THE STORY OF RED BULL BC ONE
Video: The 10th Anniversary Red Bull BC One World Final in Seoul, South Korea
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 in an all-out battle on the Red Bull BC One stage, but only one will be crowned the champion.
B-Boying, or breaking, 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. Every 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 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) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012).
This year marks the 10-Year Anniversary of Red Bull BC One, where the World Final was held in Seoul, South Korea, home of some of the most innovative breaking today. In celebration of a decade of first-class breaking, all eight previous World Champions returned to battle in Seoul. South Korea's own Hong 10 beat defending champion Mounir in the final round, becoming the second B-Boy to ever bring home the belt twice (alongside France's Lilou).
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. Winners of Cyphers then compete in six Finals: Western European, Eastern European, North American, Latin American, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific.
The six winners of the Finals earn a place to compete on the stage of the World Final, along with the reigning champion and a selection of Wild Card entries. A panel of experts travels year-round to watch the most important B-Boy battles, ensuring that only the best B-Boys of the year receive Wild Card spots.
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.
Ten years strong, the Red Bull BC One belt remains the most coveted prize in B-Boying in the world.