DJ Vajra crowned 2011 United States DMC champion at New York finals this past weekend

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The 2011 DMC World Championship went down over the weekend at Santos' Party House in New York City, and after having dominated the U.S. finals last year with nearly half of the competitors hailing from our fine state, we can now officially say that this year's United States DMC champion is from Colorado. DJ Vajra earned the title by besting some of the top DJs in the country.

After securing his slot with a win at the regional DMC battle this past spring, Vajra headed off to NYC last week to compete against a heady cast of contenders, including past champions Etronik and I-Dee, and fellow local favorite and returning finalist Cysko Rokwel. According to Rob Swift, who judged the regional final, Vajra's win had as much to do with his skills on the decks as his ability to read the crowd.

"You can be the fastest scratcher, the funkiest beat juggler or the flashiest body trick DJ," Swift points out on his personal blog. "At the end of the day, connecting with your audience and showing them you're enjoying every moment of being on stage entertaining everyone trumps all. Vajra reinforced that today!"

With this win, DJ Vajra will now go on to represent the United States at the beginning of October at the World Finals in London, where he'll compete against other DJs from all over the globe for the ultimate title of World Champion. We'll try to post some words from Vajra later this week, once the dust settles and we catch up with him.

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