High school dance team wins peace-themed virtual dance contest

The High School Dance Team, Indayaw Dance Company, Taguig City won the title of Grand Champion of the International Youth Peace Group (IPYG) Virtual Dance for Peace Competition in the final deliberation held on July 7 2022. They received the cash prize of ₱50,000 and plaque at the graduation ceremony held on July 25 at the HWPL Peace Hall, Parañaque City Public Library.

Organized by the IPYG in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Manila Metro, the competition was opened in March 2022 for young Filipino dance groups of all genres to participate.

The finalists were determined by the judges’ deliberation and scores gathered from social media posts during the July 1 preliminary round. During the final deliberation, the performances of the top six finalists were showcased from across the Philippines. One of the key judging factors for the final score was the ability to convey to viewers the role of young people in spreading a culture of peace.

Indayaw Dance Company

Indayaw’s dance performance was inspired by recent world issues such as the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The show started with a sleeping girl disturbed by news of the war. Through interpretive dance, they expressed the chaos, poverty and conflict over human rights – the girl’s nightmare. Upon awakening, the young girl begins to promote peace carrying the hope that one day there will be no more wars and the people will be united for future generations. In the act, they also incorporated a short poetry on peace and recited the 10 articles of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

The name of the group “Indayaw” comes from the Tagalog words “indak” and “sayaw” which both mean “dance”. The group of 25 students from Signal Village National High School, who perform different types of dances such as folk, modern and festival dance, had won championship prizes in various regional and divisional dance competitions representing their school and hometown. before the competition.

“As the first ever champion of the virtual IPYG Dance for Peace competition, we promise to continue promoting peace by listening to each other, helping each other and being kind to each other. With this, there will be peace in the world. spirit of every human being and this world will go on peacefully,” said Mr. Jason T. Digneneng, the mentor of Indayaw Dance Company.

The judges for the event were Coach Lowell Tan of the UST Sinag Ballroom Dance Company, World of Dance Philippines Choreographer for DanceSport, and Core Member and Educator at the Philippine DanceSport Federation Academy; Lala Dinglasan, choreographer and dancer; KP Morales, content creator and event designer; and Genesis Uz Espina, a content creator and former performer.

Among the finalists are P-Squad Marawi who won 1st runner-up, Sining Timunato Dance and Theater Collective as 2nd runner-up, Tha’ BC Illest Vibe as 3rd runner-up, and Newbreedz as 4th runner-up.

P-Squad Marawi moved the judges with their performance dedicated to the soldiers of the tragic Siege of Marawi. The group previously competed on “It’s Showtime” and earned full marks from the judges in the weekly finals in 2019.

Indayaw Dance Company and P-Squad Marawi signed a partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and IPYG affiliation during the awards ceremony. The other three finalists have not yet signed up to become IPYG’s official “messengers of peace”. Through this partnership, the groups will regularly perform at national and international IPYG and HWPL events, and carry out various activities to promote peace among young people.

Additionally, guest performer NEWSTYLE, a four-member Filipino Pop Rock boy band, also performed their debut single “Hanggang Sa Awit Na Lang” during the intermission.

IPYG is a peace organization created by united young people whose goal is to protect themselves from the threats brought by war and conflict in the world and to leave a legacy of peace to future generations. The organization’s vision is to cultivate a culture of peace and promote its values ​​in every corner of the world through active youth engagement. IPYG also focuses on the Youth Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW), a youth consultation platform designed to solve the different challenges that young people face, and the Youth Empowerment Peace Class (YEPC) to solve various problems that threaten young people and the future. of the global village.

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