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Sangdao Performing Arts School Directors’ Profile

Miss Sophatai Kanthatham
A.R.A.D. Advanced, Registered Teacher Royal Academy of Dance (England)
Director Sangdao Performing Arts School

Miss Sophatai Kanthatham (Khru Awe) is the 3rd generation to have been passed on the knowledge and passion of dance in her family. Her grandmother, Mrs. Payao Bulkul founded Forum School of Dancing on Sathorn Road in 1960.
The next generation is her mother, Mrs. Pornpimol Kanthatham, director of Pornpimol-Sophatai Ballet School in Bangkok. She is a very well-respected teacher in Thailand.

Miss Sophatai started dancing with ML. Suchira Visitkul and her mother, Mrs. Pornpimol Kanthatham. She has also been trained by Miss Kanchana Jalavicharn, Miss Aree Sahavejjabhand and Mr. William Morgan. She studied at Joffrey Ballet School, Stanley Holden Dance Center in the USA and at Rambert Dance Company in the UK.

She was engaging in a full-time dance education at the Arts Educational London Schools. Then she received a scholarship to proceed her dance studies in Lyon, France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. It was here that she had been selected as a representative to compete in the renowned Concours de Paris and entered to the Semi-Final.

She was a principal dancer with The Bangkok Ballet Theater and has performed before the Royal Families many times.

She was engaged as a professional dancer with several dance companies in Germany such as Oldenburgishes Staatstheater, Schillertheater Gelsenkirchen and Stadtische Buhnen Nurnberg (Ballett Nurnberg). She also worked as a Freelance artist in the Netherlands.

Miss Sophatai has taught in numerous schools in the Netherlands such as Codarts (Rotterdam), Centrum voor Kunst en Cultuur Zoetermeer and Ballet Studio Carina Verzijl.

In 2002 she was appointed the director post at Pornpimol- Sophatai Ballet School in Bangkok. She's also a co-founder of Child in Motion Foundation, a foundation which helps develop underprivileged children through performing arts
She was appointed as a Graduation jury of faculty of Performing Arts Mahasarakham University;

In 2008, she became the director of SPAS. Occasionally she has also been invited as a Guest Lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Fine arts.
In 2012-2013, she was appointed as a Mentor from Royal Academy of Dance, England, to guide next generation of teachers at SPAS in their 2 year part-time study: Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies. This is truly an important role in contributing to the development of high standard dance teaching in Chiang Mai

Mr. Glenn van der Hoff
MA. (Performing Arts), The Netherlands
Director Royal Academy of Dance Thailand
Artistic Director Sangdao Performing Arts School

Mr. Glenn van der Hoff has been in the professional performing arts for over 30 years. He is a freelance artist who has been invited to direct, choreograph and teach for students and performers in several companies and schools such as International Dance Theater, Codarts Institute, GMM GRAMMY, Pornpimol-Sophatai Ballet School, Aree School of Dance Arts, Varaporn-Kanchana Ballet School and Bangkok Dance.

He has collaborated with well-known artists such as Bird Thongchai McIntyre, Boyd Kosiyabong, Nop Ponchamni, Pod (Modern Dog), and Euthana Mukdasanit,.

He was the artistic director and the founder of the well-known Djazzex Dance Company in the Netherlands, which has performed extensively around the world.  

Mr. Glenn had been appointed a Chairman of the Audit Committee & Arts; Member of the Dance Committee of The Council for Culture, the statutory advisory committee for the Ministry of Culture; Coordinator of The Cultural Collaboration Holland-Indonesia. And in 2008 until present he has been appointed the Director of Royal Academy of Dance Thailand.

Moreover, he was appointed as a Graduation jury of faculty of Performing Arts Chulalongkorn University. Occasionally, he is also invited as a Guest Lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Fine arts.