Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Championships 2023

Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Championships 2023


PORT MORESBY, September 10, 2023 – The stage was set, the crowd gathered, and the anticipation was palpable as Port Moresby’s world-class APEC Haus venue played host to the spectacular Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Championships 2023. A mesmerizing event that unfolded after months of intensive workshops conducted by the tireless Wan Squad, it was a testament to the boundless talent of the young dance crews from both the juniors and open divisions.

With over 500 enthusiastic attendees, the competition was nothing short of a dance extravaganza, showcasing the vibrant spirit of Papua New Guinea’s flourishing dance scene.

In a heart-pounding showdown, the Open Division saw Easthood Dance Crew emerge as the victors, claiming the prestigious title of Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Champions 2023 along with the coveted K10,000 prize money. They narrowly pipped last year’s winners YBC, by a single point. However, YBC were still able to walk away with K3,000 in second place. Wantry DC rounded off the podium in third place, taking home K2,000. The performances left the audience in awe, with many left wondering what remarkable choreography and sets groups will have in store in 2024.

The Junior Division was equally awe-inspiring, with Youngstars seizing the top spot, demonstrating their incredible talent and dedication. The competition was fierce, with the Irapian and JNR Vikings crews taking the second and third positions, respectively. Mini Tribe, Underdogs, G Unit, and Check Mate also displayed their remarkable skills and teamwork.

The competition was judged by the experienced and dedicated members of Wan Squad, who had the challenging task of selecting the winners. Their expertise and fairness ensured that the competition was a true showcase of talent and skill.

Acknowledgement must also go to Wan Squad for the tremendous effort put forth, whose almost four months of intensive workshops culminated in this unforgettable event. Their hard work and dedication to nurturing the dance community in Papua New Guinea shine brightly through the success of this competition.

Mountain Dew and Pacific Industries Ltd., proud naming rights sponsors for the event, acknowledge the generous support of the Governor for National Capital District, Power Parkop, through the Active City Development Program, in providing K10,000 towards the championship. Further appreciation must go to: Trophy Haus, Keynote, DigicelTV, EventTechz and Nings Agencies Ltd for their in-kind support in making the Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Championships 2023 a resounding success.

The Mountain Dew x Wan Squad PNG National Dance Championships 2023 was a testament to the power of dance to unite, inspire, and entertain. A special thanks goes out to all those who participated, supported and attended this remarkable event, and we eagerly anticipate what the dance community will bring to the stage in 2024.

Mountain Dew is also extremely proud to be sponsoring for the 2nd time, Wan Squad’s upcoming competition in October, being held in Australia, the “House of Champions” where Wan Squad are currently undefeated and hold 1st place. All of PNG wishes them the best of luck.

### About Wan Squad: Wan Squad is Papua New Guinea’s premier dance crew, known for their electrifying performances and innovative choreography. Wan squad is made up of 6 members – Pyan Ng, Manager and Creative Director, David Chee dancer & crew leader and Fred Mathew, Joel Vene, Max Raoma & Lloyd Nadile who are all dancers. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of dance and cultural expression, Wan Squad has established itself as a prominent name in the global dance community. Proudly sponsored by Mountain Dew, the crew continues to inspire audiences and aspiring dancers with their dedication and creativity. 

### About Mountain Dew: Mountain Dew is a leading beverage brand of Pacific Industries in Papua New Guinea, known for its bold and exhilarating flavours. Committed to supporting emerging talent and fostering creativity, Mountain Dew partners with individuals and groups across various fields, including sports. Through initiatives and sponsorships, Mountain Dew aims to empower individuals to rise above challenges and achieve their dreams.

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