NYP Groove! 2019: Meet The New Crop Of Street Dance Pros

4 Feb 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

Competition was red hot for NYP Groove! 2019.

Amidst the bustling atmosphere at the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Open House, street dance finalists across the Secondary School and ITE categories for this year’s NYP Groove! brought their A-game to the stage for the final showdown. All decked out in their hip-hop finest, the various dance crews hit the floor with their fiercest looks in a bid to wow the judges. And boy, did they come dressed to impress – just check out their squad-worthy ensembles!

NYP Groove 2019

As we inched closer to the start of the competition, the atmosphere began to heat up as the crowd gathered in support of their favourite teams. Coupled with fervent screams from their respective cheering squads, the eagerly-anticipated finals for NYP Groove! 2019 kicked off on an explosive note.

NYP Groove 2019 Finals

From hair-whipping moves to gravity-defying stunts, each team wasted no time in pulling out all the stops to stand out from the pack. It was a nail-biting fight from the start to finish as they battled it out for the coveted winning title, but which group eventually emerged as the next street dance champs for NYP Groove! 2019?

Here are the winners!

Secondary School Category

Winner: OMADA


1st Runner Up: Academy of Nutz

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2nd Runner Up: Rubellite


ITE Category

Winner: K-East


1st Runner Up: Altamina


2nd Runner Up: Marquise


So much talent in the house! At the end of the day, everyone’s a winner and these young street dance prodigies are only going to get even better in the future. Once again, huge congratulations to all the winning teams!

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2018 was one heck of a wild ride, wasn’t it? And nobody knows it better than our cover star Ariana Grande, who had turned her worst year to her best one yet. From handling her very public breakup like a total BDE queen, to dropping the ultimate self-love anthem ‘thank u, next’, it looks like the ponytailed princess is ready to take on anything that the world throws at her.

And if Ari can do it, so can you – which is why this issue has all the inspo you need to live your best life. Whether you’re looking to change up your hairstyle for the new year, get some fresh kicks for school, or simply want to do your part for society, we hope these stories will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the unfamiliar.

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Music? Check. Choreography? Check. Makeup? Check. Preparing yourself for an upcoming audition can be a nerve-wrecking affair – but these talented dance crews who took part in the auditions for the NYP Groove! Street Dance Competition certainly seem to have the success formula down pat. Keep these tried-and-tested tips in mind so you can leave the audition room with a straight pass to the finals!

#1 Dress To Impress


Although there’s nothing wrong with donning plain ol’ sweats, showing up in your streetwear finest could very well impress the judges right off the bat. Besides helping you to stand out amongst your competitors, it also displays your impeccable teamwork as a group before you even execute a move. Just take it from K-East (right) and Academy of Nutz (left), who were basically the embodiment of peak squad goals with their perfectly-coordinated ensembles.

#2 Bring On The Swag


Each of the teams auditioning for NYP Groove! came prepared with different concepts and routines, but they all have one thing in common: a fierce attitude. As much as it’s important to perfect those dance moves, nothing commands more attention than being confident in your abilities. So werk that hip-hop swag and sashay away!

#3 Props Are A Plus


This is a tough one. While some judges may be against the use of props as it could be borderline distracting and end up hindering your performance, there are times when you have to be prepared to take risks in order to stand out. When done right, improvising with props add an element of surprise to your choreography and gives the judges something to look forward to during the finals.

#4 Add In A Drop Or Two


What’s a street dance competition without the mandatory death drop? Leave it to Marquise from the ITE category to deliver the gasp-worthy move in perfect formation, without missing a beat. And boy, did they ace it.

Of course, you don’t have to go all out with jaw-dropping stunts just to impress. It can be something as small as sneaking in a wink mid-choreography, an extra chest pop during the dance break, or a quick flip at the end – it’s all about the timing!

#5 Treat It As The Real Deal


Don’t just walk into the audition room with the mindset that you’re here to, well, audition. Shake off your nerves and perform as if you’re dancing in front of an audience. Even if you’re unsure of the steps, hold your head up high and refrain from looking to your choreographer for validation. Auditions allow judges to get a sense of what your true capabilities are, so be sure to give it your best shot. Get out there and own the stage!

Want to catch these talented dance crews in action? Show your support for your favourite finalists at the NYP Groove! Street Dance Competition finals happening on 12 January 2019 (Saturday), 1pm at the NYP Open House!

