Dance Party

Join the Tekko family on Saturday night of Tekko 2017 for our annual Dance Party which will be bigger and better than ever! This year we have completely changed up the format and will be using a four DJ lineup. Enjoy yourself by dancing the night away to the coolest music from Japan and abroad. So grab your glow sticks and party the night away with us.

Twist

DJ Twist has been playing in the Pittsburgh scene since 2009, starting out playing for parties and events at the University of Pittsburgh and iconic establishments such as Peter’s Pub, the Garage Door and Hemmingway’s. Moving from College style DJing to South Side of Pittsburgh, then to college scenes at WVU, Penn State and Ohio State, Twist has spent the past 7 years developing a flexible range of from Open Format, to Hip-Dance Club through to EDM sets that would be at home opening at EDM shows and festivals. Twist is making his first appearance at Convention, and will get the party started with a twisted set of favorites and new tracks.

Workaholic

Workaholic fell in love with house music when he heard “1,2,3,4” by D.O.D. as a tween, and bought his first pair of turntables in 2005. Without having much focus on a style, he dabbled in playing electro, trance, old-school house, tech, funk, and various other styles. He fell in love with funky house at Restart in Columbus and played for a couple years at small clubs and house parties before taking a break to focus on life.  At WPAFW in 2012 he heard DJ Frisby play a killer electro set that inspired him to get back into DJing again. Armed with a new MacBook and a controller he started laying down funky house again and shortly thereafter decided to indulge in his long time love affair with Happy Hardcore.  Now he mixes a blend of old-school breakbeat influenced Hardcore with the new EDM influenced Hardcore that is sure to get your feet moving and your head bobbing.

RSK

Producer and Resident DJ/Host at Charlie Murdoch’s weekly Bassment Thursday, RSK specializes in Bass music, Riddim, Dubstep, and Trap. Having played at events such as Moonrise Festival and alongside artists like Skrillex and Datsik, RSK will be sure to please the headbangers and bassheads in the crowd.

n00neimp0rtant

Closing out the night with a wide assortment of high-tempo, feel-good vibes is n00neimp0rtant, Pittsburgh’s newest prodigy of drum & bass. Although he’s only been on the scene for a year, he’s already taken the stage at other conventions, including Midwest FurFest in Chicago and Pittsburgh’s own Anthrocon, as well as a handful of local raves. Inspired by the music of Andy C, Metrik, Porter Robinson, and plenty others, expect everything from heavy dancefloor bangers to feelsy hands-in-the-air vibes to end the night.

Dance Party

Join the Tekko family on Saturday night of Tekko 2017 for our annual Dance Party which will be bigger and better than ever! This year we have completely changed up the format and will be using a four DJ lineup. Enjoy yourself by dancing the night away to the coolest music from Japan and abroad. So grab your glow sticks and party the night away with us.

Twist

DJ Twist has been playing in the Pittsburgh scene since 2009, starting out playing for parties and events at the University of Pittsburgh and iconic establishments such as Peter’s Pub, the Garage Door and Hemmingway’s. Moving from College style DJing to South Side of Pittsburgh, then to college scenes at WVU, Penn State and Ohio State, Twist has spent the past 7 years developing a flexible range of from Open Format, to Hip-Dance Club through to EDM sets that would be at home opening at EDM shows and festivals. Twist is making his first appearance at Convention, and will get the party started with a twisted set of favorites and new tracks.

Workaholic

Workaholic fell in love with house music when he heard “1,2,3,4” by D.O.D. as a tween, and bought his first pair of turntables in 2005. Without having much focus on a style, he dabbled in playing electro, trance, old-school house, tech, funk, and various other styles. He fell in love with funky house at Restart in Columbus and played for a couple years at small clubs and house parties before taking a break to focus on life.  At WPAFW in 2012 he heard DJ Frisby play a killer electro set that inspired him to get back into DJing again. Armed with a new MacBook and a controller he started laying down funky house again and shortly thereafter decided to indulge in his long time love affair with Happy Hardcore.  Now he mixes a blend of old-school breakbeat influenced Hardcore with the new EDM influenced Hardcore that is sure to get your feet moving and your head bobbing.

RSK

Producer and Resident DJ/Host at Charlie Murdoch’s weekly Bassment Thursday, RSK specializes in Bass music, Riddim, Dubstep, and Trap. Having played at events such as Moonrise Festival and alongside artists like Skrillex and Datsik, RSK will be sure to please the headbangers and bassheads in the crowd.

n00neimp0rtant

Closing out the night with a wide assortment of high-tempo, feel-good vibes is n00neimp0rtant, Pittsburgh’s newest prodigy of drum & bass. Although he’s only been on the scene for a year, he’s already taken the stage at other conventions, including Midwest FurFest in Chicago and Pittsburgh’s own Anthrocon, as well as a handful of local raves. Inspired by the music of Andy C, Metrik, Porter Robinson, and plenty others, expect everything from heavy dancefloor bangers to feelsy hands-in-the-air vibes to end the night.

Dance Competition

One of a kind on the US convention circuit, the 2017 Tekko Dance Competition gives individuals and groups a chance to show off their skills in front of a crowd. If you love to dance, enjoy performing with your friends, or are driven by your desire to share one of your favorite artists with the world, this competition is for you!

Tekko 2016 Winners

Individual Winner:

Darian Kapinos

Group Winners:

Deliylah Johnson
Anunisha Johnson
Jewharu Williams
Ruby Williams

Eligibility 

You must have a valid Tekko 2017 badge in order to participate in the dance competition. Eligible badge types include General Admission, Premium, and Rock Star badges.  Preregistration for Tekko 2017  is recommended as it will save you time (and money) at the door the day of the competition.

An individual may only participate in one act in each year’s Dance Competition.

A group may consist of as many as six (6) people.

How to Enter

Qualifying Round

Please take a moment to read both documents linked below, as one is focused on your audition, and the other on your requested song to perform at the convention for the competition.

Information regarding the qualifying round and associated rules can be found here.
Information regarding performance song selections and associated rules/ policies can be found here.

Competing at Tekko

A mandatory 60 minute rehearsal is scheduled for Friday of the convention. (Specific time TBA to entrants.) During this rehearsal, the order of performances will be decided, competitors will learn the location of stage entrances, exits, and changing facilities, and contestants will be able to practice their songs, time permitting. If you or your group fail to attend the rehearsal, you will not be permitted to perform in the actual competition.

The 2017 Tekko Dance Competition will take place live on the Main Event’s stage at Tekko Friday night. (Exact time TBA.)

Scoring

Entries are judged using a points-based scoring system. Point totals will not be announced at the competition or otherwise made public, but upon request, individuals and groups will have access to their final scores as averaged between the judges. Returning again, this year’s judges will be members of the dance group Jump Ship! (Please make sure to check them out on Facebook and YouTube, as well as at other panels and shows they host during Tekko!)

Additional information regarding scoring specifics can be found here.

Prizes

While not set in stone, prizes for 2017 will be taking a new turn. Instead of the traditional badges to the following year’s show, this year we will be awarding contestants a variety of jpop and kpop merchandise! This shift in prizes will allow us to offer even more to our winners, and we think all participants will enjoy the results!

External Resources

Are you eager to get started but not sure where to begin? We’ve compiled a collection of YouTube channels of Japanese recording artists and other artists releasing in Japan, located here.

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