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Whether on TV, mu­sic videos or live in con­cert, young singers are in­creas­ingly turn­ing to groups of dancers to liven up per­for­mances.

HCM CITY -— Whether on TV, mu­sic videos or live in con­cert, young singers are in­creas­ingly turn­ing to groups of dancers to liven up per­for­mances.

TV pro­duc­ers have launched game shows aimed at seek­ing new tal­ents in dance, such as Thöû Thaùch Cuøng Böôùc Nhaûy and Böôùc Nhaûy Hoaøn Vuõ, both Viet­namese ver­sions of pop­u­lar Amer­i­can shows So You Think You Can Dance and Danc­ing with The Stars.

Although HCM City now has 15 pro­fes­sional dance troupes, their num­bers of­ten can­not meet de­mand.

Many con­cert and event or­gan­is­ers have had to turn to am­a­teurs, usu­ally peo­ple aged 16 to 23, from dance clubs, cul­tural clubs or aer­o­bics classes.

But mu­sic fans and the in­dus­try’s elite alike are con­cerned about dancers ac­com­pa­ny­ing singers.

“Am­a­teur dancers only need a few hours prac­tice for a show,” said Laâm Vinh Haûi, win­ner of the Thöû Thaùch Cuøng Böôùc Nhaûy in 2012 and leader of M&T Dance group.

“They wear cos­tumes that are not aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing, even see-through dresses,” he said.

Another vet­eran dancer com­plained about the in­ap­pro­pri­ate cos­tumes.

“ Dancers wore cos­tumes form Taây Nguyeân eth­nic mi­nori- ties while singers per­formed a farm­ers’ folk song from the Cöûu Long (Mekong) Delta in many con­certs I saw in re­cent years,” said dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Ñaëng Huøng, direc­tor of the Boâng Sen Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance Troupe.

“Dances not suited to songs are be­com­ing a pop­u­lar phe­nom­e­non,” he said.

To sat­isfy au­di­ences, dancers ac­com­pa­ny­ing singers usu­ally im­i­tate or base per­for­mances on what is trendy in other coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to Huøng, the prob­lem might rest with chore­og­ra­phers.

“With­out pro­fes­sional chore­o­graphic train­ing, these dancers of­ten ap­pear lack­ing in style and syn­chro­niza­tion.”

“Dances ac­com­pa­ny­ing singers make per­for­mances live­lier, but many chore­og­ra­phers have in­vested nei­ther the time nor the ef­fort in train­ing dancers,” he said. “And that hurts the per­for­mances.”

Most con­cert chore­og­ra­phers are for­mer dancers and have no train­ing. They ’ ve turned to chore­ograph­ing dance groups now that de­mands for danc­ing have in­creased. Many dance groups now have no chore­og­ra­pher.

Ac­cord­ing to Peo­ple’s Artist and chore­og­ra­pher Vieät Cöôøng of the HCM City Tele­vi­sion, ex­ces­sive use of ac­com­pa­ny­ing dances may hurt the mu­sic in the end.

“Singers will be­come less con­fi­dent when they per­form with­out the dancers. They will in­vest in dance with colour­ful cos­tumes to daz­zle au­di­ences in­stead of im­prov­ing their voice, which is the work that they must pay at­ten­tion.”

Among the city’s most pop­u­lar groups are the break­danc­ing and hip- hop Hoaøng Thoâng Troupe, the pop rock ABC Troupe and Phöông Vieät, the folk-danc­ing Kim Quy Troupe, and the dance group for chil­dren Ngoâi Sao Nhoû. They of­ten dance at the­atres, restau­rants and big con­certs.

Although troupe mem­bers are tal­ented and skilled, pure dance per­for­mances are rarely staged in the city, so most dancers earn a liv­ing by ac­com­pa­ny­ing singers. —

New tal­ent: Laâm Vinh Haûi, win­ner of the TV dance show Thöû Thaùch Cuøng Böôùc Nhaûy in 2012, and leader of M&T Dance group has be­come fa­mous as a pro­fes­sional dancer.

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