MODIFICATIONS TO HHI RULES FOR 2021 - revised 06.05.2021


The 2020 World Hip Hop Dance Championship was postponed due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and will be conducted as one event with the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. The event will be conducted online from Los Angeles, October 2, 2021. This will result in the implementation of several modifications to the HHI Rules & Regulations affecting participating crews. The modifications are for 2021 only. They are as follows:

  1. Crews who qualified for the 2020 World Hip Hop Dance Championship are now qualified to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. These crews must compete or perform in their country’s 2021 national championship.  As a result, there may be up to six crews per division representing their country in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship (excluding defending world champions).
  2. All 2020 first, second and third place medalists have the choice to compete in their 2021 national championship for national ranking or perform for a score only. Regardless of their scores, all 2020 medalists participating in their 2021 national championship will remain qualified to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Only the 2020 medalists performing for score only may choose to participate by video submission or in person at their country’s 2021 national championship.
  3. In the rare instance that a country’s three (3) 2020 qualified crews place 1st, 2nd and 3rd again in their 2021 national championship, HHI will allow one additional crew who ranked 4th place to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. This is per division (Junior, Varsity, Adult, MiniCrew & MegaCrew).
  4. All 2019 Gold Medalists who could not defend their titles in 2020 due to a postponement of their national championships may do so in 2021.
  5. The 2019 World Hip Hop Dance Champions may defend their titles in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship but must compete in their national championships for 2021.
  6. Dancers in Junior and Varsity crews who would have aged out of their division by the end of 2020 will be permitted to remain with their crew and compete through the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. For example: A 13-year-old turning 14 within the competition year (by 12/31) may compete in the junior and/or the varsity division. Likewise, an 18-year-old turning 19 within the competition year (by 12/31) may compete in the varsity and/or the adult division.
  7. Adjusting the age restrictions to permit Junior and Varsity crew members aging out to remain with their crews through the 2021 World Championship is applicable to all HHI Championships in all countries. Following the conclusion of the 2021 World Championship the age restrictions will revert to the standard HHI Rules & Guidelines.
  8. It is the decision of every HHI country whether to conduct a 2020 national championship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HHI is not mandating one.
  9. A 2020 and 2021 national championship cannot be conducted as one event. A decision can be made not to conduct or to postpone a championship in 2020 but one must be conducted in 2021, assuming government restrictions are followed, and conditions are safe.
  10. A 2020 national championship can be organized on any date that is reasonable and safe for the dance community before the end of 2020.
  11. A country in which a national championship was presented in 2020 and in 2021 can bring up to 6 crews per division (maximum 30 crews) to the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. A country conducting a national championship in 2021 only, can bring up to 3 crews per division (maximum 15 crews).
  12. Due to worldwide safety and health concerns the use of protective face masks by HHI participants is acceptable for all 2020 and 2021 HHI Championships.
  13. All HHI championships and events will adhere to all governmental regulations enacted within their countries to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all participants, staff and spectators.
  14. Crews qualified to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship who wish to add, delete, or replace members in their crew may do so if they follow the guidelines as stated on page 7 of the HHI Rules & Regulations, entitled “Defending Champion Entry Changes, Additions, Substitutions for defending champions”.


The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the national championships of all 53 HHI affiliated countries, and the plans and dates for the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. After months of deliberation and planning HHI is excited to announce the ONLINE presentation and broadcast of the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship is Saturday, October 2. Registration begins July 1 with video submission due no later than September 6.
The championship is open to all crews who qualified at an HHI national championship or national selection conducted September 2019 to September 2021 and crews from non affiliated countries who apply to HHI for an open invitation. The World Battles will be postponed until August 2022.

Dates and location for the 2021 USA Hip Hop Dance Championship have changed and will presented live in Los Angeles, September 3-5 (Labor Day weekend). The Urban Moves Dance Workshops will be conducted at the USA Championships on Sunday, September 5. Both events are open to the public.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the entire world, HHI has decided to postpone the USA Hip Hop Dance Championship, World Hip Hop Dance Championship and Urban Moves Dance Workshops to September/October, 2021.

From the start of this unprecedented outbreak, the health and safety of our HHI family has been of the utmost importance. We are confident that making this decision is in everyone’s best interest.

HHI recognizes that this is a challenging time for all of us. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines being set by our respective governments and believe these actions are necessary to help us return to our normal lives.

In fairness to all, Hip Hop International will expand registration in 2021 to include crews and dancers who qualified in 2020 as well as 2021. We will also permit crews with members aging out to remain together to compete in 2021. Please see modifications to HHI Rules for 2020/2021 below.

This is a unique time, but we will get through it together.  On behalf of Hip Hop International, we thank you for your consideration, understanding, passion, and commitment.  Stay strong, stay safe and stay healthy!


-Hip Hop International