from across the world converge in Penang come the end of November to flaunt
their moves in a strutting exhibition of diverse western dance styles.
Some 350 talents from sixteen
nations will flash their skills in a colourful, heated atmosphere bubbling
with music, and moves of the waltz, foxtrot, tango, quick step, rhumba,
pass adobe and other styles.
The 4th Malaysia International
Dance Sport Championship will be held on November 29 at the indoor Penang
International Sports Arena (PISA).
The event will be overseen
by renowned adjudicators led by Robin Short, the honourary life president
of the World Dance and Dance Sport Council.
Organised by Penevents
and the Penang Tourist Centre, the evening competition promises a spectacular
feast of variety and skill with synchronised rhythm and music, poise and
artistry, transforming dancing into "poetry in motion".
The judges of the competition
will be on the look-out for several elements in the dancers' performance:
the "togetherness" of the competing couples, their poise, their "musicality"
or how their movements tune with the flow of music played. The contestants
will also be judged on musical interpretation and, of course, techniques
Incidentally, dance sport
has been slotted as an event during the forthcoming 2008 Beijing Olympiad.
Nations from the western
continent as well as the far east are sending top dancers to the competition
this year. Participating countries include England, Germany, Russia, Italy,
Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Chinese Taipei,
Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and host country Malaysia.
Titles up for grabs include
Junior Latin, Senior Latin, Senior Modern, Jvenile Latin, open Amateur, Open
Amateur Modern, Open Professional Modern, Open Amateur Latin and open
Another state-level contest,
the Penang International Dance Sport Championship, will be held the next
day at Grand Ballroom of the Bayview Beach Resort.
4th Malaysia International Dance Sport Championship will be held at PISA
from 6.30pm till 11pm on the 29th of November. Terrace seating tickets are
priced at RM20 for adults and RM10 for children below 12 years.
For details on 'group offers'
and admission, call Penevents Sdn Bhd at 04-6451934, 04-6462016, or 04-2631953.