7 Year Old Girl Shocks World, Winning Step Up Revolution VIP Grand Champion Dance Competition
July 23rd- San Jose, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) hosted the first ever Step Up Revolution All Styles Dance Competition. The event took place at the Alum Rock Youth Center in San Jose, CA. “This battle was meant to get kids off the street and showcase the amazing dance talent in the Bay Area. No doubt this mission was accomplished.”
The day began with a workshop from world renown Bboy A-Game from Hybrid Crew/Style Elements. He taught an introductory class on the fundamental Bboy movements that left young novices flowing seamlessly from top rocking, to crisp floor work.
The competition was DJ’ed by Kool DJ Dizzy of All Tribes Zulu Nation chapter and judged by San Jose Bboy Anonymous and Funkee Asiatic of All Tribes Zulu Nation.
The day’s all styles battle was conducted in an “Iron Man” format that came down to a faceoff between popper’s Shez and Maze, both representing San Jose. After a grueling 5 rounds Shez and Maze tied for first.
L to R All Style Champions Tied for 1st Place Maze & Shez with Sarah
The shock of the day however was a 7 year old known only as Sarah, who took the floor by storm and won the Step Up Revolution VIP Grand Champion. Her 2 minute 30 second routine was an amazing blend of modern Hip-Hop Dance, crumping, tutting and turf dancing that was packed with intensity. “The energy Sara hit the floor with was unmatched. Her choreography was composed so well.” said HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko. “The only problem was that her trophy was almost as big as she was. She has authentic star power.”
Sarah said after winning “I had a great time dancing today, because I love to dance and I love my trophy!” Her parents stated “There were some amazing dancers at the event today. We are so excited for Sarah and proud that she got to be part of this great event and raise money for HHCF and give back to the community.”
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation would like to give a deep thanks to Ed Solis, Mona Martinez and everybody from the Alum Rock Youth Center and the City of San Jose. They gave these youth and their families an amazing place to display their skills. We also want to be sure to thank King Kenny of San Jose Universal Zulu Nation Chapter, San Francisco All Tribes Chapter, Demone Carter of Future Arts Now, www.bboysounds.com, Rahman Jamaal, Som Ngeth, Bboy A-Game, Bboy Aftashock, IDC Magazine, Raw Talents and of course the creators of Step Up Revolution for trusting us to put on such a fun event.
For more info on the Hip-Hop Chess Federation visit: www.facebook.com/hiphopchess
PHOTO 1: PHOTO 2: Lto R All Style Champions Tied for 1st Place Maze & Shez with Sarah