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2018 marks the 9th year for our annual Teenage Dance Challenge (TDC) and the competition just gets more and more impressive each year. After a nail-biting round of auditions, a total of 17 powerhouse groups across the Street Dance and K-pop Dance Cover categories took the JCube stage on 13 October to battle it out for the crowning glory. Missed out on the action? Here’s a quick recap of what went down during the TDC 2018 Finals!

11am – Despite arriving bright and early for the stage rehearsals at JCube, the dance teams showed no signs of exhaustion as they powered through their routines with ease. Check out their superb moves!


5pm – Makeup? On point. Costumes? Killed it. Decked out in perfectly-coordinated ensembles, our finalists were all dressed to impress in their fiercest looks. Can anybody say squad goals?

TDC 2018

6pm – The stage was all set for the final showdown! Fervent supporters gathered in support of their favourite teams and pulled out all the stops to cheer them on – bonus points for the epic fanboards!

TDC 2018

6.30pm – The party was just getting started! To heat things up, we invited mvAVE Kidz from Dancepointe Academy for a special appearance where they got the crowd all riled up with their contagious energy.

TDC 2018

7pm – Leave it to the Street Dance category to kick off the show with a bang! Armed with their head-whipping moves and jaw-dropping formations, these daredevils brought their swaggiest game to the stage.

TDC 2018

7.45pm – This year’s crop of K-pop hopefuls saw plenty of new faces to the competition, but they sure didn’t come empty-handed. With their music video-worthy costumes and synchronised moves, they had the crowd fan-chanting along to every performance as they sashayed away to the tunes of BTS, Wanna One and BLACKPINK.

TDC 2018

8.15pm – As we patiently await for the results to be unveiled, the audience was treated to guest performances from TDC alumni STARREseconds and took part in exciting stage games where they walked away with some awesome swag bags from JCube!

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8.30pm – After a tough round of deliberation by the judges, we have our winners for TDC 2018!

Street Dance (Rookie)

Winner: REVOLT

Street Dance Rookie Winner REVOLT D'Kingsman

1st Runner Up: Qu55n

Street Dance Rookie 1st Runner Up QU55N

2nd Runner Up: Naekadize Juniors

Street Dance Rookie 2nd Runner Up Naekadize

Street Dance (Open)

Winner: D’Kingsman

Street Dance Open Winner- D'Kingsman

1st Runner Up: Faction

Street Dance Open 1st Runner Up-FACTION

2nd Runner Up: MaxQueens

Street Dance Open 2nd Runner Up-MAXQUEENNS

K-pop Dance Cover

Winner: TeamGenie

Kpop Dance Cover Winner - TeamGenie

1st Runner Up: ATHENA

Kpop Dance Cover 1st Runner Up ATHENA

2nd Runner Up: KGX

Kpop Dance Cover 2nd Runner Up KGX

3rd Runner Up: REKAP

Kpop Dance Cover 3rd Runner Up REKAP

4th Runner Up: DXM

Kpop Dance Cover 4th Runner Up DXM

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Huge congratulations to all the winning teams! We hope everybody had a blast and see you next year at Teenage Dance Challenge 2019!



14 Things Nobody Tells You About Being A Dancer

19 Nov 2018 by Teenage

Dance is not an easy art form – and non-dancers may not always understand the hard work put into perfecting a routine. In fact, the world of dance today is similar to that of an extreme sport where dancers are not just artists, but also athletes who have given time to cultivate through passion, sweat, tears and sometimes blood. To uncover more on what it is like to be a dancer in the local scene, we asked some of these bright, young dancers to share their thoughts with us.

Psst… are you a part of a dance crew? Don’t miss your chance to showcase your slick moves at NYP Groove! Street Dance competition! Who knows, you and your squad might just be the next champs. To sign up, click here!

