UAE Bboy pulls another stellar performance to clinch the title of Red Bull BC ONE 2013 UAE Cypher
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 6, 2013 - B-Boy Omar came out victorious and will have the chance to represent the UAE B-Boy scene at the Regional Finals after 16 of the UAE's best B-Boys went head to head to determine the winner of the UAE Cypher of Red Bull BC One. The show took place at the packed Desert Fish Studios in Al Serkal Avenue, in association with Ford and G-Shock.
After a thrilling performance hailed by the scene, attendance and judges alike, a panting B-Boy Omar had this to say: “I don't do moves I just express myself. I feel the music and it makes me different. I do simple moves with a lot of energy which is why I look different. If you put energy into it, it looks different even if it's an easy move.”
The event saw UAE B-Boys battle for the title of Red Bull BC One 2013 UAE Cypher, and was judged by three international B-Boys: Red Bull BC One All Star Roxrite from the USA, officiating Red Bull BC One World Champion Mounir and B-Boy Lamine, both from France. Their ruling was based on three criteria: technique, innovation and dance flow.
B-Boy Omar and B-Boy Peppa were the last two B-Boys standing and met in the final after three rounds of thrilling battles, in which B-Boy BigMi, arguable the smallest B-Boy in the world, won the affection of the crowd, winning the popularity vote.
After the event concluded, B-Boy Mounir, Winner of Red Bull BC One World Final 2012 and one of the three judges said: “Omar was cleaner; he kept his energy during the battle and had many variations. Some B-Boys ran out of moves. This is the only way to win this kind of competition. It's to be able to show different kinds of moves. You start repeating, you lose!”
Commending the UAE B-Boy scene, B-Boy Mounir added: “The level is better every year, but like many cyphers around the world, most of the B-Boys still need to learn from their peers. The workshop we did was great. Most of them are still young and, in due time, will mature through experience.”
On the wheels of steel, orchestrating the beats to which the B-Boys demonstrated their skills, was the world's foremost break beat juggler, DJ Renegade. The artist had conducted a DJ Workshop with 12 DJ's from the UAE the night before at Spin Dubai. For the first time, during the final, Renegade was accompanied by a live performance by UAE's band Bull Funk Zoo.
B-Boy Omar, who came out victorious in last year's Cypher is originally from Algeria, and has also been crowned with the title of Red Bull BreaKING in the UAE in 2011. He also represented his country in the Finals that took place in Jerash, Jordan.
Omar's dance style is based on an impressive array of power moves and originality. In 2000, Omar was in Algeria and saw a group of B-Boys dancing to break beats in a basketball court, and that's when it all started and he never stopped since.
B-Boy Omar now has his eyes set on reaching his top form for the Regional Finals to be held in Egypt on August 31st, in a bid to qualify for the World Finals in Seoul, South Korea, on November 30th.
Before he ran off to celebrate with his friends, Omar said, “practice makes perfect, don't give up! I've had some problems, but I never gave up. I'm just going to keep dancing till the last minute of my life. Another thing: Dance to express yourself, not to impress!”
B Boying also called Breakdance or Breaking, was born in the late 70s in the Bronx, in New York City. It is considered one of the four elements of Hip Hop culture in addition to DJing, MCing and graffiti. The term “B-Boying” refers to the fact that the B-Boys started to dance during the “break” of the music back in the day.
The name B-Boy – Break Boy was created New York DJ Kool Herc. He used to throw parties out in the Bronx and created the term. Due to his realization, Herc bought two DJ decks, to be able to play the same record on two decks and stick to the break parts of the music, thus prolonging the breaks for the “break boys.” Nowadays, B-Boying and B-Girling has become an imminent discipline all over the world. South Korea, France, and the USA have the most skilled dancers.
Over the last five years, the B-Boying scene has widely evolved in the Middle East region. Many workshops are carried out every year, with the best B-Boys in the world. Now it is time for skilled local B-Boys to shine and represent their countries at the Red Bull BC One Regional Finals.