Updated Aug. 3
New Zealand swept up medals of gold at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships at the Orleans arena, but the U.S. crews put up a good fight. IDK, from San Diego and Los Angeles-based Instant Noodles both netted bronze medals in the Varsity (ages 13-17) and Adults (18 and older) divisions, respectively.
New Zealand’s Bubble Gum and Sorority took home the gold in the Juniors (ages 7-12) and Varsity divisions. Royal Family, also from New Zealand, captured the gold medal in the MegaCrews Division, for 15 to 40 dancers.
Plague, hailing from the U.K., reigned supreme in the Adults age group. The Prodigy, another Las Vegas crew in the Juniors Division, bid the competition adieu in the semifinals but strutted their stuff on KTNV Channel 13.
Hoo. With more than 5,000 fans in the audience and 2,000 competitors in attendance, Hip Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championships made for the best-attended street dance event to date.
For some great photos, videos and interviews, check out Robin Leach’s article from the Las Vegas Sun.
For a recap of Day Five from House of Crews, cue up the video below.
The throw-down competition that draws thousands of dancers from all over the world is hitting it hard in Las Vegas for the fourth year running. Hip Hop International‘s USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships are something akin to the world series of the genre, with top-notch crews battling against each other for the reigning title. Dancers span three age divisions, from elementary school kids with mad skills to adults who have been in the business for a long, long time. This is also the first year of the megacrew category, where crews can bring between 15 and 40 of their members.
Today is World Battle Day, with international dancers battling in popping, locking and freestyle. Toni Basil, choreographer of Bette Midler’s show at Caesars Palace, will judge the one-upping. For play-by-play tweets of the action, check out Robin Leach on Twitter.
The Las Vegas-based crew The Prodigy advanced to the world semifinals yesterday after snagging the USA title in the juniors division. This is the first crew from the city to get this far, and they’ll compete in the world semifinals on Sunday.
For more hip hop excellence, check out the stories here and here from VegasDeLuxe. You can find Hip Hop International’s official YouTube channel here. For a recap of day one and for links to more videos, cue up the video below.