Street Smart: UP retains Street Dance Competition crown

Mark Escarlote on Feb 08, 2015 07:15 PM
UP rules Street Dance Competition
University of the Philippines Street Dance Club ruled the 2015 UAAP Street Dance Competition with a winning concept of street play.

The University of the Philippines burned the dance floor as well as all its competition, getting the nod of the judges to win the fourth staging of the UAAP Street Dance Competition Sunday in a club party-like atmosphere inside the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The UP Street Dance Club retained the crown they won in the 2013 edition after the competition was cancelled last year.   

UP received a total of 178 points taken from the criteria of creativity, spacing and formation, showmanship, attire, variety of styles, overall choreography, musicality, timing, execution, technique, difficulty and the number of deductions. The State U street dancers pocketed the top purse of P120,000.

The jumper and sleeveless-clad dance squad wowed the audience by using the concept of street games and play in a flawless execution.    

“Gusto rin namin magbigay ng bago sa mata and at the same time sa akin, personally, kasi panahon ko yung laro ng kalsada talaga,” said UPSDC choreographer and moderator Von Ace Asilo. 

Asilo added that he came up with the concept while reminiscing about his childhood and also to give a message to the youth as well. 

“Ako mismo na-experience ko yung tumbang preso, patintero, lahat ng mga puwedeng laruin kahit piko pa yan,” said Asilo, who steered the squad to a back-to-back bronze medal finish in the 2012 and 2013 Hip-Hop International held in Las Vegas. “So yun gusto ko lang balikan kasi napansin ko na ang youth ngayon they are more on sa gadgets, yung mga computer games, kung hindi yung mga tablets, na hindi na sila masyado lumalabas ng bahay. Napansin ko somehow naapektuhan ang well-being at health ng mga bata ngayon.”

The Company of Ateneo Dancers garnered 167.3 points to place second, a hairline ahead of third place winner and two-time champion La Salle Dance Company-Street (167). Ateneo and La Salle received P90,000 and P70,000 prize money, respectively.

It was a sweet redemption of sort for UPSDC after a third place finish two months ago in the Skechers Street Dance competition where La Salle won and Ateneo placed second.

Adamson Cast was at fourth place with 160.3 points followed by the Moriones-costumed FEU Dance Company (151.3), University of Sto. Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe (143.7), University of the East Street Warriors (137), and the National U Underdawgz (126.5).

The Salinggawi is the only team that had a deduction (3) after a failed attempt on an arabesque.           



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