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Choreographer Andy Alviz is impressed with Maja Salvador and Enrique Gil’s dancing

‘Dance Kids’ judge Andy Alviz admits he is excited to work on ABS-CBN’s newest original junior talent search.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/8/2015 10:30 AM
Choreographer Andy Alviz is impressed with Maja Salvador and Enrique Gil’s dancing


110815-andy.jpgWith 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 Quezon city.

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 yung mga choreographers sa ABS-CBN and of course magaling yung G-Force mag-train sa kanila talaga,” he said.

110815-andy.jpgAndy 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.

Dance 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.

The veteran 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.