Words Won’t Get You Anywhere On Our Dance Floor So Just Shuddup N’ Dance With Us at 1 Mont Kiara!
Mont Kiara, 22 May 2016 – The ever popular Shuddup N’ Dance competition landed at 1 Mont Kiara for the first time ever, and organisers were excited and optimistic to see how the expat majority community there would’ve responded to the fast growing street dance competition. The competition was presided over by a panel of judges who are no strangers to the Malaysian dance scene, such as Dennis Yin, Khenobu, Becky, and Jackson Boogie J, while the multifaceted and all-around performer Baki Zainal stepped up as the host for the day.
After a grueling day of intense dance-offs and group showcases, all to the sound of screaming fans, Machi battled his way to become the “Solo” champion of the day, walking away with RM1,000 worth of cash and prizes. F.E. (“Future Ethnic”) triumphed as the “Group” champion with their winning choreography and infectious energy, thus snagging the grand prize valued at RM6,000. 7A Kidz and The Next Eclipse took the remaining two top spots, beaming as they were rewarded RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively.
Already in its third inception, the Shuddup N’ Dance competition has been gaining traction among young aspiring dancers since its debut at Klang Parade in 2014. This year, the competition kicked off first at Ipoh Parade in March before travelling down to 1 Mont Kiara in May, then Klang Parade for the Grand Finals in August. Successful teams from each respective malls will then compete against each other at the Grand Finals in Klang Parade.
“We’ve noticed a dance competition like this has the potential to attract not only practitioners of street dancing, but parents, teachers, and community members who we initially didn’t think would appreciate this contemporary art form,” comments Intan Yusnita, Group Advertising & Promotions Manager. “We took a leap of faith choosing 1 Mont Kiara as a setting, considering the different demographic that we were pulling into the mall, but the shoppers responded positively and everyone had a great time spectating some of the talents we’ve had today”.
The event is split into two main categories, “Group” and “Solo”, and was based around an open dance format, meaning participants have complete free reign over their choreographies, infusing breaking, popping, and locking movements with different styles such as ballroom, jazz, or Latin. The competition attracted a variety of participants, including students from international schools such as Sri Emas, Dwi Emas, Sirius Scholar, Sri Kuala Lumpur, Tenby, and Mont’Kiara to compete with seasoned veterans in the local dance scene. Over 50 solo dancers and 16 groups signed up for the competition.
“The great thing about competitions like this is that they attract individuals from all walks of life, and we’re happy to provide that platform where a budding dancer, still learning to perfect her craft, can dance off with a veteran. Though she may not move on to the next round, she’ll leave with the invaluable experience of having competed in an official street dance competition, where she’s able to gauge and assess her own abilities, then return in the future with a newfound confidence,” comments Intan.
Official partners to the competition include Fitness First, U Mobile, Stoned & Co, IDOTSHIRT, Bo-Bou.com, and RJVN (Rejuvenate Dance Crew).