Post date: 30 April 2012

Breakin' Convention isn't just an experience... It's a show! Ask anyone who has been to the festival before, Breakin' Convention prides itself on its integrity to hip hop. So here are several things you should do when you come to the festival.

Take a workshop - reduced to £10!
Breakin' Convention offers some once in a lifetime workshops every year from the top local and international choreographers. For the first time ever Breakin' Convention is offering a master lass in the style of strutting, while Storyboard P will talk people through Mutant style and Sebastien Ramirez demonstrates his unique take on body space movement.
Find out more about Breakin' Convention workshops here

Or just have a go (free!)
It's understandable that not everyone considers themselves up to scratch with their moves - that's OK. Lil' Tim and Rowdy will be at hand to demonstrate and show you through the basic steps in the Training Ground area for you and your young ones with the Tiny Totrock session, while the first circle is transformed into a training ground for those less accustomed to taking intense classes!

Check out the Freestyle Funk Forum (FREE - limited tickets available at ticket office)
While the stellar cast (Ivan Blackstock, Tony Thrills, Ben Jammin, Odelia Egyiawan, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Marv-ILL, Billy Biznizz and Jonzi D) remain the same throughout, every Freestyle Funk Forum is different!
Freestyle Funk Forum takes place in the Lilian Baylis Studio and is first come first serve because the tickets are FREE.

Watch foyer performances and battles (free!)
Turning Sadler's Wells into a hip hop zone for an entire weekend we have to keep the festival feel alive, so we've invited Wet Wipez (Saturday), Waacktitioners (Sunday) and Soul Mavericks (Monday) down to showcase battle and MCs LyricL (Saturday), Naba Napalm (Sunday) and Abandoman (Monday) for your enjoyment, with Marv-ILL's beatboxing to let you know when the show's about to begin!

Get your photo taken with the artists
There's no green room for artists to hide in at Breakin' Convention - it's a social event where the dancers are happy to meet and greet their admirers.
Before the show, during the interval and at the after party the artists will be checking the show out just like you.

Even the cast of Street Dance 2 including Skorpion, Dedson and Lilou (L-R) passed through to experience last year!

Tweet!
Make your friends green with envy by telling them where you are! Twitter screens will be placed around the building allowing you to keep up with the banter before the show and during the interval. Who knows, if you tweet something Jonzi may end up reading your tweets in front of 1,800 people - and the world!

Come to the after party (entrance FREE with a wristband, £5 without)
If you've watched the artists performing over three days isn't it time you took a moment to take to the dance floor? With DJ Sara Love, DJ Hooch and Tha En4cers on the ones-and-twos the party don't stop until 3 in the morning!

Watch it online
Breakin' Convention in association with The Space is streaming Monday's festival online, allowing  viewers from all over the world to watch wherever an Internet connection is available. Once the festival leaves London make sure you watch the highlights back at TheSpace.org

Post date: 10 April 2012

Breakin' Convention is bringing the festival vibe! It's a little known secret to die hard Breakin' Convention fans that getting down to Sadler's Wells early pays off. While the dancers are warming up backstage the action is getting well underway elsewhere!

Doors to the main building open at 3:30pm, and for those that aren't taking a workshop there's plenty to do to keep occupied before the main show starts. 

From the moment you walk through the doors you can admire the graffiti installation from SmugOne and Recal reaching from the mezzanine to the ceiling, but if tagging is something you've always wanted to have a go at Mr Dane and ArtJaz invite you to learn the basics with a marker, plus watch murals being created at the Graff Jam out in the yard. 

For those who aren't regular dance class goers or floor mavericks (yet) Yami and Lil Tim will be demonstrating impromptu b-boy basics for the uninitiated in the Tiny Totrock Session for kids from 4.30pm and the Training Circle during the interval for others to get involved.

(Although if you want to book a workshop, check out the line up here!)

As they do every year Tha En4cers will be providing a soundtrack of funk and classic hip hop throughout the day, and for your entertainment we have a guest cypher: Wet Wipez (krump) on Saturday and Soul Mavericks (breaking) on Monday demonstrating their battle prowess.

Each day at 5:30 we have a rotation of freestyling MCs which includes LyricL (Saturday) who recently released her album Amazed, Naba Napalm (Sunday), who recently released his album The Love Bullet LP, songwriter, rapper and lyricist, and fresh from the festival circuit, Ireland’s biggest hip hop act since House of Pain, Abandoman (Monday) featuring Rob Broderick, plus beatboxer Marv-iLL will literally be bringing the noise.

