The organiser of Shuddup N’ Dance is calling upon all dancers to come and take up the ultimate dance challenge, touted to be the largest dance competition ever hosted in Perak, to showcase their dance talent to the public.

1. at the press conference: Ipoh Parade Senior Executive Uthayasangari Arumugam flanked by Fee (L) and Danny Lee (R), two of the judges for Shaddup N' Dance Ipoh

1. at the press conference: Ipoh Parade Senior Executive Uthayasangari Arumugam flanked by Fee (L) and Danny Lee (R), two of the judges for Shaddup N’ Dance Ipoh

This competition is held following the tremendous response received from dancers in last year’s edition of the competition, whereby the Perak leg was also hosted at Ipoh Parade, the organiser’s venue.

There will be two categories: Solo Freestyle Battle and Group Showcase – providing amateur dancers of all ages with a platform to express themselves through street dancing and hip-hop.

2. Danny Lee (L) and Fee (R) perform a short dance as preview

2. Danny Lee (L) and Fee (R) perform a short dance as preview

For Solo Freestyle Battle, dancers will go against one another, one-on-one. They will be given one minute to dance to a random track spun by the deejay, whereas for the Group Showcase, crews comprising two up to eight members have five minutes on the stage to outdo their competitors. Judging will be based on teamwork, synchronisation, choreography, technique and other dance technicalities.

This year, besides Ipoh Parade, the competition is held in four other locations, including Citta Mall and 1 Mont Kiara. The Grand Finale will be hosted at Klang Parade on 21st August, 2016, where more than RM30,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs.

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The top four solo dancers and top three crews from Ipoh Parade, who walk home with more than RM10,000 worth of cash and kind, will get to compete in the Grand Finale against all the other top winners in their respective venues.

Worthy contestants who have been eliminated may qualify for a wild card entry to the Grand Finals too, making it more exciting to dancers and spectators alike.

On the judging panel are returning judge Danny Lee – lead dancer of the Rejuvenate Dance Crew, Fee and also Bboy GeeOne from Bangkok, Thailand.

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Said Danny, “Lack of confidence is a major obstacle to a dancer’s learning progress. So, we hope Shuddup N’ Dance becomes that platform, that gentle nudge, for dancers to be brave, be bold, to take that first step in becoming a true performer. So, stop worrying, stop thinking. Just Shuddup N’ Dance!”

According to Ipoh Parade Centre Manager, Mr. Chan Yu Yin, “We have noticed that a dance competition like this attracts not only the dancers themselves but also parents, teachers, friends and members of the public.

“We were surprised by the response received towards this contemporary art form. It shows that street dancing appeals to a wide section of the community.”

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Last year’s two-day competition at Ipoh Parade attracted more than a hundred participants, including dancers from as far north as Alor Setar.

Shuddup N’ Dance, the brainchild of Ipoh-born Alan Thoo, received enormous response when it was first held in Klang Parade in September, 2014. It is a massive platform for dancers, no matter their genre, to take up the challenge to showcase their talent to the public.

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Participation in Shuddup N’ Dance: Ipoh Parade is open to all. Registration forms are available at the Facebook page of Ipoh Parade Mall and at the information counter of the mall. Last minute registration is also possible on the morning of the competition. There is no fee to participate.

Event: Shuddup N’ Dance 2016
Venue: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
Date: 19th & 20th March, 2016
Time: from 1pm

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