If you think that you can pop it and lock it, you clearly haven’t been to one of the annual Red Bull BC One’s before. The competition returns in 2018 thus June for another series of intense B-Boy face-offs for the winner to secure the title of SA champion! The winning B-Boy will represent South Africa at the BC One world stage in Switzerland on the 4th of November 2018.
The national Final Cypher is set to take over the Cape Town Stadium on the 23rd of June in the ‘Mother City’. This year’s competition promises nothing less than 16 of the best break dancers the country has to offer.
The 16 dancers will be made up of wild cards – these are dancers that automatically progress to the finals based on their performance during the course of the year – as well as the top dancers selected from the Regional Cyphers. Over 83 B-Boy’s competed in the regional cyphers, which were attended by over 500 spectators. Each regional winner was awarded a place in the final and so were the twelve wild cards.
Last year‘s South African Cypher winner, Capetonian B-Boy Meaty competed at the World Finals in Amsterdam and will defend his 2017 title at this year’s final and aim for another spot in the World Finals taking place in Zurich.
As the new installment comes, so do some changes. This year’s edition is keeping in line with the core of what breaking is all about – the culture of 1-on-1 battles – hosting a final national qualifier on the 23rd of June in Cape Town allowing dancers from all over the country a chance to compete. Upping the ante from last year’s final, this year’s event will be more explosive with DJ Ready D as official host, as well as DJ heavyweights – DJ Eazy, DJ Tha Cutt and DJ Lyle – and renowned producer and musician Kay Faith.
This year dancers will have the opportunity to be mentored by International two-time Red Bull BC One World Champion and All-star Hong 10, at a public dance workshop at Rhythm Factory in Kenilworth on the 22nd of June and get to prove their skills for a chance to be in the national final. ”It’s great to win battles and gain respect, but it’s a two-way street and you have to give respect to earn respect!” explains Hong 10.
Tickets for the Final Cypher on 23rd June at Cape Town Stadium are now on sale for R50 each – get yours now before it’s too late! Available here: http://bit.ly/RedBull_BC_One20