Stepping to the beat, upping the heat in Yangon
IT was the first Grand Royal Signature Dance Off showdown and the fun-loving Yangon people could not just keep themselves off the beat amid the blaring hip hop music at the Junction Square Outdoor Promotion Area.
The competition was organised to set the stage for the best showcase of street dance, hip-hop and freestyle dance by local talents not only from Yangon but from across the country who wanted to join the fun.
The competitors underwent an online selection process, a semi-finals round and today’s finals where they performed in front of local and internationally-renowned competition judges comprised of award-winning dancers.
A total of 10 participants have been chosen to join the December 1 faceoff that kept the crowd cheerig and on their feet deep through the night. There were five solo acts and five groups, each had the opportunity to display their best dance performance which was judged according to creativity, musicality and dynamism.
The judges were Jimmy Ko Ko, winner of Myanmar’s Got Talent 2016 and an internationally recognised dancer in Myanmar and leader of The Dance Lab Studio; Semmy Blank, a highly-experienced dance artist from Indonesia; and Steper, a renowned dance producer and performer from South Korea.
In the Solo Category, Yan Shin Htet, a Popping & Animation dancer from Yangon, came out on top to win the cash prize of K1 million (US$640) while in the Group Category, dance group Revolution Crew (RVC) of seven members put on a sensational show and bagged the top cash prize of K4 million.
Grand Royal Signature also presented a “Fan Favourite Award” of K100,000 each for the solo and group categories. The Fan Favourite Award for the Solo Category was won by Van Ring, while the Ladies Here and Now team bagged the Group Category. The winners for the above awards were determined through a Facebook campaign which involved fans voting for their favourite participants.
The competition aims to support communities in the urban culture, encourage freedom of expression and nurture its growth moving forward.
Grand Royal Signature has been involved in hip-hop, EDM, and dance communities both through on-ground and on digital platforms, under the ‘Blue Zone by Signature’ event platform.
“We are thrilled to organise the hottest and newest dance competition of the year and to see the high-quality dance performances from amazing dance talents across Myanmar. We were also feeling energised by the enthusiasm and support from the crowd throughout the event,” Herjuna Rahman, Brand Manager of Grand Royal Signature.
“Dance is a major part of urban communities and through this competition, some amazing undiscovered local talents have emerged. We hope to build the “Grand Royal Signature Dance Off”, grow interest in dance and support aspiring Myanmar dancers to gain exposure that will benefit them when they perform on larger international platforms in the future” he added.
In between the dance performances by the Solo and Group acts at today’s “Grand Royal Signature Dance Off” Finals, the audience was entertained by emcees Toe Toe, DJ Bzy and Ye Naung as well as music performances by popular hip-hop music artistes Acid and Lil’Z.
“I am honoured and glad to have been invited to be a judge and part of the “Grand Royal Signature Crew” for the “Grand Royal Signature Dance Off” competition, which is unique in that it allowed our local participants to interact, learn from and be judged by international judges as well,” said Jimmy Ko Ko.
“In addition, Grand Royal Signature arranged travel, accommodation and meals for participants who live in other cities to participate in this Yangon event. With more events such as this, I hope more people in the country will be inspired to pick up dance,” he added.
The “Grand Royal Signature Dance Off” competition adopted an online to offline approach as participants were first required to submit their dance videos to Grand Royal Signature through online channels. Participants of all dance genres across Myanmar aged 18 and above were eligible to participate either as a solo artist or as a group with no limit on members.
More than 40 dance videos were received and the judges selected the top 20 participants to compete in the semi-finals which was held on 29 November 2018. Prior to the semi-finals, a dance workshop was facilitated on 27 and 28 November 2018 by the Grand Royal Signature Crew and the competition judges for the semifinalists to learn new styles and trendy moves. – John Grafilo
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