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Taiwanese traditional dances light up DanceSport contest

Taiwanese traditional dances light up DanceSport contest

Kaohsiung, Sept. 17 (CNA) Deities, immortals, and even senior citizens strutted their stuff Tuesday, adding a touch of local flavor to the World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung. A group dressed as the Eight Infernal Generals, a common part of temple culture in Taiwan, competed on stage as part of the "Taike Dance" event at the inaugural dancing competition. The five-day game, which kicked off Monday, has brought 736 competitors from 48 countries to the southern city to showcase their skill in dance forms ranging from Latin, rock'n'roll, salsa, hip hop, wheelchair dancing, and even "Taike" -- a word that was once used as a degrading term for blue-collar Taiwanese people and local temple culture, but has seen a revival amongst young people proud of their heritage. Perhaps the most eye-catching group in the latter category was made up solely of elderly women dressed in colorful tops and short shorts, whose age didn't pose an obstacle to putting on their fluid and captivating dance routine. They were accompanied by a dancer dressed as the folk deity Nezha. The competition will run at the Kaohsiung Arena through Sept. 20. (By Wang Shu-fen and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-19 05:19 GMT+08:00