Dancers, DJs and the Epic Battle: 2011 Braun Battle of the Year

Dancers, DJs, and the epic battle of the year – oh my! Buzznet was in the house at the 2011 Braun Battle of the Year this weekend. Held on Saturday at Hollywood venue the Avalon, competitors from countries such as Japan and France joined the best of the best U.S. bboy dancers to vy for the chance to compete in the ultimate international battle happening this November in Montpellier, France.

DJs Lean Rock and Renegade kept the music going and hosts Koolski and Wicket kept the show running smoothly while the dancers competed in several bboy battles throughout the venue.

Known dancers appearing at the event included bboy Cloud (who was a finalist in the Red Bull BC One competition in 2009), bboy vet Remind (who was seen cyphering in the crowd), Poe One (who put was given an honor), as well as bgirl Asia One, Roxrite, Lil Moose, Frankie Flav, Groovaloo founder Bradley “Shooz” Rapier, Knuckleheadz Cali.

See photos from the Braun Battle of the Year here!

The final 2-on-2 battles saw bboys Havik Koro go up against X-Mob.

Winner: X-Mob

Watch the final 2-on-2 battles here:

The final crew battle saw bboy crew Battle Born go against Squadron.

Winner: Battle Born

Battle Born hail from Las Vegas and consist of members of b-boys ATN, RolandBlunts, Groucho, Fury, Nonski, Jafokes, Yoshi, Anthony, A.I., Ron Roxworth, Ruphio, Vidal and b-girl Chez.

Watch the final crew battle here:

(Videos taken by hip hop aficionado and bboy CaddyOne)

Fun fact: Battle of the Year in the U.S. was on a hiatus for a few years. This year was the first year in 3 years that the event occurred in the U.S., much to the delight of bboys all over the nation!

Another highlight of the night was that the older generation kept urging the younger generation of bboys to “bring Battle of the Year back to the USA!”

The final international Braun Battle of the Year event is held on November 19, 2011 in Montpellier, France.

What are your thoughts on dance competitions? Do you watch any dance competitions, either live or on TV? If so, which ones?