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Mickey Yatar in South Africa to represent Philippines at Red Bull Dance Your Style 2022 world finals

Mickey Yatar, 31, of Baguio City, Philippines is currently in Johannesburg, South Africa for the world finals of Red Bull Dance Your Style 2022. He is the representative of his home country in the international dance competition sponsored by the brand of energy drinks of Austrian company Red Bull GmbH.

On December 6, 2022, Yatar arrived in Johannesburg after almost 35 hours of travelling from Baguio City. He is accompanied by his coach Leah Angelica Alhambra, 31.

“First few days here in Johannesburg, South Africa have been amazing despite the long travel time and now the jetlag,” Alhambra shared. “Seeing the beautiful city and most especially the culture of the people and their dance has really awakened a fire and inspiration in us, especially for Mickey. At the moment, he is preparing for the first batch of pre-final battles.”

Mickey Yatar
Mickey Yatar
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Born and raised in Baguio City, Yatar was one of the 16 dancers who competed in the national finals of the inaugural edition of Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 23, 2022. He was one of the two contestants who performed waacking.

In the final round, Yatar battled it out with Carlos “Taz” Naval Jr. In the end, the Baguio City native received more votes from the live audience and was declared the winner.

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“Just start,” Yatar said when asked for a piece of advice to the next generation of Filipinos who want to kickstart a career in dancing. “Just start without comparing yourself (to others). That’s the first thing and then the second thing is to take it slowly.”

“Take your time and enjoy kasi marami kayo matutunan (because you have a lot to learn),” Yatar continued. “Find people whom you can trust and will help you be open for feedback.”

Including Yatar, more than 60 dancers from more than 30 countries will compete for the Red Bull Dance Your Style 2022 world finals title. Here is my interview with him before he travelled to Johannesburg:

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