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A new Filipino dance team from QC vying for the top slot in an international dancing competition in LA

Some of the 30-person strong members of DANSSA posing during a break from their practice at the parking lot of a motel in Arcadia, a suburb southwest of Los Angeles. Photo © Abner Galino

LOS Angeles, California – A female-dominated dance crew from a school in Lagro, Quezon City is here in the City of Angels to compete in the “World of Dance.”

The dance crew — DANSSA — is composed of 17 female dancers and 11 male dancers who are students of the School of St. Anthony (junior high and high school levels). This is the second time that the group will compete in World Dance’s junior division.

“We were here last year and we learned a lot from the experience,”  said Aye Alba, DANSSA’s coach, adding that this time, however, they will be competing against performers from at least 30 countries.

Coming back from last year’s competition, Alba said, they decided to expand the dance crew’s membership. At the same time, he expressed optimism that once the judges see their performance come July 22 (Saturday) at the Pasadena Convention Center they will win. He said the competition is set to open at 1 pm. as he invite the Fil-Am community to watch the event.

World of Dance is an internationally recognized dance competition that “focus’ on the art of street dancing and today’s new age choreography,”and it is the world’s “largest international urban dance competition.”

Meanwhile, Alba said DANSSA members are billeted in a motel in Arcadia, a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, where supporters visit to give them moral and/or material support.

Among their recent visitors are the members of the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) led by its president Bernie Targa-Ganon and president emeritus Emily Roberts.

PILAC was one of the many Fil-Am led organizations that recently supported the Filipino team which competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) where they bagged more than 200 gold, silver and bronze medals. This group of Filipino talents dominated the championship round by winning the grand championships in both the senior and junior leagues of the said competition.

Last year, a dance crew called Junior New System (JNS) also won the WCOPA senior grand championship.


Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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