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PHILIPPINES WINS GOLD AT WSB CHAMPIONSHIPS
FIVE MEDALISTS, SIXTEEN TOP 10 FINALISTS
Sept 23 Sydney, Australia - Team Philippines has once again delivered gold for their country at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB) championship last September 9-11 in Sydney, Australia. Sixteen of the twenty-three Philippine teams made the grand finals, with FMD Xtreme from Marikina City grabbing the gold in the hotly contested international Open division. Streetbuck (Laguna) and Pilipinas Got Talent grand finalist Power Impact Dancers finished second and third in the Monster Crew Division, Ignite (Cebu City) won the silver medal in Young Guns division and Nocturnal Dance Company (Bulacan) acquired the bronze in the Open division.
The other finalists include Lil Peepz (4th – Junior Division); Legit Status Varsity (4th- Varsity Division); 4DK Varsity (6th – Varsity Division); Recab (4th – Monster Crew); Recab (4th – Monster Crew); Autonomicass Crew (5th – Monster Crew); Synergy (7th – Monster Crew); The Undrgrnd (8th – Monster Crew); Le’Go Fam (4th – Open); Asian Pride (5th – Open); Autonomicass Crew (8th – Open); Realbrox (10th – Open).
WSB Philippines country director Patrick Romero said that the whole country is proud of their achievements.
“We have already received plenty of positive feedback and greetings from the families, friends, supporters and television networks back home. We sent the biggest delegation and we achieved the best result. We congratulate all the participants that joined WSB, we are all looking forward to more success for the Philippines in 2017.”
The World Supremacy Battlegrounds is the most prestigious street dance and Hip Hop competition in the Southern Hemisphere. With qualification events across six continents, WSB attracted 1,500 dancers and 140 crews in the weekend-long street dance festival.
Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey’s choreographer Buddha Stretch, Amazing Race 2016 winner Matt Steffanina, YouTube sensation Jayden Rodrigues and movie star Dave Scott headlined this year’s WSB festival. Six thousand people attended the festival, while the live stream finals coverage reached over one million people online. House of Steez, Elite International, Urbanstar, Urban Empire, Custom Tees, DancePH, Ang Kalatas, Bayanihan News and Philippine Community Herald proudly support the WSB festival.
WSB will return to Sydney City again in 2017. Visit www.worldsupremacybattlegrounds.com or Facebook page World Supremacy Battlegrounds.
BATTLEGROUNDS PHILIPPINES SEARCH FOR NEXT GENERATION OF DANCE STARS
Get set for the biggest national hip-hop street dance festival in the country as MAS brings you the all-ages event, Battlegrounds Philippines. Mark your calendar on Saturday April 2 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, Metro Manila. The hottest freestyle dancers, freshest b-boys and up-and-coming generation of super crews are going to rock the stage, featuring live performances by over 100 dance crews and two thousand amazing dancers. Some of the previous Battlegrounds international gold medalists include Asian Pride, FMD Xtreme, Boyz Unlimited and UPeepz.
In its ninth year, Battlegrounds Philippines is jam-packed with cool celebrities, dynamic dance battles, electrifying musical performances and crew choreography divisions. It's a dance festival experience that makes it the ultimate family show for 2016.
The winners of Battlegrounds Philippines will receive an automatic spot to represent the national team at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds International Dance Championship on September 9-11 in Sydney, Australia.
Hoopdreamz, Bad Boy Flava, VA Kreativ, San Miguel, When In Manila, E-LIVE and HawkBag proudly support Battlegrounds Philippines.
For tickets, contact Patrick on 0927-754 9708.
NEW ZEALAND STRONGER THAN EVER
By Marco Selorio
New Zealand is a small island country inhabited by 4.5 million people. They have a rich and distinctive mix of European and Maori culture. According to Wikipedia, New Zealand’s taste in music is quite eclectic, with hip-hop one of the many influences that is given a unique interpretation. The music translates into dance. This nation has thrived because they have been able to absorb, interpret and create dance with their own flavor.
