The San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest celebrates its 15th Anniversary with 13 hip hop dance companies performing in two programs curated by Founding Director Micaya  

November 15 – 17, 2013

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

The San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest (SFIHHDF) is proud to celebrate its 15th anniversary with performances featuring 13 of today’s hottest hip hop dance companies.

Curated by DanceFest Founder and Director Micaya, this year’s event includes two programs featuring new works by acclaimed returning artists Ill Style & Peace Productions, Funk Beyond Control, Mix’d Ingrdnts, SoulForce Dance Company, Loose Change, Groove against the Machine, Footworkingz and Chapkis Dance Family. Performing at the festival for the first time are UK’s Far from the Norm, the Lor Brothers (featuring artists Longka and Longkue Lor), Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project featuring d. Sabela grimes, bone breaking company Bones the Machine, Nextlevelsquad and Greathouse of Dance. The San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest runs from November 15 – 17, 2013 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Groups hailing from San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Suisun City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and London headline this year’s festival. More than 100 individuals will take the stage at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre mixing skillfulness with artistry and storytelling. Under the umbrella of hip hop, SFIHHDF showcases work that draws variously from b-boying, freestyle, jazz, modern, mime, locking, tap, house, popping and more. For 14 years, the event has brought audiences to their feet, and this year promises to be no exception.

Established in 1999 by Micaya, The San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest has earned an international reputation as one of the most prestigious presenters of hip hop dance. As the first festival dedicated to honoring the variety of hip hop dance forms – including companies from all over the globe – SFIHHDF has become a regular stop on the itinerary of talent scouts. Current and former DanceFest participants have gone on to earn spots on America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Earlier this month Japanese dance artist and former DanceFest participant, Kenichi Ebina, won the eighth season of America’s Got Talent.

The festival also presents two master classes at the ODC Dance Commons Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. King Charles of the Chicago-based FootforKINGz teaches a class in Chicago Footworkin’, a complex and fast-paced movement style using the lower body on November 16 and the Lor Brothers teach a class on the fundamental aspects of b-boying on November 17.

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