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Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Theatre & Performing Arts

Out of the Shadows Vol II Popping Battle

Out of the Shadows is a three-day event that aims to bring the wider popping dance community to the Midwest to inspire, educate, and showcase their individual style while competing on a national level.


  • Watch 8 of the best popping crews in the US and beyond battle it out in our 3v3 crew invitational for a grand prize of $900.
  • Showcase your individual style and compete on a national level for a grand prize of $600 in our 1v1 popping battle.
  • Learn from renowned judges in focused workshops.
  • Exchange with dancers in the popping community and get down to fire music from our premiere funk DJs.
  • Enjoy free pizza brought to you by our partner Jet’s Pizza!


Event Details

  • Cost of entry is $30 for both spectators and competitors. This price includes entry to both prelims and battles on Friday and Saturday.
  • Entry to the workshops must be purchased separately and in advance. Limited space is available. Take all three workshops for $60 or one for $25.


Featured Artists

Judges: Hya, Rashaad, Kid Boogie

DJs: Sid Tucky, Captain Puerto Rico

MCs: Rio McFly, Poppin Fresh


Event Schedule


Date: Friday, May 5, 2023

Time: 6 – 9 PM CT

Location: The Puzzle Box, 3360 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618


Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023

Time: 3 – 9 PM CT

Location: Off the Ground Dance Studio, 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618


Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023

Time: 12 – 4 PM CT

Location: The Puzzle Box, 3360 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618



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