The Tango Touch

10 Jan 2018 02:31

Olympic Channel: B-Boy AuricoThe Olympic Channel releases another video on breaking. This time the producers follow Lautaro Bravo, aka B-Boy Aurico, as he takes a dance lesson in the Argentine Tango. Aurico is one of four breakers who will represent Argentina in the 2018 World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, JPN.

With the newly learned Tango steps, Aurico plans to enhance his toprock and produce innovative breaking routines with the typically Argentine flavour added. Only dance - combined with an open mind - can make such a fusion possible. Watch out for the "Che" b-boys and b-girls with their secret weapon! 

Watch the video on the IOC YouTube channel!


Break Free

06 Jan 2018 09:51

B-Boy Moy @ Little ShaoMoises "Moy" Rivas and Anniina "AT" Tikka are the two Athlete Role Models appointed by the IOC. The organisers of the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG have recently talked to Moy about life, the hip hop culture and the Youth Olympic Games.

On the sporting side of things, Moy sees breaking very close to gymnastics. "Every gymnast I’ve seen performing a floor routine has attempted to dance," he says.

“Breaking is such a physically demanding dance! People forget the athleticism it requires. But once it gets displayed on a platform like the Youth Olympic Games, I think people are going to start to realise, like 'wow,' this is very, very close to a floor routine in the Olympics but with more musicality and rhythmic approach.”

Read the full article on the buenosaires2018.com website.

We had caught up with B-Boy Moy during the 2017 GrandSlam in Hong Kong. Here is an interview we did with him then.

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Vote Every Day!

01 Jan 2018 03:37

Jacek Tarczylo - Anna Miadzielec, POL

As it does every year on 1 January, the International World Games Association launches its ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (AotY) poll. Jacek Tarczilo and Anna Miadzielec represent DanceSport, Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll, Poland and - above all - themselves on the ballots.

Crowned World Games 2017 Champions in their home country last July, the have won every title there is in Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll at least once over the past six years.

We urge you to #voteJacekandAnna today, tomorrow and every day through 15 January 2018. You have one vote per day. Only if you repeat day after day, will the two exceptional dancers stand a chance to add this AotY title to their long list of achievements.

#voteJacekandAnna on theworldgames.org

FJxnBhyquqA|DanceSport, Anna Miadzielec and Jacek Tarczylo (POL)

 

May Your Dreams Come True

24 Dec 2017 09:07

Season's GreetingsLukas Hinder, the President of the World DanceSport Federation, sends his Season's Greetings and wishes you the best of luck on your #YOGJourney to Buenos Aires. Let's broaden the horizons and let's reach for the Sky in 2018!

Dear Friends in DanceSport!

It is that time of the year when all of us tend to look in both directions – back at the past and ahead into the future – to take stock of where we are, where we are going and what we are doing in order to get there. It is a time of reflection and renewal.

Prior to the message you are reading, I have circulated another one to the members of the Presidium as well as the standing Commissions and the Committees, comparing the challenges WDSF will face in 2018 with those of mountaineers. Anyone belonging to this group of driven sportsmen should be able to confirm that the most perilous stage in an ascension is the one just prior to making summit. With the physical strength diminished by efforts of getting to the current height, the continued upward journey can easily appear more cumbersome – and the environment more adverse – than what is called for.

WDSF comes off another highly successful year, with our sport reaching new heights through its sixth participation in The World Games in Wroclaw, POL, as well as in many other major events held in close to 100 countries. Some managed to bring diversity to the dance floors, others focused on one or two single disciplines. Between all of them, they managed to define our brand in its full breadth. 

No “event” was more encompassing and global than the first stage in the qualifying for the Breaking events at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (BAYOG). With a system WDSF had developed specifically to go beyond the customary limitations of the organized and federated DanceSport, we succeeded in motivating more than 1,000 b-boys and b-girls from 81 different countries to enter into an IOC-sanctioned qualification process which made an uplifting statement. Dance as sport is easily capable to transgress the boundaries of a conventional contest. It can give more athletes the opportunity to express themselves in ways which are unique, even among those falling under the label “artistic.”

At the end of 2017, WDSF has reduced the number of breakers continuing in contention for one of the 24 BAYOG berths to less than 100. Between them, they represent 33 different National Olympic Committees. And there is only one dancer from one single country where WDSF does not (yet) have a Member Body: B-Boy Tricky Tricks from Nepal.

