Dancewear

Project HK: Shining the Limelight on Hong Kong’s Young Dancers

Having grown up with disposable film cameras, it is amazing to see how far we’ve come with photography. From drones to GoPros, the field for developing artistry is vast. The pairing of dance and photography has opened up new pathways for both dancers and artists. As the industry is changing, it is important to create opportunities for our youth to explore the possibilities in art and dance.

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Capturing the incomparable character of the city and the brilliance of young dancers, PROJECT HK is a creative photography and dance based art project that features stunning photographs of Hong Kong’s talented youth!

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With the emergence of other photography projects which feature professional dancers amongst scenic cityscapes, PROJECT HK was developed to create an opportunity for children to engage in these creative photography projects. The first of its kind in Hong Kong, PROJECT HK captures photographs of young dancers amongst some of the city’s most iconic landmarks!

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These ravishing photos share the gems and best-kept-secrets of Hong Kong, highlighting the contrast between the busy, modern and cosmopolitan cityscape versus the tranquil, historic and breath-taking views of Hong Kong’s natural landscapes.

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Dance photography is not an easy thing to do, as it requires capturing art in motion. A particularly remarkable aspect of PROJECT HK, is the process that was required to snap these stunning photos. Notoriously known for its dense population, the hubs of Hong Kong are crowded, busy and booming. The dancers, photographer and crew needed to be quick and on their A-game to capture these photos. Though very talented, these dancers are still children, so it is truly commendable the energy, commitment and patience that these young folks had to sustain. Nevertheless, PROJECT HK provides an innovatively fun and challenging outlet for these young dancers to share their passion for dance and their home to the world!

 

Be sure to check out the full collection of photos from PROJECT HK! And maybe you’ll discover a few new spots in the city to snap your next jump shot or selfie!



Photo Credits: Twinkle Dance Company



Dance Costumes Made to Wow!

Bring that va-va-voom and wow factor to the stage, because we’re featuring some of the most amazing dance costumes from past professional dance productions. Get inspired and add a bit of pizzazz to your next casual Friday outfit!

 

Puttin’ On The Ritz with all that Glitz

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Put on your chicest pair of sunglasses before you hit the theatre, because this costume glimmers, glares and sparkles! First staged by The Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a spectacular ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The feet of eight dancers on pointe appear In the iconic scene where the caterpillar enters the stage. As if the synchronised movements of the ballerinas weren’t spectacular enough, they each wore a pair of royal blue pointe shoes embellished with crystals. The entire performance features the creative ingenuity of Bob Crowley’s costume designs. Besides the beautiful dancing and choreography that goes into a production, it’s important to recognise the role of the many artistic elements that bring this vision to life.

 

Borrowing from the Past

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Fashion is all about finding a balance between the past, present and future. When costume designers create innovative costumes for a dance production, they tend to borrow from the past and project the future. Hong Kong Dance Company’s production of Red Poppies featured a wealth of culture, heritage, and innovative designs. Borrowing elements of traditional Tibetan garments, Cui Binghua’s costumes incorporate intriguing designs while showcasing the beauty of Liu Lingli’s choreography. Chinese Dance costumes are known to marry fashion with function, creating a relationship in which the movement and the garments complement one another.

 

The Bigger, The Better

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“After all imagination is a beautiful thing” – Zora Neale Hurston

Reminding us where our creativity ignites, Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Whipped Cream is all about releasing your wildest dreams. Performed by The American Ballet Theatre, this playful storyline is big and bold. The costumes designed by Mark Ryden are inspired by our favourite childhood candies, treats and pastries. Make sure to watch this ballet on a full stomach, or you’ll be growling for the next hour and a half.

 

‘Werk’ that Quirk

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Turning Hong Kong’s extreme working culture, into a technicolor ‘werking’ culture is Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th Anniversary ad campaign. It’s not easy to pull off these neon colours, let alone doing it in ballet tights and leotards. But Hong Kong Ballet brings out the fun and quirky characteristics of Hong Kong, while staying true to the strength, power and beauty of ballet.

