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 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. 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 Red Bull BC One will travel to Paris again for the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014.

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 Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, Latin America, 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.

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