The Epoch Times Aug 24, 2008-
The final round for the second Annual International NTDTV Chinese Classical Dance competition concluded on August 24th. After a very intense round of preliminaries and semi-finals which took place on Friday and Saturday, a total of 30 elite dancers managed to make it to the final round.
The finals were held at The Town Hall Foundation in Manhattan, and the awards ceremony took place after a Divine Performing Arts show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th St. later that evening.
At the end of the competition, Judge Xiu Guo said a few words on the goal and mission of the Chinese Classical Dance Competition.
“People have been learning and teaching Chinese classical dance, but there hasn’t been a clear concept of it. So the goal of this competition is to help dancers and the general public to understand the purity and beauty of genuine Chinese classical dance. Through this competition, we have had very good results. It contributes to the understanding of Chinese classical dance through the movements and images themselves. Some people think Chinese classical dance has been established for a mere half-century, but in actuality, classical dance has a history which dates back as far as several thousand years ago, along with the Chinese culture. With this competition, we are able to present a genuine and clear understanding of classical dance; as it is distinctive from ballet, martial arts, and other modern dances.”
The winners for each division received $10,000, $3,000, and $1,000 for first, second, and third place respectively.
The following are the winners in each of the categories……. (more from the Epochtimes)