UAAP sees ballroom following footsteps of cheerdance, streetdance
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 25, 2016 01:54 PM
START OF SOMETHING NEW. Ballroom dancing will be kicking off the entire calendar year of the UAAP.
Host school University of Sto. Tomas promised that the 79th Season of the UAAP would be different and they wouldn’t be taking long to prove their claim correct.
Instead of basketball, the new year of the county’s premiere league will instead by opened by its first-ever ballroom dancing competition.
History will be made in the UAAP on Saturday, September 3 inside the UST campus with ballroom dancing kicking off the entire calendar year. “We thought of something different naman for the opening,” UST official Gilda Camus expressed.
Camus shared that the idea came from UST athletic director and current UAAP president Fr. Ermito De Sagon, OP himself. “Ballroom is already a sport so father thought of having a tournament right away. We want to introduce, little by little, yung ballroom,” she said.
The UST official then went on to say that the league board had no objections to De Sagon’s proposal. “Wala namang nag-oppose kasi they all thought na para hindi lang cheerdance and streetdance. They all thought para may bago namang iba,” she said.
Camus was quick to clarify, however, that ballroom dancing is – for now, at least – a demo sport. “It wouldn’t count in the standings,” she said.
Still, the league, UST in particular, is nothing but hopeful that this could be the origins of a new sport that wound count in the standings. As Camus put it, “Parang how cheerdance and streetdance started na very simple, ganun din sana.”
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