June 11, 2018

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Why do we keep doing something that is so hard to become "great" at?

Why do we continuously pursue something that seems ridiculous? After all, sometimes it will take a year to see progress. Sometimes you will have an off training day and you cannot make any of your sets work. It gets frustrating. Here at Generation BBoy, each of us train. We know what success and what failure feels like. We push our community to grow though events like the Rocky Mountain Breaking League


With this in mind, it is a big deal to succeed at a difficult move. It is rewarding to do something so unique and hard. Something that makes people stop walking on the street and gasp in awe. Just like any other hobby, competing (battling), is rewarding within itself. I remember vividly the first time I moved on past preliminaries. While I did not win, I knew that I was not crazy. I knew that this passion of mine was a talent too. I knew that there were other people in the world who found this whole hip-hop scene just as enticing as I do.


Not only is it unique and rewarding but it also gives us a community. The breaking and hip-hop community in Colorado is inclusive, talented, and enthusiastic (among many other things). People come together under something that is so hard to do. That creates a bond almost nothing else can.


There are many reasons we break. There are many reasons besides being unique; rewarding; and having an amazing community. In fact, there are so many reasons it is not possible to fit it all on this blog! Why do you continue to break? Comment below and share your motivation!


- Kara
June 08, 2015

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BC One Denver Cypher

Here in Colorado the excitement was high the rainy morning of Saturday, June 8th. Why you ask? Denver, Colorado was chosen as the host for the mid west region BC One Cypher. Walking to the event I noticed the great amount of dressed up socialites going to events next door. BC One was going on right next to where Wicked was being shown! Hosted at one of the most prestigious event halls (where the Colorado symphony plays) it was not only a great event but a wonderful venue. 

Let's get to the actual event. Ivan the Urban Action Figure was the host and did not stop bouncing around getting the crowd hype. There was not one lull in the cypher with Ivan around. The judges were RoxRite, YNOT, and Asia Yu. Skeme Richards was the DJ and did a phenomenal job. 

Terrific Terry, a member of the same crew (Amida) as our CEO, Silvish, was in the battle and that was one of millions of reasons Generation BBoy showed up to the event in full force. Terrific Terry, among others, kept the crowd reminded of what amazing footwork, threads, and musicality looks like while others, like Kid Cruz, kept the crowd astonished with his power and pzazz. It was cool to see the the individuality and expression of each dancer. The final ended up being between Data from Soul Mechanics Krew and Kid Cruz from Bedtime Monstaz. The winner: Kid Cruz!

Thank you Red Bull for supporting the scene. 

- Generation BBoy

May 07, 2015

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WANTED's Venue - One of the best Music Venues in Denver - City Hall's Cue Room

We promise that WANTED ✖ 1v1 Breaking Duels ✖ Denver, CO will be one of the best 1v1 competitions in the Midwest. With the help of UDEF and Silverback Bboy Events, we are starting this event off with a BANG! 

Presented by the Pro Breaking Tour & Sactioned by UDEF - Pro Breaking Tour - UDEFtour.org

The Venue

Voted by 303 Magazine for Best Venue! This is such a great venue. The floors are fantastic and there is just the right amount of space. The stage lights make the crews feel like they're they've reached super-stardom. 

Denver’s best live music & events venue! City Hall is built to suit the best of the best. This unique events venue is a stone’s throw from the Denver Capitol building, across the corner from the Denver Art Museum, and across the street from the new Denver History Museum right in the heart of the city.

Here is the trailer from the last time we used this venue for King of Hearts 4! If you're not HYPE for WANTED then maybe you're just not ready for it. 

 

See more here: http://www.coclubs.com/city-hall/#about

Check this place out!

February 22, 2014

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King of Hearts 6 - Crew vs Crew Bboy Battle - Denver Colorado Hip Hop Events

We wanted to give a mad shout-out to Dance2Live for organizing King of Hearts 6. This 3 day event was incredible. Congrats to Havikoro for taking the 1st place. StrifeTV has put together an awesome trailer, check it out here: 

 

This event was great! 

January 18, 2014

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#1roundkiller

We are super excited about this event. Our friend Airsick is introducing a "1 round killer" concept and it sounds interesting! We will be at the jam in full force with our Colorado fam! We will only be able to bring a few things. So, check us out ahead of time and message us if you have a special request.

 

 

Presented by Silverback Bboy Events & Sanctioned by UDEF
.................PRO BREAKING TOUR UDEFtour.org.................


