KOTA KINABALU: A secondary school here is hoping to make Malaysia proud again when its students represent the country at the Dance World Cup competition in Austria this month.
The dance team from Sabah College, which did brilliantly at the competition in Paris last year by grabbing three gold medals and an award, is determined to win all seven categories it is contesting in this time.
The 12-member team, who call themselves the Tagaps Dance Theatre, will fly to Europe for the competition from June 25 to 30.
Team manager II Asiah @ Dg Asmah Eson said the group led by school principal Nuinda Alias was in high spirits, buoyed by their success in local and national junior dance competitions as well as their triumph in France last year.
“We are confident of a good showing in all the categories we are competing and surpassing last year's performance,” Asiah said after a dance preview here to raise funds for the trip to Austria.
The Tagaps Dance Theatre clinched the prizes for the Junior Group National and Folklore Dance, and the Open Duo Modern last year as well as awards in the Best Overall Duet/Trio category and for the Best Choreographer.
The team's repertoire this year will include two traditional dances from the Murut ethnic group and a performance titled Imagine, meant to portray the pursuit of happiness.
Nuinda, who is also the contingent's chef de mission, said 36 countries would be taking part in the junior competition open to schools around the world in categories such as ballet, modern and contemporary, jazz and traditional dances.
She also announced after the dance preview that the school had managed to collect RM88,000 from contributions.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said should Sabah College win in all its categories, it would enhance both the school's name as well as Malaysia and Sabah's reputation on the international stage.
Team member Azizan Danial Abdullah said they were nervous because this year, they would be performing seven dances instead of four previously.
“But we are up for it and thankful for everyone's support,” said the 18-year-old.