DESPITE the controversy and bad press, the I-Dance street dancing competition, which held its preliminary round at New World Park in Penang on Saturday, was a hit with youngsters.
The preliminary round saw 13 teams competing to make it to the finals.
While some teams failed to stand out and be memorable, others were more successful, thanks to their creativity and courage to be different.
Team Moving Force of three boys and three girls came out in cute outfits they had made themselves. The boys had little pink ties while their female counterparts wore little pink skirts and matching pink bows.
Their dance moves were as uniformed as their outfits. Their dance choreography were so in sync that they managed to impress judges Joel Tan, a registered hip hop coach, and international dancer Takeshi Hamazaki.
Tan said he was happy that the team’s act was just “dance and music” unlike other teams that came up with fancy moves and too many flipping stunts.
Team 4bidden Crew added a touch of playfulness into their routine.
The girls froze the boys, showed off their dance moves and then turned the boys on again with invisible remote controls.
They then played puppet masters with the boys at the edge of the stage.
Another team to remember was Floor Flava, which impressed the judges with their originality.
Dvol UX’s boys and girls came dressed in white tops and white gloves and worked their magic on the crowd.
Their music was mixed so well that it was almost like every note and beat was specially written for their dance routine.
The I-Dance competition is orga-nised by Danzity Dance House and endorsed by the state government.
Since early this month, the competition has received objections from the Penang PAS Youth.
However, the objections did not dishearten the youths from per-forming that evening. Even a Muslim group of three teenage boys turned up to demonstrate their love for street dancing.
Going by the name of ‘Kamisyck’, the masked trio brought something different to the stage.
Unlike the groups before them with their high-flying stunts and complicated action and dance moves, they performed a mime-like dance show.
Only eight teams made the cut to advance to the final round at Queensbay Mall this Saturday.
They are D’One, 4bidden Crew, Moving Force, Storm 410, Ultimaxx, Floor Flava, Imagine Force and Dvol UX.