Red Bull BC One Cypher – break dance in Tajikistan
A qualifying round of the international break dance competition Red Bull BC One Cypher was held in Dushanbe on March 29. It was long-expected and huge event for Tajik break dance community. Red Bull BC One started in 2004, and Tajikistan gets a chance to participate in it for the first time.
Sixteen Tajik break-dancers were competing on the beautiful stage of the Theater of Opera and Ballet for the chance to get to the next qualifying round for Central Asia that will be held in Astana in May.
B-Boy (break-boy) Lil Kiko (Tahmos Isaev) became the champion after all the battles. His opponent in the final battle, B-Boy Khura got a “Wild Card” from the jury and also will be representing Tajikistan in the next qualifying round.
Red Bull BC One championship is unique knockout competition that has one-on-one format. It helps participants to show their skills, style and techniques on highest level. Judges make decisions on the winner. A board of three judges came to Tajikistan: Hong 10 – current world’s champion in Red Bull BC One 2013 from South Korea, Aslan (Bootoz) – champion of Red Bull BC One in Russia, Andrei (Pluto) – champion of Red Bull BC One in Ukraine.
Day before the competition, judges gave a master class for the participants, where they showed their special moves and unique techniques.
The tournament caused high excitement in public – there were very few invitations and many people wanting to watch the show. Participants tell that they were so excited about the chance to take a part in this global event, that one of them made a tattoo with the logo of the tournament.
B-Boy community in Tajikistan is unexperienced and stands on the beginner’s level. Judges say that performances were not so strong, but conducting this competition will provide the stimulus for this community to grow and develop.
Olga Zavyalova (Dushanbe)