The two-day streetdancing competitions, which are the highlights of the MassKara Festival, start today, with 11 contingents in the schools category, and will continue tomorrow, with 15 groups in the barangay category.
The street competition starts at 3 p.m. from Hernaez (formerly Libertad)-Araneta streets, followed by the arena competitions at 4 p.m. at the Bacolod public plaza, streetdance committee chairman Rudy Reveche said yesterday.
The dancers will start performing along Araneta Street, turn left to Gonzaga Street, turn right to San Juan Street, turn right to Rizal Street (fronting San Sebastian Cathedral), and turn right to Gatuslao Street until the plaza entrance.
A photographers’ lane has been designated from Lizares-Araneta Streets to Hernaez-Araneta Streets for photographers with official MassKara Photographer’s ID.
The contingents for the barangay category, according to sequence of performance, are Brgys. 29, 11, 39, Felisa, 3, 31, 37, Cabug, 26, 6, 16, 32, 21, Alijis, and 17.
For the elementary category, the participants according to sequence, are the Education Training Center Schools (ETCS) II, A. Mabini Elementary School (ES), Montevista ES, A. L. Jayme ES, Banago I ES, E. Garcia ES, and Sum-ag ES.
For the high school category, the participants, in sequence are Luis Hervias National High School, Luisa Medel NHS, Domingo Lacson NHS, and Teofilo Gensoli NHS.
Aside from the Top 5 winners, festival organizers will give special awards for Best in Mask, Best in Costume, and Best Concept and Best Choreography.
The street performance, comprising 50 percent of the total score, will be judged based on dance consistency, choreography, performance, and production design; while the arena performance, comprising the other 50 percent, will be judged based on concept, choreography, performance , and production design.
Prizes for the barangay category are for the champion - P100,000; first runner-up - P75,000; second runner-up - P50,000; third runner-up - P30,000, and fourth runner-up - P20,000.
For school category, prizes for each secondary and elementary levels are: champion - P50,000; first runner-up - P30,000; second runner-up - P20,000; third runner-up - P10,000; and fourth runner-up - P10,000.*