America’s Best Dance Crew First Season Winner: “ Learning Dance is Essential!”
(NLĐO) – Upon learning that many Vietnamese parents cannot see the benefits of dancing and are not supportive of this art form, Tony Tran, international choreographer and a member of Jabbawockeez, “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 1 winner, has affirmed that “Learning Dance is essential to the holistic development of an individual.”
At the “International Hip-Hop Dance” workshop on 15/11/2015 organized by VMA Education in HCMC, Mr. Alex Tu (Director of Performing Arts of SMPAA), also a choreographer who holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy, confirmed that dancing has many health benefits. However, many parents are not supportive because of the lack of awareness in the community.
Agreeing with Alex Tu, Tony Tran believes that dancing brings everyone closer together by connecting individuals in a community. Both had the opportunity to share with the public new information about dance in the hope of changing the misconception about dance.
“It is important that we have the determination and the will to pursue our passion. It has only been of recent when I’ve become a well-known choreographer (with invitations from many countries around the world to host workshops and provide training for master classes, helping students prepare for ISTD certification exams (internationally recognized certifications for professional level dancers) that my parents feel comfortable and began to support me” – Tony Tran states. He also had resistance from his parents while making the determination to pursue dance as his career.
Choreographer Alex Tu shared that dancing is a way to accelerate the process of improving ourselves. With many years of experience in teaching dance, Alex Tu wants to spread his passion and inspiration to the next dance generation.
Alex Tu: ‘In fact, since the introduction of reality TV shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, dance has been brought to a new level in Vietnam but most of the contestants are basically self-taught. We have to understand that dance requires an infrastructure of education. It’s a life-long journey of learning’.