A 2-day dance extravaganza took place at Ipoh Parade from July 30 to 31, featuring a Junior Crew Dance Showcase and a 1-on-1 Open Style Battle on Saturday followed by a K-Pop Dance Cover Competition on Sunday.
Five-member girl group Sixth Century emerged triumphant in the K-Pop Dance Cover Competition which saw participation from almost 30 groups of dancers.
Sixth Century delivered a rousing rendition of popular girl group ITZY’s hit songs ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Not Shy’ complete with prop chairs and costume change.
The group took home RM3,100 worth of cash and prizes, while runner-up Chromation received RM1,600 worth of cash and prizes.
Meanwhile, the Junior Crew Showcase highlighted the fancy footwork and rhythmic body expressions of dancers aged 15 and under.
The young contestants held their own on the dance floor, enchanting the crowd with their dynamic and lively performances, which ranged from hip-hop and Latin dance to contemporary and ballet-influenced techniques.
Pint-sized powerhouse Hot Shotz lived up to their name, emerging as champions of the Junior Crew Showcase with a spirited performance based on a military theme. The trio from Hot Shotz comprised sisters Lee Kai Xing, 10, and Lee Kai Qi, 6, as well as Tia Clarissa Liew Jia Yi, 13. They took home RM1,000 worth of cash and prizes.
The competition that attracted the largest number of contestants though was the 1 on 1 Open Style Battle. With over 100 dancers participating, the fierce competition was exhibited in the explosive performances on display. From exaggerated body movements to unusual body contortions and gravity defying twists and jumps, the dancers had the crowd gaping in awe and cheering in excitement at their energetic hip hop moves.
As dancers were gradually whittled down, anticipation and excitement was high by the time the remaining two dancers, Juice and Jackson Boogie J, faced off on the dance floor.
The competition was keen as both demonstrated their remarkable talent and zeal for freestyling, but in the end, it was master of minute movements, Jackson Boogie J who was declared numero uno of the battle.
Jackson Boogie J won RM1,700 worth of cash and prizes, while Juice took home RM950 worth of cash and prizes.
To add to the excitement, shoppers were also treated to a performance by popular Malaysian streetdance crew, Rejuvenate Dance Crew (RJVN), who marked their 10th anniversary as a group since they came together in 2012.
By Tan Mei Kuan