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Students showcase new dance skills

Students showcase new dance skills


Vincentian students showcased their newly learnt dance skills, joining the Taiwanese Youth Ambassadors, as they wrapped up the 2011 Taiwanese Summer Dance camp.{{more}}

The closing ceremony was held on Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Methodist Church Hall. The afternoon’s event featured energetic dance routines done by Taiwanese and students of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College. The students wowed the audience with smooth Latin dance routines, belly dancing, hip hop, fan and sword dance and taekwondo. The Taiwanese ambassadors also showcased a traditional Vincentian dance they learnt, performing the Maypole dance. The Camp began on July 11, 2011

Speaking briefly at the closing ceremony, Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilization, Social Development, the Family, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Sports and Culture, stated that we must be cognizant of the important role that culture and arts play in the development of young people. He added that research has shown that learning in and through arts enhances learning in other domains and general scholastic achievements. He added that the arts also build self esteem and contribute to a creative, healthy and supportive community for youths.

Also giving brief comments, Nigel Scott, Deputy Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, stated that that the world has become a much smaller village as the youth ambassadors and Vincentians have had a rich cultural exchange. He added that exchanges like this remind us that deep down, we are very much alike. Scott also highlighted the strong sense of fellowship and the friendships formed among the Taiwanese and Vincentians students.

Taiwanese Ambassador Weber Shih congratulated both the Taiwanese Ambassadors and the Vincentian students for completing the camp. He also extended gratitude to the Ministry of Sports and Culture for their assistance in making the camp a success. The camp, a second of its kind, debuted last year and focused on visual and performing arts and craft-making. The ambassadors were Dr. Fen-Chi Cheng, Professor and leader of the group and other ambassadors Ying-Ling Kuo, Sheng Hong Yu, Jung-Hui Hsu, Hsin Chian, Chun-Yan Wang and Tzu-Yi Lin.