The best among the best of amateur dancers from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia were up against each other during the 4th Ipoh International Dancesport 2015 held at Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites on Saturday, August 8.
The co-organising advisor, Michael Yeap, was impressed by the tremendous support and effort put in by the local dancing fraternity. “We’ve been receiving plenty of positive responses from day one. My utmost gratitude goes to the organising chairperson, Yeap Yen Chin and her hardworking committee members for ensuring the success of this championship,” he said.
The competition consisted of many categories such as Latin Junior, Latin Amateur, Modern Senior and Modern Adult 35 and above. The highlights of the championship were the two main categories, Latin Amateur Open and Modern Amateur Open.
Representatives from Thailand, Tony Lufrano and Sukuchaya were placed first in the Latin Amateur Open, followed by Jumil Bacalso and Natali Tjokro from Singapore. Second runner-up went to the dancing duo from Malaysia, William Yap and Isabella Liew who hailed from Negeri Sembilan.
The Modern Amateur Open was won by Wang Chun Yang and Mau Lai Wah from China while the second spot was won by the team from Malaysia, Muhammad Daniel and his partner Rachelle Loong. Third placing was snatched by another pair from China, Xiong Wu and Lui Kwai Pui.
In her speech, Yeap Yen Chin, the organising chairperson who is also a World Dance Council International Adjudicator and a former Latin dance champion, thanked participants and organisers for their support.
“A big thank you to everyone for making this championship a success. Not forgetting the President of Perak Society of Performing Arts, Datin Rosalina Ooi, for helping us to promote this annual event,” said Yen Chin.