Student-Artists from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde garnered top prizes in the jazz and ballet cat-egories of the recently-concluded Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition held at the Y-Theatre, Youth Square, Chai Wan, Hong Kong.
The contingent was composed of the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Dance Majors and the Saint Benilde Romançon Dance Company (SBRDC) members.
Among the 27 contestants from the Jazz Division, Cir-Anthon Paolo Garing’s solo rendition of “Trinitas,” together with Carlos Serrano 3rd and Elijah Erick Mendoza’s duo performance of “ISAyaw” and Neil John Casagan and Ghian Renzo Arboleda’s presentation of “Bounce,” were all awarded gold medals with accompanying certificates.
Casagan and Arboleda got the highest distinction when they were recognized with the gold cup for Best Performance in Contemporary/Jazz. Their number was choreographed by the Program Chair and SBRDC Trainer Christine Crame.
From a total of 43 competitors in the Ballet Division, Olivia Bugayong, coached by Brezhnez Larlar, bagged gold for her interpretation of ”Kitri variation,” while Bryan Aaron Panopio copped Silver for his execution of “La Bayadere.”
The merits were granted according to the points obtained by the finalists during their presentations. Participants who achieved a score of 90 points and above received gold, silver for 85 to 89 points, and bronze for 80 to 84 points. The judges likewise commented on the dancers’ remarkable technique, form and choreography.
The group underwent trainings at the Integrated Body Arts to complement their rigorous daily re-hearsals. “We are grateful for the support of Director Cecilia Sicangco Ibarrola,” says Crame.
The aspirants were accompanied by Dang Comedido of the Department of Student Life-Office of Cul-ture and Arts and Dr. Sunita Mukhi, Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Associate Dean for the Culture and Arts Cluster.