CEBU CITY - Get ready for another summer blazin’ Hip Hop dance workshop this time to be hosted by Dancers League of Cebu (The group behind Dance Carnival) together with CITIGYM. Join the League on May 18, 2013 from 1pm-6pm at CITIGYM, Waterfront Cebu Hotel. For only P200 you get to learn, the basic / Styles, Swag, Lyrical Hip Hop through choreography-based sessions. There will also be a Dance-Off and prizes will be given to the lucky ones who gets to show off well. Your P200 will also get you FREE cellphone load powered by Sun Cellular. Not a bad deal.
(video by ARCOS LINEAGE PRODUCTIONS)
You can pre-register to secure your slots by
Email / FB Message through Dancers League of Cebu’s Facebook page:
Contact numbers: 0943-275-0495
(check out DanceManila.com’s coverage of the 1st UAAP Streetdance Competition)
Secure a slot now before it’s too late. Visit the event page for more updates and information:
CITIGYM is located on the lower ground floor of Waterfront Cebu Hotel & Casino, 1 Salinas Drive, Lahug.
Telephone # (032)232-6888 loc 8941
2013 – Rafi
I dug up the old archive for a certain article i was looking for. I thought this would be a great time to put it up. Original article is from April Rodriguez’ blog here.
Hip Hop vs. Urban Choreography
In class a LONG time ago, one of my first Hip Hop dance instructors told me…
“This isn’t Hip Hop. It’s Urban Choreography.”
After a few years of experiencing the dance community, I’ve realized the need to re-evaluate my title as a Hip-Hop dancer. As a beginner who was very NEW to street dance, I didn’t understand what he meant and continued to believe I was training as a “hip hop” dancer, when I really wasn’t.
Different languages of the world (chinese, spanish, english) are kinda like different dance styles (ballet, jazz, hip hop). We’re able to distinguish between different kinds, because each language uses its own unique rules of grammar and sentence structure, just as each dance style uses its own steps and technique. Over the years, languages and dance styles have changed. We’ve used the term EVOLUTION to describe what we see now in Hip Hop versus what it was in the past. On the other hand, I think what has emerged over time isn’t Hip Hop itself, but instead a different dance style that was INSPIRED by Hip Hop. Urban Choreography–an entirely separatelanguage, born and inspired by a collection of the earlier languages. For example, Tagalog (Filipino) was formed and influenced by the Spanish, Malaysian, English, Arabic, and Chinese languages. Couldn’t we say that like Tagalog, our dance style was inspired by Hip Hop as well as other styles of dance, and has collected all of that to become it’s own language with it’sown unique structure? We wouldn’t call Tagalog “Spanish-evolved” or “Chinese-evolved,” simply because the three languages follow entirely different rules.
Nowadays, people have a few different names to refer to the style of dance being taught in many Hip Hop classes: LA style, West Coast style, commercial Hip-Hop, new-style Hip Hop, but to call it Hip Hop is to assume that it follows the basic fundamentals of Hip Hop dance–techniques in breaking, locking, popping, wacking, funk, groove, swagg etc. I’m no Hip Hop head… I’ll admit it. But when I SEE breaking, locking, popping, and all other styles of true Hip Hop dance, there is no denying that there is atotally different look to THAT kind of Hip Hop compared to what we call “new hip hop,” which varies greatly according to individual interpretation and also lacks greatly in strict rules and technique. In true Hip Hop, there are basic names of steps and techniques that aren’t completely present in this new style… so though we may dance as freely and as creatively as we want to Hip Hop and R&B music, can we REALLY say that it is Hip Hop?.. or are we just over-generalizing things to spare ourselves the trouble of analyzing & truly understanding Hip Hop history?
With so many new dancers coming up in the next generation, I think it’s very important for all those capable to educate them wisely and accurately… and that we don’t discredit or undermine the value of Hip Hop’s history.
in God we trust
<33 apes x essence
Auditions happening for lyrical hiphop 2 & hiphop adv this week at ACTS!
For more information, contact 0917-5214693
CEBU CITY - Januray 26, 2013 – Music & Motion the 12th year, once again brings together some of Cebu’s best high school dancers competing in the long running inter-high school dance competition, and with mosh-pit style band appreciation to boot, what’s not to look forward to at this event?
