Legit Status takes home bronze in 2019 World Hip-hop Dance Championship

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Legit Status gets a podium finish for the Philippines in the 2019 World Hip-hop Dance Championship.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) — Legit Status placed third in the 2019 World Hip-hop Dance Championship in Phoenix, Arizona Sunday, following second placer The Jukebox from Mexico and champion Kana-Booni All Star from Japan.

The Filipino dance group consists of students from different schools in the country, handpicked by founder, choreographer, and team coach Vimi Rivera. Rivera is also the current coach of the La Salle Greenhills Airforce, the university's student street dance crew.

Legit Status started competing in the World Hip-hop Dance Championship in 2009 and placed seventh out of 41 teams in the preliminaries before advancing to the finals. Legit Status consistently moved up in the competition rankings each year until they bagged the bronze medals this year.

The competition is open to dance groups consisting of five to nine members (Crews), and groups with10 to 40 members (Megacrews). These groups are divided into three age categories: Junior (seven to 12 years); Varsity (13 to 17 years); and, Adult (18 years and older).

Listed below are other Filipino teams that joined the competition and their rankings:

A-team (Adult: 6th in finals; Varsity: 8th in finals; Junior: 7th in semifinals)

Bandila Fusion (Adult: 11th in semifinals)

Distinct Feature Jr. (Junior: 14th in semifinals)

MCMS Dance Varsity (Junior: 20th in semifinals)

Power Impact Dancers (Mega Crew: 14th in semifinals)

Sayawatha Dance Troupe (Junior: 25th in semifinals)

Studio 51 (Mega Crew: 26th in preliminaries)

In 2018, four Filipino teams took home medals in the competition. Fusion won silver, while Kindred got bronze in the Megacrew division. The Peepz placed third in the Adult division and Kingsmen got the silver medal in the Varsity division.