LA Salle Animo Squad plans to bounce back from consecutive sixth place finishes in the past two years with a memorable performance that will wow the crowd in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
The cheerdancers from Taft, who garnered a total of 538.5 total points to land at sixth last year, aim to match or even improve on their third place finish in 2013 with a more difficult routine this Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Our motivation is our goal to always be better. Sa kahit anong bagay na gawin ng Animo Squad, we choose to believe that there is always something we can do to be better,” said leaders captain Adrian Pesebre. “Part of our goal is to bring a show that Lasallian community and other crowds would never forget.”
“Our main goal is to showcase and hit a perfect routine and to give our supporters and the La Sallian community a great performance that they could enjoy and be proud of,” added Eileen Shi, dancers captain.
Pesebre, a fifth year manufacturing engineering and management student with specialization in mechatronics and robotics engineering, bared that their training for this year’s competition has been the toughest in his whole stint with the team.
“Preparing for this year’s competition was really difficult. It took a lot of effort, hard work and sacrifices to build this year’s routine,” said Pesebre. “We build the routine from scratch, we went back to basic foundations and then gradually increase the difficulty from the foundations.”
The Animo Squad also wasted no time to prepare for this year’s contest.
“Right after last year's CDC, we immediately went back to the drawing board,” Shi revealed to Spin.ph.
“We discussed our team's weaknesses and strengths, target skills and the plan of action we were going to take to be able to achieve the goals that we set to ensure, that whatever we will be showing in this year's competition will be something new and improved,” she added.
The team Part of every team sport is an untimely injury and Animo Squad is not spared.
The team has encountered recent setbacks as some of their members have suffered injuries as the competition drew near. But the Animo Squad leaders are unfazed and remained optimistic about their chances.
“This year we had to readjust the routine a couple of times since one of our members fractured his arm a month away from the competition and just two weeks ago we had a member who was diagnosed with dengue,” said Shi.
“The team to beat this year, is still of course, ourselves, the Animo Squad, we have to beat our record from the previous years,” said Pesebre. “It’s the only way for us to rise up, we have the overcome our mistakes from the previous routines and execute a better and cleaner performance.”