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UP Pep Squad notches 8th UAAP cheerdance title

(September 24)— ‘8’ happened! The UP Varsity Pep Squad not only scored a grand slam but also notched their 8th UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) championship title last September 22.

Close to 20,000 fans at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena cheered and the panel of judges were definitely impressed with the Pep Squad’s near-flawless execution of difficult stunts and pyramid formations, despite one of the members’ error in the finale.

After reinventing Madonna in the 2011 CDC competition, this year, the Pep Squad members shaved their heads to pay homage to ‘freedom and equality’ and made another history by garnering their second three-peat. The last time they won for three consecutive years was from 1999 to 2001.

As champion, the team took home P340, 000 plus a trophy and Samsung Galaxy Pocket smartphones for each member. UP also won for the second time the Samsung Group Stunts competition while cheerdancer Nicolette Erika Ambulo bagged the 2012 Samsung Stunner award.

Far Eastern University Cheering Squad with their jungle-themed routine was the 1st runner-up and pocketed P200,000 plus trophy. The National University Pep Squad’s Disney-inspired routine landed them on the 2nd runner-up spot plus P140,000 cash prize and a trophy.

Huang Yu Chun, president of the Chinese Taipei Cheerleading Federation; Joe Jackson, United States All-Star Federation safety/legality judge; Manuel Malonzo, Chameleon Dance Theater associate director;  Julien LeBlond, international judge; Janna Eftimiu, Romania’s Women Gymnastics of the Municipal Sports Club coach, served as this year’s judges.

Winners were judged based on the dance technique (with 10-20 points), jumps and tumbling (10 to 15 points), tosses (10 to 15 points), lifts and stunts (10 to 15 points), pyramids (10 to 15 points), choreography and synchronization (6 to 10 points), audibility (3 to 5 points) and audience impact (3 to 5 points) for a total of 100 points.

One point will be deducted from the minor errors, while major errors are penalized five points.—H.C.P.

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