Ville Women's Executive Committee.
Desert Moon Dance International is made up of a group of dance enthusiasts from various community clubs. Just like their diverse backgrounds, they have united to become one to showcase a fused dance routine from different parts of the world. Bringing dances from all 3 contingents of the world together; from Las Vegas - North America to Europe's Flamenco dance from Spain to the Dark contingent of Africa, they have them all in one union. Desert Moon Dance International will present their unique world dance routine led by their artistic choreographer Kevy Veni.
This dance team is made up of 50 dancers from Admiral Garden CC & Nee Soon East CC -Northwest CDC Dance Fit Club. Participants span across different walks of life and age groups with the oldest at 72 years old. The participants will be wearing orange scarves on their heads, matched with orange belts on their waists. Their green pants represent leaves while their red coloured wrist decorations represent red petals of flowers in bloom. The dance choreography depicts closing and opening of the petals.
Eurasiana and Friends comprises members of the Eurasian Association and dancers from the Dance Ensemble of Cedar Girls' School. The dance movement has hints of Flamenco as we intend to highlight the inclusiveness of the community and its ability to embrace the different dance forms of Europe. Choreography for this dance item was created by Julia Van Lyson and her niece Natasha.
Get set for a frenzy of colours, joy and fun with the Mexican Contingent as they promise to wow the audience with their lively Mexican folk dance! The contingent will become a truly Mexican Fiesta showing eye-catching piñatas, a traditional icon not to be missed in Mexican parties and festivals! The ladies from the local Mexican community will also showcase a remarkable selection of Mexican dresses with their usual mix of elegance and colour. Not losing out, the men will don striking headgears called "Quetzales" resembling huge feathered crowns. Hoping to share more of their ancient cultures, three overseas groups from Mexico will come specially to Chingay Parade to showcase their traditional ballgame, stilt walking acts and authentic Mexican dance! Definitely a party not to be missed!
Jurong Jewels, an interest group formed under the Jurong Central Zone 'F' Residents' Committee consists of 38 children aged between 6 years old and 12 years old. They perform Indian Cultural, classical as well as Indian modern dances. This group was formed three years back and has since performed more than 30 stages. The choreographer is Mrs. Atira Venugopalan.
The dance choreography is a blend of Indian classical and traditional dances. The ages of dancers range from 7 years old to 55 years old and different types of props and costumes will be employed according to the type of dance. The most attractive, traditional and aesthetic prop is Muthukkuda - the royal umbrella; a highly decorative silk parasols used in South India on festive and formal occasions, the privilege of bearing this item is traced to history as it was formerly controlled by royal authority. 18 participants will be carrying these big and colourful decorated umbrellas from South India, Kerala. The artists engage in this group run the gamut from New Citizens, Permanent Residents and our local community.
Marsiling Dance-Fit Club and Sembawang Dance-Fit Club will come together under the Northwest CDC to perform a futuristic dance item at Chingay Parade 2011. The 92-dancer strong contingent spans a wide age group; the oldest dancer is 70 years old and the youngest, 9.
The choice of a futurist theme is in tandem with Singapore's dynamic development in the 21st century; one that is filled with hope, vibrance and vigour regardless of age groups. Their dance steps, formation and outfit will all come together to highlight the enthusiasm of the generation in embracing the future dominated by creative innovation, particularly in space and technological advancements. Part 2 of the dance choreography, demonstrates the progress of Singapore in tandem with other nations on the world stage before the merger of four individual circles into four concentric circles to signify unity and harmony among our various ethnic groups. The colour of their dance outfit accentuates the meaning of our message. It comprises a sequined silver top and pants to signify social uniformity, creatively self-designed silver head gears to illustrate the freedom and expression of individuality, and luminous blue and fuschia capes to project dynamism.
The Royal families of the FL & AA Kingdoms are holding a wedding carnival to celebrate their prince and princess's wedding in a forest. All relatives and friends of both Kingdoms are cordially invited to join this exciting and joyful occasion. In the party, dancers of ages ranging from 5 years old to 70 years old perform vigorously to the rhythm of the lively non-stop drum beats for all the invited guests. The spectacular performances has not only attracted lots of people, even animals (mascot) in the jungle for example: elephants, tigers, lions, bears, foxes and much more came to join in the fun too!
Sruthi Laya School of Fine Arts was founded in the year 2005. The School is devoted to the teaching of the fine arts and it provides education and training in Indian Classical Music and Dance. Over 500 students are taking courses as part time studies. It has forward homegrown talent and created an awareness and understanding of the Indian cultural heritage, particularly valuable in the multi-ethnic Singapore. The oldest dancer is 50 years old while the youngest dancer is 6 years old. The unique part of the costumes are that they are not just colourful; the ladies will fully cover their body as well as their head and adorn themselves with ornaments.
SIM Incandescence is made up of over 90 undergraduates from a variety of programmes offered by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). The contingent is led by SIM's hiphop dance club, DreamWerkz. Our choreography and costumes revolve around four key words - light, flight, reflection and inspiration. The four key words mirror the journey of our forefathers as they took flight from their countries of origin to realise their common dream of building a brand new life in Singapore. In this new land, the various races influenced and inspired one another to create a unique blend of Singaporean culture. This is emphasised through their choreography and costumes, which integrates stylistic elements from Singapore's three main races - Chinese, Indian and Malay, whilst paying homage to the hip-hop genre revered by SIM DreamWerkz.
The Honeybeez Line dance group was formed with a set of core values know as ACER.
Their dance theme is centred on FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY. They Faithfully believe that they are able to move to higher thresholds of challenges and they Hope to continually create the atmosphere of cohesiveness among members of the group. As for Charity, they continue to share, inspire and enable others to excel in the dance movement. The Rainbow colours reflect the team of Faith, Hope & Charity, and encompassing the core values of the group. It will be a colourful display of costumes and dance movements to harmonise with the musical background.
The Jewels is formed by Joey Bay, a PA trainer with 6 years of "bellydance" (also known as "Oriental Dance" or "Dance of the East") teaching and choreographing experience. The Jewels is a group of bellydance enthusiasts with ages ranging from 8 to 55 years old and are mainly from Kampong Glam CC, Gek Poh Ville CC and Clementi CC. These ladies come from all walks of life, races, ages and sizes. Some are mother-daughter combinations while others are women who come together simply for the love of bellydance and who are proud to present and share the grace and artistic beauty of it. The choreography presented by The Jewels in this Chingay exhibits the beauty of bellydance and the wonders of this dance is further enhanced with the use of props such as 'Wings' to showcase the fantasy of "Bellydance".
Senja Cashew Dance Fit Club, formed 1 year ago, with members ranging from age 40 to 65 years old, consists of beginners with little dance experience. Their choreography is inspired by famous Broadway Musicals such as ' Bright Lights in the Big City' of New York. Their costumes are designed and hand-stitched by their very own designer, Mary Yii Leh Kiew.
Spearheaded by the Yuhua CC Line Dance Club, a contingent of 56 line dancers of various age groups (the oldest being 74 years of age), was formed and led by Ms Jenny Lim, a certified PA Line Dance instructress. The contingent will showcase a lively performance choreographed and led by Ms Jenny Lim. The group believes that this event also offers the chance of a lifetime to display their passion and enthusiasm for dancing. Despite the various age groups, the group believes in carrying forth the "We are One" spirit and is ready to go "hand-in-hand" to the rhythm of the beat in the bubbly and colorful costume. The fun and bright orange radiates their passion, warmth and energy. The color also represents happiness and success in the New Year.