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On August 17, the final “big class” competition for the 10th All-Japan High School Super Cup Dance-Off was held in Yokohama City. Hosted by the Sankei Shimbun and sponsored by Acecook and Otsuka Holdings, the event picks the top high school dance team in Japan. For the first time in 4 years, the grand prize for “big class” (13 or more team members) went to Osaka’s Doshisha Kori, making this their 4th victory.
Staging a comeback after last year’s second place showing, Doshisha Kori came to the competition with an arm-shaking style of dance called “waacking.” Fascinating the audience with their performance of rapid movements and throwing their arms around like whips, they received massive applause.
The runner-up this year was Tomioka Prefectural High, from Osaka. Honorable mentions went to Sakai Nishi Prefectural (Osaka), Imamiya Prefectural (Osaka), Kumeda Prefectural (Osaka), Komae Metropolis (Tokyo), Nara City Ichijo (Nara), and Yamamura International (Saitama).
The great hall of the dance mecca Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama City shook with intense performance face-offs bursting with the youthful energy of high schoolers.
The “big class” competition held on the 17th included 55 teams. When the names of the winning teams were called, cheers rang out and the teams shared in joy.
Doshisha Kori, taking the crown for the first time, introduced a dance based on the theme of a “Black Rose.” The members said that they put their hearts into expressing the mystery and beauty of the rose. After mistakes in rehearsal, they didn’t finish their production until the end of July, just before the competition. On the day of the competition, a “pitch-black rose” blossomed through perfect movements and costumes.
Junior Haruko Kuzaki (17), club president, said eagerly, “I’m so happy to have the championship flag return to us after 4 years. I hope the classes below me will do their best to aim for a consecutive win.”
Tomioka Prefectural High, who took the runner-up award, showed of the a full-power dance called “No Pressure,” aiming for their third consecutive victory. They said that their gorgeous and showy costumes reminiscent of the bubble era were obtained from vintage clothing stores and their mothers. Matching them to the music, they thrilled the stadium by shaking their nostalgic sauvage and straight hairstyles.
Captain Saya Hayashi (junior) said, “I’m frustrated, because we had hoped for 3 straight wins. I expect that my classmates below me will capture the championship for sure.”
In the “small class” (2-12 members) competition held on August 16, 55 teams danced beautifully, and Minoo Prefectural (Osaka) captured its second victory in a row.
The runner-up went to Sakuragaoka (Aichi). Honorable prizes went to Chinzei (Kumamoto), Osaka City Han’ai (Osaka), Fukuoka Industrial University Joto (Fukuoka), Kyoto Ryoyo (Kyoto), Yurigaoka Prefectural (Kanagawa), and Seika Women’s (Fukuoka).
Minoo Prefectural also won last year. Team leader, sophomore Madoka Matsumoto (17), said, “We had been hoping for a consecutive win, so I’m happy.”
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