Break dancing started off in the streets and even when it started to grow more popular, live performances stayed underground in local community centers and theaters. And while movies like “Breakin'” and “Beat Street” came out in the ’80s, the B-Boy culture still continued to stay within its niche.
Today, this style of dance is available for the masses to see. With Hip-Hop International July 28 – Aug. 1 at Red Rock and Orleans and the Ultimate B-Boy Championship coming to MGM Grand on Aug. 6 – 7, Vegas is showcasing hip-hop to the fullest.
Hip-Hop International at Red Rock and Orleans:
- USA Hip-Hop Dance Championship: July 25 -27
- World Hip-Hop Dance Championship: July 28 – Aug. 1
- World B-Boy Battles: July 31
- World Locking and Popping Battles and Freestyle Championship: July 31
- Finals (At Orleans): Aug. 1
In addition, America’s Best Dance Crew season five winners, Poreotix perform live during the finals.
For those strictly into the b-boy culture, the Ultimate B-Boy Championship at MGM Grand is sure to blow you away.
“There are two elements that make UBC an interesting event,” explained Eugene Rah, founder and executive producer for Ultimate B-Boy Championship. “The combination of dancers battling makes it a sporting event and the dancing that gives the entertainment element. These two elements that represent break dancing as a whole is what makes the event appealing different crowds.”
Back in junior high, I remember getting so excited to ride the bus with my friends after school to watch crews practice and battle on small, empty theater stages or at someone’s house. It was even more of a big deal when the events were held in huge gymnasiums or halls and everyone would squish in and try and get the best seat. For it to blow up as big as it is today – and to see break dancers from all over the world come together on one stage – is truly monumental.
“This exposure probably took longer to gain because no one really understood this culture and type of dance,” Rah said. “These dancers work just as hard as athletes and it’s [taken] them a lifetime to generate the exposure they have now.”
This year, UBC will showcase dancers from six different continents, with special guests America’s Best Dance Crew’s season 1 winners Jabbawockeez and world-famous Korean b-boy crew The Gamblerz. Other crews include:
- Las Vegas’ own Knucklehead Zoo
- Southern California’s Killafornia Crew
- Russia’s Top 9, winners of Battle of the Year in 2006 and 2008
- Brazil’s Tsunami All-Stars
- South Korea’s winner of Battle of the Year 2005, Last For One
- France’s Team Pockemon, Battle of the Year 2003 winners with Red Bull BC One champ B-Boy Lilou
- Japan’s’ R16 Battle and Performance Champs All-Area Crew
- Also from Japan, the only all-female B-Girl crew Qween of Qweenz
And if you just can’t seem to get enough (I know I can’t!) the Jabbawockeez return to Vegas, Aug.19 – 25 at MGM Grand for the talented crew’s “MÜS.I.C” run.
So get ready to break out your records, cassette tapes and street ‘fits. You’ll need all the spirit and energy because these shows will bring it and truly represent.