Photo above: Azhar (second right) hands over the mock cheque to the Putera Putri dancer who represents his group to receive the award for the best choreography. Looking on are Rithuan (right) and Mahathir (left).
September 18, 2016
LABUAN – With powerful choreography and daring appearance of its women dancers urged the juries to select Putera Putri Group from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as the champion in Malaysia Creative Dance for open category during the Borneo Arts Festival (BAF) 2016 on last night.
The group performing a modern dance adapted from the dance of Bajau ethnic in Kota Belud, Sabah, whilst telling the story of the newly wed couple which ended up the group to win the cash prize of RM8,000.
While, the first runner-up and second runner-up were each captured by Sanggar Budaya Sri Pengkalan from Kuala Lumpur and UMS Cul’art Dance from Kota Kinabalu where each group received cash prize worth RM5,000 and RM3,000.
Meanwhile, there were five titles being given in the dance competition namely, the best choreography won by Putera Putri, the best music being awarded to Seroja dance group from Bukit Nanas Kuala Lumpur, the best male dancer by a dancer from Putera Putri and the best female dancer by a dancer from Gemalai Qarma Dansa, UiTM Shah Alam.
Some 18 groups from around this country took part in the dance competition.
Also performing on stage during the night were Kevin Beatbox and Sidi Gambus Trio.
Present to handover the prize were the chief executive officer of Labuan Corporation (LC), Azhar Ahmad, his deputy in management, Rithuan Hj. Mohd. Ismail and the director of LC Arts, Culture and Tourism Department, Mahathir Abdul Hamid.