After finishing in third place in last season’s UAAP Street Dance Competition, La Salle Dance Company-Street (LSDC-Street) moved up a notch this year as they emerged as first runners-up in the UAAP Season 78 Street Dance Competition last Saturday, April 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena. The University of the Philippines Street Dance Club (UPSDC) clinched their third straight title, while UST rounded out the top three finishers in the competition.
The festivities began with a freestyle battle among the participating universities, with each team having two representatives in the event. UP and FEU squared off in the final round, with the former emerging as the winner.
In the main event, the Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADS) was initially slated to be the first performers of the afternoon. However, technical problems among the organizers made LSDC-Street the first crew to perform, pushing CADS back to the last performance of the day.
LSDC-Street kicked off the competition with a commanding performance, showcasing their unmatchable energy with their flawless routine that set the bar high for the other competing teams. They surprised everyone by dancing to music solely composed of a mix of beat box versions of old and new songs, something that was quite unique in the dance community.
LSDC-Street’s podium finish did not come easy as UST gave everyone a fright with their patriotic performance, which helped them earn their first major podium finish in UAAP Street Dance history at the cost of CADS’ position on the podium. Undoubtedly, all the competing teams stepped up their game this season and will surely continue to do so in the years to come.
With their improvement from last year’s finish, this is only the beginning for LSDC-Street. Their determination and perseverance this season will hopefully fuel them in their endeavor to bring the street dance crown back to Taft and this year’s results will also give them confidence in their upcoming competitions and performances locally and internationally.