If improv is your thing then the inimitable Freestyle Funk Forum is back for its second year! Hip hop's answer to Whose Line Is It Anyway returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio (through the stage door entrance) during the main show interval and will see DJ Billy Bizznizz, Marv-ill Superlungs, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Ivan Blackstock, Tony Thrills, Ben Jammin' and Odilia Egyiawan in an unrehearsed performance that the audience can influence and where anything can happen, led by Jonzi D. 

A highlight of last year's festival, tickets for Freestyle Funk Forum are free but limited, first come first serve, and definitely not to be missed. 

Before booking a ticket why not find out what's happening each day at the festival, here?

Plus the popular Twitter screens will be making a comeback so you can keep up with what people are tweeting about Breakin' Convention from inside the venue and across the world! Tweet us @bconvention and watch your tweets appear on screen around the building!

Post date: 30 March 2012

Breakin’ Convention isn’t just a festival - it’s an experience, so we keep telling you. And one of the core parts of the Breakin’ Convention experience is to provide you with the best workshops with internationally renowned artists from around the world and around the corner, and that's why Breakin’ Convention is excited to announce its workshop programme for London.

Breakin' Convention workshops are open to everyone, meaning if you're not coming to the festival you don't have to be a ticket holder, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from our line up of incredible artists.

Even better news is that the price for workshops has dropped to just £10 a session plus booking fee, except Pop Tart which is £15 - although he is offering the UK's first ever workshop in the Oakland style of strutting.

Book tickets for workshops now!

Breakin’ Convention 2012 London workshops

Here's some quick ticket info:

  • All workshops costs £10 (except Pop Tart’s - £15) and can be booked from the Sadler’s Wells Box Office in person, online or by calling 0844 412 4300. Online and telephone bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring water.
  • General workshops are open to everyone over the age of 12. Advanced workshops are suitable for those with a solid understanding and at least 2 years experience in the style.

SATURDAY 5 MAY

12.15-13.45 - Breaking - GENERAL
No experience is necessary for iLL-Abilities first ever workshops in the UK.  iLL-Abilities have a wealth of experience of teaching dancers with a range of disabilities but this Breaking class is open for all.
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12.15-13.45 - Hip Hop - ADVANCED
Kefton is one of the best dancers of his generation and won a string of high profile battles in 2011. With influences including House and Tap, Kefton has developed a distinctive style that pays respect to foundations whilst also innovates
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14.30-16.00 - House - ADVANCED
Mamson is one of the world’s best House dancers.  Fresh from his victory at Juste Debout, Mamson will deliver a workshop suitable for even the most experienced House dancers.
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SUNDAY 6 MAY

10.30-13.30 - Strutting - GENERAL
Strutting is an advanced robot style from San Francisco. Pop Tart is one of the pioneers of this style. This is his first time in the UK and an exclusive opportunity to learn a street dance history that has had little exposure. This is not to be missed!
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12.15-13.45 - Breaking - ADVANCED
Ata is one of the world’s leading bboys and comes from a lineage of European masters.  Known for his style and finesse, he is the definition of smooth.  Focusing on transitions and exploring the dynamic of playing with levels he’ll help you to develop your flow
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12.15-13.45 - Hip Hop For Kids - 8-14yrs
Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation, is one of the heavyweights of UK Hip Hop dance theatre.  This is a great opportunity for young people to learn Hip Hop dance and storytelling from one of the country's finest!
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14.30-15.30 - House - GENERAL
House dance emerged from Chicago during the birth of the House music scene in the late 80s and early 90s and takes influences from Jazz and Tap. Get ready to sweat and learn foundations from reigning world champion, Babson
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14.00-15.30 - Body-Movement-Space - ADVANCED
Sebastien is one of Europe's leading performers in Hip Hop Dance Theatre.  Through the foundations of bboying and popping, Sebastien will explore relationships between body and floor, body and space, as well as transitions, control and expression of movement
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MONDAY 7 MAY

