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19 Teams in National Street Dance Championships

Date Posted: 2012-03-02

Japan’s Street Dance Championships, Haisai 2012, come to Okinawa this weekend, with preliminary competition Saturday, and the championship featuring a special guest performer on Sunday.

Only ten kids’ teams and nine teen teams will compete for the world class Haisai honors at the Tamagusuku Gymnasium in Nanjo City. Admission to the competition is free, both for preliminaries on Saturday and the finals and a street dance workshop take place on Sunday. In both the semifinals and finals, there will be freestyle 3-on-3 battles.

Yuko Sumida Jackson, a dancer with Michael Jackson’s World tour and a member of the American Dance Team Lockers, will make a special guest appearance performer. GoGo Brothers, Japan’s top dance team, and “Beat Buddy Boi”, a team that won the Japan Dance Delight competition, will also perform.

This year’s is Haisai’s sixth annual competition, which is being promoted by TV Tokyo and supported by the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture for Okinawa Prefecture, and the Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education. Also supporting the championships are Nanjo City, Suntory Foods International, Meiji, Toyota, Japan Air Lines, Kracie Home Products, Tray, and Mitsui Real Estate.

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