22 Sep, 2007
people like your stuff
“We are all different, unique, so don’t be a stereotype. If you dance with the capacity of your body and work hard, you can become perfect in your own way!”
Crew:Pockemon CrewRed Bull BC One All Stars
Pockemon Crew, Red Bull BC One All Stars
- 2003, 1st place, Battle of the Year France
- 2003, 1st place, Battle of the Year International Germany
- 2005, 1st place, Freestyle Session Korea
- 2005, 1st place, Red Bull BC ONE, Berlin, Germany
- 2007, 1st place, KB B-Boy World Master, Korea
- 2008, 1st place, Hip Hop Game, Italy
- 2008, Judge, Red Bull BC One, France
- 2009, 1st place, Battle of the Year, 1-on-1, Germany
- 2009, 1st place, Red Bull BC One, New York, USA
- 2014, 1st Place, UK BBoy Championships Solo BBoy Battle
Ali Ramdani aka B-Boy LILOU is a polarizing character, but still the most popular B-Boy of all. He is the current champion of the RED BULL BC ONE and the only one who took the trophy home twice! LILOU was born in France, but has Algerian roots. He travels between worlds and is considered “the immigrant” in both of them. LILOU is one of the B-Boys portrayed in the movie TURN IT LOOSE and is traveling the world with the RED BULL BC ONE ALL STARS!
LILOU has an extensive history with the RED BULL BC ONE. In his first year competing, in 2005 in Berlin, he was the underdog, but took the championship. He received a huge winner’s belt, which was supposed to be a challenge trophy to be handed over to the next winner the following year, but LILOU refused to give it back, unfazed by the threat of never being invited to the championship again. In 2006, he returned but was eliminated early on in the battle. In 2007, he was selected as one of four wild card B-Boys to compete in Johannesburg, South Africa,where he lost to Roxrite from the US in the semi-finals.
In 2008, in France, LILOU was one of the judges for the RED BULL BC ONE. In 2009, when the championship was held in New York, LIILOU returned to battle and did what nobody had done before, he won the championship for the 2nd time! “Winning the RED BULL BC ONE twice means I’m part of B-Boy history and I am very happy about that. Maybe someone else will also win a second time, but being the first one to do so feels really nice.”
LILOU has a unique dance style and an engaging stage presence, being vicious, but humorous as well. The audience loves him! He perfectly combines the new style of “flexible moves” with classic footwork and power moves. His signature move is a variation of the air-chair.
LILOU has been dancing since he was twelve years old. He was fascinated when he first saw breakers on TV doing power moves and spinning on their heads. He thought that was absolutely crazy and he wanted to do it, too. His older brother taught him the moonwalk and later LILOU started to dance with an old-skool B-Boy who lived in his hood. He got his name when he was very young. Instead of his given name Ali, his family used to call him ALILOU which then became shortened to LILOU.
In 1999, LILOU and some of the guys he practiced with formed the crew Pockémon. They have been like a family ever since and have battled at big events worldwide where their skills have become legendary. In addition to breaking, LILOU has also tried locking. He likes it a lot, but he says he doesn’t have enough time to practice seriously. “Maybe when I am older…”
For LILOU the most important asset of a B-Boy is determination—not only in a battle but in everyday practice and in your whole lifestyle. “Find out what you want and then go and get it, no matter what! When you’re in a battle, you’re there to win, not to play, so what you have to do is kill the enemy!”
LILOU has had a black belt in Kung Fu since he was sixteen years old. The Kung Fu mentality helped with his breaking. “Just like in Kung Fu, you have to anticipate the move your opponent is going to come out with and you’d better have an answer to that. You need to learn new moves and combinations and develop your style all the time if you want to be a winner.”
LILOU lists his greatest influences as Michael Jackson, Zinédine Zidane, Mohammed Ali and Jamiroquai. He admires their careers, their charisma and recognizes them for being legends in their respective area of expertise.
Among the many items that LILOU wears when battling to express his individuality, he sometimes puts on a I’m Muslim Don’t Panic t-shirt or keffiyeh to express solidarity with his brothers and sisters who are facing great adversity. He recognizes that there are many wars around the world for territory or for money but his battles are on the dance floor!
“I have participated in many competitions all over the world, but the RED BULL BC ONE is definitely the most important 1-on-1 competition. The atmosphere is indescribable. When you are backstage just before the competition you can feel your heart beat really hard and fast.”
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