The world’s largest street dance fighting event, Dance Alive Hero’s Final, ended Sunday with a record number of participants in the competition at Ryōgoku Kokugikan in the Sumida district of Tokyo.

More than 12,000 dance fans gathered for the 2018 edition of the Street Dance Battle which saw contestants compete against each other on four stages inside a venue commonly associated with the sport of sumo.

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Unlike the latter, the event’s finalists, drawn from qualifiers held across Japan, participated in individual battles separated into four styles, including hip hop, break and house, with each dancer improvising moves based music selected by the DJs of the competition. .

Among the final winners of Dance Alive Hero was Jade Zuberi, a 26-year-old American, who won the “All Styles” competition, dancing under the name “Soul”. First place in the “House” competition went to Shigeki “Pino” Sakurai, 42, from Aichi Prefecture in central Japan.

(Image: Mai Nagoya)

(Image: Mai Nagoya)

Dance Alive has come a long way since its inaugural event in 2005 and this year welcomed guests like GENERATIONS of EXILE TRIBE and E-girls for the opening of the event.

“This competition, which started 13 years ago in a small club, has grown into the biggest in the world.” said Charisma Kantaro, CEO of the event’s organizers, Shibuya-based entertainment company Anomaly Inc.

“The potential of the event to become a stage from which to unearth superheroes from the dance world has become clearer,” Kantaro continued, thanking fans and dancers and naming the Dance World Cup. alive in Japan this summer, to be held at the Saitama Super Arena. north of Tokyo in August.

(Image: Mai Nagoya)