LION dance on stilts is a high risk sporting activity which can result in one getting multiple bodily injuries.
Penang Wushu, Lion and Dragon Dance Association president Lim Siew San said common injuries sustained by the performers during practice sessions included fractured hands and legs, while some have even been injured in the head or had their teeth knocked off.
“This is the price the performers have to pay in order to perfect their moves.
“One needs to be extremely focused on carrying out dangerous stunts on stilts. It is not an easy task,” he said at the International Lion Dance on Stilts Championships’ prize presentation dinner held at the Han Chiang Stadium.
A total of 13 teams as far as China and Taiwan and neighbouring Singapore and Indonesia showcased their skills and talents in the two-day competition held over the weekend.
World champion Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Johor stamped their mark with a score of 9.23 points to walk away with the title.
They bagged RM10,000 for their effort while their B team finished fourth.
Coming in second and third respectively were Kwong Ngai Lion Dance troupe from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore’s troupe Long Tien Wushu and Lion Dance. They took home RM5,000 and RM3,000, and trophies respectively.
Penang Tourism Development and Culture committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang gave away the prizes.
During dinner, the top two teams entertained guests with their sterling performances.
Also present were Dragon and Lion Dances Federation of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Kee Yong Wee and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Kee, in his speech, said Malaysians should feel proud because the lion dance on stilts and 24 season drums originated here in the 1980s.
“These two sporting activities were created and founded here.
“We hope that our troupes, especially the renowned Kun Seng Keng will continue to promote such activities whenever they have the opportunity overseas,” he said.