Red Bull Beat Battle continues its quest to find the seven best dance crews in South Africa to challenge 2013 champions, I.D.A, for the title.
Now in its fourth year, Red Bull Beat Battle has grown immensely since its first edition in 2011 and now sports some famous alumni who have gone on to do great things in the South African dance world. Back in 2014 to find the top seven dance crews to go up against last year’s champions, this year the qualifiers head to five cities to find Mzansi’s best.
As a platform for urban dance styles like Pantsula, iSbhujwa, Krump, Hip Hop, and Breaking, the event has unearthed some amazing talent. Choreographer and Red Bull Beat Battle head-judge Somizi Mhlongo commented…
“Red Bull Beat Battle has been instrumental in the development of dance in the country and unearthing quality talent. I’ve worked with many of the dance crews involved since they competed in the finals in all three previous editions.
The platform and the springboard it offers dance crews has opened many doors for crews who have placed within the top eight in the past, allowing dancers to sustain themselves using dance as a profession.”
The qualifying tour heads to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban before heading to Pretoria and Johannesburg. As with previous years, the seven crews will be selected once all of the qualifiers are complete. Historically Johannesburg has housed the biggest qualifiers with 99 crews having auditioned over the two-day qualifier in 2013.
Qualifier venues and dates
Port Elizabeth – 1 March 2014, St. Thomas Auditorium. Gelvandale
Durban – 8 March 2014, BAT Centre Trust, Durban
Cape Town – 15 March 2014, Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone
Pretoria – 22 March 2014 Little Theatre, Pretoria
Johannesburg – 29,30 March, The Alexander Theatre, Braamfontein
The selected crews will then have to prepare to duel I.D.A, who were the first ever iSbhujwa crew to make it to the final and claim the title. They’ll go on to compete in the Red Bull Beat Battle final, crew versus crew, until one crew emerges victorious. The final will take place in Johannesburg on 31 May 2014.
Powered up crews with the right moves who think they have a chance of taking Red Bull Beat Battle can register here.