Wednesday, November 25, 2009

News On Recent Genting Nationals Copetition

ONE would have thought that winning another national lion dance championship would be easy for someone who had 19 world and 10 national titles under his belt.

But Si Tiam Yong, from Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon As­­sociation Muar, begged to differ. The victory, he said, was an exceptionally meaningful one for him and his partner Chong Kok Fu.

“After two previous attempts, this is the first time we are bringing home the champion’s trophy of this biennial Malaysia National Lion Dance Championship,” the 21-year-old said.

This accomplishment might help him put away the memories of his bitter experiences at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands, especially an accident that happened in 2006.

Breakout!: The dramatic opening of the performance by the Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Association Muar troupe, which had the lion breaking through a cage.

“I fell from a pole during a practice session two months before the competition, and was forced to take a break for a month,” recalled Si, who controlled the lion head.

It was sheer determination and a strong passion for the art that had spurred Si for a decade, while Chong, on the other hand, revealed that he was addicted to the thrill of the challenge.

“I take pleasure from the audience’s excitement when they are awed by the new moves we have invented,” the 24-year-old said.

In the 14th championship held at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands last weekend that drew 40 lion dance troupes, the Kun Seng Keng team received thunderous applause from the crowd with its “backward handstand” move.

“The hind legs of the lion were lifted while its front legs moved backwards,” Chong said.

The other seven teams put up equally stunning performances in the finals, although three teams lost significant marks due to accidental falls. Nevertheless, all three of them climbed back up the high poles and completed their routines, to the delight of the crowd that cheered them on encouragingly.

Good coordination: The two lions of the Subang Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association Selangor interacting with each other on the high poles.

There was also a handful of Malay and Indian team members amid the Chinese-dominated troupes.

Young Bakri Anwar was one of them. The 13-year-old hit the gong for the Petaling Jaya Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association Selangor, which emerged the third runner-up.

The pint-sized SMK Sri Utama student, who had participated in three lion dance competitions so far, said he was introduced to the troupe by his Indian friend a year ago.

“This is my first medal and I am proud of my team’s achievement,” he said.

When probed further, Bakri admitted shyly that he harboured dreams of becoming a lion dancer one day.

Sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Cotra Enterprise, the championship was also the first ever that incorporated the Double Lion category, in which two lions strutted their stuff in the court simultaneously.

Albert Fong, the coach of the champion team – Subang Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association Selangor – said the most difficult part was to coordinate the interactions between the two lions.

The team’s highly dynamic performance started off with the two lions breaking through a box. They then embarked on a journey in the “mountains” (poles) in search of the cheng (a flower attached to a pole).

“One found it and happily shared it with the other,” Fong said.

The three-day event ended on a high note with Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie, Resorts World Genting public relations and communications senior vice-president Datuk Anthony Yeo and Selangor & Federal Territory Lion Dance Association chairman Leong Lik Thong jointly presenting a mock cheque for RM10,000 to the Kun Seng Keng team.

Kwong Ngai Lion Dance and Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Segamat won RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively for emerging first and second runners-up.

Article Pick By Local News Paper

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Highlights Of Genting 14th Single Lion and 1st Double Lion National Competition


On The Left, Image Shot with 50mm 1:1.8 Lens

The Preliminary 1 highlights

KSK Worship Altar to get blessing--------------------------------The Competition Ground

Kwong Ngai, Lion Tail Spinning 360 Degree

KSK on Fut Shan Lion Performance--------------Kwong Ngai Training After Preliminary 1

LionDonceFreak In Action. The one on the foreground not those 2 on the jong

The Preliminary 2 highlights

Special Thanks to Miss Amy Lu on contributing some photos to this post

(Left) Segamat Gor Chor (Right) Selayang Hong Teck
Photo Shot By : Amy Y.F. Lu

KSK In Action. This time playing with new toy, The Hula Hoop
Photo Shot By : Amy Y.F. Lu

Chinese Sports Club Selangor
Photo Shot By : Amy Y.F. Lu

Stay Tuned For Image Highlights On Finals

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Genting 14 National Single Lion Competition & 1st Double Lion Competition Preliminaries

