Just like how this crew highlights the word in its name, members of Kenyo Street Fam dedicated their scintillating title win as Your Moment Grand Dancing Champions to their respective families they would sadly leave behind in their quest for greatness.
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This is their ultimate sacrifice, said Jemuel “Jim” Gojo-Cruz, the leader-choreographer of the triumphant dance crew out of Bulacan in an exclusive interview with Entertainment.ABS-CBN.com accompanied by the rest of the group after their resounding victory. He said they could not spend time with their families since they would toil at perfecting their difficult routines so they could earn their keep from their dance performances either in live shows or in competitions.
“Para din po sa lahat ng family po namin na nawala na sa buhay po namin. Eto po ‘yung way na makabawi sa kanila sa pagkukulang sa oras at sa bonding,” Jim said. “Kasi habang may Your Moment po, may mga pamilya po sa amin na nawawala po, tapos sumasabay po sa paghahanda. So nagkulang po kami ng time para makapunta sa kanila. Eto na lang ang way para makabawi sa kanila. Kumbaga, madami po sa amin sunod-sunod talaga. ‘Di po namin alam na ganoon ang mangyari sa amin o plano ba nila d’yan kasi mananalo nga kami pero nawawalan po kami ng mahal sa buhay.”
Above all, their main objective is to make their families proud.
“Gusto namin maging proud sila sa amin. Sila ang pinaka rason po kung bakit nandito kami at kung bakit kami nagpatuloy,” Jim further said.
Their final number was an astonishing after-life/funeral routine with well-coordinated, synchronized movements to the tune of Bone, Thugs N Harmony’s “Crossroads” that fascinated the cheering audience and the judges, who all gave them a standing ovation. Billy Crawford said they gave an immense surprise in their out of this world number, while Nadine Lustre said it was the best live performance she has ever seen. Boy Abunda, meanwhile, said it was “theater at its best,” commenting that no move is wrong if the heart is dancing and if the dance is about your story. He further said that wherever they go, they should never forget their way back home.
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In choosing the style and theme of the performance, they chose something they were all familiar with and close to their hearts.
“Mas inisip po namin kung saan mas malapit ‘yung mga sarili namin. Dahil nasabi po namin, mas mahal po namin ang underground kasi nandoon po ‘yung mundo namin. Kumbaga, mas totoo po ang maipapakita po namin lahat,” Jim emphasized.
Winning their “Grand Moment” in the 2-in-1 reality talent competition was something they couldn’t believe in their wildest dreams, but Jim said they were so ecstatic accomplishing it as a group.
“Basta ang alam po namin, basta nagawa po namin. Kumbaga, posible pala. So parang tao lang po, pwede palang mangyari ito na magkakasama pa po kami. Nung nalaman po namin, naisip na lang po namin siguro, ‘yung pinaghirapan po namin at saka ‘yung naisip namin agad yung isa’t isa kasi parang panaginip lang po talaga, sobra,” Jim added.
A big factor in their win, Jim noted, was guidance from their mentor, world hip-hop dancing champions Philippine All-Stars artistic director Lema Diaz.
“Parang nakapulot kami ng ginto kasi (si coach Lema) po ‘yung pinaka-hinahangaan sa Pilipinas. Parang isa na kami sa pinaka swerte kasi marami kaming natutunan. Siguro ang pinakagusto namin dun ‘yung magkaroon kami ng confidence dun po sa lahat ng gagawin namin,” Jim stressed.
Jim said they will use their two-million-peso cash prize to set-up their much-needed dance studio.
“Magpapatayo kami ng studio. Kasi ‘yun po ang pinaka number one po na kailangan po ng grupo namin. At saka mas madami din pa po sumusunod sa likod namin na gustong maka-experience po about sa mga dancing po at sa competition po,” he underscored.
And for all Kenyo Street Fam’s supporters, Jim said, they owe their victory to them.
“Sobrang nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng tumulong, sumuporta simula sa umpisa hanggang dulo. Sobrang salamat kasi tiwala po kami nabalik namin ang suporta nila. Basta sa amin po, kung ano man ang nangyari sa amin, hindi po mangyayari ‘yun kung wala sila.”