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Aktuel Force Kicks Off Breaking Celebration in Paris

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2014

For the days preceding the World Final, Paris’ LaVillette Park is Hip Hop, as the Red Bull BC One Camp features photography, videos, workshops, battles, games and more straight up until the big event. So who better to kick off a celebration of French breaking culture than one of the country’s first and foremost crews, Aktuel Force?

Karima and Xavier are two of the legendary crew’s original members, now going 30 years strong since its inception in the Paris’ 93rd arrondissement. Both held The Camp’s first workshop on Wednesday afternoon, teaching some key basics of the dance to local dancers.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014 

“To be honest, I’m proud to be here and be a part of Red Bull BC One and the World Final,” said Karima of her experience with participating in this year’s event. “But I am equally proud to be a part of a little street party in my neighborhood. Dance events of all sizes are important.”

Aktuel Force has seen the tides of French breaking and Hip Hop change over the past few decades, as they have consistently been a key, driving force behind the cultural movement. They were also one of the first French crews to travel the world with dance, along with PCB (Paris City Breakers).

“Breaking today really isn’t something very French. Its face is truly global now, even in individual dancers’ style and techniques. With YouTube and the Internet, dancers increasingly resemble one another… and everyone is generally moving in the same stylistic direction now,” Karima added.  “In the beginning, each dancer had a very strong and individual personality which was a function of his or her origins, culture and interests. But today we find the same styles in Korea as we do the USA, so it’s a bit of a McDonald’s meal today. Everyone eats the same thing, so in a way they dance the same way too. But at the same time, my groove in a battle isn’t the same one you’ll see in a Swede in battle, so that’s a part of the wealth of the globalization too. “

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

Karima and Xavier will be joined on stage during the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 Saturday night for a special performance by crewmembers Blaise, Enrique, Gabin and Fox.

“We will just have four minutes on stage, so it will be a little complicated,” said Xavier. “So we’re just going to freestyle and show the world what we’ve got.”

The Red Bull BC One Camp continues through Saturday. There are cash prizes offered for the battles. If you’re in Paris, be sure to stop through the Paul Delouvrier Pavilion in La Villette Park. Entrance to the exhibitions and battles are free and open to the public.  Click here for more information on The Camp. And check out photos from the opening today!

Red Bull BC One All Star Wing (South Korea) lifts off during the slow-motion video shoot.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

Hip Hop legend Ken Swift holds the second workshop of the day, highlighting crossovers in Rock and breaking techniques.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

Menno (Netherlands) and Red Bull BC One All Star Lil G (Venezuela) have fun with their video game likenesses. 

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

France's Lilou and Mounir experiement with the slow-motion video experience.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

Russia's Alcolil takes five while Gravity (USA), Hong 10 (South Korea) and Benny (South Africa) look on.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

A few World Finalists check out their avatars in battle while playing the Battle for Paris Video Game.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014

B-Boy Blond (Australia) rocks a giant sneaker in the Puma Corner.

Red Bull BC One Camp Opening at Pavillion Paul Delouvrier, Paris November 24, 2014
 

Photos by William K

"B-Boys: A History of Breakdance" Premieres December 1

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2014

It’s breaking history told straight from the experts’ mouths. Forty years after the art form made its first appearances on the streets of New York City’s The Bronx, “B-Boys: A History of Breakdance” recounts the tales of this ever-evolving dance whose influences today travel well beyond the boundaries of Hip Hop culture. Told as a nine-chapter series, learn the real B-Boy story as it’s told by international breaking and Hip Hop legends such as Storm (Germany), two-time Red Bull BC One World Champion Hong 10 (South Korea), 2012 Red Bull BC One World Champion Mounir (France), Junior (France), Doze Green (USA) and more.

Watch “B-Boys: A History of Breakdance” on ARTE.tv beginning December 1

Cover photo courtesy of arte.tv 

Music to Break to: Mixtape 7 (DJ Goss'One)

Posted by on Nov. 25, 2014

Get prepped for Paris and get down to this "Troll's Beat Vol. 1" mix by Funky Bijoux's own DJ Goss'One, and come back each week for a mix curated by Dutchbboy.com.

Dive into Breaking Culture with Red Bull BC One Camp

Posted by on Nov. 25, 2014

The Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 is just days away! And starting tomorrow, everyobdy can celebrate Hip Hop history and the French breaking scene with the Red Bull BC One Camp at the Paul Delouvrier Pavilion, right in the heart of La Villette Park. From workshops with top international breakers to video experiences, art, video games and more, dive into the world of breaking with Red Bull BC One! Entrance is free and open to the public.

PROGRAM 


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SLOW MOTION EXPERIENCE
The public is invited to shoot an ultra slow-motion camera video of themselves dancing at every angle. An original way to understand the flow of breaking, they can also share their original video on social networks.

Image3.jpg"WALK THIS WAY" EXHIBIT
Photographer Sophie Bramly captured the birth of Hip Hop culture in New York in 1980. The true attitude of the first B-Boys is presented here through a series of portraits.

