Text by Luisa Morales
Photo by Antonne Santiago
It was an electrifying performance, a fitting end for an electrifying season.
The University of the Philippines Streetdance Club (UP SDC) ends Season 79 of the UAAP with a bang, finishing first-runner up behind the De La Salle University Dance Company – Street (LSDC – Street) during the UAAP Street Dance Competition at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Plaza Mayor, Saturday.
University of the East (UE) opened the program clad in their red letterman jackets. The UE crew energized the crowd, setting the standards for the rest of the competition.
The Adamson University CAST matched their followed suit with their summer-themed routine.
Looking to defend home turf, UST Prime took the stage. The UAAP Season 79 hosts awed the crowd as they danced with confidence and swag.
Going into the competition as three-time champions, UP SDC had a lot on their backs. When it was their time to light up the stage, State U did not disappoint.
Clad in golden jackets, UP SDC enthralled the crowd with a Bruno Mars-inspired routine.
UP’s Katipunan neighbors, the Ateneo de Manila Company of Ateneo Dancers performed right after, followed by the Far Eastern University Dance Company, which sported a safari explorer look.
However, it was the LSDC-Street who capped off the competition with a routine worthy of the championship, garnering a score of 89.
In its attempt to compete a four-peat, State U failed, falling short against LSDC-Street by .25. Meanwhile, season hosts UST Prime won second runner-up with 85.
“‘Di naman talaga namin goal yung 4-peat or yung championship, we just want to share whatever we have [and] the fun that we have with dancing,” UP SDC captain Rap Oronce said.
The street dance competition served as the culminating event for UAAP Season 79. The closing ceremonies followed suit after the announcement of winners.
Season hosts UST bagged both general championships in the seniors and juniors division.
On the other hand, UP settled in fourth place overall with successful title runs in women’s badminton and women’s swimming.
With Season 79 officially over, all eyes are set on UAAP Season 80 hosts FEU. #