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[Event] TLC Australia Tour, June 2014

90s RnB fans rejoice! TLC are bringing their CrazySexyCool to Australia for the first time ever.

“Dreams are hopeless aspirations / In hopes of coming true, believe in yourself / The rest is up to me and you.”

I haven’t seen the movie yet based on them featuring Lil Mama, but I caught her with the original two, T-Boz and Chilli, performing “Waterfalls” at the 2013 American Music Awards. Waves of nostalgia flooded over me and I got super emotional watching this. A signficant part of my upbringing along with my all-time idol, Aaliyah, these ladies still got it.

Check out the trailer for the TLC Movie:

TLC Australia tour 2014

TLC Australia 2014 tour

Friday, June 6 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, June 7 – Eatons Hall, Brisbane
Wednesday, June 11 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Friday, June 13 – Metro City, Perth

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[Event] Soul of Sydney Secret Block Party 18 May 2014

My good friends at Soul of Sydney host regular secret block parties, bringing back the old school feel good vibes with Hip Hop, Funk, Disco, Soul and more. I love how creative they get with their marketing on Facebook. Check out details and video of the last one below. If you’re down for a crowd that is fun with a positive energy, a vibe where it’s all about the music, impromptu communal dancing where the dancers teach the non-dancers, then you gotta check this out.

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SOS block party 18 may 2014

SOS block party 18 may 2014

 

★ SOUL OF SYDNEY (Ol’School Joint) B’day BLOCK PARTY | SUN MAY 18 at 1pm

Feat. Brisbane Hip Hop, Funk & Breaks legend.

DJ KATCH (Resin Dogs, Hydrofunk Records, Brisbane)

★★ FEEL-GOOD SOUL, FUNK, DISCO, BBOY BREAKS, OLD SCHOOL PARTY JAMS & BEYOND ★★

★TICKETS | $5 – (Sold Out) | $10 – (Limited)

★ Tickets $5-$10 | CLICK HERE

http://bit.ly/1mn2LVB

JOIN FACEBOOK EVENT FOR MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/events/766964076649186/

For videos of our block party jams, podcast, and information visit | soulofsydney.org

VENUE: | SECRET FUNK OASIS 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM CBD | (Released only to ticket holders)

MUSIC BY:
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★Brisbane’s Legendary Crate Digger, DJ & Producer:

★ DJ KATCH (Resin Dogs, Hydrofunk Records)

+ Soul of Sydney DJ’s + friends:
★DJ MK-1 (Universal Zulu Nation) (Birthday Set)
★FRENZIE (Groove Therapy radio, 2ser)
★PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House)
★DJ ADVERSE (Groovedealers)
20140304-020450-588509.jpg★DJ LIBRE
★DJ MO’FUNK
★SHIRENE D’SILVA (Birthday Set)

★ Tickets:
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$5 – Early Bird (Sold Out) | $10 – 2nd Release
www.facebook.com/events/766964076649186/

★ MUSIC:
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Old School Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, BBoy breaks + Early Hip Hop & House Joints.

★About The Party:
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We are proud to be hosting our third (Ol’ School) joint birthday throwdown, the annual block party event we put on to help celebrate the birthdays of some very special members of our extended soul family who all just happen to be turning a year older all around the same time.

This will be the first in our parties over Autumn/Winter months, where will be keeping this jam a lot smaller and more intimate, so be sure to get in early as it will be a strictly limited capacity event.

★ Info.
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty

★ MIXTAPES:
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Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio (May 18 Edition)

feat. DJ Katch, Frenzie, Phil Toke, MK1, Mo;’Funk, DJ LIbre
Listen –> www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney/sets/may2014

★ABOUT SOUL OF SYDNEY
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★For videos of our block party jams check out videos and info here:
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty/media_set?set=vb.100001361822608&type=2

Created in November 2009, Soul of Sydney is an independent, artist run collective who are bonded by a love of ‘funk’ based music. Our people include DJ’s, Musicians, Producers, Dancers & Designers who have come together to promote and support the music we love in this city, and the street culture around it.

