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Get to know Red Bull Dance Your Style's National Final winners
The Red Bull Dance Your Style season is in full swing, with competition places filling up. Here’s a list of who’s qualified so far.
The battle is on. Red Bull Dance Your Style is back, and the top street dancers from over 30 countries are wowing crowds and going head to head in 50 events for a chance to etch their name on the world stage on December 4, 2021, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Learn about all the national champions right here…
Kieran Lai, UK, Hip-Hop
London-based hip-hop dancer Kieran Lai has displayed his skills everywhere from the semi-finals of UK TV competition Britain's Got Talent to West End musical & Juliet. He even danced as part of Zoo Youth performance company in front of Michelle Obama during the 2012 Summer Games.
Mainly self-taught, Kieran Lai started dancing after being fixated by YouTube clips of his greatest creative inspirations like a Korean body popper and French dance icon Salah.
In 2020 he won Red Bull Dance Your Style Tik Tok Challenge and secured his spot for 2021.
Hamad, Egypt, Popping
Hamad Ibrahim is a 26-year-old Filipino-born popper based in Cairo, Egypt. Surrounded by a rich cultural upbringing, Hamad started dancing at 16 years old. He's super musical and skilled in a mix of hip-hop styles, but popping is his expertise.
Over the past decade, he's racked up a list of battle wins in Egypt, such as becoming a semi-finalist on Arabs Got Talent in 2013 and also appeared in numerous TV interviews discussing his movement skills. As an instructor, his experimental and creative choreography makes his workshops high in demand.
Doktor Akay Üstünel, Turkey, Hip-Hop
Akay Üstünel started dancing in 2009 as a result of his strong passion and respect for hip-hop culture. In under three years after stepping into the studio and making it to the semi-finals in his first-ever battle, he danced in national commercials and jumped on concert stages with Turkish artists worldwide.
He's since appeared in several music videos as a lead dancer and choreographer as well as TV series and films. When he's not battling, Akay is a movement director and instructor at Elements of Dance Company and founder of Satisfunktion Crew.
Ricky, Japan, Popping/Animation
Ricky learned his craft from American soldiers who came to his hometown of Okinawa – one of those soldiers showed him a video of french popper Salah, and the rest is history.
At 14 years old, Ricky started dancing and honing his skills in popping, funk, musicality and animation. After that, he made the jump to Osaka. With 17 years of experience behind him in 2021, he's since clocked numerous solo battle wins and as a crew member of pop/animation teams EPOCH, EXmatic and Prankster. He's performed worldwide and currently divides his time away from the dance floor as an instructor, judge and father.
Jaekwon, Austria, Locking/Popping
Salzburg-based locker and popper Jaekwon delivered an electrifying battle to claim his place in South Africa. But his performance prowess shouldn't come as a surprise. He learned his chops at London's Breakin Convention and has worked as a choreographer and performer globally. He's a member of the crew Fusion Lockers.
Jaekwon strengthened the dexterity of his skill set by learning from OG's like Storm and by taking university lectures in dance and theatre education, stage direction and staging, along with Japanese traditions, folk dance and martial arts.
Sifer, Spain, Popping
Sifer put his birthplace, the Canary Islands, on the map when he was crowned Spain's best dancer at Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final. His charisma and flow have already seen him carve out a name in Madrid and Barcelona, and he's started working his way across the world.
Sifer has trained in all hip-hop styles and has already chalked up a string of national championship wins. He's passionate about music and would like to pursue that more outside of being a dance instructor, as a member of Calima Team and Man Of Steel Crew. He's also the founder/creator of popping training program Sifer Cypher Formacion, which offers classes, battles and workshops.
Satanel, Romania, Hip-Hop
Satanel is a force to be reckoned with. Her Instagram shows the multi-skilled Romania dancer tackling everything from a skateboard to guitar to graffiti. Not only was it a dream of hers to compete at Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final and have her mother and father in the audience, but she also promised that if she won, it would be a present for her grandma's 78th birthday!
