When the legs stopped flying, the beats stopped dropping and the furiously talented hip-hop dancers from around the world stopped busting the kind of moves that make you go “ohhh,” the 2013 World Hip Hop Dance Championships belonged to Canada.
For the first time in the event’s 12-year history, a single country captured gold in all three age categories at last night’s World Finals at the Orleans Arena.
In front of nearly 9,000 people and celebrities like Drake, D-Trix (of America’s Best Dance Crew) and Tony Basil, Canadian team Flip took first place for the youth category (ages 8-12), followed by fellow Canadians Brotherhood in the varsity category (ages 13-17) and Canada’s Rockwell Family in the adult category (18+). Only in the mega crew division did the northerners fall, placing silver with Praise Team behind New Zealand’s Royal Family, which won the category for the third straight year.
While New Zealand and Japan also saw the podium in multiple categories, the night clearly belonged to Canada. Or as they say at the annual Olympics of hip-hop dance, “CA-NA-DA WHAT!”
2013 Winners of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships
YOUTH (ages 8-12)
Gold - Flip (Canada)
Silver - Bubble Gum (New Zealand)
Bronze - Shinny-T (Japan)
Gold - Brotherhood (Canada)
Silver - Sol-T-Shine (Japan)
Bronze - Sorority (New Zealand)
Gold- Rockwell Family (Canada)
Silver- Identity (New Zealand)
Bronze - Elecoldxshot (Malaysia)
Gold - Royal Family (New Zealand)
Silver- Praise Team (Canada)
Bronze- U.P. Streetdance (Phillipines)