With breaking as arguably one of the most competitive pillars of Hip Hop culture, it’s not surprising that Red Bull’s BC One Cypher Tournament in Orlando, Florida was the location of one of the culture’s fiercest b-boy battles this weekend.
Powered by the energy drink’s b-boy/b-girl initiative to inspire and motivate a new generation to embrace the original dance aspect of Hip Hop culture, the BC One Cypher’s Orlando stop was packed with informative workshops, a couch session with b-boy and Hip Hop living legend Crazy Legs and ultra-competitive battles in which the winners will move on to the finals, which is slated for May 17-19 in Houston, Texas at Camp BC One.
Judged by Red Bull breakers Roxrite, Ronnie, Crazy Legs and others, top contenders that were invited from past events competed alongside breakers who walked in off the street and wowed the crowd in the initial qualifying rounds. After a challenging qualifying round for the b-boys and the b-girls as well as a three-round elimination tournament for the top 16 breakers.
When the smoke cleared, Kayla Irizarry took the title to represent for the ladies in Houston while Somar Jafari came through with no invitation and shut it down, taking his win to H-Town to rep for the b-boys.
Next stop for the BC One Tourney will be in the City of Brotherly Love scheduled for May 9-11. Stay tuned to TheSource.com for more info about the BC One Tournament and its initiative.