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The party atmosphere in the Royal Theatre of Marrakech went through the roof when local B-Boy Lil Zoo danced his way to victory at the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Qualifier.

16 of the best B-Boys in the Middle East and Africa came to Morocco to fight for breakdancing’s hottest ticket – a trip to the Red Bull BC One Grand Final in Brazil later this year. After some fierce battles in Marrakech it came down to a head-to-head contest between Morocco’s B-Boy Lil Zoo and Algeria’s B-Boy Chakal.

B-Boy Lil Zoo had the home crowd on his side and he certainly didn’t disappoint them as he put on a breathtaking display of breaking skill to defeat B-Boy Chakal. Judging the contest were Red Bull BC One All Star B-Boys Ronnie (US) and Cico (Italy) as well as Roxrite (US), the reigning BC One World Champion.

The first thing Lil Zoo did when the judges returned their verdict was to celebrate with his Lhiba Kingzoo Crew who had been in his corner all night.

Booking his place at the Red Bull BC One Grand Final in Rio de Janeiro fulfilled what seemed like destiny for B-Boy Lil Zoo. The kid from Casablanca has been winning every battle he has entered recently, included the Red Bull BC One Cypher Morocco earlier this year.

However, none of these previous battles could have truly prepared B-Boy Lil Zoo for the high stakes in Marrakech. Over 60 Local BC One Cyphers have been held all over the world to decide the line-ups of the six regional qualifiers in Mexico, the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, New Zealand and this latest contest in Morocco.

The next step for Lil Zoo is to take his place in Rio alongside the five other regional winners and 10 other aficionados of the breaking scene that have been selected by the BC One scouts.

Since coming alive in 2004, the Red Bull BC One has become the quintessential universal breaking competition. While it was initially geared towards established B-Boys the challenge was thrown open in 2011 to include up-and-coming dancers. It’s thanks to this pioneering initiative that Red Bull BC One was voted ‘Best B-Boy Event’ at the World of Dance Awards 2011.

In 2012, all qualifier events, as well as the final, will be livestreamed on www.redbullbcone.com.

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