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Beat Breakdown

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Rise to the challenge and unleash your dance potential

Sydney dancers, it’s time to step up! Beat Breakdown is the newest 1v1 dance battle, bringing different styles to the Darling Harbour dance floor each month.

Whether you’re a master at breaking, popping, locking or waacking – this is your chance to share your style, win epic prizes and wow the crowd. 

Beat Breakdown is an open battle, with 16 spots available. Signing up for the battle is free, and it’s also free to watch. Bring your talent and your crew, it’s all on us!

Each month, a different dance style will be showcased and in April it is all about Waacking - an extremely expressive, free and musical form of dance - characterised by arm movements, posing and emphasis on improvisation. Evolving from the West Coast in the early 70s with big disco vibes.

The best two performers will progress to a final and are invited to a quarterly ‘All Star Battle’ in July.

Special guest judges include International sensation Akuma Diva from Taiwan and local legends Ms. Kandi Divine and Yuming with DJ Djinn on the decks, in collaboration with local legends, Dancekool – the pioneering street dance studio.


  • The major prize winner will receive a prize pack valued at $350AUD and a feature post on @darlingharbour Instagram and Facebook channels
  • The runner up prize winner will receive a prize pack valued at $200AUD and a feature post on @darlingharbour Instagram and Facebook channels

Battle Schedule

  • 5.00pm: Dancer registrations
  • 5.30pm: Opening Showcase
  • 5.35pm: Top 16 (1 x 45 sec per dancer)
  • 6.25pm: Top 8 (1 x 45 sec per dancer)
  • 6.55pm: Top 4 (2 x 60 sec per dancer)
  • 7.10pm: Judges Showcase
  • 7.20pm: Final 2 (2 x 60 sec per dancer) and winner announced
  • 7.30pm: DJ and jam time
  • 8.30pm: Event concludes

Registrations for Thursday April 18 will close one week prior on Thursday April 11. We’ll see you there! 

*Spots are capped at 16 per battle, so if you miss out on registration, you’ll be added to the waitlist. Participants must be over 16 to enter (participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Beat Breakdown Participant Waiver and Terms & Conditions

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