ABYSS

    The ABYSS, presented by Assassins DC and Urban Artistry, offers a new perspective on producing house dance experiences, by focusing on and honoring the most essential elements of house dance culture: the human spirit and cypher participation. Qualifiers will be held in various cities throughout the world and of those qualifiers; the warriors selected will then compete at the final qualifier in DC. This is the final ABYSS Cypher Session at the International Soul Society Festival in Washington DC 2018. In the process, we hope to inspire a culture of honesty, integrity, self-discovery, and fearlessness, along every participant’s journey to evolved artistry.

    DETAILS

    Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
    Time: 3pm – 8:00pm
    Location: MVMNT Studio – 2973 SACRAMENTO STREET,​​ BERKELEY, CA – 94702


    RULES

    There are none. In the tradition of club dance, anything goes. However; there is etiquette; as you will read in the format below, this is a cypher format. You should be respectful of one another and help to elevate one another’s dance and the vibe of the cypher. This is not an “open style”, “all style” or “no style” dance competition. It is anything and everything in the moment, improvised dance competition. The music dancers will compete too will be derived from the genre’s stemming from “house music”. This improvised dance done to “like-house music”, is in an effort to honor today’s contemporary take on our foundation in traditional/yesterdays club dance culture.


    FORMAT


    PRE-SELECTION

    The pre-selection round will consist of 1-on-1 showcases, with each participant getting one, reasonably timed run.

    Dancers, one dancer, or neither dancer will advance.

    An Advisory Committee, made up of the event organizers, local House Dance professionals will choose 12 dancers to advance to the final cypher session.

    THE CYPHER SESSION

    The cypher session will be a one-hour cypher of uninterrupted exchanges between the chosen dozen from pre-selection.


    JUDGING

    The 12 finalists will choose a winner amongst themselves. Each dancer will have one vote, but cannot vote for himself/herself.

    The dancer with a majority of the votes will be the winner.
    Should there be a tie(s), those receiving the highest number of votes will be given a chance to concede to the dancer(s) that they believe is the winner. If the dancers choose to continue, they will return to the cypher for an additional 30 minutes or the final exchange. During this final exchange, all dancers have the right to concede and proclaim the opponent(s) the winner. If no one concedes during or after the final exchange, the Advisory Committee will choose a winner from those remaining, based on technique, musicality, originality and artistry.



    PRIZES

    Each of the Abyss Cypher dancers will be honored for their achievement.

    The single Abyss winner will be awarded a trip to Washington DC for a chance to compete in the final Abyss cypher during the 2018 International Soul Society Festival.



    BEST WORST

    The Bay Area’s first ever “NO STYLE” competition.  From the same people that brought you crafty competitions like: Soulidify, Soulectric, Soulebrity, Vale Tudo, Kumite and the legendary RORDS OF THE FROOR. We are proud to introduce our first mini-installment of a competition honoring the best display of the worst possible dancing you can imagine.


    DETAILS

    Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
    Time: 3pm – 8:00pm
    Location: MVMNT Studio – 2973 SACRAMENTO STREET,​​ BERKELEY, CA – 94702


    FORMAT

    A single preliminary round for each dancer entering in which hand picked judges will choose their two favorite least capable dancers.  From there the top two dancers will compete head to head competition (which might not be so traditional).


    RULES

    This competition is exclusively for training/studying dancers.  It is open to any dancer that is willing to check their ego at the door and do their best worst dance. Doing “cool moves” will get you immediately eliminated from the competition, unless it is some how executed absolutely horribly perfect.


    JUDGING

    Hand picked judges will select the top two competitors.  The champion will be crowd selected.


    PRIZES

    Oh’….you’ll see.