Day 1
Single Lion First Round

Kee Ling Kok Lion Dance Team Final Score : 5.47

Pandamaran B Klang Final Score : 5.98

Nam Wah Kangar Pulai Johor Final Score : 7.62

Persatuan Tarian Singa Kin Cho Hang Kuantan Final Score : 7.65

Kun Seng Keng Lion And Dragon Dance Asso Final Score : 9.08

Jun Wai Dragon and Lion Dance : Did not participate due to injuries

Miri United Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe Team B Final Score : 6.61

Persatuan Tarian Singa Pemuda MCA Selayang Baru Final Score : 6.73

Pertubuhan Tarian Singa Bei Her Kota Setar Kedah Final Score : 7.8

Kok Hing Lion & Drogon Dance Final Score : 7.57

Kun Seng Keng Dragon And Lion Dance Asso Bukit Pasir Final Score : 8.81

Persatuan Tarian Singa Hok Seng Final Score : 8.62

Kelba Tarian Naga dan Singa Taman Aman (KSK) Final Score : 8.56

Pertubuhan Tarian Singa dan Naga Hong Teik Alor Setar Kedah Final Score : 7.22

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Martial Arts Group final Score : 8.12

Double Lion First Round

Sg Way Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Final Score : 7.82 (Double Lion Dance 4nd Runner Up)

Persatuan Kesenian Gui Qing N.Sembilan Final Score : 8.43 (Double Lion Dance 3nd Runner Up)

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Luen Seng Physical Culture Asso Final Score : 4.57

Kok Hong Dragon and Lion Dance Kepong Final Score : 7.75

Single Lion Second Round

Persatuan Wushu, Dragon and Lion dance Long Yi Kulai Johor Final Score : 8.03

Persatuan Tarian Naga & Singa Kwong Ngai Balakong Final Score : 8.95

Petaling Jaya Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Final Score : 8,97

SUPP Miri Lion Dance Troupe Team C Final Score : 5.42

Sg Way Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Final Score : 8.94

Day 2

Single Lion Third Round

Guan Soon Keong Hoong Tuck Lion Dance, Teluk Intan Perak Final Score : 8.23

Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Bukit Siput Final Score : 8.80

Selayang Hong Teck Dragon And Lion Dance Final Score : 8.18

Subang Khuan Loke Dragon & Lion Dance Asso Selangor Final Score : 8.34

Pertubuhan Tarian Naga & Singa Wen Chin Kelapa Sawit Final Score : 8.63

SMJK San Min Lion Dance Society Final Score : 7.21

Kun Seng Keng Dragon & Lion Dance Asso Johor Baharu Final Score : 8.73

Kok Hing Dragon & Lion Dance Asso Kepong : Did Not Complete, No Score

Puchong Khuan Loke Dragon & Lion Dance Asso Final Score : 8.20

Kwong Ngai Lion Dance Final Score : 9.05

Pertubuhan Belia Hong Wu Selayang Final Score : 8.36

Kwong Fei Shi Ngai Lion Dance : Did Not Complete, No Score

Taman Desa MCA Lion Dance Asso Kluang Johor : Did Not Complete, No Score

Persatuan Kesenian Gui Qing Negeri Sembilan : Did Not Complete, No Score

Persatuan Sukan Cina Sungai Besi : Did Not Complete, No Score

Double Lion Second Round

Selayang Hong Teck Dragon & Lion Dance Final Score : 6.95

Kwong Ngai Lion Dance : Did Not Complete, No Score

Subang Khuan Loke Dragon & Lion Dance Asso Selangor Final Score : 8.74 (Double Lion Dance Champion)

Pertubuhan Tarian naga & Singa Wen Chin Kelapa Sawit Final Score : 8.36 (Double Lion Dance 2nd Runner Up)

Nam Wah Kangar Pulai Johor Final Score : 8.69 ( Double Lion Dance 1st Runner Up )

Single Lion Fourth Round

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Luen Seng Physical Culture Asso : Injuries During Training, Did Not Participate

Lembaga Pengurus SJK (C) Pulai Tarian Singa Final Score : 8.61

Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Segamat Final Score : 8.91

Persatuan Rekas Pasukan keselamatan Negara Malaysia, Cawangan Mantin : Did Not Complete, No Score

Persatuan Sukan & Kebajikan Anggota Rela Daerah Lion Dance Kluang : Did Not Participate

Final Participating Team For 14 th Single Lion Dance National Competition

Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Bukit Siput Final Score : 7.79

Sg Way Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Selangor Final Score : 8.94

