THE STORY OF RED BULL BC ONE

Video: The 10th Anniversary Red Bull BC One World Final in Seoul, South Korea

 

THE HISTORY

 

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) and Seoul, South Korea (2013). This year Red Bull BC One will travel to Paris again for the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014.

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.

Eleven years strong, the Red Bull BC One belt remains the most coveted prize in B-Boying in the world. 


BATTLE BREAKDOWN

 

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 B-Boys 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. The 2014 are being held in Las Vegas, USA (North America), Belém, Brazil (Latin America), Zagreb, Croatia (Eastern Europe), Algiers, Algeria (Middle East Africa) and Tapei, Taiwan (Asia Pacific).

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 to find the best B-Boys of the year. Last year's Red Bull BC One South Korea World Champion was Seoul's own Red Bull BC One All Star Hong 10. Watch the Red Bull France World Final live November 29 right here at redbullbcone.com to find out who will take the 2014 title. 

May the best B-Boy win!