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CEBU CITY - September 14, 2013; After all the campus screening and the successful launching with free Hip Hop workshop last August 25, 2013 at Parkmall, Mandaue, Dance Carnival 2013 judgement day is upon us. In cooperation with Sun Cellular and CITIGym, with 11 campus dance crews, including defending champions Kinesyx from the University of San Carlos - Tech. Center (USC TC), and 18 solo contestants battling it out for this year's title, Dance Carnival 2's turn out was a huge success, with quite a number of newcomer school campuses joining in the competition. Esteemed judges were of world class caliber, Hit Master Fish from Juste Debout, legendary Hip Hop /Popping dancer, teacher and choreographer, and Team Vibe choreographer Melvin Jansen Ang, and Vanessa Samson. Winners were awarded Trophies plus cash prizes; Crew Category Champion: P20,000, 1st Runner-Up P15,000, 2nd Runner-Up 10,000; Solo Category Champion P10,000, 1st Runner-Up P5,000, 2nd Runner-Up P2,500.
Winners Crew Category:
Champion: Watch Your Step (University of Cebu Main) - From being just one of the entry in the 1st ever Dance Carnival in 2011 to bagging the grand Champion, Watch Your Step has come a long way. They have proven they are a team of dancers to beat. This is the same team that represented Cebu in the nationwide dance competition SMART JUMP-IN Dance Off, by SMART Telecommunications held in Manila in July of this year, in which they won 3rd Place over all.
We have been waiting for Dance Carnival to be back because we want to compete again, these are the words of Watch Your Step Leader (WYS), Bernard.
WYS failed to make it to the top 4 in the first Dance Carnival in 2011. After 2 years, they are back a lot stronger and with more experience, will and attitude to make it this time. - Dance Carnival
Photo from Dance Carnival
Watch Your Step - UC Main
1st runner-up: Stingers (South Western University) - A newcomer for Dance Carnival, these dancers composed mainly of the students from the Dentistry Department, gave tribute to the the King of Pop, the late Michael Jackson. The group also won an extra P5,000 prize for garnering the most text vote (700+) which was 20% of the over all score.
(video by Fulla Haratee)
Solo Category: For the solo category, the 18 contestants were divided into their respective genres (Swag / Bboy & Breakdancing / Lyrical / Ballet & Contemporary / Popping ) and competed among themselves with a common material provided by the organisers. One winner from each genre moved on to compete in the final round against the other winners using their own prepared pieces.
L-R : (Partly seen) Dance Carnival Organiser Lasser Rigor, Judge Vanessa Samson, Sun Cellular Brand Activation Manager, Diet Lagura Solo Category Champion Carl Barcelo, Host Doyzkie Buenaviaje, 2011 Solo Category Champion Christian Moscoso, 2nd Runner-Up Blue Lleva, 1st Runner-Up Gerald Conde and Dance Carnival Organiser Junex Montinola
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1st runner-up: Gerald Conde - Popping (University of Cebu Main)
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2nd runner up: Blue Lleva - Ballet/Contemporary (University of San Jose-Recoletos Main)
Congratulations to all the winners and to the organisers of Dance Carnival for bringing together some of the best campus dance crews around this side of the metro. Bringing to the fore the battle for the most wanted university crews and dancers. Here's to seeing more crews joining and battling it out in the upcoming Dance Carnival. Keep it here.
2013 - Rafi