THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 28 Filipino expatriates in UAE share their love for dancing

Filipino expatriates in UAE share their love for dancing


A group of young Filipinos in Dubai formed their friendship because of their passion for dancing. G-Expat Crew, composed of full-time Filipino workers in Dubai, dances love, joy, and dreams.

Believing that dancing is the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression, the group decided to form it when a circle of friends from TikTok agreed to have a dance collaboration every time they got a chance during Ramadan this year.

It was in May 2022 when they officially named the group ‘G-Expat Crew’. The G from the group name is derived from the informal phrase in Tagalog ‘Tara G?’ which means ‘Let’s Go’. Meanwhile, the word ‘Expat’ came from a media entity that asked them to be the official backup dancer of Emirati hitmaker Alira during the Philippine Independence Day celebration recently. It was the group’s first exposure to the public when they performed at the annual event. They consider it as their most significant achievement so far.

Spearheaded by Carl Michael T. Perez, a four-year resident in Dubai who currently works as a messenger, the group has eight pioneer members. The band grew and now has 13 new members.

These members came from different sectors. Some work in coffee shops, restaurants, and sales, while others are students or in the corporate world.

There may be several Filipino dance groups in the UAE, but their unique spirit sets them apart. They get to relieve their stress from work despite their busy schedule at work.

“We have different stories, but we understand each other so we can all communicate in one way, and that’s when we dance,” Carl, the group’s leader and choreographer, said.

Carl added that the group’s goal is to gain more success in their dancing career and show their different techniques, determination, dedication, and teamwork, despite doing it only after work.

“We also want to inspire more people to do their desire in life, not just to focus on working but at least do what they love to do,” he added.

“Most of us forget what we want to do because we focus so much on our work. We want to inspire people to live their dreams, but while you’re at it, stay humble,” he further added.

Currently, G-Expat Crew performs for various local events in the UAE. Soon, they plan to join national and international dance competitions.

Through dancing, Carl said that they get to build more of their confidence and teamwork.

When one of their videos made the rounds on social media, it received mixed reactions.

“We cannot please everybody. We know we are just average dancers, meaning we are not mostly pros, but we dance with our hearts. We are happy that other people appreciate our talents and what we enjoy as well,” Carl said.

Below are the pioneers and newcomers:

Carl Michael T. Perez | Leader/Choreographer

Caren Dionglay- Jerrera | Pioneer/Dancer

Albert Aldepulla | Pioneer/Dancer

Jun B. Estomata | Pioneer/ Dancer

Maricar Marcos | Pioneer/Dancer

Krisna R. Alfonso | Pioneer/Dancer/Choreographer

Maria Kristine C. Delos Reyes | Pioneer/Dancer

Ralchie Mc Andrewz V. Gelena | Pioneer/Dancer

Lhenard Lee P. Robillo | Videographer

Joan L. Da-anton | Photographer/Organizer

Aira Mae A. Asagra | Nurse of G-Expat Crew

Julius Richard Adrias Suelo | Choreographer/Dancer

Paul John B. | Dancer

Mark Anthony Guiang | Dancer

Joven Moralizon Tayo(xay) | Dancer

Leonita V. Cadenas | Dancer

Erol Mahinay Lachica | Dancer

Allyza Anne C.  Juane | Dancer

Daniel Torres | Dancer

Dansen Maur Combes | Dancer

Arvey Ignacio | Dancer

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This story has been featured in the 28th issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr. Raymart Patulot at +971 56 663 4184. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email to us at

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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