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Breaking Boom in Russia 18/02/2019

ROBC Day 2

Almost two years have gone since Breaking was recognized by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation as a sport discipline of DanceSport. It was a turning point for Breaking to become a sport developed and promoted by the All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll (FDSARR) alongside with Standard, Latin and Rock’n’Roll. 

Breaking is one of the very spectacular disciplines of DanceSport with many successful Russian B-boys, B-girls and crews, and with a huge fan base in all regions of the Russian Federation. B-boy Bumblebee (Sergey Chernyshov) became the first ever gold medalist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG) opening a new page in the history of DanceSport; while B-girl Matina (Kristina Yashina), who is featured in the latest issue of Olympic Review Magazine, won the silver medal at the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki (JPN). 

The first international Breaking competition hosted by the FDSARR – the Russian Open Breaking Championship 2018 (ROBC) – was a great success featuring incredible battles amongst the world’s top breakers. More than 250 kids took part in the ROBC Kids and Kids Show groups, and about 600 B-boys and B-girls representing 11 countries joined the event for three days in Moscow. The event included workshops led by B-boy Junior (FRA), B-boy Dyzee (CAN), B-boy Reveal (USA), B-Boy The End (KOR) and B-boy Thesis (USA). 

2018 was a year of new prospects opened for Breaking, and the FDSARR is developing a strategy aimed at attracting new athletes into the federation by giving them an opportunity to take part in high-level international sports competitions. Thus, the Russian National Breaking Championships will be held this year for the first time from 28th February to 1st March in the city of Kazan. The Russian National Breaking Team will be nominated based on the results of this National Championship and will take part in all WDSF’s international Breaking events. The first one being the 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championship in Nanjing (CHN) on the 23rd of June. 

The FDSARR will also organize the Sochi Open 2019 (June 23-30), a global DanceSport event which will unite Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll, Standard, Latin and Breaking into one big and friendly family on the Black Sea side. The Sochi Open will feature international competitions in all these disciplines culminating with the FDSARR Cup on June 30th, 2019. 

Following the success of 2018, the Russian Open Breaking Championship 2019 (ROBC), will be held again on October 18-20, 2019 in Moscow. 

Today, Breaking is gaining more and more fans and making the Olympic prospects for our sport closer to its ultimate goal. 

The All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll (FDSARR) invites all WDSF National Member Bodies to the FDSARR Breaking events to be held in the Russian Federation this year.