FEU Street Alliance nabs UAAP Street Dance title on first try

JR Isaga
An old-school gangster theme works wonders for the FEU Street Alliance, formed only last January

CHAMPION. The FEU Street Alliance wins the UAAP Season 80 Street Dance Competition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Street Alliance nabbed its first-ever UAAP Street Dance Competition crown at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, March 11.

The old-school gangster theme worked wonders for the season hosts as they ended up on top in their first-ever podium finish since the contest’s inception in 2011.

Three-time champions La Salle Dance Company-Street and the UP Streetdance Club were named the first and second runners-up, respectively.

In the post-contest press conference, FEU coach Randell San Gregorio revealed that the group was formed only last January.

He added that students from different FEU schools such as FEU Makati and FEU Manila made up the group, which led to major scheduling conflicts.

Being the FEU Cheering Squad coach, San Gregorio also inserted 3 of his cheerdancers in the makeshift squad.

“It was sort of an experiment,” he said regarding the group’s formation. “Tignan natin kung magwo-work for FEU (Let’s see if it’ll work for FEU). This is the first time [we joined a contest].”

As for the group’s gangster theme, San Gregorio had a simple explanation.

“Wala lang, naisip ko lang,” he said, amid laughter from reporters. “Noong binuo ‘yung team, ‘yun na kaagad ‘yung pumasok sa isip ko. Eh dahil nga pressed for time na, ayoko nang mamili. Parang pinanindigan na lang namin.”

(I just thought about it. When we formed the team, that theme immediately came to my mind. Because we were pressed for time, I didn’t want to choose themes anymore. We just rolled with it.)

“Actually, up to the last minute, we were fixing [our routine],” he added in a mix of English and Filipino.

Soft-spoken team captain Rei Sioson could only thank his coach as he admitted that he didn’t expect anything big for the team.

“Sobrang thankful ko kay coach talaga kasi ‘di ko naman po ine-expect na mag-first place kahit po talaga 3rd or at least a perfect run for the team,” the FEU Makati student said.

(I’m really thankful for our coach since I didn’t expect that we’d finish first place or even 3rd or at least a perfect run for the team.)

San Gregorio also shared that Sioson even had to travel to the Manila campus in Morayta from Makati City just to practice.

Are they already thinking about defending the crown next year?

“Honestly, matutulog muna kami, kasi lagi talaga kaming puyat eh,” San Gregorio said. (Honestly, we’ll just get some sleep first, because we’ve been staying up late always.)

The FEU Street Alliance finished with a final score of 85.75, more than 6 points ahead of La Salle (79.5) and over 7 points ahead of UP (78.6).

FINAL SCORES

  1. FEU Street Alliance – 85.75
  2. La Salle Dance Company-Street – 79.5
  3. UP Streetdance Club – 78.6
  4. UST Prime – 75.6
  5. UE Street Warriors – 72.2
  6. Company of Ateneo Dancers – 69
  7. NU Underdawgz – 67.5
  8. Adamson Cast – 57.5

– Rappler.com