Superheroes Discovered in World’s Biggest Street Dance Battle, Tokyo

The world’s largest street dance combat event, Dance Alive Hero’s Final, ended on Sunday with a record number of spectators witnessing the competition at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan event site in Tokyo’s Sumida district.

More than 12,000 dance fans turned out for the 2018 edition of the Street Dance Battle which saw contestants battle it out in competition on four stages in a venue usually associated with the sport of sumo.

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Unlike the latter, the event’s finalists, drawn from qualifiers held across Japan, competed in individual battles separated into four styles, including hip-hop, break and house, with each dancer improvising moves based on music selected by the contest DJs. .

Among the winners of the Dance Alive Hero final was 26-year-old Jade Zuberi from the United States, who won the “All Styles” contest, dancing as “Soul.” First place in the “House” contest went to Shigeki “PIno” Sakurai, 42, from Aichi Prefecture in central Japan.

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Dance Alive has come a long way since its inaugural event in 2005 and this year hosted guest appearances like EXILE TRIBE’S GENERATIONS and E-girls for the opening of the event.

“This competition, which started 13 years ago in a small club, has become the biggest in the world.” said Charisma Kantaro, CEO of event organizers Shibuya-based entertainment company Anomaly Inc.

“The potential of the event becoming a stage from which to unearth dance world superheroes has become clearer,” Kantaro continued, thanking fans and dancers and pointing to the Dance Alive World Cup. Japan of this summer, which will be held at the Saitama Super Arena. north of Tokyo in August.

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