Hip Hop in Beijing: Videos of Tsinghua’s DK5 Crew Spring 2012

“Best Energy” at UR Rattan Hip Hop Finals

It’s hard to believe that our school’s hip hop team is having its final performance of the academic year tomorrow night.  Unfortunately I will not be dancing nor performing, but I’ll be sending my endless support to my teammates and friends who made me feel at home this semester.  Take a look at what we’ve been up to these few months!

UR Rattan Hip Hop Finals (videos below)
We received “Best Energy” for the night, and rightfully so!  This was our cleanest performance overall, though there were still some spots we needed to work on.  Out of the teams that made it to the finals, we were one of the few with choreography instead of the more common old-school hip hop prevalent in Beijing.  I choreographed a new piece to Nicki Minaj’s part of “Make Me Proud,” something I wouldn’t have predicted in accomplishing this semester had I not been challenged and inspired by the right people.  Long practices and sleepless nights were dedicated to this competition, but that’s where I had some of my favorite memories with the team. Contestants included Peking University, Beijing LiGong University, Beijing JiLee University.

Click here to watch Round 1 (Team performance)
Leaders’ solos begin at 2:55, our team begins at 6:00
Songs: “I’m Busy” by Mims, “You Make Me Wanna” by Kimberly Cole and Eddie Amador, “Make Me Proud” by Drake ft. Nicki Minaj, “Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon, “Crank it Up” by Json | Choreography: Michael Ho, Jia Zheng, and choreographer of “You Make Me Wanna”

Click here to watch Round 2 (Solos)
Choreography from professionals and freestyling by Xiao Yu (5th performer).  Special credits to UrbanKnowlogy 101 and Andye J for my portion!

UR Rattan Hip Hop Semi-Finals (videos below)
This was our first competition of the year.  A bit rough, but we pulled it together given our time restraints and limited knowledge of information.  Surprisingly, we received the highest score of the night, followed by Beijing LiGong University in second with their popping routines.

Click here to watch Round 1 (Team performance)
Songs: “Buzzin” by Mann, “Quickie” by Miguel, “Get ’em Girls” by Jessica Mauboy, “I’m Busy” by Mims, “Crank it Up” by Json | Choreography: Michael Ho, Jia Zheng, Spy Dance

Click here to watch Round 2 (Solos)
A mixture of freestyle and choreography inspired by Tessandra Chavez and Brian Puspos.  Michael (the second performer) learned his solo portion from a studio at the east side of Beijing.

Click here to watch Beijing Ligong University’s routine
Their routine is to a popular song about two male lovers, hence the wild responses in the audience.

*Note: We never had proper practices for Round 2 of either competition, so excuse the lack of transitions.

Just at practice:
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzk1NzY1NDU2.html

Our performance at the National Cheerleading Competition is worth watching, but it takes forever to load over here so I’ll have it up later.  In the meantime, enjoy!

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