 

Light it up!

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Kwok’s Kung Fu & Dragon Lion Dance Team is transforming tradition by lighting up local Hong Kong festivities with an LED Lion Dance. As the leader of the dance troupe, Andy Kwok is all about keeping up with the times while still honouring heritage and tradtion. The LED Lion Dance features lights on the costume that are coordinated to the rhythm of the music. These lions know how to break it down on the dance floor with some hip hop, and they can literally light up any party!

A dash of Pumpkin Spice

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Cinderella is notoriously known for her glass slipper and pumpkin carriage, two things that no one in their right mind would ever bring to a ball (though I’m sure someone from the Met Gala could prove me wrong). Nevertheless, Cinderella is a fairytale…which means that anything goes! James Kudelka’s ballet production of Cinderella performed by The National Ballet of Canada was filled with imaginatively fantastical costumes. David Boechler’s costume designs featured the classical elements of ballet, whilst adding light-hearted humour to this ‘all too serious’ art form. The mascot-like pumpkin heads that the male dancers wore during the waltz scene was just the right amount of pumpkin spice!

Thou Costume is Blazing

To dance or not to dance, that is the question. To dance, obviously! Crystal Pite’s contemporary choreographic work, The Tempest Replica is based on motifs of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. Performed by Kidd Pivot, these dancers are transformed into unworldly beings by Nancy Bryant’s brilliant costumes. These designs are no basic plain white T-shirts, the details are in the seams from head to toe.

Fashion is not exclusive to the runway or red carpets, it’s everywhere we go, but it is also an important part of dance. So next time you catch a dance performance, pay attention to the other artistic elements of the performance and see what you discover!


Photo Credits: 1. Photo by Dean Alexander, Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet | 2. Photo by Johan Persson, Courtesy of The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013 | 3. Photo by Crystal Kwok, Courtesy of Hong Kong Dance Company | 4. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre | 5. Photo by Dean Alexander, Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet | 6. Photo by Kyle Ford | 7. Photo by Bruce Zinger, Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada | 8. Photo by Jörg Baumann, Courtesy of Kidd Pivot







How to Concentrate Better in Dance Class

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Ready? Set? Focus.

Focus is key to success--focus to a successful dance class or else, it’s a all a waste.

Concentrating is one of the key elements that we always forget to bring with us to class. Often disregarded, but this is definitely what will take us to where we want to get, and get the whole point of enrolling yourself or your child in dance class.

Remember, it’s not only the body that moves when you’re dancing. It’s the brain till the very end of your fingertips  to the tips of your toes.

So here are some helpful tips for all aspiring dancers to help you focus more.



Punctuality is Essential

Always be on time. Always.

At least 10-15 minutes before your class time, because setting your mind before coming in to dance class will help you focus more as it sets your mood or your brain to sort of switch to its “dance mode”.

Coming in late to class, means being unprepared. And being unprepared means disaster.



Your teacher is NOT a broken record

“Do this”, “Do that”, or “don’t do that”, “Pointe your toes”.

If you’re getting the same corrections every time, there must be something wrong...and it’s definitely not the teacher.

Once your teacher gives you corrections, make sure that you try to apply it and absorb it as quick as possible because nobody wants to get the same correction over and over again, right?

Ask

Smart people always ask so they know what to do, be prepared and not panic in a situation they’re in.

If you didn’t get the combination or whatever terminology your teacher says, don’t be afraid to ask. Remember, smart people ask.


R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Respect your teacher and co-dancers the same way you’d like to be respected.

To help you concentrate, you should also help your co-dancers concentrate and not be a distraction to them. Knowing the proper etiquette in class will help. A lot!

You should learn to trust your teacher’s opinion, corrections and judgments. If you can’t might as well find another teacher, or be your own teacher.


Don’t be a show off!

Everybody hates a show off. Don’t be that.

