Since 2004, veteran breaker Ronnie Abaldonado has traveled around the world, battling, producing shows in his hometown Las Vegas, running a Hip Hop culture center and as a Red Bull BC One All Star. His crowning victory on the Red Bull BC One circuit came in 2007, when he took first place in Soweto, South Africa.
Ronnie is a member of two crews additional top crews, Full Force and Super Cr3w. The members of Full Force have been together for more than 12 years and are like blood brothers to him. The crew logo is a tree, symbolizing a family whose roots continue to deepen as it grows. In 2008, enormous mainstream popularity came to Ronnie with Super Cr3w when they appeared on MTV and won the second season of America's Best Dance Crew.
His crews, as well as Jabbawockeez, with whom he often collaborates, inspire Ronnie. He explains: "You are who you hang out with. My style is greatly influenced by my friends who I train with."
In general, passionate people who do their best in any element inspire him. Musically, he finds more inspiration from Soul and R&B artists, including John Legend, Robin Thicke and Musiq Soulchild, as well as Hip Hop artists like Common. Ronnie is a big fan of Hip Hop, because he views it as a culture of self-expression. Ronnie loves to draw and is attracted to most anything that enables him to creatively express his individuality.
Ronnie first learned about Hip Hop culture in the mid 1980's, and was fascinated with Hip Hop cult classic movies like Wild Style and Beat Street. While still living in Guam, he saw B-Boying performed live. After his family relocated to California, he began dancing in what he calls the new jack swing era of the early 90s. "Whatever was fresh on TV, I would try and emulate. It wasn't until around 1993-94 that I started breaking," he recalls. He was inspired by both of his cousins and, most of all, by his older brother Rodolfo Jr., who Ronnie imitated.
The first time that Ronnie traveled overseas to battle as was in 2003 for Seven to Smoke a battle at The Notorious I.B.E. His victory was a turning point in his dance career and he describes it as "epic." Winning the Red Bull BC One World Final 2007 was a major accomplishment for Ronnie, but he says that being featured in the documentary Turn it Loose, created from that battle, will allow his triumph to be relived over and over in the future.
Ronnie's parents naturally encouraged him to continue attending the University of Las Vegas, where he had a scholarship and was on the verge of declaring architecture as his major. As a result of the work, travel and other opportunities coming in for him as a B-Boy, he made the difficult decision to drop out. Initially unconvinced, his parents became supportive of his new career choice once they realized that B-Boying was their son's true passion.
The best way to describe Ronnie's approach to B-Boying is "well rounded." He focuses on incorporating all elements of B-Boying into his style: footwork, power moves, toprock, musicality and more. His signature moves include variations of freezes and intricate footwork transitions combined with power moves. His battle strategies are very straightforward: consistency, composure and aggression. He says, "No matter how much a B-Boy blows it up in a battle, I don't let it phase me. It's about winning the judges vote and not the audience. Never show weakness in a battle and stick to your style."
When asked what is most important for him to do in a battle, he answers the obvious: "To win every round." He is mindful to give his competitors space when they are dancing, not to be disrespectful and not to touch his opponents. It is essential to Ronnie that he remains true to himself, doing what he does best in the best possible way he can.