5. For the crowd. You haven’t seen dance until you’ve seen it in an arena surrounded by screaming, shrieking and sometimes dancing fans. Before you know it, you’ll be cheering for countries you didn’t even know you cared about: “C-A-N-A-D-A What!”
4. For the workshops. Hone your skills Saturday and Sunday at the Urban Moves workshop series at Red Rock Resort, where choreographers and dancers like Popin’ Pete (of The Electric Boogaloos) and Shaun Evaristo (of Justin Bieber’s Believe tour) will teach you to be a little more badass the next time you hit the club or studio. Single classes are $25, with discounts if you stay for a second or third.
3. For the b-boys. The day before the finals go down at the Orleans, the best poppers, lockers and breakers battle one on one at Red Rock in a furious show of talent and bravado.
2. For Skulls & Crowns, A Royal Invasion. It’s a world premiere. It’s a choreographer-driven show. It’s from Parris Goebel, the creative force behind ReQuest Crew (New Zealand) and one of the choreographers for Michael Jackson One. Still not sold? The show is August 9 at 10 p.m. and tickets are only $20.
1. For the championships. From the junior division’s tiny whirlwinds of talent to the adults throwing jaw-dropping stunts, this international showcase of top hip-hop dance crews is just plain fun. The competitors look like they’re enjoying themselves as much as the crowd, and the choreography onstage—culturally influenced street dance from all corners of the globe—will genuinely amaze. More than anything, though, you’ll leave the Orleans wanting to dance. Which, in a way, is what the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is all about.
2014 World Hip Hop Dance Championships August 10, 7 p.m., $25-$60. Orleans Arena, 702-284-7777.