Written by Kit Angeles
Dance competitions never fail to push us dancers to give our all, and maybe get the chance to bring home the gold. The Smart Jump In Dance Off 2 was the first competition of the school year for La Salle Dance Company-Street. When the finals day came, we were ready.
Smart Jump In Dance Off 2 happened at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on October 5, 2014. All the competing teams were up early, catching up just outside the backstage entrance. The event itself though was definitely something else. The lights, the music, the effects, everything just seemed so perfect! From cool synchronised visuals on the LED screen, to exciting effects from the stage, we could not have asked for more.
This competition, I think, will forever be a part of our lives as dancers. We learned so much from each other, as well as from ourselves. This batch of dancers from LSDC-Street trusted in each other, and most especially, trusted in Him. It was tiring and our health began to fail on us. We had some sleepless nights to catch up on academics, and we even sacrificed Sundays meant for our families to train. But the best part of it all? We wanted it that bad. In the end, we were sure that we gave our ALL on that stage.
During the event, I guess you can say that we were really excited to show our routine to everyone. We wanted to bring in something fresh to the dance community and somehow, get them to appreciate a different style of dance. You could see our enthusiasm for the piece as we waited for our turn to block with our earphones on and our music up. The sight of us practicing on our own told me that we were all in it together. Our other teammates arrived will their full-on support, along with the LSDC-Street alumni and our families. All the support surely helped the team push for the best performance that we could offer the audience. I’m proud to say that we did just that. Of course, we could not have done it without His guidance. We knew that we had Him as our additional dancer on stage, cheering us on until that last second.
And so, the moment of truth had come: the announcement of winners. LSDC-Street waited at the back, kneeling in prayer as we hoped for the best. Upon hearing our name, we ran up the stage to claim our prize as the 1st Runner Up for the Smart Jump In Dance Off 2. Mixed emotions took place as tears were shed from the whole team. Our final prayer on stage helped us pull everything together and realize just how blessed we were. When we met up with our supporters afterwards, we felt truly grateful and humbled by their congratulatory praises. Although we had hoped to bag the gold, we know in our hearts that this did not matter the most. We felt like champions out there, and that in itself was our gold trophy.