SEVEN dance groups who passed the elimination rounds of the Dinagyang Dance Showdown Year 3 are set to vie in the grand finals Friday, January 22 at SM City Iloilo.

Spearheaded by City Councilor Nielex Tupas, ABS-CBN and SM City, the dance showdown is a regular special event of the world-famous Dinagyang Festival with highlights this weekend.

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Tupas said his dance project seeks to give an opportunity to the youth especially in the barangay level to showcase their dancing skills, discipline, and commitment to honor the festival center of Western Visayas.

The councilor added that the contest would encourage the youth to stay away from illegal drugs and street gangs.

The dance finalists to vie for recognition and prizes are the Flashcom Dancers, Crept Nusty Crew, B'Bronx Dancers, Clean Cuts Dancers, MDM Star Dancers, Crew Styler and Radicals.