What we're looking forward to..
With Championships being held all across Europe, Asia Pacific and the UK, we have well and truly kick started our mid-summer competitions here at UDO. Last weekend we were in the UK for the South-East Championships, and we’ll be seeing loads of you guys at the West Midlands Championship on the 22nd of July. On the 5th August we’re in Cardiff, our home city, for the final stop on our road to Worlds!
Yes it’s a cliché, but the build up to Worlds is like Christmas for us here at UDO. It’s hectic, it can be stressful at times, but it’s our favourite and most prestigous event of the year.
As the hype builds with each week passing by, our thoughts turn to the world class dancers who will be competing for top spots at our international hip hop and street dance competition. Who will take home the long-awaited World Champion trophies? What countries will be winners? What will the judges demos be like? What will you guys enjoy the most? The weekend itself will answer all these questions and more, leaving us with little else to think about. Here’s five things that we are most excited about in the coming weeks…
1. Regional Qualifiers
Whether we’re seeing you up in Perth, down in Devon, or anywhere in between, we love Regionals. The Regional Championships give crews, duos, solos and groups from all over the country the chance to compete against one another, showing exactly how hard they’ve worked in the weeks leading up to competition. No matter where we are in the UK and in the World, we are always impressed by not only the standard, but by the drive and dedication every crew brings. And of course, qualifying at Regionals give groups the chance to take their dances to the next level by getting through to Worlds. #GetQualified
2. Worlds Countdown Begins
All ages and abilities bring it to our qualifying events every year, and the dancers coming to Glasgow will be in with a chance of grabbing the World class title! As the weeks go by, not only do we enjoy posting sneak previews of merchandise and judges for the event, but we also can’t wait to start promoting the world exclusive workshops we have planned. Keep your eyes on our social media and website whether you plan to compete or spectate, because big announcements are coming…
3. Judges and Workshops Revealed
Speaking of announcements, as the August bank holiday rolls closer, each week we’ll be revealing who will be joining us at Worlds on the judging panel. The standard at competition is always so high, and we make sure that there’s a strong international presence on that all-important judging panel at our biggest event of the year. Their own hip hop and street dance demos at the competition are such an event highlight! To add to this, we will also be revealing our exciting workshops taking place - which you can come along and take with our esteemed faculty, regardless of whether you're a competitor or not!
4. Getting to Glasgow
Despite the pressure of running the world’s largest international street dance organisation, the thrill that comes from pulling off such an all-encompassing dance event is second to none. As more and more groups of all abilities qualify and sign up to compete, we can’t help but let ourselves get excited to meet each and every dancer. The diversity and inclusivity promoted by the dance studios who join us for the comp makes our Worlds event so unique, and the passion that every dancer brings to the floor takes the competition to another level.
5. Face of Worlds Competition
This year, we want to hear what you guys have to say about your journey to Worlds. We will be launching a ‘Face of Worlds’ contest leading up to the event, and we want to see your videos and vlogs showing how you’re preparing for the big day. Tag #UDOFaceofWorlds in any Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter post, for the chance to win exclusive prizes! You can find out more by visiting our competition page!