Dance on, Young JV! decades, singing has always taken precedent over dancing as an art form in Philippine pop culture. The biggest stars in the local industry, from Nora Aunor to Regine Velasquez and now, Sarah Geronimo, were able to break into the scene via their vocal prowess.

Not many dancers in the recent past have made it as big as these stars — not because there’s a dearth of them — but because more Filipinos would rather go to a karaoke bar than hit the dance floor. It’s all about relatability.

But times are changing. These days, groups such as Jabbawockeez, with its Filipino members, and Philippine All-Stars, are getting their fair share of attention.

Why, even in A.S.A.P. XV, entertainers who have never danced on cam before are showing off their terpsichorean skills (or the lack of it!). Then of course, there’s Rayver Cruz, John Prats, Kim Chiu, Shaina Magdayao, Gerald Anderson... a whole galaxy of talented celebrity dancers.

Hip-hop and R&B sensation Young JV is aware of the buzz surrounding dancing. Before the dancing fever completely takes off, he catches the bandwagon in time to incorporate dancing into his act by launching the Young JV’s Ready Or Not: Dance Off, a nationwide multimedia competition whose winners will form his new dance crew.

The dance competition will have aspiring groups recreate and step up the choreography from his latest dance single and music video, Shake Shake. Some 32 “crews” will have to exhibit competence, professionalism, team effort and creativity to stand out during the four elimination events to be held at select SM Super malls in June.

From these, 12 groups will be selected for the grand finals. The grand winner will receive P50,000 plus a chance to perform with Young JV in all his TV guestings and live shows, and in his forthcoming video for his next single, Can’t Get Enough.

Way before he consolidates his dance group, however, Young JV has already been honing his dancing skills by training under Arnel Serrano of Philippine All-Stars. He also gets to shake his booty as a member of A-Pop, a group on A.S.A.P. XV that sings mostly danceable tunes on the show every week.

Aside from having the prestige of becoming a member of Young JV’s Dance Crew, aspiring dancers should consider joining the contest for the opportunity to raise funds for the singers’ charity, The Lahing Bayani Foundation. Proceeds from the event will go to the foundation which helps support the education of orphans of soldiers who gave their lives in active service.

This is so typical of Young JV. He can turn something fun into one that’s far-reaching in terms of affecting people’s lives.

So, dance on, Soulja Boy. We’re right in step with you.



The audition for the dance competition of Young JV’s music video “Shake, Shake” is extended until May 31. The song Shake Shake is included in his 15-track debut album titled Ready or Not which is now available in all record stores nationwide. It is distributed by PolyEast Records and produced by Doin’ It Big Production.

Those who want to join can audition online. Groups/crews must create a video featuring the dance routine of Shake Shake or use their old videos to show their skills and upload it @ Crews who pass the video audition will automatically move on to the elimination rounds. Elimination legs are scheduled on the following dates: June 5 – SM City Manila, June 13 – SM Fairview, June 19 – SM North Edsa Edsa and June 25 – SM Megamall. Those who pass the eliminations will automatically move on to the Grand Finals on July 10, 2010 at A.Venue. The crew with the top 3 highest scores will win First Place , Second Place and Third Place . First Place will receive P80,000, Second Place P50, 000 and Third Place P30,000.

What are you waiting for? Step up and recreate the dance moves of Young JV in Shake Shake and show us what you’ve got?

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