Students from Limkokwing University participated in the traditional dance competition that was held at the National Theatre of Malaysia on 29 April 2017.
The Malaysian Floor Pattern Sport Dance Competition 2017 had participants from several primary and secondary schools as well as higher educational institutions from across the country. This competition emphasises the uniqueness of the form and presentation of each performing team. It is judged by evaluating each team’s costume design and how they maintain the cultural aspects of the country.
The team of twelve Limkokwing students competed against forty other teams to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
“It was very exciting to experience a different culture from my own,” said Iranian student Melika Sarmadi who is studying Digital Film and Television. “I am the only foreigner in this competition and it feels like I have settled more in Malaysia.”
“I learned a lot and I experienced a lot by being in Malaysia and being a part of another culture,” she said. “It feels very different, because you have to speak in another language and perform in another culture.”
For Melissa Bt Muhammad Kelvin Razaleigh who is studying Diploma in Performing Arts, the competition enabled to build her experience and her confidence.
“You get more creative ideas from these traditional dances,” she said.
“Different cultures have different styles and identity,” she explained. “This will make people learn more about different cultures through those different dances.”
Limkokwing University is a creative and innovative multicultural learning environment that encourages industry exposure. Students learn through experience while developing global networking opportunities by participating in various competitions, contests and exhibitions.