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The 2024 Busan Step Up Dance Festival will take place from July 4 to 7 at the Busan Cinema Center and KT&G Sangsangmadang. 

Formerly known as the Busan Dance Festival, the annual event showcases Korea’s best street dancers. The festival is recruiting individual and team competitors via its official website until May 31.

There will be three competitions during the festival. First, the World Street 1-on-1 Battle pits individual street dancers against one another for the chance to win 10 million won. The preliminary and final rounds will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 6 at the Cinema Center.

Second, the Dance Performance World Championship features dance crews battling it out for a 15 million won prize. Teams will submit a performance video to be judged by a panel of experts. The top 30 to 40 teams will be invited to Busan to show off their skills in front of a live audience on July 7. The dance battle will be held at the Cinema Center from 3 to 7 p.m.

The World Street 1-on-1 Battle and Dance Performance World Championship is open to dancers 18 to 39 years old.

Finally, the new Junior (U-17) Street Championship invites dancers 17 or younger to compete. Teams of three or more people are invited to chase their dreams and win a 2 million won purse. The finals will occur from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 5 at the Cinema Center.

All three competitions are open to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of region or nationality.

The biggest names in street dancing will be on hand to judge the competitions. Performers will dance in front of Bada Lee, the charismatic leader of the dance crew Bebe, who won “Street Woman Fighter 2”; Vata, the leader of the dance crew We Dem Boyz, who won “Street Man Fighter”; and Waackxxxy, the first woman to win the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Championship (2023).

In addition to thrilling dance moves, visitors can enjoy street food, a fashion market, the Global Street Dance Class and the Wannabe Talk Show and Networking Party.

On the weekends leading up to the event, organizers will hold Random Play Dance at various locations citywide. During the program, citizens of all ages are encouraged to show off the K-pop dance moves they’ve worked so hard to master.

For more information, visit the Busan Step Up Dance Festival’s official website and social media channels.

※ 2024 Busan Step Up Dance Festival, July 4 to 7 

 ◎ Website:

 ◎ Instagram: @busan_dance_festival

 ◎ Busan Cinema Center: 120 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu

 ◎ KT&G Sangsangmadang: 39 Seomyeon-ro, Busanjin-gu

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