Hard Rock kicks up its heels for ‘Step Dance ‘12’

Friday, 10 February 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 6 By  Phasakorn Channgam

From breakdancing to samba, teams of amateur dancers showed off their best moves in hopes of winning more than 75,000 baht at the Hard Rock Hotel’s ‘Step Up Dance ‘12’ contest.

The “Metro Grooverz” placed first among the 11 participating teams in the Jan. 21 contest, splitting 76,200 baht among its members.  “Kame Chan” placed second, winning 37,700 baht, with teams “Chubby Dance Crew” and “I Feel Good” winning 13,700 baht third prizes.  The “LST Crew” won the 10,000 baht “Facebook Vote” for getting the most fan “likes” on the social-networking website.

‘Step Up ’12’ was one a series of performing arts exhibitions staged at the music-themed hotel.  Participating dancers saw it as a chance to highlight their skills in hopes of getting paid dancing gigs in the future.

Judges included Pasrint Saewarat, assistant Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya director; Rungratree Thongsrai, tourist publications staffer for the Pattaya Permanent Secretary’s Office; Wasurat Yabaanpaeng, from the California Wow gym; and Shinawut Jantharat of B-boy Cheno 99 Flava.

Thai and foreign dance fans alike applauded the dancers, enjoying a “Beat Box Music Mix” interlude between rounds with police Sub. Lt. Korawik “DJ Van” Janthden mixing tracks and a performance from Hard Rock Café house band “Rock Agent.”

‘Kame Chan’ team took the first runner-up prize.‘Kame Chan’ team took the first runner-up prize.

‘LST Crew’ won the Facebook Vote award.‘LST Crew’ won the Facebook Vote award.

Somsakul Poljan, Director of Human Resources of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, presents the winning cash prize of 76,200 baht to Metreo Grooverz’, winners of the first “Step-Up Dance ’12Somsakul Poljan, Director of Human Resources of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, presents the winning cash prize of 76,200 baht to Metreo Grooverz’, winners of the first “Step-Up Dance ’12" contest.

Exciting dance moves on ‘Step-Up Dance’12’ stage.Exciting dance moves on ‘Step-Up Dance’12’ stage.

‘DJ Van’ entertains the crowd.‘DJ Van’ entertains the crowd.

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