B-boys wow Bahrain crowd
Manama, May 10, 2013
A group of 16 B-Boys (break-dancers) stole the show with their gravity-defying stunts at the Bahrain Red Bull BC One Cypher championship held on Thursday night with the B-Boy Huey Flava walking away with the 'Break-King of Bahrain' crown.
The best 16 Bahraini B-Boys battled it out at the Isa bin Salman Cultural Hall Adliya on Thursday (May 9) under the watchful eyes of judges Japan-based B-Boy Taisuki, France-based B-Boy Lamin and US-based B-Boy Roxrite.
Local dancers were chosen from a group of 40 candidates who battled for the big title. Participants were judged based on their technique, innovation and dance flow by the judging panel.
Turned into a huge dancefloor for the occasion, the venue was buzzing since 7pm. Everyone from all age groups came to cheer for their favorite b-boys who were breaking to the sounds of DJ Mr Tee. The event was held in partnership with Ford, Virgin Megastore, Union Press and Diva Hotel.
B-Boys took the stage paired against one another, and the judges knocked down one after every battle until only B-Boy Zilla, the 2012 Bahraini champion, and B-Boy Huey were the last two standing.
The finalists, who break in the same crew, surprised the crowd and the judges by starting off with a routine before breaking all out for the coveted title of Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher 2013 champion.
After nearly two hours of b-boying action in which the young breakers displayed all the top forms of dancing - toprock, downrock, power moves, and freeze style, 18-year-old B-Boy Huey, was crowned the Bahraini champion.
He will be represent the Kingdom at the Middle East and Africa regional final in Cairo on August 31. The winner of the regional finals will then move to World Final to be held this year in Seoul, South Korea on November 28.
Commenting on the win, Roxrite said: “it was tough judging the Bahrain Cypher. There were many good B-Boys with great style. However I think Huey owned it by combining his passion for dancing, originality and spotless technique.”
His win comes at a time when the B-Boy scene in Bahrain is gaining more ground and unveiling more talent every year. Although red Bull BC One is considered the only big breaking event for the community, the scene is growing with DJs and MCs exposing the talent to the people.
B-Boys were not the only ones participating in the cypher. One lucky twitter user won a trip for 2 to the regional finals offered by Ford, while another one won a Ford Focus for the weekend.
"This event is a big one for Bahrain as it is the first time the Red Bull BC One has come to the country," said organiser Julie Tegho talking to the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"Bahrain for the past two years has held the Red Bull Breaking competition and due to the success of those events, Red Bull added Bahrain to the Red Bull BC One.
"Breaking in Bahrain isn't huge but it is steadily growing and we know that there are several people in Bahrain who break for fun or take it seriously," she added.
The judges conducted a coaching session on Wednesday, where they discussed song selection, dance styles and moves with the participants.
Tegho explained the competition was dubbed breaking and not break-dancing because the music was not associated with hip-hop or R&B. "The event is called Cypher but it is essentially a qualifier," she said.
"We have seen a lot of good talents in Bahrain. The winner will be competing with several countries to win a spot to perform in the world finals. Before Bahrain, the Cypher was in Qatar and will be held next in Lebanon," she added.
DJ Tee, who flew in from Rotterdam, Netherlands, was spinning the decks at last night's event, which was supported by Virgin Megastore, Ford, Diva Hotel and Union Plastics.
"Tonight’s epic battle proved that Red Bull BC One is the ultimate breaking stage, ten years since the competition began in Switzerland," said the organiser.-TradeArabia News Service