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.
• 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.