During the Easter holiday on 19 - 21 April, Hong Kong Ballet hosted over 150 enthusiastic young dancers (ages 4-10) for its popular three-day Ballet Theatre Camp: Peter Pan at Hong Kong Cultural Centre. No previous ballet experience was required in order to participate.
Four groups of children experienced various elements of ballet productions, like stories, music and props in a fun, interactive environment. In addition to learning ballet movements, they closely examined intricate ballet costumes and headdresses used onstage and used them as inspiration to create their own headdresses and props. These included floral headdresses, Indian headbands, bangles, fairy wings and magic wands, which were all featured in the Dance Demonstration on the last day of camp for almost 280 audience members.
The students worked hard to learn choreography especially created for them by Company dancers to music from Peter Pan. Their hard work and efforts paid off, and the final performances were extremely well received by their parents, who were eager to see what their children had learnt. Afterwards, group photos were taken, and students received certificates from Company dancers for their participation and completion of Ballet Theatre Camp: Peter Pan.
Special thanks goes out to the following professionals and Company dancers for their time and hard work. Their patient and caring teaching showed their passion for sharing their knowledge and experience with the next generation. These individuals include: Hong Kong Ballet dancers Leung Saulong, Cheng Hei Lam Michelle and Leung Sze Cai Cindy; Education and Community Outreach Department Manager Vency Kwok, music instructor Patrick Ng, props instructor Clara Ho and costume instructor Fung Hei Tung.
Overall, the students had a meaningful Easter holiday experience learning more about the world of ballet – from dance movements, story, music, costumes and props. We look forward to seeing them again at future Hong Kong Ballet activities!