Published on August 15th, 2017 | by Jerry Doby0
Get Ready for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4
Breakdance Legend Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón to Serve as Lead Judge
The city’s largest annual breakdance tournament, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, will return to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on August 26. Now in its fourth year, the event will feature eight award-winning crews from across the U.S. and Canada battling it out for a $5,000 grand prize and championship title.
Hosted by HOT 97 personalities Kast One and Laura Stylez, the competition will also celebrate the introduction of breaking as an official sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics by bringing together b-boy pioneers and the next generation of dancers. The legendary Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón will serve as lead judge while hip hop icon GrandMixer DXT will serve as the tournament DJ.
GRAMMY Award winner DXT will also be honored with the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to breakdance and hip hop. Additionally, the event will feature music performances, audience battles and surprise guests.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $17 for children (12 and under) and seniors and can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center box office or website. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), a non-profit organization that provides needed stability and resources to children and their families.
The eight crews competing at McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 are:
|•||Culturas Unidas (TX-NY)||•||MKD (NY-CT-NJ)|
|• Fraggle Rock Felons (WA-TO)||• The New Chapter (TX-NY)|
|•||ION (US-Canada)||•||Retro Gnomes (PA-MD)|
|•||Knucklehead Zoo (UT-NV)||•||Rock Force (NV-AK-CA)|
“It’s an honor to be part of McDonald’s B-Boy Royale at this monumental time for breaking,” said lead judge Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón, president of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, who will be serving as an official judge at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. “This year’s tournament offers a great platform to celebrate the history — and future — of breaking in the city where it all began.”
“This event is what true hip hop is all about: bringing people together to give back to our community,” commented GrandMixer DXT, a legendary DJ who transformed the turntable into a musical instrument. “It’s amazing to see how the culture has evolved into an international movement that transcends borders – both real and imagined.”
“Our participation in McDonald’s B-Boy Royale provides us with a unique opportunity to promote the work and mission of RMHC to diverse communities across the Tri-State Area and beyond,” stated Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC-NYTSA. “We’re proud to be the charitable beneficiary of this wonderful event, which empowers young people and brings together world class talent in support of a great cause.”
Sponsors for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 include McDonald’s New York Tri-State, HOT 97, Coca-Cola and BBoy World.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area works to enhance the lives of children and their families in our communities by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well-being of children and their families.
For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, visit www.rmhcnytristate.org, follow them at @RMHCNYTriState or call 732.623.8549.
Bonus: Crazy Legs goes beyond the dance
Legendary b-boy and hip-hop pioneer, Crazy Legs, talks about the economic state of Puerto Rico and what he’s doing to help boost the economy with his Puerto Rock Steady Music Festival on CNN’s “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell.
Season 2, episode 2.
Video courtesy of Puerto Rock Steady YouTube Channel
Crazy Legs Trivia: Ever watch the movie Flash Dance starring Jennifer Beals? There is a world famous 90 second clip in the film which includes some break dancing performed by Crazy Legs as the double for Jennifer LOL…wig, tights, helicopters and backspins…don’t believe me?! Here Ya go!
‘Flashdance,’ 30 Years Later: B-Boy Recalls Girling Up for Final Scene (Courtesy of Yahoo Movies)