This December 8th, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro. This coastal Brazilian city, a major influence on B-Boying with its capoeira and ginga style, will serve as home of the Red Bull BC One, the most important 1-on-1 B-Boy competition in the world. When it comes to the most innovative dancing today, you’ll find it on this stage. To make it to the finals is an honour reserved for only the greatest B-Boys in the world. Each year the competition gets tougher and tougher, resulting in the most physically challenging power moves, jaw-dropping freezes, and creative and diverse combinations.
2012 marked the biggest year yet for the Red Bull BC One. Over a thousand B-Boys the world over competed in more than 60 country cyphers. Six qualifier events narrowed down top contenders in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and a first-ever competition held in Middle East Africa. The winners earned a chance to compete against the reigning champion, Roxrite (USA) and a panel-chosen group of nine of the world’s top dancers.
The 16 dance contenders have been training intensely all year for their moment in Rio. It’s an extremely high-pressure competition, with one dancer being eliminated in each battle round. Judges score the B-Boys on their battle strategy, power moves, dance foundation, fresh routine, and overall style. This year a panel of judges including Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin (Brazil), Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke (Japan), Moy (USA), Niek (Holland), and Storm (Germany), will determine the winner of the ultimate B-Boy prize.
This year’s six qualifier winners are DOMKey (USA), Klesio (Brazil), Lil Zoo (Morocco), Mounir (France), Shorty Force (South Korea) and Slav (Bulgaria). If Roxrite takes the title this year, he’ll be the only B-Boy in history to win the championship two years in a row. But he’s up against, among others, this year’s youngest dancer, 15-year-old wunderkind Issei from Japan, who recently won this year’s R16 in Korea. The final this year is anyone’s game, with a highly competitive roster rounded out by Arex (Colombia), Sunni (UK), Vicious Victor (USA), Kid David (USA), Junior (France), ExacT (Russia), Differ (South Korea), and Hill (Mexico).
Hip Hop DJ Skeme Richards will lay down the battle music and Brazilian rapper Dughettu will MC the night. B-Boy legends Kwikstep and CROS1 will provide one-of-a-kind commentary for hundreds of thousands of fans watching the event livestream, which in addition to being hosted on redbullbcone.com can also be embedded onto partner sites. Select live TV Broadcasts will air the program to fans around the world. Check local listings for details.
The 2012 World Final leads up to next year’s 10th anniversary of the Red Bull BC One. Expect lots of surprises to come and celebrations of all that is B-Boy culture. We’ll see you in Rio, and may the best man win!
RED BULL BC ONE WORLD FINAL 2012 – Rio de Janeiro
When: Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Where: Fundição Progresso. Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Rio de Janeiro/RJ – 20230-060
Live: Starting at 8:00 p.m. (BRST) on redbullbcone.com