Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Masskara Street Dancing Kicks Off!

The 30th MassKara Festival four-day Street Dancing Competitions kick off today with 11 contingents joining the schools category contest at 3 p.m. at the Bacolod public plaza which is being ran in cooperation with the Department of Education in Bacolod City.

The barangay category will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and the open category on Sunday. The Electric MassKara streetdance, which has been transformed into a Ledge Dancing competition, on the other hand, will take centerstage 8 p.m. Friday at the Lacson Tourism Strip.

“To mark the third decade of the festival with the theme, ‘30 Years of Smiles', we hope to highlight the elements that have made it a very popular festival: happiness, cheerfulness and optimism as captured in our smiling masks, faces and costumes in bright and bold colors,” festival director Eli Tajanlangit said. The costumes and masks of the competing groups are now at Robinson's Place Bacolod.

The schools, barangay and open category contests will have Libertad-Araneta streets as starting point for the dancers, and to follow the Araneta parade route up to the public plaza. Two areas of competition will be the street dance and arena performance. Judges will be stationed along the parade routes.

Each contingent will have a minimum of 35 dancers and a maximum of 60.
Cash prizes for the schools category are P50,000, P30,000 and P20,000 for first, second and third, while for both the open and barangay category, the prizes are P100,000, P75,000 and P50,000 for first, second and third places.

For the street dance, the groups will be judged on their choreography, performance and production design for their mask, costume and props. For the arena performance, the criteria are concept, choreography, performance, and production design.

Special awards will be given for the Best Mask and Best Costume which have been pre-judged.
For the first Electric MassKara Ledge Dance Competition, seven contingents are joining with each group to have a minimum of 15, and maximum of 20 dancers.

Source: Visayan Daily Star

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