8150 Urban Dance Challenge set for Tuesday in Vail
• Competing crews: Academy of Raw, COhe, Droid Fam, The Other Guys, The Janes, and Side by Side.
• Competing B-boys: Alex and Bobby representing Worm Tank Crew, Jacob and Vee representing Soul Mechanics, Chase and Fuad representing Dance2Live, Yuta and Terry representing Amida Crew.
• Emilio “Stretch” Austin is one of the godfathers of hip-hop and social dance. Stretch’s resume includes big names like Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” and Will Smith’s “Men In Black” and “Getting Jiggy Wit It.”
• Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden has taught dance and hip-hop philosophy around the world. He has been associated with the legendary Electric Boogaloos, Rocksteady Crew, Rennie Harris Puremovement and Mop-Top Crew.
• Chris “Pharside” Jennings is an artistic director whose credentials include Hip-Hop International 2012 USA Champion, America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2, and Americas Got Talent Season 7. Pharside Represents: HeadBangerZ, Machine Gone Funk, MopTop, Renegade Rockers and most famously, Academy of Villains.
• Ronnie “Ruen” Navarro is currently one of the most influential B-boys in the scene and has won prestigious titles globally for more than a decade. Ruen has also performed commercially and with top recording artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and KRS 1.
VAIL — Colorado’s top hip-hop dance crews and break-dancers will compete at the third annual 8150 Urban Dance Challenge on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. This urban-inspired dance competition will feature six crews and four pairs of B-boys from all over the state, who will then be judged by top-tier professionals from the hip-hop dance community.
The crews and B-boys will compete for cash prizes and a spot to perform at the Vail International Dance Festival’s Dance TV performance on Aug. 9. The first place crew will be awarded $1,200 and the second place crew will receive $400. The first place B-boy team will win $600 and the second place winner will walk away with $400.
While in Vail, dancers will also participate in community outreach at local youth programs. On Monday, crews will visit the Youth Foundations’ Power Hours programs to perform and teach class. Later that evening, dancers will gather at Studio 8100 for master classes taught by 8150 UDC judges Moncell Durden and Chris Jennings.
Those attending the show at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater are encouraged to come early to take advantage of the Hot Summer Happy Hour, in which food and beverage specials can be enjoyed from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead parking structure.
For added convenience, the free town of Vail shuttles will run extended routes past Golden Peak from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a drop off at the soccer field near the Ford Amphitheater. Additionally, a special Village-to-Village express bus will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with stops at the east entrance of the Lionshead parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.
Once inside the venue, picnics with commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited.
For more information, visit http://www.vvf.org and follow Vail Free Concerts on Facebook.
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