THREE Filipina dancesport champions grace the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) weekly web series Rise Up! Shape Up! on Saturday.
2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Anna Leonila Nualla, Pearl Marie Caneda and Mary Joy Renigen will take the viewers to the nature of competitive dancing and performance.
Nualla won three gold medals in Viennese waltz, tango and five-dance, while Caneda garnered three golds in Cha-cha, Samba and Rumba in the Latin category in the SEA Games that the country hosted. Renigen, on the other hand, earned golds in waltz and foxtrot and a silver in quick step.
PSC Women in Sports Oversight Commissioner Celia Kiram recognized the value of dancing as an exercise and a sport.
“Dancing engages a person’s entire body as well as the mind. We have so much talent in the country in this field we should recognize,” Kiram said. “Aside from this, learning the choreography keeps your brain active while the movement addresses heart rate, blood circulation, balance and muscle movement.”
International choreographer Chips Beltran, coach and director of the 2017 and 2016 back-to-back World Hip-Hop International Champions UPeepz, will also join the show.