On Stage: Red Bull Dance Your Style

On Wednesday, March 23, The Knockturnal received an exclusive invitation to a secret party taking place in downtown Los Angeles. This secret party which included cocktails, food, performances and more was organized by Red Bull for their “Red Bull Dance Your Style” campaign. The long-awaited first street dance competition Red Bull Dance Your Style returns for its 2022 season. Red Bull Dance Your Style is a competition that challenges the best dancers and performers from around the world in epic one-on-one battles and Red Bull Dance Your Style takes improvisation to a new level. Red Bull Dance Your Style is a global series of all-style street dance events with a unique battle format. From hip hop to house, from locking to popping. The incredible on-site DJ delivers unpredictable tunes to dancers and audiences from mainstream hits to timeless classics and ignites the dance floor, allowing dancers to show off their skills and wow the crowd! Because this competition integrates the world of street dancing, the problem is that the crowd is the judge! Dancers who participate in Red Bull Dance Your Style must wow the crowd and ultimately earn their vote. We were able to experience the Red Bull Dance Your Style first hand and we weren’t disappointed at all.

When I was told we were going to attend a “secret event”, I had no idea what to expect. After confirming our attendance by email, I was sent a phone number to which I should message where I would receive the address within 24 hours of the event. It definitely added to the “secret” aspect of the whole event and helped build our excitement for what was to come. After getting our text and heading to Los Angeles we had to walk through a downtown alley to get to the party and we were pretty sure we got lost until we could finally feel the ground vibrate with heavy bass and see the staff outside. Of the party. After checking in with the staff and getting our wristbands, we were immediately transported to another world. The neon lights all around the venue set the mood for the night and also provided amazing backdrops for taking pictures for social media. We were greeted by a group of dancers who were already beginning to tease their skills on the dance floor as a crowd slowly began to form around them. We had a few complimentary glasses of Red Bull Dance Your Style and started exploring the venue.

In this building divided into three parts, there was so much to see. We first walked through the main room with DJ and dance floor to the back room where there was a wall of giant neon signs and a photo booth. We couldn’t help ourselves and had to take a few pictures before the big crowd arrived. Across this same room was an upper level where you could be a spectator and get a bird’s eye view of the dance battle. We went back downstairs and entered another room not knowing what to expect and there was a hall of mirrors lit in red and blue. We took a few photos and returned to the main hall just in time to see some of the battles begin. After more dancers and spectators arrived, the battle began. There were two teams of four dancers in total who took turns to individually show off their unique moves and show the crowd why they deserved to win. I had never witnessed anything like this before and the energy was absolutely unparalleled. The crowd was so expressive and completely fed off the dancers in symbiotic excitement. After the dancers finished, they exchanged hugs and laughs in the name of sportsmanship, and the winner was crowned. After that, the real party started with the dance floor opening up to everyone.

As soon as the hypnotic music started playing, everyone started to slowly get into the music and find their rhythm, and eventually the rocking turned into real dancing. After completely exhausting ourselves trying to keep up with the real pro dancers, we headed out into the cold night air to cool off and were immediately greeted by the heavenly smell of tacos. We headed to the Red Bull Dance Your Style rave taco truck and quickly filled up before heading back to continue the dance party. The energy throughout the night was absolutely electrifying and it was so amazing to be in such a creative and expressive space like this.

Red Bull Dance Your Style is actually an event taking place across the United States between January 1 and May 31, 2022. By visiting https://www.redbull.com/us-en/event-series/dance- your-style you can meet some of the best dancers from around the world in your city as they connect and celebrate the diversity of the dance community. For its 2022 season, Red Bull Dance Your Style will amplify the dance stages in every corner of the country, traveling to Tampa, Chicago, Washington DC, Oakland, Atlanta and New Orleans to determine who will represent the country at the Red Bull Finale. World Dance Your Style.

Check out our Event Tik Tok for a behind-the-scenes look at the Red Bull Dance Your Style event and let us know what you think!

Photo credits: @joshaikin

Colleen D. Ervin