Disclaimer: The author is an alumnus of UP. Expect bias. 😛
Last Saturday, UP Pep Squad has again proven itself as the benchmark of creativity and innovation when it comes to cheerdance after it defended its championship crown at the 2011 UAAP Samsung Cheerdance Competition.
Sporting a Madonna-themed routine, the UP Pep Squad drew so much attention even before they stepped on the mat and perform. This was because of the hair.
In accordance to their theme, all members of the squad dyed their hair blonde.
Their uniforms were not to be outdone as well. Compared to last year’s meh uniform, this year’s uniform was more glamorous and shiny…literally. And the girls had cone boobs! Cone boobs in a cheerdance competition? I think only UP Pep Squad could pull that off.
If Madonna could watch their performance, I’m sure she would be so flattered and amazed.
The UP Pep Squad performed a flawless routine. Now, I am no cheerdance expert but I know that their tosses, lifts, pyramids and other stunts were superb and at par with international standards. Their routine’s level of difficulty was out of the question. The routine was difficult.
But despite the difficult and complicated stunts and steps, they were still so fun to watch because, hey, everyone enjoys Madonna. I am not a Madonna fan but I still catch myself singing to her songs sometimes.
When they ended the routine with the famous Oblation pose, most, if not all, UP fans were certain that the UP Pep Squad had the championship in the bag already.
And to cap off my bias, the supposed UAAP Cheerdance Competition became the UP Pep Squad Show featuring other schools.
At the end of the competition, it was indeed
Madonna UP Pep Squad that bagged the championship trophy.
Oh, anyway, DLSU came in 2nd and FEU finished 3rd. Completing the list are UST (4th), AdU (5th), NU (6th), ADMU (7th), and UE (8th).
And if winning the main award wasn’t enough. The UP Pep Squad also emerged as champions in the inaugural year of the UAAP Group Stunts competition.
Nesza Salvador of…again…the UP Pep Squad was also the Samsung Stunner that night.
I guess it is suffice to say that it was UP Pep’s night.
So here’s the show-stopping performance of the UP Pep Squad:
Here are the performances of the other squads:
*I can’t find any video of their performance. Sad.