Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) plans to replace the traditional cheerdance competition with a Mega Crew Competition for the upcoming 15th Hibalag Booth Festival this August.
Mega Crew competition is an all-form dance competition that originated in Los Angeles, California.
SUSG President Allison Ladero said, “I don’t want to repeat the same case wherein there wouldn’t be a lot of students in the Macias Sports Complex watching the cheerdance competition because of the limited stunts.”
Mega Crew will display all form of dances, like hip-hop, social and modern dance which will be judged according to style, artistry, skills, performance, and choreography.
One crew will be composed of 20 to 40 members.
“Mega Crew is like a modern dance competition, and is basically a new event, which I think would probably entice a lot of students as well to really watch because it’s something new,” said Ladero.
Moreover, Novey Ritchie Ann Bartoces, SUSG cheering committee chairman, said that Mega Crew is the best alternative for cheerdance because it is trendy and will hopefully attract many students to join and watch.
She said that most high school and college governors showed support to this idea.
Jolina Sinco, governor of cheerdance champion College of Business Administration (CBA), agreed in having the Mega Dance competition saying it would lessen their expenses as compared to cheerdance competition.
However she said that it may be the same with the Modern Dance Competition of Negros Best Dance Crew which is part of the Hibalag celebration on August.
Cheerdance 2014 and 2015 best flyer Zandrea Mae Bolo of CBA, expressed her disappointment to the possible replacement of the cheerdance competition.
“Cheerdance has been my life, passion and dream since I was a kid. It has been a tradition in Silliman and it’s the time for me to bond and reunite with my cheerdance family.”
However, there is no final decision if the Mega Crew will replace the cheerdance competition.