Fifteen finalists battled it out for the title of Malaysian pole dance champion at the Clorets Amateur Pole Dance Competition which was held on September 5 2008 at Zouk Club, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. The finalists - 13 girls and 2 guys, performed various genres of dances ranging from ballroom, Latin American, ballet, broadway, hip hop and even martial arts to the cheers of the raucous crowd.
Judging was based on clarity, technique and artistic value. The grand winner was Lilli Ussaraporn Kosin, 29, who impressed the judges with her beautiful dance routine and graceful style. She bagged a RM5000 cash prize and a Celebrity Fitness one-year gym membership. Lilli who is a dance instructor said she only learned pole dancing for a month.
First runner-up was professional dancer Yee Mei Er (stage name Sam), 28 who walked away with a RM3000 cash prize and a Celebrity Fitness nine-months gym membership. The second runner-up Andrew Tan (stage name Auto) 21, a digital animation student, incorporated gymnastics, hip hop and martial arts in his presentation. Andrew took home a RM2000 cash prize and a Celebrity Fitness six-months gym membership.
Pole dancing as a form of dancing and fitness is relatively new in Malaysia but interest seems to be picking up. One centre promoting pole dancing in Malaysia is Viva Vertical. For more information on classes in your area, please contact Lola at 016-2096997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also log on to their website at http://www.vivavertical.com/.