What do Cirque du Soleil, police officers and Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella performance have in common? They all are connected to the world’s best street dancers who are part of Dance Your Style—Red Bull’s one-on-one street dance competition in which dancers battle it out across America to showcase the leaders of the new wave of dancing that’s influencing popular culture.
Earlier this month at Generations Hall in New Orleans, bodies crawled on their backs, pantomimed shapes and contorted in unthinkable ways. All of it was unbelievable. None of it was unfamiliar though. That’s because these moves have been in the mainstream via concerts, music videos, commercials and TV shows that some of these competitors helped usher in.
“In the mainstream, street dancing is being raised to the level of choreography,” dancer King Havoc said. “Everyone can’t accept street dancing as openly as choreography because choreography could be taught. It’s easier to present that. When it comes to raw street dancing, you never know what you’re going to get, and you can’t teach that.”