Friday, May 11, 2012
Dubbed the “Prince of Power”, Italy’s Mauro Peruzzi aka CICO specializes in power moves; the most dynamic, gymnastic moves in the B-Boy dance form. He is especially known for his energetic air flare combinations and his incredible 1990’s where he rapidly spins in a one-armed handstand. In fact, he holds the world record with 27 revolutions.
CICO remembers his first time seeing power moves, “One day I caught a glimpse of something rotating in the distance. Curious of what it was, I quickly approached and was shocked with what I saw. A person was spinning like a vortex on the cold pavement. I said to myself, ‘Incredible! It's against every law of nature...he's flying!’ My hands were sweaty and my heart started to beat faster. It was as if something in that precise moment took my breath away. The want, the desire and the conviction of LEARNING HOW TO FLY!”
CICO was born in Germany in 1984 and moved back and forth between Germany and Italy until 2002. He started B-Boying in 1995 and is currently a member with the Spinkings crew. He personally draws his inspiration for dance from movies featuring comic book superheroes including The X-Men, Fantastic 4, Spiderman and Daredevil but also sports like Formula One, Motocross and Freestyle ECC. He explains, “My style is to be fast!” When he is on the battlefield, he wants to be himself and look his opponent in the eyes. He enjoys engaging the audience by playing with them.
He offers these words of encouragement to all the B-Boys out there: “Be yourself! Don’t act to win. If you are yourself, you'll win, even if the judges don't pick you.”
Hyun Yoo, aka B-Boy BORN from Korea is a member of famous Korean Crew River,he's well-known for his crazy footwork and toprock, he influenced lot of bboy by doing workshop about foundation of bboy and the musicality.
BORN has been dancing for twelve years now. In 1998, he saw members of the Rivers Crew dancing on the street. They were kids living in the same neighbourhood and when BORN saw their crazy power moves, he was blown away and realized this was what he had to do.
Because of his natural ability to dance, someone gave him the name “Natural Born Dancer.” When he joined Rivers, the name changed to “Newborn” as he was the new dancer in the crew. When he got better and better and finally started developing his own style, he naturally ended up with the name BORN.
BORN has always been inspired by his family, Rivers, MZK and Floorgangz, but he wants to mention one B-Boy especially. “B-Boy Goguma taught me a great deal of foundation, but more importantly, he was the first one to show me what it really means to dance with the music.”
Apart from B-Boying, BORN is interested in the other elements of Hip Hop, too. He really likes graffiti and is drawing whenever he finds the time. His aunt is an artist and influenced him early on as a child. He frequently meets with other writers to exchange knowledge and styles and he prefers old-school graffiti over tagging. He also plans to learn everything about DJing and MCing in the future.
BORN is also interested in movies. “I am almost an otaku (Japanese term referring to people with obsessive interest). Another goal of mine is to study the field properly and make a short film. I am currently studying many different arts and cultures.”
BORN describes the Hip Hop scene as young compared to other scenes like jazz or rock. In Korea it’s even younger. In Korea, Hip Hop is still more about the individual than about being united since there are not many places for the scene to get together. He is sure though, that if B-Boys continue to participate in the scene, Korea will develop many more events where all elements of Hip Hop will come alive.
BORN didn’t use to be very interested in Korean traditions. However that changed, when he became serious about Hip Hop culture. He started to study Korean traditions, to understand more about his culture. “100 years ago Korean people played percussion instruments, held festivals and danced and sang, which shows that peace, unity and having fun was part of life back then, too. Sometimes I use traditional Korean instruments in my performances now. I think tradition is important. It’s the key that can link us to other generations.”
Fabiano Carvalho Lopes aka NEGUIN from Brazil is one of the most spectacular bboy to be seen. He started dancing at the age of 14 in the streets of Cascavel, Paraná, where he first witnessed Hip Hop culture in 1999. NEGUIN initially began dancing freestyle and social dances. It was not until 2003, that he took up B-Boying.
