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B-BOY WORLD CUP TO KICK OFF IN SEOUL

World class break dancers from around the globe will converge in Seoul next month to battle for the title of world’s best B-boy crew.

The annual dance competition titled “R-16 KOREA 2010,” organized by the Korea Tourism Organization, will be held at the Olympic Park in Jamsil, southern Seoul.

An estimated 120 members from international crews, emerging DJs and hip-hop artists from 16 countries will participate in the forthcoming competition set to begin July 3-4.

The competition, which was established to boost inbound traffic for the growing travel industry, is in its fourth year.

All participating crews were chosen through preliminary competitions in their respective countries, ensuring only top-level dancers will showcase their talent.

A local B-boy crew performs at last year’s R-16 Korea competition in Seoul. KTO

Among the crews competing in this year’s event will be Spain’s Fusion Rockers, France’s Phase-T, Germany’s Terror Bunch, and Vietnam’s Big Toe.

Representing Korea will be Jinjo Crew who clinched their ticket to compete at the competition in March at a national try-out held at Ilsan’s KINTEX.

The main competition will be divided into two categories.

The “performance battle” will involve competing crews performing their routines in front of a panel of judges and in “crew battle” competition, winners will be decided in head to head battles.

An additional side-tournament has been added to this year’s edition, inviting dancers to compete in a one-on-one pop-lock contest.

In addition to the competitions, a series of hip-hop concerts will be held throughout the event alongside a graffiti festival and an urban-chic themed flea market.

This year, onlookers will get a first hand glimpse of how each performance is officiated through a live, computerized feed of the scoring system displayed on monitors.

On the opening day, a local dancer who goes by the moniker Fantastic will stage a performance which fuses taekwondo and break dancing to the tunes of traditional Korean folk musician Kim Deok-soo.

By Song Woong-ki  (kws@heraldm.com)

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