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Hong Kong siblings, Ko Fung & Ko Lai, foxtrot to the judges’ hearts

The day-long competitive ballroom dancing (dancesport) championships culminated with the declaration of winners in the Modern and Latin Amateur Open Events in Ko Fung & Ko Lai from Hong Kong and Koupey Sahaifa & Sutatip Bunwilai from Thailand, respectively.

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Koupey Sahaifa & Sutatip Bunwilai in last year's competition

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can't remember their names and dance

Organised for the second consecutive year by My Dancesport Studio in collaboration with the Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA), it saw the participation of over 200 entries, not only from Malaysia but also China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

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Michael Yeap, founder of MY Dancesport Studio (organiser), giving a few words

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certificates of appreciation to the judges (L-R): Yeap Yen Chin, Michael Yeap & Michael Yong

All contests were conducted in both Modern (Standard) and Latin Sections. This year, solo events were also introduced. Another interesting item was the ladies’ event where both dancers were female, with one of them taking on the male role. It has to be noted that in this item, the “male” dancer should also be dressed as a man, from the hair, right down to the shoes.

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and also to emcee extraordinaire, Bronya Bishorek (R)

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judge Lily Wang from China (L) presenting a scroll of appreciation from the Chinese government to Tham Cham Soo and his partner, Frances Teoh, for their role in fostering closer relationships between China and Malaysia through dancing

Tham Cham Soo and his dance partner Frances Teoh, received a scroll from the Chinese govertnment recognising their role in fostering closer ties between China and Malaysia through dancing. The scroll was presented to them by Lily Wang, adjudicator from China.

The duo, who are not married to each other, are listed in the Guinness Book of Records and the Malaysian Book of Records for their achievements in ballroom dancing. As dance partners for almost twenty years, they have won more than 200 competitions in South-East Asia and Asia-Pacific, mainly in senior and veteran categories.

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guest-of-honour, Datin Janet Yeoh, presenting prizes to a group of winners

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Y.B. Puan Nolee Ashilin, Perak State EXCO for Health, Tourism & Culture, presenting awards to winners of the Latin Amateur Open category

A total of RM7000 in cash prizes were given out to the top three winners in the Modern and Latin Amateur Open Events.

Event: 2nd Ipoh Dancesport Championships 2013
Venue: Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 21st Sept, 2013
Time: full day

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