BBoy dancers from across the Globe will once again bring their formidable talent to Rhondda Cynon Taf, as Ya Don’t Stop returns for 2012.
The international competition is being hosted in The Muni, Pontypridd, by the Council’s Cultural Services Team, in partnership with Elemental Force and will see the best B Boy dancers on the planet competing for the 2012 Young Blood and Burnout title.
This year, for the first time ever, organisers have also joined forces with the Wales Millennium Centre, which will offer you the chance to enjoy a three-day master class canp with some of the stars of the competition – making Ya Don’t Stop 2012 a four-day extravaganza overall!
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to welcome BBoy talent from across the world to Rhondda Cynon Taf. They are the best in their field and will be competing for this global title in our very own Muni, of which we are very proud.
“This year’s event is tailored especially to allow younger residents to engage with and experience this cultural phenomenon first-hand, while also giving the elite the chance to represent in the ultimate BBOY Jam.
“This is a great chance for young people to witness a culture that has so many positive outcomes – from improving confidence, self-esteem and individuality to gaining respect!”
UK Hip Hop MC MYSTRO/MYSDIGGI, who has supported the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z and Xzibit, and performed at worldwide festivals such as Glastonbury, Good Vibrations (Australia), Electric Picnic (Ireland), Sound Wave (Croatia), Jambalaya (New Zealand) will host the event.
It will also feature a fantastic line up of international DJs including:
DSK – All the way from Asia Worldwide! DSK From the Lost Souls Crew has been a key member of the Elemental Force and Soleheaven family for many years now and we are so excited to see what he brings to this years battle!
Jaffa – Wales No:1 Hip Hop DJ. Elemental Force’s very own DJ has been a huge part of the Welsh scene since 1982, from early funk and soul to dirty hard core Hip Hop Jaffa is the man in the know.
Lu-Chi’sz – Holland’s No:1 BBOY/DJ and member of the infamous EXG, Extraordinary Gentlemen Crew (who won BBoyworld.com award for “Best upcoming crew” In 2010). He has also started playing Saxophone, so in the future you will see a sax playing, dancing, DJ doing his thing.
The Battles on the day will include:
– YOUNG BLOOD – Qualification 2 on 2 (Under 18’s) 11AM/1PM
– BBOY BURNOUT – Qualification International Cypher 1PM/3PM
Live Event Show: 5PM – 8PM
? Young Blood – Semi Final, Final Under 18’s 2 on 2
? BBOY Burnout – Top Sixteen Solo Selected From Cypher
? What Came Out Of The Mothership (Lockin Duo Showcase)
? Mystro (Live MC Set)
Top judges on the day will include:-
Freeze – Scandinavia’s finest pioneer bboy
Movie One – Spain’s super strong bgirl
Menno – Holland’s original stylistic bboy
Get your tickets for the live show, which runs from 5pm to 8pm from The Muni Box Office on 08000 147 111 or online at www.rct-arts.co.uk. Tickets are £5, find out more about the competition and associated master camp at www.yadontstop.co.uk