Petaling Jaya Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Selangor Final Score : 8.96

Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Segamat Final Score : 8.99

Kun Seng Keng Dragon And Lion Dance Asso Bukit Pasir Final Score : 7.81

Kun Seng Keng Dragon And Lion Dance Asso Muar Final Score : 9.24

Persatuan Tarian Naga & Singa Kwong Ngai Balakong Selangor Final Score : 7.69

Kwong Ngai Lion Dance Final Score : 9.22


Champion :
Kun Seng Keng Dragon And Lion Dance Asso Muar Final Score : 9.24

1st Runner Up :
Kwong Ngai Lion Dance Final Score : 9.22

2nd Runner :
Persatuan Seni Goh Chor Wushu Tarian Singa Segamat Final Score : 8.99

3rd Runner Up :
Petaling Jaya Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Asso Selangor Final Score : 8.96

The Champions till the 2nd Runner Up will See All Of You In 2010 Genting World Championship

Images will be available soon. Stay Tune

Friday, November 13, 2009

Master Siow's Featuring in CNY Comedy Featured Film. News realesed

Master Siow play role as an 70+ years old man in the featured comedy film called "大日子" Da Re Zhi also named as "WooHoo" in English. Surprisingly, Synopsis of the story is basically not about Lion Dance but about TIGER dance. Master Siow plays a Old Grand Master who is a Tiger Dance Master who teach the art of tiger dance to a bunch of young people.

Featuring famous local Astro TV Station and MyFm Radio Station DJ and artist, Jack Lim, Vivian, Siow Hui Min..ect

News To The Lion Dancing Arena :
Subang Hong Teck Malaysia, A team founded by most of Master Siow's employees of Lion Dance Equipment WSH Dragon and Lion Arts we those who are also under the scene doing the stuns on the jongs and also those who contributed to coach the artist to do lion dance movement to apply them in the TIGER costume.

For the Fan Page on more pics for this Movie Click This Link

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Lion Arts Update

It has been awhile since the silence in the lion dance industry. especially in The Lion Arts. Just be back to bring some updates to my fellow followers. Genting Competition will be just around the corner. Tickets and reservation info at this LINK. Hope to see you guys there in the 3 days of exciting tournament.

On The Lion Arts side, We just announce our creative services. offering prints on shirts and pants, cards, flyers and many more. We also branch our creativity out to offer video services for troupes to actually to brand them self professionally when it comes to presentation on their troupe performance offer. We make your simple home video looks professional and more commercialize.

see more on our official webside click here

Monday, September 28, 2009

Lion Dance Grand Master On FIlm

World Lion Dance Champions Master that coach troupes such as Kun Seng Keng And Khuan Loke who made numerous champions on the international Lion Dance Championships made himself into the local film industry. Master H.P Siow, spent 1 month shooting in local feature films being in a role of 70 year old man.

This film will be up on local cinemas during the Lunar New Year 2010. The film just finish shooting today will start to on post production and finish by end of the year. The film that master Siow has play in was some thing similar but different from his current proffesion. The local producers will keep the news of this film close and remain unexpose until the day they complete the post production and when its ready to promote. Also staring local artist such as Jack Lim, a famous Chinese Station DJ, Ah Xian.. and many more...

This spontanious culture featured film will target to tickle audience into laughter as they celebrate the 2010 Chinese Lunar New Year. Malaysian movie goers are recommended to watch this local produced entertaining comedy.

To Respect the Local Movie Producers, The Lion Arts Will Only Give That Much Information About The Movie. More News Will Be Coming Regarding Movie From Master Siow's Experience If The Media Allows.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Highland Vanue To Host Prancing Lions

MALAYSIA’S biggest and most established lion dance championship is back!

The 14th Malaysia National Lion Dance Championship 2009 will be held in Genting Highlands from Nov 20 to 22, with prizes worth up to RM40,000 up for grabs.

Organised by Genting – City of Entertainment and the Selangor & Federal Territory Lion and Dragon Dance Association, the biennial national event is expected to attract 40 of the best lion dance troupes from all over Malaysia.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, Selangor & Federal Territory Dragon and Lion Dance Association chairman Leong Lik Thong announced that the championship would be divided into two categories — Single Lion Category and Double Lions Category.

