Red Bull B-Boy Battle

Grand Cinemas at Dubai Festival City was a – full house – last night. However, the over-excited crowds were not there to watch the blockbuster movie but to support 15 B-Boys and 1 B-Girl competing over the UAE Red Bull Breaking 2011 title.

At the end of this “Hip Hop beats and acrobatic dance moves” evening, Algerian Omar Boubaya was crowned local champion.

“I am thrilled and very excited to have won. Competition was challenging mainly during the last round. But the best always wins!” stated 27-year old B-Boy Omar after his victory. “I’ve been B-Boying since I was 16, so tonight I feel proud of all the years of training it took me to get here”.

The event was marked by the unique participation of B-Girl Mari who presented an interesting performance, and Emirati B-Boy KJ, who demonstrated outstanding skills. Red Bull Breaking consists of a set of dual rounds, whereby each B-Boy is granted one round with two chances to show his moves. Judging last night’s rounds was South Korean Hong 10 who opened the competition with an outstanding show that set the stage ablaze.

2010 Red Bull Breaking UAE champion B-Boy Raf-H was extremely competitive and eager to defend his title, which made it hard for B-Boy Omar to win as he preformed acrobatic moves and a wide variety of steps. However, in the end B-Boy Omar was able to win as he closed his show with an amazing back-flip. With this win, he secured for himself a seat to represent the UAE at the regional finals in Jordan next October.

“The break dance community is widely developing in the UAE”, commented judge Hong 10. Considering the level I saw tonight, I guess B-Boy Omar definitely has a chance to win the regional competition”
DJ Lobito’s music and mixing, Team Alpha’s outstanding pens-and-pencils Orchestra performance, followed by Arabic Rap singer Malikah were also crowd pleasers for the 90-minutes event, animated by MC Tamer.

B-Boy Omar will head to Jordan in October 2011 to compete against the champions of several Arab and Gulf countries. The champion will then be heading to Saint Petersburg in November 2011 to attend Red Bull BC One.

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