Young PH dancers bag awards at HK ballet competition

This is a press release from the Dance Theatre Arts Philippines.

The Philippines made its way again into the spotlight at the 8th annual Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, held at Y Theatre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong, last July 24. The Filipino participants from the ballet school Dance Theatre Arts are comprised of young talented dancers who are passionate to take home the honor and glory in winning the event.

With participants as young as 7 to 16 years old, the Filipino squad competed with a brave heart to make the nation proud, coupled with their enthusiasm, talent, and passion for dance, creating an unstoppable formula for victory as they entered the competition.

Mhaira Franchezca Escalante bagged the Best Performer award for the Junior Classical Ballet Solo Category Ages 7 to 9. Overall, the squad won 20 gold, 7 silver, and 14 bronze medals.

Four of the participants were recipients of the following scholarship grants:

Scholarship at Dance Masters International, Auckland, New Zealand 

Scholarship at the Rambert School, London, UK 

Scholarship in Ballet West, Scotland

Here is the complete list of winners:

Gold Medalists Solo Jazz ages 7 to 9

Gold Medalists Solo Jazz ages 10 to 12

Gold Medalist Solo Junior Contemporary ages 13 to 15

Gold Medalist Solo Senior Contemporary ages 16 to 19

Gold Medalists Solo Classical Ballet ages 7 to 9 

Gold Medalists Solo Classical Ballet ages 10 to 12

Gold Medalist Solo Classical Ballet ages 13 to 15

Gold Medalist Solo Classical Ballet ages 16 to 19

Gold Medalists Classical Ensemble ages 7 to 9

 

 

 

Gold Medalists Classical Ensemble ages 10 to 12

 

 

Silver Medalist Solo Classical Ballet ages 10 to 12

 Silver Medalists Solo Classical Ballet ages 7 to 9

 Silver Medalists Jazz Ensemble ages 10 to 12

Bronze Medalists Solo Jazz ages 10 to 12

Bronze Medalist Solo Jazz ages 7 to 9

Bronze Medalists Solo Classical Ballet ages 7 to 9 

Bronze Medalists Solo Classical Ballet ages 10 to 12

Each performer impressed the judges as well as the audience with their outstanding performances with their own unique forms and movements.

DANCE. Sophia Marie Lily A. Lucito wins a gold medal at the 8th annual Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, held at Y Theatre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Dance Theatre Arts Philippines

DANCE. Sophia Marie Lily A. Lucito wins a gold medal at the 8th annual Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, held at Y Theatre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of Dance Theatre Arts Philippines

The young dancers showed their versatility in performing different techniques, with individual youths performing in numerous categories.

During ensemble performances, they also showed notable coordination and collaboration. The dancers showed their uniqueness and distinct mastery of their piece in the solo performances. These performances highlight many characteristics of Filipinos such as the willingness to work in unity and passion for one's craft.

PASSION. Sophia Marie Lily A. Lucito and Herbie Amber Arbo Bobier win gold medals with their performance at the 8th annual Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, held at Y Theatre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Dance Theatre Arts Philippines

PASSION. Sophia Marie Lily A. Lucito and Herbie Amber Arbo Bobier win gold medals with their performance at the 8th annual Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, held at Y Theatre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of Dance Theatre Arts Philippines

With so many talented youths competing together, the Philippine team is a force to be reckoned with.

These young Filipino dancers have taken home from the event a variety of awards and prizes from a variety of categories, making the nation truly proud. – Rappler.com