The University of the Philippines (UP) danced their way to two championships at the inaugural Ballroom Formation Dance competition at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 3.
With members from the UP Pep Squad, UP Filipiniana Dance Group, UP Streetdance Club and UP Dancesport Society, the ensemble cast swept the competition, placing first at both the Latin American Dance and the Standard Ballroom Dance categories of the event.
The team danced to the tune of longtime classics such as a remix of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Journey’s Open Arms to captivate the crowd.
The team garnered 92.48 points and 94.3 points in the Latin American Dance and the Standard Ballroom dance categories respectively – surpassing the UST Sinag Ballroom Dance Company, who finished first-runner up in both.
The University of the East Warrior Dancesport Team placed second runner-up at the Latin American category while the De La Salle University Dancesport Blitz bagged second runner-up at the Standard Ballroom category.
Seven of UAAP’s eight constituent universities participated in the event. All seven performed in the Latin American Dance, but only three performed in the Standard Ballroom Dance category, namely DLSU, UE and UP.
The Far Eastern University did not participate in both categories but performed a demonstration of standard ballroom dance.
The dancesport competition preceded the UAAP Season 79 opening that was held in UST’s Plaza Mayor. UAAP athletes and officials paraded from the Arch of Centuries to the stage in UST’s main building to deafening cheers from the yellow-clad UST crowd.
UST’s new Men’s Basketball Team Captain Louie Vigil led the athletes in the Oath of Sportsmanship. The games were officially opened and the program ended with a Paskuhan-style grand fireworks display and a Dare to Dream concert.