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A DECADE-OLD lion dance troupe from Kedah has lifted the KBJ Lion Dance on Stilts Championship title for the third consecutive year.
Hong Teik Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Alor Setar beat 12 teams from Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Selangor and Perak to take home the top prize of RM5,888.
Its hat-trick of titles was never in doubt as the slick moves by its perfor-mers on stilts during the 10-minute presentation won the hearts of the judges and the big crowd of spectators.
The skills and coordination of the two performers who moved with such precision to the beat of the drums had the spectators in awe at the recent event at Kompleks Bukit Jambul (KBJ) in Penang.
“We trained well for the competition with the determination to emerge as champions again this year,” said their trainer Cheah Kwong Leang.
Cheah, 41, said they picked the theme of a ‘drunken lion’ in a cave which ran amok. His troupe also won the Best Costume award.
The Tong Keow Bin Lion Dance Association troupe from Penang won the RM3,888 second prize while Dou Mu Jiu Hwang Da Ti Buddhist Association from Kedah took home the third prize of RM1,888.
The 13 participating troupes were required to finish different themed forms of movement in seven to 10 minutes, demonstra-ting vivid gestures and expressions of the lion.
The judging panel was made up of 15 professional judges from well-known lion dance associations in Malaysia.
The judging criteria were based on the level of skills of footwork as well as coordination between the performers and the music.
The championship was organised by KBJ and Penang Xuan Gang Sports Entertainment.