Ubiquitous Pinoys in international hip-hop competition

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

August 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Pinoy dancers are ubiquitous among the dance crews vying to represent the United States in this year’s World Hip Hop Dance Championships.

Thousands of talented dancers are in Las Vegas for the 12th annual competition.

“It’s always a blessing to be part of it to be a part of this competition we feel humble to be here. We just want to dance because we love it, that’s why we are here,” said Trisha Ocampo, a Filipino member of the group Ill Habits.

“It’s always important to remember that we are here to dance and to have fun and to inspire,” she said.

Crews placing in the top three positions of each age division — the junior, varsity, mega crew, and adult divisions — will advance to compete against crews from 40 countries at the finals of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships on Sunday.

“I do feel proud to be a Filipino but I don’t think ethnicity has anything to do with dance skills. To me, anyone can be a dancer and just keep on working hard to become what you want to be,” said Jansenn San Juan, a Filipino member of competing group Brobots.

Explaining Brobots’ signature choreography, another Filipino member, James Santiago, said, “Sometimes, once in a while the stunts would be nice and appealing but sometimes they do just have to calm it down and do some choreography that appeals to the eye rather than doing this big acrobatic stunts.”

Meanwhile, Philipppine dance crews, the UP Mega Crew, The Crew, and The Philippine All-Stars, among others are all thrilled and motivated to showcase another exciting competition.

“Sa ngayon, we are working on memorizing all those adjustments tapos tina-try namin na ipasok sa sistema. Kasi pag akyat namin sa stage dapat naka-set na ‘yung utak namin kung ano ‘yung gagawin,” sa UP Mega Crew’s Von Asilo.

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