Rincon Band hosts huge hip-hop dance contest on reservation

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The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians in California hosted thousands of competitors and fans for the annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

Over 3,500 dancers from 50 countries participated in the event, which took place last week at the recently rebranded Harrah’s Resort Southern California on the reservation. Dance troupes from New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea outshined most of the American teams, The Wall Street Journal reported, even though the music and dance style were invented here.

“Americans are a little spoiled,” Greg Chapkis, the director of an American group, told the paper. “A lot of international dancers are focused and hungry"

After five days of competition, the top crews competed in the finale on Sunday night at the Viejas Arena in San Diego. The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians owns the naming rights to the facility, which is located on the San Diego State University campus.

The winner was a team from South Korea. A group from New Zealand that incorporated Maori and Polynesian styles came in second.

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