Breakdancing is ready to debut as a olympic sport at the Paris games in 2024.
While it may seem far-fetched to some, the art of breaking it’s all about skill, fierce competition, and an affinity for hip hop created right here in the US.
At the world’s largest breakdancing competition, the RedBull BC One World Final, professional dancers from around the world hit the floor on the Midtown Manhattan in New York City on November 12, 2022.
The stiff competition featured 16 male (B-Boy) and 16 female (B-Girl) competitors, who then whittled the group down to a one-on-one battle.
Each breaker faced a panel of five judges and legendary breakers, who together decided which dancer would advance to the next round.
With each round, the bar was raised a little higher, as the breakers pulled off spinning headstands and backflips, and displayed vigor and strength as they took on their competitor on stage.
In the end, Florida native and B-Boy Victor Montalvo was crowned BC One champion for the second time, taking home the belt for the USA.
In a post-final press conference, Montalvo shared his pride in representing and winning for America.
“It feels amazing to represent the USA and bring the belt back home to New York where it all started,” he told Fox News Digital.
“I’m happy to be the one to do that,” he said.
Montalvo described BC One’s victory as “something extra” on the road to the Olympics. He said that he proved to himself that he was capable of “doing it again”.
“Right now, my main goal is to win the 2024 Olympics,” he announced.
BC One champion India Sardjoe, 16, of the Netherlands, also made history as the youngest and first Dutch B-Girl to win the world final.
Sardjoe fought the reigning US Champion, 19-year-old Logan “Logistx” Edra in the final round and was ultimately crowned the winner.
Sardjoe told Fox News Digital during the press conference that winning the competition was “really crazy” as this was the first year he was able to compete due to age limits.
“To be the first Dutch b-girl and to win the first time is unbelievable,” she said.
Although the young breakout’s focus hasn’t been on Paris 2024, Sardjoe said she plans to prepare for the Olympics as the next step after reaching her goal at BC One.
“I started when I was [age] seven and I never imagined that the break would be at the Olympic Games,” he said. “The breakup has grown so much.”
Montalvo noted that breakdancing has been mocked at the Olympics, but said viewers won’t understand how “exciting” the sport is until they see it for themselves.
“There’s going to be a different audience that will be able to see the break and see what the break is about,” he said.
“It’s not just about big moves, it’s about creativity, individuality, originality.”
Montalvo, who has been breakdancing since 1995, said he would never have believed breakdancing would make his Olympic debut in his lifetime.
“It’s a beautiful thing because this dance comes from New York, it comes from the Bronx, started by kids who had nothing,” he said.
“This dance has given me a voice, and to see that, now, these kids have the chance to present their skills at the highest level… The world will see what the breakthrough has done around the world.”
B-boy Lee-Lou “Lee” Demierre of the Netherlands, who battled Montalvo for second place in the BC One World Finals, told Fox News Digital in an interview that he, too, is an Olympic hopeful.
“I will definitely try to be there,” he said. “Breaking into the Olympics is going to [have] a good impact on the rest community.
Demierre said he thinks breakdancing has gained so much attention in recent years because people have recognized that it really is an “athletic dance form.”
“Skateboarding is already in the Olympics and this is an urban sport, so it is only suitable for breaking [to be included],” he said.
As hip hop celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023, former BC One world champion and Brazilian B-boy Fabiano Carvalho, also known as Neguin, told Fox News Digital that the genre has shaped global culture.
“Hip hop is an amazing art form,” he said. “Hip hop saves lives.”
“Being able to manifest the elements within hip hop like dance, music, art… is something that has a huge impact on society.”