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B-Boys conquer the world!

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By Kirsten Laskey

I always thought break-dancing was just a quick trend, locked up tight in the 80s’ and only performed by odd balls wearing really bad outfits.

Watching “Planet B-Boy” revealed just how wrong I was. The 80s just took an art form was ruined it by turning the art into commercialized tripe.

Break dancing, according to this documentary, has nothing to do with acid washed jeans and more to do with a free form of self-expression. There aren’t really any set moves or guidelines, it’s more about what a particular dancer feels and wants to express.

Another misconception the documentary proved incorrect was the idea that break-dancers only originate deep within urban centers in the U.S. This is not a dance limited to New York or Los Angeles, it is a world- wide art.

In fact, the documentary focuses on an international competition, Battle of the Year, held in Germany. Teams from Italy, Greece, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and other countries practice, train and compete within their own countries for the chance to go to the international event.

The film addresses a few of these dance groups that earned the opportunity to compete in 2005. One originates from Las Vegas, Nev., two are from South Korea, another team is from France and the final group is from Japan.


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