Soul of Sydney Block Party is our monthly Sunday musical afternoon (12-9pm) feast. Focused on a family orientated get together, DJ’s, Record Collectors, B-boys & B-Girls, and musicians come down to share & enjoy some of the music they love in a completely different environment, outside of bars or clubs.
We have an ‘open decks, open mic & open dance floor’ policy just to keep it personal and give everyone a chance to do their thing where locals can come down as our guests outside of a usual club set.

Music styles generally sit at a safe middle ground of Soul, Funk, Disco and a fair bit of Jazz & golden era hip hop stuff too with artists James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, De La Soul, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Larry Levan amongst the playlist.

★♫ ♩ ▔

SOUL OF SYDNEY LINKS:
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty
www.insatgram.com/soulofsydney
www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney
www.twitter.com/soulofsydney

♫ Mixtapes: Check out podcasts from the DJ’s playing on the day for an idea of the kind of vibes you can expect.

♫ Listen to Soul of Sydney Radio ! –>
www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney

★For videos of our block party jams check out videos and info here:
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty/media_set?set=vb.100001361822608&type=2

★♫ ♩

Follow us at at FACEBOOK for updates on our next secret jam.
Mixtapes Videos & Updated Party Info at here at facebook
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty

★Mixtapes, Info
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty

or follow us at
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty

♫ Listen to Soul of Sydney Radio ! –> www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney

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And the winner is… SKB!!! SKB took out the crew battles, the senior battle (Bboy Blond) and placed 2nd in Juniors (Bboy Bred). Here is my recap of R16 Oceania 2014, I will keep updating this page with videos and photos as I find them.

SKB champions of R16 Australia 2014

What I love about R16

R16 is one of those few dance related events or competitions that I’ll go to in Australia, because I know the quality is always gonna be high. Here’s why.

1. You got the best MC possible – MC Mistery (who is also one of the main peeps responsible for putting on this event) is fucking hilarious. All the inside jokes and shit talking he does about the competitors deserves it’s own TV show. He always manages to make us laugh consistently throughout the day, and sometimes I face-palm myself at some of his more cringeworthy remarks. But I love him. He’s dope. He’s a true rep of what Aussie Hip Hop is.

2. DJ Naiki is the one of the best dance battle DJs in Australia – he knows the dancers so well and knows what beats to drop and when. Also important is that he is so clean when he cuts each track after each round, so that bboys keep getting fresh beats and they are at the perfect point in time, not messing up the flow. DJ Naiki truly complements the dancers at any event he spins at.

3. The battle format allows for people to enter with a crew or solo, and the solo is split into junior and senior sections. So there’s something for every bboy or bgirl that wants to enter. It can be tiring though, which I noticed towards the end of the event, especially for those who enter both the solo and crew battles (and Bboy Blond being the tank that he is, won both).

4. The reputation of the event and the fact that it contributes to the winners competing in the world finals in Korea. Most comps don’t do this, they make you pay your own way to get there. Now the competition is highly reputable worldwide and a massive shout out to Bboy Dyzee who conceptualised it and kept pushing for his vision to become a widespread reality.

The last thing which is the most highly contested aspect of the event, is the judging format. There are 5 categories – Foundation, Originality, Dynamics, Execution, Cypher. Personally, I like it (and I like battles without this system just as equally), and I like the concept of a consistent judging system to be trialled in a competition format. There’s plenty of other opportunities to battle outside of this format so those who don’t agree with it can simply not enter, and go battle somewhere else.


On the day

The event was pretty cool, lots of new faces and lots of familiar ones to me. It was moved from First Fleet Park at Circular Quay to Woolloomoolloo PCYC on the day due to wet weather conditions. It was also a fucking cold day, so I’m glad it was brought indoors, although these events usually get pretty sweaty ballsacks.

I arrived around about 2 and a half hours after it officially started, which was just in time to see my boys from SKB get into their first battle. These guys won the last two R16 championships and even got as far as the semi finals for the crew battle and finals for the solo battle (Bboy Blond) in 2013. So I had high hopes for them, always impressed with Blond’s ability to pick up choreography for the crew routines at the last minute. He’s been on So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2014 and didn’t have time to train with his crew until on the day of the event. What a tank.

