June 22, 2013

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The Future of Bboying

This will be the future of American Bboying. May we be blessed with a future so wonderful, where nothing good is lost, only good is gained, and only the best of each of us is brought out.

Through our retail business we communicate a lot with bboys in other states. We have sponsored a few events in these states. When this happens I have made sure to always ask if their state has some sort of bboy organization or association or league. I have found that most big scenes DO have some sort of bboy association. Each association is a little different from the others, but pretty much all of them want to, for lack of better words, take bboying to the next level. Some want to be local, but all like the idea of taking their league nation wide. Isn't "unity" one of the core values of hip hop? Doesn't this sound a little like a pro league type of sport?

I have met with a few big names and influential bboys from Colorado. We have talked about creating this association and from it we hope will come a Colorado league. With all these groups sprouting up around the US, a nation wide bboy league will eventually form. This is Generation BBOY's written prediction of what the future of the “American Bboy Association's” mission and purpose will look like. This will be the future of American Bboying:

If you want to bboy, why not get paid to be the best you can be? Eventually you're going to hit a point in life where you have to support yourself. As a bboy, you're going to realize you cannot do it through bboying with the status quo. The best bboys in the world have trouble making ends meet in the USA because there is no industry for bboys to thrive. This yet to be named association, can kick start that industry, bring in sponsors and fans, and get bboys the recognition and pay they deserve. UFC has come up in only the past 10 years. What if bboys got paid $100,000 each for an expo battle? 

This association is not focused on all elements of hip hop, just bboying. Just like other elements of hip hop have branched off to form their own associations and groups, now is bboys time. This will be an association with a vision for enhanced socio-economic development through dance. That means (more or less) providing an opportunity for bboys to make bboying a living.

This organization with bring out the best in bboying for the world to see. It will share our culture with the main stream, not hide it in fear of it being misinterpreted or misused. It will help bboying to engage, inform, transform, sustain and entertain non bboys. Hip Hop is the fastest growing culture in the world has done more to unite youths from all corners of the earth than any government policy, no matter how well and good intended. It is for this reason that we have embraced Hip Hop dance as a vehicle for behavioral change and youth development. 

There is a moral imperative to address youth issues since they are a large and physically visible group with no formal voice, and are vulnerable to deviant conduct and disruptive activities:

1. They are negatively affected by social and economic challenges.

2. Youth can be a positive force if integrated into development processes and will have more positive outlook on their future. They understand social media and can use it for good if good role models are in their lives.

3. In terms of economic efficiency, the costs of not supporting youth development are disastrous socially, politically and economically.

This association consists of a few parts. First, is a professional educational/information resource on bboying and the entertainment industry. We set standards for the local community to educate bboys about the commercial scene so they can represent themselves well and for them to know what certain types of jobs should pay so they are not jerked or sell themselves short. This also sets standards for businesses to know what they can expect to pay for quality bboy entertainment and budget accordingly.

Second, is the event side. There are 4 different types of bboy events which cater to different crowds: mainstream events with large cash prize and held usually once a year, seasonal league tournament type events that will rank bboys within that league (and events are held often within a season), old school block parties just for fun, and grassroots competitions which don't focus on prize such as IBE, EVOLUTION, FSS. Since our goal is for economic enhancement, we will focus on the first two of the three: Mainstream events with large cash prizes and seasonal tournament leagues. We will organize many smaller competitions which lead up to one large event, forming a league style tournament. This league style competition consists of 6-8 battles over a 4 month period. Crews battle each other and their win/loss records are kept. At the end of 4 months the top 4 or 8 crews are chosen and put into a bracket based on their ranking. At the finals the crews battle down to one winner. The champions receive round trip plane tickets to any jam in the USA they choose. We will promote bboying to all youth in Colorado in all areas regardless of background, race, beliefs, economic conditions.

 

This will grow the US bboy scene and provide local dancers with an opportunity to develop and test their skills. This is done through competitions/the league, and exhibitions involving both local and out of state dancers. The ultimate goal is to provide dancers with a chance to travel and to expose the local scene to bboys from all over the country and help bboying find the same success of any other national "sport". 

What will the future hold? It is only a matter of time before we find out.


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