A STATE university in Mindanao conducted a two-day dance seminar-workshop as part of the Arts month celebration dubbed as “Ani ng Sining”, said a top school official.

Western Mindanao State University's Office of Culture and the Arts (WMSU-OCTA) Director Doctor Roberto Torres said 178 arts teachers and performing arts advisers from 24 elementary, secondary and tertiary schools have attended the seminar-workshop held at the WMSU campus.

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The program was in sync with the direction of the culture and arts program of the local government units mandated by the Local Government Code, said Torres.

Arts and physical education teachers were provided with strong basic foundation on dances like rumba, cha-cha-cha, jive and samba, emphasizing on aesthetics and appropriate movements that help preserve strong and healthy body structure needed in dance.

After the seminar-workshop, the participants came up with a draft of comprehensive cultural development program for their respective schools, which geared towards enhancing the cultural awareness and appreciation among students, said Torres.

WMSU-OCTA and the Association of Creative and Performing Artists of Zamboanga Inc., with the support of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), organized the seminar.

Torres also said that another dance workshop that will teach kids, teenagers and adults ballroom dancing, dance-sports and street-dancing is being slated. (Bong Garcia)