As the Lunar Chinese New Year approaches, we can expect all manner of traditional Chinese cultural performances to be staged in many venues across the country to commemorate the festive occasion with. Among the most popular of these performances include lion dance productions, which have storied histories that stretch as far back as before the Tang dynasty.
Malay teen & her partner impresses M’sians with ‘1 Malaysia’ lion dance performance
Combining deft choreography with acrobatic movements, lion dancers are often expected to undergo rigorous training in order to perfect the art form. And just recently, a local duo has won over the hearts of Malaysian netizens with their incredible show of unity and harmony through a spectacular lion dance performance.
In a clip that was uploaded by netizen @ahpeng2830, a Malay teenager clad in a tudung could be seen taking the reins as the lion’s ‘head’, while her partner ducks low behind her as the lion’s ‘tail’, before they both set off to execute a well-rehearsed routine together. Depicting a jovial lion prancing across the stage, the duo emulated a feline’s curiosity as it inspected a small ‘stream’, represented by a strip of blue cloth.
Attempting to ‘cross’ the ‘stream’ by means of tipping down two benches to form a ‘bridge’, the lion would then proceed to perform all manner of moves atop raised platforms in a display of true finesse. The roughly eight-minute performance was met with rapturous applause as the girls completed their set.
Commended for their skill & show of unity
The video has since gone viral across social media, attracting as many as 111,800 likes and 2.2 million views as of writing on TikTok. As one can expect, the skill that both dances have shown were immediately met with high praise from netizens.
“Really power, never once did they miss their timing. Practicing ‘We love our Malaysian Culture’. Keep up the great work. God bless.”
“It wasn’t a waste to watch this all the way to the end. Great job girls. Awesome.”
Many have also commended them for setting an example of Malaysian unity and harmony through their performance.
“Wow. Congratulations Malaysia, 1 Malaysia.”
“Wow, auntie watched the video till the end. Fantastic, we are 1 Malaysia.”
“OMG I’m so moved to see a girl in a headscarf perform the ‘lioness’ dance!”