The battles went on one after the other, the judges getting weary towards the end after looking at so many bboys. I think there was only 2 breaks during the whole time I was at the event, and I know what it’s like to spend hours at an event, judging and being super focused the whole time the performances are on.

I hadn’t seen the bboys for a while and saw a lot of crashes than I usually see from these guys, but they kept their energy high till the end. There was a lot of cheekiness as Mistery would keep saying, and it seems more of a distinction from Aussie crews because elsewhere in the world, the battles are usually pretty serious. The highlight for me was Bboy Don and Blond’s handshake as a transition move in the middle of the finals battle. A classic Don move.

I loved how the crews came prepared with some real creative choreography in their battle sets too. RAW just kept commando’ing SKB and throwing out bboy after bboy for one of their sets, Team Cream and SKB had some really cool stuff too. I always enjoyed the different ways they could come up with in flipping the bird to the other crew. Very creative and entertaining.


Results

Junior Champion – Bboy Harry. He beat out Bboy Bred, the tiniest one in the competition, but he’s still got mad flava and can give it back. I think it was in the semi finals where after the other dude pretended he can’t see him because of his size, he danced over and kicked over that dude’s head while he was crouching. It was comedy gold.

Senior – Bboy Blond (SKB/Extreme Crew). Blond just kept killing it.

Crew – SKB. My boys. 3rd year in a row. I’m so proud of them.

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[Event] Saturday 3rd May 2014 – R16 Bboy Championships Australia

I only heard about this event two days ago and I’m so glad it’s being held in Australia again. R16 is one of the biggest bboy competitions in the world, with qualifiers across many different countries, leading to the world finals in South Korea. I’m extremely proud of my all-time favourite Aussie bboy crew, SKB (Street Kulture Breakers) being the Australian champions last year, ranking 3rd in the world at the finals in Korea. FREAKING AWESOMESAUCE! Did I mention that Bboy Blond (Top 6, So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2014) is in SKB?

SKB R16 2013

Here’s their show for the R16 World Finals 2013:

Along with the semi-final battle:

So this Saturday, they’re back to defend their national title and bring the bboy scene up another notch. It’s been a while since there was a major breaking battle and this one is FREE! YES FREE to watch. It’ll be held at the First Fleet Park at The Rocks, just near Circular Quay station. Check out all the Aussie bboy crew, solo and junior battles from 12pm to 5pm. Updates can be found on the Facebook event page. Details are below.

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014 

Registrations open at 11am and close 11.45am.
Event kicks off at Midday

Venue: First Fleet Park, The Rocks
Directions to venue: Catch the train to Circular Quay, once you exit the station and are facing the harbour turn left. The park is a 2 minute walk and is located between the train station and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The venue is on the harbour. The park is close to takeaway shops and other facilities.

EVENT INFO:
The event will be open to crews in the Oceania World Region: Australia, New Zealand and surrounding nations.

JUDGES:
1. Bboy Dyzee (Korea) – SuperNaturalz Crew / Rock 4 Christ / 7 Commandoz
2. Bmouth (Taiwan) – Formosa Crew / Mighty Zulu Kingz / Yasir Kingz
3. Rush – Fresh Sox / 7 Dollars / Mighty Zulu Kingz
4. Skot Doo Rok – All Consciousness Crew/ Magikvillianz
5. Orb – Circle of Fire Crew / Soulshifters Crew

DJ: Deejay Naiki & DJ Wizdm

PRIZES:
* Crew battle – $4,000 towards flights to Korea to represent your country at the R16 World Championships
* Solo Champion – $1,300 towards flight to Korea for the R16 World Championships
* Juniors 1 on 1- $250 cash

FOR CREW BATTLES
Crews must be comprised of 8 team members and must nominate a central contact person. Crews can register more than one team, however each person can only compete once in the Crew battles.

Each crew member must be a resident of one of the countries in Oceania World Region, or have lived in one of those countries for at least three months in 2014.

The only competitors eligible to compete in both the Crew battle and Junior battles are persons under 18 years of age.

SOLO BATTLE
You must be a resident of one of the countries in Oceania World Region, or have lived in one of those countries for at least three months in 2014.

You can compete in crew battles and the solo battle if you wish, but you cannot compete in both the solo and junior battle.

