Hip-hop teams from more than 40 universities in the city participated on October 16 in the first street dance competition for college students in Shanghai Happy Valley, Songjiang District.
Hip-hop dancing, which dates back to the late 1960s, features dance steps, sports, and street performances. The dance genre was introduced to China in the mid-1980s and has become popular among teenagers and students in particular.
The taste for hip-hop among Shanghai students is a force to be reckoned with. Among the 22 competing teams, several had acquired a certain notoriety even before the competition.
DT Dance Together of Shanghai Normal University was founded about 20 years ago, and its members have achieved good results in various street dance competitions. The Will Dance Club of East China University of Political Science and Law has launched a variety of dance training courses over the past 25 years. Screamer Crew from Shanghai University for Science and Technology created their competitive dance “Lap” based on real life experience.
The dance performances, full of youthful vitality and confidence to overcome challenges, also incorporated red culture, Jiangnan culture, and Shanghai-style culture into the art form.
A narrator was appointed to present the knowledge points and cultural background related to street dancing during the competition.
“I don’t think the end result matters. We came to compete to improve ourselves and show our passion for hip-hop,” said one contestant.
The competition, sponsored by the Shanghai Mass Art Center, the Songjiang District Culture and Tourism Bureau, the Songjiang District Literary and Art Circles Federation and the Shanghai Dancers Association, will also launch performances by street dancing by students in Songjiang University City, Suburban District. , G60 Rafael Sky City and Guangfulin Relics Park.