His approach to B-Boying is at once celebratory, psychological and aggressive. A very confident dancer, NEGUIN likes to look into his opponent’s eyes to communicate nonverbally that he’s going to win. He uses special strategies and tactics to outperform anyone he battles, using his own style, at every moment, in every battle. He wants his opponent to recognize that he’s battling a well rounded B-Boy.
NEGUIN describes his B-Boy style as involving death-defying jumps, blitz speed movement, unpredictability, clean execution of his arsenal and variations in each ground and power move, infused with flavor and high energy while keeping a constant rhythm. While NEGUIN takes physical risks, he pulls off his moves safely and effectively. He respects his fellow dancers and shares positive energy through his presence and craft. NEGUIN aims to have his audience experience joy, curiosity and surprise when watching him in a battle. He not only represents himself, he also dances for his crew and country. This is most important to him.
Skills and strategies have earned NEGUIN a vast collection of 1st place titles from notable competitions spanning from Argentina to Paraguay to Brazil. Among the highlights of his B-Boy career he lists battling in both 2007 and 2008 at the R-16 in Korea, O Duelo 2008 in Brazil, Coosh Crash Test 2008 in the USA, the Battle Of The Year 2008 in Brazil, Humanitarian Massy Battle 2009 in France, and the World B-Boy Classics in Holland. He appears on many B-Boy battle DVDs produced from these competitions as well as short movies and commercials produced in Brazil.
Dancers who have had profound influence on NEGUIN include Ken Swift, Rock Steady Crew, and K Mel. He admires K Mel because of his “free” style of dancing in every situation. B-Boy Ivan is one of NEGUIN’S greatest influences because of his style and constant energy.
NEGION eventually became a Capoiera instructor as well, but currently he makes a living on B-Boying. He used to work as a B-Boy teacher in a social project called “Arte nos Barrios” in São Paulo and gave dance workshops across Brazil. At the moment however, NEGUIN is living and working in New York and London, teaching B-Boy classes, judging battles and performing with a London Dance company in the celebrated show “Blaze.”
Among the many foundational elements of Hip Hop culture, NEGUIN delves into several including Aerosol Art, DJing and other styles of Street Dance.
Feeling blessed with support from his family as they offer positivity and encouragement, NEGUIN reveals, “They taught me about the good things in life: education, culture and always enjoying what I do.”
Thursday, May 10, 2012
B-Boy WING, is the member of Jinjo crew and 7commandoz,and champion of Redbullbcone 2008. He has been dancing for nearly half of his life since witnessing B-Boying in junior high school. His older brother, Skim is his biggest influence. He watched Skim practice and was guided step-by-step through the foundations that made him the B-Boy he is today. For B-Boy WING, family and crew go hand in hand. He is deeply appreciative that his family is so supportive of his and his brother’s dedication to B-Boying. He and Skim are also in the same crew - Jinjo Crew. “We are the best of partners and crew mates,” explains WING.
Kim, Heon Woo aka B-Boy WING first saw breaking on TV in Korea, where nowadays you see B-Boys all the time. When he was 12 years old, he started breaking with his older brother. Until now, his brother and his crew have been WING’s biggest inspiration, but he tries to learn from every B-Boy. Some of his favorite dancers include his fellow crew members as well as B-Boy Vero, Hong10, K-Mel, Ronnie, Differ, Born, Cloud, Menno and Kid David.
WING is a well rounded B-Boy. He likes to create highly detailed patterns of movement and incorporates complex choreography and flow into his dance while including all the aspects of B-Boying from footwork, to freezes to power moves. When he was younger, he got the name WING from one of his mentors, because of the lightness of his flight-like moves. WING lives and breathes B-Boying. Every aspect of his life revolves around it. He performs in shows with the other members of the Jinjo Crew. They recently signed a contract with LG Mobiles and started doing shows for them around the world. It’s hard to make a living by dancing, but WING is happy with what he does and says that all the B-Boys in Korea are working day by day to make the situation better—by making sure that they are the best at what they do. They want to ensure that the elders and the adults in Korean society always look favorably at B-Boying, by being proper role models and by sharing a sense of fraternity and mutual respect and love for each other. Of course not everyone sees eye to eye on this but most of the B-Boys in Korea are friends and are more about support than rivalry.
