Dance performance heralds future cooperation with Royal Academy of Dance

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - British Ambassador to Laos and a representative of UK’s Royal Academy of Dance visited the National School of Arts on Tuesday to witness students’ performances while eyeing future cooperation in the field.

Students of the National School of Arts performed the Nangkeo Dance and other ethnic dances in beautiful costumes to highlight their onstage skills for the visitors and local officials.

Chief Executive of Royal Academy of Dance, Luke Rittner, said he was very impressed by the young people’s beautiful performances and costumes.

He explained it was his first visit to Laos and it was a privilege over three days to receive such a warm welcome and to see the wonderful performances.

“This tradition is alive and continues into the future, so I am very happy to be here and hope to visit again in the future,” he added.

Rittner explained that the Royal Academy of Dance was looking to cooperate with educational and cultural institutions in Laos noting that the academy from London, England had trained teachers of dance from all over the world.

The three-day visit has been spent going to different schools and meeting with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to discuss potential future cooperation between the two countries.

Rittner was particularly interested about Lao dance styles and asked the school director about their meaning during the show.

British Ambassador to Laos Hugh Evans said he was delighted to be at the National School of Arts with such an illustrious UK visitor as Rittner.

He explained that the UK had a great deal of experience in teaching dance and hopefully the Royal Academy of Dance’s visit would lead to future cooperation with the National School of Arts.

 Hugh Evans noted that the wife of Singaporean Ambassador to Laos,  Sharon Goh, was a volunteer instructor at the National School of Arts who taught ballet and was assisting to develop a ballet programme in the school which could be an avenue for further cooperation with the Royal Academy of Dance.

 Sharon Goh has taught at the school for two years and been impressed by students’ understanding of ballet while in return has gained an understanding of Lao dance.

She said six students from the National School of Arts returned recently from a one week ballet study tour in Singapore.

National School of Arts Director, Mr Touan Mouanchan expressed his appreciation to the dancers for providing the cultural performances for their British guests and local officials, adding that he hoped the visit would lead to future cooperation with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Korea and China have provided assistance to the National School of Arts with volunteer lecturers, training and workshops to exchange experience and culture.