Myanmar lion dance team wows crowd in Singapore

A lion dance troupe participates in a lion dance competition held in Singapore’s Chinatown, 7 Feb, 2015. Singapore on Saturday held the 8th International Lion Dance Competition to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Singapore’s Chinatown. —Xinhua/ Then Chih Wey
A lion dance troupe participates in a lion dance competition held in Singapore’s Chinatown, 7 Feb, 2015. Singapore on Saturday held the 8th International Lion Dance Competition to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Singapore’s Chinatown. —Xinhua/ Then Chih Wey

Yangon, 8 Feb — Myanmar lion dance team could attract the fans in the 8th International Lion Dance competition in Singapore Saturday, according to the reports.
The contest took place in the city-state’s Chinatown with the 14 teams from 10 nations across Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Thailand and Myanmar, bringing their lions to life.
With high-valued in tradition and culture, the lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and is now an internationally recognized sport. The participants performed with rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts.
Myanmar teams could win a great cheer from the crowd, but did not score with the judges.
“I am a fan of lion dance, so every year I make my way over here to watch it. But I think the results are not up to my expectations. I was hoping the Myanmar team would win, but too bad. Although I’m Singaporean, but I thought one of the Myanmar teams really did very well,” said David, a Singaporean lion dance fan. In the contest, the two Singaporean teams emerged as the first and third places, while China (Taipei) stood in the second place. Lion dance is a traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which two performers make movements in a lion costume. The dance is performed during Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals, as well as in important events such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.

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