 

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BATTLE FOR PARIS VIDEO GAME SPACE
Play the heroic leader of a breaking team in the Red Bull BC One Battle for Paris video game, enhance the skills of your B-Boys and convince the best dancers to join your team.

 

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BATTLES
Every day, free battles allow dancers from all backgrounds to compete in public in all the disciplines of urban dance (one-on-one, toprock, tricks, etc.). Registration is open. See more information below.

 

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PUMA CORNER
For 45 years, Puma has accompanied the heroes of street culture, from basketball players to skateboarders to breakers. In 2014, the brand confirms its commitment to supporting the best B-Boys in the world by teaming up with the world’s most famous breaking championship.


BATTLES


Wednesday, November 26 

15h30: Open to the public
15h30-18h: Open Cyphers
18h-20h: One-on-One Battle

Prize: Cash and a seat at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 World Final!

Jury: Chakal (Bad Trip) / Dom K (Infamous) / Bboy Dévil Paris
DJ : T-Sia Ponce Messalti
Host : Ben johnson

Open Registration! Contact: contact@beprodbeproud.com

Thursday, November 27 

17h: Open to the public
17h - 18h: Open cyphers
18h - 19h: Two-on-Two Battle

Prize: Cash and a seat at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 World Final!

Jury : Neil Officiel / LAOS David Phiphak / Karim Ghajji
DJ : Erwan Deilf Hesteau
Host : Mohamed Al Marzak

Open Registration! Contact: contact@beprodbeproud.com

Friday, November 28 

16h30: Open to the public
16h30-18h: Open Cyphers
18h-21h: Toprock & Footwork Contests 
21h-22h: Open Cyphers 

Prize: Cash and a seat at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 World Final!

Jury: Thias / Farid Btc / Guegorr Pockemon
DJ: DJ Senka
Host: Momoze

Open Registration! Contact: contact@beprodbeproud.com

Saturday, November 29 

13h: Open to the public
13h - 14h30: Open cyphers
14h30-17h30 : Crew vs Crew Battle 
17h30-18h: Team Paris vs Team World

Prize: Cash and a seat at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014 World Final!

Jury : Nabster / Valentine / Gass Def Dogz
DJ : DJ Cléon / DJ Marrrtin
Host : Maleek/ Sidney 

Open Registration! Contact: contact@beprodbeproud.com


CONTACT, HOURS 

Red Bull BC One Camp -  ENTRANCE IS FREE

Grande Halle de la Villette, Pavillon Paul Delouvrier  - 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Hours:
Wednesday 11/26: 14h - 20h
Thursday 11/27: 17h - 23h
Friday 11/28: 17h - 22h
Saturday 11/29: 14h30 - 18h30

 

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#BCONE Instagram of the Week

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014

Presenting the best #BCONE Instagram shot of the week. Check out this snap from Red Bull BC One All Star and Defending World Champion Hong 10 as he packs his sneakers for Paris. What are your favorite shoes for battle?

Follow Hong 10 on Instagram @bboyhongten.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Posted by on Nov. 23, 2014

B-Boy Blond debuts on the World Stage this year in Paris. While he’s been a major player in the international scene for more than a decade, he somehow eluded the Red Bull BC One stage until he was invited to the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final in Taipei, Taiwan, this fall. He came in full force, and ended up beating Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke (Japan) in the heated final battle. 

Born in South Korea, Blond now lives in Australia. Back in the day, he danced with Extreme Crew and the powermover used to sport blond hair, hence how he got his B-Boy name. His hairstyle changed, and so did his home base, but the name stuck.

Blond moved to Australia in 2010, where he now dances with SKB and is considered a leader of the local scene. While he represents Australia now, he still holds South Korea in his heart and feels that he represents both flags. 

Blond showcased his endless power and stamina, not to mention his impressive arsenal of moves, in Taiwan with confidence but how will he do on the World Final stage? Check out some recent photos of Blond as we all countdown to Paris!

 

Blond was unstoppable on his way to the final battle in his first-ever Red Bull BC One competition at the Asia Pacific Final 2014.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond in action in the Seven 2 Smoke battle at The Notorious IBE 2013 in Heerlen, The Netherlands.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond poses for a photo before Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final 2014 at Zhishan Garden in Taipei, Taiwan.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond wowing the audience with his ellbow spin in the Seven 2 Smoke battle at The Notorious IBE 2013.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond celebrates his victory at Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final in Taipei, Taiwan.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond practicing on the Red Bull BC One stage the day before Asia Pacific Final 2014.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond surprised everyone with his endless power at the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final 2014.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond in an interview before the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Blond headspins in a battle agaist Niek (The Netherlands) in the Seven 2 Smoke battle at The Notorious IBE 2013.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Blond

Photos by Nika Kramer, Thijn van der Linden and Kien Quan

Video Break: The Week's Top 3

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2014

Neguinism on Mars by The Neguinism

Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin truly takes B-Boying to new heights in his video on Mars. Music: "The Genie," by ArKIT3XturE ft. Orko Eloheim.

El Nino | Undisputed World B-Boy Masters by The Legits

Watch El Niño (USA) win the Freestyle Session 2014 World Finals. He will now represent his crews, Squadron, Boogie Brats, and Floorlords, at the first-ever Undisputed masters event in Decemeber, in London.