Don’t just nod your head and say “Yes” to all your teacher’s correction. It’s dance, not Science that you can only retain corrections in your head. Of course, keep it in your mind but at the same time you MUST do it. By doing it, it gives trains not only your brain but your muscles as well to remember how it should be done correctly.


Show some gratitude

As part of not only dance etiquette, but proper manners in life, always say “thank you” to your teacher. Don’t just walk out after each class.

Teachers have the longest patience, next to your parents. They never get tired of reminding you of your corrections, keep their cool and always willing to help you learn at your own pace. So I suppose a “Thank you” would be the best thing you could give them each day of class.









Tutu Care Tips

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Recital season is definitely on!

You may be just be heading on to one, or just came from one, and now worrying how to clean and whether to wash your kid's costumes or not but no need to worry because we're always ready to give out helpful tips!

How to Store

Protect your tutus from dust and damage, keep them away from direct sunlight and smoke. To store in best protection, tutu bags are ideal or wrap them in a sheet and lay them flat and best stored under the bed. 

Hand Washing

To hand wash the tutu, it would most likely be best to be done in the bathtub. Filling it with a mild detergent and cool water, carefully dip the tutu just a few times in the water and then drip dry upside down, or simply lay flat if the tutu is heavily decorated. 

To Remove Wrinkles

Steaming the tutu helps. Simply hang the tutu upside down in the bathroom but NOT in the shower. Turn on the shower, using hot water to make it steamy. Let it stay there for a while as it should straighten the tulle and get it fluffy.

Re-Starching the Tutu

If the tutu gets too soft and needs to be re-stiffened or stick out again, starch is the answer. 

Using a spray bottle, damp enough water onto the tutu and spray starch evenly on the tutu and hang upside down on a hanger. 

Now you're tutu ready for show!

Where to Get the Best Dance Apparel in HK

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It's always a special day when you're coming to your ballet class. But it's definitely extra special if slip on the perfect ballet slippers to a unique ballet outfit and always feels like showtime!

But where to find them, you say? There are tons here in Hong Kong from your basic ballet uniforms to very eccentric and quirky designs. Are you ready? Here's our list...

 
PIU NGAI DANCING FASHION SUPPLY CO.      Address :  Room 2203, Island Beverley, 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong      Tel :  2576 9722  Email :   piungai@yahoo.com.hk   Facebook page :   https://www.facebook.com/piungai   Business hour :  Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:30pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)  Well, here's your supermarket of apparel. Dancewear, accessories like turning boards, foot stretchers, flexistretchers (which is one of their latest products) could be found here, in Pui Ngai. Quite a variety of beautiful leotards for adults, in a number of brands, trusted and loved by a lot of professional dancers around the world. It might take you forever to decide which one you'd actually like or need because they have quite almost everything a dancer could wish for. Go give them a visit, and see for yourself---but be ready to shop till you drop.

PIU NGAI DANCING FASHION SUPPLY CO. 

Address : Room 2203, Island Beverley, 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong    
Tel : 2576 9722
Email : piungai@yahoo.com.hk
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/piungai
Business hour : Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:30pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)

Well, here's your supermarket of apparel. Dancewear, accessories like turning boards, foot stretchers, flexistretchers (which is one of their latest products) could be found here, in Pui Ngai. Quite a variety of beautiful leotards for adults, in a number of brands, trusted and loved by a lot of professional dancers around the world. It might take you forever to decide which one you'd actually like or need because they have quite almost everything a dancer could wish for. Go give them a visit, and see for yourself---but be ready to shop till you drop.