The New Zealand dance community has long been admired for their style, strong sense of community and swagger. They are a humble people, but they are also relentless when it comes to winning. What is their secret? Do the tribal gods create something mystical to empower their warrior dancers when they go to battle?
We have witnessed the rawness and power of New Zealanders when Sweet And Sour won WSB Open Division in 2008. They showed Australians and the rest of the world of their unbridled joy, passion and love for dance thru their culture.
A flurry of crews arrived and inspired everyone at WSB. Dziah 2.0, Prestige, Identity, Lil Saintz, Brat Pack, just to name a few.
SAS leader Hadleigh Pouesi shared, “I think our Pacific and Maori culture is a huge factor in why we do well in the realm of dance. We are brought up surrounded by movement and music, most of us are encouraged to learn how to sing, play an instrument and learn cultural dances – it’s in our blood.”
He adds, “The spirit we are able to capture through dances like the haka is easily transferable to adapt to hip-hop and urban dance styles which gives us our unique flavor. Mix that with our raw physicality and you have a recipe for an infectious performance.”
ReQuest Crew led by Parris Goebel captured the WSB Varsity Division back in 2009. She’s now at the top of her game and she represents New Zealand hard out. Her rise into stardom has led to the creation of more crews under The Palace studio and a new style called Polyswag.
Brett Goebel, manager and father of Parris, said it could only be two things that drive New Zealanders to rise above.
“We believe we work harder than most crews around the world and you need to have great choreographers. Being Polynesian means you come from a background of dance and that’s how we created Polyswag. There is fire and fierceness that comes as they dance and it runs through their blood.”
The love and respect for family (whanau) is an integral part of their system. Much like the Filipinos, the Kiwis are known to be close-knit and extend beyond their immediate families. Hence, every time you hear New Zealand get called out in any dance competition, there is always strong support from their own delegation, and that makes them even more special.
Laurent Dunningham, a respected dancer, judge and performer in the New Zealand dance circle, said, “We are a small community. Which also means we are a strong community. We feed and inspire each other.”
Small they may be, but New Zealand are giant killers when it comes to hip-hop dance competitions. Next month, New Zealand crews from Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch and Wellington will head to WSB 2015 on October 2-4 in Brisbane City to represent their country proudly.
We extend our arms openly to New Zealand crews, we are excited to see all of you, and we would be honored to witness another haka in full cry.
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International preliminaries commence on Friday, October 2 from 5pm.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit: sproutix.com.au
Will FMD Xtreme bring back the gold for their country? The two-time open division champions are very keen to repeat and win an unprecedented two years back to back, a similar feat that Boyz Unlimited of Pangasinan did from 2011-2012.
Can they do it again for a three-peat?
The Philippine contingent is stronger than ever, with FMD Xtreme leading the way. Boyz Unlimited, Xtreme Dancers, Asian Pride, XB Gensan, Rookies, A Nova Difino, Streetbuck, Pinoy HipHop and UPeepz will be joining the defending champs.
The Philippines is looking for another big medal haul at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB) international hip-hop dance championship in October.
Last year, Team Philippines dominated the WSB championship in three major divisions, winning gold in the Varsity, Open and Monster Crew Division. A-Team, FMD Xtreme and INDK form the Philippines smashed the competition to bring the gold back to their country.
The Philippine hip-hop dance squad is a collection of the country's best young Hip Hop talent from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. FMD FMD Xtreme from Manila City will defend their WSB Open International title and will be joined by South Cotabato's EXTREME Dancers, winners of the Gatsby dance competition in Japan, and XB Gensan, the very first SHOWTIME champions from ABS CBN television network.
Filipinos continue to out-dance their peers year in, year out on such a consistent basis, whether it be in the USA, Europe or Australasia. Some say it’s the Pinoy spirit, others say its because of their natural physique and athletic ability. In the hip hop world, Filipinos excel in dance competitions to build their reputation in order to acquire jobs that can help them move out of poverty.