Bundown DTP WBDC Originally uploaded by AccessWinnipeg

Here we go.

DTP with Bundown present Winnipeg’s Best Dance Crew
Saturday, July 5, 2008
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York, Winnipeg MB

DTP and Bundown’s dance showdown apparently has two divisions. Details after the jump, yo.

1st division – B-BOY/B-GIRL, 4pm
…Battle Of The Year-style format,
…crew vs. crew,
…preliminary showcase round; must have prepared routine to qualify for semi-final and final battle.

Huh?! Do not quote me on this, but “Battle Of The Year-style” means you’ll need an actual dance routine. As breakers though, your routine will be filled with classic bboy moves and choreography while combining witty and next to crazy double/triple (or more) teams. Goes without saying, but you’ll be expected to bring all that to the table… and more. You’ll likely be less worried about technical aspects and more with innovation while staying true to the bboy aesthetic. It’s a little hard to explain, but it’s a lot different than what’s expected overall from the Hip Hop Dance division. The crew on crew battles are straight forward… fight to stay alive head on! I’ve posted some examples of a crew doing a “bboy routine” my friends and I are fans of. (Try not to compare them to Jabbawockeez for the masks… they’re from different sides of the world and who cares who really did them first… even though Ex did it first haha.)

Expression Crew


As for battles… well, things have certainly evolved.


2nd division – HIP HOP DANCE, 7pm
…min. of five, max. of 10/per crew,
…must have prepared routine for preliminary showcase round,
…50% will advance to semi-final round,
…two crews will advance to final round.

Judging criteria:
– isolation,
– difficulty,
– originality,
– showmanship,
– crowd response.

Umm?! Pretty straight forward. Anyone who’s even mildly interested in hip hop dancing had to have either been following Kaba Modern’s history or at the very least, watched America’s Best Dance Crew. Originality plays an even bigger role in a division that would (and usually can) encompass all styles of dance, including breaking. The nice thing about hip hop, is you can add a certain hip hop flavor to literally any style and create something new. The bar is certainly set high but I’d hardly say the sky was the limit. There’s no end to the creativity in a world where each idea can spawn new ones.

Examples? Here are some of the hottest locals. Sikat and Define Movement at SYNK 2007


To register your crew, send a hi-res .jpg (min. 300 dpi), bio and contact info to battle@bundown.com