 
TUTULAMB     Address :    CENTRAL : 4F, 8F, Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road Central.   CAUSEWAY BAY : 9F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road.   WONG CHUK HANG : Shop 311 One Island South 2 Heung Yip Road.                                              Tel :  (Central)6608 6689/(Wong Chuk Hang)6608 1928/(Causeway Bay)6608 1699  Email :   info@tutulamb.com   Website :   http://tutulamb.com   Facebook page :   https://www.facebook.com/tutulamb    Tutulamb equals "not your average dance apparel!" From your kids' favourite colours and most adorable designs perfect for kids looking just like a prince/princess fresh out the storybooks without hurting your budget. Exquisite designs like no other you could find in Hong Kong. But of course, they do have the basics as well, just like ballet uniforms you'd need in simple and solid colours. Did I mention they have a line for adults too? Well, they do!  Leotards, tights, ballet shoes, wrap skirts, they have them as well for adults. Where else could you look? The best part is that their location is super convenient and accessible. I know right? Quite a lot! That's alright because they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff willing to help you find the best one for you and/or your kid!

TUTULAMB

Address :  CENTRAL: 4F, 8F, Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road Central.  CAUSEWAY BAY: 9F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road.  WONG CHUK HANG: Shop 311 One Island South 2 Heung Yip Road.                                           

Tel : (Central)6608 6689/(Wong Chuk Hang)6608 1928/(Causeway Bay)6608 1699
Email : info@tutulamb.com
Website : http://tutulamb.com
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/tutulamb 

Tutulamb equals "not your average dance apparel!" From your kids' favourite colours and most adorable designs perfect for kids looking just like a prince/princess fresh out the storybooks without hurting your budget. Exquisite designs like no other you could find in Hong Kong. But of course, they do have the basics as well, just like ballet uniforms you'd need in simple and solid colours. Did I mention they have a line for adults too? Well, they do!  Leotards, tights, ballet shoes, wrap skirts, they have them as well for adults. Where else could you look? The best part is that their location is super convenient and accessible. I know right? Quite a lot! That's alright because they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff willing to help you find the best one for you and/or your kid!

 
FONTEYN BALLET SUPPLIES LTD.     Address :  1D No.8 Thomson Road, Wanchai  Tel :  2528 9399  Email :   fonteyn@netvigator.com   Website :   http://www.fonteyn.com.hk   Business hour :  Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)  From not just ballet apparel, but a couple of ballet accessories...They've got it! Oh but don't worry, their items range from kids to adults! If you're more of a serious ballet dancer and taking it to the next level, well they've got pointe shoes too from a couple of brands, you actually select from. Check them out!

FONTEYN BALLET SUPPLIES LTD.

Address : 1D No.8 Thomson Road, Wanchai
Tel : 2528 9399
Email : fonteyn@netvigator.com
Website : http://www.fonteyn.com.hk
Business hour : Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)

From not just ballet apparel, but a couple of ballet accessories...They've got it! Oh but don't worry, their items range from kids to adults! If you're more of a serious ballet dancer and taking it to the next level, well they've got pointe shoes too from a couple of brands, you actually select from. Check them out!

 
SNOW WHITE DANCEWEAR     Address :  Shop S15-17, 2/F., Cathay 88, 125 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong    Tel :  2892 2842  Email :   sales@swballet.com   Website :   http://www.swballet.com   Facebook page :   https://www.facebook.com/swballet   Business hour :  Mon-Sat 12:00pm-6:30pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)  Apparel just as lovely as its name. A very wide range from kids to adults specializing in the world's leading brands in ballet, like Sansha, Bloch, Capezio, Chacott, Grishko, Gaynor Minden, you name it, they got it! They also supply dance costumes with tutus made with the classic Russian style. But hey, it's not just ballet stuff in here, because they also have ballroom shoes and Latin American dance footwear available at their shop. Give them a ring, for any of your inquiries, and I'm pretty sure they'd be at your service.

SNOW WHITE DANCEWEAR

Address : Shop S15-17, 2/F., Cathay 88, 125 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong  
Tel : 2892 2842
Email : sales@swballet.com
Website : http://www.swballet.com
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/swballet
Business hour : Mon-Sat 12:00pm-6:30pm (Sun & Public holiday closed)

Apparel just as lovely as its name. A very wide range from kids to adults specializing in the world's leading brands in ballet, like Sansha, Bloch, Capezio, Chacott, Grishko, Gaynor Minden, you name it, they got it! They also supply dance costumes with tutus made with the classic Russian style. But hey, it's not just ballet stuff in here, because they also have ballroom shoes and Latin American dance footwear available at their shop. Give them a ring, for any of your inquiries, and I'm pretty sure they'd be at your service.

