WINNIPEG HIP-HOP CREW FIGHTS TO HANG ON TO CANADIAN DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

L.I.V.E. crew — stacked with young Filipino dance talent — defends its national title in Montreal in June

Winnipeg hip hop dance crew L.I.V.E will defend its national championship in Montreal in June 2019. The 30-member competition team hopes to reclaim the title and head to the international championships in August in Arizona. (Submitted by Azrael Advincula)

Azrael “Angel” Advincula is on a mission.

On this mission he will jump up, jump up, and most assuredly get down.

And the 28-year-old Winnipegger won’t be alone.

On June 2 in Montreal, Advincula, along with 29 partners of his dance group L.I.V.E., will fight to reclaim the title of Canada’s best hip-hop dance crew at the national championships for Hip Hop International, which produces competitions it bills as “the largest and most respected in the world.”

“The pressure is on us,” said Advincula, who is the creator and director of the Winnipeg dance troupe, which he founded in 2014.

Last year, the troupe won the national championships in Ottawa. It marked the first time a Winnipeg crew took the national crown.

“Because we are the defending champs, we want to bring it home again,” said Advincula.

The team only needs to make it into the top three to head to the international championships, which will be held this August in Arizona.

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