Meet The Talented Finalists Of NYP Groove! 2018

19 Dec 2017 by Teenage

Just when you thought NYP Groove! couldn’t get any better, this year’s edition of the popular street dance competition sets the stage for yet another epic showdown. Here’s what you missed during the auditions!

NYP Groove! 2018 kicks off with a nail-biting round of auditions, and boy was it a wild ride from the start to finish! Organised by Nanyang Polytechnic in partnership with Teenage, we witnessed a multitude of talented dance crews across Secondary Schools and ITE colleges battling it out for a coveted spot at the finals.

Decked out in their best ensembles and armed with killer moves, everybody brought their A-game with slick routines in a bid to impress the judges. It was a tough call, but only a total of 15 teams made it into the NYP Groove! 2018 finals. Which group will take home the ultimate crown? Head down to the NYP Open House on 6 January, 1pm to support your favourite crew and find out who will emerge victorious!   


Here are the finalists who have gotten through to the NYP Groove! finals.

Secondary School Category Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Academy of Nutz
  • AlphaNutz
  • DoubleJMN
  • Jazzix LMC
  • Naekadize 

ITE Category Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Chuckiez
  • EastSquad
  • Foursaat
  • K-East
  • K-East 2.0
  • Mischiefs 
  • Missy Urban
  • Qassa
  • Realness Ally
  • Team Koufu

Congratulations to all 15 dance crew finalists! Want to catch these talented squads in action? Head down to NYP Open House 2018 to watch them battle it out for the top spot! 

NYP Groove! 2018 Finals
Date: 6th January 2018, Saturday
Time: 1pm
Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic

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13 Winning Moments From Teenage Dance Challenge 2017

10 Nov 2017 by Teenage

This year’s Teenage Dance Challenge (TDC) was phenomenal! Held at NEX Serangoon on 14 October, the TDC 2017 finals saw epic moves and choreography by our ever-talented dance crew finalists across the Street Dance and K-pop categories, and exciting guest performances from Akif Halqi and STARRESECONDS which had the crowd (which literally filled out the entire area and the storeys above) bopping along to every beat. Not to mention fun stage games by MDIS where selected audience members won awesome goodie bags. Let’s dive right in! 

The Incredible Human Wave 

Jiving perfectly to the hip hop beats of T-Pain and Kanye West, Alpha Nutz wowed the audience with their infectious energy. Just check out the human wave these Street Dance Rookie finalists whipped up! 

Dishing Out Sugar & Spice 

Sugar, spice and everything nice, Ratchet Nutz (sister group to the Alphas) brought their sassiest game to the stage, dancing to the likes of Queens Beyonce and Rihanna. Their routine included fierce hair whips, flirty gestures and sashaying in perfect formation – pint-sized divas, check! 

Getting Up In The Air

Competing in the Street Dance Open category, Stepsistaass‘ fiery set incorporated a touch of gymnastics that had them cartwheeling and building cheerleader-worthy formations to the empowering tunes of CL, Jessie J and MIA. Saving the best for last, the girls hoisted their sista into midair and HELD her there while smiling winningly at the judges. Slow claps*

Happy Death Drops 

Don’t be fooled by their name; there’s nothing ratchet about So Ratchet Crew! We’ve had our eye on these golden ticket receivers since the auditions and we knew they wouldn’t disappoint. Lo and behold, the group came through with powerful moves and diva realness that had the crowd gagging for more. Just watch So Ratchet Crew’s co-ordinated death drops (which ironically brought us to life) and you’ll know what we mean. 

The Femme Fatales 

It is infinitely difficult to pin point a single winning moment from POSSE’s performance because their act was im-posse-bly perfect (geddit?). Watching these glamazons confidently taking over the stage served up a good dose of empowerment that had us going “yas mamas!” 

Sneak Peek 

BOYZBE definitely burned it up onstage with their oppa-esque attitude and slick moves. And while dancing to tracks from GOT7, Wanna One and Teen Top was more than enough to get the audience going, the boys turned it up a notch with a teasing reveal of their toned bods. Can’t say we disapprove! 

Shake It As If It’s Your Last

K-pop dances aren’t easy to master, but I.D.C took to every step effortlessly – which is extra impressive considering they’re an all-male group covering BLACKPINK’s biggest hits. Sashay away!

The Leap Of Faith 

GJAT may be one of our youngest finalists but that certainly doesn’t intimidate them. With a BLACKPINK-themed choreography, the girls had to devise ways to stand out amongst the other groups who also chose to use BLACKPINK tracks. And they rose to the occasion by pulling off iconic moves (like the ones shown in the GIF above) perfectly! 

Dancing Daredevils 

DXM didn’t come to play games – striding on stage in black cloaks similar to the ones EXO donned in ‘Mama’, the boys upped the ante by dancing while blindfolded. And the incredible thing? None of them missed a beat! EXO would be proud of these dudes for sure. 

Revenge Of The Lolita

A new face to the competition, LUNABY took us all by surprise when they scored a golden ticket at the auditions. But this powerhouse group stood out from the rest with song choices that seem more anime than K-pop (in a good way) and Lolita-inspired costumes. And their efforts definitely paid off! 