FOR JUNIOR 1 ON 1 BATTLES
The Junior competition is only open to Australian residents who are:
• under 18 years or
• aged 18 or older who have been breaking for about two years or less. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to persons aged 18 or older who are deemed capable of competing at a higher level.

EVENT DETAILS
Judging: The O.U.R. System will be used for this event. One judge will be designated for each of the following elements: Foundation, Execution, Battle, Originality, Dynamics.

Cost: The cost of entering is $15 per crew member, $10 for entry to solo battle, and $10 for junior one on one.

Host: Mistery 

Check out the sick R16 2014 Global Champions League Promo featuring battles from all over the world in 2013:


R16 Mission:

The concept of RESPECT is the everlasting theme of this massive four-day event. Over 300 artists, musicians, grassroots-content creators, promoters, producers, urban enthusiasts, hip-hop heads and b-boys from around the world convene in Korea, in an attempt to provide the proper inspiration necessary to push the movement forward. What started out as a world-championship-level b-boy tournament has now evolved into a massive annual festival, which seeks to encompass all aspects of urban youth cultures, as the festival draws visitors and spectators not only from Korea, but also from different regions of Asia and the world.

In 2007, the R16 World B-Boy Championships & Urban Arts Festival was launched as a means of answering a single, burning question: With the support of the government and nation, can grassroots, youth-based cultures like hip-hop and b-boying become profitable, self-sustaining industries? Can these underground movements embed themselves and maintain relevance in society and the mainstream media in Korea and throughout the world?

Through the generous support of the Korea Tourism Organization, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the city of Incheon, this year’s world-class festival will celebrate and demonstrate the power of youth and the positive possibilities a gathering of this nature can create.

More than anything, this event is a testament to the notion that through dedication and passion, anything is possible. Despite all the conflicts and prejudices that exist in our world, we can still overcome our differences and unite as a group through dance.

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Farewell to Rangi “Rangsta Boogie” Harris, 1969-2013

 

Tribute to Rangsta Boogie: Graffiti art by Matthew "Mistery" Peet

Tribute to Rangsta Boogie by Mistery

My friend Rangi Harris loved Hip Hop and he loved sharing it with whomever he could. He was involved in all aspects of the street culture for most of his life and was often found at events, supporting the Aussie Hip Hop scene and catching up with everyone.

He would always make time to talk to you and see how you’re doing, genuinely interested and encouraging of your passion.

Shoutout to his close friend, Mistery, who arranged an amazing day of tributes complete with new graffiti pieces, T-Shirts, a mixtape by DJ MK-1, a moving ceremony and farewell jam at the Street University in Liverpool.

Sad to see him go at only 44 years old, leaving behind two young kids.

Rest In Peace Rangsta Boogie.

amazing graffiti art by mistery

Caption: Amazing piece by Mistery. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Bboys throwing down to show their respect. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Caption: Bboys throwing down to show their respect. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Nick Power throwing down at the farewell jam

One of the old school bboys, Nick Power throwing down at the farewell jam

T-shirt designed by Matthew "Mistery" Peet (Australian Graffiti)

T-Shirt sold to raise money for Rangi’s kids. Artwork by Mistery

Download this mixtape by MK-1 (Link caption and image to http://bit.ly/11yVRQD)

Check out Rangsta Boogie as a featured dancer in this clip for Aussie Hip Hop Group, Sound Unlimited:

 

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Event Review (SINGAPORE): Radikal Forze Jam 15th Anniversary, 21-24 March 2013

Radikal Forze Jam 2013

I met this bboy from Singapore, Felix Huang, who lived in Sydney for a while then bounced back to Singas (as Aussies would call it) to reunite with his crew and open his own dance studio.

They now run the biggest street dance jam in south-east Asia with a jam-packed, 3 full days of battles, after parties and after-after parties. This year was the first that I could make it out there, and I am so glad that I did.

After passport dramas at the airport (my passport was valid for 5 months and 3 weeks, and you need 6 months to fly anywhere), Scoot Air kindly moved my flight to the next day free of charge and I paid about $350 to expedite a new passport by the next morning.