January 18th 2014
6 PM - 12 AM

ALL AGES EVENT UNTIL MIDNIGHT. 21 up after midnight. DUE TO THE AFTER PARTY!! Details on that soon! Flyer also coming soon!

Including:
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE (Main Event)
1st Place = $750.00
2nd Place= $500.00
3rd Place= $250.00
4th Place= $250.00
5th Place= $50.00
6th Place= $50.00
7th Place= $50.00
8th Place= $50.00

ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD
2 Dancers will receive this award
Cypher Killer 1 $100.00
Cypher Killer 2 $100.00

SPECIAL SHOW BY: FLYBOYS INTERNATIONAL

Great Venue with very nice floor! The venue will be created into a party vibe type of atmosphere! This way there will be a lot of cyphers! And hopefully call outs!

For those who are flying into town. You want to fly into Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO! There are many hotels near the airport! However, if you need housing please contact me so I can notify some people so you will have a place to stay!

MC: Flyboy Doc (Flyboys International)

VENDORS: 50 dollars per vendor. Nice areas to vend! Please Contact: Erick Airsick Billings

Damage: 15 Dollars (It will be worth every penny)
Camera fee: $5.00 (We will have our own videographer)

Online payment is no longer available. It ended December 31st, 2013.
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE FOR $500 CASH!

This will NOT be just like every other event that you go to. All the rules to every battle will be noted! The Judges views will be posted on the event page and then again clarified at the event! All the Judges for the Bboy Battle will have at least 10 years of experience under their belt and are respected within the breakin community. Judges will be posted very shortly as they confirm. We have interviewed each and every judge we select to make sure they not only are good bboys but they also understand competitions and the art form. Lastly, we are trying our hardest to stay away from being biased toward competitors. Originally we weren't going to allow anyone to battle if they were in the same crew as 1 of the 3 judges. We decided if one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can.

On the wheels of steel:

DJ: SoulRane (Las Vegas)

1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE JUDGES:

Judge #1 DIZZY (Motion Disorderz, Milwaukee, WI/ Tampa,FL)
Judge #2 SWELLZ (Fallen Kingz Sacramento, CA)
Judge #3 FREEDOM (ENI, St.Louis)
Substitute Judge: TYQUAN (Mighty Zulu Kingz)

1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE RULES:

1) There will be no preliminary round. If you sign up you will get to battle. If we have 85 bboys to enter then all 85 will get to battle. No questions asked.

2) You will only get 1 ROUND per battle all the way to the finals(see rule number 3). This will promote no holding back! This also allows room for bboys who don't have big names to take out a bigger name if they mess up and you do great!

3) The final battle will be 5 ROUNDS! It will be pretty impressive to see someone who can kill it in 1 round and in a 5 round battle at the end!

4) If one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can. If both bboys entering have a crew member on the judging panel then both judges will stay in their seats and judge the battle.

5) Ties: We will not be using "majority rules". If judge A calls a Tie, judge B calls a Tie, but judge C votes for the guy on the left then the guy on the left will be the winner of the battle with 1 point. Also, if the battle does end up being a tie. The only way this can happen is if judge A says the guy on the left won, judge b says the guy on the right won, and the last judge calls a tie(or vice versa). In this case the judge that called a tie(who was undecided)will be the only judge in the tie-breaker round.

ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD RULES:

1) There will be a 1 hour segment of all cyphers with a variety of party music. Whoever kills the cypher the most in that time will be crowned cypher killer. There will be secret judges watching who is killing the cyphers during that time.

Vendor:
1) Generation Bboy (Denver, CO)
http://www.generationbboy.com/

Because this event is now sanctioned by The Pro Breaking Tour we will need ALL COMPETITORS to register as a Tour Competitor onwww.UDEFtour.org. This is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes or less! Less than 2 weeks away! GET HYPE!

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.

October 08, 2012

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All Out 2012 Bboy Battle - Salt Lake City, UT, USA

 

All Out 2012 was awesome. We got eliminated in the finals by Kucklehead Zoo! What a good battle. The scene is Utah is awesome. We really appreciate the hospitality and the fresh moves. If you have not traveled to a jam in Utah. DO IT! 

FINAL:  


September 23, 2012

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Rockers Rumble Rocked Our Socks Off!

This jam was so awesome! We loved the crowd and the energy of the event. Our crew Amida lost in the finals :.( 

BUT we lost to a pretty outstanding crew, whose members included: Mig 187, Airsick, Data, Vee, and Ronnie Ruen! Daaaaaaaaamn!  

We will share the footage soon. If you bought something from us there... Comment on this post and we'll send you a special discount code! 


