In the pinoy pop scene, there was a time—particularly your parents’ time sometime in the ’80s—when the newest hit songs had dance moves made for them, performed on noontime shows so they could easily be sold to the album-buying public. This was the time when the likes of Geleen Eugenio ruled the dance floor. Your mother would know and would most likely talk excitedly about her.
Your mother might also tell you that there was one dance group who was the most sosyal of them all, and they called themselves The Hotlegs. They supposedly did real dancing, the kind of dance people go to art school for. It was led by a certain Douglas Nierras and your mother would most likely talk excitedly about him, too.
The Hotlegs still exist, and they are still the most sosyal dance group. They continue to hone talent, and once you’re known as a Hotlegs talent, you’re made as a dancer effectively for life. One of the Hotlegs’ accomplished alumnus is this month’s cover muse, Dawn Chang.
A few years after leaving the group, Dawn briefly stayed in Australia (looking for her real father). That gave her the chance to showcase and share her talent outside the country. But the biggest break she got to showcase her moves in came unexpected: in the form of a yellow two-storey house “owned” by some omniscient dude only identified as “Kuya.” Dawn finished as the Fourth Big Placer on Pinoy Big Brother: 737. Soon after, she became known as the prime dancer of the batch, and more, as seen in her numerous TV appearances and regular stints (It’s Showtime, Ang Probinsyano).
Photography Ria Regino of Fat Cat Studio Styling Badj Genato Makeup Janina Dizon Hair Julius Villanueva