Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
It’s not anymore a fantasy for the De La Salle University as it climbed back to reign supreme again in the street dance arena.
Inspired by the biopic film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the La Salle Dance Company Street danced to the songs of British rock legend Queen to top the seniors division of the UAAP Season 81 Streetdance Competition Saturday afternoon before a hyped-up and cheerful crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Taft-based swaggers reclaimed the throne they lost last year to Far Eastern University by impressing the judges for a score of 86.50, edging erstwhile champion FEU and National University for the second and third place, respectively.
“When it came to considering our theme we noticed that the Queen theme is something that people these days can relate with especially because of the recent movie,” said Zion Wuxinyi, who is one of the seniors in the squad.
It was a bittersweet feeling for La Salle when it failed to defend the title last year but the group got themselves ready for redemption and pulled strength from their graduating members.
“Naging inspiration namin ‘yung mga seniors na ga-graduate na, naging motivation siya para mas makaisip kami ng bagong element na ‘di pa nagagawa, something fresh”, said team captian Diego Aviles.
And for coach Mycs Villoso, the progress and the boundless performances of the team throughout the years always boil down to one vision.
“It’s the call for excellence everytime,” she said.
“We’re very fortunate because we have a lot of offices that supports us all the way. Culture and Arts Office of De La Salle University is a big help,” Villoso added.
The LSDC crew also becomes the winningest squad in the streetdance competition with four championships under their belt.
Wearing an army-like uniform with face paints on, the FEU Dance Company engaged on the dance wars exceedingly prepared and gritty to finish their routine for 85 points.
NU Underdawgz, meanwhile, had one of its members did a Freddie Mercury as the whole cast obviously enjoyed their moves, grooving to Queen’s classics as well which was good for 83.50 points.
Summer officially started and the University of the Philippines which fell a tad short of a podium finish made the spectators feel the need to plunge in the waters to fend off the scorching heat.
The UP Streetdance did their routine in a Hawaiian-vibe aura that resonated a cool breeze inside the Big Dome fetching. Above this, UP wanted also to raise awareness about water conservation given that Metro Manila and some nearby provinces face a serious water crisis.
Fifth-placer University of Sto. Tomas Prime did a throwback of High School Musical in their white and red varsity uniform which temporarily veered them away from their usual yellow school color.
University of the East Street Warriors turned the audiences bang their heads with a rock n’roll performance but was good only for sixth while Company of Ateneo Dancers Street, who finished at seventh, showed their flashy and vibrant steps in a jail prisoner outfit.
Adamson Cast got huge applause from the crowd but failed to win judges’ hearts to round up the performances at eighth.