April 10, 2012

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New Mexico shows us a good time at City Vs City

FIRST CHECK OUT THE CREW VS CREW FINAL AND THE 1ON1 FINALS!

City Vs City on Facebook

We had a great time in Albuquerque, NM! We met at ton of new people and the event was a massive success (not just because we won :p). The music was great (thanks to DJ Smog) and the other vendors were awesome. The venue, Warehouse 508, was amazing. Check-It took care of all the VIPs and the event ran pretty smoothly. We also ran into Ruen again, as he was one of the judges! I believe we have seen Ruen more in the past couple months than some of our own crew mates.

Shout out to some of the other vendors and people that made this event go well!

http://www.facebook.com/urbanmisfitsociety

http://www.facebook.com/sabawear

http://www.facebook.com/hermandjsmogjohnson

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warehouse-508/9575983927

We hope to link up with these people again and many more. Great to meet everyone and make a bunch of new friends!

We highly suggest City Vs City event. Check-It knows what he is doing when throwing events and is a prime example of how all events should be thrown for bboys. 5 stars and very impressed!

You'll know what I mean when you go,

GenBboy


April 10, 2012

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The Future of Professional Bboying and NBL

Do you want to get paid just to show up at a battle? So do we! This post is to start a discussion to make this a reality.

NBL is the world's first Breakin' league with a goal of sharing the intensity, flash, and competitive nature of bboying to the world through a full-fledged professional league. Being crowned the national champion should be the ultimate bragging right, but NBL has lost some steam over the last couple years. While we fully support NBL, the future of NBL was uncertain to us; especially after the size of the event was much smaller than we expected. Why is that? Luckily, we had a chance to speak with Johnny Castro, Chris Couplin aka Ill Skillz, Chris Wright of Freestyle Session and the organizers and owners of NBL.

What we wanted to know was the future of NBL. Will this ever be a professional league on the scale of pro sports? We asked ourselves what it would take to create a National League that professional bboys could compete in and be paid professionally?

To answer that, we need to look at what creates a real professional league in sports and work our way backwards to where bboying is now. First, there is money involved from sponsorship and fans. Sponsorship only comes from having lots of fans and spectators. Whereas bboy events tend to only have bboys, dancers, and a few family at their events. Any national league has thousands of fans and spectators, many of whom do not even compete in the activity they enjoy watching. A fan is someone that is willing to spend their hard earned money on 3 things:  1. Event merchandise (so they have something tangible to take home and share besides just the memory). 2. Tickets to events (obviously). 3. Team or Athlete personalized memerabilia.  With this inflow of money NBL can steadily grow. Even the largest events in the world, like Freestyle Sessions, still only attract dancers and the hip hop community.

So, we asked ourselves why is it that bboying has not attracted millions of fans? Here are few obvious differences we came across when looking at the bboy community vs the professional sports community and other large events or shows:

