USSSA Secondary School Games have existed long enough before the initiation of DanceSport in Uganda. It has been at these Games that Students in secondary schools compete in different DanceSport disciplines. That noted, the USSSA Secondary School Games 2022 in Gulu City witnessed the showcase of an extremely exciting and attractive brand new sport named “DanceSport”. UDSF recognizes nine different DanceSport disciplines but at the USSSA Games, five DanceSport disciplines were showcased. These included Breaking DanceSport, Popping DanceSport, HipHop DanceSport, Contemporary DanceSport and Cultural DanceSport.
DanceSport acceptance to be exhibited at the USSSA Games was earlier anticipated and prepared for by Uganda DanceSport Federation through introducing DanceSport clubs in different Secondary schools. It was among these schools which already had established DanceSport Clubs that one of them successfully registered their athletes to competed at the USSSA Games. Furthermore, this being an exhibition of an extremely attractive urban Sport, it was no surprise that student athletes from other sports disciplines would be attracted to participate in the DanceSport exhibition. Apart from the four student athletes from Kazo Secondary School
who had registered to compete in DanceSport only, more than 300 more students both boys and girls from other sports disciplines registered to compete in the DanceSport exhibition competitions.
In addition, DanceSport being a relatively new sport not only at the USSSA Games but also to student athletes, sports teachers and head teachers that were at the Games, UDSF the regulatory body for DanceSport designed a highly educative, explanatory, descriptive and competitive format for DanceSport exhibition at the USSSA Games 2022. This elaborative but competitive format was developed with an aim of creating technical awareness and understanding of the DanceSport Disciplines that were set to be showcased. With the practical guidance from the UDSF instructors, they showcased the technicalities in each of the DanceSport disciplines presented. This clearly communicated the expectations of each DanceSport discipline hence fine tuning those who had registered to participate in the DanceSport showcase.
The 3 days DanceSport showcase was graced with a warm reception of over 300 registered student athletes to compete at the DanceSport showcase plus the large crowds of student supporters throughout the 3 days DanceSport showcase at Secred Heart Secondary School in Gulu City.
DANCESPORT COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION
DanceSport has got nine different DanceSport disciplines but at the USSSA Games 2022, five of the nine DanceSport were exhibited. These attracted different numbers of students who showed interest to compete. Generally, Hip Hop DanceSport attracted the highest number of participants followed by Cultural, Popping, Breaking and Contemporary DanceSport. The variations in the number of participants were highly linked to how common and available a specific DanceSport discipline has been available to the students in the past. Below is a detailed description of how the students competed in the five DanceSport disciplines.
HIP HOP DANCESPORT
This was the highly involved in DanceSport discipline. It attracted over 100 students both boys and girls. Technical guidance was provided by Kendakenda Rashid, a Hip Hop DanceSport facilitator. The student athletes exhibited the right techniques, styles and skill set as demand by HipHop DanceSport. Being a sport in dance, a lot was desired when it came to the sporting demands of physicality, athleticism speed and accuracy involved when executing specific dance moves. Extreme levels of creativity were seen from a number of competitors in the HipHop DanceSport discipline who properly fused Afro dance moves into the urban dance beats. Hip Hop DanceSport battles were structured from preminary rounds which saw many student athletes dance for 30 seconds to attain points enough to qualify for round of 16 and eliminations continued till finals for both girls and boys.
The boys HipHop DanceSport battles were competed in by students from Luzira Secondary School, Sakku Secondary School, Ishaka Vocational Secondary School, Nyakasura Secondary School, Kazo Secondary School, Nabumali High School, Jinja Secondary School and Mbarara High School. Well as the girls Hip Hop battles were competed in by students from Pope Francis Secondary School, Sheema Girls Secondary School, Airforce Secondary School, Kapchorwa Secondary School, Old Kampala Secondary School, St. Charles Lwanga Kasasa, Bugisu High School, St. Charles Lwanga Bukerere, Mukono High School, Ishaka Victory Girls Secondary School, Uganda Martyrs High School, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Kisozi Seed Secondary School, Kihihi High School and Kazo Secondary School.
HipHop DanceSport battle final results were as follows:
Hip Hop DanceSport (Girls Category)
1st Nanteza Habiba (Mukono High School)
2nd Namutebi Mariam (Kazo Secondary School)
3rd Ampaire Lucky ( Sheema Girls Secondary School)
Hip Hop DanceSport (Boys Category)
1st Natana Robert (Kazo Secondary School)
2nd Mugisha Allan ( Luzira Secondary School)
3rd Kyagulanyi Ibrahim (Kazo Secondary School)
Cultural DanceSport was another involved in DanceSport discipline which attracted masses of students. Being a showcase, all Cultural dance styles were exhibited by students who originate from the various regions of Uganda. Cultural dances like Bola dance, Kitagururo dance, kadodi dance Mawogola dance, Masoga dance Kizino dance, and Acholi dance were exhibited by different schools during the three days DanceSport showcase at the USSSA Games 2022 in Gulu City.
