Douglas College to host hip-hop dance competition on May 5

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Whether you love to pop, lock or break, Douglas College is the place to be May 5.

The New Westminster Campus’ gymnasium will be transformed into a hip-hop hot spot for the fifth-annual Redemption Hip-Hop Dance Competition.

Founded by Douglas College student Morgan Wilson, the annual competition will feature dancers of all genres battling it out for glory and prizes.

Looking back at how he first discovered his love for dance – and what spurred him into organizing the competition – Wilson notes it was all a matter of chance.

If he hadn’t been at his aunt’s house on the particular day that an episode of the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance aired, she would never have showed him the routine of one contestant – Mr. Fantastic – and he may not have felt that initial spark that has led to a years-long passion.

“I think about that a lot,” Wilson said. “It was like a series of dominoes falling into place.”

Since that day, dancing has become a prevalent part of Wilson’s identity. After joining his high school’s dance team, he knew he wanted to take it to the next level with a competition. The end result was the Redemption Hip-Hop Competition.

This year, Wilson partnered with Douglas College to host the event and draw an even larger crowd.

“When I came to Douglas, I knew I should bring the event here. It perfectly vibes with Douglas’s fun and inclusive atmosphere,” Wilson said. “I think people will be surprised. They may think of it as a typical dance event or recital, but it’s more than that. Everyone is hype, everyone is socializing – which we really encourage.

“There is a competitive edge, but it’s all in fun.”

The one-day event will feature performances by Dj Firespin, Raw Robots and Wreckage Fam. Local high school teams will also perform a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, popping, locking, break dancing, waacking, new jack, as well as contemporary and experimental pieces.

Prizes will consist of trophies and medals.

Tickets at the door: $10 general, $5 Douglas College students

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