Oriental dance arts competition, gala on December 13


Poster of the Odaak’s 2014 Open Oriental Dance Arts Competition.

The oriental gala banner shows the list of artists.

KUCHING: The Kuching Bellydance Arts Association (Odaak) will host its first Malaysia International Bellydance Arts Competition 2014 and Oriental Gala Show on December 13.

Its president, Jasmine Tan, said the international competition drew 83 participants who would compete in various categories.

“We invite members of the public and oriental dance enthusiasts to attend the competition and gala at the MBKS auditorium,” Tan said at a press conference held at a restaurant here yesterday.

“The international competition will take place from 10 am to 5 pm, while the gala will start at 7 pm. The result of the competition will be announced at the gala, she added.

Tan revealed that the response to the competition was very good and that the participants came from Malaysia and Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Odaak was established three years ago to promote dance among the performing arts in Malaysia.

“It is also about building and maintaining good relationships and affiliating with dance bodies and organizations inside and outside Malaysia,” she said.

The competition was open to all citizens in the Amateur Solo categories (18 years and over) for non-instructors; Professional (18 years and over) for instructors and co-instructors; Amateur group (18 years and over) for non-instructors of two to eight people; Fusion (18 years and over) for all professional groups, instructors and co-instructors from two to eight people; Kid Solo (seven to 12 years old); Teenage Solo (13 to 17 years old); Junior group (5 to 13 years old) from 2 to 8 people.

Scores to be awarded for skills (30%), expression (30%) and 40% for stage performance, costume and overall performance.

Tan said there will also be various winners and prizes for contest entrants and for the first time ever, the best instructor award.

About thirty participants from the state enroll in various categories of oriental dances. These dancers are of international level.

Participants must be on time because the registration desk opens at 9 a.m. next weekend.

“All participants must register at the registration desk at least one hour before the start of the competition. The organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant without giving reasons, ”she said.

To inquire about tickets for the competition and the gala, call Tan at 016-8899716 or Ai Ling at 019-8881336.

You can also get details via www.facebook.com/OrientalDanceArts.

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