Monday, December 10, 2012

Katoon Network champion wins RM10,000 Remy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown

Remy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown

It was a night to remember at Sunway Giza recently as the finalists of the Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown each faced their challengers and sought to impress a who’s who of judges that they were the best in all of Malaysia, and in celebration of urban street dance.

In a recent pre-event Press briefing just before the countdown to the showdown, Rémy Cointreau International Malaysia General Manager, Jason Lee explained that although the event was inaugural in Malaysia, the initial results of the programme were very positive and pointed to the event being held again in 2013.
“The competition which itself started in Vietnam last year, will unveil the greatest dance talents across six countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India,” he added.

Ms Karen Ang, Regional Marketing Director, SEAMI (South East Asia, Middle East & India) for Rémy Cointreau International said: “We are delighted to provide these gifted performers with the platform from which they may showcase their passion, creativity, refined skills and undeniable talent to both a national and international audience.

The judges comprising of Joel Tan, founder of Urban Groove Dance Network who pioneered the original street and urban dance styles in Malaysia; Maple Loo, experienced dancer, choreographer and judge on 8TV’s own dance competition Showdown and Patricia K, seasoned performer, model, host and DJ all deliberated carefully and after two rounds of elimination, determined the four finalists – Katoon Network, M3EW, Moovelite and Project Elementz.

Dance group supporters and members of the public also had a hand in choosing the winners by SMSing their preferred team as the judges determined key criteria including overall performance, creativity, showmanship and stage presence, synchronisation and execution as well as musicality.
In between tabulating the judges’ results, participating consumers stood a chance of winning iPads, bottles of Rémy Martin VSOP Gold Limited Edition bottles and a chance to witness the International Finals in Singapore.

The sizeable crowd was then entertained by the unique fusion of vocal percussionist-cum-beatboxer Shawn Lee and award-winning violinist Genervie Kam who gave a spirited and upbeat musical performance, complementing the urban dance atmosphere. Emcee Julie Woon managed to persuade Joel Tan to perform an impromptu and energy-charged hip-hop routine which delighted the crowd.

In the end, Katoon Network was a clear favourite and it was a close contest between them as well as Project Elementz, and from the collaboration of the judges, who then placed MoovElite third.

Katoon Network walked away with RM10,000 and will represent Malaysia in the International Finals in Singapore on 18 January 2013, while the second and third winners received RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively.

Rémy Martin’s brand ambassador and international superstar, Jolin Tsai, is set to grace the International Finals; lending her experience as a dancer and taking a seat at the judging panel. As an additional treat for the expected 1,000 invited guests and audience members, Jolin will hold a mini-concert; entertaining the crowd with some of her greatest hits.

A grand prize of USD$10,000 awaits the winner of the International Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown who will also walk away with the title of Asia’s Best Dance Crew!

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