B-boy breakdancing hits Christchurch

B-boyer seeking bigger crew

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 05:00 03/01/2014
Tiger White
KIRK HARGREAVES

ABOVE GROUND: Tiger White shows off some of his B-boying moves.

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Dance crews are on a mission to bring hip-hop from Christchurch's underground out into the limelight.

Dancers of the "B-boy" breakdancing style were showing off their skills at the Dance-O-Mat on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets on New Year's Day.

The Gap Filler project has been popular with dancers like Tiger White, 28, who has used it as a chance to begin to "evolve the art of B-boying in Christchurch".

Post-quake Christchurch offered "cool spots" to train, but the crew wanted to attract more than the current 20 local dancers and organise competitions.

"We do want to try and get a bit more stuff like that happening and get more people interested in it."

His group - Common Ground - and another called Soul Cypher were the only B-boying crews in the city. Many dancers were pulled to a bigger scene in Sydney, and his crew regularly had to travel to the North Island to compete.

White was "pretty fresh" to dancing. The self-employed auto mechanic only took it up about two years ago after a friend started "laying down some moves" at his 26th birthday party.

He was impressed with what he could do "with just his body and the floor" and knew it was for him.

He taught himself challenging moves like flips and head spins using videos, watching others and asking for advice.

"It mostly comes down to seeing something and trying until you figure it out. We're just having fun really and it's really good fitness."

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