Seventeen Again

The largest group to join Teenage Dance Challenge 2017, these K-pop Dance Cover finalists manoeuvred the stage easily, taking charge of SEVENTEEN’s simple-but-complicated dance moves like utter pros. They even had the crowd shouting fan-chants throughout their performance! 

All Eyes (And Ears) On Him 

Fresh off his Best Vocal Award win at the KBS K-pop World Festival, Akif Halqi aka the leader of STARRESECONDS took the stage to perform a stunning rendition of Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’, throwing in a few slick moves while at it. Needless to say, Akif charmed everyone present with his velvet vocals – notice us, oppa! 

Oh So Starry! 

Local dance crew STARRESECONDS stormed the dance floor and schooled everyone present with their mix of hip hop and K-pop dance. It’s amazing how far this ultra talented squad has come since the Teenage K-pop Dance Battle back in 2010, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the table next. 

Prior to the finals, we asked you guys to vote for your favourite TDC 2017 dance crew. And the winner of the Most Popular Dance Group award goes to… Domin8


It’s time to reveal the winners of Teenage Dance Battle 2017! *Cue drum rolls* 


First up, the Street Dance Rookie category! 

1st Runner-up: Ratchet Nutz
2nd Runner-up: Domin8


And the winner of the TDC 2017 Street Dance Rookie category is… Alpha Nutz


Here are the results for the TDC 2017 Street Dance Open category: 

1st Runner-up: POSSE
2nd Runner-up: Stepsistaass 


The winner of the TDC 2017 Street Dance Open category is… So Ratchet Crew!


Moving on to the TDC 2017 K-pop Dance Cover category!

1st Runner-up: DXM 
2nd Runner-up: TMVMT 
3rd Runner-up: HTL
4th Runner-up: SYC


Here’s the winner of the TDC 2017 K-pop Dance Cover category! Congratulations LUNABYTDC-KPOP-Winner_-Lunaby

Can’t get enough of TDC 2017? Head over to our YouTube channel to watch all of our finalists’ and guest performances! Also, check out our Facebook page for more photos of what went down! 

Teenage offers our warm congratulations to all TDC 2017 winners! We’d also like to thank all the participants, sponsors and everyone who showed your kind support. You know the drill: we’ll see you next year!

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Make yourselves free this Saturday (14 October) ’cause the Teenage Dance Challenge (TDC) 2017 finals are happening and it’s gonna be epic! Don’t believe us? Here are 7 highlights that you definitely can’t miss – killer performances, free swag bags and all. 

#1 Sick K-pop Covers

K-pop fans are in for a treat ’cause the finalists for the TDC 2017 K-pop Dance Cover category definitely have some K-star worthy routines up their sleeves! From EXO to BLACKPINK to SEVENTEEN, get ready your light sticks to cheer along to their every move. 

#2 Street Dance Shenanigans 

For those looking for an extra oomph and bass, our TDC 2017 Street Dance category finalists are primed with fierce moves and swag to boot. Take it from us hun, you won’t be able to resist moving to their sick beats! 

#3 Free loot! 

That’s right. We’ll be giving away goodie bags (worth $30) filled with awesome beauty samples and other handy items! All you have to do score these freebies (but goodies)? From 5.30pm on 14 October, head to our Teenage registration booth and complete the following simple steps on either Facebook or Instagram: 

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Step 1: Like us on Facebook
Step 2: Check in at NEX Singapore
Step 3: Hashtag #TDC2017 on Facebook!

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Step 2: Tag us in your Instagram Stories
Step 3: Hashtag #TDC2017 and include
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#4 Get Ready For Your Close-up

For the first time ever, we’ll be live-streaming the TDC 2017 finals on Facebook, and we’ll be showcasing all the exciting performances and happenings as they happen, live! So whether you’re stomping the stage as a performer or cheering your hardest in the audience, get ready for your social media close-up! PS: if you’re unable to come and physically show your support, you can still be with us (digitally) by tuning in to the live-stream session that’s starting from 6pm onwards. 

#5 Special guest performances 

If you haven’t already caught local dance crew STARREseconds in action, 14 October is your chance to do so! And with their vast experiences competing and performing on the international stage, we’re sure they’ll bring nothing short of a stellar performance. Watch and learn ya’ll, watch and learn. 

#6 Vocal Performance

Fresh off his Best Vocal Award win at the KBS K-pop World Festival is Akif Halqi, leader of STARREseconds and K-pop idol-in-the-making. And this talented all-rounder will be performing his award-winning rendition of ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’ by BIGBANG’s Taeyang – get ready for a mass sing-along session! 

#7 Fun Stage Games 

Last but definitely not least, get ready for an interactive time at TDC 2017 ’cause we’ll be hosting a slew of fun stage games where audience members can showcase their best moves on the fly, and receive cool prizes while at it. We’re game if you are! 

