School team dances its way to gold at world meet

Wednesday July 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/11/nation/11636958&sec=nation

KOTA KINABALU: A secondary school here has done the country proud for the second time in two years by excelling at an international dance competition.

The 12-member Sabah College team calling themselves The Tagaps Dance Theatre bagged three gold medals at the Dance World Cup competition in Villach, Austria.

Their interpretation of a Murut dance titled Iti No Koposiyan Yaa earned them a gold in the open group national and folklore dance category in the event held from June 25 to 30.

The team earned a special mention from all 26 participating countries for their dance skills and unique costumes, said Sabah College principal Nuinda Alias after a celebration of the school’s victory here yesterday.

A dance performance titled The Reason by Leonardo Constantine Dumpangol in the children’s solo modern and contemporary category earned the team another gold medal.

“Leonardo’s performance also earned a special mention by the jury which awarded him the best solo modern all ages trophy,” said Nuinda.

Leonardo and teammate Mohd Kamarul Abdul Karim won another gold for their dance duet titled Falling Slowly.

“Another feather in our cap was when our choreographer M. Hairul Nazmie Talib was presented with the best innovative choreography award,” Nuinda added.

She said the team’s achievements were notable as they were up against some of the more established school dance groups from Germany, Austria, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Russia and England.

“This year’s competition involved some 2,000 participants, so it was a bit overwhelming but our team still delivered,” Nuinda said in thanking ChiefMinister Datuk Musa Aman and the state government for financial contributions which allowed the team to make the trip.

The Sabah College team entered the Dance World Cup for the first time last year in France where they clinched prizes for the junior group national and folklore dance, and the open duo modern as well as awards in the best overall duet/trio category and for the best choreographer award.