I arrived at the end of Day 1, with the Dance@live jam and the next day, stayed around for half of Day 2 jam. I’ve been to plenty of bboy jams to know that I can avoid the hotbox of 500+ sweaty ballsacks and watch the battles on Youtube from the perfect vantage point later. The floor was slippery from all the sweat and there was no way I was going to stick around (pun intended).

Graffiti at Singapore Radikal Forze 15th Anniversary Jam

The place was decked out in the dopest graffiti art I’ve seen in a long time.

Graffiti at the Radikal Forze 15th Anniversary Jam Venue in Singapore

Congrats to 99Flavas from Thailand for winning the 4v4, up against Joyeux Loufock from France:

Finals: 99Flavas vs Joyeux Loufock

Special mention to the 2 Aussie-hybrid crews that both made it in the semi-finals, Raw Collision and Mighty Zou Gangz

Semi Finals: 99Flavas vs Mighty Zou Gangz

Semi Finals: Raw Collision vs Joyeux Loufock

I’ll skip past the amazing shopping and discounts with an AUD$1 = SNG$1.30 exchange rate and fast forward to the after party. The club was cool, the DJ played good stuff but had no fucking idea how to mix the music. We all hung outside and talked shit with a very drunk Ken Swift who complimented my appearance and talked of his soul brother that he loves very much.

It was amazing to bump into people from my past from all over the world in that place and made me grateful to be in this scene where I’m surrounded by amazing talent and big personalities.

Day 3 is the sole reason that I would come back every year – an all day beach jam at Sentosa Island. Sponsored by Remy Martin with a $25,000 bar tab, we were loving life.

Sentosa Island Jam

Special shoutout to my good friend Bboy Rush who made the semi finals with Raw Collision in the 4v4 and won the finals in the 2v2 at the beach jam Raw 2 the Floor, with Bboy Cheno from 99Flavas, Thailand:

Finals: Raw 2 the Floor, Radikal Forze Jam 2013

So we partied and went fucking crazy, here’s a video that sums up that weekend:

Jam at Sentosa Island

Then after this party we headed to the airport and I thought I’d bring home a lil’ something blue:

Jonnie Walker Blue from the event

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Our House & Soul of Sydney Present: SPIRIT OF HOUSE SECRET BLOCK PARTY – SUN MAY 5

Our House Spirit of House Blockparty to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2013

SOUL OF SYDNEY & OUR HOUSE PRESENT:
SPIRIT OF HOUSE SECRET BLOCK PARTY | SUNDAY MAY 5
AN AFTERNOON TRIBUTE TO 30+ YEARS OF HOUSE MUSIC & ITS DISCO-FUNK ROOTS !

Spirit of House Block Party

DATE:  SUNDAY | MAY 5 | 12PM
TICKETS: Early Bird (Sold Out) | 2nd Release $5 (on Sale Now)
VERY LIMITED $5 TIX ON SALE HERE AT RESIDENT ADVISOR
MUSIC: , STRICTLY SEMINAL NEW YORK DISCO, CHICAGO HOUSE, GARAGE, DEEP & SOULFUL HOUSE MOMENTS & BEYOND

DJ’S: Soul of Sydney DJ’ & Friends;
Phil Toke,
James Scott (Co-Op, Better Days Warehouse Parties)
Cam Brown
Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio on 2ser)
Danny De Sousa (Birthday Set)
Eadie Ramia
Michael Zac

Venue: Secret Innercity DISCO Oasis (email soulofsydney@gmail.com for location details)
Option #1 – Indoor / Outdoor Surry Hills Restaurant / Bar spot (Licensed Space – 5 min from Central – Strictly 150 people)
Option #2 – Indoor / Outdoor Cafe & Bar spot near Alexandria (Licensed Space – 5 min from Green Square Station – Strictly 150 people)
PLEASE NOTE: – VENUE DETAILS WE WILL BE EMAILING TO TICKET HOLDERS THE DAY BEFORE.

THIS IS A LIMITED CAPACITY EVENT STRICTLY FOR OUR SOUL FAMILY AND EXTENDED FRIENDS (150 PEOPLE)& IF YOUR KEEN TO COME AND GET DOWN WITH US PLEASE DONT SLEEP ON TIX AS OUR EVENTS ALWAYS POPULAR & WE DONT DO DOOR-SALE OR LAST MIN GUEST LISTS IF SOLD OUT AGAIN.