Mams, Switzerland, Hip-Hop
Swiss hip-hop dancer and choreographer Romand Mamadou Kalombo, aka 'Mams', fuses dancehall and krump into his multi-disciplined style, among other genres. Since starting out as a dancer, Mams has battled in numerous dance competitions, but qualifying for a spot in the Dance Your Style World finals and being crowned the Swiss champ is the furthest he’s ever made it in a competition.
Mams is also the founder of the dance school Studio Leszarts based in Vevey, Switzerland, and at Red Bull Dance Your Style Switzerland qualifier had to battle against one of his students for the first time to take the title. Outside of battling, performing and choreography for everything from theatre to music videos, Mams is a coach and dancer on freestyle crew Mal Au Crâne and Concept Compagnie.
Silvio, Portugal, Popping
Silvio is a Portuguese popper, multi-genre artist and teacher. This will be his first time competing in Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals and he was extremely proud to win.
He’s passionate and most inspired by the people around him and expresses his gratitude to everyone who supported his come up as well as champions all his potential opponents. As an extremely dedicated and core member of JKBX Crew (Jukebox Crew) and earlier this year collectively created a freestyle dance camp called ReBoot.
When he’s not in the studio or in a cypher you can catch Silvio’s skills as a top tier gamer swiping out people across the globe on Twitch
Chrissy Chour, Taiwan, Waacking
All eyes are on Taiwanese waacker Chrissy Chou in a cypher. The smooth, rhythmic waacker mixes in hip hop, dancehall, reggae, and contemporary movement into her waacking to create a highly original and alluring style.
This may be Chrissy’s first Red Bull Dance Your Style but she’s no stranger to battles. Over the past decade, she’s won a string of titles including making it to the top 8 in Taiwan’s 2014 World Cup Final dance competition. She’s also been a judge and is in high demand across Asia as a performer on various television shows.
Toby Deedaran, Denmark, Hip-Hop
Hip-hop dancer Toby Deedaran has danced since childhood. He began working as a professional in Copenhagen, Denmark, after completing his education at Flow Dance Academy.
Soyuz was born in the small city of Tours, France. He started popping in 2013 after watching a YouTube clip made by unprecedented Inglewood popper and animator Marquese Scott filmed in Cali, on the other side of the world. Soyuz was so inspired and blown away by Scott’s insane body control that he made up his mind to learn how to do the same.
He started training and found he was a natural talent, quickly racking up battle wins and fans.
Soyuz started out originally as a member of La Smala crew. He lives in Bordeaux, where he today and practices with Gallion New Era in Paris.
Outside of Marquese Scott, Soyuz admits he’s had a lot of dancers and teachers who’ve inspired him along the way. However, now, he finds his greatest inspiration as a dancer in music.
Soyuz proudest achievement in dance so far is seeing one of his students get hired to be part of a famous dance company.
Soyuz got given his name by one of his teachers, who said that his body and the way he moved was so weird that it looked like it was from outer space. At the same time, they both saw “Soyuz”, a spaceship launcher, in the newspaper and the rest is history.
When he’s not in the studio training, Soyuz is studying to get a masters degree as a Cloud engineer/ app developer. When asked whether or not he will create his own in the future, he said the plans are top secret.
He previously made it to the Paris qualifier, but this is his first time making it to Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final.He's known both for his choreography-based dance videos and his participation in the freestyle and battle environment. As a dancer, he's worked with everyone from Adidas to the world-famous choreographer Parris Goebel. His workshops and classes are packed out and bring a long list of fans across Scandinavia and Europe.
Blayke, Nigeria, Popping
Blayke claimed the title of best freestyle dancer in Nigeria when triumphing in Lagos. This will be his first time battling in Red Bull Dance Your Style Pre-Finals and he'll be bringing plenty of fire to his performances.
A multi-genre dancer that mixes in krump, hip-hop and alternative styles with his popping, Blayke is super athletic as well and hungry to compete and wow the crowd.
Luke, Malta, Hip-Hop
Maltese hip-hop dancer Luke Mizzi is on a high. Not only is he the winner of Red Dance You Style Malta, but he’s also heading to the world final of Red Bull Dance Your Style for the first time ever.
