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The D Soraki flies Japan’s flag high at the Red Bull Dance Your Style competition

The Japanese dancer was crowned world champion

LiFTED | Sabiq Rafid | 19 Dec 2022

A little north of Johannesburg, dance and music lovers gathered to witness the power that dance has on people. On December 11, dancers from all over the world duked it out for the title of world champion at the Red Bull Dance Your Style competition. It was a street dance competition, and dancers were seen showing off their individual freestyling skills.

Red Bull's Dance Your Style World Championship

The contest culminated with a final between Japanese dancer The D Soraki and Nigerian dancer King DaVinci. The standoff was split into four songs, the first being Sean Paul’s ‘Temperature’, followed by Masked Wolf’s ‘Astronaut in the Ocean’, and then Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’, before finishing with Junior Senior’s ‘Move Your Feet’. After a hard-fought battle, The D Soraki was crowned the world champion.

Red Bull's Dance Your Style World Championship

Speaking to IOL, the Japanese champion The D Soraki shared his thoughts after walking away with the victory, “I'm still in shock; it hasn't sunk in yet that I have won. I think I still need to process everything that has happened, but it was a phenomenal experience for me. I can't wait to get back to my country and tell everyone about the unity of street dance culture that came through this amazing competition.”

The D Soraki flew Japan’s flag high with his performance during the contest, and he has put Asian dancers on the world map.

Check out the final between The D Soraki and King DaVinci down below.