“Pop, Lock & Break it” 3v3 Street Dance Battle as part of the Lunar New Year in the Square and Auckland Live Summer in the Square!
Sunday 25 February 2024 Battle event 12:30-3:30pm Open floor jam 3:30-4:30pm
Aotea Square (near Auckland Town Hall)
Aotearoa street dancers go head to head in 3v3 crew battles with each member representing each of the 3 dynamic street dance styles of Bboying/Bgirling, Popping and Locking.
On the wheels of steel we have DJ Happyfeet and hosting on the mic we have MC Bboy Papa Smurf. Our judging panel include: Bboy Copper - For Breaking Kat Sagapolutele - For Locking Mase Boog - For Popping
There will be open floor sessions in between battles for audience and dancers alike to kanikani (dance) together to feel-good old & new school funk & break beats
In celebrations of Lunar New Year, the top 3 crews takes home cash prizes, including $888 for first prize, alongside special artwork trophy pieces by Wellington artist Juse1. There will also be special spot prizes for audience and dancers!
Proudly supported by Auckland Council and the city centre targeted rate. Special thanks to SquareSums&Co.
Introducing our DJ for the upcoming 3v3 Pop Lock & Break-it battle!
Happyfeet is a New Zealand Born Samoan Hip Hop dancer and has over 14+ years of experience within the NZ dance community. He was also the recent @redbullnz Dance Your Style NZ champ and proudly represents NZ many times on the global stage!
Mainly specializing in Freestyle and battle, he also has taken up other crafts such as DJing for the past 2 years, and now we are happy to have him as the DJ for our event.
Introducing our bboy/bgirl judge for the 'Pop Lock & Break-it' 3v3 battle!
Copper is a b-boy hailing from Auckland. He’s a competitor, event organiser and one half of the Funky Phallic Movement crew.
He’s a footwork enthusiast and a stickler for execution and application. As a judge, he’ll be looking for the basics of form, rhythm and flow. He’ll also be on the lookout for considered responses, physical prowess and uninhibited dancing.
Introducing our Locking judge for the upcoming 'Pop Lock & Break-it' 3v3 battle!
Kat Walker Su’a Sagapolutele aka Katto/ Watch:Min Wing
Kat has been part of the street dance community since 2004 and represents: LH Combine, Watch:Min, RUR Alliance, the Collective Motion.
She holds a Masters in Creative and Performing Arts and is the HOD of Dance and Drama at Aorere College!
Introducing our Popping judge for the upcoming Pop Lock & Break-it 3v3 battle!
Mase Boog, a seasoned dancer from Wellington, NZ, boasts 28 years of dance expertise, specializing in popping and boogaloo (boog style) for 25 years.
A dedicated disciple of Suga Pop for two decades, Mase Boog has not only refined technique but also imbibed the cultural essence of these dance forms.
As a proud member of the Electric Boogaloos family, Mase Boog stands as a testament to the fusion of talent, dedication, and a commitment to preserving the rich legacy of popping and boogaloo in the global dance scene.
Mase will also be teaching a one off Popping workshop on Friday 23 February 7:30pm at Movementum Studio!