Step­ping to the beat, up­ping the heat in Yan­gon

The Myanmar Times - - Metro -

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

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­book.com/ GRSBlueZone.

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