The Future is Female

The time is now. They've crossed countries, cultural boundaries, battled in endless competitions and finally will make breaking history. Get to know the 16 B-Girls, and the ups and downs of their blistering rise to Red Bull BC Ones first ever B-Girl World Final.

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ROXY
UK

What's your ritual just before battle?
I get really nervous, so I'm normally super hyper and running around, trying to pretend I'm not totally freaking out! Ha!

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I have like 5 injuries right now. I just got back from training in Mexico City which was amazing but I was feeling really nervous. All my girls from the Heartbreakerz gave me all their love and now I feel like "Ok I'm good now" and I can just channel all their love and be ready to battle and look forward to it...and then party after!!! Ha!

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
I have a lot. My whole crew the Heartbreakerz, and especially Beta. She was not only the creator of our crew but the greatest B-Girl of all time in my opinion.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
hip hop. I love hip hop. I like to dance to music that is not going to be played at any jam EVER! I like 'All Star' battles because I get to dance to a range of styles. Recently the stuff that the DJ's are playing at the jams it's so fast it's hard to actually dance too and like feel..it's more like "Rahhhhh do a million things, QUICKLY!" 

Sarah Bee

SARAH BEE
FRANCE

What's your ritual just before battle?
I relax and just try to think about other things besides dancing, that's important for me.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I would say, a big injury in my back. I had to stop dancing. It's been 3 weeks since I could dance, so I think this is the biggest challenge. But I'm feeling stronger now I've rested and ready.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
I didn't have one really. I was more watching B-Boys than B-Girls

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
I think I've found something in it, where I can be myself. I'm free in this and nobody can control me. No one can tell me "no you can't do this" or "no you should have done this better" I do what I want and I like that it's hard. I like to push myself.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
It depends on my mood. I get inspiration from house from classic music. I'm not difficult. If I feel it, I will dance on it, if I don't feel it, I won't.

Kate

KATE
UKRAINE

What's your ritual just before battle?
All of a sudden when I was on the plane coming here I felt nervous for the first time. I started thinking about my moves and the battle and getting nervous. So before I battle I just rest and then chill and forget about nerves.


What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
Nothing specific. We have a studio space in our house so I took the opportunity to train a lot more, that's it.

Do you have a B-Girl that you looked up too?
No. Honestly everything inspires me. The life, the people, they all kinda play a part within myself. I can get inspired by conversations, different connections. Of course there are B-Girls out there who I like how they break or I think their style is cool... but I don't have an idol. I don't want to look like anyone else.

What can we expect from the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final? What does it mean to you?
I think it's going to super different. The level of the B-Girls competing is super high. Before there wasn't that much chance for B-Girls to have battles like this because nobody was going to come. Now there are more B-Girls than ever, at a super high level pushing themselves and it's cool that they're giving props to us.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I love different types of music for different moves, but when I practice and for preparation I love breakbeats. They make me move faster and not just sit down. When we have jams in Miami and a lot of people come to hang out, I love to listen to more rhythmic, DJ mixes. Chill and just jam with good music, good friends.

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JK47
USA

What's your ritual just before battle?
Time to myself, stretching and listening to calm music. If I feel like breaking before then I'm listening to chilled music and just working on my small details. But for the most part before a battle I'm just really chilled.


What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final? What does it mean to you?
Fighting nerves. I feel it with this competition in particular because we're making history. That's a lot of pressure. So I'm not going into this as a normal jam. This is something that I have to take really seriously and that I represent correctly because this will provide more opportunities for women. It's always a process for B-Girls to be on the same level as B-Boys even though we've been here for years. But now's to be really recognised and respected and have a battle where we're being broadcasted and been put on an equal forum ...it's an amazing thing! That's pushing all of us and me to step up our game EVEN more.

Who is a female B-Girl that you looked up too?
My sister was a B-Girl so she introduced the art to be but B-Girl Asia One is definitely the girl who I always mention. She was the first B-Girl I saw do power moves and that really pushed me to want to do that too. But in terms of B-Girls that pushed me to the next level and see breaking as something I could pursue as a career and do competitively that would be girls like Jeskilz, AB Girl and AT, JessFX and a lot of OG American B-Girls.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I really love hip hop! I love all music but the styles where I truly feel it in my heart and I can catch a groove those are the ones for me. This new generation they're really into these break beats that are so fast, and a bit anxious. I feel like sometimes I spend my whole time trying to catch that beat that's not a natural one you know.

