It seemed like another relaxing Friday night out at Far East Square; but for the unsuspecting, dazzling lights, booming music, flashing cameras and applauding crowds tucked away in a corner of the Square proved that the night was anything but ordinary. “K.O Night is going to be spectacular and electrifying!” exclaimed Brenda Ang, a member of the audience. And it was phenomenal.
The event kicked off with the judge’s showcase. After which, the contestants were ready for battle. With the team Lock Out Loud (LOL) against the defending champion team, Funkay Styles, disco and funky beats boomed loudly through the speakers. Following was the hip hop category, where teams Ryu And Lesner and the defending champion, Red Line, free styled to the beat of hip hop. Lastly, robotic-like beats accompanied the popping category teams of Kahmar and Freqance, two new teams sparring for the coveted title. Also, intermittent showcases were held throughout the competition, where semi-finalists and guests dancers from all over the world spiced up the event.
With the announcements of LOL, Red Line and Kahmar as winners of the locking, hip hop and popping category respectively, and Red Line as the best overall crew, there were no indulgent celebration of victories, but instead, a very heart-warming scene of teams congratulating each other amicably. In an interview, Michael Lee, a crew of K.O. Night, indicated that he hopes to see next year’s event held at “a more centralized shopping mall, to allow more passers-by the chance of witnessing the art of dance, and through that, expanding the awareness of Singapore’s dance scene.”
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Well, good news might be in store for those wanting to see developments! As Kenny Low, director of O-School, explained, that the “difficulties of finding a perfect venue can first be overcome by re-scheduling the date of next year’s dance competition away from the Great Singapore Sales Period.”