Menno

Netherlands

Menno Van Gorp represents the new generation of Dutch B-Boys. He is a dancer with heart, explosive energy and plenty of surprises. He is a master of smooth blow-ups, the mind-boggling moves that whip the audience into a frenzy. His signature moves are baby-freeze transitions, slides and rolls.

B-Boy Menno started breaking around 2001. The first time he saw breaking was in the Run DMC video clip "It's Like That." He learned his first moves from his cousins and has been dancing ever since.

Menno is an all-around B-Boy, making a living through working in shows, judging battles and teaching workshops. He has also delved into different aspects of dance, having created a solo show for theaters across his native The Netherlands. He is well respected for his painting and graphic design work, which he creates under the moniker Mennopoly. He hopes that Hip Hop will always be a part of his life and that he will be able to give back to the scene by teaching and organizing events.

When asked where he sees himself in 10 years, Menno laughs: "In a nice house with a nice woman and some kids, living a 'normal' life but still dancing.'" He hopes that Hip Hop will always be a part of his life and that he will be able to give back to the scene by teaching and organizing events. "I hope I will be remembered by my dance when I'm too old to do it, and thus will inspire youth to dance," he adds.

The Hip Hop scene in Holland is constantly growing, but Menno laments that, affected by the media, many people still see Hip Hop as something negative, when in his opinion Hip Hop is a positive force that gives youths a positive path in life. His family always understood how important Hip Hop was for him. They saw the dedication with which he practiced and always supported him.

For Menno, being a good B-Boy means being an all-round breaker with style, character and originality. "If you want to win a battle you have to give your all. You have to dance on beat, be original, be able to freestyle, and have the right attitude. As soon as I walk on stage I feel the stage is mine. I'm a very laid back person in everyday life, but whenever I dance, the beast comes out. I have a lot of respect for my opponents, but in a battle it's war!"