Let the lions roar!: (First row, from left) Federation of Selangor & Federal Territory Dragon and Lion Dance Association officers Lim Seng Chia, Lai and Yap, Wong, Leong and Siow and other invited guests at the press conference.

The Two Lions category, which is being introduced for the first time, will involve two lions performing thrilling stunts in the court, which guarantees a more challenging and breathtaking competition among the lion dance troupes.

Also at the press conference were Federation of Selangor & Federal Territory Dragon and Lion Dance Association officers Siow Hong Phiew, Yap Chee Keong and Lai Shee Lum, and Genting Malaysia Berhad promotion and entertainment department assistant manager Wong Kok Chee.

The champion in the Single Lion category will receive RM10,000, while the first, second and third runners-up will take home RM6,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively. The teams will also receive a trophy and medals.

The four other finalists will receive RM1,000 each.

In the Double Lions category, the champion will receive RM5,000, while the first and second runners-up will take home RM3,000 and RM2,000 respecively. The teams will also receive a trophy and medals.

The two consolation winners will receive RM800 each.

The championship will be held for three days. The preliminary rounds will be held on Nov 20 and 21, while the grand finals will take place on Nov 22. The competition will begin at 2pm and end at 10pm daily.

Genting WorldCard members can watch the preliminary rounds for free by redeeming entry passes at the Genting WorldCard Centre in Genting Highlands or at Genting Sales Offices.

While the ticket price for the grand finals will be announced later (log on to Genting’s website for more info), Genting WorldCard members will be entitled to a special discount.

Infants and children below three years old will not be admitted for the shows, while children aged three years and above require tickets for admission.

For details and ticket reservations, log on to or call 03-2718 1118.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Server Down on Main Page

Hi Guys. We are sorry for the server problem. Seems that it could only be online on the 3rd of August. In the mean time.. we will use The blog for any announcement. Thanks

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

14th Genting National Lion Dance Competition

Yes, what we have waiting for, now Confirmed. 14th Genting National Lion Dance Competition to be held on 20,21 and 22 November 2009. My fellow overseas lion dance freak friends, Have you booked your Air Tickets. Any one wants to buy the Grand Final tickets, The Lion Arts International is please to help you to buy them. Please drop us an email for further assistance

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Birthday

Malaysia Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association celebrates its 7th birthday on 25/7/2009 and organized a Cultural Night served with dinner. Filling up the hall with more than 1300 people, the night was happening and lively. Performance highlighted on the night was Northern Lions, 24 Festive Drums, The New Lion and Dragon Stage Drama, and The Acrobatics Lion Dance On High Pole. A must watch, Stage Drama, gives you a fresh look instead of traditional way of performing the arts of lion dance and dragon dance. Also not to be forgotten, the show ends with the High Stakes Acrobatic Lion Dance. Catch Up with LIONDONCEFREAK's SITE. He should be having that video up soon. The special move highlighted was a 270 degree turn from a Gua Jong Position and back up on pole. Will post some performance video that we have just mention. But for the High Stakes Acrobatics performance, Please click the Link to LionDonceFreak's Site

Besides the performance, There is a special highlight that we would also like to mention. Which is Lion Dance King, Master Siow Ho Phiew accepted another 10 disciple in a "Bai See" Ceremony, witness by the crowd of 1350 people and Hoksan Sarping Grand Master Robin Chan. His disciple now, Worldwide and Local (Malaysia) have already reach 49 officials.

Some Of The Bai See Picture Highlights

The Neon Lion & Dragon Drama

Saturday, May 9, 2009

New Lion Heads Portfolios

We recently delivered a custom lion head. I can say, it is the design of the year. So far there is only 4 similar lion heads had been produced. KSK has 1, Hong Kong Tam Pui Yuen has 1 , 1 more unknown, and the forth one is completed and monitored by The Lion Arts International.
For further lion heads special order, feel free to contact us. "World Class Quality, World Class Lion Dancers" Come and be one of the World Class Dancers and Performers.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Its a Tedious Job

Behind the scene of the new culture combination, It is fully Shot and edited by me, Yeah the author of The Lion Arts. this job its straight forward yet not simple. Music is one consideration. and making them gel together is also one issue. But I finally got it done. I hope you guys like this Video of The Behind The Scene. This Culture Combination really involve man power. How many? Watch the video Below. I have also got a the copy of the real Event released. Interested to purchase one, Please Drop by the main page by just clicking the link above this page. I will include this piece of my work in and also another Performance extra when KSK and Team first ever perform this combination.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lion Dance History DVD

