B-Boys to Battle it Out in the UAE
UAE’s B-Boys will show off their best breaking skills at Wafi’s Pyramids Rooftop Gardens on Friday 25 May in the hopes of representing their country in the Red Bull BC One regional qualifier in Egypt this September. The region’s winner will then compete with 15 other stars of the international breaking scene in Brazil this December – where the B-Boys will be vying for the acclaimed title of world champion.
Since 2010, Red Bull BreaKing has been hosting exhilarating regional breaking battles, and for the first time, this year it reaches a global platform and merges with the highly-esteemed Red Bull BC One 2012 international contest. The fight to the world championship begins with national cyphers, and this Friday, 16 of UAE’s most talented B-Boys will go head-to-head in a grueling five-round competition. Once they have passed the first stage, eight will qualify to the second round, followed by four to the quarter-finals, two to the semi-finals and finally, one winner.
Dancers will have to truly blow the crowd away and come under the scrutiny of breaking bigwigs, judges B-Boy Cico, B-Boy Lamine and B-Boy Lil G. Considered trailblazers in their field, the judges are assessing contestants based on three key skills: technique, innovation and dance flow. With the popular DJ Renegade spinning the tunes, the UAE cypher promises an array of foot-stomping beats sure to provide exceptional and utmost entertainment.
“We are selecting the very best from a talented pool of breakdancers and are excited to see who from the UAE cypher will emerge victorious and head to Egypt for the regional qualifiers,” said judge B-Boy Lamine. “It is an intense audition process which pits the country’s finest B-Boys against each other so it is important to not solely bring your pulsating moves, but also showcase a strong passion for dance and fervent attitude in a heart-thumping performance.”
Over 60 local cyphers are currently being held across the globe with B-Boys from all corners bidding to enter the six continental qualifiers hosted in Mexico, the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, Egypt and New Zealand. From there, the competition builds up to fever pitch as the winner of each six qualifiers is guaranteed a spot in the finals. A team of breaking experts will also choose an additional 10 contestants to partake, for a total of 16 B-Boys at the Rio de Janeiro finals.
Bringing together myriad styles, backgrounds and personalities, the Red Bull BC One final is sure to draw a wide range of the world’s fiercest competitors.
Other local cyphers in the region include Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Jeddah, Bahrain, Beirut, Egypt, Qatar, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana and Ivory Coast.