Ho ho ho, Christmas must have come early… What an awesome weekend of bboying treats that was 🙂
Keep reading cause I’ve got 3 lovely videos for your entertainment today, and I know you’ll particularly enjoy the last one…
Street Dance Competition – Friday at Mission
Friday night at Mission was LoveDough, as I mentioned a couple of posts ago they were having a street dance battle with a £200 cash prize up for grabs.
We got there at about 11pm to enter and get warmed up. I’d texted to get myself + 7 on the guestlist, so we paid £5 in, even though we were on the guestlist and competing, but Philthee and War who came down later got in for free on my guestlist. Mother truckers! Quite a few bad ass bboys turned up which I didn’t expect, so we got a cypher going on the nasty concrete floor before the competition began as the room filled and the crowd grew.
The whole event was hilarious, clearly not a bboy battle – the stage was awful, it was like dancing on coarse sandpaper painted black and the DJ was playing shit-hop. I still gave it a go though and busted out a few moves, saving some in case I got through to the next round, ha, never mind. I received a fairly decent response from the audience – woooooo, and so on. Despite that the dancers who went through to the next round after the qualifiers seemed to be 8 people picked at random. The dancer who won overall was pretty good though, a nice fusion of different styles of hip hop dance. Well done to him, whoever he was.
Here’s my 45 second throwdown in all its glory:
I wasn’t too bothered about not getting through, especially as B-Boy Flo and other’s didn’t make it either. Fun was had and I ended up dancing the night away till about 5am with lots of lovely ladies 😛 They just can’t resist the b-boys! It was cool seeing friends I hadn’t bumped into for months too.
The Fresh Factory – Saturday in Huddersfield
My brother and I arrived a bit late, thankfully just after the popping qualifiers, right on time for the b-boy battles. Don’t worry though, I still received more than a life times viewing of body popping through the evening.
The atmosphere was really good and friendly! I managed to get a seat and actually see what was going on for the whole evening, without even having to struggle and push my way past any unusually tall people that always seem to appear right in front of you at crowded events.
The body popping battles were impressive and there were some amazing contestants. Shuffles won overall, whoop. But to be honest once you’ve seen more than a couple of minutes of body popping you’re probably going to fall asleep whenever you see it again. Maybe that’s just my opinion…
The bboy battle was where it was at! Flo won, cause he is pretty damn awesome. Some day I’ll have power moves like that, but hopefully I’ll still have hair as well.
I jumped in the cyphers a few times through the night, mostly at the end along with B-Boy Just Me, who for some reason was wearing a full green body suit hahaha! That was damn good fun, it’s nice to have him back from Germany. Unfortunately my phone had taken a strong dislike to me recording so much video so I only filmed a couple of my throwdowns:
Well done to all those who organised the event, you should do it more frequently than in 4 months time!
At the end of the night I was chatting to Flo, our conversation went as follows:
Flo: “Are you battling tomorrow?”
Me: “Errr, I don’t think so. I’m not sure if there are any places left. “
Jamie happened to be stood nearby so we called him over and asked if there were any spaces available to enter. So Flo continued…
Flo: “Are you battling???”
Me: “Hmmm, maybeee.”
Flo: “Let me ask you again, are you battling?!?”
Me: “YES! Yes I’m battling tomorrow!”
Haha, I definitely needed that little push and I had an ace time on Sunday. Thanks Flo! 🙂
Attention to Detail jam – Sunday in Wakefield
I fuelled up at Subway and got there early for the battle. I know, I was amazed by our time keeping too. The whole jam was funky as it always is, phat beats and cool people all having fun!
I thought up a little surprise before setting off that I could throw in the mix and was excited about my first proper solo battle (Friday night at Mission didn’t really count). The qualifiers were only 1 round each, and I was up against B-Boy Lil Jay. Damn. The dude’s got skills! I thought I’d let him go first so I could see what I needed to do to beat him. Personally I thought I’d done enough, but for some reason I lost, boohoo. Ah well, no shame, Lil Jay is awesome and I had a great time!
I took my shiny HD camcorder and filmed it all, however when I was copying the video files from the SD card to my hard drive my PC thought it’d be hilarious to crash and corrupt my memory card, loosing all the files. Nice one. Thankfully Seb filmed it all and he hooked me up with the footage of my battle… Check it out!
B-Boy Twist vs Lil Jay at Attention to Detail
Hope you enjoyed watching “the Paul Daniels of the bboy scene” 😛 I didn’t get through but I danced a little bit in the cyphers and got to sit down to rest my tired little self. Plus there was the other 6″s of my footlong Sub to devour, mmmmmmm yeeeeeeah. There were some dope battles through the afternoon. Jingles ended up just beating Ryan in the final. Nice one Jinglist!
What an intense weekend!
“A good fight should be like a small play…but played seriously. When the opponent expands, l contract. When he contracts, l expand. And when there is an opportunity… l do not hit…it hits all by itself (shows his fist).”
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