The medals received by dance sport athletes Stephanie Sabalo and Michael Angelo Marquez
SPAIN - Celebrity and international dance sport athletes Stephanie Sabalo and Michael Angelo Marquez made it to the finals of international dance tournament German Open Championships held on August 11-15 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The dance couple still couldn’t believe that they clinched the top 5 position, besting 150 couples from around the world who competed in the Adult A Amateur Five Dance category.
"Sobrang happy talaga. Kahit noong tinawag pa lang na nakapasok kami ng top 6 sobrang happy na namin talaga," said Marquez in an exclusive interview with The Filipino Channel’s Balitang Global.
They also took the 48th spot in the "Rising Star," considered as the second biggest category of the week-long competition.
Sabalo and Marquez stood out despite height limitations and impressed judges in performing Latin dances such as jive, rhumba, cha-cha-cha, pasodoble, and samba.
Aside from them, according to the tournament’s website, two more dance couples from the Philippines dominated the Senior II A Standard Category namely Drs. Winifreda Constantino and Edgardo Ladimo and Veronica Lo and Oliver Rivera, who ranked 5th and 7th respectively.
Sabalo and Marquez were also invited to perform in "Dance Festival", an event organized by Barcelona Dance Athletes (BDA) in Barcelona, Spain.
"Masaya kami kasi we have the chance to share our talent, at the same time inspire small children to follow their dreams. Dreams do come true, just believe in yourself, (and) believe in God’s gift for you," said Sabalo.
Rodel Espinosa, BDA founder and international dance sport champion himself, promotes dance sport among young children in Barcelona. He emphasized that it is no different with other sports because it is very technical, competitive, and dance athletes aim for perfection.
Rhea Rose Gautier, instructor based on Antibes, France, on the other hand, stressed the values that children can learn from dance sport.
"Maging punctual, maging masunurin…Sa practice nyo andun yung patience, respect sa partner…patient to learn basic steps. Makikinig sa parents kasi hindi nakakasayaw ang kids pag hindi susuportahan ng mga parents," Gautier said.