12.15-13.45 - Breaking For Kids - 8-14yrs
No experience is necessary for iLL-Abilities first ever workshops in the UK. iLL-Abilities have a wealth of experience of teaching dancers with a range of disabilities but this Breaking class is open for kids of all age and abilities
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12.15-13.45 - Hip Hop - GENERAL
Pro Phenomen have brought a breath of fresh air to Hip Hop choreography. One of France’s best, Physs embodies this style and is here to share his knowledge and skill with you at his first EVER UK workshop!
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14.00-15.30 - Breaking - GENERAL
Vagabonds from France are the reigning world bboy champions.  Raw, explosive and full of funk, Vagabond Crew are ready to share their skills and secrets with you.  Participants will work on toprock, footwork, spins and power moves
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14.00-15.30 - Locking - ADVANCED
Gemini is a world champion locker and has performed, judged and battled at the highest year for over 10 years.  He has worked with Madonna and Kate Moss and trained under many of the locking originators and pioneers
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14.00-15.30 - Mutant - Storyboard P - GENERAL
Storyboard P hails from Brooklyn, the birthplace of Flexing.  Winning countless battles he is one of the iconic figures of this underground movement.  Flexing uses many techniques from Popping including waving and gliding but incorporates contortionism and abstract qualities
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Post date: 18 March 2012

Get ready soul dancers: This week will see the return of legendary dancer Shabba-Doo to the UK to deliver the first in a series of educational programmes designed to empower street dancers with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. With four decades of street dance behind him, a career as a Soul Train dancer, star of the movies Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, choreographed for Madonna, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and many more credits to his name, there's no denying his expertise and historical stature.

“I am looking forward to returning to the UK with great hope, joy, and love. I am committed to serving the UK’s street-dance community by empowering the nation’s youth with accurate knowledge and practical skills that will serve them for decades to come," Shabba-Doo said. "Long live personal freedom, and unbridled artistic expression!”

The UK tour will commence in Swansea, Wales on Thursday 22 March and then move on to London for a week of mini-intensive sessions from Monday 26 March. Both visits will include An Evening with Shabba-Doo Street Dance Seminar.

The London portion of the trip is programmed over four nights with different things being taught in every class so that those who are really serious about getting a base to further their training can do the whole thing.  This is also designed in a way to cater for those who are new to the dances, have a slight interest and want to come and try just one or two classes.

Franz Sindac, a dancer from London that took Shabba-Doo's class during his visit in June 2011 he said of the experience testifies: "I took Shabba Doo's workshop last year, and I must say, it was an experience to be there. In a short span of time, I have learned so many things. Dancing is not just a technique or movement but an expression within your soul. I have never seen someone like him so passionate about dancing and he talks nothing but the truth."

"I am delighted to be working in partnership with Shabba-Doo to create these opportunities for UK street dancers," said Corina Best, director of the Spread Love Dance Project. "I had the good fortune of meeting and working with him in 2011. He teaches more than just dance, he teaches life. Learning dance from Shabba-Doo is food for the soul. If you genuinely want to develop your skills as a street dancer and take your ability to the next level, particularly anyone who is serious about Waackin' or Lockin' - these sessions should unquestionably be a staple part of your dancing-diet. Also for people running street-dance groups and teaching these styles this is a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge to ensure that you are providing your students with quality and authentic teachings."

For more information on booking a place on Shabba Doo's Street Dance Buffet course, visit our calendar section!
For classes in Wales see here

Post date: 16 March 2012

There’s no doubting it – it’s December, leaving five months to go before Breakin’ Convention 2012. While the submissions are open for dance companies to apply to be in next year’s festival, Breakin’ Convention is nurturing specially selected choreographers to produce newly commissioned work for BC ’12 already.

Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance was selected as part of a new choreographic commission between Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells) and Work in Progress (WIP) and has been working in France for two weeks with four dancers in Paris.

The partnership involved research and collaboration studying movement and choreography while comparing techniques to create new work and seizing the opportunity for hip hop artists on either side of the Channel to work together.

Given the choice of three choreographers to work with, Tony chose to work with Sébastien Ramirez (Clash 66), Pierre Rigal (Compagnie Last Minute) and Babson (Wanted Posse Collective) and the dancers Aziz Baki, Salomon Baneck-Asall, Kiel Ewen, and Gianni Grot.

On Friday 9 December Tony and the dancers performed the ideas that he had developed on the theme of water in front of a live audience with his dancers, showcasing 50 minutes of material.

The next phase of the WIP project will commence in April where Tony will create a 25 minute piece to be shown in London at Breakin’ Convention 2012 and at in Paris at the WIP Festival in July.

Tony Adigun is an associate artist with East London Dance and The Place Theatre.

