Yesterday (July 22nd) in San Jose, CA the wonderful Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF)
organization hosted the first ever Step Up Revolution All Styles Dance Competition
at which a talented young seven year old girl who goes simply by her first name Sarah
wowed everyone and took the title with an impressive routine that blended various dance styles.
This hip-hop rooted dance battle was designed to help "get kids off the street and showcase the amazing dance talent in the Bay Area," said HHCF mainman Adissa Banjoko
(pictured left with Sarah) who, for many years, has tirelessly worked as a mentor with youth via his hip-hop chess organization & other outlets. Yesterday's worthy event, in which the HHCF joined forces with Step Up Revolution Movie for Hip-Hop Dance Battle, helped raise money for school supplies for at-risk youth - something that is more important than ever in these financially challenged times for inner city school systems.
Sunday's event, which took place at San Jose's Alum Rock Youth Center,
kicked off with a workshop by A-Game
from the Hybrid Crew/Style Elements
in which the renowned Bay Area Bboy taught an eager to learn young audience fundamental Bboy moves. Then came the all styles dance competition which was DJ’ed by Kool DJ Dizzy
of All Tribes Zulu Nation
chapter and judged by San Jose Bboy Anonymous
and Funkee Asiatic
of All Tribes Zulu Nation. The competition was, according to Banjoko, "conducted in an Iron Man
format that came down to a face-off between poppers Shez
, both representing San Jose. After a grueling 5 rounds Shez and Maze tied for first."