Thursday, March 26, 2009

KoRock Of Japan Wins Gatsby Styling Dance Contest Asian Finals

Last year, Mandom Corporation of Japan co-organized the Gatsby Styling Dance Contest in several Asian countries, namely Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Mandom said that the aim of the contest is to create a new dance genre of "style dance" in order to support creative activities of young Asians and provide a forum for cultural interaction among young people of various Asian countries. In Malaysia, the finals of the contest was held last December at 1 Utama in Petaling Jaya and was won by Elecoldxhot who took home a cash prize of RM 2000 and the chance to compete in the Grand Finals in Tokyo, Japan.

The Grand Finals which was held on February 28 2009 at East-O in the chic district of Shibuya in Tokyo offered a glimpse of the dance scenes across the participating countries - be it hip hop, popping, locking or breakdance. Malaysia's very own Exelcoldhot put up a performance comprising of a mix of different styles and which depicted a story about two boys trying to pick up girls. Freedom Squad from Indonesia blended cultural elements into their choreography and staged an entertaining dance with an Indonesian flavour.

Hong Kong's Bloos Dynamite showed off their kungfu moves in a slow dance routine which incorporated wave and popping. Donning black tradional Chinese costumes, the dancers stood out from the rest of the other contestants. Not to be outdone, Pop On The Basic from South Korea, KGS from Taiwan and Floor Techniques Crew from Singapore also put up creditable performances. It was Japan's Korock who brought the house down with a a well-choreographed and energetic dance routine to emerge champions of this inaugural contest.

The three-men dance crew from The Land Of The Rising Sun won the Greatest Gatsby Award and 300,000 Yen (RM11,250) prize money. Bloos Dynamite, the runners up, took home a 100,000 Yen (RM3750) cash prize. Elecoldxhot and Floor Techniques Crew bagged the Grooving Awards while Freedom Squad and Pop On The Basic were awarded the Technique Awards. The Styling Awards went to KoRock, Bloos Dynamite and KGS. The guest performers - Japan's U-Min No Kokoro, Egu-Splosion, Overflow, Isopp & O-Hashi, Affect and Lil' B and Indonesia's Hamdi Fathi Basalamah had the crowd excited with their dancing skills and great showmanship.

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