BREAKDANCERS from all over the globe will be making a beeline for Leeds when the city hosts the second Dirty Feet International Breakdance Battle on Saturday.
Recruited via forums frequented by aficionados from all over the world, organisers have tried to pick the best for a B-Boy and B-Girl line-up which includes over 100 performers.
Each of the dancers will be assessed by a panel of five judges as they compete against each other in a series of heats for crews and two-on-twos before the grand finals – all at TJ’s on Woodhouse Street, starting from 11am.
Organiser James Coomber said: “We’re also planning an experimental section to give the dancers a chance to showcase the extraordinary stuff they can do.
“This isn’t part of a national championship or anything like that but hundreds of pounds worth of prize money is at stake.
“We’ve also helped some of the performers coming from abroad with their travel costs because we want to put on the best show we can in Leeds.”
Dancers will be travelling from as far afield as Brazil, Morrocco, Holland, France and Switzerland and Malta to take part. And the event will also feature local performers including the Ghetlow Pirates, Alex Rowland, Ess Green and last year’s runners-up Trinity Warriors.
Although a date has yet to be confirmed, Dirty Feet is also planning a similar event at the Newport Theatre in Cardiff.
Those performers who shine in Leeds this weekend may also be given a guest invitation to face the best of the rest in South Wales.
James added: “The first event in Leeds last year was pretty successful and we’ve had plenty of inquiries about when we would hold the next one; in fact, once we announced a date, we had to limit the entries this time.
“We had a crowd of around 250 for the first event and we’re pretty confident we’ll manage the same sort of attendance next week.”
Tickets for the event, including an afterparty starring DJ Badger, DJ Winchester, DJ Funky Fresh 1 and High Pressure!!! cost £7.
Alternatively, tickets for the afterparty can also be purchased for £5.
* More information is available online at http://www.ukbboy.info/forum