Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

B-Boy Summit 2012 - better late, than never summary!

Three weekends ago (October 19-21) the long-running "B-Boy Summit" kicked off in Los Angeles for a three-day all-ages celebration of hip hop dance: b-boy, popping, locking...extravaganza organized by Asia One!

These events take a lot of planning so I went to support. The Summit has been around since the 90s, but over time other events have crowded the scene. This is an original with the culture and community at its heart. If only the commercial sponsors would recognize that instead of taking over the agenda.

Friday night was the kick-off party in North Hollywood. Saturday was the park jam downtown and the battle sessions were held on Sunday at the Avalon in Hollywood central. Here are a selection of the Friday night basement pics.

On Sunday, a new battle format was introduced. The "Pros 2 Protégés" battle couples made up of a Pro (teacher) and Protégé (student) which really sums up the community of hip hop. This year, I missed the sizzle in early rounds of the battle rounds. I still remember the b-boy battles in 2010 between crews like Killfornia, Furious Styles and Renegades. That was heat! However, it was good to see Rock Steady Crew President, Crazy Legs, way out here on the West Coast. He even jumped up on stage to judge a battle.

The b-boy and popping crew battles were broken up between the stage and dance floor, which meant there wasn't a single prime spot to catch all the action. May be good, may be less so as I had to move around. :)

Here's a selection of the rocking! Too much to follow and I had to run to the airport for a 9pm flight Sunday night. Thanks to Asia One and all involved (Mario.) See you next time!

Pop/Locking: Marie Poppins & Pandora vs. Snap Boogie and Chuco

B-Boying: Casper & Prada-G vs. Jules & Eddie Burns

For a dope selection of b-boy videos check out Arizona's Crystyle YouTube channel - She has over 150 videos posted in less than 2 years! That's crazy hip hop love!

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