THE STORY OF RED BULL BC ONE
Red Bull BC One is the most important one-on-one B-Boy competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Final. Sixteen B-Boys will earn the right to enter into an all-out battle on the Red Bull BC One stage, but only one will be crowned the champion.
B-Boying, or breakdance as it's referred to by the media, but rather breaking within the scene, is a style of dance that originated on the streets of NYC in the late 1970s. It’s one of the four pillars of Hip Hop culture along with DJing, MCing and Graffiti Art. Over the years, B-Boying has grown into a rich and vibrant scene, with active communities stretching across every corner of the globe. Each year, top dancers and crews continue to push the limits of breaking, evolving it into an art form unlike any other.
Red Bull BC One started in 2004 in Biel, Switzerland, and the World Final since has travelled to Berlin, Germany (2005), São Paulo, Brazil (2006), Johannesburg, South Africa (2007), Paris, France (2008), New York City, USA (2009), Tokyo, Japan (2010), Moscow, Russia (2011), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012), Seoul, South Korea (2013) and Paris for the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014. The 2015 edition will be held in Rome, Italy.
B-Boys are judged according to their artistic skills, choreography, innovation and character. The one-on-one battle format lets B-Boys show not only their mastery of the B-Boy essentials– toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes– but also their overall style and individual expression.
It’s no secret that some of the most groundbreaking dancing today can be seen on the stage of the Red Bull BC One, as each year the competition gets tougher and dancers seek new ways of movement to outdo their opponents, all the while influencing the next generation of B-Boys. Today, Red Bull BC One belt remains the most coveted prize in B-Boying in the world.
Red Bull BC One cycles through three seasons each year: Cypher, Finals and World Final. Cyphers are national, preliminary events where 16 B-Boys compete for a spot in one of six Finals around the world. The winners of the Finals qualify to battle in the Red Bull BC One World Final.
How it works:
Everyone is welcome to compete in qualifying battles. Throughout the year, more than 90 country and city Cyphers are held all over the world to find the best breaking dancing today. Dancers who are not selected to battle in their national Red Bull BC One Cypher can still participate by coming out to the event to support local heroes. B-Boys and B-Girls can only compete in their country of citizenship and can only compete in one qualifying Cypher per year.
Winners of national Cyphers earn a spot to battle in their region's Final. Each Finals Champion continues to the World Final, along with a selection of Wild Card entries. Wild Card selections are chosen by a panel of B-Boy experts who travel the world to find the best challengers each year.
May the best B-Boy win!