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UAAP adds new dance sport to calendar



UAAP Season 79 hosts University of Santo Tomas are set to introduce a new dance sport to the league.

Joining the Cheerdance Competition (introduced during Season 57), and the Street Dance Competition (introduced five seasons ago), the 79th Season of the UAAP will open the season with the first-ever UAAP Formation Ballroom Dancing competition, according to a report by The Varsitarian and confirmed by the school’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics.

Instead of opening the season with two games in the UAAP Men’s Basketball tournament, Season 79 will start a new tradition, opening the season with the said competition on Saturday, September 3.

According to the report, the competition will be divided into two categories: Ballroom (Standard) and Latin-American.

As early as last May, the eight participating schools have held try-outs for the new sport.

The competition will be held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion inside the UST campus in Manila City, the first time the opening ceremonies will be held outside of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.



Waltz dancers, Rubilen Amit secure silver



Dance instructors German Enriquez and Maria Danella Renee Publico secured a silver medal together with cue master Rubilen Amit on the penultimate day of competitions, Tuesday, at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Enriquez and Publico scored 30 points in the Viennese waltz event in dancesport, while Amit lost her gold-medal encounter with China’s Chen Siming, 7-5, in women’s 10-ball pool singles.

Japan’s Tomomi and Takeshi Yamamoto ruled the event with 32.291 points, and Macau’s Vong Weng Lam and Tam Ka Pan copped the bronze with 28.167 points.

Bowlers Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Liza Del Rosario, Marian Lara Posadas, and Marie Alexis Sy were also guaranteed of a silver after beating China in the women’s team of four semifinals over at the Bowling Center.

They rolled 780 points to overcome the 737 pinfalls of China’s quartet of Yang Liyan, Zhang Yuhong, Zhang Chunli and Peng Rui. The PH women’s bowling team faces South Korea’s Jung Dawun, Kim Moonjeong, Baek Seungja and Hong Hae Ni in the finals on Wednesday.

International masters Paulo Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Garcia are likewise preparing for a gold-medal face-off against China’s Wei Yu and Xu Yinglun in the men’s rapid team under-23. They downed Maksat Atabayev and Yusup Atabayev of host Turkmenistan in the semifinals.

Amit immediately grabbed the lead after three sets but Chen, a former 10-ball world champion like the Filipino cue artist, managed to gain control on the seventh frame.

Chen gave up two more frames but wouldn’t be denied when the Chinese got a fantastic break in the 12th and final set to finish off Amit.

Overall, the Philippines is running 18th among 65 countries with two gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze medals. More medals are expected from bowling, chess, and dancesport prior to the closing ceremony late Wednesday.

Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza will bring home a bronze medal after failing to hurdle Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals of women’s rapid team under-23.

Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar missed out on a medal after placing fourth in the waltz finale and winding up fifth in the tango.

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UP sweeps inaugural UAAP Ballroom Formation Competition



When it comes to any dance floor, University of the Philippines brings out excellence.

And they proved it once more as the University of the Philippines Ballroom Formation Team claimed both the Latin American and Standard categories of the inaugural UAAP Ballroom Formation Dance Competition, Saturday afternoon at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion Arena, España, Manila.

Seven universities competed in two categories: the Latin American and Standard. Latin American category consisted of chacha, rumba, and jive.

On the other hand, the Standard division is made up of waltz, tango, and quickstep.
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The Maroons topped the other six competing teams in the Latin American category with a score of 92.48 percent.
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Hosts University of Santo Tomas Sinag Ballroom Dance Company placed at close second with 91.66 percent.
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University of the East’s Warrior Dancesport Team rounded up the podium with 84.42 percent.
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UP BFT also finished as champions in the Standard category getting a huge 94.3% mark from the panel of adjudicators, besting the three teams that competed.
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UST took runner-up honors with 92.1 percent.
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While the De La Salle University Ballroom Blitz notched 87 percent.

The Ballroom Formation Competition is part of the opening activities of UAAP Season LXXIX.

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