2022 is the year of the tiger. 2022 is definitely the year of Travis Japan.
World of Dance Championship Week 2022, the largest International Urban Dance Competition, was held at The Source on July 29, 30 and 31. Many talented dance teams gathered for this big event from all over the world.
Although it has been only four months since Travis Japan moved to the US to polish their skills as an entertainer, they were able to leave a huge impact on anyone who participated in the event this past weekend.
Travis Japan won 4th place and Best Costume award for the USA Team Division, 9th place and Crowd Favorite award for the Team division, and Ultimate Crowd Favorite award for the World Finals.
The crowd was mesmerized by Travis Japan’s incredible dance performance along with a Japanese remix version of their original songs medley.
Here’s a statement from Kaito Miyachika, leader of Travis Japan, regarding the group’s recent experience at the World of Dance Championship Week 2022 in Orange County, California.
【Statement from Kaito Miyachika】
Getting to participate in the World of Dance Championships was a brand-new and exciting challenge; not just for the 7 of us in Travis Japan, but also for the whole Johnny & Associates family. Not knowing what would happen each day of the competition or what such esteemed judges might think of our efforts made us really nervous at times, but it was always abated by the roar of the crowds and the thrill of being back on stage.
The experience we’ve had here will forever be our treasured memory and a weapon we hone through the course of our ongoing “Hollywood TJ” adventure in the United States. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us through these past three days, and who continue to cheer us on this journey to our dreams!
In the World Finals, the 2019 winner, N’Ism from Japan, won 1st place. Since the competition was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, they became the first team in history to win two consecutive championships. Furthermore, continuing from 2016, the Japanese teams have won the tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
Travis Japan Accolades at the World of Dance Championships
World of Dance Orange County (Sunday, March 27)
・Specialty Award: Best Costume
・Specialty Award: Crowd Favorite
・3rd Place overall (qualified to continue)
＊Fun fact: This competition took place the day after they landed in Los Angeles!
World of Dance Championship Week 2022
・Day One (Friday, July 29): USA Team Division
→Specialty Award: Best Costume
→4th Place overall (qualified to continue)
・Day Two (Saturday, July 30): Team Division (Top 10 from Day One + International WOD Qualifiers from around the world)
→Specialty Award: Crowd Favorite
→9th Place overall (qualified to continue)
・Day Three (Sunday, July 31): World Finals (Top 10 from Day Two + Additional WOD event qualifiers)
→Specialty Award: Ultimate Crowd Favorite
Travis Japan is a song & dance entertainment group from Tokyo, managed by the legendary Johnny & Associates and now living in Los Angeles.
Travis Japan was first brought together as children in 2012 when they were auditioned by the esteemed American choreographer Travis Payne.
Comprised of Kaito “Chaka” Miyachika, Kaito “Umi” Nakamura, Ryuya “Shime” Shimekake, Noeru “Noel” Kawashima, Shizuya “Shizu” Yoshizawa, Genta “G” Matsuda, and Kaito “Machu” Matsukura; these talented male idols have come to the United States for an extended period of study, training, and work as they pursue their dreams of international stardom. They are so excited to introduce themselves to American fans of Japanese pop culture!
World of Dance Championships
Thirteen years in the making, the World of Dance Championship Series has grown from a single event in Los Angeles to a globally renowned dance competition featuring the world’s best dance crews. With 30 + Countries and millions of spectators, World of Dance continues to break barriers in dance, language, music, fashion and lifestyle.
All around the world, Champions have been made on the WOD Stage. Out of hundreds of entries, three winners are crowned per region, and invited to defend their title at the biggest week in dance – the World of Dance Championship Week.