WING is in love with Hip Hop. “It has given me something to do in life and has given me real life lessons, goals and friends. I just want to stay my course and keep dancing, and hopefully not get hurt. B-Boying is hard work. That’s what it takes, hard work and practice, practice, practice, but there is no greater reward than the feeling I have when I am dancing. I hope that I win this event and that it takes me further along in my career.”
The B-Boy scene in Korea is amazing. There are a lot of events and shows on TV. Many great B-Boys come from Korea. WING believes that the B-Boy scene in Korea and all over the world is the truest representation of positive Hip Hop and positive youth culture. “I really believe that commercialism is killing Hip Hop, but I feel that the B-Boys here and all over the world are doing what they can to represent Hip Hop in the manner and the vibe and spirit that was intended. There is an innocence to Hip Hop here in Korea and especially in our community that I really appreciate.”
RONNIE Abaldonado, is a member of two crews: Full Force and Super Cr3w. The members of Full Force have been together for over 12 years and are like blood brothers to him. The crew logo is a tree symbolizing a family whose roots continue to deepen as it grows. In 2008, enormous mainstream popularity came to RONNIE with Super Cr3w appearing on MTV and winning the second season of America’s Best Dance Crew!
RONNIE is inspired by his crews as well as Jabbawockeez. He explains, “You are who you hang out with. My style is greatly influenced by my friends who I train with.” In general, passionate people who do their best in any element inspire him. Musically, he finds more inspiration from Soul and R&B artists including John Legend, Robin Thicke and Musiq Soulchild as well as Hip Hop artists like Common He is a big fan of Hip Hop because he views it as a culture of self-expression. RONNIE loves to draw and is attracted to most anything that enables him to creatively express his individuality.
RONNIE first learned about Hip Hop culture, in the mid 1980’s and was fascinated with Hip Hop cult classic movies like “Wildstyle” and “Beat Street”. While still living in Guam, he saw B-Boying performed live. After his family relocated to California, he began dancing in what he calls the “new jack swing” era of the early 1990’s. “Whatever was fresh on TV, I would try and emulate. It wasn't until around 1993-94 that I started breaking,” he recalls. He was inspired by both his cousins and most of all by his older brother, Rodolfo Jr. who RONNIE imitated.
RONNIE’S parents naturally encouraged him to continue attending the University of Las Vegas, where he had a scholarship and was on the verge of declaring architecture as his major. As a result of the work, travel and other opportunities coming in for him as a B-Boy, he made the difficult decision to drop out. Initially unconvinced, his parents became supportive of his new career choice once they realized that B-Boying was their son’s true passion.
The best way to describe RONNIE’s approach to B-Boying is “well rounded”. He focuses on incorporating all elements of B-Boying into his style: footwork, power moves, top rocks, musicality and more. His signature moves include variations of freezes and intricate footwork transitions combined with power moves. His battle strategies are very straightforward: consistency, composure and aggression. He says, “No matter how much a B-Boy blows it up in a battle, I don't let it phase me. It's about winning the judges vote and not the audience. Never show weakness in a battle and stick to your style.”
When asked what is most important for him to do in a battle, he answers the obvious, “To win every round.” He is mindful to give his competitors space when they are dancing, not to be disrespectful and not to touch his opponents. It is essential to RONNIE that he remains true to himself, doing what he does best in the best possible way he can.
Ali Ramdani aka B-Boy LILOU is a polarizing character, but still the most popular B-Boy of all. LILOU was born in France, but has Algerian roots. He travels between worlds and is considered “the immigrant” in both of them.
