Last night, B-Boy Lil Salah had the audience on its feet at Doha’s The Pearl-Qatar, La Croisette 2 and his energetic performance earned him a chance to compete in the Red Bull BC One World Final in Brazil this December.
Red Bull Breaking has been hosting electrifying regional breaking battles since 2010, and for the first time, this year sees it reach a global platform and merge with the prestigious Red Bull BC One 2012 international contest.
The struggle for the much-coveted world championship began with national cyphers, and on 4 May, B-Boy Lil Salah battled it out with 15 of Qatar’s finest B-Boys in front of 4000 spectators, winning the opportunity to represent his country in Egypt’s regional qualifier this September. After being crowned regional winner, the talented B-Boy will then head to Rio de Janeiro where his breaking skills will be put to the ultimate test at the global finals.
Sponsored by Virgin Megastore, the intense five-stage Qatar Cypher saw 16 B-Boys fight for the title. Once eight had progressed to the second round, four went through to the quarter-finals, followed by two to the semi-finals and finally, one chosen winner. Performing to the upbeat tunes of the renowned DJ Tee, B-Boy Lil Salah‘s jaw-dropping freestyle routine replete with a clean execution of footwork and immaculate coordination wowed the crowd and quickly won over breaking maestros, judges B-Boy Ronnie, B-Boy Lamine and B-Boy Neguin.
The judges were overwhelmingly impressed by B-Boy Lil Salah’s rhythm and flexibility and found that he perfectly adhered to the cypher’s three main criteria: technique, innovation and dance flow.
“I’m so honored to have won! It was a tight competition but I gave it my all to demonstrate creative and exceptional breaking abilities that show the utmost potential of my body movements,” said B-Boy Lil Salah.
“I tried my best to interpret the music with unique combinations and cutting-edge style and look forward to flying the Qatari flag at the regional qualifier. After all, this is the most important breaking competition in the world and this local cypher was just the beginning. I am vying for the title of world champion!”
With over 60 local cyphers currently taking place all over the world (and a staggering 13 being held in the region), a wide range of elite B-Boys will be trying to break their way into the six continental qualifiers hosted in Mexico, the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, Egypt and New Zealand.
From there, the six regional winners and 10 other luminaries of the breaking scene (selected by a team of experts) will each have to dominate in the 16 B-Boy worldwide finals in Brazil.
Bringing together the crème de crème in breaking, the Red Bull BC One World Final is the year’s most highly-anticipated competition and promises to bring the heat in a vibrant fusion of adrenalin-fueled performances packed with fancy footwork and off-the-wall moves.
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