The Kennedy Center


Words Beats & Life Festival: Top Notch B-boy & B-girl Competition and Fine Lines Paint Jam

Sunday, November 5, 2017 12:00 PM

Hip Hop Culture

Celebrate the art forms of breakdancing and graffiti with FREE events presented by D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life.

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All events FREE, no tickets required!

Top Notch 2017

Top Notch 2017 is a 3v3 b-boy competition presented as part of the annual Words Beats & Life Festival. Watch as leading b-boys and b-girls from around the country defy the laws of gravity and compete for cash prizes, while legendary DJ’s spin the hottest tracks. 

The competition will be judged by Box Won (KRS/Illadelphlave, Philadelphia), Ghost (Lionz of Zion, Virginia), and Kid Clyde (Dynamic Rockers, New York City). The event will feature DJ Ruggz (Breaks Kru, New York City) as soundmaster and Nemesis (Breaks Kru, New York City) and Trus Real (Lionz of Zion, Maryland) as MC.

Registration opens at 12 p.m. in the Grand Foyer. Preliminary dance rounds begin at 2 p.m. and the final rounds will take place as part of the Millennium Stage series at 6 p.m. This performance will be streamed online via Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website, and archived for future viewing.

Fine Lines Paint Jam
As a celebration of graffiti and fine arts, Words Beats & Life invites 30 D.C.-based artists to create live works of art at the Kennedy Center, complete with music from DJ Vico Vibez. This year’s Fine Lines Paint Jam will draw inspiration from the classic Hip Hop film Wild Style.

Explore b-boy/b-girl culture and more with the panel discussion Foundation: B-boys and B-girls in Hip Hop Culture” featuring Jorge “POPMASTER FABEL” Pabon, Honey Rockwell, B-boy Orko, and Joseph Schloss at 12 p.m. on Millennium Stage North. Plus, enjoy food from DC Tapas Truck on site throughout the day.

Millennium Stage: Only Master Teachers
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 6:00pm
Only Master Teachers is Words Beats & Life’s original multi-disciplinary Hip Hop production that features some of D.C.’s best Hip Hop teaching artists. The production explores the dance, music, stories, and visual art of Hip Hop in a new context that bridges together generations through knowledge and culture.