It’s been more than a week, but I am still hyped up by the VIBE 16th Annual Dance Competition held Sunday, January 30. Yes, I was sitting next to huge speakers that were blasting loud music right at my ears, but the front seat view was totally worth it. I mean, I could see every twitch in their faces as they change expressions and even their sweat (eww, I know).
The event was held at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center, sponsored by Kallusive and put together by Lambda Theta Delta. The judges were all renowned dancers: Angie Bunch, Beau Fournier, Candace Brown, David Moore, Galen Hooks and Kyle Hanagami. Audiences not only supported their favorite dance teams by attending, but also helped a greater cause, since part of the proceeds goes towards Camp Footprints, which is a summer camp for children with or without developmental disabilities.
Here’s a recap of the night:
The night started off with some technical difficulties, but Victor Kim entertained us with his humor; he asked an audience member to bring up a Capri-Sun because he “likes a fruity beverage before a show.” But even watching him finish his drink was not enough time for the technicians to solve the problem so he decided to fulfill one of his childhood dreams: starting a wave in the audience. With that ticked off from his to-do list, he decided to bring out Jason Yang to perform first instead to prevent any further delays. I don’t understand how Jason Yang does it, but his violin playing skills are amazing. Dumbfoundead flaunted his rapping skills and Victor Kim ended the musical section of the guest performances with his singing and acoustic guitar playing.
Hosts Lawrence Kao and Kunal Dudhekar dressed up as the Jabbawockeez then came out to introduce the first competing team IV League who impressed us with their cute costume styling. Pac Modern kept it classy with black blazers and metallic purple leggings. NSU Modern took a different approach and started with a jazzier number while exhibition team Breed had the theme of the Real Housewives, which of course can’t be conveyed without a Ke$ha imitation. Kaba Modern seemed to have many different outfits, and their dance was equally as complex. After, The Company and Super Galactic Beat Manipulators (SGBM) put their all out onto the stage. A special appearance of Judge Kyle Hanagami choreographed and showcased a touching piece, Falling; Kinjaz danced to a storyline about the journey ninjas go through just before the intermission, engaging us with their talent and comedy. Jungle Boogie Crew started the second half of the show, then CADC and 220 gave their best shot at the competition. GRV’s gray outfits may be quite bland, but as usual, their moves never fail to impress. Next was KM Legacy, followed by Entity who was the only contemporary dance team of the night. Team Millennia used the concept of a jungle where all the dancers dressed as animals; Common Ground ended their dance wearing identical black t-shirts and Choreo Cookies closed the competition with a clean routine. But before the show ends, Poreotics brought with them their junior team, Miniotics, which consists of mainly children between 10 to 12 years-old. Their cuteness is enough to steal my heart, but along with their dancing, I don’t see how anyone would want to miss it.
They were all superb, but it is a competition and there can only be one winner. Second runner-up was Common Ground who won $300 and a trophy. GRV placed as 1st runner-up and took home $500 and a trophy. Once again, Choreo Cookies stole the title of VIBE XVI Champions and continues to be the team who has won the most VIBE competitions.