WDSF Enlists Break Free Worldwide as Event Organiser Post-Paris 2024

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with US-based Break Free Worldwide to organise a prestigious selection of WDSF Breaking events over a three-year period starting in the final quarter of 2024.

Under the agreement, Break Free Worldwide will be responsible for the detailed planning of these events, including but not limited to operational guidelines, venue selection, and scheduling.

The company will adhere strictly to the WDSF Breaking Rules and Regulations Manual (BRRM) and all other applicable WDSF Rules and Regulations to ensure compliance with WDSF DanceSport standards and to maintain the standards of the individual events as part of the Olympic family.

Details of the hosts and dates of the events to be organised by Break Free Worldwide will be communicated in due course. All will take place following the historic debut of Breaking at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 this 9-10 August. The events include:

The 2024 WDSF World Breaking Championship [Expected to take place 9-10 November 2024. Location: Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds, Pasadena, Texas, USA];

• The 2025 WDSF Continental Breaking Championships [Will serve as qualification events for The 2025 World Games. Expected to take place in April-May 2025. Locations: TBD]; and

• The 2026 WDSF Breaking for Gold World Series [Expected to take place in March-June 2026. Locations: TBD].

Break Free Worldwide, led by its CEO and Founder Moises “B-Boy Moy” Rivas, has extensive experience in event management and production. The company has organised numerous events from 2011 to 2023, including the annual Break Free Worldwide Championship Series and Break Free Worldwide Awards. During the COVID-19 pandemic, two Break Free Worldwide events were held online that featured upwards of 500 Breakers from countries around the world. The multiple days of competition were viewed in 75 countries and over 300 cities each, with over 2 million impressions achieved globally.

“We are thrilled to team up with Moises and Break Free Worldwide as we continue growing Breaking globally,” said WDSF President Shawn Tay. “We are especially interested in hosting WDSF Breaking events with Break Free Worldwide in the United States, the birthplace of Breaking, where we want to strengthen ties with the American Breaking community to give Breakers there more opportunities to become involved in WDSF competitions and activities. For these reasons, we feel that Break Free Worldwide, with its great experience and expertise, is the perfect partner to meet our Olympic Movement commitments and deliver our vision for Breaking in the United States and around the world.”

Break Free Worldwide CEO Rivas added: “My team and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to bring world-class competitions that can provide an immense amount of opportunity to the Breaking community in the USA, but most importantly to reinforce the vision and alignment of professional Breaking and the bright future it holds for the next generation of Breakers.”

The WDSF Breaking Event Management Team, led by Bojin “B-Boy Bojin” Chen, will work closely with Break Free Worldwide to ensure that all WDSF Rules and Regulations are followed, while also assisting in the integration of the events into the International Calendar. The WDSF will also assist the relevant Local Organising Committees to ensure compliance with WDSF and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations and the Olympic Charter.

Rivas has been an active B-Boy since 1995 and has won titles in over 60 countries around the world. He is also well-acquainted with the Olympic Movement, having played a leading role in Breaking’s debut at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was both a head judge and an Athlete Role Model, appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to mentor the young B-Boys and B-Girls who competed at the event. Rivas has also been a member of the WDSF’s Athletes Commission and he holds the highest level of WDSF Breaking Judge licences.

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