There is something about street dancing that makes you vibrate. A few years ago you could only experience this through movies (Hollywood movies to be precise) and the idea of ââgetting into a dance battle at the corner of your “gully” was far-fetched. Cut to the present tense, ‘The Kings’, a cool Indian hip-hop group won at Dance world, an American reality TV show. We finally have some hip hop that can really take off the streets and stick landing on a global stage. So we’re celebrating the only way we know how; gather the troops and prepare for more dance sessions. This is exactly what happened this week with the launch of Breezer Vivid Shuffle 2019, a dance battle spanning 11 Indian cities. Started by Varun Dhawan, the dance battle is officially open for season 3.
Here’s our chat with RAFTAAR from last season:
Mumbai’s Khar Social was jam-packed with hip-hop junkies coming together to get their fix of old school dance, music and rap. To post GullyboyWe’ve seen so many of the best rappers in the country and now it’s time for some of the dancers to shine. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan loves hip-hop and with his enthusiasm he inaugurates a whole wave of new age street dancing. His film, Street dancer will come out soon said and he’s excited for it.
âHip-hop has always been very close to me and these artists inspire me to take my love for hip-hop to the next level with films like Street Dancer. This year again, I’m super excited to groove with these artists who know exactly how to live life in color, through dance. – Varun Dhawan
We got a taste of that energy as the launch party began with a dance battle between winners from previous seasons.
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Before the main battle, Enkore dropped a few sick beats followed by Spin Doctor DJs for the dance-off. On the ground, an audience cheered as the Tornado and Flying Machine (street names) dancers performed their fluid movements. The dancers have already won competitions and we understand why. For my part, I wondered where their influences came from and it turns out that they are not far from home. In a conversation with professional hip-hop dancers, we described their journey through the current street dance scene.
Arif Chaudhry aka BBoy Flying Machine has been practicing breakdancing for some time. Speaking of the early days of his career, he mentions how he got to know mainstream events through word of mouth. He just wanted to have fun when he entered the first season of Breezer Vivid Shuffle in 2017 and it got him the contest. Speaking of his favorite dancing style, he says, âI’m a little boy and I like this style the best. Since I have been dancing, I have been doing BBoying. I felt the dancing was intense and the energy was high. It gives me happiness. After a while it doesn’t even look like a dance form anymore, it feels natural, like standing. Each part of your body moves at a different frequency so this really caught my attention, I fell in love with it.
Now street dancing is not quite common in Bollywood yet and Arif thinks it needs more exposure in the movies. People still don’t know enough about the history of the style and end up seeing a very different take on it. Bboying was here as one of the first items and it’s kinda boring (when not portrayed correctly in Hindi cinema). “, did he declare.
Meanwhile, Tornado has never seen a street dance in a movie. His journey is both impressive and inspiring. He discovered the old-fashioned style of dancing on the streets. And judging by the way he dances, the street has taught him well. âI stay in a slum, so when there were birthdays and weddings, they would call the DJs in our neighborhood. This is where I saw one of the DJs doing breakdancing. When I asked if they wanted to teach me, they categorically refused. I watched and copied them for a few months and it was only after that they invited me into their circle. Then I met Wasim Bhai (his mentor) he took me under his wing and started teaching me. He explained enthusiastically. Tornado chooses not to rely on the videos of other dancers and prefers to explore his own technique.
Arif, however, took inspiration from Hollywood movies like Storm the yard, You are served and Let it go. Great movie suggestions if you want to see some great dance routines. Flying Machine also got inspiration closer to home with names like BBoy Ninja, BBoy Sonic, and BBoy Bunny, first generation guys who danced before they started. The BBoy remembers how he used to go to their events just to get the vibe.
The two dancers shared a common love for street genres while their backgrounds are invariably different. Their story is also a testament to the proven method of observation and learning. Before there were events like these the underground scene thrived on word of mouth exchanged between tight-knit communities of street dancers and watching the scene grow is amazing. We believe it when Tornado ended the conversation by saying that BBoying and break-dancing are no longer âstreet genresâ, they have come to a bigger stage.
The evening ended with fantastic performances by MC Altaf who was in Gullyboy and a special performance by Naezy, one of the most popular names in Indian hip-hop. Mashable India has been interested in underground street art for quite some time and we love where it goes.
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