Buenos Aires, 6-18 October
29 Jun 2018 08:40
The list* of 12 B-boys and 12 B-girls who will compete for gold at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was officially released on June 28 as the countdown clock hit 100 days to go.
The 24 athletes represent 18 countries and four continents in total. To reach Buenos Aires, each dancer had to navigate through a yearlong qualification process that began with the first online video qualifier in Olympic history.
The competition was open to any B-boy or B-girl around the globe between the ages of 15 and 18 – a requirement to compete at the Youth Olympic Games. More than 1,000 young hopefuls submitted 1-minute videos of themselves in action, and the top five from each country were selected by a panel of judges that included legends of the sport such as Crazy Legs and Storm.
Three continental qualifiers featuring 395 shortlisted dancers then took place during the high-profile Silverback Open (USA), Battle of the Year (Germany) and Taipei Bboy City (Chinese Taipei), where 87 dancers earned the right to compete at the WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships in Kawasaki, Japan, in May. The 24 dancers that will participate in the YOG in Buenos Aires were selected from these 87 competitors, with the final decision left to each National Olympic Committee.
This year’s YOG will take place from 6-18 October in the Argentine capital. The breaking competition will take place on October 7, 8, 10 and 11 and feature individual and mixed-team battles.
A high-profile panel of judges has been assembled for the YOG that includes Storm, Crazy Legs, Moy, Mounir, Narumi, AT, and Renegade. MC’ing the event will be Mario Bee, with DJ Fleg and DJ Lean Rock providing the beats.
23 Jun 2018 15:06
Could it be the "Year of Dance" for the Olympic Movement? It sure starts to look like that way. Today (23 June) is the "Olympic Day," which is much more than just a sports event, it is a day for the world to get active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports.
Based on the three pillars move, learn and discover, National Olympic Committees are organising sports, cultural and educational activities throughout the world.
For this Olympic Day 2018, the Olympic Channel has teamed up with flossin' sensation the Backpack Kid to get everyone moving.
And it is not limited to the Olympic Day: more dancing under the five rings is scheduled for October, when DanceSport puts in its first appearance in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games with the discipline Breaking!
Why don't you watch "We dance TOGETHER" on the Olympic Channel? Another four DanceSport disciplines are showcased there!
22 May 2018 17:52
It was a site to behold, when the representatives of the mass media made a mad dash to the press conference room immediately after the awards presentation. And it gave this World Youth Breaking in Kawasaki, JPN, a very special "Champions League" feeling, with a record number of journalists lining up to ask the two newly crowend Champions, B-Boy Shigekix and B-Girl Ram, their questions - one after the other.
JDSF Breaking Organiser Katsu estimated that there were nearly twice as many media present in Kawasaki as at the RB BC One Final in Nagoya, two years ago.
We recorded some of the press conference ourselves and will edit it as part of a piece that we assigned the working title "BBC | B-Boy Communicating." Stay tuned! For the time being, qwe remind everybody that we have a comprehensive media gallery with 72 videos and 154 photos available at worlddancesport.org!
More will get added over the coming days!
21 May 2018 07:00
B-Boy Crazy Legs is one of the founding fathers of this culture, art and sport called breaking. Attending the World Championships as what he is, a living legend of Rock Steady Crew fame, he participated in the workshop that preceded the competition.
After taking a good look at everything in Kawasaki, he pronounced himself on Olympic breaking and the future of the dance.
21 May 2018 06:35
B-Boy Katsu was chiefly responsible that the inaugural edition of the WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships will go down in history as an unqualified success.
Born, raised and still living in Kawasaki, he brought the event to his home town and that is from where he bids farewell to everyone ...Win or lose!
We say "domo arigato" to Katsu and look forward to come back to his city of dance.