There's no better way to kick off the new year by looking at the upcoming events we're all hoping to attend in the LA and OC areas. Perhaps the biggest hip hop choreo competition in January is VIBE XV held at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center. Mark the date: Sunday, January 31, 2010. This year, VIBE is brought to you by Kallusive and Lambda Theta Delta. The $23-25 ticket price is worth it because this is one night where you can see some of the best choreo teams showcase on stage. You can also expect a healthy dose of underground street dancers - poppers, lockers, bboys, and waackers - to show up in some of the stage-side cyphers throughout the evening. (Photo above is a flier from the facebook site for VIBE XV.)
The team lineups are stacked! For the competitive category; we have 220, Barkada Modern, CADC, Choreo Cookies, Common Ground, GRV, Kaba Modern, Mass Appeal, NSU Modern, Pac Modern, and Team Millenia. In the exhibition category; we have Anbu Black Ops, Boxcutthuz, Culture Shock LA, Entity, Funkanometry SF, KM Legacy, Mavyn, Sheroes, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, and Surreal. And for the preshow; we have BBoys Anonymous, Kreative Movement, MCIA, and Underground. It's a jam-packed night that is sure to bring some of the best dancers from the choreo scene all together in one place. CADC won 1st place in the competition category last year at VIBE XIV. So all eyes will be on them to see if they can repeat.
You can find the site for VIBE XV here:
Info for VIBE XV includes:
Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts 6:30pm
At UC Irvine Bren Events Center (100 Bren Events Center, Irvine, CA 92697)
What makes VIBE XV the place to be on Sunday, January 31 is that it captures all the chaotic, high energy of the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire choreo scenes. The event boasts a great venue with great lighting and production values for a stage show. The crowd is always enthusiastic. You'll literally feel the ground shake if your neighbors are chanting and stomping for their favorite team in the bleachers. And it's an opportunity to see everyone in this scene dress and dance at their best. Anyone who wants to venture beyond what they see in reality TV dance shows will want to come to VIBE and see these teams with their own eyes.
Bring your cameras. Get there early for parking. And prepare to spend the rest of the night cheering for awesome dancers on stage. If America needs an epicentre for the hip hop choreo world, then VIBE XV will be the perfect candidate for that role on January 31, 2010.