B-Boy Blond Red Bull BC One Australian Cypher
Sydney's B-Boy Blond took the crown at the Red Bull BC One Australian Cypher on Friday night, cementing his place as Australia's best breakdancer in the international series. In front of a packed out audience of judges, dancers and fans, B-Boys and B-Girls from around Australia competed for the coveted spot to battle with the region's best at the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Finals in Seoul, South Korea this coming October.
MCs Felix and Jono aka Double OOHH ensured the masses were on their toes as the heated one-on-one battles between some of the nation's best breaking talent took place. Representing four states, cyphers between over 100 B-Boys and B-Girls carried on well into the night with highlight displays from Fongo, Foxy and of course Blond.
The one-on-one battle format allowed B-Boys and B-Girls to showcase not only their mastery of classic breaking moves, such as the toprock, downrock, power moves and freeze, but also their overall style and individual expression. After an hour of preliminary cyphers, the roving judges Bboy Kingso (Korea), Bmouth (Taiwan) and POE ONE (Adelaide/Puerto Rico/USA) selected the top 16 competitors who would go head-to-head in knock-out breaking battles.
In the finals, the top 16 showcased their unrivalled styles and techniques as they progressed according to their artistic skills, choreography, innovation and character. Blond (NSW), Bucho Benny (QLD), Fongo (QLD) and Foxy (VIC) made the final four, outperforming their rivals with unique breaking styles and undoubted charisma. While in most battles breakers can easily lose stamina, Blond embraced the adrenalin and came out on top after four final battles and an exhilarating decider Vs Fongo.
'It was good to be back at Red Bull BC One. The competition was really great - the venue, vibe, floor, B-Boys and crowd; everything was fantastic," said Youngkwang Joung (AKA Blond).
'I am pretty sure it was the first time Australia has had more than 100 participants in a competition, I am very happy to see this happening," Blond continued.
Blond was the first ever Australian representative to compete in the world finals last year, and fans are already backing him to make it a second time to compete in Rome this November. For now, Blond has his sights set on the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Finals in Seoul this October.
'I am really excited to dance in Seoul and am looking forward to competing against Asia's best B-boys. It is going to be a great event but I know I will have to prepare well," said Blond.
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