CHUNG Ling Private High School is simply a class above the rest when it swept four awards during the annual 32nd Dance Competition in Penang.
It bagged the best costume, best choreography, best performance and the gold awards as the crowd cheered wildly for the 21 dancers during the prize presentation ceremony.
They performed a dance titled ‘Bi Neng Hui Yi’ (The 1910 Penang Conference) retelling the story of Chinese revolutionist Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s contributions in Penang.
Lead dancer Chua Ming Wei, 17, who played the character of Dr Sun said it was an unexpected achievement for the team as they did not expect to sweep four awards.
“I am truly happy and proud that our hard work paid off, as we have endured many tiring and difficult sessions and practices.
“It was also a very memorable moment for me, as I was tasked to play Dr Sun, a historic figure who ended the Qing dynasty and shaped modern China, ” Ming Wei said after receiving the awards with his team members at Chung Ling Private High School recently.
Using their bodies as mediums and movements as language, Ming Wei and his team depicted the journey of Dr Sun in aiding the founding of local schools and newspapers in Penang.
The team’s choreographer Lim Wui Teck, who is also the school’s vice-principal, said the dance aimed to retell the historic contributions of Dr Sun in Penang.
“Dr Sun was an important historical figure among the Chinese community and we hope to paint his story and journey using our dancers as the palettes, ” he said.
Besides Chung Ling Private High School, the other schools which took part in the dance competition were Penang Chinese Girls’ High School, SMJK Union, SMJK Phor Tay, SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, Jit Sin Independent High School, SMJK Heng Ee Bayan Baru branch, SMJK Heng Ee, SMJK Convent Datuk Keramat, SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian and Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School.
Dance competition organising committee chairman Peter Koay Poy Teik said the annual event was held to create awareness and preserve traditional and Chinese cultural dances.
He said seven schools had been chosen to represent Penang at the national-level competition to be held in Penang in December.
The schools are SMJK Phor Tay, Chung Ling Private High School, Penang Chinese Girls’ High School, SMJK Heng Ee, SMJK Heng Ee Bayan Baru branch, SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian and Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School.