France’s MOUNIR Wins the Red Bull BC One 2012 World Championship

 France’s MOUNIR Wins the Red Bull BC One 2012 World Championship

December 8—RIO DE JANEIRO—Monnir Biba, aka B-Boy Mounir, 28, of France took home the biggest prize in breaking at this year’s Red Bull BC One 2012 World Final, the most important 1-on-1 B-Boy competition in the world. 3000 hungry fans braved the heat and packed the stands of the sweltering Fundição Progresso, a major cultural center in the city, to catch the action of 16 of the world’s best B-Boys from Brazil to Japan.

The stadium felt the sway of the crowd and the vibration of the floor with each aerial move, fancy footwork and extended freeze. The newest B-Boy champion Mounir said of his victory: “It’s my third time here. I had a crazy start. I did the whole trip. I won the cypher, I won the qualifier, I came here to win.”

This year represented some of the most challenging and innovative moves seen to date. The night was full of surprises that had the crowd screaming from the stands, from local hero Klesio, combining a samba step with top rocks, and B-Boy Junior of France, who seemed to spend more time in the air than on the ground. As soon as South Korean B-Boy Differ defeated the reigning champion, USA’s Roxrite, in the second round, it became clear that it was anyone’s game.

Differ was a crowd favorite the entire night, from the moment he stepped onto the stage with a Gangnam dance step to his comedic movements displayed throughout the night, showing a light-hearted style rarely seen in the world of B-Boying. It was enough to take him to the final round, in a demanding five-routine battle against Mounir, who also competed in the 2008 and 2011 world finals. “He definitely showed us he was comfortable being himself,” said judge and 2010 Champion Neguin of Brazil of Differ. “That’s the main thing in B-Boying.”

But ultimately it was Mounir of the Vagabonds Crew who stole the show, showing a complete mastery of B-Boy foundation, perfect execution, and pure craft on top, resulting in flawless routine after routine. Mounir had been training nonstop all year round for this moment, and his dedication to the craft was clear to everyone watching. “He came all out, and that’s why he won,” said Neguin. “He was so confident about himself and that’s the key. If you are confident, you just go on stage and you do your best.”

Tonight was a culmination of a year’s worth of fierce competitions. Half of this year’s contenders earned their place to compete by participating in one of the 60 country cyphers or winning one of the six regional qualifiers this year. Mounir’s victory from winning the French cypher to Western European qualifier to 2012 World Final, shows the true path of a Red Bull BC One World Champion.

Millions of fans watched the event live on TV, with hundreds of thousands more viewing it live on the web. Each thrilling movement from the world final is viewable for the next week on redbullbcone.com. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Red Bull BC One, which will be the biggest one yet, a true testament to the growing B-Boy culture and community around the globe.

Red Bull BC One 2012 World Championship Live Stream Right Here December 8

It’s On! The Red Bull BC One 2012 World Championship B-Boy Battles in Rio
Watch The Live Stream Right Here December 8

This December 8th, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro. This coastal Brazilian city, a major influence on B-Boying with its capoeira and ginga style, will serve as home of the Red Bull BC One, the most important 1-on-1 B-Boy competition in the world. When it comes to the most innovative dancing today, you’ll find it on this stage. To make it to the finals is an honor reserved for only the greatest B-Boys in the world. Each year the competition gets tougher and tougher, resulting in the most physically challenging power moves, jaw-dropping freezes, and creative and diverse combinations.

When: Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Where: Fundição Progresso. Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Rio de Janeiro/RJ – 20230-060

Live: Starting at 7:50 p.m. BRST / 4:50 p.m. EST / 1:50 p.m. PST on redbullbcone.com

It’s On! The Red Bull BC One 2012 World Championship Battles in Rio

This December 8th, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro. This coastal Brazilian city, a major influence on B-Boying with its capoeira and ginga style, will serve as home of the Red Bull BC One, the most important 1-on-1 B-Boy competition in the world. When it comes to the most innovative dancing today, you’ll find it on this stage. To make it to the finals is an honor reserved for only the greatest B-Boys in the world. Each year the competition gets tougher and tougher, resulting in the most physically challenging power moves, jaw-dropping freezes, and creative and diverse combinations.

2012 marked the biggest year yet for the Red Bull BC One. Over a thousand B-Boys the world over competed in more than 60 country cyphers. Six qualifier events narrowed down top contenders in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and a first-ever competition held in Middle East Africa. The winners earned a chance to compete against the reigning champion, Roxrite (USA) and a panel-chosen group of nine of the world’s top dancers.

The 16 dance contenders have been training intensely all year for their moment in Rio. It’s an extremely high-pressure competition, with one dancer being eliminated in each battle round. Judges score the B-Boys on their battle strategy, power moves, dance foundation, fresh routine, and overall style. This year a panel of judges including Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin (Brazil), Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke (Japan), Moy (USA), Niek (Holland), and Storm (Germany), will determine the winner of the ultimate B-Boy prize.

This year’s six qualifier winners are DOMKey (USA), Klesio (Brazil), Lil Zoo (Morocco), Mounir (France), Shorty Force (South Korea) and Slav (Bulgaria). If Roxrite takes the title this year, he’ll be the only B-Boy in history to win the championship two years in a row. But he’s up against, among others, this year’s youngest dancer, 15-year-old wunderkind Issei from Japan, who recently won this year’s R16 in Korea. The final this year is anyone’s game, with a highly competitive roster rounded out by Arex (Colombia), Sunni (UK), Vicious Victor (USA), Kid David (USA), Junior (France), ExacT (Russia), Differ (South Korea), and Hill (Mexico).

Hip Hop DJ Skeme Richards will lay down the battle music and Brazilian rapper Dughettu will MC the night. B-Boy legends Kwikstep and CROS1 will provide one-of-a-kind commentary for hundreds of thousands of fans watching the event livestream, which in addition to being hosted on redbullbcone.com can also be embedded onto partner sites. Select live TV Broadcasts will air the program to fans around the world. Check local listings for details.

The 2012 World Final leads up to next year’s 10th anniversary of the Red Bull BC One. Expect lots of surprises to come and celebrations of all that is B-Boy culture. We’ll see you in Rio, and may the best man win!

RED BULL BC ONE WORLD FINAL 2012 – Rio de Janeiro

When: Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Where: Fundição Progresso. Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Rio de Janeiro/RJ – 20230-060

Live: Starting at 7:50 p.m. (BRST) on redbullbcone.com

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