Sean Mischa Aranar and partner Ana Nualla wowed the crowd with their sleek moves as they led the Philippines’ dominance of the dancesport competition at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga, held during the first day of hostilities of 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday.
Aranar, 23, wasn’t surprised of the strong start, saying Filipino dancesport athletes are world class.
“Talented and with huge potential. Nakasasabay po tayo hindi lang sa Southeast Asia pati na rin sa buong Asia at Europe. International na po tayo (We are equal with our counterparts not only in Southeast Asia but also in Asia and Europe. We are international),” Aranar told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
Aranar and Nualla, dance partner for six years, won three of the country’s nine gold medals and one silver in dancesport as of press time.
Philippine dancesport bets have now won the most number of gold medals at the opening day of the biennial meet with triathlon securing two gold, wushu one gold and sepak takraw one gold.
Aranar explained dancesport is a very demanding sport requiring strength, grace, flexibility, balance, coordination and artistry.
“You need to be all-around, you need to have the flexibility and agility. Kung ano ‘yung ginagawa ng other sports ganun din kailangan — balance as in lahat po (The physical demands of other sports are also present in dance- sport),” said Aranar.
Aranar and Nualla, under the tutelage of of Bryan Ocana, ruled the Viennese waltz, tango and the five dance mixed events.
They scored 30.100, beating the Vietnamese pair of Nguyen Doc Hoa and Nguyen Thi Hai Yen (29.188) and the Singaporean duo of Teo Jerome Sze Yong and Ted Rachel Jia Hui (28.400) in the Viennese waltz.
In tango, Aranar and Nualla beat anew the Nguyen duo (29.430) and Duangkaew Issarapong and Yananun Thanawan of Thailand (28.980).
In the five dance mixed events, Aranar and Nualla tallied 151.350, beating Vietnam’s Vu Hoang Anh Minh and Nguyen Truong Xuan (142.100) and Thailand’s Wijitkoon Anucha and Phandech Pasraporn (138.250).
Filipino Mark Gayon and Joy Renigen won a gold medal each in the standard waltz and foxtrot categories. They bagged the silver in the quick step category after gold medal winner Vietnamese Doc Hoa and Thi Hai Yen.
DanceSports Council of the Philippines Inc. President Becky Garcia also told The Manila Times that the pair of Aunzo Wilbert and Pearl Marie Cañeda won the gold in the Latin samba, rumba and chacha categories, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo also won the gold medals in single dance pasadoble and Latin Dance 5 for a total of 10 gold medals.