Marina Bay Sands hosted the Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown Finals at the Sands Expo and Convention Center Hall C on 18 January 2013, in collaboration with the premier international luxury cognac brand Rémy Martin. More than 2,500 people attended this riveting dancing competition, which also included Jolin Tsai, International Superstar and Rémy Martin Celebrity Spokesperson, in a special mini-concert.
Amongst the list of celebrities who attended included Singapore’s Beam Artistes May Wan, Choy Wan, Keagan Kang, Julian Low, Perfect 98.7FM DJ Rosalyn Lee, Thai actress and singer Yaya Ying, Malaysia’s professional dancer and choreographer Maple Loo and India’s renowned choreographer Swarupraj Medara.
Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown was hosted by Dominic Lau, while guests enjoyed the drinks of the night, which included Rémy Martin V.S.O.P., Piper Heidsieck and SKYY Vodka.
The six competing dance crews were The Zoo Thailand (Thailand), Katoon Network (Malaysia), Team Swarup (India), KRUMPinoy (The Philippines), S.I.N.E. Crew (Vietnam) and Radikal Forze (Singapore).
The judging panel comprised of Rémy Martin Celebrity Spokesperson and International Superstar Jolin Tsai, Vietnamese singer-superstar Ho Ngoc Ha, Japanese breakdance artist Katsuyuki Ishikawa, and Singaporean hip hop artist Sheikh Haikel.
The dance competition saw each dance crew performing a three-minute choreographed routine as well as a battle round where the dance crews, two at a time, pitted their dance skills and stage presence against each other.
After the dance competition rounds were completed, the highly-anticipated performance by Jolin Tsai got everyone up on their feet. Ever the consummate and captivating artiste, Jolin performed four of her hit numbers – 美人计, 大艺术, 倒带, 舞娘, wearing a bright red tube dress and a lit outer-corset.
The night ended on a high note as S.I.N.E. Crew from Vietnam were crowned the winner of US$10,000 and the title of “Asia’s Ultimate Urban Dance Crew”.
In addition to the grand title, two other awards were given out: the Centaur Spirit Award and the Audience Favorite Award. Malaysia’s Katoon Network was awarded the Centaur Spirit Award for demonstrating the most heart and passion in their performance while Singapore’s Radikal Forze took home the Audience Favorite Award which was based entirely on fans’ votes through Facebook and SMS.
Presented by Rémy Martin, this dance competition was conceived to showcase the passion, talent and ingenuity of dancers from across six countries – Singapore, Malaysia, India, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Since August 2012, Rémy Martin has been staging high-profile competitions in the region in search of the most outstanding dance crews to represent their countries in the final showdown at Marina Bay Sands.
Even as the dance competition ended, the night of revelry had just begun as guests stayed back for the after-party with renowned guest deejay, DJ Andrew Chow, spinning the dance tracks.
Photo credits: Rémy Martin