DANCESPORT TEAM CEBU INTERNATIONAL INC.
Dance for a Cause
Proceeds of the competition will entirely be dedicated to our outreach programs that give free workshops to out of school youth and villagers in the remotest towns of our province.
We may consider our team as one of the most unique in the world. Our members are 120-member strong all of who dedicate precious hours teaching in an outreach program. This sense of selflessness makes the team unique compared to all the dance clubs in the world. You should hear the stories of our members of how they spent Sunday afternoons traveling three hours in steep dirt roads just to get to their students in mountain villages.
A Passion of Champions
To give you a background of our team, we were a ragtag informal group of some three dancing couples six years ago. Our soul was filled with the love of ballroom dancing and the passion to compete. Due to scarcity of resources, our only means of learning was through video clips and whatever we see on TV. Despite this, the team was able to accomplish a gold medal or two in the national competitions.
Six years have passed and our casual group of six has grown to more than 60 couples and is regularly training 200 students more in our free workshop outreach programs. In the last two years, the team has done workshops to more than 3,000 participants in the hope that the people who learn it will have an alternative activity away from drugs and petty crimes.
Our students and workshop participants are mostly kids and youth aged five to twenty-five years old because we believe that they can make a difference in our country’s future. If you could only see our students, ages five to fifteen who come from underprivileged families, dancing with the skill and passion of a true athlete clad in self-made costumes and borrowed shoes two sizes bigger.
This sense of volunteerism and dedication is probably catching and adds fuel to the team members’ passion for DanceSport. In the national and international competitions since 2003, the team has proudly garnered 114 golds, 95 silvers, 86 bronze medals, not yet counting the 2005 nationals, SEAGames, 1st IDSF Open and 2006 quarterly ranking winnings.
The formerly casual group of six has now evolved to a professionalized, power-packed team that send at least sixty (60) couples to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, three times a year. DTCC participates in the DanceSport Council of the Philippines (DSCP) three National competitions – one in March, one in July and one in October – as well as one International Competition in November. DTCC members also compete abroad in European countries, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and others.
The 120-member DanceSports Team Cebu City also conducts DanceSport Shows, Trainings, Workshops and local competitions in Cebu City and neighboring provinces of Cebu, Negros, Bohol and other key cities in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. The workshops done in the schools and barangays – hundreds of students, out-of-school youths and barangay residents were able to learn the basics of DanceSport and grown to love it.
Current yearly local projects of DTCC include Inter-School and Out-of-School Youth DanceSport Workshop and Competition, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Inter-Barangay DanceSport Workshop better known as DanceSport sa Barangay where Cebu City’s 80 urban and mountain barangays benefit.
DTCC also has several world-class activities to its credit like the DSCP 4th National DanceSports Quarterly Ranking in March 2003 which was hailed it as the best national competition they have seen this part of Asia; the historic November 2005 SEAGames DanceSport Competition and the 1st CEBU IDSF Open DanceSport Championship all held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.
The 2005 SEAGames DanceSport Competition was the debut of DanceSport into international sports with the Waterfront Ballroom vibrating The Philippine victory of bagging the gold and silver medals in a clean sweep! Moreover, two of the medalists were members of DTCC!
Likewise, the 1st CEBU IDSF Open DanceSport Championship gathered athletes and tourists from all over the world, including the United States of America, Europe and SouthEast Asia proving Cebu can be at par with world standards in events hosting and its athletes having an equal fighting chance with competitors around the globe!