Prévoyance: Seeing the Future through the Past and the Present

by Alexander Wang Jr., Stallion Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Deondre Ng ’13

After weeks of sleepless nights and hard work of the Dxhibit Committee, the fifth annual Dance X concert entitled Prévoyance was held on July 6, 2013, in the Xavier School High School Gym.

The concert showcased not just dance troupes from different schools around the metro, but also stand-alone groups. School-representing performers included Xavier’s very own Dance X, Immaculate Concepcion Academy’s DTour, St. Paul College Pasig’s Terpsichore, St. Pedro Poveda College’s Enciende, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Indak. Other performers were the internationally-competing LMN, Legit Status, Fresh Flow, and the homegrown X3. The show was hosted by Xavier alumni Jan Angelo Ong and Andre De Asis of Batch 2013.

Dance X members strut their stuff during the concert. Photo by Deondre Ng '13.

Dance X members strut their stuff during the concert. Photo by Deondre Ng ’13.

The theme of the concert lies in the title itself, Prévoyance, which is the French term for “foresight.” This was, however, not the original theme. According to Dance X member, Grant Teng, “[The] original theme was supposed to be ‘What if,’ but after creating some scenarios, the theme seemed too negative and was filled with regret. We thought things through and realized that instead of dwelling on the past, we should be focusing on what we can do. To some extent, it was a parallelism to Dance X because we wanted to display what we wanted to be instead of what we could’ve become.” In line with this, the concert was rooted in the idea of exploring the different directions which Dance X could follow in the future. Because of this, and because the concert, in its very essence, was Dance X’s concert, the team had more than one performance, unlike the others. In these separate performances, the team split into different sets, such as the Brewing Point (BP) Set, Summer Set, Executive Board (EB) Set, and Minicrews. The juniors and seniors also performed their own dance collaborations with students from other schools in the Juniors’ Collab, and the Seniors’ Collab.

However, despite being a display of the future of Dance X, the event was also a celebration of the past. Former Dance X members also joined the crew in performing in their Vari Mashup and Competition Mashup, and the final act of the show involved both the current generation of dancers and those who came before them as well.

Dance X alumni demonstrate their dance tricks. Photo by Deondre Ng '13.

Dance X alumni demonstrate their dance tricks. Photo by Deondre Ng ’13.

The performances were no easy feat as Dance X began practicing for the event as early as the second week of May, well before the event itself. The dancers trained three times a week for three hours during the month of May, then every day for the first two weeks of June. For the second half of June, they trained from 4pm until 8pm, and finally, for the last week before the concert, the dancers practiced until 9pm.  According to member Sean Co, “[Training] was tiring most of the time, but at the same time, worth it, since we knew if we pushed harder we would perform better.”

Dance X collaborated with other schools for some of the performances. Photo by Deondre Ng '13.

Dance X collaborated with other schools for some of the performances. Photo by Deondre Ng ’13.

The dancers’ efforts were not in vain, as evidenced by the success of the event. “I was awed by the performance of Dance X’s collaboration with XDX. The conclusion of their dance gave me the chills, seeing Xaverians of different generations form the well-known trademark of “X,” Dance X never fails to do,” said Francis Tan, a senior from Xavier School.

Miguel Macale, also a Xaverian senior, said, “Prévoyance was a fun event in that it provided a platform for people to enjoy the talents of the various DT’s that were performing at the time, especially Dance X’s.”

The event was meant to showcase the different roads that Dance X can lead, and the success of this event proves that the future for Dance X, and dance as a whole, is bright.

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