Juste Debout, the international street dance competition is to take a break for two years whilst Bercy, the stadium where the world finals take place, undergoes renovations.
The event will not take place after the 2014 world finals for two years, as opposed to finding a new temporary venue. The renovated Bercy stadium is expected to be completed by October 2015.
Cancellation of the 2015 Juste Debout world finals will mean the 2015 international qualifiers will also not take place, though given the re-opening time of the stadium, a late 2015 qualifier process may start ahead of a 2016 event.
Bercy renovations will allow the stadium to expand from a capacity of 17,000 to 20,000 seats.
Besides the Juste Debout dance competitions, organisers of the event will continue to run the popular Juste Debout School, based in Montreuil, outside Paris, Dance Delight choreography showcases, and the Junior Dance Tour.
Juste Debout statement
On Sunday, March 2 marks the legendary hall of Paris-Bercy is closing its door! It’s with great emotion that we will give the key back to the Palace, closed for 2 years! a page turns in the adventure of Juste Debout, after 12 years of amazing shows! We are proud to have filled this place with all your energy, allowing dancers to vibrate this mythical floor, and it is with great pleasure that we look forward to seeing you in 6 days now, to celebrate Hip Hop for the last time in the biggest room in Paris!
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About Juste Debout competitions
Juste Debout, or ‘just stand up’ when translated from French, is an annual street dance competition for stood up dance styles held in Paris in the disciplines of hip hop, experimental top rock, locking, popping and house dance. Each year a series of international qualifiers take place in select categories for each country to decide who will battle at the world finals.