Update: Watch Tony Adigun's commissioned piece, Omi from Breakin' Convention 2012, below!

Post date: 14 March 2012

Visit the Festival section and buy your tickets now!

Breakin’ Convention returns for its ninth year over the May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 5 - Monday 7 May 2012.

UPDATE: Breakin' Convention London workshops also announced!

Breakin' Convention 2012 London: Who's in town?

Featuring in Breakin’ Convention for the first time is US act, ILL-Abilities (International), a b-boy company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities. We are honoured to have them performing with a live DJ to present their piece No Limits that we have no doubt will audiences in awe of their ‘ill abilities’.

Vagabond Crew, Battle of the Year 2011 champions and winners of the UK B-Boy Championships, returns presenting Alien, exploring the demons that live within each of us; Storyboard P a maverick artist who has created his own ‘mutation’ style of movement.
He also creates and performs in short experimental dance videos, including the video for The Bullits Close Your Eyes video, directed by world renowned photographer Marc Baptiste.

The international line-up also includes French and Korean duo Clash 66, who explore relationships and the fine line between love and madness; making his UK debut B-Boy Ata (Finland) presents a piece featuring a puppet and three time hip hop locking world champion Gemini (France) presents the moody solo Te Quierro, that draws on his Spanish roots and features his unique dance style - the Lock Rock.

Completing the international line-up is the highlight of Breakin’ Convention 2010, French company Pro Phenomen who return to the festival this year with a new piece; Serial Stepperz (France) who showcase house dance like no other crew and a UK premiere from old school West Coast crew PT3000 ft. Demons of the Mind (US).

Got to Dance for Breakin' Convention!

London company and Got To Dance finalists Unity return for their sixth consecutive year with a topical piece about East London postcode wars. Also from the UK is Tony ‘Touch’ Adigun who presents the world premiere of a new group piece exploring the theme of water, developed as part of WIP (Work In Progress) at La Vilette in France and co-commissioned by Breakin’ Convention, the piece will also be performed in Paris at the WIP Festival in July.

Challenging the male dominated world of hip hop is Boadicea (UK) a 12 strong female crew, founded by and featuring Rhimes Lecointe, star of Street Dance 3D; performing for the first time at Breakin’ Convention. This sisterhood's strong bond brings creativity, connection and FIERCE power to the dance floor. Another female collective returning to Breakin’ Convention is the Myself Dance Company (UK) with Creatures of the Night.

Fruits of our lab-our

Breakin’ Convention’s choreographic development project Back to the Lab took place in 2011. This year’s festival sees three pieces that were devised and developed during the project, Botis Seva (UK) who explores issues of mental illness and society with powerful theatrical impact; founding member of BirdGang Dance Company, Ivan Blackstock (UK) brings a comedic piece inspired by the hallucinating effects of sleep deprivation, which brings to life an ordinary wardrobe and another founding member of BirdGang Dance Company Simeon Qsyea (UK) combines spoken word and dance to ask what makes a person “hip hop”?

Return of the UK's finest

Also in the UK line-up is the return of Broken Doll, Natalie James’ harrowing, personal and thought provoking solo; the UK’s finest house dancers, House that Union Jack Built featuring Turbo, Caramel, Botis, Ricardo and Jordan; a new explosive krump solo from Theo 'Godson' Oloyade, London’s finest krump dancer; a solo that explores love from Myself Dance Company founder Kloe Dean and a new piece from Spoken Movement.

Always looking out for new talent, Breakin’ Convention 2012 features some of the best youth companies including Avant Garde Youth, performing on the main stage for the first time with a new piece from Tony Adigun; Da Bratz, the youth company of London favourite Boy Blue Entertainment perform a new piece and ZooNation Youth Company presents TNG featuring The Next Generation of dancers from the award-winning company behind Some Like It Hip Hop.

Graff by the greatest

See the best in local and international Hip Hop dance theatre, curated by Jonzi D, plus dozens of extra events in the mix including workshops, film screenings, DJ demos, foyer freestyle sessions and live aerosol art from UK artist ArtJaz, Dutch contemporary artist Recal and Australian photo-realistic graffiti artist SmugOne.

