FINAL SWAY: Dancers from Malaysia, India and China step up the pace at the climax of Capitamalls Asia’s dance competition
GEORGE TOWN: GURNEY Plaza was set into dazzling motion by the finalists of Super Dancers 2012, a dance competition organised by Capitamalls Asia, recently.
Participants entertained the spectators with mind-blowing and gravity-defying choreography dance, in solo and group categories at the new wing atrium.
The dancers were from Malaysia, China and India. They represented seven malls managed by Capitamall Asia: Queensbay Mall in Penang, The Mines in Selangor, Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur, East Coast Mall in Pahang, CapitaMall TianjinOne in Tianjin, China, and Forum Value Mall in Bangalore, India.
They showed prowess and plenty of twists and turns.
Whether performing a contemporary or traditional dance, the contestants showed great daring in choreography that stretched their skills and the very definition of dance to impress the judges.
From the stiff robot to the sinuous "striptease", the dancers delivered their acts with aplomb.
It was an action-packed afternoon as the performers squared off on the dance floor.
The Mines' Raymond Tan Chin Leong, 28, emerged the winner with a perfect score for "Sci-Fi" , in the solo category.
Tan, a full-time dance instructor in the Klang Valley, said his robot dance was inspired by such movies as Terminator and Iron Man.
Tan said it took about a month to arrange the music for the dance routine.
"I am feeling good now. I managed to connect with the spectators and more importantly, the judges,"
"All the performers are outstanding and I am happy to learn from them all at this competition," said the champion.
Tan won RM5,000 cash and a Converse product voucher worth RM500.
Forum Value Mall's Rhea Naomi Aranha, 20, was first runner-up and Sungei Wang Plaza's Teddy Ong Xing Kai, 18, second runner-up.
In the group category, The Awesome Five from Queensbay Mall slid to the top with fluid dance moves and smooth coordination
Their leader, Chan Hon Fee, 22, said the group were over the moon as the win was truly unexpected.
Chan said the group was made up of former students of Universiiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kampar, Perak, and formed about four months ago.
"The victory is a surprise. But I am glad that the long hours of practice did pay off," Chan said.
The event culminated in a 1Malaysia dance performance.
The competition judges were Anthony Meh, Aida Redza and Kerry Chan.
Gurney Plaza market communications manager Peter Chan presented the trophies and prize money to the winners.