Paris was taken by storm over the weekend as 16 of the globe’s best B-boys competed in the Red Bull BC One World Final. After multiple rounds of intense one-on-one dance exchanges, it was Netherlands B-boy Menno who was crowned victor, taking home the most coveted title in B-boying–the Red Bull BC One World Champion.
The USA was represented by 2014 Red Bull BC One National Champion B-boy Victor Montalvo (Orlando) as well as Wild Cards B-boy Thesis (Tucson) and 2013 Red Bull BC One National Champion B-boy Gravity (Brooklyn). US judges Luigi and Ken Swift judged the competition alongside B-boy veterans The End (South Korea), Yaman (France) and Yan (Russia).
Judge Ken Swift said of their decision:
“If you master your style you can win. It’s not about old and new styles, it’s about mastering your movement, and that’s what Menno did in the end. Menno is an evolved B-Boy. He’s done his homework and his research. He knows this art form. He’s been paying his dues for a while, and I think he deserves this win.”
This is Menno’s fourth time competing on the World Final stage, and his first World Championship title. His landmark victory capped off an incredible year for the competition, with more than 90 Cyphers in 50 countries, and more than 1,500 B-Boys competing for a chance to head to World Final.
La Grande Halle de La Villette, one of Paris’s top cultural venues, was packed wall-to-wall with a sold-out crowd. Thousands more spectators tuned in to watch the live program on TV and online. Red Bull BC One has become the premier competition in the world of B-Boying. It celebrates breaking culture by using its original one-on-one, knockout battle format, as opposed to the crew-battle style more prevalent today.
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2015 will be held in Italy.
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