For the seventh year, Kuwait will host Red Bull BC One – the world’s biggest and most fabulous one-on-one B-Boy competition. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent their countries at the World Final. Sixteen B-Boys earn the right to enter into an all-out battle on the Red Bull BC One stage, but only one will be crowned the champion at Argan Square (facing AUK) on Friday April 28..
B-Boying, or breakdance as it is referred to, but rather breaking within the scene, is a style of dance that originated on the streets of NYC in the late 1970s. It is one of the four pillars of the Hip Hop culture along with DJing, MCing and Graffiti Art. Over the years, B-Boying has grown into a rich and vibrant scene, with active communities stretching across every corner of the globe. Each year, top dancers and crews continue to push the limits of breaking, evolving it into an art form unlike any other.
The History of Red Bull BC One
Red Bull BC One started in 2004 in Biel, Switzerland, and the World Final since has travelled to Berlin, Germany (2005), São Paulo, Brazil (2006), Johannesburg, South Africa (2007), Paris, France (2008), New York City, USA (2009), Tokyo, Japan (2010), Moscow, Russia (2011), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012), Seoul, South Korea (2013), Paris, France (2014), Rome, Italy (2015) and Nagoya, Japan (2016). This year, Amsterdam Westergasfabriek will provide the stage for the world’s best B-Boys to battle it out one-
Netherlands is home to celebrated crews such as HustleKidz and The Ruggeds as well as 2014 BC One winner Menno – a member of the Red Bull BC One All Stars who will join Poe One and C-Sick in supervising and judging the B-Boys’ performance during Kuwait’s BC One Cypher this year.
B-Boy Menno to Judge B-Boys’ performance
Menno Van Gorp represents the new generation of Dutch B-Boys. He is a dancer with heart, explosive energy and plenty of surprises. He is a master of smooth blow-ups, the mind-boggling moves that whip the audience into a frenzy. His signature moves are baby-freeze transitions, slides and rolls.
B-Boy Menno started breaking around 2001. The first time he saw breaking was in the Run DMC video clip “It’s Like That.” He learned his first moves from his cousins and has been dancing ever since.
Menno is an all-around B-Boy, making a living through working in shows, judging battles and teaching workshops. He has also delved into different aspects of dance, having created a solo show for theaters across his native The Netherlands. He is well respected for his painting and graphic design work, which he creates under the moniker Mennopoly. He hopes that Hip Hop will always be a part of his life and that he will be able to give back to the scene by teaching and organizing events.
B-Boy C-Sick: Kuwait’s National Qualifier Winner of 2016 and a judge in 2017!
C-Sick first got into B-Boying back in 2006, after he saw B-Boys jamming in the street. His signature move is the 2000. C-Sick got his name when on a boat trip where everyone on the boat except for him, actually, got sick. The name stuck, but he has never been able to figure out why. Kuwaiti B-Boys practice at the Al Fanar Mall, but they still have to run away from the police as they pass and end up getting into considerable trouble for dancing. They also have trouble running into thugs and troublemakers, and often have to fight to keep practicing. But they persist. Kuwait’s society made C-Sick more open to people to the point where he can be who he is today, despite all the obstacles he faces as a Kuwaiti B-Boy.
C-Sick lists his top- three inspirations B-Boys Menno, Casper and Thesis. He owes it to dancing for making him the person he is today, and for helping him understand people with a an active mind. Besides dancing, C-Sick intends to be a MC, a DJ or a graffiti artist. He also hopes to one day see the Hip Hop scene legalized in Kuwait. The secret behind his success is to keep believing in himself and to stay strong. He hopes to have a bright future and never quit B-Boying.
Last year, B-Boy C-Sick’s head-spinning antics and power moves won him the Red Bull BC One Cypher Kuwait for the third consecutive year with a performance that left 15 of the top-level B-Boys in town behind. The stage was set on fire with Kuwait’s best 16 B-Boys jumping and spinning for the coveted prize. The event, which took place at Radisson Blu was judged by breaking legends B-Boy Cico (Italy), B-Boy Roxrite (Mexico) and B-Boy Nabil (France).
The 2016 final battle was a repeat of the 2015 final between B-Boy Primo and winner, B-Boy C-Sick and was as intense. However, C-Sick’s non-stop moves seemed in control and within the rhythm, taming down his opponent and achieving a well-deserved win. More interestingly and after achieving 3 consecutive wins in Kuwait’s Red Bull BC One battles, B-Boy C-Sick is going to be part of this year’s cypher in Kuwait as a judge for the very first time.
Issei Hori: Winner of Red Bull BC One World Final 2016
Issei Hori was the surprise winner of the Red Bull BC One World Final in Nagoya, in his native Japan, following a pulsating battle with two-time winner Hong 10. Crowned the champion, the 19-year-old’s high-energy performances were enough for the judges to give him the honors by three votes to two despite his relative inexperience on the global stage. “It’s been amazing,” says Issei in fast paced Japanese. “People were so supportive, and this is by far the biggest show I’ve ever taken part in. I’m very, very happy.”
After the amazing routines displayed in Japan, 2017 Red Bull BC One promises to be the best yet with the planet’s most talented B-Boys feeding off the passionate Dutch crowd to discover the next champion.
ABOUT RED BULL BC ONE
Red Bull BC One is a global celebration of Hip Hop, combining dance, music, style and art. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Final. Since its inception in 2004, it has become the premier competition in the world of breakdancing, consistently attracting the best individual breakers on the planet. Since the first event in Switzerland, the annual competition has moved from Germany to Brazil, South Africa, France, USA, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Italy.
For more information or for participation, please visit: www.redbull.com/bcone< Back