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The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) has named five US Breakers to its Breaking Technical Committee to pave the way for the sport’s debut at the Olympics Games Paris 2024.
Tyquan Hodac, Kareem Gwinn, Jamal ‘Nemesis’ Warren, Ben ‘Boxwon’ Barnes-McGee and Morris Isby will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the panel. High-profile b-girls are expected to be named to the new committee in the coming months.
The WDSF and USA Dance say the addition of Breaking stars from the USA, where the dance form originated, deepens collaborative efforts to put the sport on the global map in the build-up to Paris 2024.
“All of them will bring their unique skills and perspectives to our existing global team of Breaking experts,” says Shawn Tay, WDSF President.
“In preparation for Breaking’s Olympic bow, the WDSF wants to work closely together with our NMBs, local Breaking communities and National Olympic Committees in building the right structure towards Paris 2024 and beyond.”
He adds that the five US Breakers joining the WDSF as technical advisors demonstrates how hard the WDSF is working to take Breaking beyond communities and on to the world stage.
The diversity of skills and talent they will bring to the WDSF will also help in the federation’s bid to get Breaking on to the programme for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028.
Asked what he offers the WDSF’s Breaking Technical Committee, Tyquan says he brings 22 years of experience working in the world of Breaking and business acumen from a career in the IT sector.
“It is important to listen to the concerns and advice from the Breaking athletes, and objectively present it to the WDSF Breaking Division so we can come together to provide solutions to any problems that may arise,” says Tyquan, citing judging matters, improving communication of Breaking initiatives globally and sponsors/partnerships among the challenges he can advise on.
The announcement demonstrates how USA Dance is strengthening its partnership with the WDSF in a number of areas.
USA Dance partnered with Shaolin Productions and Cros1 to hold its National Breaking Championships in July. The event crowned the national champions and qualified four athletes for the WDSF Breaking World Championships held in Paris in December: b-boys Victor and Nelzwon and b-girls Logistx and PepC.
The NMB’s collaboration with the world governing body also saw 18 retired US Breaking athletes register to become judges of the national and international Breaking division.