Red Bull is all about taking things to the extreme, and while we might typically associate the company with aerial bike rides, heli-skiing or other adrenaline-fueled sports, it also supports less dangerous (but equally exciting) activities. Like dancing. For some years, the Red Bull dance your style competition pitted dozens of internationally renowned dancers for a freestyle dance world battle where only one dancer emerged victorious. And this year the On April 5, he arrived in Denver for the first time.
Here’s how it works: 16 dancers are carefully selected by the Red Bull Dance Your Style team, where they compete in front of an audience to the sound of a live DJ. The public votes for their favorite who then moves on to the next qualifying round.
Denver’s qualifying segment is the U.S. Semi-Final, and the two from Colorado will travel to Washington DC April 21-25 to fight for a spot in the World Final Battle. in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October. Denver shares semifinal honors with three other cities: New Orleans, Houston and Boston.
In addition to American cities, 39 other countries will have their own qualifying battles and winners to contribute to the World Finals, making it a truly global event.
A few things set Red Bull Dance Your Style apart from other popular dance competitions (Dance with the stars, so you think you can dance?). First, there are no famous judges. The winners of each round and even the World Finals are decided by the live audience which also means that the overall mood and feel of a dance is more important than the technical aspects.
Second, the competition takes place in the form of a real dance – one-on-one street style. These dancers are the cream of the crop in their respective genres, which includes hip hop, popping, waacking, locking, breaking, krumping, house, flex and more. For the Denver game, you can expect to see a mix of local and national dancers. All of these styles compete against different styles, so competitors must react to their opponents instead of just trying to impress the audience.
Finally, Red Bull Dance Your Style does not allow dancers to choreograph their routines. Each match uses a live DJ who plays an unreleased tracklist. This way, dancers should have an arsenal of moves and the ability to deploy them with minimal planning. It “truly presents limitless competition for dancers to fully embrace the moment and maximize the spotlight,” as the release states. The spontaneity of the whole gives the impression that you are witnessing an incredible dance in the streets.
The Denver event will be hosted by breaker legend Ronnie Abaldonado, a star of the other Red Bull dance competition series, Red Bull BC One for b-boys and b-girls. The music will come from Denver’s own DJ AL. The list of participating dancers has not yet been published.
“Red Bull Dance Your Style is all about giving dancers freedom,” explained Red Bull. And for the audience, that means the competition is all about watching the dancers have their most passionate moment, which is fun no matter how familiar you are with their individual moves.
The Red Bull Dance Your Style qualifying round will take place April 5 at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are available. here for $1o.