MANILA (June 22) — Pinoy hip hop dancers Next Block Crew from Butuan and Experience Kidz from General Santos snagged the top prize of P100,000 each at the recent Dunkin’ Donuts Icy Coolers Dance Dunkdown 2009 Grand Finals Night held at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia.
Dance groups Batang Mama from the National Capital Region and Dance Pull Kids from Bacolod were the runners-up and awarded with P50,000 each.
The Grand Finals night started with a bang as the 14 finalists from all over the country heated up the dance floor to the Pussycat Dolls’ hit “Jai Ho.” Two of the most popular names in the industry, Karylle and Vhong Navarro, hosted the event and also performed.
Judges were made up of the hottest names in Pinoy hip hop today, dancer-choreographer Jason Zamora of the Manoeuvres; member and choreographer of the international hip hop group Philippine All Stars Lema Diaz; and iconic Philippine hip hop choreographer and music producer Jungee Marcelo.
They were all optimistic about the performances of each finalist and commented about each group’s hippest moves.
“I’m looking for a group that starts fresh and finishes strong” said Jason. “I want to see variety, popping and locking, not just the same krumping style,” chimed in Lema. “For me precision is the edge,” commented Jungee.
Teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion, the endorser for the Dunkin’ Donuts Icy Coolers Dance Dunkdown also performed, sending the audience squealing as he danced the Icy Coolers jingle.
“The kids I saw were not just the usual dancers you see on the streets, and some of them I think have what it takes to be professional dancers some day,” Sam shared.
As the night ended, all were delighted to see happy faces and were thankful for having been part of the Dunkin’ Donuts Icy Coolers Dance Dunkdown as the kids look forward to another year.
Local show biz personalities Julia Clarete and Pauleen Luna announced the grand winners on noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”