Hip Hop International returns to California

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Olympics of hip hop dance is back in California.

After spending the past eight years in Las Vegas, the Hip Hop International (HHI) brought some of its champions to San Diego.

Filipino Crane Sekahanan of ECNTRCS said, “We came here not just to enjoy but there is also inspiration here too.”

Fifty countries and 3,500 dancers are expected to compete at the Harrah’s San Diego sort in August.

Canada’s Brotherhood composed of members of a Fil-Canadian church group looks to defend its world title.

“It’s kind of nerve racking a scary because we’re not use to moving up so high in the ranks but it’s truly a blessing and it’s an awesome opportunity to share our talents with the world,” said Allan of Brotherhood.

“There’s definitely a lot of pressure, not just in front of people, but just to be ourselves, as well,” said David Deguzman who is also part of the 2014 HHI World Champions Brotherhood. “We’re constantly striving to just become better and better not just as dancers but in our faith and in our spirit as well.

The Southern California based ECNTRCS led by Filipino Crane Sekahanan expect the competition to be tough.

“It gets more intimidating every year,” said Sekhanan. “You think your first experience is enough but then every year you come in thinking your better than last year but it always proves me wrong all the time.”

The grand finals will be held in San Diego State University Viejas Arena in front of an expected crowd of 12,000.

In the months leading to August,. dance crews from throughout the globe will continue to do battle in their home countries for the right to compete in HHI and among the dancers. Many global Filipinos are expected to represent their nations in this ultimate dance competition.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @stevieangeles for more information.

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