I would like to promote this video. It is worth of collection. Running time at 50 mins and fully English language documentary

Friday, February 13, 2009

Treating The Royals

World Lion Dance Champion Kun Seng Keng, Treat The Royals with tense and stunning performance. On the 8th day of Chinese New Year. Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, Founder of The Mines Berhad who also owns a world known 6 Star Hotel, Palace Of The Golden Horse, Invited honored guest from the Royals which is The King Of Perlis State, and The King Of Selangor State. And Malaysia Former Prime Minister TUN Dr. Mahatir Mohd to treat them with Chinese New Year Open House and lion dance performance by KSK.

The Kings, Former Prime Minister and their Wifes.

From Left. King of Perlis , King Of Selangor
& Former Prime Minister

Formaer Prime Mister's Wife, Rewarding The Champions With Red Packets

Friday, January 23, 2009

Western Australia Chung Wah Association Lion Dance Troupe is Gaining Exposure

I still remember when me and Kwun(Leader Of Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe) was chatting and laughing and having great times with rest of their troupe members during their stay in Malaysia. Today, they are seen on TV, Congratulation Chung Wah Association Lion Dance Troupe, Keep up the good work and training...

The Lion Arts is very proud to see those uniform design by us, fits perfectly in you guys. You guys really look good and cool with those now uniform. It is my honor to design you guys those uiform and it makes a total now identity of the troupe.

The Lion Arts International Branding and Troupe Identity

Design Proposed By The Lion Arts-------------------------------Final Result Of The Uniform

For Any Trope related Design and Identity or Branding your troupe, Email me at we do Promotional Video, Brochures, Logo Design, Uniform Design, Name Card Printing and design and also Greeting Cards

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Recent Found In the Local News Paper

High-pole lions to soar with festive drummers


THE hot and dry air heralds the annual arrival of lions over the next few weeks to greet everyone Happy Chinese New Year. This year, the lions have some great companions in tow to bring double happiness to the world.

Fearlessly prancing from pole to pole to mark new beginnings, the lions are set to stir the spirit even higher with the thunderous beats of the 24 Festive Drums.

For fun: Dr Hou (second from right) and other guests trying their hands beating the 24 Festive Drums.

Steeped in rich culture, the high pole lion dance and drum ensemble are actually made in Malaysia.

They are undoubtedly the pride of the nation, with their popularity as widespread as the name of the country.

For the first time in history, the two Malaysian legacies will come together to deliver a dazzling show while marking a breakthrough in cultural development.

The performance involving 80 members is presented by 29-time world champion lion dance troupe Kun Seng Keng and the acclaimed 24-drum team from Foon Yew Chinese Independent School, both from Johor.

The group will perform around the country and their first show was launched by Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung on Saturday at Wisma CNI, Shah Alam.

In order: Members of the 24 Festive Drum are a disciplined lot.

Dr Hou, quoting his findings, said studies and records showed that lion dance did not originate from China nor Malaysia, but from the western regions of China, which referred to where Xinjiang, Afghanistan or Iran are currently located.

“Lion dance was brought into the mainland during the Three Kingdom Era and spread through the country only during the Tang Dynasty. This shows that a culture is an amalgamation of various origins. Hence it should not belong to only one ethnic group but it can be best explored and depicted by one of them,” he said.

“In the past, it was once misunderstood but was nevertheless recognised as a national heritage two years ago. It has developed dynamically and has even piqued the interest of other ethnic groups,” he added.

He described high pole lion dance as an eminently elegant art and highly-skilled craft, and that Malaysia was No 1 in the world in this field.

Meanwhile, he said the 24 Festive Drums was a great cultural innovation presented by a Chinese community outside China.

Powerful strokes: Famed calligrapher from China Gu Nai Ping at work.

“This art is a combination of music, dance, calligraphy and ancient wisdom,” he added.

The event was attended by many icons who had contributed significantly to the development of Chinese culture in Malaysia. Among them were Federation of Chinese Association Malaysia president Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong, Yayasan CNI president Datin Chuah Tek Lan, KL and Selangor Lion and Dragon Dance Association president Leong Lik Thong, Malaysia Chinese Cultural Society president Tai Shio Hwa and Malaysia Xiang Lian Youth Association adviser Datuk Ang Lai Hee.

