Breakdancing debut at Asian Games 2023: ‘B-boys’ and ‘B-girls’ rule the stage with dance battles. Watch videos
For the first time, the Asian Games stage was echoing with energetic beats of hip-hop music as participants flipped, jigged and spun on their heads to compete in breakdancing in Hangzhou on Friday.
Unlike participants of other Asian Games events, dancers in baggy T-shirts, tracksuits and baseball caps performed on throbbing beat in the competition on Friday.
A DJ spun tracks and an MC hyped the contestants up. Spectators, who were overwhelmingly young, waved glow sticks and whooped.
On the first day, Kim Hongyul from the Republic of Korea and Qi Xiangyu from China competed in the Men’s Round Robin Group A Battle 1.
Now the acrobatic dance style, which originated on the streets of 1970s New York, is at the Asian Games for the first time and will also debut next year at the Olympics.
Other participants like, Japan’s NakaraiI Shigeyuki, Hishikawa Isshin, and others also performed on the first day of the competition.