World Hip Hop Dance Championship takes it to the floor
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 (3:50 p.m.)
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- World Hip Hop Dance Championships
- Through July 31, days & times vary, $20-$59.50. Red Rock Resort, 797-7598
- Finals, July 31, 7:30 p.m., $25-$59.50. Orleans Arena, 323-850-3777, hiphopinternational.com
New Zealand. Hip-hop capital of the world. Just ask a crew of black lipstick- and white glove-wearing ladies with robot-crisp moves that go by the name ReQuest. The New Zealand-based dance squad took home gold at the 2010 World Hip Hop Dance Championships, beating out teams from Japan, Mexico and the U.S. This week they’re back in Vegas to do it again.
Created by Hip Hop International—the people behind America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV—the dance competition celebrates its 10-year anniversary July 25-31 with a dance tourney that pits crew against crew in national and international throwdowns across three different age levels, from grade school savants to snarling adult masters of the pop and lock. Leading up to Sunday’s finals, there’ll be b-boy battles, dance workshops and enough fresh moves to inspire anyone to hit the club or studio. And somewhere in the mix there’ll be reigning queens ReQuest, trying to make New Zealand the hip-hop dance capital of the world one more time.
Situated at the entrance to Red Rock Canyon and minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury in a modern property, built in 2006.
The casino features features 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker, roulette, a 206-seat Race and Sports Book with a 96-foot video wall a 20-table smoke-free poker room open 24 hours a day, a 600-seat bingo hall with separate smoking and non-smoking sections, open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 20-seat keno lounge and a private high-limit room.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award since opening and named one of the world's best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Red Rock redefines casino resort architecture by incorporating natural light, a convenient layout and the comforts of a modern lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the property is the three-acre pool complex with 19 cabanas and swim-up gaming. Its location allows for balcony views from several of the property's restaurants and Cherry Nightclub. Aside from Cherry, guests can grab a drink at Onyx or Lucky or listen to live music in Rocks Lounge.
Dining spans the globe at Red Rock with more than 10 restaurants, including the Italian food of Terra Rossa, the Japanese fusion of Hachi, the Mexican spices at Cabo Cantina or a bit of everything at the Feast Buffet.
Unlike some resorts in town, Red Rock has activities for the whole family, such as a 16-screen movie theater and an arcade. The 72-lane bowling center features a VIP area and carpet that glows in the dark for after hours at Cosmic Bowling.
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).