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.
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.