Cultural DanceSport showcase attracted over 130 students both boys and girls. DanceSport preserves culture of all dances but technically it demands high levels of physicality, athleticism, speed, accuracy, technicality, musicality and creativity when executing specific cultural dance moves.
Student athletes from schools like Pope Francis Secondary School and Sacred Heart showcased Acholi cultural dance well as Kitagururo and Kizino dances were showcased by student athletes from Ishaka Vocational Secondary School and Ishaka Victory Girls Secondary School. Maganda and Masoga dances were also exhibited by student athletes from Uganda Martyrs High School and Jinja Secondary School respectively.
Popping DanceSport discipline was fairly participated in given its technical demands like waving, rebooting, animation, strobing, hitting among others. It attracted over 70 students both boys and girls. Technical guidance was provided by Tamale Richard, a Popping DanceSport facilitator. The student athletes looked a lot more comfortable at exhibiting the waving Popping element. Later in the championship, glimpse of hitting, rebooting and animation popping elements were seen. Still on the sporting demands of physicality, athleticism speed and accuracy involved when executing specific dance moves, a lot was desired. Popping DanceSport battles were structured from preminary rounds, to round of 16, quarter finals, semifinals and finals for both girls and boys.
The boys Popping DanceSport battles were competed in by students from Luzira Secondary School, Sakku Secondary School, Ishaka Vocational Secondary School, Nyakasura Secondary School and Kazo Secondary School. Well as the girls Popping battles were competed in by students from Pope Francis Secondary School, Sheema Girls Secondary School, Lake Albert Secondary School, St Marys Asumpta Girls Secondary School, Kazo Secondary School, St. Charle Lwanga Kasasa Secondary School, Panyadoli Secondary School, Bugisu High School, , Mukono High School, Kibingo Girls Secondary School, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Kisozi Seed Secondary School, Kihihi High School, Tagy High School and Kichwamba Secondary School.
Popping DanceSport battle final results were as follows:
Popping DanceSport (Boys Category)
1st Musinguzi Godfrey (Ishaka Vocational School)
2nd Rujumba Robert (Nyakasura Secondary School)
3rd Mugisha Allan ( Luzira Secondary School)
Popping DanceSport (Girls Category)
1st Abalo Patricia (Pope Francis Secondary School)
2nd Alinda Sheila (Tagy High School)
3rd Kirabo Elizabeth ( Kihihi High School.
This was the least involved in DanceSport discipline given its technical demands. It attracted less than 50 students both boys and girls. Technical guidance was provided by a team of Breaking DanceSport which included Selwakulya Edrine, Ssemaganda Jodrak, Ziraye Samuel and Kabali Jamil. The student athletes were seen struggling to exhibit the right techniques, styles and breakdance elements as demanded by Breaking DanceSport. Even with the high technical demands of top rocks, down rocks, freezes and power moves, student athletes who began competition from the quarter finals tried to bring out the required skill set but a lot needs to be done in terms of introducing Breaking DanceSport in school.
The boys Breaking DanceSport battles were competed in by students from Luzira Secondary School, Sakku Secondary School, Ishaka Vocational Secondary School, Nabumali High School and Kazo Secondary School. Well as the girls Popping battles were competed in by students from Pope Francis Secondary School, Light Secondary School-Bulenga, Kazo Secondary School and Kihihi High School.
Breaking DanceSport battle final results were as follows:
Breaking DanceSport (Boys Category)
1st Kyagulanyi Ibrahim (Kazo Secondary School)
2nd Natana Robert (Kazo Secondary School)
3rd Mugisha Allan ( Luzira Secondary School)
Breaking DanceSport (Girls Category)
1st Nalumu Gloria (Light Secondary School- Bulenga)
2nd Sadat Rehema (Kazo Secondary School)
3rd Biira Shamira ( Kihihi High School)
Generally, DanceSport was welcomed by students but it remained a task to the UDSF to take required steps towards introducing DanceSport in schools so as students pick up the necessary skills for the different DanceSport disciplines. Its through such deliberate efforts that this new exciting sport will spread to all.
Many thanks to the USSSA Games organisers, Head mistress Sacred Heart Secondary School, head teachers and sports teachers of different schools and student athletes for their active participation in the entire DanceSport activities.