South Korean Waackxxxy became the first female dancer to win the Red Bull Dance Your Style title in the 2023 World Final at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on Saturday after she won over the crowd with her high energy dance style and mesmerising movements. Here is all you need to know:
The inaugural World Final took place at Paris, France in 2019 where Dutch dancer Shinshan was crowned the first ever winner while reigning champion, D’Soraki from Japan, ruled the dance floor and captivated the audience at the 2022 World Final in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Following 150 events in 45 countries for the global all-styles street dance event series, the top 16 dancers in the world ultimately took to the stage for the coveted 2023 title on Saturday evening in Germany.
The 2023 World Final featured a top-16 battle bracket, including eight invited wildcards and eight elite dancers who all qualified from the pre-finals on Wednesday November 1 and Thursday November 2.
Hosted by renowned choreographer and actress Bontle Moloi and Germany‘s MC and actor, Redchild, the 2023 World Final took place at the iconic Festhalle in a sold-out venue of 6,000 spectators.
The dancers competed to unpredictable hits from funk, pop, rock, hip hop, disco and more and – with no panel of judges, no planned choreography and no pre-chosen music – the competitors needed to flex their skills, musicality and stamina to win the crowd’s votes to progress.
It was talented waacking dancer Waackxxxy, though, who dominated the dance floor to defeat hip-hop dancer Gio from the Netherlands – who progressed from the pre-finals – in an electrifying final battle.
“I can’t believe this. The semi-final battle was the most difficult because The Crown (from the USA) is a famous and well-respected dancer. I thought maybe I would lose because he is an amazing dancer, but when I saw I won, I thought to myself ‘is this real?’ I couldn’t believe it. Thank you everyone for the support.”She said:
The next edition of the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final will take place in Mumbai, India on November 9, 2024. Tickets are now on sale: www.redbull.com/danceyourstyle
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