When in Manila, the dance culture is can be found literally everywhere and anywhere. Big, annual competitions are hosted regularly such as the Skechers Streetdance Battle and the newly-created University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Street Dance Competition. However, what really set the precedent and standard to all these competitions is the oldest inter-school dance competition in Metro Manila, De La Salle University’s DANCELEBRATION.
Dancelebration: 25 Years and Counting
On its 25th year, ‘Silverdancelebration‘ will be held in its spiritual and traditional home of De La Salle University, in what promises to be the best Dancelebration (or ‘DC’ for short) yet. Hosted by the La Salle Dance Company – Contemporary (LSDC-C), DC competitions are highly unique because it is probably the only dance competition in the country that allows competing school- and college-teams to utilize props and set pieces in order to interpret the given theme. Yes, DC also features a unique theme yearly. This year, Manila will be treated to twenty dance groups competing, as Albert Einstein famously described dancers, as ‘Athletes of God‘.
Some of the winners in Dancelebration 2011
La Salle Dance Company – Contemporary, Dancelebration 2011.
The competition proper will begin this Saturday, March 10 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University’s biggest events hall, with the high school division starting at 3pm, and the college division kicking off at 630pm. For over nine hours, the audience will be experiencing top-notch street and contemporary dance from the metro’s most talented. Other than the competition itself, there will be three guest performing groups not to be missed. Krumpinoy, House of Dance, and Air Dance will be wowing the crowd as well. There will be five high schools competing for the title of high school division winners, while over a dozen college teams will vie for the coveted DC College Championship crown. Given that this is the silver anniversary of Dancelebration, the longest-running competition in Manila, there is so much more to gain for the competitors aside from the title.
The hosts, La Salle Dance Company – Contemporary with choreographer, Sir Peter.
Watch Silverdancelebration this Saturday, March 10 and witness the Athletes of God battle it out amongst themselves to be the champions of Dancelebration’s silver anniversary.
La Salle Dance Company – Contemporary (previously known as the La Salle Dance Company – Jazz) is the official contemporary dance group of De La Salle University. They regularly compete in Metro Manila dance competitions such as the WiFi Body: Independent Contemporary Dance Festival and the Pasinaya: CCP Open House Festival. LSDC-C is helmed by none other than Mr. Peter Alcedo, Jr., a former member and faculty at the Douglas Nierras Powerdance, former Assistant Artistic Director of UP Filipiniana Dance Group, and an esteemed choreographer by any standard.
LSDC-C choreographer Mr. Peter Alcedo, Jr.
For more information on LSDC-C, please visit their official Facebook page.
Image credits to Mr. Peter Alcedo, Jr. and hughldridge photography by Brent Hughldridge Chua.
Dancing Manila: La Salle Dance Company Silver Dancelebration