Filipino dance crew competes in ‘World of Dance’ semi-finals

Filipino dance group UPeepz stunned the “World of Dance” judges with an explosive routine that featured the Philippine national dance Tinikling. | Photo from Instagram/@upeepz

FILIPINO hip-hop dance crew UPeepz on Wednesday, August 12 wowed “World of Dance” judges as they competed in the semi-final round of the American dance competition.

UPeepz’s 11 members showcased Filipino culture on the international stage by incorporating several local influences in their performance. They wore costumes that featured local weaves that remind of royalty from Mindanao, danced to Black Eyed Peas’ “Bebot” with a short mash-up of Francis Magalona’s “Mga Kababayan Ko,” and added traditional folk dances like tinikling and singkil into their one-minute routine.

Judge Jennifer Lopez was fascinated by the routine, praising UPeepz as a “strong group” that ”dance almost as one.”

Judge Ne-Yo, for his part, enjoyed grooving along with the dance crew and commended the overall “cleanliness” of their performance.

He also gave UPeepz a shoutout on Twitter, sharing the group’s performance with the caption: “Pagmamahal @UPeepzOfficial.”

Meanwhile, Judge Derek Hough said he loved that UPeepz featured Filipino culture in the dance routine.

“I just feel your passion for dance so much and I love the fact that you brought in your culture into this piece,” he said.

UPeepz received a score of 88 from Lopez, 89 from Ne-Yo, and 90 from Hough for an average of 89.0.

UPeepz is a two-time World Hip Hop Dance Champion.

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