Hundreds Pack Willie Kruger Dance Competition

It's The 5th Year Of The Event

Hundreds of people packed the floor at Grandma’s Sports Garden Sunday for the 5th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition.

Kruger was a break dancer and street performer in Duluth prior to his accidental death in 2010.

John D’Auria is Kruger’s cousin and event organizer.

D’Auria said he started the event in 2011 to remember his cousin’s legacy of associating with all people regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.

The Willie Kruger Dance Competition has grown in size and diversity each year since it’s founding.

The open-style format competition started off with mostly street performers, but over the years dance schools and other groups have gotten involved.

D’Auria said Sunday was a prime example of what the event was about as groups of people of all colors, religions, ages, and backgrounds got together to celebrate and have a good time through dance.

D’Auria plans to end the competition after 10 years, but hopes to keep it at the Sports Garden until then.

He believes the smaller space (compared to a venue like the DECC) gives the event a cozier feel, and moving it would be a disservice to the community. 

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