After listening to some local school bands, kick-starting the main feature of the program are the dancers themselves with their opening production alongside Understatement dance crew.
Opening Dance Production; Also check out the samples by some of the judges.
There were only 4 dance troupes competing this year. And each one was assigned an artist, the music of which the assigned group had to use and interpret in their 4-5 minute presentation. Criteria for judging included: creativity, formation / levels, choreography, stage presence, audience impact, costume, musicality, synchronization, difficulty and variety of styles (minimum of 3 styles) all holding a 10% weight in the score. When the final tally came in, for the first time ever in the history of the competition, the grand winner of the night was the only all girl entry from St. Theresa’s College.
Champion: St. Theresa’s College (STC) – Artist assigned was Rihanna
2nd Placer: University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) – Artist assigned was Usher
3rd Placer: Don Bosco – Artist assigned Missy Elliot
4th Placer: Cebu City National Science Highschool (CCNSHS) – Artist assigned Beyonce
A midst all the local bands that performed that night, a special and the first sneak preview of FBed The Musical. was performed by some of the cast. An all original Cebuano play that will run on March 8 and 9 at the Lakwatsa Lounge.
For more information about FBed The Musical you can check their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/fedthemusical
Other guest performers were Understatement and Watch Your Step Crew
2013 – Rafi
Of the Battles of the Streets dance competition, out of seven crews who battled it out only 3 were hailed as the top. And winning big that night were:
Champion, the crew comprised of dancers from other dance crews forming a merger group, Project Element
1st Runner-Up, from Lapu-Lapu City, Krump Nation
2nd Runner-Up, from Opon, Lapu-Lapu, Crew Attraction
Opening Number : C.A.M. – Courageous All Men, ABS CBN Cebu’s Champion for Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka (KMWK) Dance Showdown 2012.
Closing Number : Watch Your Step Crew, Last Year’s Champion for Simple Swagg Battle at the Streets Inter-School Category.
To complete the experience of the night of Hip Hop culture, the second part of the program started right after the announcement of winners. And the fans were treated to Home Grown Hip Hop.
Simple Swagg only on it’s first year and it has been doing incredibly well. With the recent relocation of it’s flagship store in Cebu to bigger and better space in the heart of Cebu’s uptown area along F.Ramos Street plus the stall in Manila at Sta. Mesa currently restocked of it’s new designs, this brand definitely has it’s swagger on. The brand has also been very supportive to the dance community, as it was actually launched with Battle at the Streets, January of last year. Ristell Guarin, sole proprietor of Simple Swagg has this to say when asked what made him decide to affiliate his brand with the local subculture of hip hop and dance community here in Cebu: “Because I was a dancer before, and I believe that Cebuanos are great dancers.”
Simple Swagg Store:
Cebu – Raintree Mall (Across Bo’s Coffee Club), F.Ramos St. Corner Gen. Maxilom Ave.
Manila – Sta. Mesa, V.Mapa
- for more information and detail about Simple Swagg Products check their FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/simpleswagg
2013 – Rafi
CEBU CITY – It’s BACK! On January 17, 2013 at CAP Art Center (Gates open at 6PM). Witness Simple Swagg‘s BATTLE AT THE STREETS 2.
Dance crew featured in the poster is last year’s Champion in the Open Category, New Friends
SIMPLE SWAGG “Battle at the Streets II” Trailer (video by Steve Sapilan)
2013 – Rafi
Cebu City - December 30, 2012 at the break of dawn at the Cebu City Sports Arena (Abellana Sports Complex), the grounds still wet from the rain, a battle of Cebu’s dance crews ensued. A little over 20 registered dance crews assembled by the oval tracks as early as 5 AM and true enough at 6 AM it was show time.
Some of the crews that screened that morning. - The CAMPE, OMG Extreme Dancers, Kritical Konceptz, New Cycle ( finalist), Endless Crew, For Our God Dancers, Type One (finalist), Locus Crew (finalist), Bronix
Out of the 22 dance crews that battled it out, only 8 were named finalists for the upcoming grand finale on January 18, 2013 still at the Cebu City Sports Arena at 6 PM.
