On Saturday I drug the family out to do some media work with me. We made our way to the Howard Theater for the Red Bull Dance Your Style competition. This was our first legit dance battle. I grew up in the Bronx, NYC so I’ve seen some old school dance battles on flatten boxes but that is it. We were immersed in the dance culture and soaked it all the way up. The kids are so into dance I knew they would have a blast.
We received complimentary tickets to the Red Bull Dance Battle Event.
ABOUT RED BULL DANCE YOUR STYLE:
Red Bull Dance Your Style celebrates street dance in a battle with unpredictable music, crowd-voting and outgoing dance personalities. Red Bull Dance Your Style is a battle concept where the emphasis is on bringing people together in a celebration of dance, music, and performance, and on recreating the social, party atmosphere and vibe that all the street-dance styles were derived from.
The Dance Battle took place in Honolulu in June; After Washington D.C., additional qualifier events will take place in Miami, Boston, and New Orleans over the next three months. The top two dancers from each qualifying event will move on to compete in the US National Final in Las Vegas in September. The winner of the National Final will advance to the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final taking place in Paris, France on October 12.HOW IT WORKS:
The competition is a mixed, all-style solo (one-on-one) battle, in which dancers from any street style discipline can enter. Audiences witness breaking, hip-hop, popping, house, locking and other street-dance styles. The dancers go head-to-head against one another in a competition format. Dancers will battle to tracks the DJs spin for each round that is randomly selected to test each dancer’s ability to perform and adapt their dance styles to the rhythm of the beat. This means that competitors have to be ready to get down to anything from funk to pop music, rap to garage, old-school classics to recent chart hits and other genres of popular music.
THE DC COMPETITION:
Sixteen competitors across hip‐hop, house, popping, waacking, locking and more will took their talents to the dance floor in front of a live audience at Howard Theater. The competition was hosted by dancer, choreographer and community leader, Junious Brickhouse and Ryan “Future” Webb of Urban Artistry and featuring music by DJ Trayze. DC showed up and showed out with over 500 attendees.
The day kicked off with a ‘Beat Ya Feet’ vs Baltimore Club Scene Dance Battle, which led into an inspiring performance by Infinite Flow, a professional dance company comprised of dancers with & without disabilities, breaking stereotypes and pushing the boundaries.
The crowd plays an important role in the outcome of each battle. Red Bull Dance Your Style doesn’t have a panel of dancers judging and voting for a winner, unlike most street dance competitions. Instead, the winner of each battle is decided on a crowd vote. Dance Your Style is about performance and dancer showmanship first, ahead of judging on the more technical aspects of a style. By allowing the crowd to be the judges, dancers are free to really express their personality, individuality, and character.
This is a snippet of the battle, these dancers are hella talented.
I brought my squad with me! We all had our favorites and we all favored the same person.
Philly native, ‘Lil O’ reigned supreme and took home the title as winner of the D.C. qualifier event after a heated 16 rounds of stellar competition. He was also our favorite so it was dope that he won. He was our favorite so we were thrilled to see him win. He had street and studio dancing experience. That is why his style was so engaging.
Infinite Flow is a professional dance company comprised of dancers with & without disabilities, breaking stereotypes and pushing the boundaries.
They dance without limits and it was so dope to see them in action. Talking about using everything you have. They did just that.