VLADO Footwear’s KEEP ON Dancing USA Prelims 2012 and Showdown 3 was held this last Saturday at the Shine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CA and we at Step X Step Dance made it out to this historical event! At the finals, hosts Mookie and Popin Pete brought of the creator of Keep On Dancing, who made his way from Beijing, China! Winners of Keep On Dancing Prelims in LA will go to Beijing, China in the middle of May to compete to be the world champion in their specific style! Competition styles included popping, locking, bboy, and hip hop and believe me, as I talked to KidBoogie from Machine Gone Funk (Organizer of KOD LA) he mentioned the China finals had thousands of competitors in 2011.
The whole feeling of the event this year brought together new generation and OG’s from all respective styles! Highlight of the event for myself was seeing Bboy Steelo supporting at the event! Steelo had to undergo emergency surgery last June to eliminate a brain aneurysm, but during the surgery he had 3 more! It took months and months of faith, work, and prayers to walk and talk again, and although he is still rehabilitating -seeing him support the culture was my favorite moment!
E-4O also performed at the event:
It was great to be around so many great dancers and to chat/dance with some of these icons for myself! There needs to be more events like this in the scene that bring together young and old dancers so everyone can enjoy the art and culture! I think if there are more events of this nature then the culture can grow immensely! Until then heres’ a video recap of the event!
LOCKING – WINNER: FIRELOCK
POPPING – WINNER: BIONIC
HIP HOP – WINNER: COMFORT
BBOY – WINNER: BBOY FULL DECK
HIGHLIGHTS: INTERVIEW WITH POPPING JOHN
VERSA STYLE PERFORMANCE – FUNK’D UP TV: