Youth ambassador training wraps with song, dance

Friday, 20 July 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 29 By  Sunturak Sangdokmai

One hundred area students wrapped up training to become the city’s next young tourist “ambassadors,” singing and dancing to become more outgoing and less shy, in order to become more-effective spokespeople.

Seven instructors from Meefah Music Institute, JS Dance, and Burapha University worked with the 20 teams of five youths ages 9-16 on concentration and self-confidence, as well as the fundamentals of presentation and acting during the final two days of training July 7-8.

Young ambassador hopefuls perform beautifully, even though they’ve only had a very short time to practice.Young ambassador hopefuls perform beautifully, even though they’ve only had a very short time to practice.

The field will be winnowed to 10 teams July 20 through written and oral exams and the winners selected July 27 in Pattaya Young PR Ambassador finals at Royal Garden Plaza.

The arts teachers focused on creativity, sharing, eye contact, expression with the eyes, and emotion. They then illustrated acting techniques using language, culture and teamwork. Youths then broke into groups of four to demonstrate the language and culture of Thailand’s four regions.

Chai yo!  It’s been a great day! Chai yo!  It’s been a great day!

Training director Rungratree Thongsai spoke to the contestants on the upcoming exams, helping them to understand what they need to do to prepare. She continued by covering cultures of foreign countries and their musical traditions before dividing the youths into six groups which prepared for 30 minutes for their final performances.

The song-and-dance routines were recorded and uploaded to YouTube and all the kids received small awards to boost their confidence. The road to the ambassador title continues July 20.

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