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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.

July 30

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.


It was close to midnight, and something evil was lurking in the dark.

It was a mass of college students.

Just kidding.

College students and zombies alike congregated in a ballroom at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union to learn vintage “Thriller” choreography made famous by the King of Pop.

(Find a link to my podcast, hosted by Podbean, here, for an interview with the two dancers that taught the choreography.)

CSUN, the Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (Las Vegas), is the student government at UNLV. The group organized the event on Oct. 21 for students to learn the original MJ choreography just in time for Halloween.

By all accounts, the event went quite well. Hundreds of people participated, many of whom were in zombie garb for the costume contest that was the culmination of the evening.

Erika Bruno and Alex Lum

Dancers Erika Bruno and Alex Lum occupied a stage at the front of the room, acting as in-person choreographers. Two big-screen projectors were set up alongside them, displaying Jackson’s original video courtesy of our good friends on YouTube. (The link is for the full video, story included. Skip to 8:28 for choreography.)

CSUN’s Director of Entertainment and Programming Chelsea Seegers demonstrated as well as organized, dancing along on stage and running around in equal parts.

Pint-sized b-boys from Rock Steady Crew were also in attendance, meaning that professors weren’t the only ones schooling college kids. (Check out footage toward the end of my video above.)

CSUN promises this will be a UNLV tradition. Hopefully they’re right — it’s certainly worth continuing.

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Spain dominated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but another international title was awarded shortly after. On Aug. 6 and 7, some of the best b-boys in the world competed as crews and individuals for the title of international break-dancing champion.

The ever-famous Wayne Brady stepped in as host and a number of break-dancing founding fathers joined the event.

Commentary was provided by Mr. Freeze, an original member of Rock Steady Crew and a renowned pioneer of b-boying. Ground-breaking (pardon the pun) b-boys Track 2, JoJo, Ken Swift and Benji will be judged the competition, with DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and DJ P spinning the music.

Ticket prices ranged from $45 to $1,200 for a single day or $80 to $1,200 for both days.

Ultimately, Russia’s Top 9 reigned supreme. They triumphed over Killafornia, from our Cali neighbors to the west. Vegas’ own Knucklehead Zoo were nixed by Top 9 in the semifinals.

Our buddies at the Las Vegas Weekly provided some insightful coverage of the event. Check it out here, and don’t miss the championship footagePictures are also available from the Weekly.

And since Vegas isn’t exactly famous for a sports team, cheer for the b-boys we do have. Check out the footage of Knucklehead Zoo here and here.