Dubbed the "Prince of Power", Italy's Mauro Peruzzi, aka Cico, specializes in power moves, the most dynamic and gymnastic moves in the B-Boy dance form. He is especially known for his energetic airflare combinations and his incredible 1990s, where he rapidly spins in a one-armed handstand. In fact, he holds the world record with 27 revolutions.
The Red Bull BC One All Star remembers his first time seeing power moves: "One day I caught a glimpse of something rotating in the distance. Curious of what it was, I quickly approached and was shocked with what I saw. A person was spinning like a vortex on the cold pavement. I said to myself, 'Incredible! It's against every law of nature...he's flying!' My hands were sweaty and my heart started to beat faster. It was as if something in that precise moment took my breath away. The want, the desire and the conviction of learning how to fly!"
Cico was born in Germany in 1984 and moved back and forth between Germany and Italy until 2002. He started B-Boying in 1995 and is currently a member with the Spinkingz crew. He has participated in numerous events, including the 2005 and 2007 Red Bull BC One World Finals, and has won major battles across Europe. When asked about the battles he has won, Cico half joke: "I'm into power, and a power head cannot win in a B-Boy battle!!! But I can fly like nobody else!"
Cico personally draws his inspiration for dance from movies featuring comic book superheroes including The X-Men, Fantastic 4, Spiderman and Daredevil, but also sports like Formula One, Motocross and Freestyle ECC. He explains, "My style is to be fast!" When he is on the battlefield, he wants to be himself and look his opponent in the eyes. He enjoys engaging the audience by playing with them.
He offers these words of encouragement to all the B-Boys out there: "Be yourself! Don't act to win. If you are yourself, you'll win, even if the judges don't pick you."