A Japanese B-Boy Crew in Germany Won the Battle of the Year. Hip-Hop is Universal Magnetic (Video)
The Battle of the Year (BOTY) describes itself as the “World Cup of Breakdancing,” and for good reason. Over the weekend, hundreds of contenders representing countries as far away as Thailand and and Senegal competed for the championship, and this team from Japan bested 14 other squads. With a name like the Flooriorz, the crew danced as if heading into…well, battle and battle they did. As winners of the competition, they not only can claim to be amongst the greatest B-Boys in history, but their win is emblematic of a wider, perhaps even more impressive idea. According to BOTY, their organization “is week-long festival of Hip-Hop culture, featuring 1 vs 1 and We BGirlz battles, gigs, workshops and more to ensure the event stays true to its B-Boy roots — spreading Hip-Hop culture to a larger public audience” and “a platform for B-Boys and Hip-Hop culture in general and an opportunity for all participants to express themselves in a peaceful and non-racist environment.”
Check out nearly 20 minutes of the most creative and unexpected moves.