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Seychelles used the end-of-year Festive Period to showcase dancing talents of their young students

Seychelles used the end-of-year Festive Period to showcase dancing talents of their young students ( The Seychelles National Theatre at Mont Fleuri was full house and teeming with excitement as the young dancing students of the island’s National Conservatoire of Performing Arts were preparing themselves backstage to present their end-of-year show to their parents, friends, and family.

Present at the show were Mr. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture; Ms. Benjamine Rose, the Principal Secretary for Culture; and Mr. Pierre Joseph, the Director for National Conservatoire of Performing Arts.

The show offered a variety of dance performances taught at the school, such as classical ballet, traditional Seychellois dance, modern and contemporary dance pieces, as well as hip hop. It must be pointed out that it is one of the few performances which allow students with a variety of dance levels to exhibit their talents on stage in front of a large audience. Minister St.Ange said that it was spectacular to watch these young eager dancers skipping gracefully across the stage with twilled, colorful costumes, and rightfully so, every performance was met with deafening applause from the audience.

The School of Dance, which is a section under the National Conservatoire of the Performing Arts, offers dance classes to children from 4 years old for what can be considered as a small administration fee. The school has a part-time program in modern and ballet dance tailored to suit students of all ages and which gradually takes successful candidates into an internationally-accredited certification program offered by the International Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). In addition to this UK syllabus, students are offered modular courses in other available areas, notably Seychelles traditional dance, hip hop, and contemporary dance.

It is the Ministry of Tourism and Culture that has a mandate to promote and develop the artistic and holistic aptitude of children in Seychelles. One of its main strategies is to engage more than 3,000 youths in different artistic and cultural activities through various programs organized by the Ministry. This last end-of-year show was clear testimony that the strategy is being well implemented by the School of Dance.

From the performances presented during the show, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is said to be very much encouraged to notice the potential and the opportunity that exists for the school to blossom into a dance academy with high level dancers. The Minister said that School of Dance would require additional support from all potential partners for this foreseeable growth. “We bid that dancers find more opportunities to present their choreographed pieces, that dance students are awarded points relevant for their creative expansion as they do for physical education, and that parents see in their children the brightest of performing talents right from the early years of twirling and hip swaying,” the Director of the NCPA said.

“We say openly, a well-deserved applause to all who helped organize the event, and we say thank you to all the sponsors, friends, and family and congratulations to all the dance students who have participated. This show has given us ideas for a bigger event for the end of 2013,” Minister St.Ange said.


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