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Chiang Mai Ballet Academy’s 11th annual Charity Musical Dance Play

Legend of the Rose and Little Mermaid

The lead performers in the Little Mermaid performed more jazz style dancing, choreographed by the Artistic Director, Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Ballet Academy once again wowed Chiang Mai audiences with their beautiful performance at the Kad Suan Kaew Kad Theatre on Sunday, March 31, 2013. The magical costumes and beautiful ballerinas floated across the stage in a performance that was a new adaptation of King Rama VI’s “Matthanapatha” (“Legend of the Rose”) and Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”.
Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, Chiang Mai Ballet’s artistic director said that she chose the Legend of the Rose so that Thai students can learn more about classic Thai literature and to show that perseverance and determination can win through. The classic fable the Little Mermaid, about a mermaid who wanted legs so badly she gave up her voice shows the importance of considering major life decisions.
The Legend of the Rose and the Little Mermaid were both choreographed by the Senator, and she noted that while the Legend of the Rose featured more classical ballet with an Asian flavor, the Little Mermaid was more jazz style dance with a European twist.
The three male leads were Peera Phanlukthao, who recently finished his PhD in the UK and is teaching dance at Mahasarakham University who portrayed the Huntsman in “Rose” and the Sea King in “Mermaid”. Shan Del Vecchio, who was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City performed as King Chaiyasen in “Rose” and Prince Eric in “Mermaid”. While Japanese dancer Kotaro Tsutsumi is an exchange student at CMU’s Faculty of Agriculture Science and played the Hermit in the Rose and Sir Grimsby in “Mermaid”.
The beautiful show featured a solo by Kularat Saengchanopas. All proceeds went to the Friends in Need (of “Princess Pa”) Volunteers Foundation of the Thai Red Cross Society. (All photos courtesy of CityNow!)

Students from the Ballet Academy performed to a packed crowd.

The younger students have a chance to shine on stage.

Camps that make a difference

Students from Hong Kong traveled to Chiang Mai and explored the environment, learning about the eco system and more.

Recently students from Kingston International School in Hong Kong travelled to Thailand to take part in an “Exploring the planet” camp. Travelling south from Chiang Mai they discovered that one setting, Doi Inthanon (Thailand’s highest peak) was more than just a mountain. The mountain’s natural geography, highland inhabitants and unique environment offered a diverse range of activities for the students to engage, explore and study – helping to build enduring bonds with the natural world. From taking part in rustic farming practices of the simple rice-farmer, studying the mountain’s slope and waters, designing and arranging a public garden at Mae Kampong Village to zip-lining through the forest canopy the camp presented new knowledge for the curious participants to go forth with the confidence that they can help protect and make positive change for the planet.
The Traidhos Three-Generation Camps program, located on the campus of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, has built a solid reputation for the past ten years hosting and designing custom-made out-of-the-classroom experiences for young Thai and international students with broad and diverse activities that interconnect school curriculum, expand environmental awareness, sustainable living, discover Northern-Thailand’s adventurous side and distinctive culture, as well organizing desirable community service ventures to experience during their school holidays or as part of a school trip abroad.

Students from the Kingston International School in Hong Kong visited Doi Inthanon on their recent trip.

City Kindergarteners graduate!

Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri chaired the opening of a project to raise funds for sending children on to higher education at the Kindergarten Development Center for the Chiang Mai Municipality on March 29, 2013. Here he is joined by staff and kindergarten students who have graduated from kindergarten school and will continue on to Prathom 1 schools around the city.(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)

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Chiang Mai Ballet Academy’s 11th annual Charity Musical Dance Play

Camps that make a difference

City Kindergarteners graduate!