the dance event of the year,
is coming to DC's Union Market District this December!
On Sunday, December 1st, Words Beats & Life will host the awe-inspiring return of Juste Debout to the United States, bringing a day of high intensity pre selection dance battles to our nation's capital. Following rapid rounds of dance duos competing for a panel of renowned judges, four extraordinary teams of two will earn an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, France and the chance to compete at the Juste Debout world finals on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Meet your judges: Les Twins (Hip-Hop) // Loic (Locking) // Slim Boogie( Popping) // Sekou Heru (House)
Meet your DJs: Rich Medina // Fleg // DJ Sabrina
Meet your host: BRAVEMONK and B-Girl Rockafella
The Juste Debout USA tour includes a Main Event, Official Afterparty, and Master Dance Classes with the Juste Debout judges. Please see each individual event listing for details. The USA event is organized by the Hip-Hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life, Inc. Funding and in-kind support is provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Red Bull, 202Creates, Culture House, and Dance Lofts. The winning eight dancers will proudly represent their crews at the legendary Juste Debout main event at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, joining the best Poppers, Lockers, Hip-Hop and House dancers from La Réunion, Shanghai, Stockholm, Düsseldorf Vienna, Barcelona, Antwerp, Tokyo, Abidjan, Milan, Geneva, London, Paris and more cities worldwide!
Now in its 18th year, "Juste Debout" translates roughly to "standing only", a nod to its roots uplifting and celebrating the diversity of urban dance artforms. The massive Juste Debout world tour culminates in a riveting competition that unites more than 4,000 dancers and 15,000 spectators from around the world in Paris each March. Finalists are selected following three months of international preselections. Come discover the crème de la crème on December 1st! At this exceptional, family-friendly day, we invite you to experience where showmanship and the art of dance come together as one.
There will be limited access for this event- Space is first and foremost reserved for dancers. Public access for general admission is extremely limited- Advance purchase is strongly recommended and cannot be guaranteed to any non ticketholders at the door.
***** IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCERS - ENTER AS 2-PERSON TEAMS ONLY!!! *****
Please arrive early to ensure you are fully prepared to compete on time. There will be no accommodations for late arrivals, as the competition is timed and progresses according to four unique style categories. When registering, be sure to sign up for TWO TICKETS and enter both dancers' full names when you reserve your spots. Before completing your purchase, check all information carefully, including SELECTING YOUR DESIRED DANCE STYLE. We expect each of the categories - Popping, Locking, House, and Hip-Hop - to fill up quickly and we cannot guarantee being able to make any changes to your desired dance style due to high demand.
Dancers MUST REGISTER FOR 2 TICKETS WHEN RESERVING THEIR SPOT VIA EVENTBRITE. *****TEAMS MAY ONLY ENTER AS A DUO - NO SOLO COMPETITORS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!*****
Dancers can only participate in ONE pre-selection in the same category. In other words, if you are part of a team competing in one category, you may not register with another dancer in that same category. The USA Juste Debout qualifiers are open to all dancers regardless of nationality, skill level, and without any distinction whatsoever. The preselections in Washington, DC offer an opportunity for residents as well as for those who were not able to travel to other countries on the tour to try to gain access to the final at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Sunday, March 1, 2019.
Pre-registration via Eventbrite is strongly recommended, and we anticipate spots will fill quickly for each dance category. On-site dancer signups to compete on the event day cannot be guaranteed and once the category is filled, no late entries will be permitted or added.
Each team will have 1 minute (30 seconds per dancer) to show their skills during prelims. 1 minute will be accorded to each dancer in quarter and semi-finals (2 minutes for the team), and in the final, there will be up to two, 1-minute runs per dancer. Before the event, you will receive an e-mail confirming the start times for each dance category. Please check our website for more information. If you have any issues with your registration, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All dancers are welcome! Bienvenue à Washington!
Sponsors include the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Red Bull