KOTA KINABALU: A street dance competition will be held in Sabah this weekend as part of the effort to promote domestic tourism here.
Some 20 groups of dancers are expected to take part in the event, organised by the Tourism Malaysia through its Tourism Malaysia Sabah branch office.
Dubbed the ‘Borneo Street Dance Competition 2011′ (BSDC), it will be held at the Palm Square, Centre Point Sabah shopping complex on November 19.
In a statement issued by Tourism Malaysia Sabah branch yesterday, they expected the number of domestic visitors, comprising the participants’ family members and supporters, to increase.
Other objectives of the dance competition included creating an awareness among youths on the functions and importance of the tourism industry, to curb immoral activities among the young people by participating in such activities, to provide an avenue for youths to showcase their talents while promoting closer rapport among participants who come from different backgrounds.
The event also aims at creating integration between all communities in Malaysia.
Three best groups will be picked to represent Sabah for the finals. The champion will take home RM1,500 in cash, while the first and second runners-up will receive RM1,000 and RM500 cash prizes respectively. They will also be given certificates.
The three top winners will vie for the Borneo champion’s title in the finals to be held in Labuan on November 26, in conjunction with the Labuan Arts Festival.
The winner will receive a cash prize of RM5,000, a challenge trophy and other trophies. The runner-up will receive a cash prize of RM3,000 and trophies and the third placed winner will receive a cash prize of RM1,000 and trophies. They will also be given a certificate each.
Each consolation winner, meanwhile, will receive RM500 and a certificate.
Similar events were also held in Labuan on November 12 and Sarawak on November 13.