The global street dance competition Red Bull Dance Your Style will make its debut in Chicago on Friday, September 24th at Thalia Hall. Bringing together the best in hip-hop, house, waacking, popping, krumping, locking, and more, Red Bull Dance Your Style will celebrate the local dance scene and the artists, movers & creators carving out Chicago’s legacy within street dance.
The region’s top street dancers will go head-to-head, via bracket-style tournament, performing against a spontaneous soundtrack. An audience of dance lovers will play judge, ultimately deciding which dancer will advance from each qualifier to the Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals USA taking place from Friday, October 22 through Saturday, October 23 in Washington D.C. With no panel of judges, no planned choreography, and no pre-chosen music, it’s all about embracing the moment, wowing the crowd, and moving to the beat.
With the creation of footwork and Detroit Jit, the region has made indelible contributions to street dance. Celebrating the city’s impact on the scene and the local artists who are pushing street dance forward, among the competitors include self-proclaimed Queen of Jit, Queen Gabby, footwork aficionado Pause Eddy, and Chicago’s very own Nero.
The evening will be hosted by BRAVEMONK, a member of Chicago’s legendary and internationally recognized breaking crew Phaze II Crosstown Crew, and Chicago-based DJ, King Marie, who will provide a spontaneous soundtrack of mainstream hits to timeless classics for the night. Audiences will enjoy a special showcase performed by the local footwork crew, The Era and dance crew, The Pack Drumline & Dance Crew.
The Red Bull Dance Your Style Chicago qualifier is open to the public and doors open at 7 PM ET. Tickets are available for purchase here. For those unable to attend, the qualifier will be available to watch AND VOTE via official Livestream partner Caffeine.