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Dancesport team forgo Central Ball competitions, eye Feb. 20 national online tilt

WHERE DO THEY COMPETE? After failing to join the 3rd Central Ball dancesport tournament on January 24, the Cordillera dancesport team is looking forward to joining the 8th Dancesport Competitoon on Feburary 20. Now they have time to seek for sponsors, due to higher registration fee, and a venue where they could record their sequences for the online competition. Here, the team pose with former Benguet Gov. Cresencio Pacalso after winning in the Lilians Cup two years ago. Photo from Charibelle Pingawan’s Facebook Page

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Failing to join the 3rd Central Ball 2021 last January 24 after failing to get a venue and register on time, the Dancesport Cordillera team trains its eyes on the 8th Dance Challenge on February 20.

The Geraldine Darvin’s Online Dancesport Competition will be live on Facebook and competitors will be seen via Zoom.

Deadline of submission of entries will be on February 6 with unpaid registration forfeited.

The team failed to join the Central Ball with the deadline of submission set at January 14.

“Unfortunately, haan kami matuloy idiay (we will not push throught with the) Central ball since were not allowed to register since (the deadline) to register was January 14,” head coach Charibelle Pingawan said.

“But we were endorsed for an upcoming national private competition to be held on February 20,” added Pijngawan referring to the 8th Dance Challenge.

She said that she had talks with the athletes who said that they will have more time to prepare for the February 20 event.

“Nagusap ulit kami ng mga bata and parang better na salihan yung sa Feburary nationals para makapagprepare kamin ng maayos, from training to costumes to early registration (I had talks with the kids and decided that it is better for us to join the February national competition so we will be better prepared in terms of training and costumes as well a s for our early registration).

She said that they also watched last Sunday’s Ball so they “could benchmark on how online dancesport competition is conducted. How long and sequencing.

” Then she wants to have “a good staging so that they could invite dancers from Baguio and the other provinces to join online dancesport competition, at least we are here and tried it,” she added in the vernacular.

Then they will have time to improve their craft, seek for sponsorship since registration is more expensive for the February competition. And finally, they will have time to seek for a venue.

She said that they will have one junior, two youth and four adult pairs to compete in the 8th Dance Challenge.

The team failed to join the Ball competition after failing to secure a venue for the online competitions.

They do training at the Quad Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet but is not open during Sundays as there are religious groups holding mass services on that day and playing music is not allowed.

They both asked the Benguet State University and the La Trinidad Lednicky Hall, but both are not available.

“We are (were) planning to join but haven’t registered yet because we are unsure of the venue since it’s the whole Sunday,” said Pingawan, who was frantically seeking good hearted people to help them get a venue.

“We train with the available resources we have as of the moment, what is important is that we don’t stop training and that we are safe and healthy in the midst of this pandemic,” Pingawan added.

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