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Hip-hop flair

The New Paper | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Singaporean team Flair Origins emerged as champions during the Singapore Dance Delight preliminary hip-hop dance competition. They will represent Asean in the Japan Dance Delight Vol. 21 finals in Osaka on 31 August 2014.

Daddy was trained as a ballet dancer.

But his daughter is a hip-hop dancer, contorting her limbs with the rest of her crew.

Kiah Yong Shu Yin, 18, is from all-female team Roosevelt which was vying for the chance to represent ASEAN in the Japan Dance Delight (JDD) Vol. 21 Finals on Aug 31.

Only one team gets the trip.

Her mother, Madam Valerie Ng, was there to support her on Saturday night at Kallang Theatre.

"It's a very good and healthy sport," she said of dancing. She attributes her children's love for dance to the influence of their father, Ernest Yong, a trained ballet dancer.

Roosevelt did not win.

The event had 45 teams gyrating their way through the preliminary round this year, an increase from last year's 38.

Among the ASEAN finalists, 15 were from the Singapore preliminary round and eight were from the respective preliminaries in

Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Local two-man team Merwins, dressed straight out of a silent movie, set the stage alight with slapstick, and popped and locked to electroswing.

Clad in animal-print loincloths and face paint, Thailand's Colour of Life looked as if they had walked off the set of The Lion King musical, even dancing to a remix of the chant from the start of the song The Circle of Life.

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