As hip-hop music and culture marks its 50th year, the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest is celebrating a big milestone, too. Twenty-five years ago, artistic director Micaya created the world’s first-ever showcase for hip-hop dance on the concert stage. This year’s edition continues to earn the “international” in the festival’s title, and extends its track record of presenting innovative artists alongside ensembles whose energy and synchronicity get audience members on their feet.
Among the group numbers is House of Jit, masters of Detroit’s Jit footwork style. Also on the program are Los Angeles’ salsa-influenced Versa-Style Dance Company, San Mateo’s very own Str8jacket, France’s Wanted Posse, Philadelphia’s Snack Break Movement Arts, Brussels-based virtuoso Selasi Dogbatse and London group Flawless, which rose to fame on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
And speaking of audience members on their feet, Saturday afternoon’s show will include an “Echo the Moves” contest led by New Style Motherlode’s Corey Action, while Saturday evening’s performance offers a “Soul Train Style” contest led by Telice Summerfield – and each contest offers a $500 prize.