Monday, June 11, 2012

Senggigi to host International Dance Championship 2012

Senggigi, the main tourist strip of the Indonesian island of Lombok, will host the International Dance Championship 2012 from June 20 to July 1, in which 420 dancers from 18 countries will participate.

The Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Mari Elka Pangestu has expressed her readiness to attend the International Dance Championship.

The dancers will come from Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Thailand, China, Philippines, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Poland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Korea, Myanmar, Japan and Indonesia.

The competition`s organizer, Marcel De Rijk, said in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province on Monday that the dancers from the 18 countries have confirmed their participation.

"The Japanese have confirmed just now," he remarked, noting that there are 420 participants in all, comprising 91 world-class dance pairs from the 18 countries.

Marcel, who owns the Puri Mas Boutique Resort and Spa and Mangsit Beach Senggigi, is one of the international dance judges, and he has won 22 international dance competition championships.

For this achievement, Marcel was awarded the honorary titles of the `Vice President of the World Dance Council` and the `President of the League of World Council Asia Amateur.`

Marcel noted that the international dance competition is divided into two categories: traditional dances from the Lombok and Sumbawa islands and the modern international and Latin ballroom dance styles such as the waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.

The traditional dances are performed by dancers from Indonesia, including Lombok and Sumbawa, while the international and Latin ballroom dance categories involve talented professional and amateur dancers from various countries.(Antara)

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