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Performing Arts and Culture is losing its attraction among the current generation. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in collaboration with Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) aim to create greater awareness of performing arts through the Community Outreach Programme so as to preserve and to promote Malaysian Traditional Dance forms among young students.


1. To provide opportunities for children/teenagers to experience and be involved in Performing Arts to build a better community through arts.

2. To introduce Traditional Dance to the younger generation.

3. To sustain local dance forms for the younger generation.

4. To encourage students to embrace Performing Arts.

The Details
Date:              31st July – 3rd September 2017

Day:                Monday – Friday (except Saturdays and Sundays)

Time Slot: Morning session 8am – 12pm,
Afternoon session 2pm – 6pm.

Duration: 120 minutes per class

*Please note that it is a first come, first served booking.

Dance Offered
The Sazau Papar Dance of the Kadazan Dusun tribe in the Papar district, is performed at social gatherings after the harvesting of rice. This ceremonial dance ritual, "Madsuwau” is for the worshipping of "Dapu" or "Tajau" believed to possess the spirit of being preserved, worshipped or given food to eat so that it is not disturbed and angered with its keeper. The rhythm is quite vibrant and the dancer's hand movements are gentle. The foot movements for female dancers look as if they were threshing rice from their stalks. The uniqueness of the movements of the female feet is when the heel meets the heel and the thumb meets the thumb.

The Rambai Dance originated when the Tidung Village community harvested rice together. While the tribal community were working together to harvest rice in the paddy fields, the children were playing and teasing their parents working. They mimicked every move of the people working in the fields. At that very moment, a 30-year-old facilitator watching the behavior of the children teasing their parents, the Rambai Dance. It was created around the 1950s in Tawau, Sabah. The movement motives in this dance are mostly from activities in paddy fields.

The Rejang Be’uh Dance is performed after the harvesting season or during a reception usually by two male dancers, and their hands sometimes mimic the movements of an eagle flying high into the sky. It originated when a legendary Bidayuh hero, Madu Ujong was ordered by the King of the Pleiades to fight the legendary bird, Tingkilang Ramang or The Spirit Eagle. This was to determine who had the right to take the King’s daughter, Dara Buda as his wife. Madu Ujong and Tingkilang Ramang were both great dancers. They started dancing, moving gracefully toward each other in various styles and motions. Whenever they meet, they swooped in a fast movement as if they were attacking each other in a fight.

The Johor Zapin is a traditional Malay dance believed to have originated from the Arab land where the movement was fast with few dance moves introduced by Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the 14th century. It was performed exclusively for religious ceremonies, but has become a traditional entertainment. The dance is usually performed in pairs, accompanied by a traditional music ensemble that typically consists of the gambus, accordion, violin, bongos (marwas), drum (rebana), and dok. The main structure of the Malay Zapin presentation is the distribution of performance to three parts, namely taksim, variation and kopak, and wainab.

Joget Dance is a famous social dance accepted by all races in Malaysia. It originated from the Portuguese dance “Bronyo” and was first performed to a Portuguese song called “Jingkling Nona”. In this dance, the foot movements are more important than of the hand. The woman's dancer's hand is anchored to the side of the body rather than the front and back of the body as in other dances. Because the dance moves are simple and easy to learn, it has become popular as a social dance.

Mak Inang, also known as the Chinese Flower Dance (Si Kembang Cina), is a traditional Malay dance which originated from the time of the Malacca Sultanate. Today, the dance, refined and called with its modern name, Inang’, has become a folk dance and is usually performed in social functions. The handshakes will not change even though the ‘Inang’ song can sometimes be fast or slow. The movements easily influence the arrangement of the hand although the motives may be adorned with more diverse and vibrant movements.

How To Apply?
1. Pick a day, date and time slot. Eg: Monday, 2pm – 4pm
2. A minimum of 12 students is required to start the programme. (Max. 26 students)
3. Participating students must be 9 years old and above.
4. Please fill in this online registration form.
5. The confirmed schedule and time slot will be notified once registration done.
-The school should provide a suitable place to conduct the class.
-The school is responsible for the transportation of the students for their showcase at Damansara Performance Arts Centre (DPAC).
-The costume fees including accessories should be paid by the school/student.
-The Dance Instructors will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents involving students during classes and on the day of the showcase.

Applicant Information
Please provide the Full Title and Address of your school.
School/College/University/Organization *
Eg: Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
Address *
Eg: H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Name & Designation *
Eg: Vithiyal, Dance Teacher
Email *
The confirmation letter will be sent by email.
Contact Number *
Eg: 012-345 6789
The Details
What is your preferable date & time slot? *Opinion One *
Eg: Every Mondays; 10.30AM....**It is a first come, first served booking.
What is your preferable date & time slot? *Opinion Two *
Eg: Every Wednesdays; 10.30AM....**It is a first come, first served booking.
The number of students *
*A minimum of 12 students is required to start the program.
The ages of the students *
 Eg: between 9 - 17 years old
By submitting this registration form, the School/Legal Guardian acknowledges the following provisions:

1.      I agree that the Damansara Performing Arts Centre and Dance Teachers are not liable and is held harmless from any losses, injuries, damages or expenses related to the above-named school's students participation as well as visitors in association with the students. Any and all claims against the Centre are waived. In turn, any damage and/or harm caused by the students and/or visitors will be the responsibility of the school/legal guardian.

2.      I acknowledge that the students may be physically touched from time to time during classes and will not hold the Centre liable for such touching.

If you agree to the above statements, please click "YES" and submit this form.
I have read and understand *
Thank You for Inviting Us!!!
Please allow 48 hours for us to proceed your application. Ms. Vity will contact you via email.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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