Live coverage on Saturday

World breakdancing contest comes for the first time to Chile

We’ll be covering the event LIVE as competitors from around the country arrive in Santiago to compete for a trip to the semi-finals in Brazil.

Thursday, May 12, 2011  
The 32 breakdancers battling it out in the Santiago district of La Florida will mark the competition The 32 breakdancers battling it out in the Santiago district of La Florida will mark the competition’s first appearance in Chile.

This year, one lucky Chilean breakdancer will travel to Brazil - and maybe even to the world finals in Saint Petersburg, Russia - to compete for the global title in the international BC One breakdancing contest.

 

On Saturday May 14, competitors from cities like Coquimbo, Temuco and Santiago will gather in Bar 89 in the capital to show off their skills before international judges, fighting for a chance to advance to the semi-finals in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil. And This is Chile will be there, covering all the action LIVE on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Breakdancing in Chile

 

The 32 breakdancers battling it out in the Santiago district of La Florida will mark the competition’s first appearance in Chile, but it is hardly the beginning of breakdancing here. For years, major competitions in the region surrounding Santiago have drawn more and more attention to Chile’s breakdancing community.

 

Breakdancing began in Santiago in the 1980s, when crews would travel from areas like Renca and Maipú, on the city’s periphery, to compete in the city center. Today, those outer districts remain the heart of Santiago’s breakdance scene, with plazas and cultural centers in places like Maipú, El Bosque and Peñalolén hosting impromptu competitions or classes on a regular basis.

 

Competitions like Sudaka, La Batalla de Maipú and Boske City Battles typically draw as many as 100 competitors and audiences to match. Last year the breakdancing scene in Santiago gained international attention when Red Bull energy drink – the sponsoring brand for the BC One competition – organized a major show in Santiago and Valparaíso.

 

International judges in Santiago

 

The weekend’s competition will be judged by American breakdancer Roxrite, part of the internationally known breakdance group Renegades.

 

“They have a great scene there at a high level,” said Roxrite in an interview with Chilean daily La Tercera. But according to Roxrite this is more than a just a chance for these breakers to demonstrate their skills. “This is the only competition that treats breakers like athletes. It’s an opportunity to expand the discipline,” he said.
 
Danilo Vampiro, one of Chile’s first breakers, told La Tercera, “I know the level of competition in [places like] France and we have nothing to envy.”


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