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Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Qualifier Event Being Held THIS


27 August, 2012

- For Immediate Release –

Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Qualifier Event Being Held THIS WEEKEND!
Current World Champion Prepares For NZ Performance

The Asia Pacific Qualifier for the worlds most renowned break dancing competition, Red Bull BC One, is being held this Saturday, September 1, at Auckland’s Vector Arena. With the event close to sell-out, only a limited number of tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.

Asia Pacific’s Qualifier is one of just six competitions held globally where 16 B-Boys battle one-on-one to knockout their opponent. Only one competitor will win the chance to battle the worlds most talented B-Boys at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil later this year.

Four members of the world’s best B-Boy crew, the Red Bull BC One All Stars, will captivate the audience with special performances on the night, including current world champion ROXRITE (USA). ROXRITE, along with PELEZINHO (BRAZIL), RONNIE (USA) and TAISUKE (JAPAN) will also judge the competition with NZ reputable dancer, B-Boy Swervone.

The Red Bull BC One All Stars are hosting highly anticipated workshops this week in the lead up to the weekend's competition. The world champion ROXRITE says he has never been to New Zealand and is excited about sharing his skills and knowledge and giving back to the community.

“I’ve heard great things about [New Zealand]. I know the Asia Pacific B-Boys have mad skills and I’m excited to see what moves they pull at the Qualifier,” says ROXRITE.

The free of charge Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch workshops will provide a unique opportunity for local New Zealand B-Boys to watch and learn about the hip-hop culture from the world’s best. B-Boys can register for workshops by emailing bconewrkshops@hotmail.co.nz.

On competition night, DJ Mar Ski will spin the beats for the competing B-Boys, with the extremely talented beat-boxer RAHZEL playing MC host. Dubbed the ‘Godfather of Noyze’, RAHZEL is best known as being a member of “The Roots” and for his hit track “If Your Mother Only Knew”.

Fans from all over the world can tune into the event with the attached embedded code through a live stream on www.redbullbcone.com. The live stream will commence at 7.30pm NZ local time.

The Red Bull BC One event will welcome all 16 cypher winners, which include two of our very own New Zealand B-Boys, Grub-D and Akorn, both hailing from “Common Crew” in Christchurch.

Doors open for the event at 6pm with the competition beginning at 7.30pm. For more information visit www.redbull.co.nz/bcone

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A limited number of tickets are available for media to attend the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Qualifier. An official media session will be held on August 31 at the Stamford Plaza. To request tickets or media access please contact justene@lassoo.co.nz.

For images or clips please head to www.redbullcontentpool.com.

B-Boys can register for the workshops by emailing bconewrkshops@hotmail.co.nz.

For the live stream please head to www.redbullbcone.com with the embedded code attached.


Editors’ Notes

B-Boying

B-Boying refers to the dance, moves and lifestyle originated in the late 1970s in the Bronx in New York. It’s a foundation element of Hip Hop culture along with DJing, MCing and Graffiti art.

The first Red Bull BC One was hosted in 2004 in Switzerland. Since then, the annual competition has been hosted in Germany to Brazil, South Africa, France, USA and Japan; with last year’s event being held in Russia.

The Red Bull BC One is the premiere competition for B-Boying and it consistently attracts the best dancers around the world.

Red Bull BC One was voted best B-Boy Event 2011 at the World of Dance Awards.

Auckland Cypher winner Akorn (Aron Mahuika) will represent New Zealand in the Asia Pacific Qualifier along with Wellington’s Cypher champion Grub D (David McCavitt). Fellow competitors are from Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam.


How the Red Bull BC One works:

1. Cyphers: National preliminary events. The winners proceed to the Qualifiers.

2. Qualifiers: Regional events where the winners of the Cyphers battle each other for a place in the final. The Qualifiers are being held in New Zealand, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Russia, and Morocco.

3. Finals: The winners of the six Qualifiers, the officiating champion and nine nominated B-Boys battle for the title of world champion.


Red Bull BC One All Star Workshops

Media and local B-boys are invited to attend these:


Christchurch: Tuesday 28 August at Crystal Place, 12 Crystal St, Richmond

B-Boy Host & Time: Pelezinho 4pm - 5.30pm, Roxrite 5.30pm – 7pm


Wellington: Wednesday 29 August at Zeal, 103 Ghuznee St

B-Boy Host & Time: Ronnie 5.30pm – 7pm, Taisuke 7pm – 8.30pm


Auckland: Thursday 30 August at RYZ, 740 Sandringham Rd, Wesley

B-Boy Host & Time: Studio 1 Roxrite 4pm - 5.30pm, Taisuke 5.30pm -7pm,

Studio 2 – Pelezinho 4pm – 5.30pm, Ronnie 5.30pm – 7pm

B-Boys who want to register for the workshops email bconewrkshops@hotmail.co.nz

Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Qualifier Competitors

B-boy Akorn (NZ)

B-boy Grub D (NZ)

B-boy Monsta (Australia)

B-boy Shorty Force (South Korea)

B-boy Fe (South Korea)

B-boy Differ (South Korea)

B-boy LilDragon (Taiwan)

B-boy Taower (Taiwan)

B-boy Babylon (Japan)

B-boy ToMo (Japan)

B-boy Monkey J (Hong Kong)

B-boy Wildson (Indonesia)

B-boy Juicy (Malaysia)

B-boy Gerald (Singapore)

B-boy C-Lil (Laos)

B-boy 3T (Vietnam)


Battle Draw

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RAHZEL (Host)

Is best known as a member of Hip Hop band The Roots. RAHZEL has collaborated with several well-known artists including Aaron Hall, Q-Tip of a Tribe Quest, Mixmaster Mike, Slick Rick, Cee-Lo, Björk, The Crystal Method and many more.


DJ Mar Ski (DJ)

Crew: Mighty Zulu Kingz

One of Japan’s leading DJs, Masayuki Imanaga aka DJ MAR is known for his creative hooks and funky beats. Dropping beats from a variety of genres, he always hits where it counts.

Focusing on Hip Hop at the core but easily moving in and out of soul, funk, rock, jazz, Latin, and disco, he is a versatile and highly acclaimed DJ on the International scene.


Red Bull BC One All Stars

The Red Bull BC One All Stars represent the best of the best within the B-Boy world united in one crew, from past Red Bull BC One winners to world record holders. Each of the nine crew members is an outstanding individual and brings a certain style, skill and move to the group—from hardcore power moves to intricate footwork. As well as their skills, they all have a passion for sharing their knowledge and for continually developing the B-Boy scene. Four Red Bull BC One All Stars will be coming to New Zealand to judge the Asia Pacific Qualifier and to host a series of workshops around the country.


These are:

Roxrite (USA) – Current world champion

Ronnie (USA)

Taisuke (Japan)

Pelezinho (Brazil)

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