Proud to announce our 2020 Northwest Sweet 16 finals. We will have prelims in Vancouver, Portland, Eastern Washington, Calgary, Seattle, and Puyallup. View the event page HERE, and our Facebook page for up to date details.
Brackets are up, and boy do they look exciting. Also, be sure to check the schedule below, if you’re entering the all style competition, be ready to go at 1pm (and don’t forget the workshops at 11am). If you’re a breaker, prelims start at 3pm on the dot. If you are a spectator, doors open at 6pm for the general public, and the finals start at 7pm. After party at Baltic Room.
Event page HERE.
After Brown Paper Tickets closes at midnight on the 23rd, tickets will be available at the door for $15 also. Kids under 10 for $10, and kids under 5 for free.
11am: All Style Workshops
—-Prelims – 1-6pm—-
All Style Prelims 1-3pm
B-boy Prelims 3-6pm
6pm DOORS OPEN FOR PUBLIC
-B-boy judges showcase
-The Sweet 16 round 1
-B-boy/B-girl 5v5 crew Quarter Final
-Sweet 16 Quarter Finals
-All Styles 3v3 crew Quarter Final
-All Styles 3v3 crew Semi Final
-Sweet 16 Semi Final
-B-Boy/B-girl 5v5 crew Semi Final
-All Styles Judges Showcase
-All Styles 3v3 Final
-B-boy/B-girl 5v5 crew Finals
-Sweet 16 Finals
PARTY TIME – After party at Baltic room
So, the weekend is over, and boy what a weekend. We were very disappointed in the turnout for the event. This was probably our lowest turnout in the 8 years we’ve thrown this jam, but we’ve never tried to go head up against the Seattle summer, so shame on us. With that said, it was the best jam we’ve done as far as talent goes. A truly international jam with b-boys from Sweden, Italy, Columbia, Russia, California, and Japan. Awesome to see the cultures combine.
I’m sure you’d like to know the results, they are as follows:
Northwest Sweet 16 2015 Champ: Jbugz, Soul Felons, Vancouver BC
Runner up: Buckshot, Unleashed, Seattle WA
Crew Competition Champions: Massive Monkees, Seattle WA
Crew Competition Runner Up: Breakadelics, Sweden
All Style Crew Champions: Fly Girls, Canada
All Style Crew Runner Up: Hoshito International, Japan/Italy/Sacramento
Highlights for us included Jbugz vs Buckshot in the finals, super sick to see a clash of the new school and old school NW b-boys. Massive Monkess battling Sweden was one of the best battles I’ve seen period. Fly Girls were incredibly prepared. Their routines would have smashed on any crew that we’ve had in the past.
Footage to come soon, we will populate as soon as we can:
Buckshot vs Jbugz
Finals: Massive Monkees vs Breakadelics
All Style Battle:
Finals: Northwest Sweet 16 All Style Final – Fly Girls vs Hoshito International
Our first jam of the new year, we will be partnering with Evergreen State College. Details below:
Breakdance battle with BEST of the NORTHWEST
Chance to see sumthin’ FRESH
DOORS OPEN AT 6
BATTLE STARTS AT 7
Brought to you by THE EVERGREEN STATE HIP HOP CONGRESS
OutShine Productions has a jam at Evergreen State College.
THIS IS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT- NO ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCES, OR NEGATIVITY PLEASE
The format of the jam will be Spoils of War with 8 invited crews of 2 and 8 qualifying crews of 2. When the event hits the top 16, the winning crew gets to pick one bboy from the losing team to join them.
Battles – SoulRane
Cyphers – Thred AKA Bboy Shotgun
1. Bob the Balance
2. Brendan “Boxcutta” Uomoto
3. Joe Ricci
4. Andrew “Tigerclaw” Oledan
5. Juan Reyes
1st – $500
2nd – $250
1. Unleashed (Confirmed)
2. Misguided Steps (Confirmed)
3. Record Junkies (Confirmed)
4. Moon Patrol (Confirmed)
5. No Roots (Confirmed)
6. Formula Boogie (Confirmed)
7. Dance Broomz/Hoodz (Confirmed)
8. Dog Pound (Confirmed)
Sign up on our Facebook page: Coming soon.
