Hip-hop you don’t stop

bboy2I don’t know how much of a hip-hop dance fan you are, but in Vegas, these type of shows are certainly turning heads. Lots of them.

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.

bboy3For 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.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Flygirl Raquel at 4:18 am

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about both events! Its like 2 weeks of Disneyland in Vegas this summer!

  2. B-BOY PENGUIN at 6:59 pm

    Hi! How much are tickets for Saturday and Sunday in Orleans? And how/where can I get them. I want to attend this awesome event! =)

  3. Jeannie Borbe at 2:24 pm

    HI, B-Boy Penguin!

    You might want to contact the Orleans to get the specific prices.

    If you’ll be in town for UBC at MGM from Aug. 6-7, you’ll get a chance to see out-f-this-world breakdancers from all over the world. For more info, click here: http://tinyurl.com/29a675b

    Have fun!