Hip-hop and dance go hand in hand because of the intensity they bring to each other. Once you listen to the beats, it’s impossible not to groove and move your body. And when things get rowdy, things only get better. If you’ve always wanted to be recognized in the world of hip-hop dancing, you should join these competitions.
1. HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL (HHI)
Arguably the most popular dance competition in the world, Hip Hop International started way back in 2002 with two categories: World Battles and World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Moreover, there are four divisions in the latter category: junior, varsity, adult, and mega crew.
Aside from this, Hip Hop International was also the brains behind America’s Best Dance Crew and the USA Hip Hop Dance Championships. Past winners of HHI have included A-Team, Brotherhood, UPeepz, and Royal Family.
2. WORLD SUPREMACY BATTLEGROUNDS
This hip-hop dance contest happens in Australia and it was known as GROOVE back in 2002 when it was just a local competition. By 2006, dance crews from Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines have made it an international competition. Like the World Hip Hop Dance Championship, it also has four divisions: open, junior, varsity, and monster.
By 2011, hip-hop dance crews from South Africa, Guam, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand had also joined.
3. WORLD OF DANCE TOUR (WOD)
What makes the World of Dance Tour different is the fact that there is no final championship included, Basically, the World of Dance competition travels to various cities in each tour, and each venue has its stand-alone contest. Thus, the hip-hop dance competitions in the cities are only associated by name.
4. UK B-BOY CHAMPIONSHIPS
If you join this, there will be four championship titles up for grabs: solo hip-hop champion, solo b-boy champion, breaking crew champions, and the solo popping champion. Likewise, the final competition also includes an award for the best-dressed participants.
5. UNITED DANCE ORGANIZATION (UDO)
Established in the United Kingdom in 2002, the United Dance Organization manages three awesome hip-hop competitions: World Street Dance Championships, European Street Dance Championships, and British Street Dance Championships. UDO is the biggest street dance organization in Europe, having more than 35,000 members.
6. WORLD DANCE COLOSSEUM
Located in Japan, the World Dance Colosseum is a two-on-two contest involving five world championships for house, hip-hop, b-boying, locking, and popping, respectively. If you are a Japanese dancer, you can compete in the international finale by participating in the preliminary contests. However, only the 30 best dancers outside Japan are given an invitation.
7. STREET DANCE KEMP EUROPE (SDK Europe)
Aside from being a dance competition, Street Dance Kemp Europe is also a dance convention held in the Czech Republic. Groups can participate in hip-hop crew battles while individuals can compete in the krumping, locking, house, and single hip-hop contests.
SDK Europe conducts its activities outside, and participants can stay in hotels or just put up a tent near the event location.
8. JUSTE DEBOUT
If you are in France, you can compete in Juste Debout, which has categories like toprock, house, popping, hip-hop, and even experimental. One thing that differentiates this from other dance competitions is the fact that breaking is not included since the name of the event itself focuses more on dance styles executed while standing.