The Red Bull BC One Cypher USA returns to Orlando for the 18th edition of the US breaking competition. Winners of the Red Bull BC One City Cyphers in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, & Houston convene at the national final hosted in Orlando where the country’s top breakers will battle it out for a chance to compete in the Red Bull BC One World Final taking place in Gdansk Poland, November 5 and 6.
The nation’s top 16 B-Girls will go head-to-head on Saturday, August 21st judged by a panel of legacy breakers including Honey Rockwell, Baby Girl Ericka, and RoxRite of the Red Bull BC One All Stars. Joining the two finalists from each city cypher are 8 wild-card invites of top US B-Girls including: PepC (PA), La Vix(CA), BGirl Stacy (FL), Wonda (CA), Connie (NC), Meelisa (NY), and Macca (PA). The B-Girl finals will include special guest performances by Kida the Great and 18-year-old Logistx, a Red Bull BC One All Star.
Following on Sunday, August 22nd, the top 16 B-Boys will battle it out to wow judges Hong 10, Flo Master, and Honey Rockwell. Joining the two finalists from each city cypher are 8 wild-card invites of top US B-Boys including: Stripes (FL), Lego (FL), Ives (AK), Nasty Ray (CA), Thesis (WA), Morris (CA), and Ben Stacks (NV). An intermission will include a special exhibition battle that merges a rising generation of B-Boys and B-Girls with legacy breakers, including Flo Master, Orko, Reveal, Wicket, Ronnie and Beta representing the Old School; and Kastet, Logistx, Kate, Victor, Somar, and Doug representing the New School.
The cyphers will feature new tracks created in partnership with Beatclub, the world’s premier global marketplace for music creators launched last year by the multi-platinum selling super producer Timbaland and his longtime business partner Gary Marella.
The Red Bull BC One Cypher USA will be accompanied by the anticipated return of Red Bull BC One Camp USA. Kicking off Friday, August 20th and running through Sunday, August 22nd, the weekend features three days of workshops, panels, competitions, and parties that provide a platform for the community to connect and celebrate. Curated for breakers and dance enthusiasts, Red Bull BC One Camp USA will feature an array of programs covering everything from breaking to popping and graffiti to DJing, as well as multiple open competitions, including an all-style 7-to-smoke battle and a 2v2 breaker and house dance battle. The weekend brings together some of the most notable names in dance, including Kida the Great, Cultura, Toyin, Popin’ Pete, and members of the global Red Bull BC One All Star crew, to host, judge, moderate, and share their experience with attendees.
Red Bull BC One Camp USA is free and open to the public. There will be onsite registration for all programs throughout the weekend, but advance registration is highly encouraged for workshops via the programing website.
Tickets to the national B-Girl final (Sat, Aug 21) and national B-Boy final (Sun, Aug 22) are $20 for a single day ticket on Saturday or Sunday or $30 for a two-day pass. Secure your spot at the Red Bull BC One Cypher USA here or tune in to the livestream on Red Bull BC One YouTube or Red Bull TV.
Red Bull BC One Camp USA | Schedule of Events
Check out the full schedule of programming below. All times listed are event start time.
Friday, August 20th | Day 1
- 5:30PM | Open Freestyle Jam — Kick-off Red Bull BC One Camp USA and come as you are to connect with the dance community through an all styles open cypher hosted by Red Bull dancers Angyil and Dassy.
- 5:30PM | House Battle Strategies — Guest teacher Toyin will take your dance skills to the next level with an intermediate house dance workshop focused on specific battle strategies.
- 7:30PM | All Styles 7 to Smoke — This all styles 7-to-smoke will challenge your creativity and execution. Judged by Poppin’ Pete, Comfort Fedoke and Kida The Great – the first to seven points takes the crown.
- 9:30PM | Break Down the House 2v2 — Dance worlds collide as this 2v2 battle randomly teams up a breaker with a house dancer to battle against another pair on the floor. The 16-entrant bracket competition will be judged by RoxRite, Shade and Junious Brickhouse.
Saturday, August 21 | Day 2
- 12:00PM | Open Break Cypher — Get an opportunity to jam with the pros. The Red Bull BC One All Stars kick off Day 2 of Red Bull BC One Camp USA with an open breaking cypher. Featuring B-Boys Ronnie, RoxRite and Neguin, and the dance floor will be open for all.
