Filipino dance group A-Team bagged the gold medal in the Mega Crew division of the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas last Sunday (Monday in Manila), marking the Philippines’ first championship in the division.
A-Team bested the top dance groups from other countries in the biggest international dance battle, with the ID CO of New Zealand and the Flyographers Dance Team of Russia landing in the second and third spots respectively.
The group’s championship performance has been uploaded on Youtube and has already garnered over 75,000 views as of Tuesday evening.
The group, which is composed of dancers from several Manila universities, thanked its supporters after the event.
“None of this would have been possible without all of you guys who have been with us from the beginning! We feel so honored to have been able to represent the Philippines on the international stage,” A-Team said in its Facebook page.
On the road to Las Vegas, the group held a successful fundraising event titled “The Demo Vol. 3” last July for their bid at the World Hip Hop Dance Competition.
A-Team has won in other dance competitions such as Slimmers World Step-Up Philippines (2nd place), World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2012 Varsity Division in Australia (2nd place), and at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2013 Varsity Division also in Australia (champion).
The group’s gold medal finish marks the re-emergence of the Philippines as champions in the international dance event. In 2008 and 2009, the Philippine All Stars landed in the top spot of the adult crew division.
Armistice bagged the gold medal in 2011 while The Crew took home the top prize in 2012 in the adult crew division.
A-Team’s members hail from St. Paul, Claret School, University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, among others.