The ‘To Be Number Thailand Championship 2015’ (southern region selection round) took place at Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong on Sunday November 2 2014. Officials in attendance at the event included Pongkasem Kaimuk – Deputy Director-General of Department of Mental Health, Kajornsak Kaewjarus – Director of Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, Supang Jongthong – Deputy Director, Phuket Provincial Public Health Office; and special guests.
The south is the first region to organize To Be Number One Teen Dancercise Thailand Championship 2015 contest, lasting from November 1 – 2, 2014. The aim of the event is to select outstanding performers from each contesting group who will later enter into the final contest on a national level, which is to take place on January 25, 2015. Winners will receive trophies and educational grants from HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, President of the To Be Number One project.
Winners in the Junior level: First prize – Hero (Ban Bang Neow Municipality, Phuket); first runner-up – Monkey Crew (Jong Thanon Municipality School, Pattalung); second runner-up – Girl Junior (Chokchai Kindergarden, Krabi). Commendation prizes go to KT Dance Team (Ban Kok Taek Community, Trang), and Huachiew Junior (Tap Tiang Huachiew School, Trang).
Winners in Pre-Teenage level: First prize – A-Ha (Ban Bang Neow Municipality, Phuket); first runner-up – New Bravo (Ban Borput, Surat Thani), second runner-up – Victory (Racha Prachanukroh 3, Chumporn). Commendation prizes go to Jung Hu Dream Crew (Jung Hua Municipality School, Pattalung); and DW Dance World (Phuket Dance World School, Phuket).
Winners in Teenage level: First prize – Nemesis Crew (Teep Ratsadorn Pittaya, Surat Thani); first runner up – Let’s DooQ (Step Dance School, Songkhla); second runner-up – So Proud Team (Sa-ard Padoem Wittaya, Chumporn). Commendation prizes go to – The Lion (Satree Phuket School) and The Drama Dance (College of Drama Arts, Pattalung).
In his speech Deputy Director-General Mr Pongkasem said that the contest, which is organized annually and now in its 12th year, has garnered much interest from young people year on year. The contest format is being continually updated and improved to be fun-filled and multi-dimensional and accessible to teenagers through the use of contemporary music. The enjoyment of dancing aside, the program promotes creativity and confidence as well as opens up the vision of young people. All these, continued Mr Pongkasem, are in line with the aims set by the President of the project, HRH Princess Ubolratana, whose principal work is to eradicate drug abuse in young people.
She said: “There are many reasons for drug abuse; to prevent this we must instil a new sense of value and confidence in young people by finding fun activities for them to take part. Through these, they will be part of a society, become physically and mentally strong and refrain from drugs.”