- 12:00PM | Artistry in Breaking — In this special breaking workshop, B-Girl Beta and B-Girl Kastet of the Red Bull BC One All Stars navigate the ins and outs of creative blocks in dance and how to overcome them.
- 2:00PM | Dance As A Tool For Self Expression — Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin will combine his breaking techniques and capoeira experience to lead a workshop that takse dancers on a journey through the physical, mental, spiritual and energetic elements of breaking. Open to all levels and ages.
- 2:30PM | Choreo and Musicality — Making moves both in the US and international dance scenes, Kida the Great will give dancers an inside look into his unique style and approach when it comes to creating sets, combos and routines.
- 4:00PM | Couch Session: Three Generations of B-Girls featuring Honey Rockwell, Baby girl Ericka, Beta, Logistx, and Kastet — In this panel featuring B-Girls of 3 different generations, we take a look at B-Girl history and its growth into a worldwide movement. Representing the B-Girls of the early 90’s is Honey Rockwell with the late 90’s represented by Baby Girl and Beta while Logistx and Kastet offer a fresh perspective on the new generation. The panel will be hosted by MyVerse.
- 5:00PM | Popping History and Techniques — In this special popping and boogaloo style workshop led by Popin’ Pete, you’ll learn the fundamentals of groove and musicality while getting a refresher on the history of popping from the creator of the move.
- 6:30PM | Power Moves Battle — Breakers will face off in a top-8 bracket – with three chosen by direct invite and five decided through open preliminaries. Judged by Orko, Wicket and Reveal, each competitor goes head-to-head until only one is crowned winner.
- 9:00PM | Red Bull BC One USA National Finals B-Girl Battle (Top 16) — The top-16 b-girls go head-to-head to impress a roster of legacy judges Honey Rockwell, Baby Girl Ericka and RoxRite for a chance to represent the USA at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Poland. Only one b-girl will be crowned winner. The battle will include intermission acts by Red Bull BC One All Star Logistx and Kida the Great.
Sunday, August 23 | Day 3
- 12:00PM | Open Breaking Cypher — Red Bull BC One All Stars Hong 10, Neguin and Kastet will lead in an open breaking cypher inviting all to jam on the final day of Red Bull BC One Camp.
- 12:00PM | Beyond the Fundamentals — Level up your breaking with a special breaking workshop led by B-Boy Luigi and Red Bull BC One All Star RoxRite. Flipping the “traditional” into something “beyond the fundamentals,” you’ll leave the workshop with expanded vocabulary, originality and a unique approach to your style of breaking.
- 12:30PM | Foundations – Playing the Perfect Beat — Technics offers an introductory music workshop with Lean Rock and Skeme Richard who will cover the journey of becoming a DJ, the technical skills it takes to make it, the process for music selection, how to navigate music licenses, and more.
- 1:00PM | Graffiti Workshop by Spen-1 and Tragek-1 — Graffiti artists Spen-1 and Tragek-1 will lead in a comprehensive workshop around one of the four elements of hip-hop. Tragek will cover letter foundation and concepts plus color theory while Spen-1 will tackle character execution, letter foundation and mural concepts.
- 3:00PM | Stretching the Basics — Red Bull BC One All Star Hong 10 shares his secrets to longevity in the dance scene. Taking it back to the basics, Hong 10 will lead an exclusive workshop with a special focus on stretching and footwork that unpacks his ten years of experience as an international competitor.
- 6:00PM | B-Girl 7 to Smoke — This 7-to-Smoke B-Girl battle begins with an open preliminary battle to decide who moves on to the Top 8. From there, it’s a race to seven wins. First one there is crowned champ. Judges include Baby Girl Ericka, Ronnie and Beta, while Mad Illz is set to host.
- 7:30PM | Red Bull BC One USA National Finals B-Boy Battle (Top 16) — The nation’s Top 16 B-Boys face off to see who will represent the USA at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Poland. Breakers battle one-on-one, with the winner to be voted by judges Hong 10, Flo Master and Honey Rockwell. A special exhibition battle and intermission will see old and new generation breakers go head-to-head on the stage, including: Flo Master, Orko, Reveal, Wicket, Ronnie and Beta representing the Old School; and Kastet, Logistx, Kate, Victor, Somar, and Doug will representing the New School.
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