A B-boy/break-boy (male) is a person dedicated to a hip-hop culture. The term “b-boy” mainly refers to a male who practices break dancing. It is mainly the ability to perform a rhythmic form of dance which is a combination of a variety of dance forms including gymnastics and other original body movements. B-boys are often called break dancers. Here the style is different from ’80s break dancing which is a fusion of traditional moves with a more modern hip-hop style. It is normally danced to a hip hop music, which is often remixed, and is perhaps the best known of all hip hop dance styles.
South Korea’s “B-boy” dancing team Gambler topped the competition held in United States, the country where this dance style originated. Gambler also won the B-boy Hodown dance competition, held in Houston, Texas, defeating the Vicious Turkeys Crew. Gambler had previously collected the top prize at the Battle of The Year in Germany, the UK B-Boy Championship in Britain in 2004, and the Battled Mash in France in 2005, the British and German competitions representing two of the four top world competitions in the genre.
So far, U.S. teams have dominated the Hodown competition but now South Korean B-boy teams have shown their chops at various international competitions. Gambler won the top award by defeating about 30 teams from the U.S., France, Canada, Mexico, and Denmark..
The B-boy dance scene is one of South Korea’s new cultural event. Currently, about eight teams, including Gambler, Last for One, Drifters, Extreme, Maximum Crew, Rivers, and Expression, represent the cream of the crop of Korean B-boys. The estimated number of B-boys in South Korea is about 3,000 largely comprised of high school and university students.
“In the 1990s, B-boys had a negative reputation for being deceiving. But B-boy dancing were on their toes after 2000, when local teams won at international competitions. They are still on the boom and way towards achieving greater heights.