Smart Bets web extra: The Southeast B­Boy Championships

The Southeast B­Boy Championships return to Asheville on Saturday, Nov. 2. Held at The Masonic Temple (80 Broadway St.), the event includes workshops from 1-5 p.m.
The schedule:
• Locking with Kunstruct, 1-2 p.m.
• BBoy with Ken Fury, 2-3 p.m.
• Popping with Aquaboogy, 3-4 p.m.
• BBoy with Lil Rock, 4-5 p.m.

Competitions take place from 7-11 p.m. About those: Top dancers from across the U.S. descend on Asheville to battle for over $2,000 in cash and prizes as well as a grand prize trip to New York City, and the coveted Southeast Crown. “A battle is essentially, a competition between two individuals or crews,” says press for the Championships. “Since the birth of Hip Hop in the Bronx, N. Y. during the early 1970s, battles have and still do take place as impromptu contests on the street, where rival members of opposing crews attempt to display their mastery of the dance over one another. These days, however, a typical battle is an organized event where street dancers of various disciplines come together to compete at a predetermined location and are judged by a respected panel of their own peers.” All battles are open to everyone, and registration is free. Learn about the All Styles Battles here and the BBoy Battles here.

The family-friendly Championships also showcase history and educational components, and feature a stellar lineup of DJs. On the roster: “Felix Fusik, DJ Aswell, Brett Rock, DJ Bowie (four-time winner: The Mountain Xpress’ Best Of WNC DJ) and hosted by B­Boy Frantic and Asheville’s own Aquaboogy. The entry fee includes registration for all competitions throughout the entire event as well as all four dance workshops.”

Tickets are $12 and available here. Free for kids age 10 and under.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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