Dance crew Offspring opened for the youth division competition at the World of Dance tour March 15 at the Fairplex. The competition consisted of 40 crews in different divisions, dancing for a total of $10,00 in cash and prizes. Thousands came to watch teams featured on the MTV show, “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
The World of Dance Tour held at the Fairplex on March 15 brought thousands of fans that came to watch their favorite B-boy and dance crews compete for the winning title.
More than 7,000 people came to see the dancers compete at the tour and waited in long lines, which were formed about two hours prior to the doors opening for the event. Doors opened at 3 p.m. and the event continued until 11 p.m. that night.
“We wanted to show the world everything about street dance and the B-boy scene and were hoping to bridge the two together,” Myron Marten, co-owner of World of Dance and competition coordinator said.
The World of Dance Tour, or WOD, is the world’s largest U.S. urban dance competition, and according to the worldofdancetour.com, the event was put on as “an effort to build a reputation as the nation’s authority in urban dance culture.”
The event was separated by two stages, one arena for B-boys and the other for the dance crews. The seats were completely full throughout the event. Seating was limited due to the unexpected crowd, forcing majority of the people who attended to stand.
“We were not expecting this big of a turnout. We predicted maybe 1,500 to 1,800, but definitely not 7,000 people,” Marten said.
The popularity of this event was strongly helped due to a new show on MTV, “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Several of the popular teams on the show actually performed and competed at the WOD.
Jabbawockeez, Kaba Modern and Fysh N Chicks, who gained popularity from the MTV show, had huge support at the event.
The battling between dance crews began around 6:30 p.m. and was followed by the finals. The winners for the event were announced just before 11 p.m.
So Real took home first place, receiving $3,000 and a trophy. This team was one of the largest teams in the competition.
Overall, the event gave away about $10,000 in cash and prizes to the competing teams.
Audience members were also given the chance to participate and battle it out in an amateur dance contest.
“Entering World of Dance was a great experience for me. Although my crew and I didn’t get passed prelims, I enjoyed watching the other battles and also on the side sessions with other B-boys,” Infinite from the Stylistic Minds Crew said.
This was the first event put on by WOD; however more events are being planned for the future.
The next competition will be located in San Francisco and will take place in
“The World of Dance tour had the things teenagers like me are in to: Great entertainment, along with branded clothing and shoes,” Karlo Ozaeta of Carson said.
There were also international guest performances such as Aftermath, who is from Canada, and TK Spin Master of Movement from the United Kingdom.
The crowd went crazy when the performances started and danced to the beats of the artists.
“The B-boy side was handled pretty well. However, the hip-hop side was way too small and frustrating to try and get around,” Dennis Chen of Diamond Bar said.
Although there were minor security conflicts and a lack of seating due to the amount of people present at the event, the WOD provided quality entertainment for those involved in the urban dance community.
Jaclyn Mittman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.