Breakdancing Added To Youth Olympic Games

Breakdancing Added To Youth Olympic Games


FATHER’S DAY, BUT THERE’S A RAIN CHANCE ON BOTH DAYS. NEITHER DAY A WASHOUT. GLAD TO HEAR IT. THANK YOU, LONNIE. THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES JUST GOT MORE EXCITING. BREAK DANCING WILL BE PART OF THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES, AND THERE’S A SEARCH FOR ENTRANCE. NEW YORK IS NOT ONLY THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE DANCE, BUT AS STEVE OVERMYER REPORTS, IT’S THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE OLYMPIANS. Reporter: IT’S MORE THAN EVER BEFORE BREAK-IN HAS THE POWER TO ELECTRIFY. [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS IT’S IN THE MIDST OF A REBIRTH. WHAT DRAWS ME TO IT IS LIKE THE MUSIC AND THE STYLE OF DANCE THAT IS ATTRACTIVE, AND I LOVE IT. I TRY NOT TO OVERTHINK WHEN I START GOING INTO A BATTLE. I JUST LISTEN TO THE MUSIC, AND IT’S NOT THAT HARD. JUST LET GO. Reporter: IN THE NEXT YOUTH OLYMPICS, MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED IN THE CATEGORY OF BREAK DANCING. THERE’S CURRENTLY A PRO BREAKING LEAGUE WITH COMPETITORS FOR 28 COUNTRIES. JUST LIKE THE PROS IT WILL BE A HEAD-TO-HEAD BATTLE WITH JUDGES WATCHING. IT’S THE ATHLETICISM THEY HAVE AND THE SPIRITUALITY THEY FACE WITH DANCING. Reporter: THIS IS A NEW LEVEL. YOU MAKE IT AN OLYMPIC SPORT, AND THEY HAVE A GOAL, A PURPOSE, A REASON. Reporter: THEY ARE CALLED B- BOY AND B-GIRL. IT’S NOT JUST THE WAY THEY DANCE, DRESS, OR TALK, IT’S A LIFESTYLE. IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A HERO. WHEN YOU START TO GAIN MORE SKILLS, YOU’RE A HERO TO THE NEXT PERSON WATCHING YOU. Reporter: IT WAS BORN IN THE BRONX IN THE ’70s, MORE THAN JUST A DEFIANCE OF PHYSICS. IT’S AN EXPRESSIVE ART FORM AT ITS CORE. THE KIDS ARE INTO THEATER AND ATHLETICS, AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE FOUND WITHIN THIS ONE ACTIVITY. Reporter: WHAT’S THE STORY BEING TOLD WHILE YOU’RE OUT THERE? THE PRIDE IN WHO YOU ARE AS AN INDIVIDUAL. YOU HAVE TO BE CLEAN, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T BE FUNKY. Reporter: THE B-BOY RIVALS ARE ON THE BOARD OF RIVALS, AND THE OLYMPICS CAN BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE DANCE, BUT FOR THE PURIST, IT’S IMPORTANT IT IS TRUTHFUL TO ITS ROOTS. THIS CULTURE AND COMMUNITY IS A FAMILY. YOU AS A DANCER, YOU KNOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE, BUT YOU HAVE TO PARTICIPATE HUMBLY. Reporter: AND NOW THE DANCE BORN ON THE STREETS CAN BE A PATH TO OLYMPIC GOLD. IT’S GREAT FOR BREAKING BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE WILL SEE IT, AND I THINK IT WILL INSPIRE A LOT OF OVER KIDS TO START BREAKING, TOO. Reporter: THE LIMPIC GAMES ARE CHANGING, AND THE FUTURE IS COMING. NOW IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE OLYMPIC TEAM, FIRST, SUBMIT A VIDEO AND THEN YOU CAN GET INVITED TO A QUALIFYING BATTLE.

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