It coincides with Hip Hop’s 49th birthday on Thursday (August 11) and the recent announcement by the International Olympic Committee to include breaking in the 2024 Paris Games. Until now, breaking was frequently overlooked.
“Breaking, in particular, had a huge moment in pop culture history, but it is important to note that it has not disappeared,” said Montalvo.
“It’s actually grown massively with communities all over the world, and it’s finally getting the full-time exposure and respect it deserves. You see more stages and competitions globally as well as brands stepping in to offer us sponsorships and support.”
Logan Edra Highlights the Challenges B-Girls Face in the Scene
Edra, the winner of the 2021 Red Bull BC One World Final faces unique obstacles, as a woman, in the space. The 19-year-old said the she experiences one of two energies whenever she encounters other b-girls or women in the scene.
“One of the energies I receive is really passionate and welcoming. The other energy is…jealously, almost pettiness, because I am a female…who has achieved a certain amount of success. It seems as if we are competing with one another. Who will be the first woman to accomplish this? We set the benchmark, but there are not many of us, so it is competitive.”
Women’s participation in the sport has improved during the past several years. Ayumi Fakushima of Japan was the first woman to ever compete at the Red Bull BC One World Finals in 2017.
The platform hosted the first Red Bull BC One B-Girl World Finals the following year. During the competition, 16 of the world’s top b-girls battled for the crown.
Despite the fact that competition was fierce, Edra finds affinity with other women dancing alongside her.
Edra continued, “I believe when b-girls meet b-girls in the Hip Hop scene, it’s really amazing because we know how difficult it is, so when we meet each other, we feel stronger because we are like, ‘Oh my gosh. I’m not alone.’ I feel such a strong connection to the ladies I represent…which is one of the things I love most about it.”