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!

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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#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

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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

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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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NYP Groove 2019

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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Are you a Secondary School student who’s currently taking the GCE O’Levels and you happen to be a major fan of the Fantastic Beasts film series? As a post-O’Level treat, we’re inviting you and a fellow Potterhead to enjoy a free movie premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. How’s that for motivation to tide you through the exams?

Come and join us on a Fantastic Night Out filled with wizardry, dark secrets and magical creatures on 15 November 2018 at The Cathay!

This event is in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic.

Teenage x SP: Fantastic Night Out!
Date: 15 November 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Cathay

To participate, simply follow Teenage (@TeenageMagazine) and Singapore Polytechnic (@SingaporePoly) on Instagram, fill in your particulars below and submit the form. We’ll see you there!

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Over the last weekend, we saw a multitude of talented dance crews battling it out for a spot in the finals of Teenage Dance Challenge 2018 – and now, 18 teams from the Street Dance and K-pop Dance Cover categories remain in the competition.

Showing up bright and early at the Teenage HQ, they wasted no time in snapping into rehearsal mode as they perfected their routines relentlessly while waiting for their turn. Even though it was just the auditions, these aspiring hopefuls went all out to impress: show-stopping choreography, statement makeup looks and perfectly-coordinated duds that scream major squad goals. In particular, D’Kingsman, Faction, MaxQueens, DXM and KGX stole the show with their killer performances – earning themselves the coveted Golden Ticket that would send ’em straight to the finals!

Of course, each group was commendable in their own right. After much deliberation, here’s the complete list of finalists that have made it into the finals.

Street Dance (Rookie Category)

Naekadize Juniors

Naekadize Juniors

qu55n

qu55n

REVOLT

REVOLT

Street Dance (Open Category)

D’Kingsman

D'Kingsman

Faction

Faction

MaxQueens

MaxQueenns

Naekadize

Naekadize

K-pop Dance Cover

alluriér

alluriér

ATHENA

ATHENA

Boyzbe

Boyzbe

DXM

DXM

Jaynus

Jaynus

KGX

KGX

MOCHIMOCHI

mochi mochi

O-CEAN

O-CEAN

REKAP

REKAP

TeamGenie

TeamGenie

U-Cubed

U-Cubed

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Which group will take home the ultimate crown? Head down to the Teenage Dance Challenge finals happening at JCube, JStage (Level 5) on 13 October, 6pm to find out who will emerge victorious!

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