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Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:02

The colorful and vibrant street dance competition will still form part of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in October with bigger prizes and more surprises this year.

The highly charged contest is open to any high school or college or university in the city. It will be held on October 11, the eve of the Feast of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar. First prize will be P150,000; second prize will be P100,000 while the third prize will be P50,000.

Interested participating groups are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, September 4, at 2pm at the City Tourism Office in Paseo del Mar to discuss the details of the guidelines for the contest. Submission of filled up entry forms will be open until October 3.

The contest will have two phases—the street dance and the showdown—the street dance will precede the showdown and the route is from Plaza Rizal, JS Alano St., Mayor Climaco Avenue, Ledesma St., San Jose Road, Normal Road and finally to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan, where the showdown will take place.

Participating contingents will be given schedules to rehearse their Showdown Performance at Grandstand prior to competition date. No large gaps must be seen within the contingent. Participating contingents are required to start their street dance from the assigned area dancing progressively   towards the showdown area; non compliance to this requirement will automatically cause the disqualification.

The contingents will be judged by street evaluators posted along the designated route and performers are allowed to take a breather ( with walking choreography)   in the two designated points: ULTRA Cinema to the corner of Alejo Alvarez Street and San Luis Bldg. to the corner of Normal Road.

During the showdown, performers shall be given a minimum of 7 minutes and maximum of 10 minutes. The allowed preparation time is 3 minutes. Two (2) points shall be deducted from their total score every minute in excess. Performance time starts as soon as the choreographer or assigned school crew of the competing contingent gives signal by raising a green flag.

The concept or theme for costume and performance are left to the discretion of the participating contingent, but must depict the Hispanic influence. The dance should also depict homage to the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar. Props and other theatrical accessories that cannot be handled by the performers themselves are not allowed; Props used must deliver the concept/theme  and their design must support the theme/concept idea.

The guidelines also emphasize that musical accompaniment should be LIVE and strictly UPBEAT Latin tempo. Taped music is not allowed. Any kind of instrument can be used except electric guitar, keyboard, and other electronic musical instruments.

The preferred Latin tempo of the participating contingents must be recorded for the approval of the organizer upon submission of entry. The costumes’ creativity, originality, overall “good taste” and their color schemes will be judged. The costume must deliver along with the props the overall effect of the concept/theme.

No motorized vehicles will be allowed to carry the musical instruments, musical players and props and no form of any advertising will be displayed at any time.

Contest criteria for the street dance include choreography    -35%; costume-15%; props-10%; harmony-30% and visual Impact-10%. The showdown will be judged based on the theme concept-20%; performance-25%; choreography-25%; costume-20% and props-10%. The total score shall be taken from the points of streetdance (40%) and showdown (60%). No appeal/protest will be entertained; the decision of the judges is final.

Choreographers of the winning groups will automatically receive the amount of P5,000 from the corresponding prizes. Each non-winning group shall receive a consolation prize of P7,000.00 and Two Thousand Pesos (P 2,000.00) from the consolation prize will be given to each of the non-winning school choreographer/s. — Sheila Covarrubias