Hip Hop International is represented by officially affiliated organizations that respect the origins of Hip Hop culture and produce events and competitions in collaboration with Hip Hop International in order to qualify the Crews who can represent their country to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.
The idea for Hip Hop International began in 2000 when co-founders Howard and Karen Schwartz saw street dancers in Paris and Tokyo. Because it was a style of entertainment that transcended language barriers, they saw the potential to reach a growing audience right from the start. They also knew that attempts to professionalize street dance would fail if they did not honor its origins and traditions with integrity. To develop these standards, Hip Hop International turned to pioneers, street dancers, dance and choreography professionals and collaborated with them to create the technical regulation used today worldwide and disseminated through the Rules & Regulations Workshop, created in order to inform the Dance Community about the rules that make HHI one of a kind.
Hip Hop International Ireland is a dance competition and sporting event with a mission to strengten the Irish Hip Hop dance community and support our dance athletes to greatness. Our annual event, the Ireland Hip Hop Dance Championship brings together the best dance crews from all over Ireland to compete to try to qualify for the World Championships held annually in the USA which is the biggest dance competition in the world.