Red Bull BC One Seattle Cypher 2014
Photo by Carlo Cruz
Date: April 18, 2014
Location: EMP Museum, Sky Church 325 5th Avenue N at Seattle Center
Seattle was set afire last night as the best B-Boys from the West Coast battled it out in a fierce competition at the Red Bull BC One Seattle Cypher. Hosted at the infamous EMP Museum’s Sky Church, across from Seattle’s most distinguished landmark, the Space Needle, more than 700 cheering fans were treated to a night full of exhilarating and intense one-on-one B-Boy battles. After 15 powerful rounds of breaking, Red Bull BC One judges Roxrite (Renegades/Red Bull BC One All Star), Free (Circle of Fire/Soulshifters), and Jeromeskee (Massive Monkees/Rock Steady) crowned Los Angeles B-Boy Rion as champion.
As the audience eagerly awaited the event’s start, some took it upon themselves to kick off the night with their own Cyphers. The evening’s host was legendary B-Boy, Crazy Legs, with DJ Lean Rock on the turntables providing beats. Each B-Boy brought out their best game, showcasing jaw-dropping power moves, impressive freezes, head spins, windmills and high-flying acrobatics, putting on an explosive show. Boiling down to the final round, it was Las Vegas’ Maynard and Los Angeles’ Rion who left it all out on the floor. It was a close competition, but in the end it was Rion’s fluid movements and energetic personality that ultimately crowned him the victor.
“I'm hyped to head to the North America Finals in Las Vegas,” exclaimed Rion. “I think it was my ability to not care what the other competitors threw at me. I tried to concentrate on myself and execute as well as I could. The U.S. finals are going to be insane, 10 times as competitive as tonight. I’m ready to train hard.”
Beating out 15 prominent West Coast B-Boys last night, Rion will advance to compete in the Red Bull BC One North America Final in Las Vegas on August 15. There, Rion will battle for the chance to represent America in the World Final on November 29 in Paris, France, competing against the world’s best dancers to claim the most coveted championship title in B-Boying.
“You can tell Rion was out there having fun and he executed where he really needed to,” said judge and Red Bull BC One All-Star Roxrite. “Some of his battles were a close call, but he was able to deliver good freezes at the end, which made it clear to everyone that he was stronger at finishing his rounds.”
Now in its 11th year, Red Bull BC One has earned the reputation as a showcase for the world’s best B-Boys. While many competitions focus on crew battles, Red Bull BC One’s one-on-one, single elimination battle format focuses on talents and strength of the individual dancer. Judges score the B-Boys on their battle strategy, power moves, dance foundation, fresh routine, and overall style. More than 60 Cyphers are being held around the world, with 16 of the world’s top B-Boys advancing to Paris later this year, making this a true world championship.
Rion / Skywalker
Matt Action / B-Minus
Complex / Eranetik
Tim the Pitt / Serg
Ives / Roc
Impulse / The Diss
Savage / Luna
Maynard / Riddelz
Rion / B-Minus
Complex / Serg
Ives / The Diss
Savage / Maynard
Rion / Serg
Ives / Maynard
Rion / Maynard
Xak, mejor suerte la próxima vez, lo hiciste bien, campeón. Puedes sentirte orgulloso. #bcone
Que menos que el ganador fuera el que eliminó a Xak. Ha estado bien. Pronto veremos a los gladiadores en la batalla de Roma #bcone