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The Hong Kong Ballet Group
Nurturing Talents for Fifty Years
Blooming charm for Half a century
The Hong Kong Ballet Group is all about nurture and heritage… and its story is constantly evolving as the group continues to provide platforms and opportunities for talented dancers to learn and perform, like nurturing flowers to its full blossom.
Founded in 1964, the Hong Kong Ballet Group is the oldest ballet organization, in fact, it is the oldest dance organization in Hong Kong. For fifty years, the group has promoted ballet culture and education through different mediums and platforms, including performances, competitions, workshops and awards and scholarships to benefit local talented students.
Nurturing local ballet talents
The Hong Kong Ballet Group is the only unbiased open platform for ballet students in Hong Kong. Local ballet schools and students are welcome to participate in all performances held by the group. Performances have included all the famous pieces from the classical repertoire, as well as new pieces created by young masters. In addition, international artists are always invited to share their experience with local students in different aspects as choreographers, principal dancers, demonstrators, or competition adjudicators. It is through the challenge of working to the standards demanded by these international professionals that local students can have a taste of the real world outside of their own class studios.
Since 1976, the Hong Kong Ballet Group has launched a scholarship fund with the aim of providing talented students opportunities for a full year advance training at ballet schools abroad, such as the Royal Ballet School in London and the Beijing Dance Academy in China. Many of these scholarship recipients have subsequently made their careers in the international dance world. Mr. Yuri Ng, one of the many
successful cases, was a scholarship recipient in the 1980s who has continued to develop his choreographic career after finishing his ballet training in England and is now a famous choreographer in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Ballet Group has achieved a new milestone in 2000 by creating the first ever open ballet competition in Hong Kong “The Hong Kong Young Ballet Stars Award”. The aim of the competition is to award and encourage the distinguished students, and also to provide an invaluable opportunity to every student competitor as each one of them has to perform a solo piece on the stage, which even for professionals is a daunting experience.
Apart from technical training, the Hong Kong Ballet Group also brings to its members ballet workshops on topics ranging from the history of ballet, music and rhythm, the making of pointe shoes and tutus etc. It is through these trainings and workshops that the HKBG hopes to enhance the artistic appreciation, knowledge and exposure of our young ballet dancers and better prepare them for the road ahead.
Celebration Performance for the 50th Anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the HKBG, a performance titled “Sleeping Princess” will be held on August 29th and 30th, 2014 in the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre, with Yuri Ng and Stephen Xavier as Co Artistic Directors. The participants will be selected from a wide spectrum of ballet schools through the audition in mid-April and then they will go through a two-month training and rehearsal period in the summer.
The Hong Kong Ballet Group will continue nurturing local ballet talents in the future, so that the charm of ballet can spread over Hong Kong.
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About the Hong Kong Ballet Group
The Hong Kong Ballet Group, a non-profit organization, was formed in July 1964 by a group of local ballet teachers with the support of the Education Department. The Ballet Group is dedicated to promoting ballet education and nurturing local ballet talents, by staging full length ballet performances, and organizing not only work-shops and seminars but also the first open ballet competition in Hong Kong. The aim of the Ballet Group is to offer an impartial platform for students from all ballet schools to perform as well as to compete together.