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About HDI

House Dance International (HDI) is the first Urban Dance Festival dedicated exclusively to the art form of House Dance. The New York based event returns to Manhattan in July 2017 with fierce competitions in House, Vogue Waacking, Hustle, and Experimental, and Group House Battle (5×5) categories as well as workshops, interactive forums and more surprises!

The art form of House Dance continues to grow worldwide and HDI represents a New York-based mission to bring together the various individuals and organizations that have played a role in the creation and development of the art form. Every year, The Loft Practice, Inc., a 501c3 organization collaborates with the International House Dance Community and meets in New York City to exchange information, showcase new talent, reflect on the art form and properly honor the roots of House Dance Culture.

Whether you are a dancer, choreographer, DJ, house enthusiast or spectator, we want to see you in the building!. HDI is our call to unite, celebrate and recognize the legacy of our artform while navigating it’s future . . .

HDI 2017 Team

Conrad Rochester

Growing up in New York City’s Artsy Lower East Side during the early 1970’s and 80’s, Conrad Rochester discovered his passion for music and dance.
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Conrad Rochester

Christine Carvajal

Christine Carvajal, is an artist, design/developer and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY.Read More

Christine Carvajal

Princess Magnifique Royalty

She is not the one. She’s the Other Other One. She’s VERY THAT! She is a ballroom and clubland LEGEND! Read More

Princess Magnifique Royalty

Edson GUIU Gonzaga

Edson Guiu always danced. Raised in Brazil, closed to Sao Paulo, he always listened to all genre of music.Read More

Edson GUIU Gonzaga

Princess Lockeroo

International dance icon Princess Lockerooo popularized & restored the former glory of the expressive 1970’s disco dance style,Read More

Princess Lockeroo

Justin Monster LaBeija

Justin Gomez, aka Monster LaBeija is a dancer, choreographer and teacher from Brooklyn, New York.Read More

Justin Monster LaBeija

Akim Funk Buddha

Urban-legendary Hip Hop performer, dancer, and teacher Akim Funk Buddha is one of five American artists Read More

Akim Funk Buddha

Masi Yahya James

Masi Yahya James has over 20 years of experience in training teaching and performance art.Read More

Masi Yahya James

Marzpheus Tomas

Marz is a Hustle dancer and instructor from NYC.Read More

Marzpheus Tomas

DJ Easy Moe B

Mo Bee began producing after hearing music by Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic MCs and Marley Marl, producer of early hip-hop hits for the likes of the Juice Crew and LL Cool J.Read More

DJ Easy Moe B

DJ Duce Martinez

Invigorating, fiery, relentless amply describes the super charged, hi octane set of powerhouse DJ Duce Martinez.Read More

DJ Duce Martinez

DJ John Mateo

John Mateo is one-half of one of the most gifted and focused production teams in the New York house underground, Mateo & Matos. Read More

DJ John Mateo

DJ Mykael

Influenced by his mother’s collection of Disco, Classics & Garage in the late 80’s.Read More

DJ Mykael

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2017 Schedule

+ FRIDAY – JULY 14th, 2017

1:00PM
Doors open

2:00PM
TLP TALK + Q & A- The History Of Performance (“Voguing”)
Salaudin Muhammad

2:25PM
TLP TALK + Q & A – INSPIRED MOVEMENT
Conrad Rochester

3:00PM
WELLNESS PRESENTATION
Harkness Dance Center

3:15PM
PRESELECTION
Group House (5X5)

4:45PM
DANCE SHOWCASE
TBA

5:45PM
AFTER-PARTY
TBA

+ SATURDAY – JULY 15TH, 2017

10:00AM – 11:30AM
Hustle Workshop with Marz Tomas

11:30AM – 1:00PM
House Workshop with Conrad Rochester

1:00PM – 2:30PM
Waacking Workshop with Princess Lockeroo

11:00AM – 5:00PM
HDI BLOCK PARTY
Featuring DJs
Adam Rios
Danny Nunez
Dru Tiz
Ralphy Cbs

