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Queer Dancers Shake Up Red Bull BC One's Breakdancing Competition

Queer Dancers Shake Up Red Bull BC One's Breakdancing Competition
Courtesy of Red Bull Media House

Dancers are making the breakdancing world more inclusive one pop and lock at a time.

The best breakdancers across the country are gearing up to compete in one of the most prestigious competitions the sport has seen. Queer Breakers from around the world, like fan-favorite dancer, Dosu, are using the art form to reimagine gender and sexuality, creating a more inclusive space within the break scene.

Kicking off this Saturday, July 23, in Philadelphia, PA, Red Bull BC One will host its first regional qualifier, or cypher, of the season, featuring Dosu, himself.

Each week, breakers will gather across the nation for additional regional cyphers in Austin, Orlando, Boston, and Seattle, vying for a chance to compete at the national final in Los Angeles.

The 2022 U.S. Red Bull BC One competition celebrates the art of breaking — which will become an Olympic sport in the 2024 Summer Games — as well as the individuals and communities who have shaped it.

Summoning the best “b-boys” and “b-girls” for one-on-one battles, each regional cypher will host 16 performers as they compete in a knockout bracket format. Regional qualifiers include select invitees as well as champions and runners-up from this spring’s open pre-qualifying city cyphers.

A panel of acclaimed breakers from each region will determine the competitors that will advance to the Red Bull BC One National Final in LA. Following nationals, Red Bull BC One World Final will return to NY– the birthplace of break– for the first time in 13 years.

As the dance battles heat up, breakers will be forced to leave it all on the floor. Stay tuned to PRIDE for a glimpse at how Dosu breaks it down in Philly this weekend. Watch the trailer for Red Bull BC One below. 

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