HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL
HHI is truly Uniting the World of Hip Hop Through Dance.
Founded in 2002 and based in Los Angeles, Hip Hop International is the producer of multiple live and televised street dance competitions that are the largest and most respected in the world. Hip Hop International was created to focus attention on and foster an understanding of street dance. In 2002, HHI innovated the 5-9 member crew competition, a format further popularized during seven seasons of “America’s Best Dance Crew” (ABDC), the show HHI created for MTV.
The idea for Hip Hop International began in 2000 when HHI cofounders Howard and Karen Schwartz saw street dancers in Paris and Tokyo captivating large crowds with incredible dance moves. Because it was a style of entertainment that transcended language barriers, they saw the potential to reach an ever- wider audience from the beginning. They also knew that attempts to professionalize street dance would fail if they did not honor its origins and traditions with integrity.
To develop the judging standards, Hip Hop International turned to dance originators, respected street dancers, dance professionals and choreographers and collaborated with them to create the rules and regulations that are in use today by close to 50 HHI affiliated nations worldwide. Judging workshops are held in countries worldwide to standardize judging at all HHI competitions conducted by official affiliates.
In the United States, HHI properties include ABDC, Urban Moves Dance Workshops, USA Hip Hop Dance Championship, World Hip Hop Dance Championship and World Battles: Bboy, Popping, Locking, Whacking and All Styles.
Around the world, Hip Hop International is firmly established as the foremost authority in hip hop and street dance in every HHI affiliated nation through its internationally respected competitions, educational workshops and Urban Moves dance workshops taught by the most sought after presenters and choreographers. Paying homage to its roots in b-boy culture, Hip Hop International’s worldwide street dance battles featuring the most notorious bboys, lockers, poppers and all stylers culminates every year with the World Battles held in conjunction with the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.
In 2006, world renowned choreographer Steve Bolton became the representative/delegate for Hip Hop International in Canada. For over the past 15 years HHI Canada has had the opportunity to share the World Championship finals stage on countless occasions and Canada has become amongst the top ranked countries in the world.
The goal of the Canadian Hip Hop Championships is to find the very best crews across Canada to represent our country on an international level at the most prestigious Hip Hop Championships known as Worlds or The World Hip Hop Championships.
Canada has always made a strong mark internationally by bringing home the championship title on countless occasions in all major categories; Junior, Varsity, Adult and Megacrew. We are proud to be a country to have set so many outstanding records.
We are looking forward to seeing who will be a part of Team Canada this year!
Amazing Sponsors & Partners
Presented by Festival International de Danse de Montreal and Infini D. The festival has provided the opportunity for Raise The Bar and HHI Canada to be a part of the wonderful exchange of passion that we all share for dance.
RAISE THE BAR
Presented by The Festival Internationale de Danse de Montreal and Infini D, Raise The Bar is Canada’s newest multi-style dance competition, inspired to push the limits of the dance by bringing together the best dancers and promoting the work of the strongest performers in the industry today.