UST Prime bags UAAP street dance crown with 70s throwback pen

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A BLAST from the past fueled UST Prime to clinch its second consecutive championship in the UAAP Season 86 street dance competition at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.

The España-based crew’s performance was themed around an alumni homecoming, featuring classic Filipino songs from the 70s such as Apo Hiking Society’s “Panalangin” along with VST & Company’s “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko.” 

As dancers donned traditional Filipino clothes barong tagalog and baro’t saya, Prime’s “old school” approach earned them a score of 90.50 overall points for the victory.

This topped off UST’s illustrious campaign, which was named the general champion of the collegiate athletic association for UAAP Season 86.

“We really wanted to do something different, at the same time very light. It’s also a homage to the elderly,” UST head coach Choox Beltran said postgame.

Despite the triumph, the dance troupe is still eyeing to maintain its momentum as 20 dancers are set to graduate this year.

“[We need] to raise the bar in rehearsals, training and recruitments,” Beltran said. 

The championship marked Prime’s fourth podium finish in the senior division after 10 seasons.

The FEU Street Dance Alliance returned to the podium as the first runner-up, recording 89.17 points with its matador-themed performance, while the UP Street Dance Club rounded out the podium with 86.33 points after a jeepney-inspired routine.

Meanwhile, UST Galvanize recorded a historic five-peat championship run in the high school division, accumulating 86.70 points with their Paskuhan-centered dance number. Adamson University Dance Company followed with 84.50 points, while NU Dance Company placed second runner-up with 79.33 points. F

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