27 Feb 2018 16:59
We have made reference to the one and only vlogger among the top-ranked dancers on the international Latin and Standard circuit once before. Yes, we are talking about Winson Tam, CAN, a Ten Dance standout (Anastasia Novikova is his partner) with very solid Latin credentials (# 15 in the World Ranking) - and with Standard not too far behind (# 23).
He has been vlogging for over a year now: at regular intervals, Winson distributes a L.O.A.D. (Life of A Dancer) instalment through his YouTube channel. 29 episodes so far!
We show you Winson's vlog on last year's GrandSlam in Helsinki, FIN, with the intention to motivate you to do something along these lines yourself on this year's edition. In fact, we make it an official vlogging competition: whoever gets the most views with a personal video account on his or her participation in Finland by 31 March will win vouchers for our DanceSport Total video-on-demand service. Because one thing we don't want you to do is to record and show anything happening on the floor from the quarterfinal onward.
23 Feb 2018 11:05
B-Girl Connie, USA, was victorious at the YOG Continental Qualifier for the Americas last year. In the final battle of the qualifier held in Philadelphia, USA, she defeated B-Girl Emma from Canada and was -
eventually, with a delay due to a problem with the scoring software - declared the winner.
As she gets ready for the last stage of YOG qualifying at the WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships in Kawasaki, JPN, this July, the media are starting to tell her story. And it sounds unbelievable: "“I never took a class in my life, so I’m a self-taught dancer. It basically started off by just watching breakdancers on like ‘America’s Got Talent,’” she said. “Then I just started kind of like copying what they would do. From there it just took off!"
Read the full article on Connie Kingston on the website of the Burlington, NC, station WFMY.
21 Feb 2018 14:48
"B-Girls Serena Paredes and Valeria Gonzalez, together with B-Boys Ignacio Mercado and Mariano Carvajal, are vying for the two quota places available for Argentina, the host country of the Youth Olympic Games."
This is how the organisers of the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG (BAYOG) start a lengthy article on the four members of the Argentine breaking squad getting ready to be at their best when these quota places will get awarded. This May - in Kawasaki!
What a write-up: 1250 words! And the reporting on the two b-girls and two b-boys extends from the official BAYOG website to several posts on the BAYOG social media too, with excellent videos enhancing the compelling story on four breakers wanting to be in Buenos Aires this October with all their heart.
"Limitations live only in our minds. If we use our imagination, our possibilities are without limits!"
Serena Paredes - Quote or Motto
13 Feb 2018 16:22
We recently did a piece on Lautaro Bravo, ARG, aka B-Boy Aurico, who is preparing himself for the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki, JPN, by taking Tango lessons in Argentina. The IOC YouTube channel did the same.
Little did we all know that there is a group of 12 dancers, some of them b-boys, who are touring the world, currently performing in Italy and Switzerland, with the higly acclaimed "Break The Tango."
It features a spectacular fusion between Tango, Electro Tango and Hip Hop - and it is best described with its own tagline "Tango meets Streetdance." That is the very mix which Aurico hopes will give him an edge this May, when he tries to qualify for October's YOG in his home country.
"Break The Tango" must have hit Germany too, because the leading news magzine DER SPIEGEL did an article on the fireworks of "virtuosity and athleticism," on "dancing in its most stunning form: furious and sensual." Under the title "Divine Groove," the article looks at dancing, its enduring appeal and its many health benefits. Very interesting, but hold off a few months until you can read it for free.
Tango and Breaking will meet at the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG too!
02 Feb 2018 10:19
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board concluded two days of meetings in Bonn, GER, on 27 January, having made a number of key decisions regarding the PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
In relation to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sports programme, the IPC Governing Board approved which sports and disciplines should proceed to the next stage of the application process. Going forward to stage 2 will be CP Football, Golf, Powerchair Football and Sailing.
Karate and Para DanceSport - formerly known as Wheelchair DanceSport - will move to the next stage as well to be potentially considered as additions outside of the official Paris 2024 Paralympic sports programme.
Andrew Parsons, the IPC President, said:“These six new sports, together with the 22 existing Paralympic sports, will now take part in the most comprehensive application process in Paralympic history as we aim to ensure that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games features the best possible sports with the strongest global appeal.”
01 Feb 2018 09:17
At the recent Goldstadtpokal in Pforzheim, GER, former WDSF Sports Director and, after his 16 years of loyal service, WDSF Honorary Member Heinz Spaeker gave an interview to the "Pforzheimer Zeitung."
