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On Saturday, November 26, for one night only, Moscow will become the world capital of B-Boying when an audience of over 2,000 spectators crams into the arena of the Old Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard to witness 16 of the best B-Boys battle to be crowned the true Champion of the world – the winner of the Red Bull BC One 2011.
The Red Bull BC One has already conquered Moscow! The 16 competitors from 10 nations arrived and took a first trip through the city, heading to a secret bunker at the Cold War Museum, located 18 floors beneath the ground in the center of Moscow. In the past, this 75,000-square-foot facility buried 200 feet underground was known as the Tagansky Underground Command Center. Built in 1951, it worked as the command post and the main communication artery for the Soviet Union in the event of a nuclear war.
This week, it served as the ultimate playground as the B-Boys explored the tunnels and challenged each other to some surprise dance battles, the Moscow Metro rattling in higher tunnels above their heads filling the concrete passageways with groaning noisy sounds.
At this point, the B-Boys are 16 friends exploring the city, but come Saturday they will be competitors battling for the title of Red Bull BC One champion—the most important title a B-Boy can win. They will compete in knock-out battles, judged by a jury of five internationally renowned B-Boys. To win the title, they will need to utilize a mix of stamina, strategy, musicality, versatility and willpower.
The reigning champion, Neguin from Brazil is aiming to defend his title and many experts say he stands a good chance of succeeding. Other favorites for the title include Hong 10 from Korea, champion of 2006 who also would love to be crowned a second time and local hero Flying Buddha, who feels he has to take the title for his country and peers, “I am really happy the event is in Russia this year! I mean it was great when I battled in the Red Bull BC One in New York, the birthplace of Hip Hop, in 2009, but this year, it’s on MY turf! My people will be here to cheer me on and that will give me crazy energy!!!
Russia has a lively B-Boy scene. Dancers like Flying Buddha, Yan the Shrimp, and Bootuz, who will be one of the 5 judges, are part of a scene that is now globally recognized, while Russian crews like Top 9 and Predatorz are legendary!
While entry into the main event proved to be one of the hottest tickets in a very cold Moscow winter, you can still catch all the action from wherever you are in the World, by logging in on http://www.redbullbcone.com and watching the live stream. So when Saturday comes, make sure you are in the position to witness the making of heroes as the jury decides who will be THE ONE!
(photographers enclosed photos; Nika Kramer & Thijn van der Linden)