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Dance is often explained as rhythmic movements and while this is accurate, the description fails to capture the many intricacies of the art form. Last weekend in Miami, the final Red Bull dance your style The qualifying event before the US final provided thrills, twists and turns, much like the skills displayed by style masters who took to the dance floor.

Held in the sun-drenched setting of The Magic City, Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami was held at the world-renowned LIV and was hosted by multi-faceted Florida-born artist MyVerse. Unlike Red Bull BC One where there was a panel of guest judges, this event featured no judges, no pre-chosen music and an innovative fan-voting feature that at times prompted the crowd to call for a decisive dance. .

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

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Prior to the battle, Hip-Hop Wired had the pleasure of meeting some of the contestants who shared their backgrounds as practitioners of what is essentially black creative expression that has strong roots across the African continent, the Caribbean and the urban environments of the United States.

Brittany “Floey” Thomas spoke to us first, sharing her experience dancing after giving up the corporate American life. Floey’s infectious energy and humility mostly stood out.

“I’ve always considered dance a living art and I’m here at Dance Your Style to show my side, especially as a child of Jamaican parents,” Floey began. “Being invited here to perform on this big stage is just another confirmation that my decision to pursue dancing was the best thing for me.

Joining Floey in the conversation was Dante “SweetFace” Reeder-Williams, a Florida native and member of the V3 dance collective, who competed in a number of dance competitions before his appearance and was equally humble.

“Like Floey, my parents probably had different ideas about how I should handle my life and I left college to pursue that dream,” SweetFace said, almost remorsefully explaining that the tone had indeed changed. . “But now they see it’s a real career for me and they couldn’t support me anymore.”

Beyond the intricacies displayed between the two, make no mistake, each dancer wanted the opportunity and bragging rights to defeat the other in qualifying. This attitude was quite present in Infinite “Ivvy” Lynn, a dancer from Brooklyn, NY who uses the beautiful flowing style of bending. In our all-too-brief conversation with Ivvy, we quickly learned that she represents not just her borough, but all black women who dare to be different.

“One of the things I know for sure is that dance is ours, it’s rooted in hip-hop and soul, but it’s only ours,” Ivvy shared. “And as a black person doing this for a living, as a black woman specifically, I take it as an honor and want to see it through.”

We’ve wrapped up our pre-event chat with eventual Miami Qualifier Dassy. Dassy Lee, a native of South Korea and a founding member of the Femme Fatale dance team, was particularly humble and graceful in her time.

“The way I look at dance and movement, it’s just a feeling,” Dassy said. “I don’t go into competition thinking about what someone else is doing, I just focus on what I do best and try to feed off the energy of the music and the audience. It’s not always easy, but I kind of find my way in dance.

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

Credit: N. Dennis / @thrifttheasphaltrunway

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

Credit: N. Dennis / @thrifttheasphaltrunway

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

Credit: N. Dennis / @thrifttheasphaltrunway

Dassy and Sweetface battled it out as the top two contenders in the qualifier and while some protested in the crowd and on the Caffeine streaming app during the livestream, Dassy dumped a well deserved win over a very capable opponent.

After the event, the exhausted finalists were succinct in their responses to our questions, and rightly so.

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

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“I gave everything but I admit that I was tired at the end. But if anything else, I proved myself against some of the best dancers in the world and got to see my V3 crew get booked and dance for the world to see. I’m going to go to DC and do my best so even though I didn’t win and wanted to, I’m here and people will know the name,” Sweetface said.

Dassy went even more straight to the point.

Red Bull Dance Your Style Miami 2021

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“It wasn’t easy at all and in the end I had to dig really, really deep to find my way. And I can say that even as hard as it was, I knew I could do it and I wanted to do it not just for me, but for my team at Femme Fatale. I’m so honored to be the winner in Miami and I’m ready for DC,” Dassy concluded.

The nation’s capital will be the backdrop for the US Final of Dance Your Style, with former contestants Rios joining Dassy and SweetFace at the Howard Theater on October 23 to see who will compete in the World Final in Johannesburg, South Africa.

To learn more about the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style US Finals in Washington, DC, click here.

If you can’t make it to DC for the US Finals, be sure to tune in to https://www.cafeine.tv/ and follow the Red Bull Dance Your Style channel, with plenty of content from some of the planned artists and live recaps.

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