A sea of maroon watched in excitement as the University of the Philippines Streetdance Club (UPSDC) performed at the UAAP Season 81 Streetdance Competition, today, March 23, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a third place finish last year, UPSDC aimed for the crown this season but fell short with a score of 82 out of 100, receiving 4th place.  

Clad in blue Hawaiian shirts and white shorts, the Isko and Iska dancers aimed to raise awareness on the national water shortage through their summer theme.

We may be facing a water crisis, but as Filipinos, we should be enjoying the heat,” said UPSDC UAAP Captain Riane Manuel.

They did just that with hits like “The Tide is High” by Atomic Kitten and “Shalala la la” by Vengaboys setting the festive mood.  

Busting out moves a la House, Dancehall, Isolation, Waacking, and New school style, UPSDC dedicated this performance to the UP faithful.

Kahit hindi nag-podium finish yung UP this year, we’re still grateful na na-share namin yung piyesa and marami pa ring positive feedback, especially from the UP community,” iterated Manuel.

Gracing the dance floor with her super-seniors as well as her rookie teammates, the skipper divulged that the competition helped the athletes bond with one another.

This also made the Diliman-based squad realize the importance of trusting the process and their coach’s vision.

La Salle Dance Company-Street bagged 1st place with 86.50 points. Far Eastern University (FEU) Dance Company Street Alliance and National University (NU) Underdawgz followed with 85 and 83.25 markers respectively.

UPSDC did not leave empty-handed as their Overall Captain Angel Basilio became a semi-finalist for the first Freestyle Dance Showdown in the UAAP Streetdance Competition. TNP

Photo by Clarizzah Tualla

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