Dance on Parallel Lines Series - "Pay It Forward" by Mandy Petty, Ken Kwok and Huynh Eric
When: 18-19 Oct 2013 Fri-Sat 20:00
Where: Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
Tap dance has evolved over the years, with the steps being shared, between master and student. It's quite acceptable to steal steps, as long as people acknowledge their sources and thus "Pay It Forward" to the next generation.
Choreographers/Tappers: Mandy Petty*, Ken Kwok, Huynh Eric
Tappers: Penny Tse, Gigi Yiu, Calvin Tang
Producer: Chi-wing Wong
Technical Director: Benny Shaw
Stage Manager: Benny Shaw
Deputy Stage Manager: Chun-hing Sei
Assistant Stage Manager: Yeuk-sze Chan
Set Designer: Chi-wing Wong
Sound Designer: Can Dog
Lighting Designer: Chun-hing Sei
Costume Designer: Kenneth Leung
Graphic Designer: Zee Li
Makeup: Joyce makeup
Photographer (Promote): Kar Wai
Photographer (Show): Dicky Wong
Video: C. Production
*By kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Mandy began her dance training in the UK, at an early age. At 16, she embarked on a 3-year full-time dance course at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, where she received training in ballet, tap and jazz, along with singing and acting, ensuring her a career as a triple threat performer. During her training, Mandy became the first recipient of the Marjorie Davis Star Tap Award (a national competition that is now held annually in the UK) and completed her ISTD teaching qualifications, receiving an award as the most promising teacher. In 1978, Mandy began working professionally, performing in pantomime in her home town, and then internationally, in a small cabaret group which toured South East Asia from 1979 to1981.
When Mandy decided to settle in Hong Kong in 1981, she immediately began teaching for a number of local, private studios but it was when she was invited to teach tap at the newly formed Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, that tap really began to take hold in Hong Kong. In 1995, Mandy became a full-time Lecturer in the Musical Theatre stream of the School of Dance, HKAPA where she taught jazz and tap to most of the performers that you see on stage in Pay It Forward.
Over the years, Mandy has choreographed for many dance concerts and musicals, both for the Academy and for other local performing groups, but it is the big tap musicals that she loves best, including 42nd Street and Crazy for You. In order for any art form to remain current, it is important that we acknowledge our roots but then add a little of our own creative flair. Seeing one's work being developed and shared with future generations, is the greatest compliment any teacher could receive, so Mandy is honoured and humbled to be invited to share the stage with her former students. She would like to thank R & T for their dedication to the world of tap dance and for ensuring that Mandy's legacy continues in Hong Kong.
Ken Kwok graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) School of Dance majoring in Musical Theatre Dance. During his study there, he attained the ISTD Advanced Tap Certificate with Honours, and was awarded a scholarship to participate in the American Dance Festival in 1998.
From 2001 to 2004, he joined the Hong Kong Dance Company as a full-time dancer, performing in many of its well-known productions. From 2004 to 2005 he received a scholarship to further his studies in Modern, tap dance and Jazz dance at the Off Jazz Dance Center in France. Between 2005 and 2007, he attained Australia's Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Advanced Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Bar & Gold Star tap Certificate with Honours & (CSTD) Teacher's Certificate. He obtained the Honours Award (Tap Dance Category) at the Kangaroo Cup in 2006.
Huynh Eric was a chorister since he was six, and was a member of the Children's Choir and Youth Choir of the Music Office of Hong Kong. He was on the choir's delegation to Kagoshima in 2002 for musical exchange and performance. He graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2006, majoring in Musical Theatre Dance and was later awarded the ISTD Intermediate Tap Certificate with distinction. While at the Academy, he was awarded several scholarships, including the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarships, and represented the Academy at a study tour to Guangzhou.
Since graduation, Huynh has performed lead roles in several musical productions, including Theatre Space's A Chorus Line (as Paul); Theatre Noir X Le French May's Cabaret des Annees Folles (as Jean Sablon and Policeman); Hong Kong Dance Company's Journey to the Wild West (as Monk Tripitaka) and Tsuen Wan Legend; 3ami's Grease (as Danny) and Alice and the Little Golden Book (as Bunny); and Hong Kong Chorus's Oliver (as Fagin) etc. Huynh has collaborated with many performing arts groups, including 3ami, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Dance Company, Theatre Space, Theatre Noir, 2 on Stage, Actors' Family, Class 7A Drama Group, Spring-time Stage Productions, R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) etc.
Tips: 18 Oct 2013 with meet-the-artist session.
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