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), Paris, France (2014) and Rome, Italy (2015). The 2016 edition will be held in Nagoya, Japan.
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.
ALL-NEW BATTLE BREAKDOWN FOR 2016
This year holds great changes in the Red Bull BC One batlte season, as camps will be held around the world, including Ukraine, France, Italy and Japan, in lieu of the former Finals season. These three-day events will include jams, workshops, open battles, talks, exhibitions, theatre shows and more, celebrating Hip Hop, dance and culture. Each will focus on sharing knowledge, making connections and having fun.
The camps will reflect the creative landscape of the local scene and will incorporate other elements of Hip Hop, urban dance and creative expression, alongside breaking. They will then culminate in a Red Bull BC One Cypher where the winner will get a chance to battle for a place at the World Final.
The World Final is returning to its roots of being invitation only, with one open spot to be determined by a Last Chance Cypher. Throughout 2016, Cyphers will take place in every corner of the globe, with winners being flown to the Last Chance Cypher in Nagoya, to take place on December 1, two days before the World Final.
This Last Chance Cypher will represent an incredible cultural exchange as B-Boys will come in from all over the world to prove their skills on the dance floor and battle in an attempt to earn that one coveted spot on the ultimate stage. The winner will compete in the World Final alongside a line-up of Wild Card entries, chosen by an international team of B-Boy experts.
May the best B-Boy or B-Girl win!