Sunday, January 16, 2022

Dancers battle it out at the Drop Dance Hip Hop League

Break dancing has slowly been cementing itself as a regular feature in the local performing arts scene. For the first time ever in Botswana, local dancers were able to get together, compete and perfect international hip-hop dance styles. The Urban Arts Association of Botswana (UAAB), in collaboration with Hoodwink Entertainment, recently hosted the first round of the Drop Dance Hip Hop knock out battle. The event was held at the Botswana National Youth Centre (BNYC) amphitheatre in Fairgrounds. Hip-Hop music lovers and dancers battled it out in a fierce competition and the prize was a clothing voucher from Mafia Soul.

The drop hip-hop dance league is a youthful movement whose members dress in full hip-hop regalia. Members came through fully clad in oversized clothes, baggy basketball shirts, sagging jeans, dungarees, bling-bling chains and boots. Some of them came wearing very tight skinny jeans. In particular, the dance battle is more like a parade of masculine, tough talking daredevils exemplifying what’s perhaps the defining male trait. In simple terms, it is defined by a willingness to risk neck-breaking injury for the sake of a good dance move. The battle was fought in three rounds. The first round was B-Boying, which is similar to break dancing. The second round was popping and the third round was Krumping.

Popping is a street dance and one of the original funk dance styles. Krumping is a street dance popularized in the United States that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movements. In simple terms the dances are an imitation of how celebrated American R’n’B singer Chris Brown captivates his audience in his heavily rotated music videos. In the individual contests the first prize was scooped by CJ. Havoc. In the hotly contested group battles Android Intelligence got first place, whilst Cryogenics and TNT came second and third place respectively.

Event organisers Selby Urban Muir and Jethro Motlhasedi said the event couldn’t have been possible without the kind and generous support of Pie City. They sponsored the event with meat pies and refreshments for the participants. Brinsel Security Company also sponsored the competition with P3000 as the winners’ prize money.

“We recently managed to secure funding from the department of youth, so we look forward to hosting more events such as this one,” said the youthful Selby Muir.

“The next round will be announced sometime in July because we are still trying to secure more sponsorship to make the event bigger and better.”

The UAAB is a non-profit making and non-governmental society, which is focused on providing local artists with a platform for first time rookies to learn, gain experience and exposure within the local entertainment industry.

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