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UAAP Streetdance Competition 2015: Survival Kit

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UAAP-SDCThe youngest event of the UAAP caught the publics attention upon its debut in 2011. At the time, streetdance was already a highly competitive art form around the country, with a huge market previously untapped by major collegiate sports leagues. Showcasing amazing moves, unique skills and unbelievable talent, the streetdance competition has become one of the most highly anticipated events of this year’s UAAP calendar. Despite the one year hiatus, the UAAP Streetdance Competition is back for Season 77 and were expecting this years installment to be a fresh (re)start for the competition.

Back in Season 73, the UAAP board decided to hold the first ever UAAP Streetdance Competition to cater to the rapidly growing popularity of streetdance among college students. By this time the Skechers Streetdance Battle had already established itself as the biggest in the country of its nature, and this led college leagues to follow suit. Since cheerdance was already set as the first semester exhibition sport of the UAAP, it would be fitting for the UAAP to hold streetdance in the second semester, with the hopes that it would eventually garner the same level of interest. Over the past four years, the UAAP Streetdance Competition saw its first champions in DLSU’s LSDC Street and the UP Streetdance Club.

Unfortunately, last year’s hosts decided not to push through with the Season 76 competition, which was disappointing for teams that had already been looking forward to the consistency of the event. This February 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena, the UAAP Streetdance Competition is back for the fourth time, and it’s a good thing too, because we’ve been clamoring to see just what the eight teams have been working on over the past two years.

THE ROOTS

Streetdance as we know it today takes its roots from the birth of the hip hop culture in New York City and the emergence of the funk style culture in the West Coast, both happening during the 1970s.

The term streetdance typically refers to any type of dance that was created and developed in a place outside the dance studio, such as the streets, block parties, and nightclubs. Unlike classical dance styles like ballet, streetdance styles are primarily social dances, usually made to accompany popular music. Here in Metro Manila, streetdance typically refers to urban dance styles that are related to or influenced by the hip hop culture, but this is not to be confused with the “street dance,” or cultural dance that is performed on the streets at festivals in different regions of the Philippines, such as Bacolod’s Masskara.

As with any sport, street dance involves honing physical skills through rigorous training and discipline. Not only does this training develop physical movement but it also aims to develop creativity and artistry. This is not entirely alien to the athletic world that has accepted rhythmic gymnastics and DanceSport . In addition, the original street dance culture started with solo or crew “battles” as its first type of competition. In this battle format, competitors face-off in a back and forth repartee of movement in the same vein as in fencing, boxing and the like. Although the UAAP Streetdance Competition opted for a showcase format, the spirit of its roots still runs high among today’s competitors.

CHEER vs. STREET

Judging criteria. Both cheerdance and streetdance have an artistic and a technical aspect in judging. The UAAP Cheerdance criteria consists of two main parts: cheerleading and dance. The cheerleading sub-criteria is very technical, and consists of four elements: tumbling, stunts, pyramids, and tosses which are all required to be in the piece.

For the UAAP Streetdance Competition, there are two sub-criteria, performance and skills, each given 50% bearing. The performance criterion includes creativity, spacing/formation/staging, showmanship, attire, variety of styles, and choreography. For skills, factors include musicality, timing, execution, technique foundation, and difficulty.

Piece formulation. The typical structure of a streetdance piece is less technical than a cheerdance piece, and is more free when it comes to piece construction. Unlike UAAP Cheerdance, where each performance must include those specific cheer elements, UAAP Streetdance only requires a minimum of two old school styles (styles that were born in the ‘70s: popping, locking, breaking) and two new school styles (styles that emerged after the 1970’s). Stunts are not necessarily required for streetdance, and in some cases, are not encouraged due to the high risk involved.

Style. In both cheerdance and streetdance, teams have the freedom to pick a theme for their piece. Although not necessarily part of the cheerdance criteria, themes used by cheerleading squads are put in such high regard (or criticism) by the general public. We’d usually remember a cheerdance piece by its theme, but this is not the case for streetdance. It is not common to see prominent themes in local streetdance competitions, but rather the main goal for a street dancer is to innovate and elevate the standards of present street styles to come up with fresh and new combinations for their piece to make it both memorable and entertaining.

However, don’t expect the results of the Cheerdance and Streetdance Competitions to have a bearing on the UAAP general championship as they are both exhibition sports and are unfortunately not counted in the tally.

WHY STREETDANCE MATTERS

Streetdance as a community. Streetdance lives through an enormous network of dancers around Metro Manila. It’s difficult to estimate just how many people are involved in the local streetdance community, because there are just so many subgroups in the dance sphere (freestylers, bboys, commercial dancers, etc.). High school and college dance communities have a scene of their own, with a school year calendar full of periodical inter-school dance competitions and events.

Streetdance as an art. The Cheerdance and Streetdance events in the UAAP have the unique quality of being an art form put in a competitive sports environment, so there will always be the factor of judges’ preference, which we think makes it controversial yet exciting. Both events depend on creativity and originality.

Streetdance and its relevance. The streetdance art form is ubiquitous: this is the kind of dancing that you see in most music videos, variety shows, and all forms of media. Streetdance continues to evolve vis-a-vis popular music, which is a quality not as evident in cheerdance. This style of dance has been popularized on TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew and developing a more underground following on YouTube and social media sites.

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THE CREWS

Adamson University: Adamson CAST

CAST is a consistent competitor in the streetdance circuit, most notably being the champions of RX 93.1 Rhythm Street back in 2013. Adamson has strong individual dancers, and is known for doing mostly urban choreography, but usually brings out a male-dominated lineup. In the most recent UAAP Streetdance Competition, they presented a very clean and strong piece and garnered a third place finish, their highest so far in the competition. CAST would definitely want to use that momentum from their last UAAP appearance to maintain or even improve their third place standing.

