Street dance fans, dancers and choreographers from a record 43 nations turned out in full
force for Hip Hop International’s 2012 USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las
Vegas. Days and nights filled with amazing competition, informative workshops taught by
iconic choreographers and nightly parties were all part of a full week of non-stop excitement.
The week began with the USA Hip Hop Dance Championship. During two full days of
competition, fans were thrilled to see defending champions Elektrolytes, fresh from winning
season 7 of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” go head-to-head with
Academy of Villains. Both crews went on to represent the United States in the World Finals.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE USA RESULTS AND VIDEOS OF WINNING ROUTINES.
In just its second year, HHI’s MegaCrew Division, with crews of 15 to 40 members proved a
creative challenge for choreographers and a tribute to their inventiveness. Before standing
room only crowds at the Red Rock Resort or on the big stage at the Orleans Arena, this
spectator-pleasing event pulsated with energy and excitement. Defending Champions
Royal Family of New Zealand brought the audience to its feet by capturing the Gold for the
2nd straight year. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS AND VIDEOS OF WINNING
Royal Family choreographer Parris, who was catapulted to worldwide prominence after
winning HHI’s World Championship as part of ReQuest, was a huge draw at HHI’s Urban
Moves Dance Workshops. Other instructors including Chachi* from ABDC 2011 Champions
IaMmE, international sensations Les Twins* and Tight Eyez*, among other prominent street
dancers, presented an unequalled opportunity for students to be up close and personal with
the world’s best. *link to photos
Mid-week saw the arrival of national hip hop dance champions from 43 nations, with
countries like Bulgaria, Paraguay, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Peru and India competing for the
first time. At the welcoming ceremonies, the energy of flag waving national pride could barely
be contained. Link to photos. During the course of three days of competition, the field was
narrowed to the highest-ranking crews in Divisions for Juniors (ages 7 to 12), Varsity (ages
13-17), Adults (18+) and MegaCrews. Link to list of finalists.
There was barely time to take a breath before the World Finals when World Battle Day took
center stage at the Red Rock. Judged by such originators as Don “Campbellock” Campbell,
Boogaloo Sam, Toni Basil and Zulu Gremlin, the incredible skills of the USA and World’s
best bboys, poppers, lockers and freestylers were put to the test in a series of “in your face”
battles. The USA dominated capturing gold medals in World Bboy 3 on 3 Crew Battle (Fallen
Kings – including Dtrix), and World Popping & Locking 1 on 1 Battles, which were won by
Hurrikane and Heartbreak. The All Styles Battle was won by Larry of Les Twins from France.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS AND VIDEOS OF WINNERS IN ACTION.
After battling their way to the top during a weeklong series of elimination events, the best of
the best dance crews wowed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 6,000 people at a packed
Orleans Arena. The event was further highlighted by the presentation and performance of
2012 HHI’s Living Legend of Hip Hop Award to Jabbawockeez. LINK TO JBWKZ AWARDS
AND PERFORMANCE VIDEOS.
Hip Hop International congratulates all the winners and medalists representing Japan, New
Zealand, Canada, Philippines, USA and Mexico. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS
AND VIDEOS OF WINNERS IN ACTION.
HHI’s 2013 USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships, World Battles and Urban Moves
will return to Las Vegas from August 3rd through Aug 11th. Click here for complete event