The Northwest Sweet 16 2015 is almost upon us. June 27th and 28th, please be sure to add that to your schedule. Can’t believe it’s the 8th year. The last couple years have been incredibly awesome. 700+ people, b-boys from all over, cyphers, hype battles, and a vibe that’s full of love. Just the way a dope underground jam should be. This year will feature our first non Northwest b-boy, Neato, who won the Seattle open prelim, as well as returning champions. Please share with your friends!
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
Hey everyone, we’ve taken some time off for the last couple of months to gather our bizniss. Here is what 2015 is looking like for Outshine Productions:
June 25-28, Northwest Sweet 16/Back to the Culture, back to back events in Seattle Washington. This will be our classic NW Sweet 16 battle, combined with our first International jam with crews from as far as Russia.
July 11th, Southwest Sweet 16 in Sacremento. This jam was getting so big on Facebook, one of our competitors flagged it because they were so scared, lol (they really did). Seriously though, SW will bring together the illest b-boys from Cali, Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and more.
Summer 2015, Northeast Sweet 16 in New York City. The homie Kid Glyde will be partnering with us for the return of the NE Sweet 16. Last year he brought the dopest underground talent through to battle it out in the Mecca, now that it’s established there, nothing will keep 2015’s chapter from bringing the heat.
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.
So the first All Style Sweet 16 was an interesting experiment. Turn out was relatively low, but we expected that for a first time Friday event. With that being said, the dancers were AMAZING!!!
First round included some hype battles. Ben Vo, one of our favorites had a clean first round, but was not chosen by the judges to advance. Instead they chose Nicholas, a wild card or sorts with a New Jack Swing style. Needless to say, he was so much fun to watch, and had one of the best rounds of his night in this initial battle. Darylle vs Jess2sick was the starting battle, and did not disappoint. Both girls represented with a hip hop style, Jess coming away with the edge. Other highlights for the first round included Chris Nauta’s krumping, Andy Tiger Claw, Maho the Speck dancing her heart out, K-Yool, Knowbody, and Maezing coming out strong.
Throughout the night, dancers who exhibited a diversity of styles tended to make it further, but also dancers who stuck to their guns, and adjusted to the music also did well. Maezing and Knowbody matched up in the finals, it was one of the best match ups of the battle. In the end, Maezing came away with the win, with Knowboy in second. Also notable, Kuni Groovy Boogie also showed a diversity of styles, and killed it with the funk styles, came away with 3rd place followed by Nicholas in 4th.
On a side note, our second power king exhibition included some raw talent. James Cha and Matt Wong represented the new school, and threw some amazing initial rounds, but faltered in the second half. Khang, the defending champion, showed some weakness and did not stay as clean as his championship run. In the end, Fumi stuck to his guns, stayed clean, and came away with the win.
1st – Maezing
2nd – Knowbody
3rd – Groovy Boogie
4th – Nicholas
Power King Champion
All right folks here we go.
First off, thank you to everyone who supported this weekend. It meant a lot to me and Andrew Oledan for you to be there. Shout out to Lars Soulrane Sverre for laying down the beats and simply killin it all night long. For the all styles, it really doesn’t get any better than Huy Pham Computer Fam. Playing some cuts, but also some challenge songs. “I’m gonna challenge you”, what a dork. Big thanks to all of our judges for making tough calls all night long. Hieu Pham, Marcus Sharpe, Alfredo Free, Byron Jay Donaldson, and Nolan for the b-boys, and Aj Heavyhittaz, Maezing Calinisan, Nathan Tic Tock Washington, Brandon Knowbody Greathouse, and Donna DonnaMation Oefinger.
