Dance Kids, a new reality-based kiddie search for dancers, is soon to start airing on ABS-CBN on weekends.
Hosted by Alex Gonzaga and Robi Domingo, the program will also have three reputed personalities in the dance industry: Teacher Goercelle of the G Force, veteran choreographer Andy Alviz, and comedian-dancer Vhong Navarro will be dance masters.
The program will start airing this Saturday, November 14, at 6:00 PM.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) recently caught up with Teacher Andy and talked more about the upcoming kiddie dance competition.
“We critique the performance and then we choose, who will go to the next level. That’s basically what we do,” Andy said about their tasks—together with Teacher Georcelle and Vhong—as dance masters.
A nationwide (and even abroad) search was conducted to look for Filipino kids aged 4 to 12, and the best dancers were chosen to enter the competition.
From the 60 kids chosen, they were narrowed down to 32, from which the dance masters will select the standouts every week, until the best is chosen in three categories: solo, duo, and group.
“The usual, may dance-off yung halos magkapareho [ang genre]. Paglalabanin kung sino yung mas magaling until pakonti nang pakonti at magkakaroon ng text voting pagdating ng last part.”
Andy pointed out that while he, Teacher Georcelle, and Vhong are well-exposed in the dance industry, they still get amazed by the talent of the contestants.
Asked to describe how young aspiring dancers are today, Andy answered, “Walang takot ang mga bata ngayon. Things have changed. Like technology change, fierce ang technology, fierce din yung mga bata.
“Sobrang walang takot, sobrang passionate. Dati nung bata kami nagha-Hawaiian lang kami, folk dance, cute-cute… ngayon talagang patayan ang mga sayawan, sobrang iba na ang panahon ngayon.
“But the passion is the same. Love for perfomring is the same, pareho pa din. Except the style of dancing is changing.”
As one of the dance masters, Andy is very clear what he is looking for in a contestant. “Dapat may originality, may difficulty of step.
“Pero may makikita kang iba na di mo kayang i-explain. Magugulat ka na lang, ‘Wow, ibang klase ito.
“He’s doing the same steps like the others, pero iba.
“Honesty, the passion and the love they have for dancing, I think lalabas yon. That’s what I’m looking for. Love and joy for dancing. Hindi yung pinilit ka lang.”
Andy has been a resident choreographer in Miss Saigon Asia, which has been staged in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea.
He worked as a choreographer in the United States and taught kids.
“Nagtuturo ako ng kids sa school sa America sa Guam, I coached mga dance groups going to U.S. national stoppers for competition.
“Marami akong experience sa mga bata. I have a degree in psychology. It helps.”
Just a few of his credentials include having choreographed the biggest stars since 1988.
“I choreographed everybody; Randy Santiago, Manilyn Reynes, Pops Fernandez, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Lani Misalucha, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Jolina Magdangal. Name it. We have choreographed them.”