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Watch a breakdance battle in Boston ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut

Winners will advance to the Red Bull BC One National Finals ahead of the World Finals.

A breakdancer practices his art Fernando Llano

The global breakdancing competition, Red Bull BC One, is heading to Cambridge. Sixteen male and 16 female breakdancers from the Northeast will battle for the top spot. Winners will advance to the Red Bull BC One National Finals in Los Angeles ahead of the World Finals.

The competition is hosted by Boston-native Lean Rock, a member of the legendary Boston hip-hop crew, the Floor Lords.

In the days leading up to the main competition on Saturday, Aug. 20, the Red Bull BC One All-Star Tour will also host various dance workshops and community panels with the biggest names in breakdancing throughout Boston beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 17, including 2022 Red Bull BC One World Champion, Logistx, and local legend Lean Rock.

The Red Bull BC One competition takes place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Sinclair. Doors open at 1 p.m., with the preliminaries at 2 p.m. and the main event at 5 p.m. 

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Here is the schedule for the all star tour:

Red Bull BC One All Star Tour:

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Shojo,9A Tyler St., Boston

  • Content Day with El Nino from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Workshop for local influencers with RoxRite and Lean Rock at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Shojo, 9A Tyler St., Boston

  • Collegiate workshop at Shojo, Time TBD

Friday, Aug. 19 

Shojo, 9A Tyler St., Boston

  • Workshop (open to all) with Lilou, Ronnie, and Logistix from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 

The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. No. 1C, Somerville

  • All-Star Competition, Time TBD

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