OUR LAST THREE EVENTS HAVE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT & WE HAD TO TURN BACK 100+ PEOPLE AT THE DOOR.
VENUE INFO STRICTLY VIA EMAIL RSVP. If your keen to come party in RSVP soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.
THIS IS PUT ON STRICTLY FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD MUSIC, FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT DIG THE IDEA.
INFO/RSVP: (email soulofsydney@gmail.com for details) OR CALL/SMS 0405494138 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

FACEBOOK EVENT: Join Facebook the eventHERE for updates of location, mixtapes & info
ABOUT SPIRIT OF HOUSE: Spirit Of House is a secret afternoon party collaboration between Soul of Sydney & Our House put on every couple of months to pay homage to the 30+ years of House music & its Disco-Funk roots in unique & interesting locations.We make a special point pay tribute to the iconic DJ’s, Producers and clubs who have helped create and shape House music over the last three decades. Figures & Clubs such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Glenn Underground, John Morales, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Joey Negro, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Norman Jay, Lil Louis Masters At Work The Warehouse, Zanzibar, The Musik Box and The Paradise Garage.These events are put on strictly for the LOVE of music & people.. as a reminder what that real house sound is all about.If you are keen to come along and get down or DJ or need to get in contact feel free to email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com

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Hip Hop Dance Event (AUS): Rock the Block street dance jam, 21 April 2013

My good friend Brooke has finally opened her new street dance studio in Wollongong after years of hard work. She is a massive inspiration to me and I want to support her as much as I can.

Brooke of Street Beatz Hip Hop in Wollongong.

 To celebrate, she’s holding a block party complete with dance battles with music by Sydney’s finest Hip Hop, funk, soul, house and overall good music DJs, Naiki and Phil Toke.

Rock The Block is the first Hip Hop Dance Event in Wollongong, Australia

Street Beatz Dance Studio in Wollongong, NSW presents

ROCK THE BLOCK – Outdoor dance battles and block party
* Outdoors Car Park Entry, Open battles and live graffiti in the studio!

Registration will be 11.45 – 12.30pm SHARP! $10
2 on 2 – Kids Battle (15 and Under) – JUDGE: Poppin Jack and TBA
1 on 1 – Hip Hop Open – JUDGE: TBA
1 on 1 – Bboy Open – JUDGE: Bboy Don
1 on 1 – Popping – JUDGE: Poppin Jack
DJ’s: DJ Naiki and Phil Taouk
COME GET DOWN!
https://www.facebook.com/events/155688814593793/

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Event Review: Destructive Steps 4 ft Mr Wiggles, Bboy Ynot, Bboy Blond, Jinjo Crew and Poppin Hozin

So it’s been a minute since I last reviewed an event and that’s probably because I’ve stopped going to a bunch of them after years of attending almost every single one in Sydney to the point where I can predict sets across a bunch of local street dancers (mostly the bboys).

Destructive Steps 4 was pretty dope; there was a good turnout and lots of energy around. I’ll admit I came 3.5 hours after the event started (which was a big improvement from last year when I arrived just as they finished announcing the winners). I didn’t see any of the popping battles except for the finals and the exhibition round with Mr Wiggles which was too dope. This was mainly because the popping room was packed with sweaty guys and the humidity and smell turned me away. Ok, it’s also because my vertical challenges prevented me from being able to see anything.

Destructive Steps 4, Sydney, Jinjo Crew airflare

Luckily there were chairs lined up at the back of the bboy room that I could stand on. I caught the quarter finals onwards and was happy to see the highlight battle of the day was Jinjo Crew vs 143 Liverpool St Familia. If you peep this video of all the Jinjo Crew sets, you will see from 10.20 onwards the most hype sets of the day from Jinjo.

