Melbourne’s iconic freestyle dance battle returns to Live at the Bowl

City Sessions is celebrating 10 years as one of the hottest events on the Melbourne dance calendar and it’s bigger than ever in 2022.

There are very few, if any, cities on earth that have a contemporary dance culture to rival Melbourne, with the city’s unique styles and rhythmic creations – hand in hand with its vibrant clubbing culture – becoming often viral across the planet.

Do you think that’s hyperbole? Just watch the most watched videos on YouTube if you type “Melbourne”.

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Taking this culture to the professional extreme, reaching the heights of the art form and then bringing it to the masses, City Sessions will be one of the highlights of the Live at the Bowl series this summer.

Celebrating 10 years of celebrating street and social dancing, City Sessions is Melbourne’s biggest dance battle as competitors showcase their skills, style and finesse in 1v1 or 2v2 scenarios with professional judges and DJs.

The 2022 event will take place over two dates. The free foreplay event will take place on the Arts Center Melbourne forecourt on Saturday January 22, where people can bond as some of Australia’s best dancers go head-to-head 2-on-2 hip hop, house and funk. The winners of the prelims will then face off in the main event of City Sessions to be held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday, February 5.

Australian organ trio Hammond Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Smilez will provide the soundtrack while MCs Sid Mathur and Jonathan Homsey will host the proceedings. The dancers will be judged by Dechen Gendun and Poeone.

“As it approaches its 10-year anniversary, City Sessions is the long-time connector for many different forms of street/social dancing in Naarm,” said City Sessions founder Efren Pamilacan.

“It has provided a space for expression and visibility for those underrepresented in dance, and it fills me with joy to know that City Sessions continues to provide a platform for the next generation of artists in the communities that she serves.

“The raw talent seen over the past 10 years is nothing short of inspiring as competitors show off their skill, style and finesse. Melbourne-based dancer Nonoy was just 9 when he entered for the first time at the City Sessions and competed. Having started dancing only the year before, it was clear he had found his creative outlet.

“City Sessions has been a representation of my dance timeline. I started dancing at the age of eight and first competed at the age of nine. managed a few rounds, but came back in again when I was 12 and ended up winning one of the splits.

“I won the Hip Hop division alongside one of my teachers that I grew up with and I placed Top 4 in the House category with one of my best friends. This event taught me a lot about culture and the journey I have with dance.

Tickets for City Sessions are on sale now and can be purchased on the website here.