#1 No one is born as a dancer

People tend to think that the skills we have in dance come easy to us. It’s the same issue with people who assume that certain skillsets such as video editing and hosting are essentially easy, but they don’t see the amount of work and years that go into the final product.” – Gwendolyn, Street dancer, 25

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#2 Dancing is more than just a hobby

“Everything I have put in: the hours of training and hard sweat, the money I have spent and the emotions I have invested in my dance – everything pales in comparison to the reward of dancing and the joy that it brings.” – Aldrin, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College East), 19

Source: NBC World of Dance

#3 Dancing is more than just following steps

“People do not know that feeling of gasping for air after an ‘all out’, and neither do they know the struggles of trying to produce the ‘wow’ moments in a choreography. Essentially, dancing requires our ability to control the amount of pressure we put into the steps, especially when it comes to executing the moves.” – Syafiq, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (Tampines Secondary School alumnus), 17

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#4 It’s about telling a story through movement

“Imagine telling a story without using your voice; that’s exactly what dancing is. It’s telling stories through your movements, which again, is not something that is easy at all.” – Ashley, Theatre jazz dancer, 16

“I think dance in general has many different layers and aspects to it – be it the history, basic movements, facial expressions and even the story behind the choreography.” – Razis, Street dancer, 24

Source: NBC World of Dance

#5 Dancers are anything but arrogant

“I’ve heard from many people that they tend to feel intimidated by dancers and think that we’re arrogant just because we don’t smile at them after our piece. However, I hope people can understand that we too are enjoying the post-performance moments with our dance mates – and not because of the ‘we’re dancers and we’re good so we don’t feel like smiling to anyone’ mentality.” – Farhanah, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College East), 19

Source: NBC World of Dance

#6 Criticism motivates dancers to become even better

“One of the challenges I encountered when I first got into dancing was receiving critiques from the people around me. But by taking feedback and channeling this into my training, I managed to overcome my weaknesses and I learnt a lot on how to become [a] better [dancer].” – Irzie, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College Central), 19

Source: Bruno Mars

#7 Perseverance is the key to success

“It’s really demoralising when one gets stuck in a rut, and that’s when determination and discipline come into play. Without that, one will easily fall into the ‘I don’t think I’m cut out for this’ mindset and stop dancing completely, which is a common issue among dancers.” – Nic, Dance instructor, 30

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#8 Having an audience is really important

“No matter how exhausted we are from our practices, there’s no better feeling than performing in front of an audience – they serve as our powerhouse when we’re dancing on stage!” – Jessica, Anime cover dancer, 27

Source: The Maury Show

#9 Creating an impressive choreography is not easy

“The theme, the dancers who are performing with me, as well as the other competing teams will affect how I come up with the choreography. I have to take into consideration our dancing capabilities, while making sure that my choreography fits the overall theme.” – Jewel, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College East), 17

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#10 There are plenty of trial and error moments

“We have to constantly produce something new. When it comes to the process of creating a choreography, [we have to] experiment countless times in order to come up with something that can capture the audience’s attention. It’s not easy, but if we want the best, we have to give our best.” – Nadia, NYP Groove! 2018  finalist (ITE College East), 21

“Just like a lot of things in life, it’s always a trial and error kind of process. In this case, we would voice out whatever ideas we have, then we try it out by picturing it in our heads before taking a vote to decide which idea we like best!” – Melinda, K-pop cover dancer, 19

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#11 As the saying goes, practice makes perfect

“For me, the ‘wow’ moment in my dance [routine] is achieved through long hours of experimentation. I would practice the same moves over and over again until it’s perfect, before adding them into my freestyle routine.” – Ray, Freestyle dancer, 19

Source: Wanna One Official

#12 Despite everything, dance is still an enjoyable experience

“Enjoying the stage is the most important thing. When you take part in dance competitions, it also allows you to make many new friends with the same interests.” – Dionne, Street dancer, 17

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#13 You will form a bond unlike any other

“I’ve spent most of my time with [my dance friends] during dance practice, and we’ve bonded so much that we’ll have heart-to-heart talks with one another – before, during, and after every session!” – Jewel, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College East), 17

Source: NBC World of Dance

#14 At the end of the day, nothing beats striving towards the same goal as a crew

“The most memorable moment for a dancer is when each and every member in the team puts in their utmost effort to accomplish the same goal. We would also witness amazing growth in all the dancers after every competition. It made the sweat and tears we’ve accumulated during our practices all the more worth it.” – Nadia, NYP Groove! 2018 finalist (ITE College East), 21

“When the whole team decides to set their minds towards one common goal and strive towards it, that’s when you know you are no longer just fighting for your personal glory. You’re fighting for the person standing beside you, behind you, in front of you; for every single one in the team.” – Tina, Dance instructor, 34

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How many of these points can you relate to? If you’re just as passionate about dancing as they are, be sure to sign up for NYP Groove! Street Dance competition. Registration closes in less than a week’s time on 25 November (Sunday) – hurry up and sign up your crew now!

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