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BGC Amphitheatre to host Philippines’ Red Bull Dance Your Style finals; Winner to compete in Johannesburg, South Africa

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The Philippines’ 2022 Red Bull Dance Your Style finals will be held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 23, 2022. Competing in the finals are 16 dancers from across the country including waacker’s Mickey Paolo Yatar of Baguio City, Philippines and Keycee Velez of Parañaque, Metro Manila.

Philippine All-Stars member Vince Mendoza handpicked the 16 finalists. He shared, “The selection process was not easy and hard, as well.”

Vince Mendoza, Mickey Paolo Yatar
Vince Mendoza, Mickey Paolo Yatar

“Can you imagine gathering talented people and sizing up their skill-set?” Mendoza continued. “It’s like a dream and also having that excitement during the selection process.”

On June 18, 2022, Mendoza presented the 16 finalists to members of the press including CONAN Daily inside his dance studio in Las Piñas, Metro Manila. The winner will represent the Philippines at the 2022 Red Bull Dance Your Style world finals in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 10, 2022 and compete against over 60 dancers from 30 countries.

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Red Bull is a brand of energy drinks sold by Red Bull GmbH, which was founded in Fuschl am See, Salzburg, Austria by Chaleo Yoovidhya and Dietrich Mateschitz in 1984. Aptly named Red Bull Dance Your Style, the brand’s take on a global 1-on-1 street dance competition has a unique battle format featuring the latest hits and timeless classics that challenge a dancer’s freestyle and improvisation skills.

B-Boy Shinshan, then 17, of the Netherlands won the first ever Red Bull Dance Your Style world final at La Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, France on October 12, 2019. The 2022 world final marks the first time the Philippines is represented in the global dance competition.

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Each round of every Red Bull Dance Your Style battle consists of two thrilling rounds with the disc jockey spinning mixes of different genres ranging from modern pop and rap music to old-school classics. The competitors need to prove that they have rhythm, movement, creativity and charisma since capturing the crowd’s attention and acquiring their approval is the only way to secure a spot in the next round of the competition.

Interested viewers may secure their spot to watch the Philippines’ 2022 Red Bull Dance Your Style national finals live via Red Bull. Here are 15 of the 16 dancers competing:

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