June 22nd

‘The Ultimate 8’ battle at Museum square

22nd June 2017 – ISH Dance Collective is the ‘dance’ partner of Urban Sports Week Amsterdam (USWA) for the second year running. On Thursday 6th July ISH will be organising ‘The Ultimate 8’ battle, a breakdance battle where some of the best Dutch breakdance crews will be taking part in.

The Crew Battle is known to be the most spectacular form of competitive breakdance. During ‘The Ultimate 8’ teams consisting of 8 people will compete against one another. The Ruggeds from Eindhoven and Team Schmetta from Belgium are amongst the elite’s and have recently confirmed to take part in this year’s battle at Museum square.


Only 8 teams will be able to qualify for the finals on Thursday night. Qualifications for the finals will be held Thursday afternoon. Any breakdance crew can now register for the preliminary rounds, which will also be held at Museum square.


The judges that will be present for ‘The Ultimate 8’ battle are Shailesh Bahoran, choreographer and dancer of ISH, Jurskee and Carlos Rocha.



Hip Hop and breakdance fans should come to Museum square on Thursday 6th July at 15:00. The Kick-off of the preliminary rounds is at 16:30. The final will be held in the 3x3 basketball stadium and will start at 20:00. The kids crew Rhythem Souldjaz will showcase a spectacular opening to the final. The day will be hosted by MC Mario Bee and DJ Nobunaga.


Marco Gerris, the artistic leader of ISH and ambassador of Urban Sport Week Amsterdam is looking forward to the event: “I’m really stoked that the best Dutch and Belgium crews will be brought together to compete for the ‘Ultimate 8’. During USWA 2017 some of the most spectacular disciplines will be on show which means that a breakdance event at the highest level can’t be missing. I’m extremely proud that we are able to organise this event, it’s a dream come true”.



‘The Ultimate 8’ battle along with NK Bouldering and the FIBA Europe Cup 3x3 Basketball, are the flagship events of the USWA. At Museum square, ISH is also organising clinics for visitors. This will specifically give youngsters the chance to familiarise themselves with the sport. ISH is looking to increase physical activity amongst the younger generation through dance.


About ISH

ISH is a collective of stubborn individuals that see the world as one big playground and believe that boundaries do not exist. Since the year 2000, ISH manages to connect people by surprising them. Street skills are often combined with established art forms. On 6th, 7th and 8th July the show ‘Elements of Freestyle’ will be performed at the De La Mar theatre in Amsterdam. During this performance all the different disciplines of USWA come together

and the power and beauty of these disciplines are portrayed. ISH always looks to build bridges between these and other disciplines, art forms and cultures.


About Urban Sport Week Amsterdam

Between the 5th and 9th July 2017 Amsterdam is the stage for the second edition of the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam (USWA). All across the city a wide variety of events take place, varying from competitions to demo’s and clinics in Urban Sports such as; BMX, Inline skating, skateboarding, freerunning and bouldering. During USWA, urban sports, lifestyle and culture come together. The USWA is an initiative from the government of Amsterdam, Topsport Amsterdam, TIG Sports and urban communities from the city of Amsterdam. Museum square is the main location for the event. From 7th till the 9th of July also the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2017 takes place at this iconic square; where teams will be competing for the European title 3x3 Basketball.