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Dance audition for 'What's UP?!' music festival

Date Posted: 2012-04-06

A Hip Hop/R&B Music Festival is coming to southern Okinawa on April 15th.

What’s UP?! Okinawa 2012, will feature famous Japanese Hip Hop artists, DJs and emcees from both old and new school Hip Hop, such as DJ Kaori, Zeebra, Rappagariya and DS455. They will be joined by other guest artists from around the world, as organizers host a large-scale music festival for 10,000 people in a grand celebration of Hip Hop culture.

Taking its cue from the Japanese government, which recently introduced “Dance Courses” into middle school compulsory education, there will be a special event for young aspiring street dancers held on the day of the event. Competitors in the audition held on the day of the event and who are chosen will be given the opportunity to join the back dancer team on stage with some of the Japan’s most popular Hip Hop artists.

Judges for the audition include famous Japanese top dancers, Ai Morioku, Jamaican dance competition champion SHY-N, as well as seven other famous dancers who will be visiting Okinawa to be the judge. The audition is limited to participants between the ages of 7 ~ 30. Organizers say it doesn’t matter if contestants are beginners, and even if someone’s not that confident with their “skillz”, join the audition just to show the judges got the spirit, adding that person or persons just might be chosen!

Audition applications close on April 13th. For more information contact: whatup@jes2001.jp. The music festival is offering a Military special price of $20 for Japan Update readers. For more information, look for details in next week’s issue of Japan Update.

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