Breakdancing, olympic hopeful French
BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT – the dancers contorsionnent with incredible agility to the rhythm of powerful music: the breakdance made to vibrate thousands of people in a room in paris that is filled with enthusiasm in front of the “future olympic sport”.
“Kiffez !”, launches in a big smile the French dancer and choreographer Stéphane Sabotinov, dressed all in black-and-white, cap on the head, before entering the Seine river Musical, a big show room inaugurated in April 2017 by a concert by Bob Dylan in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris.
The dancer is too proud of his art, who will join the family of sports on the programme of the olympic Games in Paris in 2024, provided that the proposal of the French organizers to be validated by the international olympic Committee.
“Breakdancing is impressive. Is the next battle, it goes to the conflict, but in respect. It checked in at the end even if we go to war,” says Sabotinov. It is hoped that the integration of this discipline in the programme of the olympic games, if confirmed, will delete “bad pictures”.
“It comes from the street so it is associated with violence. And as it has a cap, necessarily, one is a offender. But it is just the opposite. We put all our aggression in the dance”.
The Seine Music, the atmosphere is rather family. Many parents accompany their children, of all ages, not just teens. And the wearing of the tracksuit is not the dress code of the evening.
Deborah Lumbo is coming with her 9 year old daughter, Cassie.
“This is the first time that comes to see the breakdancing. There is a friendly side, it’s not like the classical dance. I think that I will have full eyes. The boys are watching football at home, and we made a girls ‘ night out !” said the manager in a bank, aged 29 years.
The biggest level of Hip Hop
Passionate about dance, they are also coming for the music.
“The DJ is very important, it is he who gives the tempo and rhythm compared to the dancers. To 80%, the DJ are all former dancers,” said Zoubir, creator of the appointment of breakdance 19 years ago.
The music is at the bottom and shake the stands. Use caution for the family father: he put plugs in the ears of his two little girls before the start of the show.
The audience is seated when on the other competitions it is in a circle around the dancers. The atmosphere is good child. Only a few whistles come together to challenge one or both panel decisions.
The Battle Pro, a competition hip-hop dance, was dedicated last Saturday in the team event. That men on the scene. The girls have not managed to qualify.
Guest of mark, Brahim Zaibat relishes. Starring the break dancing, the French-born choreographer has come to encourage their friends and share good times, “quiet”.
“Here, this is the highest level of Hip Hop,” stresses Brahim Zaibat, who has participated three times at the Battle Pro and who wields the art of breakdancing for the past 25 years.
“I discovered breakdancing in my neighborhood in Lyon. There was the football and dance, and I ended up choosing the dance !” says the Frenchman who has danced with Madonna and the one who greets timidly the expected input of breakdance in the olympic family.
“It is well for the dancers, it is an evolution. But it is necessary to see how it will happen, how it will be judged. We expect to see”, he noted.