LILOU has a unique dance style and an engaging stage presence, being vicious, but humorous as well. The audience loves him! He perfectly combines the new style of “flexible moves” with classic footwork and power moves. His signature move is a variation of the air-chair.
LILOU has been dancing since he was twelve years old. He was fascinated when he first saw breakers on TV doing power moves and spinning on their heads. He thought that was absolutely crazy and he wanted to do it, too. His older brother taught him the moonwalk and later LILOU started to dance with an old-skool B-Boy who lived in his hood. He got his name when he was very young. Instead of his given name Ali, his family used to call him ALILOU which then became shortened to LILOU.
In 1999, LILOU and some of the guys he practiced with formed the crew Pockémon. They have been like a family ever since and have battled at big events worldwide where their skills have become legendary. In addition to breaking, LILOU has also tried locking. He likes it a lot, but he says he doesn’t have enough time to practice seriously. “Maybe when I am older…”
For LILOU the most important asset of a B-Boy is determination—not only in a battle but in everyday practice and in your whole lifestyle. “Find out what you want and then go and get it, no matter what! When you’re in a battle, you’re there to win, not to play, so what you have to do is kill the enemy!”
LILOU has had a black belt in Kung Fu since he was sixteen years old. The Kung Fu mentality helped with his breaking. “Just like in Kung Fu, you have to anticipate the move your opponent is going to come out with and you’d better have an answer to that. You need to learn new moves and combinations and develop your style all the time if you want to be a winner.”
LILOU lists his greatest influences as Michael Jackson, Zinédine Zidane, Mohammed Ali and Jamiroquai. He admires their careers, their charisma and recognizes them for being legends in their respective area of expertise.
Among the many items that LILOU wears when battling to express his individuality, he sometimes puts on a I’m Muslim Don’t Panic t-shirt or keffiyeh to express solidarity with his brothers and sisters who are facing great adversity. He recognizes that there are many wars around the world for territory or for money but his battles are on the dance floor!
TAISUKE Nonaka from Japan, 21 years old, he has already made his mark on the B-Boy scene. TAISUKE’s dance style is based on an impressive array of foundation moves, a variety of good toprocks and unique footwork combined with power moves.
TAISUKE is the cousin of B-Boy Toshiki, another great Japanese B-Boy. TAISUKE and Toshiki have a lot in common. Not only were they born on the same day, but they also grew up together in the same town and most importantly, both got into breaking through their sisters who were B-Girls and members of the same crew. TAISUKE and Toshiki started breaking when they were only eight years old and their sisters were big inspirations to them.
TAISUKE is originally from Nagasaki, but in now lives in Kanagawa, about an hour’s drive away from Shinjuku in central Tokyo. He shares an apartment with two tiny rooms and a small kitchen with a schoolmate. He just graduated from the International Dance College in Takadanobaba, where he had a scholarship and at the moment focuses on his B-Boy career.
The Zulu Kingz, the official B-Boys of the Zulu Nation, are TAISUKE’s big inspiration. The leader of his crew “All Area,” B-Boy Katsu, is a member of the Japanese chapter of the Zulu Kingz and TAISUKE, in spite of his young age, is already considered a top-tier B-Boy, someone to count on as a key member of the crew. This is a tremendous honor for TAISUKE.
TAISUKE is interested in geography. He loves checking out the world map because there are so many places that he doesn’t know yet. One of his dreams is to visit the World Heritage sites all over the world. He wants to travel, dance and learn and become an international player in the worldwide B-Boy scene. Apart from breaking, TAISUKE wants to try out dancing house and pop. He loves music, especially break-beats and the music of Ne-Yo, the young singer from Arkansas.
In his hometown of Nagasaki, a city surrounded by the ocean, his father taught him to fish and to make sashimi from the fresh seafood. This is a rare activity in a modern Japanese family, but one TAISUKE enjoyed a lot. Now, living in Tokyo, he refuses to eat any fish at all because he can’t get any as fresh as he was used to.