Breakin' Convention UK Tour acts

Joining Clash 66 and Vagabond Crew on the UK tour will be these 40 hip hop and street dance companies:
Antics, B3 (Brighton B-Boys), Beat Breakers, Company Faux Pas, Dance Nuvo, Daniel Aing, Ella Mesma, Encore, Flava Squad Funkstylerz, Flying Jalepenos, Gravity, Hype Juniors and Lil' Hype, Jack In The Box, Kudos and Kudos Kidz, Limited Edition, Nu Projeks, Rationale, Ready Ready Sauce, RockaBeat, RockaBeat, Root MC, Rush Dance, SDK (So Damn Kreative), Shaolin Shadows, Stoxie, Street Dance Academy/Elite, Street Factory, Swindon Dance Youth Dance Academy, The Edinburgh Soul Review (Random Aspekts/Heavy Smokers), Trash Dollys DC, Tricky Crew, Tru Street Dance Academy, Urban Strides Ltd, WIP (Work In Progress), Xclusive, Bad Taste Cru, Heavy Smokers, Rice and Peez, Street Kingz and Urban Jokers

Post date: 13 March 2012

Breakin’ Convention is calling all aspiring dancers, MCs, aerosol artists, film makers and music producers aged 13-16 to get involved with our annual Future Elements Project ahead of Future Elements Night at the London Festival on Thursday 3 May.

If what you see on SB.TV is your thing, the Future Elements course is for you! This is your chance to star in and create your very own music video. And best of all, it's completely free!

As part of the Future Elements course we will give you the chance to work with some of the coolest, inspirational artists including Breakin’ Convention’s very own Jonzi D and some of the UK’s finest choreographers including Ivan Blackstock (BirdGang / backing dancer for Cher Lloyd) and directors to bring the whole project together – more details to be announced soon!

Want to get involved? You must attend ALL of the following dates, so make sure you have space in your diary:
Thursday 5 April
Monday 9 - Fri 13 April
Thursday 3 May
The course will run from 10 - 4pm each day.

Next: Visit our Future Elements section to download a Future Elements 2012 Application Form!

Here’s how it went down last year with Zap Town with help from Katie P (choreographer), JumpOff.tv (production and editing), aerosol art from Mr Dane and beats by Kewba Da Great.

Future Elements Night, which takes place the Thursday before Breakin' Convention London, is when the kids ‘run tings' at Breakin' Convention and let the older generation witness the future of Hip Hop dance theatre with a line up of work by young people for young people!

Line up and tickets will be available to buy closer to the festival from the Sadler's Wells website - follow us on Facebook for updates!

Post date: 13 March 2012

2012 is seeing an gradual trend for the fusion of high art and street culture in auditoriums across the country: For the next few weeks dancers from current UK b-boy champions Soul Mavericks are starring in Miss Fortune, a modern retelling of Italian folk tale Sfortuna ('misfortune') at the Royal Opera House.

It's only been a few months since it was announced that Flawless was to collaborated with the English National Ballet for a national tour, and the emerging trend of putting street dancers together with classical forms has been followed by Royal Opera House's offering of opera a la b-boy.

In order to find the right dancers for the part Soul Mavericks had to battle six other crews as part of the audition process, as well as meeting the challenges that the fusion of opera and breaking had to throw at them.

Ran Arthur Braun, choreographer for Miss Fortune has been charged with directing the movement for the show and claims that many of the fusions of repertoire have not done before: While much of what will be on display in the performances is based on a b-boy foundation, some will be what Braun has called 'power dancing,' a mixture of breaking with gymnastics and martial art and acting.

The b-boys with roles in Miss Fortune are: Abdul Ali (Angry Abdul), Eugene Fong (Eugenius), Anthony Jackson (AJ-47), Simon Lee (Mid-Air), Ashley Patricks (Ghost) and Benji Shogbulo (Big Ben).

So what is to expect of Miss Fortune? There's no live DJ but breaking and a burning kebab van, an impressive set design by Tom Pye, some spectacular visuals from stage director Chen Shi-Z heng (check out the trailer, above, and it looks a lot like Blaze: The Street Dance Sensation) and of course operatics and orchestrations from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Does the 'power dancing' concept sell Miss Fortune to you as dancers, and would you fork out a small fortune to see it at the Royal Opera House? And while it has a home at Sadler's Wells, does breaking have a place… with opera? You can leave a comment in the box below.

Miss Fortune shows at the Royal Opera House on 12, 15 , 20, 23, 28 March at 7.30pm - information on booking ticket can be found here

Post date: 12 March 2012

Do you remember the days when the DJ would spin a dope record, people would get down and do a dope move, before you knew it you were in a scene reminiscent of Beat Street's Roxy battle? Someone got burnt, the crowd booed: Someone was a winner, someone was a loser.