4:30PM
PRE-SELECTION DOORS OPEN
Opening Ceremony

5:00PM
PRE-SELECTIONS BEGIN IN ORDER BELOW
Experimental (1×1)
Hustle (2×2)
Waacking (1×1)

8:00PM
BREAK – OPEN VIBE
DJ DUCE MARTINEZ

9:00PM
GROUP SHOWCASE

9:30PM
PRE-SELECTION CONTINUES IN ORDER BELOW
Vogue (1×1)
House (1×1)

12:00AM
AFTER PARTY
TBA

+ SUNDAY – JULY 16TH, 2017

10:00AM – 11:30AM
House Flip & Power Moves Workshop with Masi Yahya James

11:30AM – 1:00PM
House WorkShop with Edson GUIU Gonzaga

1:00PM – 2:30PM
Vogue Workshop with Justin Monster LaBeija

4:00PM
FINALS DOORS OPEN
Judge’s Showcase

4:15PM
FINALS BEGIN IN ORDER BELOW
Experimental (1×1)
Hustle (2×2)
Waacking (1×1)

7:15PM
BREAK – OPEN VIBE
DJ EASY MO BEE

8:15PM
FINALS CONTINUES IN ORDER BELOW
Vogue (1×1)
House (5×5)
House (1×1)

11:00PM
AWARDS & PHOTOS

The entire experience was incredibly educational and eye opening. I feel incredibly lucky to have danced with and learned from some of the originators …

–Anonymous

Competition Rules

General Rules & Regulations

+ General Rules for ALL CATEGORIES (Please Read!)

· Entry fees per category vary. Contestants may enter more than one category but must pay to register for each category.
· Competition registration includes admission to Pre-Selections, Finals and After Party regardless of whether you advance to the final rounds or not.
· $1000 prize in each category. Prize money is payable by check from The Loft Practice, Inc. and all prizes will be paid on the final day of the event, July 10th, 2016.
· Please read General Rules for ALL CATEGORIES as well as specific rules for each category you are entering.
· All Contestants will be judged on a scoring system of 1 to 5 based on the following: Presentation, Musicality, Foundation/Technique, Individuality and Creativity. Scores will be tallied and the top scoring contestants will advance to the next level of competition.
· Contestants may not select or request their own music.
· No routines, sets or choreography. This is a freestyle dance competition. Stay within the category and be yourself in the dance.
· Bring the energy and project your light
· Please dance on beat
· Know your history
· Know your vocabulary in the movement
· Utilize all of your space
· Tell a story in your movement
· Dress appropriately
· Costumes are acceptable and encouraged as long as they are in good taste and suitable for the category
· Presentation is everything

+ House Category Rules

Competitors should demonstrate strength and diversity in technique, spirit and vocabulary of House. Fluidity and dancing on beat are key.

+ Waacking Category Rules

It is recommend for competitors to wear shoes with heels and clothing that is appropriate for this category. Competitors are expected to tell a story in their movement with grace, poise and attitude utilizing the vocabulary of Waacking.

+ Vogue Category Rules

The format for the Vogue Category incorporates all styles of Vogue expression. Competitors are expected to demonstrate all styles of vogue in a free spirit essence. Tell a story within the vocabulary of vogue dance, bring your sophistication, edge, and individuality. Contestants must demonstrate a mixture all styles when appropriate and know when to perform each to gain the audience and judges attention as well as outshine their opponent. Additionally:

· BRING IT!
· No touching
· Keep it Classy
· Wear Appropriate Clothing
· Use discretion in sensuality, keep your dance tasteful at all times
· Don’t half step or play the waiting game

+ Experimental Category Rules

Be creative and tell a story in your movement. Please dance on beat.

+ Hustle Category Rules

Costumes are suggested in keeping with the tradition and authenticity of Hustle Dance. Synchronicity, creativity and the connection between hustle partners is pinnacle. Any movement that stays within the category of Hustle is allowed including tricks and lifts.

+ House 5×5 Group Category Rules

Minimum 3 individuals as a group, Maximum 5. Group competitors should demonstrate a collective strength and diversity in technique, spirit in the vocabulary of House. Synchronicity, fluidity and dancing on beat are key.

Media

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HDI 2007

Partners

House Dance International 2017 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


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