Show Of The Year is annual dance festival that gathers more than 1500 dancers in one day to Helsingin Kulttuuritalo.
In Dance.fi events, we started at first organizing Streetdance events in 2003. At that time urban dance events were almost non existent and everything was new. With hard work and struggle, slowly but surely jam got bigger and people more involved in events and the underground dance scene got huge.
We tried to have jams as soulful as we could, with deep roots to the culture and it’s history.
Funny episode is that when world famous dancer Storm came to our event first time, he said ”The feeling of jam is like when I came to New York first time”. We travelled and did shows all over the world to see best events, from contemporary theatre to hardest battles: La biennale de Lyon, Les Rencontres Urbaines, BBoy Night Japan, Freestyle Session, BBoy Summit, all Juste Debouts since the start, Streetstars, R-16, Dance Delight Japan and decided to make one of our own, with deep flavor of Finland. Not just for street dancers, but for every genre dancers to come together and inspire each other. Theater environment with good lights, sound system and atmosphere, the perfect place to make the magic happen.
SOTY Showcase contest was born in 2010 and every year it has gone bigger and loved by dancers than ever. Over 160 crews performing in one day, with 1500 contestant, which makes it one of biggest one day dance events in the world. It is easy to say the level of finals are on international level. This year 2017, SOTY Showcase contest is split to 2 days and the dates are 20.-21.5. Choreographers and teachers are many times forgotten in the events, but not in SOTY. Choreographers will have free masterclasses and workshops during the weekend.
More info: http://www.dance.fi/showoftheyear
Here are some highlights to our event, that we still consider raw, unpolished and underground, like the dance is.
2012 Show Of The Year winners Fe’Fellas
3 Times SOTY winners Lock Kids Finland
2016 Formation winners JJ-Street Vogue (Est)
Winning in SOTY makes news headlines in Finland