SA’s B-boys and B-girls fly high

2019-04-30 06:00
B-Boy Benny walked home with top honours at the Red Bull BC One World Final.

B-Boy Benny walked home with top honours at the Red Bull BC One World Final.

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Cape Town continues to maintain its glory, as the city’s B-Boy Benny scoops the Red Bull BC One Final South Africa 2019.

Making this an even more unforgettable win, is 13-year-old B-Girl Keisha’s victory in the women’s category of the Red Bull BC One Final. This is the first ever Red Bull B-girl Final for South Africa.

Both, with moves encompassing many different street styles; popping, locking, break and house dancing, B-Boy Benny and B-Girl Keisha beat 18 other great break dancers from East London, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

“The stakes were very high, especially considering the fact that I had taken a break, but it’s an honour to return to the competition and land with a win; this means so much to me,” commented B-Boy Benny.

Hosted at The Shred Skatepark, last Saturday , the Red Bull BC One Final South Africa is the biggest African face-off battle as local breakers defied the laws of physics in the fight to win the 2019 title.

The winner in the male category will represent South Africa in the biggest and most respected one-on-one B-Boy competition in the world, the Red Bull BC One World Final, which will be held in magnificent Mumbai on Saturday 9 November.

The winner in the B-Girl category received a trophy and is crowned the Red Bull BC One Final B-Girl of 2019.

“I am overwhelmed and excited to be the first ever Red Bull B-Girl champion – it does not get any better than this. I can’t wait to be back next year to defend my title,” B-Girl Keisha commented.

This year’s finals were preceded by a workshop that looked at encouraging the 20 dancers and teaching them the best ways of keeping their minds in shape, the pleasures of break dancing, and how break-dancing culture will have one leaping around with a more positive outlook.

As if to bring more dance flavour, the 2019 jaw-dropping Red Bull BC One Final South Africa was judged by B-Boy Menno from the Netherlands, Vouks and Angelo (both from South Africa).

Red Bull presented a line-up of prestigious DJs which included Ryan the DJ and DJ realROZZANO breaking it down with the hip hop and deep rhythms needed by the B-boys and B-girls throughout the night.

They inspired the deeply focused gravity-defying athletes and motivated them to keep the breakers spinning.

Other performances at the event included Niko10Long, Kixi, and Flõyu.

V For more information on the Red Bull BC One project, visit https://www.redbull.com/za-en/events/red-bull-bc-one-south-africa-final or join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @RedBullZA using the hashtag #redbullbcone.

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