October, 2011 (Johannesburg) – Red Bull Beat Battle launches with a competition that sees eight crews battle it out for the title of 2011 Red Bull Beat Battle Champions at The Blue Room in Johannesburg’s Park Station on 19 November 2011. Bringing together a wide range of urban dance styles, from the rhythmic toe-tapping of Pantsula, the energetic flair of Hip Hop, the harsh and expressive movements of Krump, iSbhujwa (ever slick & stylish) to the unique acrobatic South African take on B-boying, Red Bull Beat Battle is set to uplift South African dance culture – making it a platform for the local dance scene to showcase itself.
Follow 8 crews from around the country
Battling it out at The Blue Room at Johannesburg’s Park Station in November are: Afro Tribal Dance Movement (Freestyle), Artistic Intelligence (Hip Hop), Genesis Kings (Krump), Real Actions (Pantsula), Royal Fam Kings (Krump), Shakers & Movers (Pantsula), Soweto’s Finest (iSbhujwa), and Ubuntu (B-boys) – all selected through a rigorous process and widely recognised in each of their respective genres.
The crews will be given the opportunity to work with some of the best choreographers and producers in the business, with South African choreographer, singer & actor, Somizi Mhlongo, taking the lead in helping them produce their pieces for the final. There they’ll be judged on their style, creativity and overall crowd reaction and the crew with the best score will be crowned the 2011 Red Bull Beat Battle champions.
“Dance culture in South Africa is rich with tradition and I’m looking forward to being involved in this project,” says Somizi. “Red Bull has created a unique platform which is an amazing opportunity for the local dance scene to express itself and for more South Africans to appreciate the wealth of talent we have in this country.”
To check out more on the crews and their progress through the competition – including a series of webisodes and crew blogs – visit www.redbullbeatbattle.co.za
Going big in 2012
Following the 2011 final in November, Red Bull Beat Battle will expand into a national call for entries and qualifications to give all South African dance crews the opportunity to show their stuff. Eight of the best crews from around the country will then be selected from the qualification round to battle for the 2012 Red Bull Beat Battle title.