Friday, September 21, 2012

What to expect in the 2012 UAAP Cheerdance Competition


2011 champions: UP Pep Squad
Based on leaks, spoilers, and rumors, tomorrow's UAAP Cheerdance is bound to be a hotly contested competition. (Live telecast at 2 p.m., Studio 23.)
Last year, I ranked FEU ahead of the DLSU Animo Squad, but it seemed the judges gave more credit to a fairly difficult and polished routine than a more difficult but error-laden (laden talaga?) performance. To be fair, DLSU's video is one of the two I can manage to watch repeatedly because I enjoyed how they executed their "archer in the woods" theme and how they incorporated their traditional cheer into their performance. Of course, the other video would be UP's :-)

Second place: DLSU Animo Squad
I think the battle would still be between the UP Pep Squad and the FEU Cheering Squad (who reportedly got Douglas Nierras as its choreographerI can't confirm).

Third place: FEU Cheering Squad
An error from either squad could potentially spell victory for the other team.
I've heard different versions about UP's 2012 routine. One said the routine will be five times more difficult than the Madonna routine. Another said it's good but is relatively a minor upgrade compared to 2010-2011. (Well, a minor upgrade would still mean a major leap for the other squads.) As for the theme, the Fighting Maroons will be "embracing freedom." No, I don't expect it to go the way of Oblation, but then, who knows? Also, like last year, they are doing something new with their hair for Saturday.
Twitter search results last Tuesday showed that a lot were quite disappointed with UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe's general rehearsal. It sounded as if the most they could hope for was a third place finish. It's heartbreaking to note how the Tigers have fallen behind the competition. It's also become quite obvious from their performances that they have lost their confidence, perhaps because they've failed to land in the podium in the last three years. From champions (they have the most number of championships at 8; they last won in 2006), they have become the underdogs.
NU is the league's perennial underdogs, even outside of cheerdance. They've been improving in recent years, thanks to the financial support of magnate Henry Sy. (More funds = better training. At homecourt lang naman nila ang SM MOA Arena.) I'm also of the opinion that they've been unfairly ranked (too low) in the last 2-3 competitions. I'm hoping for them to at least make it to Top 4 in recognition of their efforts.
ADMU and Adamson are wildcards this year.

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