THE foyer of Seremban Parade in Seremban was a riot of colours and a hive of activity recently when more than 100 children — attired in top hats and coat-tails, costumes reminiscent of I Dream of Jeannie, hip-hop gear and traditional dress — wowed the audience with their cutesy outfits and dance moves.
The children, from 19 kindergartens in Seremban, were participating in a dance competition for preschoolers organised by the shopping centre’s management and arts and craft school Creative Magic Touch.
Seremban Parade marketing and communication assistant manager Shenny Sim said the competition was held to encourage preschoolers to show off their artistic abilities.
“Dance and music is an integral part of preschool education, giving children a chance to explore their creative side.
“When we planned the event, we did not expect such a show of talent, but the children pulled off amazing performances and impressed us with their confidence and stage presence,” she said.
The preschoolers executed their dance routines without a hitch to cheers and applause from teachers, parents and even passing shoppers.
Sim, who was also one of the competition’s judges, said the success of the inaugural event had prompted the organisers to consider making it an annual fixture.
“More than 500 people attended the show and the response was fantastic. We had preschoolers from as far away as Mantin and Lukut.
“We definitely want to make this an annual event and hope that in future, the competition will attract more kindergartens,” she said.
Tadika 3Q MRC Mantin emerged victorious with their Chinese cultural dance which garnered the loudest cheers.
Principal Lee Li Fen said she was overjoyed her pupils took home first prize, considering the competition they were up against.
“We were lucky to win as all the other kindergartens were just as good. It must have been a tough decision for the judges,” she said.
Other winners included Tadika Bintang Seri Cerah with their Puteri Bintang Seri performance, Taska Aiko with their Top Hat dance and Tadika Komputer Cerdik with their stellar performance Bintang.
The dance performances had a myriad of themes, with Bollywood the most popular.
The award for best costume also went to first prize winners Tadika 3Q MRC Mantin.
Prizes, which included cash, gift hampers and trophies, were given away by William Chee Chen Kai from the Rembau MCA division.