Williamstown played host to the World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB), the biggest international street dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere, at the Williamstown Town Hall over the weekend.
The competition held its qualifying rounds, an event that takes place in six cities across Australia, ahead of the international event that will welcome finalists from around the world in Sydney on October 11-14.
It was the third straight year the Melbourne qualifying rounds were held in Williamstown and event organiser Marco Selorio said the competition has come a long way in the fifteen years it has been running.
“Back in July 2004 I launched the event, it was hosted in Essendon and it was supposed to just be a one off event. Since then we have had this event across six continents in 25 countries,” Mr Selorio said.
This year, group and solo acts busted moves at the Williamstown Town Hall for three judges including hip hop dancer Errol Cenita, former Battleground champion Kirk Icao and urban dance master Andrew Patara.
“I think judges find it tougher to judge the bigger teams (crews) because they’re trying to judge more people. However soloists are a lot braver because they’re on their own, they can’t hide behind anyone else,” Mr Selorio said.
The World Supremacy Battlegrounds have a respectable record when it comes to talent development, with many dancers going through the competition before gaining mainstream media attention, including appearances on television dance shows.
“The hip hop acts we get are far better than what you would see in SYTYCD. However since the launch of World of Dance by Jennifer Lopez, a lot of street dancers have come out to try their luck in winning $1 Million so that’s a big incentive,” Mr Selorio said.
For more information on the international street dance competition, including event information and ticket details, visit the World Supremacy Battlegrounds website. You can also follow the competition on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.