Breakdancers Rock The Spot for mad cash prizes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Breakdancing

A B-BOY IS A BREAKDANCER, NOT A BACKSTREET BOY. GO FIGURE. Breakdancers, beat-boxers and DJs congregate tomorrow to compete in Rock The Spot. Be prepared for some outrageous stunts.

London’s best “B-boys” and “B-girls” compete this weekend in the fourth annual Rock The Spot dance competition.

The event was organized by the London B-boys, a local group of breakdancers that performs regularly at charity and private functions and also teaches breakdancing classes. All the dancers have worked hard to prepare, and on Saturday, they’ll throw down.

For this year’s Rock The Spot, the group teamed with Western’s competitive hip-hop team to create a new category: hip-hop dance. Having performed at the recent Canadian Asian International Students’ Association (CAISA) Fashion Show, Hip-Hop Western is fired up and ready to compete.

“We have a very unique format this year,” says Liege Rebecca, assistant director of Rock The Spot and a Hip-Hop Western dancer. “It’s not just hip-hop dancing. We’re going to have some beat-boxers and we’re going to have a DJ, too. It’s just a bit of everything.”

The hip-hop showcase is judged by the audience and involves a battle between two finalists. The event will be emceed by “Ka boom” Dazz William and Christina Benjamin.

With breakdancing, or “B-boying,” the battle is more aggressive. The dancers can’t touch, but can “fake fight” by being in each other’s face, taunting each other.

The B-boy winner receives $700, the runner-up receives $300 and the hip-hop showcase winner receives $200 plus prizes.

Four-to-six person breakdancing crews will perform freestyle and choreographed moves. Expect to see back flips, head spins and other antics when these groups hit the dance floor.

Teams from New York, Montreal and several Ontario cities will display their skills. A special guest team from Morocco will also perform.

Other special guests include L.A. breakdancer John Cruz, who has been hailed as one of the world’s best B-boys. Audience members may even spy a few contestants from reality shows like So You Think You Can Dance.

Rebecca says London has a great reputation for breakdancing, adding Rock The Spot promises to be a day filled with exciting, innovative music and movement, showcasing hip-hop culture’s various elements.

Rock The Spot takes place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in South Secondary School, located at 371 Tecumseh Ave. East. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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