Johannesburg, South Africa will host the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final on 10 December 2022. Over 30 countries will bring their best street dancers to the world’s biggest street dance competition which brings all street dance styles together in a battle of creativity, improvisation and wowing the audience to take the title of world champion.
Red Bull Dance Your Style is a dance battle where the emphasis is placed on bringing people together in the celebration of dance, music, performance and on recreating the social party atmosphere that all the street dance styles are derived from. The competition is a mixed, all-style one-on-one battle, in which dancers from any street style discipline can enter. This is a street dance battle with unpredictable music, crowd-voting and outgoing dance personalities.
27 dancers have already earned their spot from their respective country national finals that took place in 2021 – see the full list here. Street dancers from around the world still have the opportunity to wow their local audiences and be a part of the Red Bull Dance Your Style 2022 World Final; with many countries still having their national finals take place this year before the World Final. In total, over 60 dancers will be coming to Johannesburg to compete in the World Final, which includes pre-finals and the main event on 10 December 2022.
The 2021 South African winner of Red Bull Dance Your Style national final, Shanny J, is excited to be representing South Africa on this global stage and looking forward to highlighting her expressive fusions of the waacking and voguing with all the proudly South African distinct dance styles.
In this unique competition format, the DJ and crowd play a crucial role. The DJ is tasked with curating the playlist in different genres of music to see how versatile the dancers are while adapting to the beat with their different dance styles. The audience is the judging panel of the day and they decide on the outcome of the day by using voting cards to pick a winner of a battle round.
South Africa’s road to the world final will begin in June with the regional qualifiers taking place in Johannesburg, Polokwane, Pretoria, Durban, Gqeberha, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein. These qualifiers will lead up to the national final set to take place in the country’s capital, Pretoria, where South Africa’s second champion will be crowned to represent South Africa at the world final that will be taking place in Johannesburg in December.
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