WDSF is on the right track – no doubt about that – but to make summit in the Himalayas, or anywhere else for that matter, it will need to be even more accommodating in some of the views it holds. If a dancer with Olympic aspirations is found between 80 and 8,000 metres (the range of elevation in Nepal) anywhere in the world, WDSF must be there too! The limits can only be the sky.

This is the message I would like to convey to you. Let’s renew the commitment to broaden our horizons and let's reach for the sky!

 
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!



Lukas Hinder
WDSF President

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR #YOGJOURNEY!

zxOkNr4myR0|Breaking for Gold | #YOGJourney | DanceSport Total

 

Breaking in BA

18 Dec 2017 10:12

YOG BreakingTogether with all the other sports featuring on the programme of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, breaking put in an appearance at the YOG festival held at the Parque Indoamericana on Saturday 16 December.

Even if the weather didn't play along, everyone had a great time showcasing breaking. Matias Ligato, a member of the Wild Style Crew, coordinated the effort and recruited the b-boys and b-girls. 

Belgian Breaking

15 Dec 2017 10:13

Danssport VlaanderenDancesport Flanders, the regional governing body, and Straatrijk, the organisation behind UNBREAKABLE, the biggest b-boy event in Belgium, set up a crowdfunding page: Road to the Olympics - Belgian Breakdancing Scene.

There they look for individual donations from 5 to 500+ € to cover the airfare to and the stay in Tokyo of three b-boys who have a shot at making it to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics by excelling in the WDSF World Breaking Championships in Japan.  The target: 3,500 €! Close to 300 € were raised in less than 24h!

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) congratulates Danssport Vlaanders and Straatrijk on their initiative. WDSF hopes that its National Member Body, the Belgian Dancesport Federation, will make a significant contribution and solicit the support of the Belgian National Olympic Committee as well.

Jacowbski produced a video for the crowdfunding drive! Donate under the following link! https://nl.ulule.com/belgiumbreakdance/

CDORX41zZbo|Road to Youth Olympics - Belgian Breakdance scene

 

#BePartOfTheHistory

14 Dec 2017 09:27

#BePartOfTheHistory

There is an alternative way to secure your place in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Why not sign up as a volunteer? The Organising Committee is recruiting volunteers aged 18 and older for a variety of tasks!

As the organisers say, "All tasks are significant; all responsibilities are key. There is a place waiting for you. Be a Buenos Aires 2018 volunteer. Be part of the history."

Maybe we should add the following information too!

The volunteer's task is ad-honorem.
The accommodation or travel expenses of the volunteers are not paid for by the Organising Committee.
Public transport will be free for volunteers during the Games.
You will receive a snack and lunch or dinner depending on your schedule.
You will wear an Olympic Youth uniform.
When the Games are over you will receive two digital certificates; one for the training you received and another for your participation in the volunteer program.


Sign up https://www.buenosaires2018.com/volunteers

1ndX0GL1bqA|#BePartOfTheHistory - Volunteer Programme Buenos Aires 2018


National Member Bodies Notified

08 Dec 2017 16:22

B-Boy Tricky Tricks @ Little ShaoThe WDSF General Manager, Guillaume Felli, sent out letters to each of the 12 National Member Bodies (NMBs) which succeeded - at the Qualifier in Taipei City, TPE, on 2 December - to keep b-boys and b-girls in contention for one of the 24 places in DanceSport's contingent for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

30 breakers representing 13 countries in Asia and Oceania advance to the third and final stage of the Olympic qualification process: the WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship on 20 May 2018 in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, JPN.

"It is extremely important that you get in touch with your National Olympic Committee (NOC) to discuss the qualification and provide the NOC with positive background information about DanceSport as well as the discipline of breaking in your country," Felli wrote in the letters.  "That will help to guide your NOC towards a favourable decision when it comes to validating participation in the YOG," he concluded.

Letters wents out to the following NMBs (in the order of the number of athletes qualified and the alphabet):

Japan (2 b-girls and 3 b-boys)
South Korea (2 b-girls and 3 b-boys)
Chinese Taipei (2 b-girls and 3 b-boys)
China (1 b-girl and 3 b-boys)
Australia (2-boys)
Hong Kong (2 b-girls)
Philippines (2 b-boys)
Kyrgyzstan (1 b-girl)
Malaysia (1 b-boy)
Thailand (1 b-boy)
Vietnam (1 b-boy)

Only one single country which qualified an athlete (B-Boy Tricky Tricks) does not have a NMB (yet): Nepal!