B-Girl Ami

AMI
JAPAN

What's your ritual just before battle?
Usually I practice new moves, but before a final I just focus on being more clean and more perfect.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I've been training harder, but not too much. Maybe 3 or 4 hours per day.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
My biggest inspiration has been my teachers B-Boy Katsu One.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
Before I wanted to be a B-Girl 'cuz of the moves. If I could do a new move I'd get so excited, but I feel like now with breaking I can go so many places. I can meet so many people, and that's so fun and amazing for me. I train harder just for that and so that I can do that again and again!

What does being in the world final mean to you?
For me, Red Bull BC One is a dream stage. I've always watched all the world finals and been so interested in it. To have the chance to stand on that same stage now... that's really special for me.

B-Girl Ayumi

AYUMI
JAPAN

What's your ritual just before battle?
We don't have any special things me or Narumi do before we just try to get relaxed.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
I started in Canada in another country, that wasn't my country. So for me I never had a lot of Japanese B-Girls to look too at the beginning. I had AB Girl from New York (she's performing this weekend you have to check it out) and JessFX from Seattle. I watched them a lot.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
We never know where we'll go, and what we can do, so because of that I never think about a specific goal. But being a B-Girl it's amazing. I love this culture a lot. I see B-Girls everywhere in the world. When I go to another country I can always hook up with B-Girls and B-Boys and break.

What can we expect from the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final? What does it mean to you?
I think it's amazing for all the girls, and that the B-Girls will have more opportunity because of Red Bull BC One.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I like hip hop and funk.

Narumi

NARUMI
JAPAN

What's your ritual just before battle?
Just relax, listen to some music.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
When I was young I focused more on "I have to be in this competition!" But now I just challenge myself to what all I can do. My body is getting challenged, my mentality is changing, and so now I focus more on just pushing myself.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
When I started, I competed with another girl, B-Girl Shie Chan. She gave me a lot of good motivation, she's my biggest inspiration.

What about now?
Now?!.... Narumi.

What does being in the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final mean to you?
For me, it's kinda a category battle. Normally we have to battle B-Boys and whoever else together. So I think this is a very beautiful thing this year, and something that we have to do, especially because it supports the B-Girls. But this is a culture we all have together. Kids, young, old, B-Boys, being in a battle with all these different people; this is normal to us, we've done this many times before. So to be in the first BC One B-Girl World Final that's very special to me and Ayumi.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
Hip hop and house.

Primary Soul

PRIMARY SOUL
SOUTH KOREA

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
There are countless dance heros. All the B-Girls and B-Boys I meet in the scene inspire me. I've been inspired most by the OG dancers like Crazy Legs, Easy Rock and of course Beta.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl? What does it mean for you to be in the world final?
In the future, I will still be a B-Girl in the scene. If I was born again I would choose to be a B-Girl. Being a B-Girl is my life itself. It will be with me always and I would like to change the world for a better place with it.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I think I was born to be part of hip hop culture. I was first introduced to 2Pac when I was 15 years old. After that I fell in love with hip hop music and I started to think the best way I could express myself was with that and breaking.

Sunny

SUNNY
USA

What's your ritual just before battle?
It depends on how I feel. Sometimes I just go into a corner, away from the craziness and close my eyes and just breath. Sometimes I just need to dance it off. Music definitely helps.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
For me injuries. I'm always injured. Shoulder, knee, last year I had a lot of back injuries; so just kinda working through that.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
Back in the day when I first started there were more B-Girls on the scene that I really looked up too but now I don't watch footage as much so I get inspiration from all over the place.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
I'm kind of a maniac so I like how crazy it is and how challenging it is. How good you can get at something and how you can always do better, so there's never an ending its just a constant journey, and your constantly learning and improving a lot about yourself and about the way you can move.