In the past, Luke has worked as a dance coach at Sport Malta and is currently a crew member/choreographer and dancer for Concept of Movement. Away from the dancefloor, he has a Bachelor of Arts but is now studying for a Masters degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Malta alongside flexing his pen game as a content writer for Malta Daily.
Mecnun, Germany, Movement
Mecnun is a multidisciplinary performing artist and director based in Germany. As a master of mediums, he divides his time between movement, art, fashion, culture and film. At Red Bull Dance Your Style Germany, he blew the crowd away with his next-level musicality and alluring performance. No stranger to winning over an audience, Mecnun found fame by uploading routines to YouTube and Instagram. He’s appeared in numerous music videos and stadium tours and danced in many countries, as well as releasing a documentary and dance performances about the state of the world and political injustice.
Despite all his achievemnets, this is Mecnun’s first Red Bull Dance Your Style and he was moved to tears when he was handed the trophy.
Dam'en, Russia, Hip-Hop and Popping
Konstantin Krasilich, aka DAM’EN, is a choreographer and dancer in Russia’s underground dance scene. He started to dance after his football career ended due to an injury. He represents Sarcellite Crew, is the trainer of the District 13 dance team, competed on Season 7 of the Russian television dance competition "NEW DANCES" on TNT as part of a team and is represented by Russian creative and dance agency, PLĀNKA.
This will be the first time DAM’EM is competing at Red Bull Dance Your Style and it's already one of his greatest and most meaningful accomplishments as a dancer.
Gil the Grid, The Netherlands, Experimental
Gil the Grid is one of the most piercing dancers you’ll come across. Growing up in Spangen, the Netherlands, Gil the Grid credits dance as keeping him off the streets and away from crime. As a kid, he discovered a natural ability to captivate crowds and express his inner self through dance. He started teaching, became the artistic leader of Pop'arazzi and won the experimental category at Juste Debout in 2013.
But in 2013 he suffered mental health issues caused by unresolved trauma. The incident propelled Gil the Grid even deeper into his dance as a way to heal and he pour his heart out in his performances and choreography.
Fast forward to today and Gil the Grid has performed in around 30 countries around the world, he's artistic director of Amenti MoveMeant and has established his own syllabus called The Movemeant Method. He's also used his platform to be an activist and address societal issues through dance. He was in the final of Holland's Got Talent in 2017 and recently danced during the Eurovision Song Contest. This will be his first time competing at Red Bull Dance Your Style.
Soyuz, France, Popping
Soyuz was born in the city of Tours, France. He started popping in 2013 after watching a YouTube clip made by Inglewood, a popper and animator Marquese Scott filmed in California. Soyuz started training and found he was a natural talent, quickly racking up battle wins and fans. Originally a member of La Smala crew, he now lives in Bordeaux and practises with Gallion New Era in Paris.
Soyuz got his name from one of his teachers, who said that his body and the way he moved was so weird that it looked like it was from outer space. At the same time, they both saw 'Soyuz', a spaceship, in the newspaper and the rest is history.
When he's not in the studio training, Soyuz is studying to get a masters degree as a cloud engineer and app developer. When asked whether or not he'll create his own in the future, he said the plans are top secret.
This is his first time performing at Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final.
José Monstarz, Chile, Hip-Hop
Born and raised in Quinta Normal in Santigo de Chile, José Monstarz was inspired to start dancing by Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and the people he saw around him. He started dancing in 2011 and dedicated himself, his training and his focus solely on hip-hop. Today, Jose describes his dance style as creative, charismatic and musical. Jose is a part of Monstarz crew, who are currently resident dancers performing a hip-hop show with a circus in Chile. The circus represents the crew's first time performing in a show of that calibre, and they have found it very beautiful.
Jose says his proudest achievement from dance is winning Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final because of the event's magnitude. But another standout achievement that holds a special place in his heart is becoming the first Chilean to win the hip-hop category at a championship called Brazil Dance Camp. His local inspirations are Jazz Monstarz and all the dancers that make up Monstarsz crew. Internationally, his inspirations are French hip-hop dancers and choreographers Icee Forzesound and Mufasa.
This year marks the first year that the Dance Your Style competition has taken place in Latin America, and likewise, this will be Jose Monstarz’s first time competing.
