Fil-Am B-Boys join East Coast’s biggest break dance contest

NEW YORK – Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battled it out Saturday at the McDonald’s B-Boy Battle Royale 2 in New York City.

It’s the largest urban dance competition in the East Coast.

In the championship round, Beast Coast Super Crew battled head to head with Team Entree consisting of B-Boys from across the five boroughs, including a Filipino American from Brooklyn – Matthew “Kid-K” Langaman.

“It’s my passion. Like I have other things I do on the side. I always keep breaking, no matter what,” Langaman said.

But Langaman and his team’s passion was not enough to win this year’s grand prize of $5,000.

Team Beast Coast bagged first place while Langaman’s Team Entree placed second.

“I’m a little upset because I came here to try to win, but it’s all good. I had fun. I did my best and I got to rep with my team,” he said.

Only the “best of the best” of the East Coast B-Boy scene can qualify at this battle royale. Each of these crews have already battled at least two internationally recognized B-Boy tournaments to make it this far.

Danny “Atomic Goofball” Nguyen of the Lion of Zion Crew said, “It’s an art, man. B-Boying changed my life for the better. I used to be picked on in school. I didn’t have many friends. I was bullied. I didn’t fit in. And with Bboy it changed everything for me. It gave me confidence.”

Peter Liu, a B-Boy Fan from Brooklyn, NY said, “It’s crazy what they’re doing in there, everyone there has been so impressive, it’s so amazing.”

And to celebrate the 40-year legacy of breaking, Mcdonald’s B-Boy Battle Royale honored breaking pioneer Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon of the legendary Rock Steady crew.

Colon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for elevating B-Boying to an art form and for introducing breaking to a global audience.

“Thank you to the Ronald Mcdonald House of Charities and those that chose to create an award that recognizes the B-boys for doing community work. I never anticipated or expected an award for doing something that is necessary within our global community,” Colon said.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald Mcdonald House Charities in the New York Tri-State area.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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