Iamonlang from Meghalaya, Sandeep from Arunachal among 16 finalists

Lockdown dancer Sandeep Sharma from Nirjuli in Arunachal Pradesh and Afro dancer Iamonlang Kharjana from Shillong in Meghalaya are among the 16 finalists selected for the Red Bull Dance Your Style India final.

The top 16 – hailing from nine cities across the country – will compete in the Red Bull Dance Your Style India Final on October 16 for the chance to be crowned the first-ever National Champions and represent the country at the World Final in Johannesburg on October 4. december.

Red Bull Dance Your Style, a global series of uniquely formatted street dance events, is coming to India for the first time this year.

“With over 90 events held in 30 countries around the world, Red Bull Dance Your Style is a truly global event with a unique twist – the crowd is the judge,” said a press release.

“Dancers from different street dance styles compete in one-on-one battles to unpredictable mainstream tracks ranging from recent global hits to classic beats, and the crowd decides who emerges victorious through a unique voting mechanism,” a- he added.

After an all-digital qualifying round attended by over 1,500 dancers from across the country, the top 16 finalists for the first-ever edition of Red Bull Dance Your Style India have been selected by a panel of international judges including hip-hop dancer hop Diablo, popper Kite, and dancer and choreographer Antoinette Gomis.

The top 16 finalists are: Popper Yuganshu Aggarwal from New Delhi, hip-hop dancer Sandeep Dhanai from Dehradun, hip-hop dancer Deepak Shahi from Haldwani in Uttarakhand, Popper Himanshi Gurheriya from Haryana, Popper Raj Kumar Ram from Kolkata and Popper Manish Yadav from New Delhi.

Lockdown dancer Sandeep Sharma from Nirjuli in Arunachal Pradesh, Waacker Srilakshmi Muralidharan from Ahmedabad, Afro dancer Iamonlang Kharjana from Shillong in Meghalaya, Popper Roshan Banerjee from Kolkata, house dancer Elvis Mascarenhas from Mumbai and dancer from Lockdown Saurabh Verma from New Delhi.

Popper Jyoti Gusai from New Delhi, hip hop dancer Deep Das from Thane, Mumbai, Waacker Daliya Chaudhary from Kolkata and Krumper Karan Nath from New Delhi are among the list of 16 finalists.

In 2019, at the historic Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris, France hosted the first-ever Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final with over 4,000 participants and over 3.8 million viewers worldwide seeing the dancer Dutch Shinshan top 39 dancers to eventually become the first world champion, the statement said.

Red Bull Dance Your Style went digital last year, with the world’s first street dance competition held entirely on TikTok as Britain’s Kieran Lai triumphed over more than 1,500 dancers from 47 countries during a six-week event.

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