Ian Tico, Kenya, Experimental
Ian Munuve, aka Ian Tico, was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He was introduced to dance at the age of seven by his auntie and uncle because Ian Tico was fascinated by how you could use your body to create different illusions. From there, his passion for dance grew, and the movements he wanted to try came naturally.
Winning Red Bull Dance Your Style in Kenya is Ian Tico’s biggest and proudest achievement from dance. When asked to sum up his dance style, Ian Tico says it's experimental and derived from different styles and movement foundations – one of which is Odi, a local street dance style from Kenya as well as animalistic movements, popping and house.
Ian Tico’s dance goal is to give back to the dance community in Kenya by opening a school where he can pass knowledge and offer dance facilities that aren't available to the less fortunate. With this, he hopes to help to perform arts grow in Kenya and offer employment opportunities. He's also the founder of The Lab, where he mentors and nurtures freestyle dancers through classes and cyphers.
“This is a dream come true," says Ian Tico, referring to representing Kenya for the first time at Red Bull Dance Your Style. "I never thought I would get this opportunity. The fact that I will have a chance to learn from more experienced dancers and still represent my country through my gift. Thank you to my fans and all who voted for me. I will do you proud.”
Tony, Australia, Afro
Paris-bred, Sydney-based Afro dancer Tony Oxybel was inspired to compete in Red Bull Dance Your Style 2021 after watching his favourite dancer Koh win in 2019 – the same year Tony stepped foot into a dance studio for the first time. Two years later, Tony will be standing in the same spot as his dance idol, and while he might not consider himself the competitive type, his prowess in battles and applause from his fast-rising fanbase would suggest otherwise.
As a kid, Tony fell in love with hip-hop in Paris because of his older brother, who he followed everywhere. He later fused the duality of his upbringing by a Congolese mother and Caribbean father by dancing Afro and dancehall – and he was a natural at both. He admits that improv was something he was really afraid of when he first started dancing. When his brother and his friends were dancing, his fear would take over. In the end, he had to push himself to get more into freestyling and trust himself and his talent.
Tony levelled up his confidence and skills, but it wasn’t until university that he started to take dance seriously. He moved to Sydney in 2019 to pursue a masters, graduated but found himself totally shifting his focus to the dance community. He began teaching one class a week at a studio, which quickly turned to two, then three and soon Tony’s talents were in demand.
Off the back of becoming the Australian champion and heading to the world finals, Tony is hyped. He says that what he loves about dance is freestyle and choreography, for giving him a sense of liberation. He’s recently become “obsessed” with voguing, and eventually, he wants to dabble more in choreography and creating pieces and work behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight.
JFunk, UK, Hip-Hop & Krump
London street dancer and prolific battler Jordan JFunk has been dancing for 15 years. He discovered his passion thanks to his older brother, who started dancing first and noticed JFunk wasn’t really doing anything, so he grabbed him from home and said, “You’re going to dance.” JFunk went and didn’t look back. Dance got serious for him pretty fast, and he knew he’d found what he was good at and was meant to do.
Since then, he’s clocked battle wins, performed with the English National Opera, Stormzy and Boy Blue Entertainment, and choreographed pieces for the likes of the EMA awards and Capitals Summertime Ball. His favourite work is his own 30-minute krump piece, titled AIMagination. He also teaches at The Hub Studios in East London and counts mentoring his "dance son" Masaiya Thomas as his proudest achievement.
JFunk’s main styles are krump, hip-hop, house and Afro, which he seamlessly swerves from while delivering showmanship and explosiveness to each of his rounds. He describes the way he dances as pure, feeling and totally his. He’s constantly pushing to be one of a kind while carrying all that he’s learned from his prolific teachers along the way. On top of the teachers list are his "Senseis" Kenrick, Turbo as well the "Homebros" Kurtyswift and Uncle TC.
Gearing up for his first Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final, JFunk says that whatever the outcome of the competition, he hopes that his dance leads him to teach and share with people around the world and choreograph for more amazing artists/projects.
The National Finals of Red Bull Dance Your Style are happening right now – come back to this page to see who’s qualifying for the big event.