By Stefani | The summer of 2012 has given us nothing but high level raw movement and magnetic energy! And judging by the event calender for what’s still to come, that’s not about to change anytime soon! Step X Step will go over some of the most recent global events.
STREET DANCE KEMP EUROPE| JEDOVNICE- CZECH REPUBLIC
First a recap made by Hip Hop photography (Lil Shao & William K) and edited by Tomson, from what many call the greatest Street Dance Camp in Europe: simply goes by the name of SDK. Held from July 1st untill 8th -they provide workshops in every style from Waacking to Krump. DJ’s were Renegade, Zulu & Pu amongst others.
The Hip Hop New Style final between ICEE from Forzesound (France) vs Majid from Old Future (Germany) conveys so much positive energy & some of the values every individual active in Hip Hop should never lose focus on. At the end of the video, one of the judges: Niako from Legion X (FRA) paid his respect to ICEE by expressing publicly he was his biggest inspiration when he first started dancing so naturally it was an honor to judge ICEE in a battle. We will follow in Niako’s footsteps by not mentioning who won, since winning sometimes isn’t that relevant when it comes to embodying Hip Hop.
Photographer Petr Bednarik made a lot of great pictures of the camp. Check the album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.448077585222964.109649.112072855490107&type=1
Official website www.sdkeurope.com
WORLD BBOY CLASSIC | ROTTERDAM- HOLLAND
Most have heard about the World Bboy Classic battle. It’s an international Bboy battle and is part of the Street Science Festival lasting 3 days and organized by 45Live and Hip Hop Huis. It’s a battle with a twist because ‘the main objective is to find out if two dancers from the same crew could compete with two international top dancers who have never danced together before. Those duos are formed only 1 hour before the start of the main event by randomly selecting 8 duo’s out of 16 specially invited professional dancers from all over the world.
DJ’s: PANIC, SKEME & CUT NICE
This years winners were Palmer & Kareem. Instead of sharing the footage of the final we want to share the hypest battle of the night with you: JUNIOR (FRA) & Willy (NL) vs James (NL) & Menno (NL)
Full playlist you can find here:
“The gully District” a quarterly returning Krump battle is also part of Street Science Festival and is organized by the leader of Holland StreetKingdom: Ques Zaalman a.k.a. Baddguy TwoSix. He had the pleasure of welcoming Kid Eyez, Kid Maddripp and J Tight to this edition. The preselections and battles were captured by Dillen van der Molen ! Buck beats provided by DJ Clearence Person aka JR Kanibal C-Innocent.
Fully playlist by Tha5elements -thank you bro!
Also, Holland StreetKingdom united with the creator of Krump at SDK Europe and it was BUCK² ! There was a lot of love and appreciation received for Krump this year from dancers of all styles. Some inspirational and relevant words from Rock Steady’s very own Mister Wiggles & Tight Eyez himself:
If you want to keep up with the The gully District be sure to visit their page:
WORLD DANCE COLOSSEUM | TOKYO- JAPAN
On July 21st World Dance Colosseum took place in Japan. Hosted by famous MC Usk with that unmistakable tone of voice! WDC is a 5 styles- 2vs2 battl: Breakin’ Hiphop Lockin’ House & Poppin. The event invites 30 top dancers from all over the world. It is the only global event in Japan!
Here is the battle between Maika & Kyoka vs Ben & Majid, (DJ OBA behind the wheels). The girls go under the name RUSH BALL and I’ve seen them at the Juste Debout world Finals in Paris and I can tell you they live up to that alias!
The official page has some great pictures, you can see them all here:
CAMP OF HIP HOP | KASMU – ESTONIA
JJ Street the famous Estonian Hip Hop phenomenon & DJ organizes and hosts the biggest battle in the Balkan area called Baltic Sessions which is yet to come this October. But before that festival comes knocking, JJ just finalized this years Camp of Hip Hop.
I can really appreciate him already communicating to the world:
“NEXT YEAR’s CAMP OF HIP-HOP 2013 will be 22nd-28th July. Thank you for everybody who support this event and the price does not change!”
Hip Hop in je smoel (in your face) is what we call that in the Netherlands! Shout out to JJ for keepin’ it real!
Here is the HIP HOP FINAL Boys vs Girls between SWITCH & REEFLEX (SWE) VS VALUSHA & DASHIKIN (RUS)
KAPELA (WANTED POSSE/ SERIAL STEPPERS) and King Charles (FOOTWORKINGZ) faced each other and smiled in the House Final. Memorable moment!
Other styles that took place you can watch here:
OUTBREAK WORLD FINALS | BANSKA BYSTRICA SLOVAKIA
From July 27th – 29th Outbreak Finals were hosted outside of USA for the first time. Outbreak Festival is 8 days of CRAZINESS with over 50 countries present in one city! The festival includes Breakin’, DJ-in’, MC-in’, Graffiti. Shout out to Strife TV for some great footage of the finals! DJ’s for this event: RENEGADE (Soul Maverics / ENGLAND)
LEAN ROCK (Floorlords, Horsepower/ USA)
WOO-D (Horsepower, Balkan Mafia / SLOVENIA)
SCREAM (South Bboys Front / UKRAINE)
PIGGO (Streetcom / SLOVAKIA)
Feast your eyes on the final between Russia v Ukraine
Overview of the festival https://www.facebook.com/events/292471527490267/
URBAN DANCE CAMP| LORRACH -GERMANY
“UDC is the world’s leading dance intensive education. After many years the annual international workshop event has become the best summer intensive for studio-styles (choreography) as well as streetdance styles, with the highest standard of teaching and unique talents from around the world.” Besides dancers featured in the Instagram image below the list includes other big names such as: Laure Courtellemont, Hiro, Terry Wright, Mr Wiggles, Shaun Evaristo and many more.
Here is a friendly battle between LIL G VS JUNIOR. Yes the same bboy from World BBoy Classic. With this dancer you need at least two tries before believing it’s real. You may try again.
Photographer Little Shao was there the first week and made sure to capture the epicness like only he can. We are excited to see the outcome !
The camp lasts through August 21st, so there is more goodness on the way!
Last but definitively not least we can share a snippet of Criminalz crew LES TWINS’ showcase at Urban Dance Camp while we are awaiting official footage.
Although this is already more than enough to please a dancelover, still to come with a high risk of completely blowing your mind:
SUMMER DANCE FOREVER FESTIVAL (AMSTERDAM- NETHERLANDS)
THE NOTORIOUS IBE FESTIVAL (HEERLEN- NETHERLANDS)
JJ-STREET BALTIC SESSION FESTIVAL (TALLINN-ESTONIA)
BATTLE OF THE YEAR FINALS (MONTPELLIER-FRANCE)
RED BULL BC ONE FINALS (RIO DE JANERO- BRAZIL)
Wouldn’t it be nice, if all this information was offered to one in a really compact way & close at hand?
Luckily for all of us dancefreaks there is new app on the way called DanceLab. It will be available for iPhone and it provides the user with dance lessons, news, event calendar, interviews with dance legends and world best dance events. One hot spot for all dancers and fans around the world. We are excited about this app and curious to see how it functions.
In the meantime enjoy the rest of the summer! Don’t miss our updates on upcoming festivals or right this minute on Hip Hop International Las Vegas and be sure to follow SXS on twitter, facebook!