Teenage Dance Challenge 2017 will be happening on 14 October from 6pm to 9pm at NEX, B2 Event Plaza. In the meantime, voting is still open for the Teenage Dance Challenge Most Popular Dance Group Award. Head here to cast your vote for your favourite dance crew!

More related stories: Here’s Why This Year’s Teenage Dance Challenge Auditions Might Be Our Favourite One Yet!Local Dance Crew Shares What It’s Really Like Pursuing A Dance Career In SG8 Electrifying K-pop Dance Covers To Get You Movin’


Teenage October Issue: Find Your Voice

4 Oct 2017 by Johanna Teo
One in five young people may be suffering from a mental illness, yet despite the alarming increase in today’s youths experiencing such pressing concerns, there’s still a lack of conversation surrounding the topic.
This October, Teenage is lending our voice to raise awareness on mental health issues in light of World Mental Health Day. Read the inspiring stories of millennials who opened up about their personal journey, and gain a new perspective through their words.
On our cover is none other than Camila Cabello – former Fifth Harmony member turned solo star who also struggled with her own mental health battles, and emerged stronger than before. We document her post-5H journey thus far and predict what else the future holds for the wunderkind. 
Also inside: Taylor Swift, Backstreet Boys, Taeyang, Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik, Halsey and more.
Grab your copy of Teenage magazine, out on news stands, Magzter or click here to subscribe to us.

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Teenage Dance Challenge 2017 kicks off with an exciting audition held at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) campus, and boy was it buzzing from start to finish. One of our favourite auditions yet, we saw tons of  talented dance crews showcasing their unique styles and battling it out for a coveted spot in the TDC 2017 finals. Buckle up, as we bring you the thrills, spills and feels of what went down!

Makeup Game Strong


Looking good is all part of the dance performance package, and our contestants ensured they’d land a strong first impression by painting their game faces on. The holding room held witness to brushes, swipes and dabs as the crews swiftly put their fiercest faces forward with bold eyeshadow looks and bright lips to boot. Even the boys weren’t left out, with male members sporting flawless makeup as well.



Many routines would inevitably involve tons of hair whipping (back and forth), so a dancer’s gotta do what a dancer’s gotta do – and that’s style their hair. Contestants showed up in hairdos spanning from ponytails to high buns to braids, with some hair-spraying them to perfection and the lads gelling their ‘dos sky-high. Gotta nail that hair whip to a T!

Blackpink Ruled

Contestants were divided into two categories: Kpop Dance Cover and Street Dance, but one constant throughout was the many teams who chose a myriad of BLACKPINK songs as their dance track, particularly the punchy ‘BOOMBAYAH’ and ‘As If It’s Your Last’. Most female groups showcased their girl power shimmies and elaborate imitations of the fierce quintet, with some succeeding in channelling their inner BLINKs effectively. Just take a look at GJAT above, who impressed with a BLACKPINK medley of four hits!

Baby Steps


While the more experienced dance groups exuded the confidence of seasoned pros upon stepping into the auditions, that did not  intimidate rookie crews from bringing their A game as well. Some even confessed it was their first time dancing in front of strangers and trying their hand, or feet rather, at any competition of sorts. Every dream starts somewhere, and we’re both honoured and elated that these youths chose TDC 2017 as their very first competitive platform. 

There Was A Deathdrop… Or Two

Pop culture and dance fans will be quick to point out that this is a #DeathDrop, a show-stopping dance move made famous by a popular reality TV show. Trust the So Ratchet Crew – fierce blue lipstick and all – to deliver the gasp-worthy stunt during their electrifying auditions. It’s no wonder the crew scored themselves a Golden Ticket to advance straight to the finals, making them an early favourite in the competition.

Slaying Choreographies

The biggest component of a high score in the judges’ books is definitely a sleekly pulled-off choreography, and the day saw no shortage of such flawless coordination. The different groups took to every nook and cranny of the audition area – in front of washrooms, between corridors, or just about any space available – to rehearse their routines relentlessly!

Looking Like #SquadGoals



Whether it’s a boys club or girl group, majority of the dance crews stood out for their statement looks as well. To be a dance crew you’d have to nail the look, and troupes like Kaiju and Ratchet Nutz certainly caught everyone’s attention with their sense of style, decked in Hawaiian-print shirts and pink hoodies respectively. 

Going For Gold

Ultimately, it was the coveted Golden Ticket that all crews vied for, which gave them an assured ‘yes’ straight to the finals and resulted in screams, cheers and fists in the air by those who scored the golden slip. In the end, only four teams took home that fast pass: So Ratchet Crew, POSSE, Lunaby and TMVMT scored an advancement to the finals where they’ll be competing head to head, joined by others who made the cut! 

Here’s who will be competing in the Teenage Dance Challenge 2017 Finals!

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Street Dance – Rookie Category

Street Dance-Rookie

Street Dance – Open Category

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Congratulations to all finalists! Catch them LIVE at our Teenage Dance Challenge finals and show your support for your favourites!

Date: Saturday, 14th October 2017
Time: 6 – 9pm
Location: NEX, B2 Event Plaza

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