This coming December 1, 2012, homegrown dance talents from Davao city will compete in Sydney, Australia for the world’s biggest street dance competition: World Supremacy Battlegrounds.
Competing with other hip hop dance groups from United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand, our very own GROOVE UNLIMITED, led by dance master Bryan Grandeza, will represent Philippines for the said contest. Joining him are Noe Ross Calicdan, Kenneth Delideli, Lloyd Callao, Takahiro Kaneko, Dexter Guibone, Jr., Jonathan Endonela, and Sheldone Dacalos.
Many people might not know this, but Philippines has long been a mainstay in the top 3 for this competition. Moreover, this is the 3rd time (since Xtatic from CDO and Xquizyth from GenSan in 2008) that Mindanao dancers reached this far in terms of actually competing for a title. They were one of the 14 Filipino dance groups to gain a spot in this contest’s finals round.
Who is Groove Unlimited?
Groove Unlimited was formed in September 2000 by a group of young professionals and students. Its 8 original members sought dancing as a heartfelt passion, and used it to help improve the lives of all the group’s members. It wasn’t easy for the group to stay solid for 12 years; they said that usually, funds weren’t that good and sometimes, injuries even get in the way.
Eventually, Groove Unlimited booked regular gigs for local GMA Network shows. Through this, they gained a bigger following and they were able to expand their dance group into a huge community that helps uplift the local hip hop dance scene. This year marks the group’s 9th generation dancers.
Preparing for the Competition
Practice and training is what we expect to eat their time; but really, they are also very concerned about raising funds for the competition. To remedy this, Groove sells group merchandise, offers dance lessons, booking other dance projects and competing in other dance competitions. With all the accommodation, plane fare and other relevant expenses, the group really needs our help in this competition. This is no walk in the park.
Reading this, you might think it’s the good old Step Up or You Got Served plot. But for this time, YOU can help make a difference. Give up 3 cups of your favorite Starbucks coffee. Or 3 pedicures. Or a new shirt. Just this time. Trust me, it won’t kill you. I am encouraging you to donate a little of your dutch to Groove. Contact Bryan Grandeza at 0922 755 1305 or shoot him an email ([email protected]). If you think you can help them by giving referrals too, please feel free to talk to them as well. As the only group from Davao who got this far, I think it is imperative that we help them and share the pride.
What’s more, this is the ultimate advantage: you’ll actually feel good about yourself. If you die tonight, at least you did something good. Perhaps that would even keep you from going to hell. You’ll never know. 😉
PS See, they could be another proud all-Filipino dance group, following the footsteps of Philippine All Stars and Jabbawockeez. And when they get there, you can tell your grandchildren that you helped make that happen.