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Freestyland is an upcoming event featuring all facets of hip-hop from dance, apparel, emcees and more. The purpose of the event is to offer the opportunity to expose and showcase their creativity and art. 26-year-old Billy Navarrete is a judge for the b-boy event and all styles event.

"Guam has a this urban culture that a lot of people are interested in," he proclaimed.

The event, created by Aaron Davis and Michael Corpuz, had a goal in mind- bring dancers together. "Before in the past, we would have battles, but then we thought - hey, there are a lot of dancers out there with different styles, so I believe that is how the event was created and came about," he said.

Another judge for the all style event is 24-year-old Carlo Patenia and he explains what exactly this category entails, saying, "All styles is basically ranges from if you're a b-boy, if you vogue, if you whack, if you pop-and-lock - the whole hip-hop umbrella basically and target the underground dancers of the community."

20-year-old Shane Bumagat is a judge for the b-boy event and told KUAM News, "The b-boy event it starts off with a showcase and then we choose the top 16. B-boying also known as breakdancing - that's when people are spinning on their head and doing all those tricks."

All three agree it is a community on island that is rapidly growing. Narraette said, "Guam has grown, we've seen it grow from years ago a lot of dancers training and practicing recently." He encourages everyone wanting to know more about the hip hop and urban community to stop on by Freestyland. "Just come out and check out the event. There is a lot of us, who come from different backgrounds and at the same time we're all diverse and through FreestyleLand we're able to be more unified."

He added, "In addition to the dancing and emcees, there are going to be a lot of local vendors. The sponsors will have booths around the event. You are encouraged to buy any of their clothing or stickers. It's a lot of the exclusive stuff, so support local!"

Freestyland takes place on Saturday, August 8.  Registration begins at 4pm and the event starts at 5pm at The Gekko in the Guam Reef Hotel. There is a $12 admission fee. If you want to sign up to participate or wish to know more details, you can call Aaron Davis at 988-9051 or Michael Corpuz at 489-7342. You can also find the event page on Facebook.

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