Vibe PH 2018

I enjoyed #VibePH2018 yesterday. I really love the energy and spirit of the dance community. The crowd was awesome too. Personally, my top 3 picks from last night’s competition were: Upeepz (1st), Pure Act (2nd) and Power Impact Dancers (3rd). The actual results differed though.

Upeepz was the most classy and technical. They showed a variety of textures and styles. Dance-wise no other team came close.

Pure Act told the clearest story. Theme-wise, I think they were the best. (Still waiting for the video)

PID was the most visually stunning. They threw a big party on stage. Their background video, costumes, lights– all the colors –matched perfectly.

 

2018 World Hip Hop Championship Finals

The 2018 World Hip Hop Championship Finals is up! Thanks again to Hip Hop International for the livestream.

Flavorful is the term I would use to describe this year’s World Hip Hop Championship.  There were more pop & lock crews that made it to the finals. I felt the diversity more than ever.  There were more crews who utilized Latin beats, classical, jazz, and disco music and infused it with hip hop. It was cool.

I like that Paul Mitchell video wherein the contestants read out their thoughts — how they leave all the blood, sweat, tears, financial struggles, and excuses behind and let that two minute routine speak for itself. I hope they post it online because I was inspired by it.

Here are my favorite routines per division. To me, the Adult Division was the most exciting one this year.

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Team Package Makers (TPM) @ Hupeep 5: Legacy

TPM with a boyfriend concept this time around at Hupeep 5: Legacy, a UPeepz Fundraising Concert for the 2018 World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Arizona. I’m a dance fan in general but since I grew up in the boy band era, I enjoy watching all-guys dance crews the most. Dance events, shows, recitals are actually the only types of events I usually go to. Oh but I like theater too.

Curious question: Do I dance? YESSSS…before adulting got the best of me. This is why I need this blog to reconnect with the things I’m passionate about. I only dance at home now. Thank God I was able to remodel my unit like a mini-dance studio.

Quick throwback from last year’s UPeepz concert. I realized that we missed Protein Shake this year.

L.o.D.I. (League of Determined Individuals)

I follow UPeepz, the two-time World Hip Hop Mega Crew Dance Champion, on Twitter and FB. They posted a video recently of a handful of UPeepz members who formed a crew that competed under a different name (League of Determined Individuals a.k.a. L.o.D.I.) at Dance Supremacy. From the post, I think they won first place in the Small Crew division.

Their piece was fun and witty, and the ending was really cool. 😎 You can watch their winning routine here.

#LoDI  – Photo by @ChipsBeltran on Twitter

 

Back-to-Back Win for UPeepz in the 2017 World Hip Hop Dance Championships

I’ve just finished watching the livestream of the 2017 World Hip Hop Dance Championships. It was a blast! All the crews brought it tonight. Thank you Hip Hop International for organizing this event, making it available through livestream, and for keeping the hip hop culture alive!

The Megacrew Division was hot hot hot! I love UPeepz! They really deserve that back-to-back win. I can think of five things that separated them from the other crews tonight:

One, they make great music choices and they relate well to the music. They sit right on the pocket. They get on the groove and vibe. Their choreography isn’t rushed like how others tend to do theirs nowadays.

Two, they can execute the most complex steps and blocking with so many people. Other crews probably consist of better skilled individual dancers but when it comes to dancing in sync as a group, UPeepz group choreography is far advanced than others. It takes hard work, solid team chemistry, and outstanding direction (props to their coach and director, Chips Beltran).

Three, they have a variety of styles divided brilliantly into segments that are well-paced and well-thought-of. Every segment is carefully crafted with a concept, a highlight, and a clean transition. They tell mini-stories. You won’t notice it but you tend to follow every segment of a UPeepz performance: the vogue, the isolation, the wacking, the urban style, the krump, etc. (Though I’m hoping to see them do more fancy footwork and breaking. :P) There is no dull moment. They get you hooked all throughout the performance.

Four, they are clean and detail-oriented not only in their dancing but in how they enter and exit the stage. I think they practice that as well. I haven’t seen a crew transition as smoothly as they do.

And lastly, they have a sense of humor and can connect well with the audience. Similar to their predecessors, the Philippine All-Stars, they are great entertainers. I see many crews choosing to be grim and intense all the time. Well, I guess it is common to associate intensity with power, but it leaves you with a heavy feeling. On the other hand, a UPeepz routine is always strong and passionate but they never fail to mix in small fun surprises for the audience. It gives the routine great texture.

I hope this win opens more opportunities for them to perform internationally and commercially.

The other crews whom I liked were S-Rank (USA – Adult), 158 Crew (Russia – Adult), and Flip (Canada – Varsity).

To end, mad props again to Hip Hop International for this wonderful event!