It’s the region’s most epic display of hip-hop culture, and it’s gonna be bigtime. This Saturday, b-boys and b-girls from seven states will congregate at the Asheville JCC for a chance to win cash and bragging rights (prizes range from $300 to $800 cash). Last November, when B-Boy Frantic (aka Michael Pelletier) put on this event, comedian Dave Chappelle showed up, so you know it’s a big deal. Expect one-on-one battles, three-on-three battles, all-style battles and feats of physical prowess from crews that have traveled from as far as Florida and Virginia. The public is invited at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15 (free for children under 10). There’s not another event like this around, and it’s only once a year. With DJs Ethical (Atlanta), Fred Krugr (Charleston) and Brett Rock (Asheville), along with special guest judges B-Boy Domkey (Virginia), B-Boy Machine (California) and B-Boy Palmer (Texas).
Frantic has opened Asheville Alternative Dance Center, a new studio on Eagle Street that offers classes in break-dancing, house-dancing, popping and pole fitness. More about the studio and the Southeast B-Boy Championships at http://www.ashevillealternativedance.com.