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Breaking (Dance) in the Olympics 2024

Breaking (Dance) | Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made history by formally adding breaking, also referred to as breakdancing, to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This choice to add breaking in the olympics represents a major turning point for the Olympic movement and the dance community, demonstrating how sports are changing and how urban culture is becoming more and more popular around the world. 

What is the Sport of Breaking?

Breaking is acrobatic & dynamic dance style that emerged as an important element of hip-hop culture (Along with DJing, MCing, and graffiti) on the streets of New York City in the early 1970s. Breaking has four elements: TopRocks, DownRocks, Power Moves & Freezes. It is a street-level art form that is now well-known worldwide.

When Will the Breaking Competitions Take Place?

The 2024 Olympic breaking sports competitions are scheduled as follows:

– Women’s Categories: The battles will be held on August 9, with the qualifying rounds taking place from 4 to 6 pm, followed by the finals from 8 to 10 pm.

– Men’s Categories: The battles will occur the next day, on August 10. The qualifying rounds will also be from 4 to 6 pm, with the finals from 8 to 10 pm.

The Journey of Breaking at the 2024 Olympic Games

Breaking (Dance) in the Olympics 2024

 

Breaking as a dance sport debuted on the international scene in 2018 during the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. The event featured the athleticism, talent, and creative ability of B-boys and B-girls from all over the world, and was a huge success. An important step toward the participation of the breaking in the 2024 Olympic Games was the audience’s and the IOC’s good welcome.

The Olympic Breaking Sport Format

In Olympic Breaking battles, 16 Bgirls & 16 Bboys will face off in 1-on-1 duels in their respective category. Each battle having three throw downs. Judges gives them points after each round as winner is decided based on best of three rounds. Each throw down is limited to 60 seconds, but there are no penalties for performing shorter or longer routines. Battles are judged by a panel of nine respected dancers from the breaking community, who evaluate each performance based on clearly defined criteria. 

Rules & Judging criteria for the breakdancing sport

The breaking judging system evaluates five main criteria: technique, execution, originality, vocabulary, and musicality. 

Technique: It encompasses athleticism, body control, dynamics, space control, form, lines, and shapes.

Execution: It assesses the consistency of flow, avoiding crashes, slips, falls, and ensuring cleanliness in moves.

Originality: It measures the dancer’s improvisation skills, personality, uniqueness, and his own creation of moves & sets.

Vocabulary: It refers to the range and quantity of moves, highlighting the variations in the dancer’s arsenal.

Musicality: It evaluates how well dancers synchronize their movements with the music, focusing on rhythm and different textures.

Each criterion accounts for 20% of the total score, making up 100% when combined. The system also includes a misbehaviour button to monitor the conduct of B-Boys and B-Girls on stage.

There are three misbehaviour buttons used to address inappropriate conduct:

1. The first button addresses unintentional misbehaviour, such as accidentally disturbing an opponent’s round.

2. The second button deals with more serious actions.

3. The third button is for the most severe cases, such as deliberately disrupting an opponent’s performance or making inappropriate gestures and comments.

Judges compare two athletes in the same battle instead of assigning points individually. The athlete who wins two out of three rounds is declared the overall winner.

Quota Places For Breakers

A total of 32 quota spots (16 for each gender) are available for eligible dancers to compete for the first medals in breaking. Each NOC is limited to four athletes (two per gender). Host country France has secured two spots (one per gender), and the Tripartite Commission will allocate four Universality places (two per gender). To be eligible for a Universality place, athletes must participate in the Olympic Qualifier Series (Shanghai & Budapest) and finish in the top 24 in the final ranking.

Quota Places for Breakers:

Quota PlacesHost Country PlacesUniversality PlacesTotal
Men 131216
Women131216
Total262432

Number of Breakers Allowed per National Olympic Committee (NOC):

Quota Places per NOC
Men 2
Women2
Total4

Bboys Qualified for the PARIS 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES

Below 6 Bboys have already qualified for Paris Olympics 2024 by winning prior events:

1. Bboy Victor

Bboy Victor hailing from the USA – champion of the WDSF World Breaking Championship in 2023.

2. Bboy Billy

Bboy Billy hailing from Morocco – champion of the African Championship in 2023.

3. Bboy Danny Dann

Bboy Danny Dan hailing from France – champion of the European Games in 2023.

4. Bboy J Attack

Bboy J Attack hailing from Australia – champion of the WDSF Oceania Championship in 2023.

5. Bboy Phil Wizard

Bboy Phil Wizard hailing from Canada – champion of the Pan American Games in 2023.

6. Bboy Shigekix

Bboy Shigekix hailing from Japan – champion of the Asian Games in 2022.

Bgirls Qualified for the PARIS 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES

Below 6 Bgirls have already qualified for Paris Olympics 2024 by winning prior events:

1. Bgirl Sunny

Bgirl Sunny hailing from the USA – champion of the Pan American Games in 2023.

2. Bgirl Elmamouny

Bgirl Elmamouny hailing from Morocco – champion of the African Championship in 2023.

3. Bgirl India

Bgirl India hailing from The Netherlands – champion of the European Games in 2023.

4. Bgirl Nicka

Bgirl Nicka hailing from Lithuania – champion of the World Championships in 2023.

5. Bgirl Raygun

Bgirl Raygun hailing from Australia – champion of the WDSF Oceania Championship in 2023.

6. Bgirl 671

Bgirl 671 hailing from China – champion of the Asian Games in 2022.

FAQs

1. What is breaking in the Olympics?

Breaking is a dance sport that has been added to the Paris Olympics 2024 for the first time ever. The president of the IOC said that they included breakdancing as part of a measure to attract more interest from young individuals in the Olympics.

2. Is break dancing in the Olympics?

Yes, breakdancing has been added as an Olympic breaking sport in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics following its success at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

3. How many breakdancers from each country can get in the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Every country can only send a maximum of 4 breakers and only two per gender. 

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Bgirl Lexi

Hey there! I am BGirl Lexie, and I'm on a mission to uncover and share the inspiring stories of the incredible Bboys and Bgirls who make the world of breaking come alive!

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