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French breakdancing crew wins Cup in the Braun Battle of the Year

French breakdancing crew, Vagabonds, have won the Braun Battle of the Year 2012.

At a packed Park & Suites Arena in the city of Montpellier, France, 19 of the world’s best b-boy crews faced-off on November 17, 2012 for the world championship of breakdancing, the Braun Battle of the Year (BOTY).

After an epic night of b-boy action French crew Vagabonds were crowned the 2012 Braun Battle of the Year champions for the second year in a row, following a memorable electric battle against Flooriorz, a Japanese crew. Vagabonds secured their victory with another signature display of incredible power moves, fast and furious footwork and choreographed routines that left the crowd whooping and screaming in delight.

Judge Niek Traa, said afterwards: “It’s well deserved. You could see the difference in the quality of their show. It really stood out. And they didn’t make any mistakes in the final battle.”

French fans could not have been more pleased with another home victory, even though it spelled disappointment for the Asian and other crews who had traveled from far and wide to compete. A huge congratulations goes out to all who participated in the event.

The finals attracted crews from all over the world. Throughout the year, regional qualifiers took place. The countries represented were: Spain, Israel, Japan, Morroco, Italy, France, South Africa, Germany, Belarus, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia, Taiwan, Belgium, Austria, Korea, Nigeria and Singapore.

The night unfolded with each crew performing a six-minute choreographed routine. The five judges looked at synchronicity, stage-presence, choreography and their choice of music. In contrast to previous years, the six best crews, not four, then went forward to the final battles stage. This, said organizer Thomas Hergenröther, was a concession to the fans who wanted to see more battles.

“Hip-hop is all about the battles. It’s what the guys want to do and what the fans love to watch. Having six makes it much more interesting!”

Being spontaneous, the battles produced some of the wildest action as the crews went head to head in a bid to out perform each other. Last night, the atmosphere reached fever pitch as each crew raised the bar with a succession of dramatic dance sequences including flips, freezes, spins and rehearsed routines.

On top of the main event, there were a series of gigs, workshops, 1 vs 1 and We B*Girlz battles, parties and much more that make Braun BOTY an all-round hip-hop extravaganza! On Friday night, at the Palais des Sports Nagi & Nao from Japan took the We B*Girlz title while Niek from Holland won the 1 vs 1 for the second year in a row. (Results and report here: www.braunbattleoftheyear.com)

The night was hosted by MCs Maleek and Nasty from France while DJs Nobunaga AKA Panic and One Up were on the decks heating up the vibes with their funky breaks and versatility. Comments Thomas Hergenröther: It was a fantastic night and I’d like to congratulate all the crews for taking part and the fans for their support.”

Last night it was announced that after three years in France, the final will return to Germany in 2013. Adds Hergenröther: “The last three years have been the perfect partnership with the city of Montpellier. We’re leaving with a little sadness but also looking forward to returning to Germany where BOTY started.”

For more information visit www.braunbattleoftheyear.com or check out our Facebook fanpage www.facebook.com/battleoftheyear

Details courtesy of zooom.at/bergermarkus.com



Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.


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