The first stage of the Juste Debout 2012 international qualifiers took place last week in Tokyo, Japan and Wuhan, China revealing the first dancers to compete at the world finals in Paris on 11 March.

China and Japan were the first of 14 regional preliminaries for the annual upright styles hip hop dance battles.

Battle categories included 2 on 2 locking, 2 on 2 popping, 2 on 2 house, 2 on 2 hip hop and solo experimental battles; the Chinese preliminaries did not have an experimental elimination.

Video: Juste Debout Steez 2012 World Tour trailer

(Battle videos will be posted when they become available)

Juste Debout China 2012 winners

Hip Hop: Lil J and Sparkle
Locking: Yu and Sun
Popping: Dino and Sonic
House: A Yang and Kim

Juste Debout Japan 2012 winners

Hip Hop: Rush Ball (Kyoka and Maïka)
Locking: Full Ahead (Yuma and Nobby)
Popping: Former Action (Kite and Madoka)
House: Hyrossi and Shuho
Experimental: Ishaira

Juste Debout, or ‘just upright,’ when translated from French, is an annual street dance competition held in Paris in the disciplines of hip hop, experimental top rock, locking, popping and house dance.

The next international qualifier in the Juste Debout 2012 tour will be Singapore, taking place over the course of the weekend.

Juste Debout UK will come to London on Saturday 25 February, the second year the event has been held in England.

Juste Debout 2012 International tour and dates

Find out the results from previous Juste Debout Steez 2012 international preliminaries below

Japan: Tokyo – Friday 6 January – view results
China: Wuhan – Sunday 8 January – view results
Singapore : Singapore – Presets – Saturday 14 January; Final – Sunday 15 January – view results
Canada: Montreal – Saturday 21 January – view results
Sweden: Stockholm – Presets – Friday 27 January; Final – Saturday 28 January – view results
Spain: Madrid – Sunday 29 January ** – view results
Finland: Helsinki – Saturday 4 February – view results
Netherlands: Amsterdam – Sunday 5 February – view results
Ireland: Dublin – Saturday 11 February ** – view results
Switzerland: Geneva – Sunday 12 February – view results
Poland: Szczecin – Sunday 19 February **
UK: London – Saturday 25 February – view results
Germany: Dusseldorf – Sunday 26 February – view results
France: Paris (City Hall) – Saturday 10 March
** denotes new countries added to the 2012 edition of Juste Debout