These Performances From the 2015 World Hip-Hop Dance Championships Are Awe-Inspiring (Video)

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Earlier this month, Hip-Hop International hosted its annual World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in San Diego, California, where more than 3,000 dancers from around the globe competed to be crowned the best Hip-Hop dance crew. This year, more than 50 countries were represented from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America and competed in categories like Mega Crew, Adult, Junior, and more. Breaking, Locking, and Popping are all styles that are recognized individually, but the crew performances are what draw the big crowds thanks to their dynamic and imaginative team-centered choreography. Above all, the competition is a resounding endorsement of Hip-Hop’s international appeal that provides a stage for the millions of b-boys and b-girls who have incorporated all styles of Hip-Hop dance into their routines.

The gold medal in the Mega Crew category went to the Lock N Lol Crew from Korea. They performed to a medley of break beats and fused modern Hip-Hop dance with traditional elements like poppin’, lockin’ and breakin’. They also incorporated some incredible wordplay, continually re-arranging dancers with letters on their backs to created relevant and well-timed phrases.

The 2013 Mega Crew champions, New Zealand’s Royal Family, returned to the competition this year and provided one of the more exhilarating performances of the championship. Despite earning the silver medal (losing to the Lock N Lol Crew), their moves are nonetheless visually striking. More than two dozen men and women comprise the team, who opted for a megamix of Rihanna’s summer smash hit “Bitch Better Have My Money” for their soundtrack.

Other gold medalists from this year’s competition include the winning Chapkidz from the U.S. who took home the prize in the Juniors division; New Zealand’s the Bradas won the Adult division; and Japan’s Kana-Boon! took home the top prize in the Varsity division. Check out clips from all the competing crews’ performances here.

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