We will be holding our third power king exhibition at Break in the Sound. The four contestants for this round are as follows:
1. Jose Antonio Nuñez Leon
2. Anton Boun
3. Steven Chhuon
4. Marshae Rufener
CID Outshine Invitational is our invite only competition featuring the best b-boys from the Northwest. This year we have chosen the 8 best dancers from Seattle and Vancouver to go head to head against each-other in 4 different categories: footwork, power, overall, and crew. Click HERE to go to the event page for more details.
Final from the Northeast Sweet 16. First ever on the East coast, and it turned out AMAZING. Ookie (the Clique) vs Isaiah (Lions of Zion):
The awesome people at the Chinatown International District invited us to create a battle for their Night Market. We’ve worked with them in the past and have had nothing but good experiences, so we gladly accepted. The concept is simple; invite 8 deserving crews from the Northwest, and pit them against each other for cash and prizes. 2013 will be our first year with this concept, and we hope to make it an ongoing event.
The event is free, please come and enjoy the dancing, and stay for the food.
Click HERE to view the event page.
Fredo from No Roots suggested that I should blog on some of the experiences I’ve accrued from throwing Outshine events. In the past I’ve tried to stay away from giving advice because I do not feel like I am in a place to preach or lecture others, so I will just list things that I have learned from personal experiences, and that might be helpful for other promoters to hear.
One of the big topics that I’ve encountered over the years is choosing judges. In my opinion, this is one of the most crucial parts of throwing a jam. Judging has ruined not only jams, but entire scenes. Freestyle Session 10 is the prime example of this. The finals featured Zulu Kings and Gamblers. Judges were mainly old school b-boys, and people who were inclined to vote for Zulu. Most people who saw the battle undoubtedly thought that Gamblers won, but judges gave it to Zulu. Over the next couple years, FSS lost a lot of it’s following, and many would say it’s reputation was ruined over this fiasco. Many scenes around the US have also been tainted by promoters not putting safeguards in place for preventing biased judging. If the same judges are used again and again, and their crews win again and again, something is obviously wrong.
In my experience, the things that have worked for Outshine are as follows:
-Never let a judge judge their own crew, biases here are simply too strong, and there are too many conflicts of interest. Also ask your judges to abstain from judging if they feel like their biases are too heavy in other situations. Have a sub judge ready for these situations.
-Judges must be intelligent human beings. They must be people that can carry an intelligent conversation about issues in the b-boying culture. This is a judgement call on the part of the promoter.
-5 judges ensure more fairness. As long as you can find quality judges, more is usually better. This is difficult especially from the financial perspective, but if you can make it work, people will appreciate you for it.
-Have your judges tell the b-boys what they are judging on before the event, and make sure there is some method to their madness. The promoter is hiring the judges because they are respected, and because their views matter, but the judges should at the very least have a system of judging. Whether is be a round by round point system, or a category point system, anything but emotionally charged voting.
-Big names do not equate to better judging. The majority of judges we use are local judges. This is because we personally know who is intelligent, and who has massive biases. We will occasionally fly in b-boys from across the country to judge, but only if we personally know them and know that they carry the prerequisites that we have listed above. In our experiences, the big name judges are often just as, if not more jaded and biased than anyone else. (The only time I would say big names are required is if you are throwing a national event. Many b-boys will not travel to your event unless you have famous names on the judging panel.)
I guess that’s just about it. If you have any other knowledge that you’ve picked up over the years, feel free to list it below. We are always up for different opinions and advice from other people.
Power King Championship Belt.
An ongoing exhibition featuring
the Northwest’s best power heads.
New challengers each time.
4 rounds per b-boy.
First exhibition at:
Breaking the Silence, June 8th
at the Seattle Vineyard.