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New Member in WDSF Athletes' Commission

16 Jul 2019 08:07

B-Boy Moy © Little Shao/Red Bull Content Pool

The newest addition is Moises ”Moy” Rivas (B-boy Moy) from the USA in the WDSF Athletes Commission led by Mrs. Ashli Williamson (DEN).

B-boy Moy, featured recently at the Olympic Channel podcast, has over 20 years of experience both in dancing but also giving back to the community by sharing his vision and dance all over the world. His story emphasizes on the importance of searching and finding a passion, and he has found it himself in creating opportunities that will encourage everyone that anything is possible.

As a competing b-boy he has been active since 1995 and he has reached top 4 in the main events, including Silverback Open in 2014 and Undisputed USA 2017. Since 2016 he has also been a member of Monster Crew.

Moy was appointed by the IOC as Athlete Role Model for Breaking at the Youth Olympic Games 2018, to serve as the mentor to young b-boys and b-girls who competed in the YOG, and to local youth as well, spending time with them and participating in activities which revolved around sport, culture and education.

The Athletes’ Commission is a consultative body of WDSF, submitting opinions held and requests articulated by the active athletes in DanceSport directly to the Presidium. The chairperson represents the commission’s views and opinions at the Presidium meetings.

Over the years to come, the commission is to grow organically and should - ultimately - comprise representatives of all DanceSport disciplines under WDSF auspices. Absolute gender parity among the members is to mark its composition as much as it does DanceSport in general.

Breaking events in Sochi (RUS) in June

10 Jul 2019 11:34

WDSF Breaking 29 June 2019 in Sochi (RUS) © FDSARR

Breaking was included in the program alongside other disciplines during the four-day event in Sochi (RUS). The fantastic setting of the Sochi Olympic Park saw an energetic WDSF World Open Breaking 1vs1 b-boys as well as three dynamic WDSF Open Breaking competitions. 

67 b-boys were battling for the WDSF World Open Breaking 1vs1 B-boys title. Alkolil (RUS) took the victory over Jamal (RUS) in the explosive final battle. The battle for the third place turned out in favour of Cheerito (RUS), who won the thrilling battle with Bullet From Space (RUS).

WDSF Open Breaking Teams 6vs6 turned out victorious for Jinjo (KOR), who overtook The Ruggeds (NED) in the exciting final. Predatorz (RUS) won the battle for the third place over Found Nation (JPN). 14 fabulous teams participated the competition.

WDSF Open Youth Breaking 1vs1 B-girls had six talented 16-18 years old b-girls on the starting list. Lee (RUS) won the dynamic final battle over Uzelok (RUS), and Luna (RUS) won the votes of the judging panel in the battle for the third place with Alien Ra (RUS).

WDSF Open Youth Breaking 1vs1 B-boys had thirteen 16-18 years old b-boys registered for the competition. DOPE DOG (RUS) convinced the judging panel and won the energetic final battle with D-Way (RUS). Iron (RUS) defeated Fly (RUS) in the battle for the third place.

The international, high-quality panel of judges included the head judge Storm (GER) and judges Aslan (RUS), Ruen (USA), Menno (NED), Physics (KOR), Mounir (FRA), Ayumi (JPN) and Focus (FIN).

IOC Session votes for Breaking’s inclusion at Paris 2024

25 Jun 2019 15:49

2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) warmly welcomes today’s decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session to include Breaking on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Breaking made its Olympic debut last year at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, but its inclusion on the Paris 2024 programme is the first time any DanceSport discipline has appeared at an Olympic Games. The 2024 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the French capital from 26 July to 11 August.

“Today is a historic day for the DanceSport community and the discipline of Breaking,” said WDSF President Shawn Tay. “We are sure Breaking will be an outstanding success in Paris and will add lots of energy, athletic excellence, innovation and youth appeal to the Olympic Games. WDSF, together with the Breaking community, is ready to collaborate closely with Paris 2024 and the IOC to make the Olympic dream of the world’s best b-boys and b-girls come true.”

Breaking, together with Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing were proposed in February by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for inclusion at the XXXIII Olympiad. In March, the IOC Executive Board (EB) gave the green light to the proposal, which was then put to a vote by the IOC Session (the assembly of all IOC members), currently meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Paris 2024 organisers proposed the four sports in response to a new level of flexibility afforded to Olympic Games Host Cities to encourage innovation in the Olympic programme. Host Cities, beginning with Tokyo 2020, now have the option of suggesting new sports and events for inclusion in their edition of the Games that are not binding on future Games hosts.