Counsellor of the China Embassy in Malaysia, Su Qiang, praised the creation of the two Chinese arts that added depth and breadth to Chinese culture.

Prominent local and international calligraphers wrote the Solar Terms at the event, while SRJK(C) Jenjarom board of government chairman Gan Liam Chor donated a set of 24 Festive Drums to the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple. This was received by Master Jue Cheng.

For further details of the performance schedule, call 016-227 1613 or 017-310 0217.

The Beat

Created in the 1980s, the 24 Festive Drums have been played by more than 16,000 students while Singapore, Taiwan, China, Thailand and America have their own 24-drum teams.

Not easy: Students from the Foon Yew Chinese Independent School in Johor Baru drumming up a high spirited rhythm for the lion to prance onto high poles.

The beats are belted out in unison and synchronisation in a choreography that challenges one’s creativity. The drums are named with the 24 Solar Terms listed in the agriculture calendar used about 2,000 years ago in the downstream of Yellow River. The names are beautiful, in the likes of The Awakening of Insects, The Great Heat, The Arrival of Winter and others, to mark the subtle changes of nature throughout the year.

“Ancient emperors gave advice to their citizens according to these Solar Terms, so that people and nature could exist in harmony. Over the years, these terms were forgotten and even the underlying message on environmental conservation was neglected,” said poet Tan Chai Puan.

Tan and his friend, late musician Tan Hooi Song were the founders of the art.

Chai Puan came across the names moments after he and Hooi Song worked on a festive celebration featuring a drum performance involving nine members.

“Only then it dawned on me that we had such poetic terms to describe the seasons of the year, and I wanted to come out with a way that can link them to the modern context,” he said.

And so, the duo created an ensemble of 24 drums named after the solar terms.

Founded on a strong history, the energetic art soon gripped the interest of many and it continued to expand with players always eager to explore different choreography.

It is now one of the fastest developing forms of performance, and continues to inspire its learners in the aspects of discipline, exercise and creativity, besides the arts behind it.

The Action

The passion that fuels the development of lion dance in Malaysia has never wavered since the 1970s.

It is with that kind of “fire” that this art has put the country on the international map, with even lion dance players from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan turning to our masters here for advice.

Malaysian troupes have clinched numerous gold medals in international lion dance competitions. In fact, the much popular high pole lion dance is created by Johor Baru-based Malaysian Siow Ho Phiew.

He said when Malaysia organised its first lion dance competition in 1985, it grabbed international attention.

“Response was always on the rise. Troupes from around the globe battled it out on the ground, tables, chairs and poles. Soon, the poles reached higher into the sky with the teams trying to outdo each other and at one point they reached 6m,” he recalled.

Not only was the height too dangerous for the participants, such shows were visually unpleasant for the viewers.

In view of that, a protocol was drawn and Siow proposed a set of poles measuring between 2m and 3m be used for lion dancing in the future. It was warmly welcomed by his counterparts from different countries, and was soon recognised as the standard setting.

Today, high pole lion dance is loved and practised by not only the Chinese.

“Lion dance belongs to the world, that is why I never call it a Chinese thing. It is an art and an exercise that can be embraced by anyone,” he said.

Monday, January 19, 2009

When Lion Dance Became A Big Budget Production

When Drumming sounds heard from miles away, when a lion dance performance need to use more than 60 over members, What stage could lion dance end up with?

year 2009, KSK again write history in the lion dancing arena by introducing a new method of performance. Budgeting more that 7500USD per show, involving more that 60 over performers, Lion Dance has reach a new Revolution In Skills, 24 festive drum incorporate with lion dance on high stakes, resulting a bigger and higher value performance.

I was there to shoot the whole event from the rehersal to the 2 performance on the next day after the preparation. When I fist step down and start hearing the drum beats, it thrills me. It gives me a feeling of being in an ancient Chinese Battle field just like those we watch in the big screen.
This performance is the first ever 24 drums + Lion Dance Performance introduced. Entertaining guest from over 30 Embassies including, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, German, London, India, Indonesia, and many more.

This production will be all include in a DVD which will publish in the future. Featuring 2 performance of 24 festive drums + High Stakes Acrobatic Lion Dance, Behind the scenes - see how much work involve just to perform a 17 minutes show and also the rehersal Night.