THE “P” TALKS!
NI: Pilar Mateo
“DANCE XCHANGE” is one of the banner projects of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts).
This year, the local government of Roxas City in Capiz hosts the Dance Xchange opening venues like the Villareal Stadium and Grounds and the Capiz Provincial Park for its dance concerts, while dance workshops shall be held at Don Ynocencio A. Del Rosario National High School Gymnasium, Dayao, Roxas City. There will also be outreach performances in the municipalities of Cuartero, Jamindan, Sapian, Pilar, Dumalag, Sigma, and Tapaz in Capiz as well as in the municipality of Balete in Aklan among others.
Dance Xchange will open the workshop on April 26 with registration of workshop participants at 7:30.a.m. at the Don Ynocencio A. Del Rosario National High School Gym. And a grand opening parade and concert at 6 p.m. at the Villareal Stadium, Roxas City.
Dance Xchange is the Philippone celebration of International Dance Day every April 29. The International Dance Day (IDD) was created bynthe Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute-UNESCO which marks the birthdate of Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. The IDD aims to promote dance in all its forms across the world, to make people aware of thr value of dance, share the joy of dance with others and, enable the dance community to.promote their work on a broad scale, so that government sand opinion leaders are aware of the value and importance of dance and support it. Events and festivals are held all.over the world to promote dance, thus, this Philippine celebration.
Dnce Xchange is also held in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154, declaring yhr last week of April as the “National Dance Week”. The program aims to enhance knowledge and skills of thr fancers, dance teachers and choreographers on dances of the different countries as creative expression of their culture.
Together with the NCCA Chairman and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, National Committee on Dance led by Shirley Halili-Cruz is once again organizing Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival with the theme “Cultural Connectivity through Dance”.
On its 9th year, Dance Xchange welcomed their first Dance Ambassador in the person of actress and terpsichorean Maja Salvador!
Ano ang sayaw ng buhay ni Maja? My question.
“Siguro Ate Pilar, ang genre is jazz. Slow. Ganoon kasi ang naging takbo ng buhay ko. Mula bata ako. Hindi mabilis ang mga pangyayari. ‘Yung tama’ng galaw lang.
“Kung may sayaw naman ako na ipamamalas sa buong mundo, ‘yung Tinikling. Mabagal o mabilis ang tugtog niya, madali sabayan. Kaya napakalaking blessing nitong ipinagkaloob sa akin ng NCCA at kahanay ko na sina Kuya Boy abunda at Papa P (Piolo Pascual) sa pagiging Ambassador.
“Kung may gusto ako makasayaw sa iisang entablado, nangyari na. Kay Sir Gary V. Sa World of Dance. Sixteen (16) years ako sa ASAP pero hindi nagkakaroon ng chance. Internationally eh syemore ang Ate JLo ko. It’s because of her kaya na-appreciate ko lalo ang sumayaw. Marami magagaling sumayaw. Sa humaharao lang sa amin sa WOD, wala ka itulak-kabigin.”
This early Maja’s calling on her fans in Capiz, Roxas City, especially those who appreciate dance in every form.
“Inaayos na po ang schedule ko so hopefully magkita-kita po tayo sa April 26, 2019!”