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WORDS FROM DIRECTOR

Linh Rateau

Director and Founder of Dancenter

Member of the International Dance Council/ UNESCO

In July 2007, Dancenter was born with the dream to offer a Home:

For amateurs of all ages and levels to enjoy dancing,
For professional dancers and teachers to explore their art in a dedicated environment,
For choreographers to receive support and have the freedom to create,
For artists from Vietnam and around the world to meet and share their passion with the dance community in HCMC.

Like any family, we always try our best to give each member a special place to call home. Year after year, we proudly watch you blossom through dancing. Dance is our passion and with respect we will continue to serve it with the same dedication in the years to come.

Founded by Tessa Findlay and Linh Rateau, Dancenter opened its doors at 46/2 Nguyen Cuu Van, Binh Thanh District. The motivation was to have a place where we can meet and exchange our passion for dance. Fellow team members who have been with us since day 1 are: John Huy Tran (teacher and choreographer), Tien (Office manager), Hoang and Hung (guardians).

JULY 7, 2007

Dancenter presented its first show titled ‘100% Dance’ at NVHTN gathering our first 300 students to share their passion for Dance. Today, we split our students into 4 shows as Mini Kids Show, 2 Kids & Teens and 1 Adult Show otherwise the show would be almost 7 hours long!

MAY 2008

Urban Dance Group (UDG) was created by John Huy Tran and performed for the first time at the BBGV charity Gala. Since then, UDG have performed more than 200 times in Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. John is highly recognized and has become a major influencer in the Vietnam dance scene. As a judge for several TV dance competitions, he’s regularly invited to share his passion all over Vietnam and he was recently invited as a speaker for TED Talks Vietnam.

SEPTEMBER 2009

Dancenter organized its first Day of Dance charity event to raise money for the well-known NGO Koto founded by Jimmy Nguyen. Since then, we are proud to be one of Koto’s supporters for their charity gala and graduation events, and today we partner with their team for our 10th year anniversary.

NOVEMBER 2009

Dancenter’s goal is also to produce dance performances for the growing audience in HCMC. Our 1st show production was Spotlight performed by UDG and choreographed by John Huy Tran. After this first success, UDG presented Jazz! in 2012, followed by Song, Life is a Game proudly presented by Gameloft at Nha Hat Hoa Binh in 2014 and our most recent performance was Between Us performed at The Factory of Contemporary Arts in 2016.

OCTOBER 2010

Dancenter moved to a new home in District 2, a modern and comfortable space that allowed us to welcome our growing number of students, to become a residency place for artists from abroad and to hold events for our members. Dancenter was designed by Julien Smith (Less is More), built by Duc Tran (ML Building) and decorated by Lisa Auligny (Idee). In 2015, we extended our space with the neighboring space for a third studio.

SEPTEMBER 2011

We organized our first team building holiday in Ho Tram and since then we regularly reunite all the team with joy, solidarity and family spirit! We love to cook together, eat together and sing together when we aren’t working hard together! Dancenter has a family spirit and we are very proud of that.

DECEMBER 2011

John Huy Tran was invited as a choreographer and judge for the Vietnamese version of the world famous TV Dance Competition: So You Think You Can Dance. The show was broadcasted live on 6 TV channels on Saturday and Sunday prime time and followed by millions of viewers, making John a popular and recognized role model. Since then, John has continued to be a key figure in the dance development in Vietnam.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Dancenter is the official partner of the International Dance Festival in HCMC. Since its inception, it has become our goal to share our passion by teaching but also supporting the dance scene and community in Vietnam. Lately, we co-operated with the Institut Francais du Vietnam for several events, such as the Hip Hop competition for the Autarcie event with the company Par Terre, the Memories X movement event and Krossing Over Festival with Kerman Company, and soon with UZUMAKI company for the performance of Je suis TOI. Developing co-operation and exchange is our goal for the coming years.

DECEMBER 2014

Linh Rateau was named top 5 finalists over 2000+ candidates over the world as best Overseas French Entrepreneur by Trophee des francais de l’Etranger. In the same month, Linh was the Anlene Ambassador and danced with UDG for her favorite group Pink Martini during their Private concert in HCMC. Life is always full of surprises!

MARCH 2015

Sabra Johnson, international dancer and choreographer, travelled in Vietnam and met John, UDG and Dancenter. A great relationship was born and she decided to stay with us. We gave Sabra carte blanche to create and direct Between Us, a unique conceptual show that ravished the audience. Save the date if you missed it or want to see it again: 1st and 2nd December 2017 at The Factory! Stay tuned!

DECEMBER 2016

We proudly celebrate our 10 years with all of you. Our goal is to support the dance development. Our motto is DANCE FOR ALL, for you dancers who want to learn, for you teachers who want to share, for you choreographers who want to create, for you the audience who want to enjoy more dance performances.

JUNE 2017

Ms. Linh Rateau becomes an Official Member of the International Council of Dance of UNESCO. CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance. CID cooperates with national and local governments, international organizations and institutions. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries. CID is official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

MAY 2018

37 kids and teens students joined the A.T.O.D International Dance Competition in Bangkok and they brought home 15 awards! Our first ever competition, what a SUCCESS! 6 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze and 4 Honorable Mentions.

JANUARY 2019

We are very happy to introduce our 4th studio! 84 sqm and fully equiped with sound system, portable ballet barres, sprung marley dance floor and air conditioning and fans, studio D is now ready for the new dance season!

AUGUST 2019

HISTORY

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAID?

Lisa

I like dance because I like to see the aesthetic of the moves and the emotion they give, it’s more like an art than a sport. I like seeing what a body can do creating movements on music. I like dancing because it’s an escape for me, when I dance I forget everything, I focus on my body work (muscles, emotion, coordination). You have fun and exercise at the same time. My first class was in 2004 Jazz with miss Linh. It was tough, challenging but the class was great, the teacher very good and professional, encouraging me to continue. Dancenter is a great school, everyone is here to enjoy dancing and there is very good atmosphere. I met very nice people there. When I started dancing at Dancenter, I could not imagine to go on stage, but I did about 6-7 shows, it is an amazing experience (backstage, costumes, energy, applauses…) Find your style (Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco…) try many classes and then you can choose what you like the most. My kids also are learning dance at Dancenter and there are really enjoying it. Can’t wait to see them on stage this May!

Heather Dinwiddie

Dancing has been part of my life since I was 4 years old when I started ballet lessons. I cannot imagine what I would do if Dancenter was not here to feed my need! Besides the dancing, the camaraderie with the teachers and fellow dancers, the excitement of the annual show, the magnificence that is UDG, all make the Dancenter experience a valuable part of my life here in HCMC.

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