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NMBs are gearing up for the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship

07 Mar 2019 06:40

ROBC 2018

The announcement of the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship has created positive vibes within our National Member Bodies (NMB) as national qualifiers have been organised and many more are expected to be held in March.

As reported earlier, our Russian National Member body, the FDSARR, has put together the Russian National Breaking Championship last weekend in Kazan. The Russian National Breaking Team for Nanjing will be nominated based on the results of the qualifiying event, and the team will also represent Russian Federation in other WDSF’s international Breaking events.

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Other National Member Bodies, which have scheduled their qualifiers for the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championships include for example: Colombia, Germany and Austria. The German Breaking Championship will be organised on March 24th in Aalen, qualifying the winners and the runners-up from Germany to participate in the World Championship.

And, that is not all, there are some National Member Bodies who have already selected their representatives and are about to send the entry forms to the Chinese DanceSport Federation way ahead of the deadline.

We can only wish the best of luck to all B-girls and B-boys who still have the qualifiers ahead. And congratulations for all who have already qualified!

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Paris 2024 calls for Breaking's Inclusion at the XXXIII Olympiad

21 Feb 2019 11:04


The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) warmly welcomes today’s announcement from Paris that Breaking has been proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for inclusion on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In addition to Breaking, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing were also shortlisted by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for possible inclusion at the XXXIII Olympiad. The package of four sports will now be considered by the IOC Executive Board (EB) in March. Should the EB approve the package, the sports will then be submitted to the IOC Session for final approval during meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland from 24-26 June.
Breaking made its Olympic debut last year at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, but its inclusion on the Paris 2024 programme would be the first time any DanceSport discipline has appeared at an Olympic Games.
It is an incredible honour and privilege that, for the first time, a dance discipline is being considered for inclusion in the Olympic Games. It is a humbling experience for all members and supporters of DanceSport,” said WDSF President Shawn Tay, who added that, if included, “Breaking would be an outstanding success at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
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.
Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing were also included on the programme for Tokyo 2020, making Breaking the only new sport under consideration for the 2024 programme.
The Breaking community has overwhelmingly thrown its support behind the initiative, with tens of thousands endorsing social media posts and videos by Breaking legends and athletes across the globe. Notably, support has also come from the Hip Hop scene, including shout outs from LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane and members of the Black Eyed Peas and Public Enemy.

“Paris 2024 is the biggest step forward that Breaking ever made,” said b-boy Mounir, the Vagabond Crew member who attended today's press conference in Paris with fellow French b-boy Lilou. “It’s time to give back confidence to the youth all around the world and change the face of the Olympic Games.
“The recognition from Paris 2024 symbolizes a lot and shows that with hard work and patience everything is possible. I am very proud to have been part of this historic moment and am looking forward to how Breaking will make all dances shine," Mounir, who was one of the judges at the YOG in Buenos Aires, continued. “What many people saw as the last wagon was actually a locomotive. From the bottom of the Bronx to the top of the Olympics.”
Today’s announcement 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 90,000 people came each day to see the competition. 
While its origins are in the United States, today’s elite-level b-boys and b-girls come from all corners of the globe. Breaking is very popular in France, with an estimated 1 million people practicing the sport and 350 registered clubs. The country hosts 560 national and 11 major international Breaking events every year. There is also a powerful development programme at the national level in place, aimed at supporting competing b-boys and b-girls with coaching and training preparation. More than 10,000 athletes have already benefited from the programme.
The World DanceSport Federation has no doubt that Breaking would be an exciting new addition to the Olympic programme – offering a true spectator experience with a vibrant, innovative and entertaining atmosphere.

The 2024 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the French capital from 26 July to 11 August.


WDSF Communications Team

Breaking Boom in Russia

18 Feb 2019 15:22

ROBC Day 2

Almost two years have gone since Breaking was recognized by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation as a sport discipline of DanceSport. It was a turning point for Breaking to become a sport developed and promoted by the All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll (FDSARR) alongside with Standard, Latin and Rock’n’Roll. 

Breaking is one of the very spectacular disciplines of DanceSport with many successful Russian B-boys, B-girls and crews, and with a huge fan base in all regions of the Russian Federation. B-boy Bumblebee (Sergey Chernyshov) became the first ever gold medalist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG) opening a new page in the history of DanceSport; while B-girl Matina (Kristina Yashina), who is featured in the latest issue of Olympic Review Magazine, won the silver medal at the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki (JPN). 

The first international Breaking competition hosted by the FDSARR – the Russian Open Breaking Championship 2018 (ROBC) – was a great success featuring incredible battles amongst the world’s top breakers. More than 250 kids took part in the ROBC Kids and Kids Show groups, and about 600 B-boys and B-girls representing 11 countries joined the event for three days in Moscow. The event included workshops led by B-boy Junior (FRA), B-boy Dyzee (CAN), B-boy Reveal (USA), B-Boy The End (KOR) and B-boy Thesis (USA). 