  1. Crews come and go since they are managed by the "dancers/athletes" who also come and go. Professional sports teams are run by managers who are separate from the performers and can trade and manage players and the team brand. Without steady bboy crews for many years running, there is little time for a fan base to be created, and fans that are created disappear when the crew falls apart. In fact, the crews that have been around for a long time are the few crews with fan bases outside of their own home state. One example being Skill Methods (click on the name for a link to their website).
  2. Professionalism is lacking across the board. From what is known as "bboy time" (showing up late), to the lack of crew uniform, and even to the inexperience of event organizers. The vast majority of bboys in the scene don't seem to take themselves seriously (I'll explain), so how can the rest of the world take them seriously? 2a. Events do not run on schedule. This cannot happen. When drawing a fan base, events have to run on schedule so that fans know when to show up and leave. Within the League events, bboys need to know that staying on schedule is mandatory. This can also be helped by shortening the event and releasing a schedule ahead of time for everyone to see. 2b. Crews do not dress the professional part. Professional sports teams rarely change their uniform.  I realize bboying is about self expression, but this is a league separate from the underground scene. To create a fan base, crews need to always look similar in every battle to keep up their image and brand. This allows fans to relate and also purchase similar gear as the crews, so they can feel like "part of the winning team". I like to look at this topic as not the disappearance of self expression, but the rise of crew expression.  Just like the Warriors movie! Each crew needs to have their own style as a whole. This goes without saying that if bboys know anything, it is STYLE, so this shouldn't be difficult for a crew to discover and maintain. 2c. Crews do not maintain their brand. The problem with many long standing crews is that many lack "branding". Humans think in images and every crew needs a logo that represents the crew, so a single image comes to mind when a crew is named, not just the sound or word of the crew. One crew that comes to mind that has a logo is Knuckle Head Zoo (click on the name to see their website).  2d. Not all events are hosted by professionals. While Generation BBOY always shows love to event hosts, we all know that some events are run better than others. Events must be held by people with experience and knowledge in hosting events, not just knowledge on the scene and hip hop. An experienced event host knows that their event needs to be consistently great to create a following year to year. NBL strives to keep the quality of the event high so that viewers know what to expect and look forward to future events.
  3. Events are tooooooooooo loooooooooooooonnngg for a fan to stay engaged. Look at any pro sports event or any show that the average person goes to watch. They tend to be less than 2 hours long, not including travel time. This is the perfect amount of time to hold an event without starving the average fan, while also selling some concessions. It's also much easier for a spectator to plan a 2 hour evening event as opposed to a 6+ hour bboy battle. A fan can easily say, "let's plan dinner and a 2 hour bboy jam/movie/sports game/zoo trip/etc." Most bboy jams purposely include time for bboys to cypher. This is great but will have to be cut for the fan based model to work and for a league to grow. You don't see a bunch of pro football players in the stands watching another team play their game and at half time amateur athletes  come on the field and play a game of touch football. You also do not see amateur contortionists, jugglers, or magicians come on the stage of a circus show and just play around on the equipment.
  4. Even if there are fans, there is no merchandise. There needs to be a constant inflow of money into bboying from outside the bboy community (and parents of bboys don't really count). Every NBL event should strive to have NBL gear available. Also, once the regions and their teams get organized, there needs to be memorabilia of each crew/bboy available. Even if it is just stickers, tshirts, and hats, that is a great start!

Let's just get things straight. For there to be a pro league, the league will have to host events that are much different than the average jam. We are not eliminating local jams. In fact, the local jam may get 10x as many spectators because people want to get their fill of breakin' and the next league event is not for a few months. Also, because NBL is run by bboys for bboys, the NBL events can help promote the small local events.

If all these things are met a league will be formed. However, isn't there already a league out there that we all know of? We believe that Red Bull BC one is the closest thing to a pro league right now. There are a few key things that Red Bull does that make this event so spectacularly successful. First of all, they do much more than the average bboy event to cater to the spectators. BC1 is run as a show as well as a battle. They follow all the above points mentioned. They run on time. The event is short and to the point, but still epic. And while crews come and go, the same bboys are still there representing his own style and thus can create a fan base year to year. What is also important is for fans to know the line up (competitors) at the event. BC1 announces the bboys early on to create excitement. Red Bull makes sure the competitors are taken care of at the event, just as much as any athlete or star. This ensures the bboys are engaged in the event and not off exploring the city which may lead them to being late to the event. I also wouldn't be surprised if the bboys are paid just to show up to the battle (can anyone confirm this?).

What I have concluded is that it will be difficult to conform bboy crew mentality to the professional level (same uniform, keeping the crew together, etc). So, perhaps a crew vs crew league is not what is needed! Perhaps Red Bull stumbled upon the magic formula, or it was well thought out? I will never know. Perhaps a 1 on 1 league is much more feasible at this time until sponsorship picks up. Perhaps NBL needs to have 1 bboy represent each state. These bboys can be invited or advance to the championships through a local qualifier. This way the championships have 16 states/regions represented, not 8. It is also easier for a single bboy to rep a state jersey (professional gear) as opposed to getting an entire crew to rep the same gear. Not to mention, it is also much less expensive to fly out one bboy and make one custom jersey or outfit.

Just Generation BBOY's two cents. Get down on it,

Silva

P.S. Take UFC for example (<<click the link), a once bankrupt brand in the 90s that is now making in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. UFC was originally created by "true" martial artists who wanted to truly determine who was the best fighter. There was no rules and regulations, just an octagon with two fighters (weight class did not matter). Eventually the UFC wanted to grow and they had to do two things: create rules and market so that the general public would come to love the sport. The rules turned away a few of the old school fighters and organizers who believed that the competition lost the "true best fighter" aspect when weight classes were involved. The change in marketing was huge too.  UFC was marketed to the general public as a blood sport, which backfired on them and made their life very difficult by conservative groups and politicians. The marketing shifted direction to being more about skill and performance of the fighters and the general public grew to understand the fighters were real people and not monsters. Does any of this sound familiar to bboying?

Bboying has many parallels to UFC. The general public doesn't get what they are going to see, and they don't understand the competition because the rules and judging is vague and not similar from event to event.