Malaysia hosting 1st water stilt lion dance championship

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 July 2019: 

The National Aquatic Centre within KL Sports City at Bukit Jalil here will host an international championship of unique lion dancing over three days – from Nov 29 to Dec 1.

The first water stilt lion dance championship is being organised by Dragon, Kirin and Lion Dance Federation of Malaysia and Heng Kok Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

It’s being also promoted by the Dragon and Lion Dance Federation of Malaysia as well as co-organised by the United Youth Movement of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

While historically the lions used to prance only on the ground, the art form had been modified into modern acrobatics atop stilts as tall as 7m or high pole lion dance.

With continuous innovation and splendid skill through times, it has now transformed into water stilt lion dance, said Datuk Wong Ying Sing, organising chairman of Water Stilt Lion Dance Championship 2019 and president of Heng Kok Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

In a statement, he said teams from 12 countries will come to battle – including those from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia and US.

The championship prizes are worth up to RM30,000 and a tournament trophy, said Wong. “It is to be hoped the championship may promote the art of lion dance as well as a new culture and sports and an inspiring skill to the people.”