20 Jan 2018 07:57
The Organising Committee for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games rolled out the official pictogramme 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 of B-Boy Roxrite.
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.
01 Jan 2018 03:37
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
24 Dec 2017 09:07
Lukas 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!
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR #YOGJOURNEY!
18 Dec 2017 10:12
Together 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.
15 Dec 2017 10:13
Dancesport 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/
14 Dec 2017 09:27
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.
08 Dec 2017 16:22
The 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)
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!
08 Dec 2017 14:27
We 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!
08 Dec 2017 05:02
While 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