All the highlights from Juste Debout 2017

Discover who popped, locked and moved their way to victory at the prestigious street-dance contest.
By Thomas Blondeau

Juste Debout’s 15th anniversary set Paris on fire, as a grand opening by the Red Bull BC One All Stars and a hip-hop category victory by Majid & Ukay set the bar for a night of spectacular street dancing.

The AccorHotel Arena (formerly Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) was packed with 7,000 dance-addicts for the 2017 edition of Juste Debout. Specialising in hip-hop to house, popping, locking, experimental and dancehall, some of the best dancers in the world hit the stage.

Heading to Paris as a new step in their French Tour, the Red Bull BC One All Stars – a team that brings together some of the Red Bull BC One world champions – celebrated this 15th anniversary in their own way.

Lilou, Neguin and more opened the Juste Debout finals by demonstrating their incredible mastery of the fundamentals: style, personality and musicality. Watch their performance in the video below.

Replay Juste Debout 2017 exclusively on Red Bull TV.

The atmosphere was explosive as soon as the contest began: thousands of street-dance fans headed to the south-east of Paris to watch the dance masters battling under the eye of an international jury of experts: Kapela (France), Scoo B Doo (USA), Boogaloo Kin (South Korea), Ben Wichert (Germany).

When you face that kind of jury, there’s no time for joking it’s all about dancing, being musical and stylish. This is why Israeli & Nadiah (winners in dancehall), Babou Flex (winners in experimental), Hiro & Miyu (house winners), Vovan & Funky J (winners in locking) and Hoan & Jaygee (winners in popping) made it to the top.

The hip-hop battle – the last of the day – was also one of the most highly anticipated. Stylez C & Diablo faced Majid & Ukay in a fight where style and technical skills were the most important things.

According to the jury and the crowd, Majid & Ukay were the best, reaching the top spot with thunderous applause: “Juste Debout is probably one of the most important competitions we wanted to win,” said one half of the duo after the victory, hiding under his white dreadlocks, while being surrounded by journalists, microphones and cameras.

Replay Juste Debout 2017 exclusively on Red Bull TV.

Replay Juste Debout 2017 exclusively on Red Bull TV.

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