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Photos: Canada makes history with three wins at 2013 World Hip Hop Dance Championships at Orleans

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Brotherhood of Canada competes in the varsity division during the 2013 World Hip Hop Championships at Orleans Arena on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. The team took first place in the division. Teams from 43 countries competed in the event.

2013 World Hip Hop Championships

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Royal Family

Canadian dancers pulled off a hat trick Sunday night at the 2013 World Hip Hop Dance Championships when the country became the first in the event’s 12-year history to capture gold medals in all three Crew divisions: Flip in the Youth category, Brotherhood in the Varsity category and Rockwell Family in the Adult section.

New Zealand’s Royal Family also made history Sunday night by winning the gold medal for the third consecutive year in the overall MegaCrews category.

My friend Laurence Cohen told me on behalf of the organizers: “The growth of the event in Las Vegas has been phenomenal. Nearly 9,000 people packed Orleans Arena for the event (Sunday) night, which featured four rounds of competition and special performances by international dance sensations Les Twins and Hip Op-eration, the world’s oldest dance crew from New Zealand featuring dancers ranging in age from 66 to 94.”

Celebrities in the audience included Drake, D-Trix (“America’s Best Dance Crew”), Sharna Burgess (“Dancing With the Stars”), Toni Basil, Paul Kirkland (“Battle of the Year”) and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (“Hannah Montana”). Our Q & A with judge Sharna was posted last Tuesday.

The event was streamed live worldwide for the first time by Las Vegas-based startup PayWall and I-Stream. The USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships will return to Las Vegas for the seventh year next summer. Go to HipHopInternational.com for more information, photos and videos.

This year’s results:

Youth (ages 8-12): Gold, Flip (Canada); silver, Bubble Gum (New Zealand); and bronze, Shinyy-T (Japan)

Varsity (ages 13-17): Gold, Brotherhood (Canada); silver, Sol-T-Shine (Japan); and bronze, Sorority (New Zealand)

Adult (ages 18 and older): Gold, Rockwell Family (Canada); silver, Identity (New Zealand); and bronze, Elecoldxshot (Malaysia)

MegaCrews: Gold, Royal Family (New Zealand); silver, Praise Team (Canada); and bronze, U.P. Streetdance (Philippines)

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