Due to certain unforeseen and totally unavoidable circumstances, I couldn't attend this year's Summer Jam Dance Camp (SJDC) a.k.a. THE biggest urban dance convention in Asia Pacific. You guys have no idea how majorly bummed I am about it, so I thought of looking back to that awesome time last year when I got to meet and learn from the dancers and choreographers I look up to.
Instructors taking other instructors' classes, dancers cheering other dancers, making new friends from other countries, being exposed to various teaching styles... It's a positive feeling that I'd love to sign up for again and again.
Sometimes I wish I had taken more photos (and nicer ones at that), but I guess I was too preoccupied with sweating it out and you know, ~living in the moment~ :-D. Say hello to my dancer friends!
Here I am with Arda, one of A Team's coaches and founders. I spotted her on the sidelines before Lyle Beniga's class started, and decided to chat her up to tell her how much I admire their group and work. I forgot what we were talking about here but I reckon it's some idiotic thing I said (see: questionable finger hook). She was super nice about it, though! We even had lunch the day after that.
Moving on to fan photos - Exhibit 1: Saluting Hayley Fitzgerald after a contemporary class she conducted. The girl is such a sweetheart on and off stage!
Exhibit 2: Kevin Nguyen and Dea Sevilla. I kickstarted my second day at SJDC with this couple's easy-to-follow teaching style and choreography. I also discovered Dea is Filipina by blood!
Check out the class they taught below:
Exhibit 3: Mariel Madrid, half of the popular tandem Keone & Mari. From just watching her videos on YouTube, seeing her in the flesh, witnessing her bust out her signature insane grooves and then to actually learn from her is such a surreal experience. What a character! Can't stop smiling.
Her class was the first one I took in SJDC, so it was a little disorienting at first because of the multitude of emotions going on; hyped nerves, the surrealness of seeing her in the flesh, the joy of being surrounded by fellow dancers, the positive vibe everyone exuded from start to finish―good times, good times.
SJDC was, no doubt, the highlight of my 2015. Can't wait to be able to be part of it again. BEST. DAYS. EVER!