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Saturday, October 19, 2013
DANCESPORTS Team Cebu City’s Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda will get their first acid test in the 68th Australian Open Dancesports Championship on Dec. 6-8 in Hisense Arena in Melbourne.
Aunzo and Caneda won a bronze medal in the Grade A Latin competition in the 17th DSCPI National Dancesports Championship 2013 in Manila last week and will now be competing against the world best dance couples.
“Since Wilbert is only 20 years old and Pearl is 16, they will be competing in the Youth Division, which is for 21-and under. The competition is very tough in that division since all the future world champions will there. And with their (Aunzo and Caneda) skills, I see a very good chance for them to give a good performance,” Australian Jeffrey Haddelton told Sun.Star Cebu.
According to Haddelton, the Australia event is one of the major dancesports competitions in the world and hundreds of participants are expected to participate each year.
“Like in tennis, the no.1 tournament is the Wimbledon and the Australian Open is one of the Grand Slam events. In Dancesports, the Australia Open is like that. It is a worldwide event. Several hundred will come to compete,” Haddelton added.
Haddelton is one of the prized volunteers of DTCC.
A former world champion in his prime, he has been working with Cebu City’s dance athletes for nearly a year now.
He is in charge of teaching them the correct techniques, which is one of the drawbacks of DTCC.
“Ed and Eleanor Hayco had done amazing job with the kids. The kids’ performance is fabulous. I don’t have much problem with them except to teach them the correct technique that was I think was lacking. What I am teaching them is the technique that is standard with the Europeans,” said the Sydney-based Haddelton, who had a dance studio in Australia.
His attachment with the DanceSports Team Cebu City was accidental.
According to Cebu City Sports Commission chairman Edward Hayco, Haddelton passed the Dancesports Studio on his way to the swimming pool of the Cebu City Sports Center.
Haddelton got curious when he saw many kids training and decided to volunteer himself to help train the young athletes.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2013.