Over the weekend, 8 of Mzansi’s hottest dance crews danced their hearts out at the Red Bull Beat Battle Championships which took place at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto. In it’s fourth year, this event has become one of the hottest on the annual dance calendar, bringing street dance alive like no other. This year Freeze Frame took the coveted title to represent for the East side of J-Sec in front of almost 2,000 people in attendance.
With over 200 crews auditioning during the qualifying rounds, the competition was strong and getting to the final 8 was no easy task. Going up against defending champions The Prophelaz in the final, after their victory the team leader, Brandon Grobler couldn’t hide his excitement having been in the game for a minute. “This is something we’ve wanted for a very, very long time! We knew just needed to practice hard and put the time in. Tonight was completely overwhelming – it was so great to have so much love and support from the crowd. We went in as hard as we could from the beginning and it paid off.”
Lighting the stage up on a performance front was Cassper Nyovest, Siya Shezi, Trompies and DJ Shimza. Holding it down as the host for the night, Thapelo Mokoena was on top form with DJ Switch returning as the official DJ providing the soundtrack to the battle field. Check out the next issue of HYPE for more exclusive footage.
Images courtesy of: Kolesky /Nikon & Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool