The BOTY 2002 report
International BOTY 2002, 26th October 2002, Braunschweig - Germany
This year Korea managed to win against France in a very thrilling battle. Koreans impressed with a lot of power, style and air-freezes.
Vagabonds (France) however didnít put any shame on France, the crew was in top-form, their performance was extraordinary and they gave their best.
However the jury decided how they decided and thatís a holy decision and it is to be respected.
The battle for the third place was given to Deep-Trip (Switzerland) and Top9 (Russia).
Top9 has lost to Deep-Trip, however there is a big debate about Deep-Tripís performance. Most people think that the 3rd place should have been given to Top9 (they really did well), and even more, there have been opinions that Deep-Trip should not have got into the battles at all.
There were many groups that had more impressive and much more original shows. Just to mention a few shortly:
We hope this article was informative to you and we will keep you up to date on video releases and simillar
What about UK
Well finally where was UK??? Seems like there is no crew ready for a competition of the level of BOTY. Who knows, breakdancing is growing exponentially in the UK and we all hope that next year there will be someone good enough 2 represent.
New developments in the dance & World Break-dance based on Battle of the year 2002
This year we have seen some very interesting developments in the power-moves part of breakin.
1.This year not that just each single Breakdancer at BOTY can do Air-flares but this year, variations of Air-flares have been brought to BOTY.
Watch out for one guy from Vagabonds who does very interesting Air-flares, they donít look like you would be flying through the air as with traditional Air-flares but they seem to give a hopping impression. He practically switches between his hands instead of jumping. This is a very interesting new development in power-moves, which shows that even Ďwell-defined-movesí like Air-flares can be done with different style, and that there are no boundaries to how a move has to look like, you are free to invent anything you like.
2.One member of Killa Beez and many others throughout the BOTY competition have showed and brought in some very smooth and quick transitions between individual powermoves. The breakdancers do a powermove and quickly swap into another and back again into the original powermove. This is done so extremely smoothly that it gives the impression as if it would be just one sole powermove instead of two linked together. This is therefore another new and very nice evolvement since 2000 and 2001.
These have been brought onto a much higher level than they used to be in 2000 (2001 had already some quite cool freezes). This is mainly concerning air-freezes.
∑ The Koreans have shown some extremely advanced freezes. The freezes in general are more based on power and the breakdancer at 2days BOTY is able to freez practically in any possible position. In general it could be sayed that BOTY 2002 has shown some of the maddest freezes ever and people like Expression Crew or Ichigeki, Freestyle Phanatix and many more have proven to us that one can take freezes onto a very high level.
Style and Footwork
Style and Footwork have also been very impressive at this years BOTY, many new ideas have been shown and a lot of originality with most breakers.
Here a list of improvements would be infinite and therefore we will leave out a very detailed discussion. However you can contact us with any questions by clicking here.
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