For the results:
Sweet 16 Invite:
1st place: Thias Lopez Thesis
2nd place: Brendan Uomoto Boxcutta
3rd place: Serg Vela
4th place: Jose “Roc” Valdez
1st place: Hoodz
2nd place: Unleashed
5v5 All Style:
1st place: Survival of the Freshest
2nd place: Boys and Girls Club
WIthout a doubt, this was the best Sweet 16 we have ever had. Almost every battle was hype or had some memorable moment. Mathieu Lost Child with the smooth style, his first battle against John Riddelz was a nice battle of unique get downs. Ash Cornette had some killer rounds, but when does he not? Serg vs Philip Kim round 1 was also another incredibly sick match up. Jalen Testerman Killed it in his first time at the Sweet 16, and Beany GerardoandBrooke Guzman definitely showed the NW how serious he was. Last but not least Boxcutta putting it down with incredibly intricate footwork sets all night long, and Thesis simply murdering the beats and putting down his usual crazy moves.
7 v 7 Crew Battle
Hoodz vs Unleashed
The Hoodz vs Dog Pound | Unleashed vs Flexible Flave
Dog Pound vs Descendants of Soul | Kim Jong Skillz vs Unleashed
The Hoodz vs Battle Reflexes | Flexible Flave vs Shoryukent
5v5 All Style Competition
Survival of the Freshest vs Boys and Girls Club
Survival of the Freshest vs Flower Power | Insert Name vs Boys and Girls Club
Survival of the Freshest vs | Flower Power vs Paul Walking Dead
Insert Name vs Chapter 1 | Boys and Girls Club vs
Sup everyone, just randomized the brackets for 2014. Peep the vid below, as well as the actual brackets. We will have a bracket competition at the event for prizes, so be sure to grab a sheet at Washington Hall on March 8th. View the full Northwest Sweet 16 event page HERE.
Portland Prelim Winner
Riddlez – Record Junkies/No Roots – Kent WA
Serg – Portland OR
Vital – Misguided Steps – Seattle WA
Phillip – The Wizards – Vancouver BC
Complex – Dance Broomz – Tacoma WA
Thesis – Knuckleheads Cali – Seattle WA
Jstyles – Seattle WA
Ives – EOR – Anchorage AK
Tim the Pitt – Massive Monkees – Seattle WA
Beany – Boise ID
Boxcutta – Fraggle Rock Crew – Seattle WA
Jbugz – Soul Felons – Vancouver BC
Roc – Fresh Descendants – Burien WA
Thaiyo – NON – Vancouver BC
Lost Child – Fresh Format Crew – Vancouver BC
Get ready for our 7th Annual Northwest Sweet 16. This year is guaranteed to be our best yet with returning champions, new blood, and awesome crew competitions. Check out the event page here, and our Facebook page here, to sign up for the competition.
Also featured for the night will be a 7 vs 7 b-boy/b-girl open bracket crew competition for $700 cash plus trophies, and a 5 vs 5 all styles open bracket competition for $500 in cash plus trophies.
Stay tuned for Sweet 16 competitor announcements, prelim information, and more.
All invitees have all been confirmed, check out their invite pics below:
Queen Sweet 16 was yet another great demonstration of what b-girls from around the world have to offer. The night was amazing, with Nagisa Kohagura from Japan taking first place, with Evil Évil Eve from Germany as runner up. Loopi Wein taking third over Kareen Wong. The 4 vs 4 open bracket final was dope, with Underground Flave with 1st, and Fresh Descendents running up.
Other notables for the night included Bryan Fishy Nguyen killing it as usual. Felipe from Sacremento showing some crazy moves, Eren’s b-girl character shining, Thias Lopez smashing as usual. Matthew Thao showing the Northwest some Flexible Flave style, and Brendan Uomoto and Sam Niver also coming through strong for the final battle.
StrifeTV’s Top Sets
Photos by Howard Tran
Queen Sweet 16 is going down this weekend. Please visit our event page for information by clicking HERE. Also check out our preview clip below:
October 4th – Cypher night at The Beacon (Massive Monkee Studio) from 6-9pm
October 5th – Doors open at 2pm for competitors, prelims start at 3pm Doors open for public at 5pm, finals start at 6pm