TALENTED:The Beat Street Dance Competition Season 2 saw Rejuvenation Feat Beatnation as the champion
THEY had to dance with unplugged music such as beatboxing (producing sound by using the voice to create the beat in hip-hop), or music made from unconventional musical instruments.
Their aim was to beat other contestants in order to walk away with a cool RM10,000.
It was the Beat Street Dance Competition 2, and the show was not short on talent as was evident when 10 groups competed in the finals to show off their dancing skills.
The competition, held at The Summit Subang USJ, drew different genres of street dancers, musicians and performers.
Several groups used pails and garbage bins to make interesting music. Others played classical instruments such as the violin or traditional ones such as the didgeridoo.
The group, Rejuvenate Feat Beatnation, comprising six street dancers and three beatboxers, showcased impressive beatboxing and creative street dance moves to emerge the champion.
Group leader Danny Lee, 19, said his teammates were school and college students aged between 16 and 20.
They met last year at a similar talent search contest and decided to form the group.
Lee said from the start of the competition, the team envisioned victory. And this, despite having only a day to practise because of their tight study schedules.
Their dance moves was a combination of hip-hop, pop locking-robot, and modern Indian steps.
"We didn't want to be generic. So, we included some other dance elements such as the modern Tamil movie dance steps. But overall, we worked hard to win," he said.
The crowd cheered Rejuvenate Feat Beatnation which showed better stage presence and incorporated funny dance elements. The group used the limited stage space well and presented an energetic performance.
Lee said his group agreed to split the prize money and hoped to participate in more such competitions.
Second place winners, Simfoni Psychusteps, won RM5,000. Four dancers, two fire-eaters and players of six types of musical instruments comprised this team.
The group also showcased its rendition of a tune from The Lord Of The Rings ,with one member belting out Adele's Rolling In The Deep.
Market-V won the third prize of RM2,500. The group comprised graduates and current students of the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
The students creatively incorporated local cultural dances such as the Malay dance zapin, and the Indian dance, kolattam.
They also included the African gumboot dance using rubber boots.
Seven other groups won consolation prizes of RM1,000 each.
The competition allowed no more than 15 people per group.
Season 1's champion, Rakyat Ritma Cru, took part in the competition again, but only won a consolation prize.
Judges of the contest were founder and director of Groove Dance Network, Joel Tan, first runner-up of Mystars L, Badri Ibrahim, and a member of the Carefree band, Raja Mohamad Rashid Raja Salahudin, popularly known as Wan Carefree.
Director of Music Scene Production (M) Sdn Bhd Gary Thanabalan said the idea of the show competition was to bring together all kinds of street dancers, musicians and performers.
"People enjoy these sorts of performances.
"The competition also provides an avenue for street dancers and musicians to meet and exchange ideas," said Thanabalan.
The winner of the competition was also awarded a challenge trophy.
Local radio DJ Hunny Madu also made an appearance at the competition to belt out her song called Ting Ting from her album, Pulau Janji.
Those interested to participate in next year's competition can email email@example.com, or call 03-2094 2668.