Proud Coach and Mentor

08 Dec 2017 14:27

HKG BreakingWe talked about the ten breakers who travelled from Hong Kong to Taipei City with the ambitious goal to make it past the second hurdle on their personal #YOGjourney. 

Well, two of them did - and that should make their coach Cha Cha Kong a very happy man! B-Girl Ivy and B-Girl B-Duck finished the Qualifier in 16th and 18th postion, respectively, and managed keep the Olympic dream of the Hong Kong breakers alive at least until 20 May 2018.

"So proud of these girls and my new students," Chacha Kong wrote on his Facebook page. "They made it to the World Youth Breaking Championship in Tokyo next year in May. But this has just begun! Thank you so much for believing in me and for listening to me!"

Read the full article about their exploit on hk01.com!

CHN Breaking

08 Dec 2017 05:02

CHN BreakingWhile here in Shanghai for the upcoming 2017 GrandSlam Finals, we had the opportunity to talk to Jimmy Su, the Secretary General of the Chinese DanceSport Federation, about the YOG Qualifier held last weekend in Taipei City, TPE.

We wrote ahead of the event that bringing the five b-boys and B-Girl Lil-V in representation of the People's Republic of China to Taipei would not be easy. As all Cross-Straits sports exchanges, it called for special visas to be issued on both sides.

This then implied that an extra effort had to be put in by Jimmy Su, as the head of the Chinese delegation, and by Royce Yeh, as the President of the Chinese Taipei DanceSport Federation and formal host of the Qualifier. The Chinese as well as Chinese Taipei Olympic Committees and WDSF First Vice-President Shawn Tay were also involved in writing breaking history with the first ever breaking exchange.

The Chinese breakers and the officials lost one flight due to the delays in the visa issuance, but they ended up making it in time for the Qualifier. Of the six who battled last Saturday, four - three b-boys and B-Girl Lil-V, remain in the running for one of the 24 places in the YOG contingent

It Is About The Youth

05 Dec 2017 08:17

B-Boy Renegade | BfG Judge @ Little Shao

The third of the Continental Qualifiers is history, the contingent of dancers representing countries in Asia and Oceania at the 2018 World Youth Breaking in Kawasaki, JPN, has been announced - and all results will be published today!

Maybe the most appropriate summary of this event was made by one of the senior members of the judging panel. By someone who's seen and done it all during a breaking career that doubles the age of the b-boys and b-girls competing in Taiepi City, TPE.

This is what Kev James, aka B-Boy Renegade, posted on his Facebook page.

Damn! Third and final Continental Qualifier for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games done and dusted. Back in 1982/3, when I got into this, there was no way I could have imagined this happening, much less being part of the process. The judging system is up and running. Working superbly.

This was by far the most interesting one for me. Meeting kids from Nepal, Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar...

I mean, who even knew these places had scenes? A few have only ever seen breaking online. They have never left their country, much less been to a jam and connected with so many like-minded individuals. Imagine being the first person in your family to leave your country. For dancing!
On top of that they get to meet a few of our shining stars: Storm, Mounir, AT, Bootuz, Narumi, Skim, Katsu, Kid Colombia, Vero, Lussy Sky ...

They are a mixture of innocence, nerves and excitement. It is, and always has been about the youth.

The Stage Is Set | We're Live

02 Dec 2017 07:33

YOG Qualifier for Asia and Oceania © stanceIn the end, turnout was slighly lower than the expected 109 breakers: B-Boys Entered and B-Girls Entered. 66 b-boys and 21 b-girls presented themselves on time for Phase One of the YOG Qualifier Asia & Oceania. It started as scheduled and proceeded without any major suprises throughout the Phase Two Round Robin battles.


There is a Facebook LIVE comingin  from the venue. Get all the results and brackets from BfG Facebook and/or Instangam.

Below you have Facebook LIVE videos embedded in the order that they became available.

The Final



The B-Girl Semi-Final

The B-Boy Semi-Final



Earlier in the Round Robin