FAIRFIELD – An accomplished dance studio in Fairfield recently brought Hip Hop International USA Dance Championship Gold to Burbank.
The Chapkis Dance Academy won two gold and two silver medals in the May 13-15 competition at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center.
Amber and Greg Chapkis brought young dancers to this competition, with the Jr. Chapkidz winning the junior division and Chapkidz winning the JV Megacrew class.
“It’s a whole new generation. My team is well known and has a huge heritage. We won six years ago, so now the kids watching live are stepping up now. For me, it was a test. I just wanted to see how they were doing. They’re younger. The rookies. Rookies,” Grep Chapkis told the Los Angeles Times.
Attempts to reach Chapkis failed.
According to the Times article, the competition became much more personal for Chapkis due to the incorporation of the Ukrainian flag into the dance routine.
Chapkis has ties to Ukraine and a well-known dance family in that country. He still has family, friends and others he knows who are caught up in the war.
“Now it just has to stop. For me, I’m going to express that and raise awareness through what I do. I felt like Hip Hop International was the perfect platform to send that message,” Chapkis said in the Times article.
HHI USA Dance Championship gold medalists include Jr. Chapkidz of Fairfield (Junior Division), Lil Supremes of San Diego (Varsity), Alpha League of San Diego (Adult), Killas Projekt of Las Vegas (Minicrew), Chapkidz of Fairfield (JV Megacrew) and Supremacy Dance Fam of San Diego (Megacrew).