Red Bull BC One, the world’s most prestigious breaking championship heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 8, 2012. The annual event features 16 dancers competing one-on-one for the coveted title that honors the extraordinary skills of individual B-Boys. Qualifying battles have been staged all over the world. Invitations have been extended and the 16 finalists are being announced.
THE LINE UP
Four of the finalists hail from the U.S.A. – birthplace of Hip Hop and breaking. The complete line up features:
Roxrite (USA, 2011 World Champion)
Kid David (USA)
Lil Zoo (Morocco)
Shorty Force (South Korea)
Differ (South Korea)
THE RETURNING CHAMPION
All eyes will be on Brazil, this December as fans from all corners of the world will tune in via live stream and television for the ultimate dance competition. Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, the reigning champion Roxrite (USA), has chosen to defend the title he won last year at the Red Bull BC One World Finals in Moscow, Russia. In ten years, Roxrite has won first place in 70 different competitions. His style, which is rooted in the fundamentals and stresses technique, has earned him the reputation of “the B-Boy’s, B-Boy” and a spot on the Red Bull BC One All Star crew. His previous quests for the Red Bull BC One Championship have been captured in a feature length documentary—Turn it Loose (2007); and the 2012 television series Breakin’ Reality. When asked about the significance of Red Bull BC One, Roxrite explains, “It is our championship, our Super Bowl, our NBA Finals, and I am proud to be the champion!”
A record-breaking 60 country cyphers were held this year, allowing more than 950 dancers into the competition pool which was then narrowed down to six regional qualifiers featuring 96 dancers all vying for 6 open spots at the World Finals. The results are in. Philadelphia breaker, DomKey (USA), winner of the North American regional qualifier and member of Lionz of Zion crew is heading to Brazil and ready to represent the stars and stripes on the dance floor. He describes his style as “cursive” because “everything flows together well.” Hundreds of dancers from North America competed for the spot that DomKey ultimately clenched. This is his first year to compete in Red Bull BC One and the stakes are high. B-Boys Klesio (Brazil), Lil Zoo (Morocco), Mounir (France), Shorty Force (South Korea) and Slav (Bulgaria) wowed audiences and judges alike at their respective country’s regional qualifiers earning their tickets to compete in Brazil.
For more information on Red Bull BC One, visit: www.redbullbcone.com