What can we expect from the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final? What does it mean to you?
I think that it gives a lot of girls a lot to aspire too. To have so many b-girls in one place, battling for the same thing it gives other b-girls out there something big to look up to, a new calibre to hit, and gives us the chance too, to show them what they can all do.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
Funk is good, but almost always hip hop.

Mess

MESS
RUSSIA

What's your ritual just before battle?
Just focusing. Sometimes if I get stressed a lot I listen to some music so it can relax me. Also I sit quiet and visualise how I will do on the stage and in the battle, sometimes the day before, or a couple of hours and it helps me to feel better in myself.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I think everything is a really big challenge, because most of all your challenging yourself. To kill the laziness, to kill injuries and be stronger than these things. To put your spirit on the next level so that nothing can break you. Looking at the brackets, like who is going to battle who, that puts some stress too and you can't help to start to think about your opponent. The mind games I think sometimes I find can be a very challenging aspect.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
Russian B-Girl Nadia who will perform here also. She's been really the very first B-Girl in my country to reach such a high level and also beat the B-Boys and I think my second inspiration has always been B-Girl AT because she's always stayed very humble, and a great person inside and outside that she's stayed very beautiful and a great dancer.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
You can never reach perfection. So that way it becomes like an addiction. Even with the years, no matter how long you dance you can always find interesting moves, new styles...like if you're "here" you can always go "here" you can always reach different levels and develop yourself endlessly. Now also because there are so many B-Girls, (not like before) it finally feels we are on a level where we're getting the respect that we've worked so hard to achieve.

What does it mean to you to be in the world final?
Because it's the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final it will have the biggest tension. The most is on the line. Everybody feels responsible and from the first battle everyone will do hardcore stuff because this is history. Maybe in a few years after now the B-Girls will be more relaxed. But for this year we are all going to do it not 100% but like 500%.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I like all urban music, I like funk, house, hip hop, I also like jazz. It depends on the kind of practice you want to do. If you want to try a new move, or experiment and explore style you listen to something totally different than when you need to focus and get prepared to go into battle.

Paulina

PAULINA
POLAND

What's your ritual before you go into battle?
No not really, I just like to rest and focus in my head, and I think this is my reset too.

What's been the most challenging thing for you in the run up to the battle?
It depends on the opponent I think, but yeh, the most challenging is usually the opponent and to be calm, even if you know who you battle just remain calm and focused and do what you want to do no matter what. Because sometimes you start over think or maybe with this person I should do this, or with these judges, and I think the most important is to focus on yourself and just do yourself.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up to?
I would say I was getting inspired for the whole scene, I didn't really separate for the B-girls and B-boys, and when I start I looked more for the B-boys. In Poland we only had VHS tapes from USA, so it was mostly USA B-boys, like from Havikoro and events there, so we were getting inspired from this. Of course I was looking for the B-girls, and it was always Japanese B-girls pushing the talent. I really look up to them because they are kind of the best and they always do way more than European B-girls, it's really motivating, they work really really, hard!


What's the main thing that drives you to be a B-girl now?
I think it's just the passion, it never stops. I've danced now for 14 years and I can still be better each day. I can improve more and I can achieve something like more than last year or 2 years ago. So I think it's just constantly growing and being able to be myself, that's the best.

What do you think will be special from the first all-girl final?
I think it's already a big step to just make this, because we girls never had this big, big competition! Of course there was some the competitions for the girls in big events, but this is just the core! It's just top 16, so it really makes it special you know. I think this is going to keep us motivated, and of course the B-girl who wins the first BC one is going to make history, so that will be really important.

If you had a type of music you like to break to would it be maybe house, hip hop, funk?
I really like funk and break beats, That's the type of music that really gives me time to feel and I express myself. Sometimes they just play music that's too fast and you have to like run and I hate that!!! You feel like you have to chase the beat to be on it and it's just no fun, and you don't even focus on what your body is doing you just have to throw what your body remembers, and so for me there is no like artistry in this. The music with soul, it makes you slow down and pay attention to it and that's better for me.