“This is historic,” said b-boy Mounir, the Vagabond Crew member who joined the Paris 2024 delegation presenting at today’s IOC Session. “We were humble, but we never doubted. A pessimist never changed the world. We started from nothing, we learned how to make more with less, we believed in the impossible and today the impossible becomes possible.”

Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing were also included on the programme for Tokyo 2020, making Breaking the only new sport currently being considered for the 2024 programme. A competition format featuring 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls is anticipated for Paris 2024.

The final decision on Breaking’s inclusion at Paris 2024 will only be taken after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in December 2020. In the meantime, the IOC will have a monitoring programme in place that will look at the performance, management, governance and integrity of each of the four sports.

Today’s thumbs up by the IOC Session recognises the worldwide appeal and growth of Breaking, as exemplified by the success of Breaking’s three medal events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, where upwards of 30,000 people came each day to see the competition.

The 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship, held just two days ago in Nanjing, China, was hailed as an outstanding success as well. Over 150 b-boys and b-girls from 66 countries, including some of the biggest names in Breaking, competed in the event, which also served as qualifier for the Breaking competition at the first edition of the World Urban Games (WUG) in September in Budapest, Hungary. The qualification events for the WDSF World Championship in Nanjing were conducted by WDSF National Member Federations.

Ami, Menno crowned 2019 World Breaking Champions

23 Jun 2019 17:57

2019 World Breaking Championship

B-girl Ami (JPN) and B-boy Menno (NED) outlasted a strong international pool of 150 breakers to win the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship today in Nanjing, China, earning them the title of World Champions. 

Dynamic styles and energetic flows punctuated the b-girl 1vs1 final at the Lishui Sports Park Gymnasium, where Ami sweep Sunny (USA) in four straight rounds. 

Menno had a much tougher go of it against Issei (JPN) in the b-boy 1vs1 final. The two went toe to toe in a hard-fought battle that split the rounds 2-2. Menno was crowned champion thanks to a 17-11 overall vote count. 

“I’m so happy because the odds were so big but I still won,” said Ami. “This was so different from normal Breaking jams. I feel like this was real competition so I tried to do many moves and I also tried to dance on a big stage.” 

Menno, who said he was feeling agitated after struggling with jet lag in the preselection round, said: “I feel really happy because I trained really hard for it. It’s actually a really big relief because it takes a lot of sacrifice, all the time you put into this … Winning it is an amazing feeling for sure.” 

Finishing third were B-girl Jilou (GER) and B-boy Lussy Sky (UKR), who defeated Ying Zi (CHN) and Lil G (VEN), respectively, in third-place playoffs. 

Gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to the winning breakers by World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) President Shawn Tay.

The World Championship featured some of the world’s best Breakers from 66 countries in total, including eight Olympians who participated in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires last year. A list of all b-boys and b-girls who competed in Nanjing can be found here.

YOG gold medallist B-boy Bumblebee (RUS) finished fifth in Nanjing, while bronze medallist Shigekix (JPN) came in seventh.

The World Championship was streamed live on The Olympic Channel. All the battles from the Round Robin stage onward can be viewed on DanceSport Total.

The Championship doubled as a qualifying event for the first GAISF World Urban Games in Budapest, Hungary this September. A list of the 12 b-boys and 12 b-girls that qualified will be announced shortly.

B-girl Final

Ami (JPN) vs Sunny (USA) = Ami 4-0

 

B-boy Final

Menno (NED) vs Issei (JPN) = Menno 2-2

 

B-girl 3rd place

Jilou (GER) vs Ying Zi (CHN) = Jilou 3-1

 

B-boy 3rd place

Lussy Sky (UKR) vs Lil G (VEN) = Lussy Sky 3-1

 

B-girl Semis

B-girl Ami (JPN) vs Jilou (GER) = Ami

Ying Zi (CHN) vs Sunny (USA) = Sunny

 

B-boy Semis

Menno (NED) vs Lussy Sky (UKR) = Menno

Lil G (VEN) vs Issei (JPN) = Issei

WDSF World Breaking Championship 2019 medalists are here!

23 Jun 2019 13:48

b-girl medalists

WDSF World Breaking Championship 2019 medalists are here!

Menno (Netherlands) and Issei (Japan) faced each other in the b-boy final. Two strong dancers with many big titles in their pockets, but today Menno was the one who was able to get the trophy home! 

Ami (Japan) and Sunny (United States) battled each other in the b-girl final. Well done from both dancers! This time Ami took the win with more arsenal left after the long day. 

Congratulations to all the medalists!

B-girls:
1. Ami (Japan)
2. Sunny (United States)
3. Jilou (Germany)

B-boys:
1. Menno (Netherlands)
2. Issei (Japan)
3. Lussy Sky (Ukraine) 

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