December 8, 2022

The Cordillera Dancesport team is shaping up for the 8th Geraldine Darvin’s Dance Challenge in its inaugural online competition on Feb. 20.  
The team members opted not to compete in the 3rd Central Ball online competition on Jan. 24, as there is no available venue where they could perform for a day.
Team Cordillera Dancesport head coach Charibelle Pingawan said the organizers of the Central Ball, instead, have endorsed them to join the Darvin’s Dance national competition. 
“But we will still watch the livestream of the Central Ball on Sunday to benchmark on how the online dancesport is conducted,” Pingawan said. 
The group’s plight in looking for a venue was published earlier by the Courier where kind-hearted individuals reached out to Pingawan to help with the venue. 
Pingawan, who trains the Benguet athletes, said nine athletes are training with her for the competition to join the Latin, open Latin, and open standard categories of the competition. 
The athletes are training by schedule at Quads Gym in La Trinidad.  
The group is currently seeking sponsorships to defray expenses for the registration, costume, and training. She said the athletes’ parents are on a tight budget due to the pandemic even if the fees are cheaper compared to the face-to-face competition, minus the accommodation and travel expenses.
Last year, the Cordillera team brought home two gold, three silver, and one bronze medals during the 2nd Central Ball open dancesport competition.
The group also launched its Youtube channel named “Dancesport Cordillera.” – Ofelia C. Empian