B-BOY JIBAKU in Hakata, Fukuoka Japan by YAKFilms

Watch some serious strength and accuracy in motion as Japanese B-Boy Jibaku gets down on concrete. Music: "Higher Life," by TheGeekSquad.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2014

Cape Town’s B-Boy Benny is one of the most successful South African B-Boys. The Hand Break Turn crewmember has won Battle of the Year South Africa numerous times and has been competing in the Red Bull BC One since 2005. 

At the Red Bull BC One Germany World Final 2005, in Berlin, Benny unfortunately lost to Omar in the first round. In 2007, Benny won the first-ever South African Qualifier, earning a spot in the World Final in Johannesburg that same year. He ended up losing to Red Bull BC One All Star Lilou in the quarterfinals. In 2008, Benny was invited to Paris, where he lost in the first round to eventual champion, Red Bull BC One All Star Wing. 

In 2013, Benny was invited to the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final in Amman, Jordan, where he lost to youngster Lil Zoo (Morocco) in the final battle.

This year, Benny received another Wild Card to the Middle East Africa Final, in Algiers, and made first place, beating his fellow countryman Toufeeq in the final battle. 

So Benny is one of the B-Boys coming back to Paris this year. Will he have more luck this time? Will he meet his old rivals Wing or Lilou again? Take a trip down memory lane with these pics of Benny.

 Airborne during the solo battle at BOTY 2014.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

On his way to the Battle Royal! Benny holds his trophy after winning the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014, in Algiers, Algeria. 

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

In battle with eventual World Champion Wing (South Korea) at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2008, in Paris.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

Despite sustaining a shoulder injury in the semifinals, Benny battles his heart out in the final against LilZoo (Morocco) at the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2013.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

The sky's the limit! Benny in the streets of Algiers after winning Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014. 
 Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

In practice before the Middle East Africa Final 2013 in Amman, Jordan.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

Benny does a hollowback in the solo battle at Battle of the Year 2014, in Braunschweig, Germany.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

In battle with Wolf (Morocco) at the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014 in Algiers, Algeria.

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

Benny beating Twixs (USA) in the first rounds of Red Bull BC One South Africa World Final 2007 in Johannesburg. 

Meet the 2014 World Finalists: Benny

Photos by Nika Kramer and Ray Demski/ Red Bull Content Pool 

#TBT Breaking Battles: Rock Force Crew vs The Family (BOTY 1998)

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2014

There are different ways to decide the winner of a breaking battle. Usually it takes a judges panel of three, five or sometimes even seven jurors to decide who wins. Such was not the case in 1998; however, when The Family (France) battled the Rock Force Crew (USA) in a thrilling Battle of the Year final. The Family should have won, yet a curious call on the part of the judges decided a different outcome.

It happened that during the traditional judges’ ceremony, when MCs Spax and Crazy awarded B-Boy K-Mel, from Phase 2, as Best Dancer, and Spartanic Japan for winning the Best Show that they didn’t continue on to announce the winning crew. Instead Kai Eikermann, one of the judges, took the mic declared Rock Force Crew as the 1998 BOTY champions. 

Go to 1:03.14 to see the battle begin.

Eikermann could have ended his little speech, but he didn’t. Clearly, there was a reason why he was speaking to the audience instead of the MCs. He continued on: "Two years ago," he said, “I was on a stage in a battle (BOTY 1996), and there was a problem when a Berlin crew touched the other crew. We let the Berlin crew go on dancing but we said that there is a rule. Anybody who touches the opponent will lose.” 

His historical words, which many of the older B-Boys and B-Girls will still vividly remember, followed: “We (the judges) all feel that the group from Paris were the better dancers, but there was no need for all this, and because of this video going all over the world, we are giving the first prize to Rock Force.” 

His words caused disbelief and great upset in the audience. The hundreds of French supporters in the crowd could not accept the outcome that was just presented to them. Today, video screens and live-camera recordings fill the stages of the high-profile events. If this had been the case 16 years ago, the judges could have had a visual backing their controversial decision. During the battle, the French dancers had indeed touched the Americans. 

In the end, nobody really won on that day– not the audience, not the Rock Force Crew and certainly not the members of The Family. But B-Boying was demonstrated a great lesson: touching in a battle is strictly forbidden, and with the right judges will follow consequences. Judging is more then just voting left or right in B-Boy battle.  

DVD cover photo courtesy of Tyrone van der Meer 

Breaking the Beat: In the Bronx

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2014

The art of breakdancing spans more than 40 years, having originated in New York City borough The Bronx. "Breaking the Beat: In The Bronx" takes us back to the birthplace of this Hip Hop dance movement, to the exact neighborhood where B-Boys used to battle as a distraction from the gang life that ruled the day.

Join Emmanuel Rodriguez, aka E-Man, as he explores the roots of breaking, led by the legendary Alien Ness. President of the Mighty Zulu Kingz. They travel through the blocks where it all began and also to the training spot of the Mighty Zulu Kingz, one of the first-ever Bronx crews.

Cover photo courtesy of alloutwarmovie.com