Consulate Steps into the “Arena” Spotlight to Promote Contemporary American Culture

group photoMay 26 and June 5, Chengdu – In a prelude to the competition, a public Block Party held at popular entertainment district Lankwaifung featured a flash mob, performances by young student dancers, and a freestyle dance contest that anyone could join. A few days later at the finale, 2000 people watched 23 teams from all over China as well as Korea and the Philippines compete for a chance to train with America’s best urban dancers in Los Angeles and the title of China’s best dance crew. Judged by a panel of America’s top urban dancers and choreographers, the winning team from Chengdu mixed social commentary with technically flawless dancing and theatrical flair. At the awards ceremony, Consul General Raymond Greene explained the diversity of American culture and society as visible in this modern art form. While reiterating the importance of originality, innovation, and skill, he also expressed Consulate support for a message of social justice when he presented the “U.S. Consulate Choice Award” to a team whose performance addressed the plight of Chinese migrant laborers.