Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 Finals!!




For those of you who have read my post and watched the video of the Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 Prelims held at Vivocity Amphitheatre, I know you'll be eager to know what happened during the Finals! So here goes...





Presented by F&N and organised by O School The Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 Finals was held last Saturday, 13/04/2013, at the Kallang Theatre. The  12 winners of the Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 Prelims joined another 10 winning crews from prelims held around the region to vie for the title of Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 Champion. Winning teams from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam gave the 12 teams from Singapore some stiff competition and once again shows that the language of dance transcends gender, race and even nationalities.


In addition to being crowned the winner of one of Singapore's most prestigious dance competitions, the winners of Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 will enjoy an all-expenses-paid 4 Day 3 Night trip to Osaka, Japan to represent Singapore in Japan's own Dance Delight Vol 20!!


Watch the trailer here:




While I'm typing this, I'm still suffering from the post-show symptoms such as a sore-throat [from screaming too much], unexplained sudden jolts of happiness [no, those free F&N drinks were not spiked], and basically the urge to get on my feet and dance whenever some happening music plays. [Yes. I'm pretty sure those drinks were NOT spiked]


Mint Leong and me were running a little late for the event and when we arrived, everyone was already making their way into the Theatre to get seated. Judging by the organised chaos remaining at the waiting area, there must have been an awesome pre-party before we got there.


The evidence of an awesome pre-party!



Cherry, Grape, Orange or Me?


There were drink counters handing out free F&N sparking drinks to the waiting fans to quench their thirst while they waited for the doors to open. I particularly liked the cool dispensers that you could just plug any F&N bottle into and turn it into an instant drink dispenser! The person who created this should get an award!




All you can to do was to push forward on the transparent part and the drink would magically flow out of the tap into your cup! The only down-side of this dispenser was that there was always a little bit of drink left in the bottle as it couldn't work once the remaining drink level in the bottle reaches below the height of the tap. But still, it's a great invention!


There were even photo booths on both levels where guests could get their photos taken and printed into a cool mini photo flipbook that made the photos into a mini stop-motion movie! Everyone was getting creative with the cute and colourful props!


Releasing their Sparkly sides!


We managed to get our tickets from the ticket collection booth even though we were slightly late!


Tickets!



The atmosphere didn't change once we were inside the theatre. Everyone was abuzz with excitement, anxiety and anticipation for the show to start. The crowd just kept pouring in until all seats in the theatre were filled!






Full house in the Kallang Theatre, even up top!


I was super impressed with the entire multimedia setup of the event! The screens there were giant screens on both sides of the stage and it almost seemed like each of them had a mind of its own! As you can see from the picture, they were showing all the different teams across all the screens!




And of course, there was the LIVE tweeter feed showing all the tweets with the #fnnsdd4 hashtag. Some of these tweets were really creative and funny!




Soon, the lights dimmed, the side screens turned into massive F&N LED banners and the crowd cheered as they started playing the intro video on the massive screen.








And out of nowhere, a spotlight came on, turning our focus to the center of the stage and to...






MACHINE!!!

Straight from Japan, the creator of Dance Delight himself, Mitsuhiro Harada, a.k.a. Machine, was getting into the groove and entertaining the crowd with his slick moves! All of a sudden, we were watching the judges themselves strut their stuff on stage!


The next judge hailing from half way around the globe, New York, was...




James Brown, better known as Loose Joint, is a highly sought after back-up dancer and choreographer with 30 years of experience. He also co-founded the Elite Force Crew, which has performed for world renowned  artists such as Mariah Carey, Will Smith, TLC and even the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.












Next up was a man who needed no introduction, our very own Ryan Tan! A respected and well-known face in the local dance scene, Ryan has represented Singapore for the World Planet Dance Competition and came in 5th out of 26 countries!








Look at those legs!


Next came another highly sought after dancer and choreographer, who has appeared on many popular dance shows such as America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC). Tony Tzar has traveled around the world to work with names such as Britney Spears, Jason Derulo and Lyaz.














And last but definitely not least, the spotlight turned to Madoka! Another familiar name in the especially when it comes to popping. Previously from Former Action Crew, a crew famous for their popping, Madoka wowed us with his water-like waves and hard pops.










If I had 10 cents for every "Wooo!", "Yeah!" and "Oooohhh!" screamed during their solos, I would probably be a millionaire now.


Well, they say a picture paints a thousand words, so why don't I let the videos flashed up on the giant screen speak for themselves...












And who better to kick off such a young and funky show then the one and only Sheikh Haikel, all decked out in his hip-hop dance gear!




Other than helping to kick things off, he also got the crowd more hyped-up than they already were!
[Any more excitement and I'm sure there would have been a riot there and then!]


And so, without further ado, I present to you, the photos taken from from the performances!
[Kindly pardon the photobombs by the official photographers. They're just doing their jobs...]

Comradery


















Hip Hop Hooray














Decada
















Black Jack
















Le Flair














FSZ


















Platinum Collection




















Yes Yes Yow!






















Roosevelt




















G'De Rellas


















Remixer






















Hybrids of Freedom


















Feel So Funky




















Megamint












Flipendemic Kru























A.O.C.






















Zassy B*tch






















Bla.Que.Neez










Blu Cru














The Basic Fives






















Kool Kidz Kru






















Freekzy Bots















Phew... Uploading all those photos really made me thirsty. If only I could get a giant can of F&N Cool Ice Cream Soda right now... *Slurps*




So anyway, the judges gave their comments just before the results were released. And the overall consensus was that the standard of Singapore Dance Delight was really getting higher and higher! Kudos to all the dancers who put in their heart and soul to give us such a wonderful performance!




And finally, the time had come to announce the winners of this year's Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04...


The 2nd runner-up went to...




FREEKZY BOTS!!





The first runner-up went to...




FLIPENDEMIC KRU!!





And the champion of Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04 goes to...



MEGAMINT!!




Congratulations to the winners of this year's Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04!!




In fact, all the teams were already winners to be able to perform in such an amazing exhibition of skill and showmanship! I'm sure all of them will remember this experience for the rest of their lives!


And of course, what's a winning team without their obligatory media interview? Here are some candid shots of the teams during their interviews.














Once again, congratulations to Megamint, our Champion of Singapore Dance Delight Vol 04! They will be representing Singapore in Japan's own Dance Delight Vol 20!
[And 2 of the official bloggers will be chosen to go along with them to cover the event! *Hint* *Hint*]




I would like to thank F&N and omy.sg for giving the myself and the other official bloggers the chance to cover this event as those of you who know me know that I was quite into the dance scene during my university days...




Stayed tuned for my video of the teams' performances during the finals! It will be up soon, I promise!





But wait! Do you dream of joining Megamint in Osaka, Japan for the Japan Dance Delight Vol 20 Finals??


The good people at F&N Sparkling Drinks are organising the "F&N Fulfills Your Dreams" contest on Twitter! The winner will win a 4 Day 3 Night package for 2 to Osaka, Japan, to cheer on Megamint and witness the crowning of the Japan Dance Delight Vol 20 Champion!



All you have to do is to tweet about why you should be chosen to go along with our champions to Osaka Japan, and include the hashtag #fnnsdd4 in your tweet. Remember to include the hashtag #fnnsdd4 in your tweet or the people at F&N won't know about it!


There is no limit to the number of entries, so go on, go crazy with your creative answers and you just might be on your way to Osaka Japan to be part of Japan Dance Delight Vol 20!!






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