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Women's sports festival in Taipei to focus on dance

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Registration for Taipei's annual women's sports festival started yesterday.

Now in its third year, the festival, which will be held next month, aims to promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging more women to participate in sports activities.

"The pressure from work, family and pregnancy take a heavy toll on women's health. We therefore would like to encourage women to participate in sports," said Liang Yung-fei (梁永斐), director of the Taipei Sports Office.

This year's event will be a little different as the organizer has decided to choose "dance" as the theme of the festival.

"In the past, we've had competitions on traditional sports activities such as swimming, track and field, or ball games," Liang said. "However, those activities may not be suitable for all age groups."

"We've decided to choose dance as the theme of this year's competition so that more people can take part," Liang added.

Contestants have a choice of five categories -- flamenco, belly dancing, streetdance, cheerleading and aerobics dancing.

First place winners in each category will be awarded NT$30,000 in cash and NT$20,000 in prizes.

In addition to the dance competition, there will be an exposition to provide information on themes related to women's health, as well as consultation services on career, family relationships and health, according to a press release.

The contest and the festival will be held on May 19 at Taipei Gymnasium (台北體育館) on Nanjing E. Road. Applicants can also register online through May 10 at www.tms.gov.tw or www.ctsra.T.tw.

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