S’wak’s Cordelia Wee dances her way to success in Bailando Open DanceSport Championship 2024

Wee poses with the Sarawak flag.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 14: In a dazzling display of talent and skill, Sarawak’s very own Cordelia Wee Li Xin made a strong debut, finishing third in the Malaysia DanceSport Federation (MYDF) National Closed Adult Solo Latin category, an elite national solo category, at the Bailando Open DanceSport Championship 2024, which was recently held at a mall in Johor Bahru.

According to a press release from the Sarawak DanseSport Association (SDA), the Bailando Open DanceSport Championship 2024 included the MYDF Closed National Ranking and World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) Open International events for various age groups such as Juvenile, Junior, Youth, Under-21, and Adult.

The 21-year-old also qualified for the finals and was placed sixth in the WDSF Open International Adult Solo Latin Category.

Wee, a part-time dance teacher, expressed her delight in her achievement in her maiden outing in the national ranking event and added that the experience gained for future competitions and sharing it with her younger students is more valuable.

Last year, she finished third in the Vietnam International Adult Solo Latin, second in the Sarawak Championship, and champion of the Sabah Championship in November 2023.

“Meanwhile, Vincent Bong, Amber Tan, and Angus Tan, coached by Ngiap Ker Sing of Alexis DanceSport Studio, competed primarily in Standard dance events, while Eunice Ling, Einsley Ng, Arabelle Leah Yu Pei, and Erin Ung, coached by Cindy Chung of Russell and Randell Dance Company in Latin dances, demonstrated their potential to advance to several subsequent rounds and finals in events ranging from Junior to Adult.

“Amber Tan won BOC Junior I gold in Quickstep, silver in Waltz and Slow Foxtrot, and bronze in Tango and Viennese Waltz. Vincent Bong competed in all five finals, finishing sixth in the BOC Open Solo Youth Standard dances of Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep. Eunice Ling finished fourth in BOC Junior II Cha Cha and fifth in MYDF Junior II Solo,” read the press release.

In the press release, SDA president Chester Lim expressed satisfaction with the consistent performance of the dancers at both national and international level competitions over the years.

Lim, who is also MYDF secretary-general, stated that the standard of competitions has improved over the years and that the increased number of participants has made it increasingly difficult for dancers.

“Thus, it is important that coaches and athletes keep up with the changing trends by performing consistently,” he was quoted as saying in the press release. — DayakDaily