 
MARGARET DANCE WORKSHOP       Address :  3/F, 45 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong    Tel :  2856 0631  Email :   mdanceworkshop@yahoo.com   Website :   http://mdanceworkshop.wix.com/margaret   Facebook page :   https://www.facebook.com/MargaretDanceWorkshop   Business hour :  Mon-Sun 12:00pm-7:15pm  Meanwhile, on the Kowloon side, there is this shop called "Margaret Dance Workshop" Yes, we hear you..dance is expensive and everything around it can be quite pricey, but that wouldn't be a problem at this shop. They have a good quality of leotards in a number of designs and other dance accessories too. Tutus? Not a problem especially if you can rent one. Yes, rent a tutu is one of the coolest things they offer. So if you're gonna be somewhere in the Kowloon area, go say hi! 

MARGARET DANCE WORKSHOP  

Address : 3/F, 45 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong  
Tel : 2856 0631
Email : mdanceworkshop@yahoo.com
Website : http://mdanceworkshop.wix.com/margaret
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/MargaretDanceWorkshop
Business hour : Mon-Sun 12:00pm-7:15pm

Meanwhile, on the Kowloon side, there is this shop called "Margaret Dance Workshop" Yes, we hear you..dance is expensive and everything around it can be quite pricey, but that wouldn't be a problem at this shop. They have a good quality of leotards in a number of designs and other dance accessories too. Tutus? Not a problem especially if you can rent one. Yes, rent a tutu is one of the coolest things they offer. So if you're gonna be somewhere in the Kowloon area, go say hi! 

 
REPETTO     Address :   TSIM SHA TSUI:  Shop OT 303A, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City.  ADMIRALTY:  Unit 133, Level 1, Phase 2, Pacific Place.  CAUSEWAY BAY:  Shop 405, Level 4, Time Square.  Tel :  (Ocean Terminal) 2521 2078 / (Pacific Place) 2918 1889 / (Times Square) 2506 1093  Website :   http://www.repetto.com/en/boutiques/hong_kong_sar_china/hong_kong   Facebook page :   click here   Business hour :  (Ocean Terminal) 10:00am-10:00pm / (Pacific Place) 10:30am-9:00pm / (Times Square) 11:00am-10:00pm  Voila! World-renowned French ballet shoe company is here in Hong Kong. Simple and elegant designs for that very balletic look in soft colours for both kids and adults. Ballet shoes, pointe shoes, and even booties to keep your feet warm, you can find it at Repetto. They have loads of branches, now I don't really see the reason why you won't be able to drop by.   So the next time you're in search of dance apparel, you know now where to find the best for your taste and budget. 

REPETTO

Address : TSIM SHA TSUI: Shop OT 303A, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City. ADMIRALTY: Unit 133, Level 1, Phase 2, Pacific Place. CAUSEWAY BAY: Shop 405, Level 4, Time Square.
Tel : (Ocean Terminal) 2521 2078 / (Pacific Place) 2918 1889 / (Times Square) 2506 1093
Website : http://www.repetto.com/en/boutiques/hong_kong_sar_china/hong_kong
Facebook page : click here
Business hour : (Ocean Terminal) 10:00am-10:00pm / (Pacific Place) 10:30am-9:00pm / (Times Square) 11:00am-10:00pm

Voila! World-renowned French ballet shoe company is here in Hong Kong. Simple and elegant designs for that very balletic look in soft colours for both kids and adults. Ballet shoes, pointe shoes, and even booties to keep your feet warm, you can find it at Repetto. They have loads of branches, now I don't really see the reason why you won't be able to drop by. 

So the next time you're in search of dance apparel, you know now where to find the best for your taste and budget.