The biggest street dance festival in Europe is back this 15th to 23rd August with an even crazier line up of judges and guest showcases! Battles aside, InD has put together 8 reasons why you should grab the cheapest air ticket to Amsterdam right away for this coming SDF!
1. Locking Forever
Locking Forever will happen for the first time on Summer Dance Forever 2017 featuring a top-notch judge panel – Yoshie, Vovan and Firelock.
2. Icee will be judging again this year
Yes, Icee will be on the judge panel again this year… after winning last year’s Summer Dance Forever Japan. Along with Physs and Ben, this might just be one of the hardest judge lineups to go against.
Let’s not forget about Icee’s battle with Paradox last year – how he managed to bounce back to the semi finals, before a thrilling final battle with Kefton.
3. Masterclasses by Yoshie & Tatsuo
Yoshie (Be Bop Crew) is one of the most popular female dancers in the world, known for her versatility in waacking, locking, soul dance, and Hip Hop dance. She has participated in shows with renowned groups like the Wrecking Crew Orchestra.
Tatsuo (Glass Hopper Crew) is one of the iconic figures of House dance in Japan known around the world. He has represented his country and won countless of times with his unique style, and was the House dance judge for Juste Debout 2014.
These two, who are so well known in Asia, will be conducting a masterclass together for Summer Dance 2017! Who knows what they will be coming out with?
4. Seminar on “The Art of Hip Hop Theatre, from Battle to Theatre”
The Art of Hip Hop Theatre covers what it takes for a Hip hop dancer to develop into a theatre choreographer, and involves a panel of renowned international urban choreographers in the discussion. The talk revolves around how Hip Hop in theatre relates to other styles, and how one can make the dance look good on a theatre stage.
Hip hop culture has made its way into theatre in recent years – yet this topic has rarely been touched on. It is great to finally see a seminar built around this conversation at Summer Dance Forever 2017!
5. First International Rollerskate Meetup
The first ever international Roller Skate Meetup will be happening as part of the Summer Dance Forever 2017 from 17th to 19th August – as a collaboration with Skate Dance. Activities include a workshop by roller skate heavy weight T-Stacks from USA and a free Roller Skate Jam at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater.
What could be more fun to attend a skating jam before the dance festival? We’ll strongly suggest going for it even if it is your first time!
6. Philippe ‘Physs’ Almeida presents WEAKNESS at Theatre Forever
Physs is one of the pioneer of Hip Hop dance in France who has inspired generations of dancers around Europe. He successfully ventured into theatre and storytelling, creating his own piece ‘WEAKNESS’ which talks about his story. As a dancer with Cape Verdean roots, he has been searching for ways to express his art, and through this highlights how failures made by the weaknesses of our emotions could be beautiful.
Physs will also be one of the judges for this year’s Hip Hop Forever, and with his indisputable record of winning battles over battles, it is certainly going to be a challenge to face him.
7. Tyrone The Bone Proctor, Summer Dance Forever 2017 Special Guest
Tyrone Proctor needs no introduction to anybody in the waacking scene. An OG from the 70s, he made history on Soul Train and has contributed culture and knowledge to the entertainment scene ever since, by appearing numerous times in magazines, and choreographing music videos for renowned artistes like The Isley Brothers, Jody Watley and many others.
Tyrone will be one of the special guest performers for this coming Summer Dance Forever 2017, and it will definitely be a historical moment for the festival!
8. Live set with London Underground legend, Dego
We have been to Summer Dance Forever before and they always have a lit lineup of after parties, but this year is exceptional because of this group. The London underground legend/ breakbeat pioneer Dego and his 2000Black Family group is known for their unique set of funky, broken, jazz beats that are so hard to find outside UK and Europe. Get ready to rock your footwork with everyone else and this one reason should be more than enough for you to be at the Summer Dance Forever 2017 on the 19th August!
Lastly, as we all know, let’s not forget about the Summer Dance Forever Japan happening on the 6th to 9th October in Osaka and Tokyo! Winners of this coming Summer Dance will be flown over to Japan!
In conclusion, there is no better time to attend the annual Summer Dance Forever festival other than this year so if you have not grab your flight and event tickets, make sure you do so now!