By Marlisa Ponce
Coca-Cola’s “Comparte el Moviemento” is having a dance competition that gives 14-19 year olds the chance to win up to $3,000 for a school of their choice.
Coca-Cola hopes to inspire South Florida youth to get active, both physically and in their communities.
We spoke to Nick Garcia, who was in the top 20 of “So You Think You Can Dance” season 11, about the competition and him being a judge for it.
“When they told me about “Comparte el Movimiento,” it was more of a movement and cause, and a way to look at dance in a different way rather than judging dancers just solely on dance.” said Garcia. “And even though that’s what I’m doing with this, there’s more to come out of it after the dance.”
Since dance is something Garcia has done since he was seven years old, he understands the dedication and hard work that comes with competing. He always can relate to the pressure that piles up during competition with his time on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Garcia’s experience grants him the opportunity to help South Florida’s youth and the mission of “Comparte el Moviemento” in motivating youths to dance and get involved in their community.
Groups of 2-6 submitted videos of them performing dance moves to the official contest theme song, “Let Fun Take Control” by Latin duo North Rock 360.
Garcia told us sitting on the other side of the table feels really good, rather than worrying so much about a routine and performance.
The finalists won’t be announced until March 1, so Garcia hasn’t met them yet.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all of them and giving advice, and really just giving all I have to them,” said Garcia.
Once the five finalists are announced, their names will be posted and ready for public voting that opens March 1-8. Using #BailaConCoke, fans can vote for their favorites.
The three finalists with the most votes will perform live on the Coca-Cola stage at the Calle Ocho Festival March 15.
As a judge, Garcia said he’ll be looking for a group that stands out and advises contestants to be out of the ordinary.
“How could you be different? What can you bring to the table that’s different from everyone else?”
Garcia said those should be the questions the finalists should asks themselves before the competition.
For more information visit the website: http://comparteconcoke.com/