PHNOM PENH – On the 8th of December, Chaktomuk Theatre, a home for many ballet, cultural and artistic performances, came alive once again with the 4th Annual Year-End concert.
More than 100 students, teachers and performers, some as young as three, took to the stage to rock, sway and twist to a melody of songs and dances through the decades.
The event was organised jointly by Advanced Learning Academy, Royal University of Fine Arts and Kavanagh Dance, one of the oldest dance schools in Singapore.
Daniel Li, Chief Executive of Advanced Learning Academy, said the school was founded in 2014, and opened in tandem with Aeon Mall 1 in a purpose built facility. The intention was to fill the void in enrichment and after-school programmes, and to raise the bar by offering only internationally-accredited programmes to students.
“We offer various genres of dance – Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern Jazz, and Zumba. We are an accredited center with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers in Dance (CSTD), and our teachers are also Zumba certified instructors.
“We partnered with Kavanagh Dance, one of the oldest dance schools in Singapore. We see a consistent growth in this sector, initially with a majority expat population, but today we have an equally large base of local students,” Mr Li said.
In 2017, together with Royal University of Fine Arts and CSTD, the school entered into a pro bono arrangement to train, and prepare dance major students for classical ballet. The programme was such a success that it has now been extended to both first and second year students, and incorporate classical ballet as part of the core curriculum for Dance Faculty students.
In third quarter this year, the school opened its second center at Aeon Mall SenSok. This has helped reach families living in the Toul Kork and SenSok areas.
“We are also providing dance programmes to the Canadian International School and Northbridge International School of Cambodia and this performance, on the 8th of December, is the culmination of long periods of training, practice, choreographing and hard work of the students,” he stressed.
Apart from Dance as an afterschool programme, the center also offers Taekwondo and Robotics.
The annual year-end concert and dance through the decades was sponsored by Phillip Bank, whose senior management, together with almost a thousand family members, were at the Chaktomuk Theatre to cheer and sway with the dancers on stage in the three-hour show.