Here are the top 8 crews who made the cut:
1. New Cycle , from Consolacion
2. New Friends, from Minglanilla
3. Don Juan , from Labangon and Pardo
4. Type One,
5. FS Crew,
6. Just Real Crew,
7. Locos Crew, all the way from Dumaguete
8. Watch Your Step, a group that first formed back in their own University of Cebu Main Campus.
Be sure to catch these crews on January 18, 2013 at 6 PM at the Cebu City Sports Arena, and find out who will be 2013′s Sinulog Best Dance Crew.
Cebu City – It’s almost that time of the year again -yes I know people are thinking Christmas but if you’re from Cebu, there’s one other MAJOR event that has gotten it’s people bustling about and it ain’t for the man in the red suit. Soon after the Yuletide season comes and goes and after we greet the new year, Cebu comes alive and will still be busy and festive, prepping itself for the world renown feast of Sto. Nino, SINULOG. And while every sector of the Cebuano community come together and celebrate this grand festival in honor of their patron Saint, the dance community is not far behind.
Now on it’s 3rd year, Sinulog Best Dance Crew (Hip Hop Competition) is inviting dance crews (with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 16 members) to join and have the chance to win the grand prize of PHP20,000 plus trophy and of course the honor and title of Sinulog Best Dance Crew 2013.
Previous winners of competition include; Freestyler Cebu, 2011 Champion with Kingz Gambit as their runner-up. In 2012 Kingz Gambit climbs to the top claiming the championship title with Intense Gravity as first runner-up and New Friends coming in at 2nd runner-up completing the top 3.
2011 Grand Champion – Freestyler Cebu (video by FREESTYLEROLLY)
2011 2nd Place – Kingz Gambit (video by kalogkagkaliwat)
2012 Grand Champion – Kingz Gambit (video by aranetaria)
2012 2nd Place – Intense Gravity (video by aranetaria)
2012 3rd Place – New Friends (video by aranetaria)
Who will be Sinulog Best Dance Crew 2013??? I’ve been hearing rumors and it looks like we’ll have some interesting contenders. Keep it here
IMPORTANT DATES to remember:
DECEMBER 20, 2012 – Deadline submission of forms with names of group/members and 3R photo of group.
- DECEMBER 30, 2012 – Elimination 6AM at Cebu City Sports Complex (Abellana) – Only 8 finalists will make it through.
- JANUARY 18, 2012 – Grand Finals 6PM at Cebu City Sports Complex (Abellana)
SINULOG BEST DANCE CREW 2013 (HIP HOP COMPETITION)
- Open to all dance groups. Dance presentations must be within the minimum of three minutes to a maximum of five minutes only. An excess will merit the (5) five point deduction from the total score.
- Composition of dancers is within the minimum of ten (10) to a maximum of sixteen (16) dancers. An excess will merit the (5) five point deduction from the total score.
- Participations (sic) who will be involved in any misconduct within the contest period will be banned lifetime by the Sinulog Foundation, Inc. from the participating in future competition. Further, participants who will commit such acts will be dealt accordingly by the Foundation and the Cebu City Police Office.
- Participants/ the group must present a wholesome presentation and are prohibited from exhibiting or manifesting acts or gestures and movement’s offensive to any aggrupation’s (sic) or groups. In the event of violation of this rule, the Committee reserves the right to disallow the offending contingent to continue further its participation in the contest.
- Dance groups are required to submit their member’s names on or before December 20, 2012 and a 3R photo of the group must be attached in the form.
- Eliminations will be held on December 30, 2012, 6 A.M. at the Cebu City Sports Complex. Audition material must be cut to two minutes only.
- A total of eight (8) finalists will be declared part of the competition. Grand Finals will be held on January 18, 2013, 6 P.M. at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING:
- Performance (Fluidity, Rhythm, Synchronization, difficulty of movements) -45%
- Creativity (Hip Hop Style, Originality) -25%
- Showmanship/ Impact -20%
- Costume -10%
PRIZES: GRAND FINALS
- 1ST Prize – P20, 000.00/Trophy
- 2nd Prize – P10, 000.00/Trophy
- 3rd Prize – P5, 000.00/Trophy
- 5 Consolacion Prizes (P1, 000.00)
2012 – Rafi