Words Beats & Life Presents Top Notch – B-boy/B-girl Battle
At 6 p.m., b-boys and b-girls demonstrate their skills in circles and give lessons. Competing for cash prizes, the dance battle’s preliminary rounds begin at 7 p.m. with the final rounds beginning at 8 p.m. The battle, hosted by Silver Spring, Maryland lyricist Trus Real and New York b-boy Kwikstep, includes judges such as hip-hop artist Narumi from Japan, DC area b-boy Toyz aRe Us, and pioneering New York b-girl Rokafella with DJ Fleg and DJ RBI on the turntables. Interested in competing? Registration is at the Kennedy Center in the Grand Foyer beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Registration will close promptly at 3:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
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