By Nickie Wang
Almost 100 dance crews coming from different parts of the country flaunted their most intense and innovative dance moves when Skechers Streetdance Battle Year 5 officially opened with a huge kick-off party last Sept. 19.
“The event is part of six elimination legs that will culminate on Nov. 21 at the Araneta Coliseum,” Katrina Ong, Skechers marketing communications officer, told Standard Today.
According to Ong, the annual dance event is Skechers’ way to encourage students from different universities and colleges to participate in this kind of activity that will not just hone their skills but will also provide them possible opportunities.
“Part of the prestige of being called one of the best dance crews in the country, participants also get to meet people who share the same passion. As we see it, dancing is part of their life and we are giving them proper venue to show and share their talent,” Ong furthered.
During the kick-off party held at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, competing teams, street dance enthusiasts, and spectators joined together and were treated to a ground-breaking dance collaboration from the talented crews of Pinoy Funk’in Style, Unschooled, Legit Status and GrooveJackz.
After a roll call of this year’s long list of battling crews, the event shifted to high gear with a special performance from the defending college champs from De La Salle University. This was followed by a dance fashion show that showcased the latest offerings from the global footwear brand.
The models likewise showed off a Limited Edition line of Skechers Streetdance Battle 5 graphic tees.
“Skechers’ customers can get one of those collector’s shirts for free with a Skechers shoe or Skechers Time purchase combined with a promo coupon, which is distributed in all Skechers Streetdance events. They can also be downloaded from the Web site of Skechers Philippines,” the brand official explained.
Hosted by DJ Mo Twister, the kick-off party was also highlighted by an intense freestyle showdown that energized the huge crowd. Each competing crew fielded two of their best dancers for a high-powered 30-second freestyle exhibition.
The party was capped off by a performance from Pedicab, while some of the dance crews got into a spontaneous showdown that turned the Music Hall into a dance battle field.
The Philippines’ best dance crews battle it out in six grueling elimination legs for coveted spots in the Final Battle today at SM North Edsa SkyDome.
“We are in high spirits to stage the fifth installment of this dance competition, the reception has been overwhelming and this make us look forward to another year of exciting dance event,” Ong ended.