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The days ahead promise to be busy ones for B-Boy Moy, the American breaking legend who is gearing up for his dual role as Athlete Role Model (ARM) and judge at the WDSF Breaking for Gold event at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) next month in Buenos Aires.
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Moy made a name for himself with the Havikoro Crew in the late 90s and early 2000s. In addition to being active in dancing, Moy is the founder and owner of the Break Free school in Houston that helps kids develop their social and physical skills through different elements of hip hop culture.
In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will play a key role in supporting and mentoring the nearly 4,000 young athletes participating at the Games. All ARMs were selected by the International Federations in the 32 sports that appear on the YOG programme in Buenos Aires. Joining Moy as an ARM for breaking will be B-Girl AT from Finland.
“For the last few months, I have been traveling around the world, either competing, showcasing or most importantly educating,” says Moy. “I’ve had the opportunity to educate and bring awareness about the YOG during some of my workshops and panels.”
During the YOG, Moy and AT, together with their fellow ARMs from other sports, will be accessible to the athletes in the Youth Olympic Village and during a series of educational activities and workshops. These activities will focus on areas such as skills development, career advice, how to lead healthy lifestyles and the Olympic values.
The ARMs will also be available for informal chats in a specially created lounge that will be open to all participants. Fans of the YOG will have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the ARMs during informal chat sessions on the Olympic Channel and wider social media platforms.
B-boy Moy is looking forward to interacting with the young athletes in Buenos Aires: “During the YOG, I would like to be involved in as much as possible,” he says. “Any platform given to me that allows me to share my story and insights will greatly be appreciated.”
In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will spend time in the four parks, engaging with local youth through various Learn & Share activities and participating in sport initiation sessions for the public. Moy and AT will hold breaking initiation sessions in the Urban Park, close to the competition venue. In addition, the duo has decided to give workshops to local children at a community centre in Bueno Aires, providing them with the opportunity to dance with international b-boys and b-girls.
Moy and AT will also serve as judges during what will be the first ever breaking competitions at an Olympic event. “As a judge, I’m always looking for solid and well-rounded dancers – dancers that can connect to the music, show a great sense of passion and personality, while executing the dynamics of their rounds (solos). I don’t expect anything but the best from everyone,” he says with a smile.
It will be Moy’s first time in the Argentinian capital and he says he is looking forward to “an overall great experience with the people and culture.”