Bidaman grand finalist Dan Delgado gets inspiration from his ‘Hotlegs’ member mom, na gustong ituloy ang pagtuturo ng sayaw sa mga street kids pagkatapos ng pandemic.
Scrolling through Dan Delgado's Instagram feed would instantly give you a glimpse of what he's passionate about.
There are quick snippets of his dance rehearsals squeezed in between lifestyle and travel shots.
The 23-year old It’s Showtime Bidaman grand finalist is deeply in love with dancing.
“Noong bata pa ako, ang pangarap ko talaga ay maging isang professional dancer dahil gusto kong mag-share ng learnings at maging international choreographer,” lahad ni Dan noon sa introduction video niya sa contest ng It’s Showtime.
“Iba talaga yung pitik!” komento naman sa dancing clips ni Dan with his dance group, Alliance PH.
In every video, you'll find him dropping complicated moves with such ease, smoothness, and quiet confidence. Well, this should not come as a surprise as dancing runs in the blood.
Dan said he got the dancing genes from his supportive mom. Aniya, “She supports me all the way. Whatever it may be—competition, show, or concert, she would be there.”
During a Bidaman segment in 2019, the bedimpled charmer boosted his pogi points by openly paying tribute to his mother who was part of the live audience.
“Sa mom ko po (Deana Aquino), siya yung inspiration ko, kasi siya po yung dancer talaga. Dun po ako nagmana. Pero yung style niya po is different because yung sa akin hiphop, siya po more of jazz. Original Hotlegs po siya,” kuwento niya.
Ang Hotlegs ay isang premier dance group in the 8’0s that It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda couldn't help but express amazement. Sabi pa nga ni Vice, “Hotlegs? Yan yung parang mga G-force dati. Ang bongga nung Hotlegs!”
The passion for dance he inherited is something Dan also extends to others beyond the TV screen. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the model-actor-dancer added being an instructor to his title. He used to teach street children how to dance for free.
The selflessness comes again as no surprise as Dan takes the initiative even at home to do what he can when given the chance.
“The greatest sacrifice I've made is not finishing my studies due to financial problems. I’m working talaga with what I have every day. I guess I sacrificed studies for work talaga. And now I get to pay naman with the work na nakukuha ko,” pagbabahagi pa ng binata.
Dan maximizes whatever he is given to slowly find his place in the industry as a dancer and actor. Who knows, he may be just one big break away from having the same fate as his favorite actors Jericho Rosales and James Reid.
Samantala, katulad ng ibang entertainers, apektado rin ang kabuhayan ni Dan ng health crisis.
“I think I’ve handled the pandemic quite well naman and I'm quite thankful din that my family stays healthy. I have really learned about adapting to the circumstances. I was battling the closing of ABS-CBN din po noon so I had no means of income.
“The pandemic led me to searching and thinking to myself, 'Hanggang saan pa ba ang kaya natin puntahan?' So, I earned a job sa Sun Life as a Financial Advisor and I am also a teacher of hip hop for kids,” kuwento niya.
Prior to these, Dan used to perform for an events company with a group, dressed up as different characters for kiddie parties. He was also training with Alliance PH for a competition abroad before the lockdown happened.
“Siguro ang na-miss ko the most is traveling to beaches and spending time with friends out of town. I also miss doing out of town shows or events na dati kong nagagawa at ngayon hindi na po,” pahayag niya.
But being constantly on the move literally and figuratively, he is able to channel his strength toward productivity and self-love. He finds time to work out and play online games. He's into Call of Duty Warzone in between newfound responsibilities.
“I’ve been feeling so positive lately. It's best to share the good energy,” huling pahayag ni Dan.