Photo by Keith Magcaling

Text by Reiven Pascasio

The Maroons flew up high once again.

The University of the Philippines Street Dance Club (UP SDC) ran away with another podium bagging third place in this year’s UAAP Street Dance Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena, Sunday.

UP danced along to throwback hits like Hataw na by Gary Valenciano and Bagsakan by Parokya ni Edgar; garnering a score of 78.60, good enough to claim the bronze.

Consistently placing in the podium ever since the competition’s inception in 2011, UP went off for another great performance.

The squad trailed closely behind La Salle Dance Company – Street’s (LSDC-Street) 79.50 and Far Eastern University (FEU) Street Alliance’s 85.75 who took home second place and the championship, respectively.

The Adamson University CAST started the show with their energetic performance, tuning up the crowd’s energy. Followed by the University of the East (UE) Street Warriors, clad in their red jackets moving along with their hot moves to turn up the heat.

But hotter than the Warriors was the butt-themed performance of the University of Sto. Thomas (UST) Prime.

Then it was State U’s time to shine. The streetdance powerhouse never failed with their grooves, promoting local songs and simply having fun with the crowd.

Right after the UP SDC’s performance, the FEU stormed the arena with a gangster-themed performance.      

The show continued with the returning National University (NU) Underdawgz, giving off mafia vibes with their performance.

LSDC- street also made a good campaign to defend their crown with a fierce performance.

Ateneo de Manila University’s Company of Ateneo Dancers capped off the competition with an intense routine of their own.      

In the end, it was the FEU alliance who made their way to the top to clinch their first championship, ending La Salle and UP’s reign in the competition.

Despite not being able to reclaim the crown, UP remained positive after the show.

“We were just having fun onstage and kung ano man yung outcome nun, masaya na kami na napasaya namin yung crowd,” UP SDC captain Angel Basilio said.  

All UAAP universities showed up in this year’s competition together with the participation of NU after missing two consecutive years of dancing on the stage.

This season, the UAAP also introduced the competition in the juniors division with seven high schools competing for the inaugural SDC Jrs. crown.

UST Galvanize nabbed the first ever UAAP Juniors Streetdance title followed by the FEU Baby Tamaraws as first runner-up, and the UE street warriors placing third

Ateneo did not participated in this year’s juniors division.

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