Friday night dance party
February 25, 2011 7:01 PM   Subscribe

1 on 1 B-Boy Battle - close up and slow mo on some impressive moves captured at the 2010 BOTY in Paris. And for for some raw fun, the crowd-pleasing backstage battles of Morris vs Lilou part1 and part 2.

YAK films is an international production team focusing on urban dance. They first came to acclaim with Oakland's TURF Feinz (previously from desjardins and previously from yeloson) as well as some clips from Les Twins (previously from moi).

A few other fun & notable clips from YAK Films:
Ladies represent: Swaggers Karma - SoFLY Paris
New Orleans: Right Side "Off the Wall"
Düsseldorf, Germany: Funkin Stylez 2010 1 on 1 Dance Battle Recap
Paris: Birdseye Bones - flexing dancing
posted by madamjujujive (22 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Those guys must be extra good Egyptian Hypnotists.
posted by mannequito at 7:07 PM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]

I can do that -- I just donwanna.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:10 PM on February 25, 2011

The other day, I almost passed out trying to do a burpee.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:18 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]

Take that Baryshnikov.
posted by oddman at 7:30 PM on February 25, 2011

Damn. Just... damn. Color me impressed.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:33 PM on February 25, 2011

Take that Baryshnikov.

You say this mockingly, but the truth is that ballet and other formal styles of dance are increasingly being studied by B-boys looking to increase their range. The result is that B-boying is getting more and more advanced every year in its difficulty.
posted by mightygodking at 7:47 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

I really liked Morris vs Lilou. They didn't seem like they were throwing out their
BIG moves just to impress. It was more like a competition of who could improv
and vibe with the crowd more than the other, if they were competing at all. In a situation
where both contenders knew that they could fall back on each of their prefab moves
it felt like an unspoken agreement was reached to just go with the dictates of the unconscious
and run with it. Whoever could perform THAT intent better than the other would become the true
victor. very fun
posted by coolxcool=rad at 7:48 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

From whence they came.
posted by cashman at 8:18 PM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]

posted by bayani at 8:43 PM on February 25, 2011

Pretty awesome.
posted by kenko at 8:51 PM on February 25, 2011

If i was a gymnast i'd be trying to adapt some of this to my ffloor program (do i have the right term here?) . It sure would wake up things in that sport..
posted by MikeHoegeman at 9:48 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

If i was a gymnast...

As someone who trains capoeira -- from whence breakdancing came (citation needed, I know, it's late) -- who has also played around with B-boys, it doesn't always translate. Some of the basic physical movements translate very well, but there's a difference in intention and rhythm. It might translate better into gymnastics, since the intention is not to kick the other person in the face.
posted by Panjandrum at 11:16 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'm just hella glad to see the levels of variety that power moves have evolved. Power moves may be incredibly demanding and draw the crowd, but for a good long while they didn't have a lot of creative flexibility going on - it was more about how long and how hard you could go into it, but seeing folks play with their drops, pauses, and pop back into it instead of one long set of spins and flairs is definitely made it a lot more exciting for me.

(That said, I'm still more of a fan of popping and bopping. The ability to make yourself look like you're defying gravity and time while standing or mid-fall is fucking amazing.)
posted by yeloson at 11:36 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

By coincidence just recently I watched Planet B-Boy. It's streamable on Netflix. It was interesting to see how dominant the Far East Asians were - Koreans and Japanese, and the Americans couldn't touch 'em, even though they themselves observed "it came from America". Just goes to show how universal some things are - no matter what culture - we can all admire, appreciate and love great skill and great art.
posted by VikingSword at 12:13 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm a bit surprised that Germany's video wasn't better.
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 2:18 AM on February 26, 2011

posted by hypersloth at 3:49 AM on February 26, 2011

I honestly had no idea people still did this.
posted by JeffK at 6:56 AM on February 26, 2011

"As someone who trains capoeira -- from whence breakdancing came (citation needed, I know, it's late) "

For the record that is completely not true. I have trained capoeira angola for 15 years, and have been a hip hop dj for longer and most definitely have spent time with many original members of the rocksteady crew. What all those guys say is that they really never saw any capoeira when they were coming up in the 70's. Mestre Jelon used to have rodas in central park in the 70's but none of those guys ever even saw that.

As a matter of fact, b-boying has done much more to inspire capoeira than vice versa. You see a lot of movements now that most definitely have bboy roots.
posted by LouieLoco at 3:49 PM on February 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

This is the best post ever on Metafilter.
posted by OmieWise at 6:38 PM on February 26, 2011

For the record that is completely not true.

OK, statement retracted pending someone else's exhaustively systematic review of whether this is a case of inherited, homologous, or co-evolution.

The actual point I was trying make, however, stands. That conversations between exclusive b-boys and exclusive capoeiristas tend to start like this:

B-Boy: So first you you do your toprock...
Capo: OK, I ginga.

and end like this:

B-Boy: Then you move into a wicked (I'm assuming the B-Boy is from Boston) freeze.
Capo: Wait, why wouldn't I just throw a rasteira?
B-Boy: What? What other person?
Capo: What toque is playing?
Both (simultaneously): what
posted by Panjandrum at 11:15 PM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

cashman, that clip is just all kinds of awesome, thanks.

LouisLoco, Panjandrum - it is so great to have two dance experts here, thanks for your input. I am totally ignorant, but I know what like ;-)

But in terms of who started what first, I would respectfully suggest you are both wrong.

Meanwhile, found this clip of the next generation - these kids have it goin on.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:34 AM on February 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

one thing though is that I include both breakdancing and capoeira in the afican diaspora.
posted by LouieLoco at 8:04 AM on February 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

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