1. opening ceremony by Sam Tet Symphony Orchestra and Rejuvenate Dance Crew

1. opening ceremony by Sam Tet Symphony Orchestra and Rejuvenate Dance Crew

It was an intense battle at Ipoh Parade two weekends ago – a battle of dance skills, creativity and wits, when the two-day Shuddup N’ Dance went underway.

2. The Slenderman (L) in action during an earlier elimination round

2. The Slenderman (L) in action during an earlier elimination round

3. Rashingan during the group showcase

3. Rashingan during the group showcase

The dance competition attracted 45 solo dancers, 12 junior crews and 15 dance groups, including international dancers from Indonesia, the Philippines and the United States. The three categories competed were 1-on-1 Freestyle Battle, Junior Showcase and Open Crew Showcase.

4. guest appearance by Beatboxer Shawn Lee

4. guest appearance by Beatboxer Shawn Lee

5. 4Ev Dance Crew

5. 4Ev Dance Crew

These photos were taken on the second day, where I witnessed the 1-on-1 Freestyle Battle and Open Crew Showcase. I have to say that for five hours, I was kept on the edge of my seat! I may not be a dancer myself but I could certainly see that it takes a lot of hard work to reach competition level, even for amateur dancers.

 6. Question Mark Crew

6. Question Mark Crew

7. eventual champions, Isodope

7. eventual champions, Isodope

At the end of the two-day challenge, Penangite The Slenderman walked away as the solo champion for this leg, and he, along with the three runners-up, will represent the northern region in the Grand Finals to be held in the Klang Valley some time in August.

8. Celebrity Host Baki Zainal (L) and Battle Host Kevin Ong (R)

8. Celebrity Host Baki Zainal (L) and Battle Host Kevin Ong (R)

9. Phelan

9. Phelan

Meanwhile, the five-member Isodope was declared the group champion, taking home with RM5,000 in cash and prizes! They, along with the two runners-up, will also be heading to the Klang Valley to battle it out with the other winners in the CITTA Mall and Klang Parade legs.

10. The Slenderman with his winning move

10. The Slenderman with his winning move

11. Danial Aliff Rosdy, the boy who died for two minutes - now a member of Rejuvenate Dance Crew

11. Danial Aliff Rosdy, the boy who died for two minutes – now a member of Rejuvenate Dance Crew

1-on-1 Freestyle Battle Results
Champion: The Slenderman
1st Runner-Up: Willy Ooi
2nd Runner-Up: Phelan
3rd Runner-Up: Aidel

 12. Rejuvenate Dance Crew

12. Rejuvenate Dance Crew

Open Crew Showcase
Champion. Isodope
1st Runner-Up: Jing Bo Crew
2nd Runner-Up: 4 Ev Dance Crew

13. freestyle battle top four winners

13. freestyle battle top four winners

14. top three group winners

14. top three group winners

Now that the dance challenge has kick-started, the second and third legs of the competition in CITTA Mall and Klang Parade in July and August respectively will be even more exciting to watch. I don’t know about you, but I wish to be there, too!

Event: Shuddup N’ Dance 2017
Venue: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
Date: 25th & 26th March, 2017
Time: 2pm – 7pm

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