On Nov 17, the avex group hosted one of the world’s biggest dance events “DANCE NATION 2013” at Makuhari Messe. The event is a presentation opportunity for the thousands of students who attend the “avex Dance Master” dance program as officially approved by the JSDA (Japan Street Dance Association) and implemented in dance studios throughout Japan. More than 100 teams of young dancers who passed the arduous audition process gathered to give their all at the onstage performance.
Aside from the 3,000 amateur dancers, 14 guest units were present including LA-residing US top dancer Jessica Ray Vaughn (younger sister to TV personality Becky). Winning schools of the Dance Club Championship (a nationwide junior high/ high school dance club contest), Doshisha Kori junior high school and Kitakyushu city high school performed their winning acts. Also on stage were a team of 17 members dubbed the “avex Dance Master Dream Team”, picked out from some 16,000 students of the dance program.
The closing stage was the “avex Dance Master Instructors” composed of 60 instructors, their stunning performance topping off the event which reached a record scale this year.
Visitors also enjoyed special live performances from five artist units, among them the avex Dance Master-spawned girl’s dance & vocal unit “Prizzmy☆”, the girl’s group “FAKY” known for their first music video which earned over 300,000 views worldwide, and the voice actor/ Akihabara otaku dancer unit “FUKUHARA KAORI and R.A.B”.