Edward Tsai has been dancing with Keppel’s All Male for all four years, and became captain of the team during his senior year.
Tsai, who has been dancing for five years, was inspired to join All Male before high school. It began when he went to watch his older sister perform for the Drill Team during a basketball game. He was also able to watch All Male perform and was intrigued. Tsai was also inspired by dancers such as Pharside and Phoenix.
Being in All Male has shaped Tsai’s high school life. “It has made me more responsible and has shown me a true family,” he said. It has taught him that no matter what happens, as long as he worked hard, it would pay off.
Tsai has won numerous awards with All Male, which included 1st place in Miss California, 1st place in Street Dance USA, and 1st place large male hip hop national champions for two years in a row. His most memorable moment is winning the grand national championship this year.
Success came with many struggles as well. For example, Tsai and his team faced problems with not having a studio for most of the school year. As a result, they had no place to practice during the rain. When they eventually found a studio, it was over an hour drive away. Tsai recalls one time where over half of the team had been sick and were unable to practice.
Tsai advices future All Male dancers to “always keep the grind, work hard, and stay humble.”
Tsai also shouts out to “my amazing team for working so hard to accomplish all of our goals this year. Good luck next year and continue the legacy as national champions for [the] years to come.”
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