Ateneo de Manila University: Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADs)

Ateneo is home to one of the strongest streetdance competitors, usually landing a spot in the top three in every contest they join. CADs is one of the top teams in the community, even bagging a Skechers Streetdance Battle championship back in 2010. During the most recent UAAP Streetdance, CADs was unfortunately unable to maintain their usual podium finish: it was the first time they did not place in the competition. However, over the past two years, CADs has undergone a major change in leadership, as, for the first time in CADs history, they now compete and train under a coach. This change for Ateneo proved to be an effective one, landing second place in last year’s Skechers, but it will definitely be interesting to see if this change will carry through to their performance on February 8.

De La Salle University: La Salle Dance Company – Street (LSDC Street)

No stranger to big arenas, LSDC Street could be considered as the top local college streetdance team in recent years. Their consistency is impressive: they place first in most competitions they join. The team is also recognized internationally, making it to the Finals of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas the two times they competed. LSDC is known for their sheer power and stage presence when performing, and that’s the reason why it’s so entertaining to watch them. They have the best track record so far in UAAP Streetdance’s short history, with two titles under their belt, but fell to second place in the last installment of the competition. It will be interesting to see how LSDC plans to make a comeback and add yet another championship to their long list of distinctions.

Far Eastern University: FEU Dance Company

The FEU Dance Company is rooted in classical and Filipino dance styles and started dabbling in streetdance due to the demand for representation in college competitions. Nonetheless, their Street Dance team has been active in the scene for a while, being a consistent competitor in Skechers since 2009 and is known for intricate visuals and elements. FEU is recognized as an up-and-coming team — one of those teams that keeps getting better over time — so it should be interesting to see just how much they’ve improved and if this upgrade is enough to land them a spot in the top three this year.

University of the East: UE Street Warriors

The UE Street Warriors, along with UST Salinggawi, have not experienced competing in a major streetdance competition like Skechers but have had their share of experience in the Slimmer’s World competition and on ABS CBN’s Showtime. UE and FEU are alike in the way that both are active in the streetdance circuit, but have yet to find their footing as a podium finisher in major competitions. What we’re all waiting for is a breakthrough piece to make the event even more interesting, and UE could be in a good position to be that team.

National University: NU Underdawgz

The NU Underdawgz made quite an impact with their Skechers piece back in 2011, whipping out extreme acrobatics and tosses twenty feet high, which are what we should all expect from the two-time UAAP Cheerdance champions. Even though the Underdawgz have yet to place in a major competition, we can’t wait to watch their exhilarating performance and death-defying stunts. This year, we’re hoping to see a piece that would play to their strengths, and finally place these underdogs above the rest.

University of Santo Tomas: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe

Unlike other schools, UST has several groups that specialize in streetdance, but no centralized one, so Salinggawi has been taking on the responsibility of representing their school for the UAAP Streetdance Competition. UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, as you all may know, is the same dance troupe that has won several UAAP Cheerdance titles, and is known to be a very flexible dance group, covering everything from traditional Filipino dance to streetdance. Salinggawi still hasn’t placed in a major streetdance competition but what sets them apart is their versatility as dancers and creativity when mixing dance styles — both of which could definitely help them bag a spot in the top three this year.

University of the Philippines: UP Streetdance Club

Among all the competitors in this list, the UP Streetdance Club is the most internationally-recognized, boasting of two World Hip Hop bronze medals earned in 2012 and 2013. Probably the most well-known, UP Streetdance Club was actually the first formal collegiate streetdance team locally, with their founder Sir Jerome Dimalanta formalizing what we know locally as “streetdance” today. UP Street is most famous for dominating the Skechers Streetdance Battle in their early years, winning four out of the first five installments, which popularized the nickname “The Dynasty” because of their supremacy in the streetdance circuit. The students competing for UP this year may not be the same UP Street from years ago, but they’re definitely going to pull out all the stops to be able to defend their UAAP Streetdance title, and maybe even establish superiority over this competition as well.

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FEARLESS FORECASTS

The past three installments of UAAP Streetdance have been dominated by three teams: LSDC Street, the UP Streetdance Club, and CADs. This is completely consistent with how results go in other major collegiate dance competitions as these three teams are regular podium finishers at the Skechers Streetdance Battle as well. Although some people say that this could make the UAAP Streetdance event just as predictable as any other competition, what makes the contest tighter is the fact that there are only eight teams in the league. No other dance competition has such an exclusive number of competitors battling it out for a title, and this places significant pressure on the whole league to step up their game further every single year.

THE WRAP-UP

Although the UAAP Streetdance Competition is relatively new, we think it can become a very important part of the yearly streetdance calendar. Being the only live televised college streetdance competition to date, it has the potential to garner as much school support as other televised UAAP events such as basketball and volleyball. This will highlight the athleticism of dance as a sport-type competition in addition to how dance is already regarded as an entertainment art form. Hopefully, this may lead to more recognition and respect given to professional dancers who prepare and train just as hard as athletes and who continue to push themselves to the frontiers of creativity and expression. Maybe in time, with dance figuring more prominently in the UAAP, this recognition may translate to universities channeling more support towards dance organizations and teams.

However, that’s looking far into the future. For now, we’re just happy that this year’s hosts, UE, decided to bring the competition back and we’re excited to see what teams have in store for us as the Streetdance Competition of UAAP Season 77 kicks off this Sunday, February 8, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory

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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’

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Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best, being the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he continue answering the call when Gilas needs it as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup

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Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been rehabilitating his injury and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has a lot of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win

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Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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