The art of the lion dance

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  • Monday, 28 Apr 2014

Kun Seng Keng's Team A performing at the finals of the International Lion Dance on Stilts competition in Penang.

Love for their craft has pushed lion dance legends Chong Kok Fu and Si Tiam Yong onto the silver screen, but not before being inflicted by bodily harm.

LION dancers are seriously passionate about their craft, and none more so than the legendary duo of Chong Kok Fu and Si Tiam Yong from the renowned Kun Seng Keng lion and dragon dance association.

As a team, Chong and Si – the tail and head of the lion respectively – have contributed to 19 of the 66 world championship titles the association has won. They are so legendary that a movie has been made about them, The Great Lion – Kun Seng Keng, which will be hitting our screens on May 29.

Though they’re now veritable superstars in the international lion dance community, success didn’t come easy for Chong, 29, and Si, 26, who both retired from competition in 2009 to focus on training the next generation of lion dancers.

The team of Si Tiam Yong (top) and Chong Kok Fu was one of the greatest champions of Kun Seng Keng. – ART CHEN/The Star

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