Street dancers take over Surfers Paradise beach for Australian Dance Cup

DANCERS from across Australia and the world will transform Surfers Paradise into a sizzling stage of Latin rhythms this weekend as the city hosts the 2017 Australian Dance Cup featuring Step Up.

The event is a new all-ages international-standard dance festival boasting more than $8,000 in prize money.

The glitter strip will be abuzz with entertainment as street dancers battle it out on Surfers Paradise beach.


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Competitors will show off their skills in all styles of street dance, including Latin, hip-hop, and jazz.

They’ll be joined by the country’s best young breakdancers who’ll fight for their chance to represent Australia in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires next year.

Meanwhile, amateur dancers will vie for the coveted title of Step Up Surfers Paradise champion and their share of more than $5,500.

They’ll dance off in front of a panel of esteemed industry judges, including internationally renowned hip hop choreographer, Jasmine Meakin.

The two-day festival will be complimented with latin, hip-hop, and salsa beach parties each night.

Saturday 22 April

Mantra on View Ballroom

  • 9am – 11am Youth Latin divisions
  • 11am – 12pm Semi-Pro Freestyle
  • 12pm – 2pm Semi-Pro Choreography
  • 2pm – 3pm Pro/Open Freestyle
  • 3pm – 5pm Pro/Open Choroegraphy
  • 8pm – 9am Overall Pro Couples
  • 9pm – 10pm International shows
  • 10pm – 1am Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba dance party

Beach Marquee

  • 9am – 11am Step Up kids (8 – 12 years old)
  • 11am – 12pm Kids Hip Hop class
  • 12pm – 3pm Step Up Youth (13 – 15 years old)
  • 3pm – 4pm Beginners Zouk class
  • 4pm – 5pm Finals & awards
  • 5pm – 7pm Samba competition with live drums
  • 7pm – 9pm Latin beach party

Sunday 23 April

Mantra on View Ballroom

  • 9am – 11am Masters divisions
  • 11am – 1pm Pro/Am Freestyle
  • 1pm – 3pm Pro/Am Choreography
  • 3pm – 4pm Amateur teams
  • 4pm – 6pm Open teams
  • 8pm – 9pm Best overall team
  • 9pm – 10pm International shows
  • 10pm – 1am Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba dance party

Beach Marquee

  • 9am – 12pm Step Up open (16+ years old)
  • 12pm – 1pm Advances Hip Hop class
  • 1pm – 4pm Breakdance battles (all ages)
  • 4pm – 5pm Beginners salsa class
  • 5pm – 6pm Finals & awards
  • 6pm – 8pm Hip Hop beach party