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Cast of Sayawan Na
Caption:Cast and owner of Step by Step DanceSport in Bergenfield, NJ.

Sayawan Na!
By Richard M. Reyes

“This is a party within a show”, says Noel Gamboa. He is, of course, referring to “Sayawan Na! Interaktib Pinoy Dance Musical”. Mr. Gamboa is the director and producer of the show that has had successful runs in New York and New Jersey. He adds, “This show is for you.” Besides Mr. Gamboa, the cast includes: Jam Duller, Jean Nabong, Marilu Lerma, Luis Pedron, Violet Trinidad, Gail Banawis, Charisse Trinidad, Miles Gamboa, Katt Ladaga, and Jillian Sese. The production team includes: Audio and Video by George Sese; Lights by Jude Tan; and Stage Manager Debbie Nacalaban-Sese.

The New Jersey showing was on July 2, 2010 at Step by Step in Bergenfield, NJ. Luis Pedron, a cast member, commented, “Wala ngang stage.” Without a stage, there is no border between the performers and the audience. The original and remade list of Pinoy line dance songs performed include: Sayawan Na, Hala Bira, Sikat Basta Pinoy, Septiembre, Todotodo, Koriente (Electric Slide), Steph 4 Jesus, and Birthday Girl.

The set Pinoy Dance Musical consisted of a projector, a screen, wired microphones, wireless headsets, a spotlight, and the house sound system. The live narration by different cast members, the slideshow, short acted and choreographed dance scenes, as well as the integrated line dance scenes proved to be successful in the continuity of the story and the show. It is far from the typical musical seen on and off Broadway; it is a refreshing look at what Filipinos contribute to American Society. In this case, it is entertaining and informative for the Filpino-American youth. It showcases the essence of the line dance how entwined it is in the fabric of a Filipino Fiesta (celebration).
Photo Courtesy of : Luis Pedron

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