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3 singers, 1 dancer from Saipan win medals in global competition

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FOUR young artists from the Northern Marianas won medals in this year’s World Championships of Performing Arts, which was held virtually from July 24 to Aug. 1.

Erica Faye S. Tubera and her brothers Justin and Lawrence competed in the senior and junior vocal Broadway virtual categories while Cire Jackson Dela Paz participated in the solo dance category.

“Although I didn’t make it to the finals, I am happy that I made it to the semi-finals,” Erica Tubera said.

She won a silver medal while her brothers, who failed to get into the semi-finals,  each received a bronze medal.

In the 2018 competition held in Long Beach, California, Erica Tubera also won medals and two scholarships to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Her brother Lawrence won a bronze medal in the junior vocal Broadway category, a silver medal in the junior vocal pop category, and a gold medal in the junior vocal R & B/Soul/Jazz category.

The World Championships of Performing Arts has changed her life, Erica Tubera said, adding that, among other things, it allowed her to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

“It requires lots of talent and energy so I am lucky to get into the school,” she added.

Erica Tubera, who has been singing since she was a little girl, encourages other young singers in the CNMI to join off-island competitions.

“I’ve also auditioned for lots of things while making lots of videos,” she added.

 

Cire Jackson Dela Paz shows the medal he won in the 2018 World Championships of Performing Arts.

 

Erica Faye S. Tubera with her brothers Lawrence and Justin. Contributed photos

For his part, Dela Paz made it to the semi-finals this year and received a silver medal.

Dela Paz, who also participated in the 2018 competition, this time performed a one-minute dance, which can be seen at  https://youtu.be/2Q5N_jXomYk

He said he performed outdoors to highlight what many people are going through amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

“I was motivated to join again because I wanted to keep trying until I win the gold medal,” he said.

He added that competition is not all about winning only, but also to gain experience.

“My dream is to become a professional dancer,” Dela Paz said. “I will not stop joining until I achieve my dream.”

In 2018, Dela Paz won a silver medal in the open style category.

Dela Paz, a member of the kontagiousmindz, is a choreographer of the Saipan Music and Dance Studio and represented the CNMI in the Hip-Hop Dance Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.

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