CEBU City will host the Cebu World Dancesport Federation Open Dancesport Championship and 9th Dancesport Sa Sugbu on Sept. 10, 2016 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Dancers from different countries will join the competition.

“This is a national and international competition. World champions will be coming here,” said Cebu City Sports Commission Chairman Edwardo Hayco.

He said the presence of world champions will not only make the competition grand, but will also raise the bar in the local scene.

“It’s not often that you compete with world champions. It raises the bar among our competitors because they are not only competing with them. They are also witnessing a world champion competing,” said Hayco.

The competition serves as the culminating activity for hundreds of child trainees produced by DanceSport Team Cebu City’s (DTCC) grassroots program of free dance sport workshop.

Over the last 16 years, more than 30,000 kids were able to benefit from the free training conducted by the DTCC.

Every year, their volunteers teach 1,000 kids from different barangays.

Hayco said they are able to provide almost 10 million worth of free service from the trainings every year.

“Nganong mag-Waterfront man ta? It’s because we want these underprivileged kids to experience a grand event. Para motaas ilang dreams, dili kay pobre man jud ta kutob na lang ta ani. We want them to raise their dreams (So their dreams will be higher, not let them settle for anything just because they’re poor),” said Hayco.

This Saturday, they will be in Lahug for the Dancesport Weekly Barangay Competition Circuit.

A total of 10 Barangays, Poblacion Pardo, Labangon, Guadalupe, Tisa 2, Mambaling, Hipodromo, Tejero, Lahug, Mabolo and Cogon Ramos, are participating in this year’s Barangay Competition Circuit.

The grand finals will be on July 31, 2016 at Robinons Galleria.

Hayco said they are working with the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Sports Commission, Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC), Provincial Government of Cebu and Barangay Officials.

When asked if they need any support from the government, Hayco said they only need their presence. Airah F. Oquias, University of the Philippines Visayas Intern