MANILA - With the Philippines recently bagging 10 gold medals in the SEA Games' dancesport events, Filipino dancers on Wednesday said they expect the rhythmic sport to "boom" in the country by next year.
Schools have been introducing dancesport to students, while Filipino-organized athletics competitions have been including the event in their roster of tournament games, SEA Games gold medalist Sean Mischa Aranar said.
"Nagbu-boom na siya e," he told ANC's "Early Edition," noting that dancesport also debuted in the UAAP last year.
"I think doon [sa UAAP] pa lang mag-start na siya, tapos ngayon nagkaroon pa ng SEA Games, so for sure next year magbu-boom 'yung dancesport industry," he said.
Interest in dancesport is also gaining ground in Asia, but the Philippine team hopes to make a bigger name in larger Western conferences, Aranar's partner and fellow gold medalist Ana Leonila Nualla said.
"Now in Asia, ang dancesport getting very known na. 'Pag sinabing Philippines, kumbaga constant contender na tayo ng mga top, unlike the past years," she said.
"Tinatry din natin siyang gawing higher level pa in terms of European level," she said.
Nualla hopes that the rising popularity of dancesport would translate into more support for its athletes.
"For this year, ang laki ng jinump ng dancesport because of all the support that we've been getting," she said.
"We just have to continue what we've been doing. Kailangan kung ano 'yung support na nakukuha natin ngayon in preparation for SEA Games, kailangan kahit walang SEA Games magpatuloy pa din siya," she said.
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