Spaeker was interviewed by Thomas Frei: "When the Summer Olympic Games take place in Tokyo two years from now, many new sports such as skateboarding, surfing, climbing or softball will get featured. Why is dancing not yet on the programme?"
And here is his answer - headlined STILL WAITING FOR OLYMPIA: "Dancing and the Olympic Sports Programme - the two make for a long story. The World DanceSport Federation works on this project for many years already, but without success so far. Many 'decision-takers' in the matter of Olympic disciplines do not perceive dancing as sport."
Even though Heinz Spaeker attempted to put the above into perspective by commenting further on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition and on breaking at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (BAYOG), his answers did not do justice to the facts.
The only decision-takers in the matter - the members of the IOC Session - voted to recognise dancing as a sport back in 1995. More than twenty years later, on 6 December 2016, the specialists who spearhead the development of the Olympic Sports Programme, the members of the Executive Board, voted to add DanceSport to the programme of the BAYOG. Breaking is DanceSport and - if all disciplines will pull together - it will be hugely successful in its first appearance at Olympic Games. It already was with its first stage of YOG qualifying.
No, DanceSport will not feature as a medal sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but last year its bid video won an award at a Japanese Film Festival held to promote the upcoming Games. Who knows what else can happen between now and 2020? As long as we all stay positive, Heinz!
29 Jan 2018 15:01
Stance, the official broadcaster of the UNDISPUTED World B-Boy Masters held last Saturday and Sunday in San Diego, USA, releases another gem of a 1 vs 1 battle.
Here is the UNDISPUTED semi-final which pitted B-Boy Issei, JPN, against B-Boy Victor, USA, on the latter's path to glory. This year's UNDISPUTED organiser Chris "Cros1" Wright summed it up perfectly, "This semi-final was hype, hype, hype!"
28 Jan 2018 11:19
The UNDISPUTED World B-Boy Masters had the winners of the most emblematic 1 vs 1 events held during 2017 plus the two highest-placed runners-up in the ranking fight it out over the "supremo" title of UNDISPUTED champion of champions.
Through a round robin danced in three groups plus two semi-finals pitting the group winners and the one runner-up who had accrued the most wins, rounds and votes, the competition arrived at its pinnacle. The final battle between B-Boy Victor, USA, and B-Boy Vero, KOR!
For those following the action in San Diego, USA, through live streams on Facebook or YouTube - many of whom had to either stay up late or get up early - the viewing experience may not have been the best. "Lag sux... Good battles minus lagz!" was just one of many comments made by the members of a demanding audience watching from all corners of the world. Good thing that Stance turned the first edited highlight of the final around in no time at all. Watch victorious Victor claim the second UNDISPUTED title of his career ...
20 Jan 2018 07:57
The Organising Committee for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games rolled out the official pictogrammes used to identify 34 sports and disciplines featuring with competitions. They bring a truly innovative spin to a concept which came of age with the Olympic Games 1972 in Munich.
"Draw B-Girl Brenda Romero in a headspin - but don't lift the pencil off the paper!" were the instructions given to 500 children at different schools in Buenos Aires.
The outcome is superimposed on the photograph.
Read more abot the creative process behind the designing of the 34 pictobgrammes here. Or watch in the clip below!
18 Jan 2018 11:08
Some of the biggest names in breaking wore formal attire once more at today's press conference in Tokyo, JPN. B-Boys Katsu One and Taisuke joined Japan DanceSport Federation President Toshitsugu Saito, Managing Director Atsushi Yamada and others to present two things to the journalists in attendance.
JDSF being the host and organiser of the event, it first informed about the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship held in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, on Sunday 20 May.
As the third and final stage in the qualifying process for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), it will identify from among close to 100 those 24 b-boys and b-girls, 12 per gender, who will get to compete in the YOG Breaking events in October.
Then the JDSF leadership presented "Team Japan," the five members of the Nippon squad who have qualified for the 2018 World Youth Breaking. Among them the winners of the Continental Qualifier for Asia and Oceania, which took place in early December of 2017 in Taipei City, TPE:Shigeki Hanai, aka B-Boy Shigekix and Kawai Kimo, aka B-Girl Ram.
These two breakers pledged that they - together with three team mates - would try hard to keep the gold in Japan in May ... and to bring back even more from Argentnia in October. Then all five got down to prove that the talent as well as the skills are there to make good on the pledge.
10 Jan 2018 02:31
The 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!
06 Jan 2018 09:51
Moises "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.