Off to a hot start.
Though the inaugural UAAP Ballroom Formation Dance Competition is excluded from the medal tally—like the Cheerdance and the Streetdance competitions—UP opened its campaign with back-to-back golds in the Season 79 opener Saturday at the UST Quadripavillion in Manila.
After 2 months of preparation, the newly-formed UP Formation Ballroom Team, a composition of artists from varsity dance groups like UP Filipiniana Dance Troupe, UP Streetdance Club, UP Pep Squad and UP Dance Sport Society, dominated and swept both the Latin-American and the standard ballroom categories.
“Overwhelming ‘yung feeling kasi out-of-nowhere ‘yung ballroom competition,” Joseph Guevara told FOX Sports after UP’s double win.
On having multiple trainings with separate teams almost on the daily, he adds: “We really worked hard for it. With the ballroom formation, nagte-train pa rin kami sa iba-iba naming groups. Effort talaga siya.”
The Diliman crew’s victory is expected to inspire all of UP’s participating teams to push harder and do better than its fourth place finish in the general championship race in Season 78.
“Siyempre it’s a momentum-starter for us. Sana magtuloy-tuloy siya hanggang sa ibang events. Lahat talaga binibigay (ni Lord) pag nagwo-work hard ka,” shared the incoming senior.
Guevara, or simply Givars to his peers, is the newly-installed captain of the 8-time UAAP Cheerdance champion UP Pep Squad.
Asked if the squad’s preparation for the CDC, initially slated for November, is already in full-swing, the Season 74 champion gave quite a cryptic answer.
“Hindi namin alam. Hindi ko talaga alam. Bahala na,” he said with a sheepish smile.
This is following UP’s protest last year after the team finished in third place despite an almost-flawless routine.
Its head coach, Lalaine Pereña, filed an official protest back in October which was later on denied by the board saying that the results of the 2015 competition was valid.
Talking about the possibility of the UP Pep Squad sitting out this year’s competition, Guevara vaguely says: “We’ll be ready but we don’t know anything.”
“We’ll see.” — By Mac Dionisio