For the first time in its five-year history, Red Bull BC One, the world’s leading B-Boy competition, will head back to the birthplace of hip-hop – New York City, USA. Sixteen of the world’s best dancers descend on the glittering Hammerstein Ballroom to compete head-to-head to decide who will be the 2009 Red Bull BC One champion.
A Short History of Hip-Hop
B-Boying started in the Bronx in the late 1970s and is key part of hip-hop culture along with DJing, MCing and graffiti art. The term refers to the dance, moves and lifestyle originated in New York and was coined by Kool Herc, one of the pioneering DJs of the movement. Today, the B-Boy and B-Girl movement spans the globe with leading scenes in South Korea, France and the USA.
Each Red Bull BC One competitor is hand-picked by an international team of experts. Being chosen to compete is not just about dance skills but also reputation, character and influence on the dance community. Innovative dancers who have earned the coveted Red Bull BC One title include last year’s champion, Wing from South Korea; and 2007 winner Ronnie from the USA who is also a member of Super Cr3w (MTV’s America's Best Dance Crew champions). Korean B-Boy Hong 10’s gravity defying moves earned him the 2006 crown. In 2005, the original style of French B-Boy Lilou wowed the crowd as he took the title.
The first Red Bull BC One competition was held in Biel, Switzerland, in 2004, before moving to Berlin, Germany, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Paris, France, in 2008. This year's host city, New York, has more history and resonance in B-Boy/ B-Girl culture than any other as, for one night only, the elegant Hammerstein Ballroom is transformed into the setting for the ultimate B-Boy battleground.