Some, but maybe not all, will remember as the art moves forward. Back in the day a cypher was an spontaneous moment at a party: It just so happened that two breakers would be at the same spot, they'd throw down and it was up to the people at the party to judge who won by the biggest cheer.

But then as time changed b-boying took a turn: The culture rose, sponsors jumped on board, large scale events were set up, battles became epic and moved from clubs and parties to arenas and organisers would fill out stadiums with thousands of people, and so something that would happen in the street and in the intimate location of clubs became a spectator sport with appointed 'professionals' judging: Who's to say that's a fair system when your not battling on home turf and the audience is backing the home crew?

With disputes on the stage, under YouTube videos (with no shortage of e-boys to chuck in their two pennies) and of course, armchair critics calling certain events 'fixed,' how exactly are we going to get it right and eliminate bias?

Arguably it's this: After 11 years of consideration and consultation with original generational b-boys it's The OUR (Objective, Unified, Real-time) Judging System, devised and promoted by Dyzee of Supernaturalz Crew. Dyzee has both battled and judged at many a battle across the world, so here's a video of him explaining the system:

When you battle you're being watched by the judges for up to 15 minutes in some instances. Considering the stylistic changes to the dance over the years, from the introduction of new styles, moves and blow ups, how do you choose which crew won after taking it all in and applying your decision to how true to the 'original' styles they were - and keep in mind the dancers may just judge to tick the correct boxes on the judge sheet.

"There's so many different directions you can go with it (the dance), and you don't always know if the judges can relate to your style," says Lanre Pedro, also known as Hakim, who features in the OUR documentary, embedded below, which was put online earlier this week. "There's flexy-style, there's power moves, there's guys that focus more on rocking, foundation, everyone has their own opinion."

It could be a difficult system to implement. When the original generation b-boys have been around since the dawn of the b-boy era, and equally the freshest, dopest and most authentic (to the style) b-boy that can do the biggest moves and blowups has been chosen for a jury, whose word should go against who?

Hakim continues: "I think there's been a lot of beef around the world with people trying to say that their mindset is the right way, or their way is the best way."

Watch the Street Soul OUR BBoy Judging System documentary here:

Dyzee of Supernaturalz has successfully sold the OUR system to R-16, Korea's biggest b-boy event, and revolutionised how the event is judged, with results calculated live, projected openly and transparently for the audience to see.

The debate is that other sports institutions have their own unions and guilds: Why not b-boying?

Look at some judging panels for rappers: May be a successful mainstream rapper, an underground MC a producer, and a journalist. Some events have moved up from three to five judges to settle any arguments for bias. Even Jump Off has a rotation of judges from different backgrounds for its competitions.

"If you at least have at least one base for the judging system then you can have your trends on top of that, but if you have something concrete you can have something that can evolve but stay the same the whole time" says B-Boy Epic and representative of the OUR judging system. "This judging system is like a trunk of a tree. There can be tons of branches, tons of leafs […] but it needs a base."

"B-boying is like a language, it's everything. But a professional competition, once you put judges there and you put time, a cash prize, a clear winner or loser, it becomes in every definition a sport when you make it like that," says Dyzee. "Tae kwon do, it's not a sport, it's a martial art, but once they go into professional tae kwon do competition with their judges and their rules, that is a sport and it's a game."

The OUR judging system works as follows…
Foundation
Originality
Dynamics
Execution
Battle
One judge is assigned to each category, awarding up to five points for every turn. The winner is determined by who wins the most categories, and in the event of a tie, all of the category scores are added together to determine a winner by overall score.

"When I heard they would be using a judging system at R16 I didn't get it. Why do we need a system? Because I thought b-boying isn't like olympic games that need scores," says B-Boy Born of Rivers Crew. "So, I was kind of against it at first. But then after talking a lot with Dyzee I gave it a second thought."

"If we apply the judging system to many battles b-boying battles will get to mean a lot more … battles will come across as something more serious," Born continues. "Under the judging system I believe we can protect ourselves from people and media that want to use us. So I think the judging system is a good thing."

OUR b-boying battle system is going to divide opinions of a lot of b-boys and armchair judges too: Champions will fall from grace.  Maybe this system will work for R-16, but who sees it working at your local hip hop jam? Can you certify a judge/representative the same way the RAD does for classical dance?

