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(translated from Thai newspaper)

CSID Thailand is in collaboration with the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) to host the 4th CSTD Thailand Dance Grand Prix 2017. This is a major dance competition in Thailand under the sanction of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The aim of this competition is to find the best youth dancers to represent Thailand in the 19th Asia Pacific Dance Competition which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Last year, there was an overwhelming response for the competition. 1,347 amateur and professional youth dancers participated in the competition. They were mainly from 20 different institutes under Aksara Theatre King Power.

Mr. Weera Rodpodjanarat, Minister from the Culture Ministry made the following statement. “I am speaking on behalf of the Thailand Culture Ministry. We are grateful to be a part of this competition, the 4th CSTD Thailand Dance Grand Prix 2017, which is sanctioned by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Dance is an essential art form which requires one to have great aesthetics, fascinating creativity and imagination. Many countries use dance to express their culture, values and customs. We greatly admire CSTD Thailand who is using dance as an art form to promote continuing interest in our Thai culture and also to support and develop our Thai youths’ development. We have high expectations that our Thai youths have massive potential and are able to perform at an international standard.”

Ms. Wanlapa Patchimsawat, CSTD Thailand Representative, said: “The 4th CSTD Thailand Dance Grand Prix 2017 is a highly anticipated collaboration between Thailand CATD and Australia CSTD. This is a major event for Thailand’s dance industry as it is also sanctioned by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Her Royal Highness will be awarding participants in 2 awards; Best School Aggregate Cup and Aggregate Solo Cup. We are proud to say that we have received this award for two consecutive years.”

This competition is open to all dancers in Thailand. There are 627 different categories available, including Classical Ballet, Lyrical Dance, Demi-Character, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance and Song & Dance. Participants may enter the competition as a solo dancer, a duo, a trio, an ensemble or as a dance troupe. The best dancers will have the chance to participate in the 19th Asia Pacific Dance Competition which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 - 20 August 2017.

CSTD Thailand aims to promote dance as an art form among Thai youths and elevate their dance skills to an international level. CSTD Thailand also hopes to support Thai youths’ interest in dancing and express Thai values and culture through dance.

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