NZ Schools Hip Hop Competition – Competition Structure

Created for, and working with New Zealand schools

Small Crews of 5-9 dancers, and Mega Crews of 12-25 dancers compete at regional events to qualify for places at the annual National Championship.


Our events are run by independent regional organisers, with support from the New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation (NZCAF). Event dates are set to align with the New Zealand public school calendar, in order to minimise disruption to schools. Our dates are published within the first few weeks of term one, allowing schools the time necessary to choreograph and prepare.

Categories offered

  • Small Crew
    • Primary/Intermediate
    • Secondary
  • Mega Crew

See the current Technical Regulations for more information on divisions and categories. The competition offers two divisions.

  • the ‘Same Schools’ division is offered for crews where all dancers attend the same school.
  • the ‘Dance schools’ division is offered for crews where dancers attend different schools.

Regional competitions

  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Christchurch
  • Southland

We are always looking to add more competitions to our competition series. If you are interested in helping us present an event, please contact the NZCAF President.

Regional events are held in July/August each year See the Event dates section of the NZCAF website for more info.

National Championship

Held every year in September, crews that have qualified at a regional competition compete for National titles at the National School’s Hip Hop Championship. Crews from across New Zealand attend, and the competition alternates between venues in the North and South Island.

Hip Hop Unite

International pathway

Our Judging is based on international criteria, allowing an easy transition for crews to ‘Hip Hop Unite’. Each year the Hip Hop Unite New Zealand National Championship is held in July, were crews are selected to represent New Zealand at the Hip Hop Unite World Championships Follow Hip Hop Unite NZ on Facebook