Kastet

KASTET
RUSSIA

What's your ritual just before battle?
I practice as much as I can, and then I chill. Of course I pray to Jesus to help me with the stress because sometimes I'm crazy nervous! But I trust Jesus, that what will happen will be cool for me and this helps me to be calm and chilled.
What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
Rounds. Keeping the energy. First round...having energy. Second round.... Having energy. That's the most difficult thing for me.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
Easy. Nadia. She's here as well.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
I love breaking because I can show me, my soul and my personality. I've danced from my childhood, first with latin dance and I love music so much. Breaking is also an art for me. I can create when I dance.

What can we expect from the first Red Bull B-Girl World Final? What does it mean to you?
I'm just so happy and grateful to be part of this opportunity and I thank Jesus for that.
Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
Old School hip hop and of course funk....James Brown!

San Andrea

SAN ANDREA
FRANCE

What's your ritual just before battle?
My ritual is to stay focus, connect myself with music and find the place to give the best.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
The most challenging thing for me has been to get into the rhythm of training so much more intensive than usual.

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
I like the style of Korean B-Girls.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
My brother is a B-Boy too. I was fascinated when I first saw him dancing. Today the thing that I like the most about being a B-Girl is the trip it takes me on. Meeting people, sharing and the desire to always surpass oneself. The life of a B-Girl is not a monotonous life, and I really like that.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I was drawn to hip hop culture immediately. So my favourite style of music to break to is mostly hip hop.

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SAYORA
KAZAKHSTAN

What's your ritual just before battle?
I really like waacking, so before a battle I always dance top rock and waacking. Like this I free all my negative energy and shake it off.

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I had a problem at the beginning because I'm only 16 so I have to fly with someone. At first I didn't have anyone that would do this, but when I won my mother said "Ok" and she's here with me. So I proved myself. This is only my second battle ever, so to be here I had to level up. I had to train every day to train to learn in 3 months what some of the B-Girls have been doing for more than 10 years! I had to do a lot of work. Now I'm just ready to be here, have fun and watch how the professionals do it!

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
Ayumi and Narumi. I really like their style and when I was in Kazakhstan I always watched them on videos, so it's amazing to talk to them and see them here now.


What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
There isn't a lot of B-Girls in Kazakhstan. My mother is a choreographer and my father is a sportsman so it made sense that when I went to a studio for the first time I loved it because it was a mix of athletics and dance. So I like being a B-Girl because you can not only show your physical power but you can also show your musicality and creativity. Breaking is not like other dancing. At one minute you're on your head, another minute you're on your hand, then on one leg, I like that it's dynamic and unpredictable.

What does being the youngest competitor in the first Red Bull BC One B-Girl World Final mean to you?
To me it is crazy but also I don't really feel it as much as people are saying I don't think. Since arriving so many people have come up and been like "I want to see you win" or "This is your chance, I believe in you" and that's super nice but it also feels for me like "Now you're responsible to win" and that's a bit hard. This is only my second big battle in my life so it means everything but I also don't really even understand a big battle yet, I just want to feel the atmosphere and enjoy it and break my best.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
I like rock. I'm a very emotional person so when I listen to it and I'm breaking I just can't explode and really use the music to help me.

Mini Japa

MINI JAPA
BRAZIL

Who is the B-Girl that you looked up too?
My inspiration comes from each person that is participating in the craziness of the day-to-day by my side.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl? What does it mean to you to be in the world final?
Dance is in my body. Dance is already in my soul, it's a part of my being. I dance because it makes me feel good and from it I gain so much perspective and inspiration for a better life. I want to do good by others. Who knows, I hope as B-Girls someday we can revert today's scenario that values women very little.

AT

AT
FINLAND
What's your ritual just before battle?
I try to empty my mind and find a good mindset by meditating or listening to chill music

What's been the most challenging for you in the run up to tonight's World Final?
I've had my 100 Days of Popping project going on which has taken most of my time and energy now.

What's the biggest thing that drives you to be a B-Girl?
Dancing makes me feel good, never want to stop!

What does it mean to you to be in the world final? How does it feel having once judged the Red Bull BC One World Finals?
Line up is dope, I'm sure there will be a lot of heated battles. Of course it's interesting to experience the event from both aspects.

Funk, house, hip hop? What style do you prefer to break too?
My favourite music to dance to is hip hop.

(Interview by Tracy Kawalik)