Universiade theme song dance contest now open to public with NT$50,000 top prize up for grab

Taipei's Department of Civil Affairs has worked with the 12 district offices to hold the “Universiade Theme Song Dance Competition” and registration i

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--With the Summer Universiade 2017 only 129 days from Tuesday, the Department of Civil Affairs (DCA) of Taipei, the host city, has teamed up with the 12 district offices to hold the “Universiade Theme Song Dance Competition” and registration is accepted between April 10 and 28.

The theme song for the sports event, “Embrace the World,” was released on March 27. The theme song’s upbeat melody incorporates a great deal of indigenous elements. The well-known street dancer Ben Hsu (Akuma Diva) has been choreographing dance moves for the chorus part—“i u giugi senasena i”—which means “let’s sing and dance” in the language of the Paiwan tribe.

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According to the organizers, contestants will have to perform a dance based on the theme song. The dance can be of any style or category; however, dancers are required to perform the movements and step sequence designed by Hsu for the chorus part.

Interested people should register for the competition at the respective district offices, according to the DCA. A team should comprise at least two members. Winners of the district-level competitions will be awarded a prize of NT$10,000 (about US$335) each before advancing to the city-level competition in June, which offers awards up to NT$50,000, the DCA said.  

For more information on the competition or application form download, please visit the Chinese websites of DCA or district offices.