'Olympics' of Hip Hop Coming to San Diego in August | NBC 7 San Diego

'Olympics' of Hip Hop Coming to San Diego in August

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    A crew previews the dance championships.

    The USA & World Hip Hop DANCE Championships are coming to San Diego in August and several participants and organizers came to the city to preview the event Monday.

    The "Olympics of Hip Hop," as dubbed by some organizers, will be held at in San Diego in August.

    The events will place from August 1 to 8 at Harrah's Southern California Resort leading up to the World Finals on August 9 at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.

    The event will draw more than 50 nations and 3500 participants.

    Howard Schwartz, co-founder of Hip Hop International, said when the championships started, they had 12 nations involved.

    "In every area of the world, right now as we speak, there is an event going on," Schwartz said. "It could be in Colombia, it could be in Paris, it could be in Brazil or it could be in Nigeria. All over the world there are crews performing and training to win their national championship to get here – San Diego – for the World Championship this summer."

    Schwartz said many of the dancers involved come from Southern California.