2018 was a year of new prospects opened for Breaking, and the FDSARR is developing a strategy aimed at attracting new athletes into the federation by giving them an opportunity to take part in high-level international sports competitions. Thus, the Russian National Breaking Championships will be held this year for the first time from 28th February to 1st March in the city of Kazan. The Russian National Breaking Team will be nominated based on the results of this National Championship and will take part in all WDSF’s international Breaking events. The first one being the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship in Nanjing (CHN) on the 23rd of June. 

The FDSARR will also organize the Sochi Open 2019 (June 23-30), a global DanceSport event which will unite Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll, Standard, Latin and Breaking into one big and friendly family on the Black Sea side. The Sochi Open will feature international competitions in all these disciplines culminating with the FDSARR Cup on June 30th, 2019. 

Following the success of 2018, the Russian Open Breaking Championship 2019 (ROBC), will be held again on October 18-20, 2019 in Moscow. 

Today, Breaking is gaining more and more fans and making the Olympic prospects for our sport closer to its ultimate goal. 

The All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll (FDSARR) invites all WDSF National Member Bodies to the FDSARR Breaking events to be held in the Russian Federation this year.  

WDSF Announces 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship

23 Jan 2019 17:03

Press conference 2019 WCh Breaking

Following fantastic and exciting Hip Hop and Breaking competitions in the 2013 World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung (TPE), further to the 2018 World Youth Breaking Championship in Tokyo (JPN), and after making its successful Olympic debut at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG), the World DanceSport Federation continues to promote Breaking alongside with the other disciplines in the worldwide DanceSport family by announcing the WDSF World Breaking Championship to be organised in Nanjing (CHN) on June 23rd, 2019. The Championship will be held as one of the qualifier events for the first GAISF World Urban Games in Los Angeles (USA) in September 2019. 

At the press conference held in Nanjing Hengda Conference and Exhibition Centre on January 18th, 2019, Mr. Ken Swift, one of the legends in Breaking, was present to answer the questions with his wide expertise pertaining to Breaking. The press conference was attended by many newspapers, TV channels and magazine publishers, and it was also streamed live. 

The 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship is granted by the World DanceSport Federation, Social Sports Guidance Centre of the General Administration of Sport of China, and Chinese Dance Sport Federation. The local organisers are Social Sports Administration Centre of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing Sports Bureau, and Lishui District People’s Government of Nanjing City.

Russian Open Breaking Championships – Be Number One

06 Nov 2018 18:06

Russian Open Breaking Championships 2018

Russian Open DanceSport Championships has grown to not only a huge but also a multi-disciplined event. Russian Open Breaking Championships, a three days fest of head-spinning Breaking and world top B-boys and B-girls, took place on October 19-21 in Moscow under the aegis of the All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll, and started the ROC-week with a bang! The pioneer WDSF Open Breaking B-boys and WDSF Open Breaking B-girls were held in frames of the ROBC-2018.

On Friday, ROBC opened with workshops, which gathered more than 60 young B-boys and B-girls who got the opportunity to train with real Breaking legends.

On Saturday, selection rounds were held in seven groups: B-boys and B-girls Pro, 5vs5 Crews, B-boys Youth, B-girls Youth, Kids and Kids Show. More than 250 kids took part in the ROBC Kids and Kids Show nominations, about 600 B-boys and B-girls representing 11 countries: Japan, Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

TOP 8 in each group were selected to continue performances at the ROBC decisive stages. World top B-boys and B-girls were invited to take part in the main events together with TOP 8 selected on Saturday. The first ever Breaking Olympic champion B-boy Bumblebee and YOG participant B-girl Matina who arrived from Buenos Aires on Saturday took part in the Russian Open Breaking Championships on Sunday.

The first ROBC champions and prizewinners:

WDSF Open Breaking B-boys
1 B-boy Jamal/Russian Federation
2 B-boy Khalil /France
3 B-boy Killa-Kolya/Kazakhstan
4 B-boy Alkolil/Russian Federation

WDSF Open Breaking B-girls
1 B-girl Ayumi/Japan
2 B-girl Narumi/Japan
3 B-girl Kastet/Russian Federation
4 B-girl Maxime/Belgium

5vs5 Crews
1 Illusion of Exist/Russian Federation
2 Gamblerz/Republic of Korea
3 Original Breakers Crew (OBC)/Russian Federation
4 Vagabond/France

ROBC B-boys Youth
1 DopeDog/Russian Federation
2 Dyak/Russian Federatio
3 Saffa/Russian Federation
4 D-Way/Russian Federation

ROBC B-girls Youth
1 Uzelok/Russian Federation
2 Belka/Russian Federation
3 Lizzy/Russian Federation
4 Lisa/Russian Federation

ROBC 1vs1 Kids
1 Grom/Russian Federation
2 Denver/Ukraine
3 Pauk/Russian Federation
4 Angry Boy/Russian Federation

ROBC Kids show
1 Kill Joy/ Breakoniers/Russian Federation
3 Dominant/Russian Federation
4 Staff Original/Russian Federation

The first international Breaking competitions hosted by the All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll – the Russian Open Breaking Championships – appeared to be a great success. WDSF Presidium member Lena Arvidsson attended the ROBC as a special guest and took part in the opening and awards ceremonies of the final competition day.

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