Rehearsals are in full swing for Just Dance Volume 2 as dancers are ready to rock the stage this weekend sharing their love of dance.
The two-day event is an initiative hosted by the Generation Z, showcasing dance performances to promote environmental awareness through song and dance with the tagline “Our Earth, Our Home: Increasing Awareness One Beat At A Time”.
The dance showcase will bring together new and experienced choreographers and dancers from Soul Industry, Bruhooders, Studio Eleve and Pink Vanilla.
These energetic young talents are set to sweep you off of your feet with their captivating footwork at the International School Brunei (ISB) Theater tomorrow and Sunday.
With six months of practice, the performers shared with The Bruneian News on their take being in the dancing scene and their journey to be as one.
Founders of the Soul Industry Caro Ramlee and Hanif Haris have dedicated their lives to teaching dance and they both pride themselves on keeping the dance studio as a platform to promote both growth and community connections.
Soul Industry has been around since 2016 and is dedicated to providing a social platform for dance classes and initiating quality dance programme in the community.
“We try to be a family of dancers and promote dance and positive social interactions in the community,” said Caro, adding that dancing has encouraged her to interact with people more.
For Hanif, he said that there will always be trials and tribulations that come with a full-time career in dance.
“Before opening up our own studio, we danced at the stadium parking lot,” they both said laughing.
The determination to follow their passion for dance, no matter what is just the beginning of what makes them today.
Soul Industry is determined to show that local dancers can continue to be a force to be reckoned with in dance as they are soon set to return for this year’s showcase.
“We are excited to showcase our talented dancers and instructors in a variety of performances throughout the weekend,” Caro said.
For both Epui and Faiz, the founders of Bruhooders, came to urban dancing via different paths and just like their fellow dancer friends, they both have a strong passion for dancing.
Epui whose career path was inspired by watching Taeyang dance battle on YouTube took up hip-hop after graduating from sixth form.
Like Epui, Faiz preferred dance genres urban and hip-hop. However, the 25-year-old started breakdancing in 2007.
“It is more than just a hobby… It is all about passion. It sounds clichéd to say so, but without passion, nothing works. It is something that is always on my mind,” he said.
Faiz sees Just Dance as a good opportunity for BruHooders – seeing people they have impacted through the show, meeting new people and sharing a new journey with his teammates.
“Even though we are the instructors, we always have a place to grow and learn,” he added.
Ipui said that participating in Just Dance aligns perfectly with what BruHooders is all about. “It is about building the dance community, along with supporting a great organisation,” he said.
Moreover, determined to dance, Sam Milan resigned from his full-time job in office management to open up his own dance studio.
Sam grew up dancing and choreographing a ballet for more than 10 years but as he grew older, he wanted to share his passion for the genre.
He added that by opening up his own studio, it is a great opportunity for him to show his talent and change the public’s perspective that men could also dance ballet.
“There are a lot of challenges when it comes to being a danseur (male ballet dancer). There is a lack of male influence in this category and to see other male figures taking on that career, they get so much from it,” he said.
The 31-year-old dancer has owned and operated Studio Eleve for two years and it is the first time Studio Eleve will be participating in Just Dance.
“As we continue to grow here in Studio Eleve, we see Just Dance as a good opportunity for our students to showcase their talent,” he said.
Sam is now working on a new piece choreographed to fit the theme of the show. Emphasising on emotions and body language, the music and movement will tell a story of the “earth crying”.
For Pink Vanilla instructor Ringu, it is a dream comes true. The kindergarten teacher has been taking dance classes since she was five years old and her first stage presence was performing the traditional Chinese fan dance.
She followed her mother into dancing but now it has become a creative outlet for the 27-year-old performer.
“Dance is something I can put my emotion into and it is also something I really enjoy doing. I love the thrill of hearing the audience cheer during the performance,” she said.
For the showcase, Ringu will combine both waacking and street jazz dance. “Waacking is all about fluidity in the arm movement with certain steps that are inspired by jazz dance,” she said.
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