"Trying to get people to unite - that's the hard part," says Dyzee. "No one respects breaking outside of b-boys … they look at us like little punks and youths, whatever, they don't take us seriously. And we know we're better than that. We need to find ways to unite the community and protect the culture."

See the OUR System applied to Red Bull BC One last year, an event that doesn't implement the system, below. You can leave a comment under the article.

For a full verbal explanation and breakdown of the OUR System, see http://ourbboys.com/our-system

Post date: 11 March 2012

Tonight Juste Debout 2012 takes place at the Bercy stadium in Paris, France, and you can watch the entire competition live from the comfort of your own house.

The live stream of Juste Debout 2012 will take place tonight, Sunday 11 March 2012, at 21:00 French time, or 20:00 in the UK - so tune in to our live stream then!

Watch Juste Debout Online!

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Who is battling at Juste Debout 2012?

Hip Hop qualified dancers (duets)

Lil J and Sparkle / China qualifier
Rush Ball (Kyoka and Maïka) / Japan qualifier
Destiny Family (Clown and Sedechu) / Singapore qualifier
Tealeaf and Bowtox 24K / Canada qualifier
Hugo and Jens / Sweden qualifier
Beatmonkeyz 59 and Ghetto Style - Marcio and Jib / Spain qualifier
B.O.S.S. Team - Bruce Blanchard and Junbox / Finland qualifier
Kulture Kids (Kenzo And Shay) / Netherlands qualifier
Maximus and Zulu / Switzerland qualifier
Kanon and Fabrice / Ireland qualifier
MIK Fam - Prince and Isaac / Poland qualifier
Klan De Skillz  - Wally and Meth / Italy qualifier
The Cage / UK qualifier
Majid and Iceee / Germany qualifier
Salas and Ben /Jimmy and Sam / France qualifer

Locking qualified dancers (duets)

Yu and Sun / China qualifier
Full Ahead (Yuma and Nobby) / Japan qualifier
PHDxKFC (A-Wei & A-Mei) / Singapore qualifier
Max and Abdul / Canada qualifier
Soul Sweat / Funky 4 Brothers (A-train & Markus) / Sweden qualifier
Brodas Bros  - Pol and Yuk / Spain qualifier
Alex and Ice / Finland qualifier
Sens'as Legendes Urbaines (Manu And Loïc) / Netherlands qualifier
Willow and Jeremy / Switzerland qualifier
Wova and Moroz / Ireland qualifier
Grzelock and Edwin / Poland qualifier
Darthryan and Tony Flower - Ryan and Tony Flower / Italy qualifier
Badness Crew / UK qualifier
Jan and Shizzo / Germany qualifier
Ducky and Jay / Woong and Khan / France qualifer

Popping qualified dancers (duets)

Dino and Sonic / China qualifier
Former Action (Kite and Madoka) / Japan qualifier
Flexion Boogz (Popchen  Popjs) / Singapore qualifier
Monster Pop and Venom / Canada qualifier
SpazM and Baby Bang / Sweden qualifier
C & S -  Cintia and Sacha / Spain qualifier
Vitek and Serj / Finland qualifier
Most Wanted Gens (Slow Boog And Jackson) / Netherlands qualifier
Samsam and VanVan / Switzerland qualifier
Crysto and Poppin Prince / Ireland qualifier
Baba Zula - Arman and Boo / Poland qualifier
Gangsta Boogaloos  - Shorty and Ciro / Italy qualifier
Los Kassos / UK qualifier
Bruce Ikanji and Gator / Germany qualifier
Philboog and Yassine / Poppin J and Crazy Kyo / France qualifer

House qualified dancers (duets) 

A Yang and Kim / China qualifier
Hyrossi and Shuho / Japan qualifier
ADHOC (Sang Yeong  Han) / Singapore qualifier
Cybo and Hideki / Canada qualifier
Crazy Alliance / Sweden qualifier
Wanted Posse and Serial Stepperz - Mamson and Babson / Spain qualifier
Farfor - BNZ and Raf / Finland qualifier
Gravity Zero (Tonyz And Veusty) / Netherlands qualifier
Perla and Bly / Switzerland qualifier
Sarou and Fabou / Ireland qualifier
BW - ADN and Zwagga / Poland qualifier
Peeps and Daneshiro / Italy qualifier
King Charles and Meech / UK qualifier
Adnan and OG / Germany qualifier
Hiro and Pino / Serge and Kapela / France qualifer

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