The booming crowd, rhythmic drumroll and loud cheers filled the Almendras Gym as students from all over the Ateneo flocked to witness the long awaited Cheerdance competition and the grand culmination of the Palarong Atenista 2016.
With their cheers echoing in the dome, the 7 performers really worked hard to render their perfect routine. However, the Accountancy Griffins bagged the highest mark during the said contest.
Accountancy Division Representative Ella Madoginog told Atenews she is really proud of their performers because they have really pulled it off.
“We really did not focus on the title, but what we were after was a perfect performance. What matters most is that they are happy after the performance,” the representative said.
She said it is a dream come true for her and the performers to win because they all wanted to grab the title for a long time already.
“I know their struggles so as their representative, I am really proud of them and I could not ask for more,” Madoginog said.
On the other hand, the Business and Management Vipers and the School of Engineering and Architecture Tigers also captured the audience’s attention with their snappy routine and vigorous yells as they finished as the 1st and 2nd runners up respectively.
Because of the lack of number of participants, the Computer Studies and the Natural Science and Mathematics Cluster teamed up for the competition.
Moreover, the cheerdance competition were judged by 3 renowned performers including Arnold Alvarez, a pageant and festival director; Lilli Arellano, a choreographer and theatre artist; and James Fritz Friere, a former member of the UP Pep Squad.
The performers were judged according to the choreography and technicality, showmanship, cheer, originality and the overall impact.
Meanwhile, the event was hosted by Sarah Cruz and Erika Gatus, along with Angela Rabino and Micolle Catayas as the field hosts.
The event capped off with a community dance, as all the competitors and the audience united together, dancing to the beat and celebrating camaraderie and sportsmanship.