Street All-Stars hit Phoenix

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Local dance crews will be competing today at the Madison Event Center not just for bragging rights, but to promote a safe, drug-free environment for Arizona’s high school students.

Street All-Stars kicks off at 2 p.m. at the center, located on Madison Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, with events continuing all afternoon. Event judges are looking to crown the best crew, krumper, beat boy/beat girl and freestyle dancers. A majority of the proceeds will go to Glory Boxing, a youth boxing organization that promotes active, healthy and safe lifestyles for children and teens.

“We wanted to show kids that hip-hop is not about violence, and it’s not about money but it is positive and can have a positive impact on your life,” Street All-Star Marketing Director Obed Gonzalez said.

Street All-Stars chose Glory Boxing because both organizations try to reach out to kids.

“We’re both trying to reach out to the minority youth and show them that they can get involved in other things besides violence and drugs,” Gonzalez said.

Street All-Stars will also showcase local graffiti artists in hopes of educating kids and young adults. Artists are aiming to inspire kids to pick up pen and paper instead of vandalizing public property. However, the main events are going to be the hip-hop exhibitions.

The krumping, beat boy/beat girl and freestyle competitions will each have a few participants pre-selected from auditions. All three events are open to adding a few more participants. The day of the competition, event organizers will be looking to add three or four more people to each competition. Volunteers can sign up from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The team choreographed dance competition is an entirely pre-selected event. Three teams were chosen through auditions and will compete in a single-elimination tournament—the winner earning the rights to call themselves “the hottest dance crew in Arizona,” according to the event’s Web site.

Winning teams will earn one year of free promotion on Streetallstars.com, a spread in Xpoz Magazine and a cash prize of $250. Semifinalists will receive gift bags filled with gift cards from event sponsors.

Admission will also be available at the door for $20. Tickets are $15 if purchased beforehand at Culture Fresh and Glory Boxing.

Contact the reporter at ldisanti@asu.edu

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