The Vocational Ballet School of Ho Chi Minh City (VBSH) announced on September 30 its cooperation with Asia Music & Performing Arts Education (AMPA Education) in integrating international dance programs into their existing curriculum.
This marks the first step in cooperation between the two organizations towards bringing diverse training courses in various dance subjects to students, alongside the current full-time ballet programs already offered. Students will have the opportunity to be certified by international qualifications from the UK, which helps improve their national and international job prospects after graduation.
Founded in 1986, the VBSH is a training institution for actors and dancers from Vietnam’s south, who have the potential to fulfill their dreams within the professional dance industry.
As one of the two biggest dance training centers in Vietnam, generations of students graduating from the school have received numerous awards and contributed significantly to the development of dance in Ho Chi Minh City in particular and in the south in general.
With a desire to expand the school’s diverse dance subjects for students (alongside the full-time ballet, contemporary, and folk dance courses), the VBSH is cooperating with AMPA Education to integrate the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus into the school’s full-time curriculum.
In mid-September 2019, AMPA Education organized a short training course of Modern Jazz following the ISTD curriculum for third year students at the VBSH to help improve their understanding of international dance standards as well as enhancing their expertise. This is one of the key activities that AMPA Education commits to deliver to the dance community through this unique partnership between the two organizations.
The ISTD international dance curriculum also provides dance students with an opportunity to approach safe dance practice in their art form.
At the signing ceremony, the VBSH and AMPA Education committed to provide dance students and teachers with access to international dance training standards.
“We would like to thank AMPA Education for being our partner,” said Mr. Ha The Dung, Principal of the VBSH. “What we are doing is bringing great values to our school. Our wish is to expand our activities and make more connections in the field of dance, and the support from AMPA Education is of great importance to our future direction and development. We always strive to offer more dance genres for the students to experience.”
“We are pleased that our students can experience the international curricula. This collaboration helps the school to enhance the standard of our students and teachers to an international level, which not only gives the students a chance to learn about other dance genres but also enables them to go further in their career. This is wonderful news for us. We have a passion to cooperate with like-minded organizations in order to share our vision and offer more training and career opportunities to our teachers and students.”
“In the southern region, the VBSH is the only national dance institution that attracts talent nationwide,” said Ms. Pham Doan Ha My, Executive Director of AMPA Education. “After strong discussions, the two organizations have agreed on a plan to design suitable programs for the training system of the VBSH.”
Source: Vietnam Economic Times