Keep On Dancing: USA Prequalifiers

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The Keep On Dancing: USA Prequalifiers have just ended!

KOD is an international battle that has a preliminary round in multiple countries — the winner is then flown out for the World Championships representing their country. It has four categories: Popping, Locking, Breaking, and Hip Hop. The contest is a 4 vs. 4 format, and each team must come prepared with a combination of freestyle skill, routines and commandos. Click through for more info on what went down.

Here’s how USA’s prequalifiers went down:

On the one’s and two’s:

Breaking & Hip Hop: DJ Ervin Arana

Popping & Locking: DJ Tinman

The judging panel:

Popping: Flat Top, Kobra, Mr. Wiggles

Locking: Toni Basil, Suga Pop, Aka Ya

Breaking: Wicket, Storm, Flomaster

Hip Hop: Buddha Stretch, Link, Meech

This year, the competition was incredibly fierce, with each of the rounds going for as long as 18 minutes. If you don’t think that’s difficult, I urge you to try dancing for that long straight just to move on to the next round and do it all over again. The competitors were hungry — for both the cash prize as well as the opportunity to rep the entirety of the USA in the World Finals.

Within the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA, the music was going off, dancers were vibing out with one another, all ages were getting down and countless groups found their own little corners to practice their routines and commandos. While the vibe overall was definitely a party, you couldn’t help but feel the tension in the air. Everyone was ready to bring it and, damn, they truly did. You can bet the dancers were working hard from its duration of noon to 11 at night. The judges worked with a point system and, at the end of the evening, these were the final battles and their takeaway:

Popping: Soulbotics vs. Mhm — with Soulbotics taking the win.

Locking: Ilumi-LOCK-Keys vs. A Mischief — with A Mischief taking the win.

Breaking: BGSK vs. Rock Force Crew — with Rock Force Crew taking the win.

Hip Hop: Versastyle vs. Flooridians — with Flooridians taking the win.

If you come across any of these dancers, take the time to congratulate them on their win. Wish them luck and prepare. Word on the street is the World Finals 2016 will be taking place in Los Angeles with only the best of the very best going head to head.

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Noelle Marie

Noelle Marie is a writer and personal essayist that covers topics ranging from social justice to the Asian diaspora to hip hop and street dance. She's currently finishing up a novel covering her roots in the Philippines, and she's the dance editor at the 5th. You can also catch her at any street dance event in LA either competing, judging, or performing.

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