World's Top Hip-Hop Dance Crews Battle on Valley Stages

Hip-Hop International Worlds Championship Moves to Phoenix


Thousands of dancers across the world battle it out in Hip-Hop International World Championships.

It's the world's largest hip-hop dance competition brought to you by what many consider the King and Queen of hip-hop dance. Howard and Karen Schwartz not only founded the Hip-Hop International dance competition, after traveling the world, but they went on to take the competition format and move it to television to create America's Best Dance Crew. Hip-Hop International has taken place in Las Vegas for years but was moved to Phoenix this year to accommodate the growing event and to a city with a large hip-hop dance community. Dance crews may battle it out on stage at Arizona Grand Resort, but the purpose of the competition is the unite the world through hip-hop dance. The winner's from last year are all from different countries. Last year's defending champions derive from The Philippines, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. There are a handful of Valley crews competing this year, including Gruvement, a dance crew from The StuDance Lab in Avondale, Ariz. Events are happening over the next week, including workshops with some big name choreographers, including Alexander Chung, KK Harris, and JoJo Gomez. The World Hip Hop Championship Final takes places at Grand Canyon University Arena on August 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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