The Best 16 B-Boys in the Middle East and Africa in the Ultimate Dance Competition Regional Red Bull BC One in Jordan B-boy Lil Salah to Represent Qatar

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After 14 regional qualifications for the Middle East and Africa region, where local champions from each of the participating countries were selected, all eyes are on the regional finals of the Red Bull BC One hosted by Jordan at the end of August.

Regional qualifications occurred in Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Senegal, Jordan, Algeria, UAE and South Africa. 14 local champions qualified to the regional finals of the Middle East and Africa which will be hosted in Jordan on August 30. They will be joined by last year’s regional finals champions; Lil Zoo from Morocco, who came in first place and Chakal from Algeria who came in second place. 16 contestants will face the fiercest battles in Jordan hoping to snatch the only qualifying ticket to the world’s finals.

Red Bull BC One – Doha Champion, B-boy Lil Salah, will represent Qatar at the regional final, to be held in Amman on August 30. The local champion was crowned based on his great performance as well as the bold moves that appealed to the jury. His shows reflected great flexibility and a unique style with various moves such as slides and complex feet moves.

The 2013 regional finals of the Red Bull BC One Middle East and Africa were moved to Jordan and will occur in one of the greatest landmarks of the city of Amman. A panel of world break dance champions will evaluate the performances of the participants and give their scores according to specific criteria, most importantly dance technique, innovation and dance flow. This panel includes B-Boys Pelezinho, Roxrite and Lilou.

Brazilian B-Boy Pelezinho has expressed astonishment over the advanced level of the Middle Eastern B-Boys that is “derived from a personal effort in many countries of the region”. This level, according to Pelezinho, allows “regional champions to participate in international championships and win them. He promised “exceptional performances in Jordan that will lead to discovering special talents”.

American B-Boy Roxrite also praised “the evolution of this type of art in the region”. Roxrite who is returning to the Middle East after 5 years said that “most participants in the finals have a bright performance and have in them a lot of special moves that will make the competition in Jordan very exciting”.

The third member of the judging panel is French B-Boy Lilou who communicated as saying: “the maturity in these B-Boys’ performance was evident during this year’s qualifications, which will lead to heating battles in the finals”. The Red Bull All-Star member has an advice to the participants in the regional finals in Jordan: “be yourselves and take this opportunity to represent your countries in the best way possible. Only a few steps separate you from achieving your dreams”.

The regional champion in Jordan will have a chance to compete face to face with the best B-Boys in the world in the Red Bull BC One Finals in Seoul, South Korea, on November 30.

The Red Bull BC One started in 2004 and quickly became the hub for the best break dance competitions in the world. After gathering the best B-Boys in the world year after year, the competition gave the chance in 2011, to most of the amateurs and professionals of this dance to compete in the regional qualifications in several countries. Red Bull BC One celebrates this year its 10th anniversary with a huge audience from 5 continents, following last year’s 60 local qualifications in 52 countries and the participation of over a thousand B-Boys in the unique dance battles.

Stars of the Regional Finals of the Red Bull BC One Championship in Jordan

Name B-Boy Nickname Country Year of Birth Experience
Abdullah Souleiman Al-Rawahi Engine Oman 1986 10 years
Walid Al-Anzi Hush Kuwait 1988 7 years
Salah Al-Dine Mohsen Al-Raisi Lil Salah Qatar 1998 6 years
Mohammad Al-Assiri Willy Saudi Arabia 1989 9 years
Abdul Rahman Huey Flava Bahrain 1994 10 years
Saber Brik Carbon Tunisia 1992 9 years
Ahmad Antar Ahmad Clash Egypt 1994 12 years
Yassin Alawi Ismael Morocco 1984 10 years
Ralph Kabalan Ralph Lebanon 1995 8 years
Albeto Gomez Beto Senegal 1988 7 years
Mohammad Shahada Isheh Jordan 1994 8 years
Sarir Sidi Ali Iladis Algeria 1988 14 years
Omar Bou Baya Omar UAE 1984 13 years
Alfred Borgos Benny South Africa 1987 13 years
Omar Rmeishi Chakal Algeria 1987 12 years
Fouad Amblaj Lil Zoo Morocco 1994 5 years

For more info, please visit www.redbullmea.com/bcone

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