Perth outshone all other states by making it into the bboy and toprock finals, while 17 year-old Alan from Sydney’s outer west pushed himself to make the finals against Hozin from Korea (Brand New Mind). Check out the finals and exhibition round here:

The other highlights of the day were Bboy Baba (repping Sydney/Parramatta and Zealous Crew) as the crowd favourite and MC Mistery’s inappropriately hilarious calls. There was “Duc the Racist” as Duc was apparently whispering obscenities about his own race in Mistery’s ear and Bboy Edit’s shoe-shining stunt in the semi-finals of the toprock battle, getting Bboy Ippy to polish his sneakers causing Mistery to make a comment about race. If anyone can get away with it, it’s Mistery. He later told me that he has fears that one day he’ll get bashed in the parking lot by people who were offended by his comments.

All in all, it was a really great event, with the presence of 2 of Rock Steady Crew‘s legendary members plus Bboy Blond (Extreme Crew) as judges with a bboy crew and popper from Korea as battle guests, who are all on top of their game right now. The dedication by the secret leader of the Korean mafia, Bboy jOne of 143 Liverpool St Familia and his trusty sidekick Donna V in putting such a massive event together is highly commendable – I hope the majority of the attendees personally contact both of them to thank them for giving Australia a great day of Hip Hop culture.

I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with Mr Wiggles and Bboy Ynot through various lunches, dinners and a dance/graffiti jam session which I’ll write about in a separate post. It was an incredible experience.

A special mention to Deejay Naiki who continually proves himself the best DJ for dance battles in Australia. His skill is amazing, song selection highly appropriate and he just understands the scene so well and stays super humble!

Looking forward to next year’s DS5 to be even bigger and better!

Thanks to Tim Wyers for the photos.

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Australia Represent! Dance@Live storms Sydney

Dance@Live Sydney Australia

Every street dancer have dreams of competing. But competing under the banner of your own country is something that all street dancers would love to do. Dance@Live is a competition that is held all over Japan in a span of several months. It’s a knockout battle to see which dancer have the best technique and skill set to be proclaimed the best! This is an event that is very popular among all street dancers all over the world and a lot of people come each year to see the cream of the crop battle it out on the floor.

The presentation of this event was made by Steez with the help of Anomaly Inc. and MAS. This event has two major division titles that is waiting for their title holders for both for FREESTYLE and BREAK divisions. With International judges from Osaka and Tokyo, DANCE@LIVE is a gathering that top street dancing competitors of Australia would never dare miss.

The competition runs on a 45 second showcase on their moves on the red hot dance floor. In the elimination round the competition heat up as dancers start in two circles each having their own respective turns to convince judges they should pass that round. Freestylers go 1st followed by the mind boggling stunts and tricks by the bboys and bgirls. After the eliminations round, the quarterfinals, semis and finals are done in a head to head battle between those who passed elimination. It is there that things really start to scorch up as the dancers own the stage, eating up their competition and slowly cutting off the number of competitors one by one where only the best survive.

Dance@Live is now starting the national eliminations in Australia for the next installment of Dance@Live this coming 2013. This time around there is also a 1 on 1 KIDS ALL STYLE BATTLE where the little ones can unleash their “OH MY GOD, HOW OLD IS THAT KID?!” moments. Here are the schedule of events so all you street dancers out there who thinks they got what it takes to make it to the top of the list.

  • Adelaide – Jul 7 Sat @ Norwood Concert Hall
  • Cairns – Aug 31 Fri @ Velvet: Underground
  • Melbourne – Sep 8 Sat @ Williamstown Town Hal
  • Brisbane – Sep 8 Sat @ Aspley State School
  • Perth – Sep 22 Sat @ Winthrop College
  • Canberra – Sep 29 Sat @ Stromlo High School
  • Sydney – Oct 6 Sat @ *to be announced*
  • Sydney – Nov 29 Thu @ *to be announced*

*Source taken from Dance@Live’s official Facebook Page*

The finals will be on the 30th of November, Friday at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre where all of Australia will see who will represent them in the next Dance@Live event. You just can’t miss this one of a kind competition where all the talent, sweat, hard work and perseverance of Australia’s street dancers come into fruition. It has been said that you train to better yourself and to show people how you have grown in your craft, and for all those street dancers out there that posses dreams of reaching the top of the hill in the art of street dancing, then this is one event you should not miss. Proven by millions of attendees, this is the real thing, no phoneys, no fakes just real talent and burning passion.

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