‘Dance Kids’ judge Andy Alviz admits he is excited to work on ABS-CBN’s newest original junior talent search.
With ABS-CBN’s newest talent search Dance Kids set to premiere on November 14, Filipinos at home can watch
the Philippine TV’s first ever dance
competition for kids where they will also share their stories of inspiration. Kids ages four to 12 years old
will compete in solo, duo, and group acts
that will be trimmed down from 60 to 16 acts this season. The show recently unveiled one of the three dance masters
who will serve as judges of the show.
Andy Alviz is a veteran choreographer with over 30 years experience in the
performing arts. “I went to the States to
train in New York and Los Angeles in Hollywood. After that I put up Whiplash (Dance Company) and then after we did all
the concerts of almost all major artists in the
Philippines since 1988 until 2000, ganun. So that includes Lea Salonga,
Sarah Geronimo, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Randy Santiago,
kapanahunan nila Manilyn Reynes, Kuh
Ledesma. And then occasionally I would go to
Guam to coach their national team na Dance Kids ng Guam. I also did
Binibining Pilipinas for seven years,
from 2004 to 2010. Yung opening number
and yung mga production number ng reigning queen. I was also resident choreographer
for the Asian run of Miss Saigon for Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea,” he shared during his solo presscon held last
November 6 at the Bunny Baker Studio in
Teaching kids is not going to be more difficult
for Andy than it is teaching adults. "It’s the same. Dance
is universal and whether it’s ballet, classical,
hip-hop, tap or modern, it’s all about discipline, focus, sincerity, and honesty in performance and for the kids
to really learn how to listen to their
coach. For adults and for kids it’s all the same. Nag-uumapaw sa talent yung
mga Filipino kids. Nakakaiyak na
nakakatuwa na nakakagigil na ganito,” he shared.
Among the local celebrities, Andy said he sees
some standouts in the Kapamilya network when it comes
to showing off moves. "Actually lahat ata ng mga
Bulilit kids magagaling eh. Pero sa matatanda si Maja Salvador of
course and Enrique Gil, Ravyver Cruz, Shaina Magdayao isa sa mga artistang magagaling yan. sa ASAP. Na-sa-shock
ako sa sobrang galing nila. Before kasi,
nung kapanahunan namin sa ASAP with
Dayanara Torres, puro mga emote emote lang. Sa artista sayaw na yun. Hindi katulad
ngayon may disiplina talaga. Dati talaga masaya ka na kung nakuha mo ng one hour yung artista mo mag-rehearse. Pero
ngayon talaga bugbugan, two days, three
days silang nag-pa-practice. Very strict
choreographers sa ABS-CBN and of course magaling yung G-Force mag-train sa kanila talaga,” he said.
Andy admitted that he hopes some of these stars can take it a step further and actually
study dance in a formal setting. "Sobrang passion nila sila Rayver. Iba na ang
level ng dancing nila. Knowing that they’re busy doing artista work and then
they are still able to come up with quality
dance performances. Sobrang bilib ako sa
kanila and sana ipagpatuloy nila kasi marami pa silang kayang gawin kung ipapagpatuloy nila. You have to give it time. Time can make you mature and seasoned in whatever your
doing naman,” he added.
When it comes to his experience of teaching
celebrities, Andy said there are some
standouts he can never forget. "The best people I have worked with, a dream artist na talagang super galing is Lea
Salonga. I’ll give you my top four na
super galing kong naka-work with. Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Ai-Ai Delas Alas,
and Pops Fernandez. Sa theater si Lea and the rest sa pop concerts and everything.
Lea kasi grabe, kung yung iba tuturuan mo ng three hours, kaya niya in 15 minutes kuha na niya. She’s a genius.
Super galing talaga. It’s a joy to teach
her choreography. Ang galing niyan. Parang ang
dali dali ng work mo pag siya ang katrabaho mo. Super galing,” he recalled.
Kids will be hosted by Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga
while Vhong Navarro and G-Force’s teacher
Georcelle will join Andy as the three Dance
Masters. "Oh my God we click! Medyo
inaasar lang nila ako dahil matanda na ako (laughs). Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Kung anong
kaya nila gawin, kaya ko ring gawin yan. At the age of 51, I can still twerk (laughs). May
mga surprise dance numbers tayo,” he said.
choreographer also gave tips to aspiring dancers who want to join the show in the future. "Watch YouTube but
do not copy. Just be inspired by those
people. Find your own originality kasi
mako-compare ka sa iba pag kinopya mo. Make it your own and then
get a good teacher para merong
mag-ga-guide sa iyo. A coach or somebody who can teach you kasi importante yung coach eh kasi bata pa yan. Kailangan
talaga you watch YouTube kasi research
yun,” he explained.