Hip-hop heroines head for German competition
When the breakbeats start and Hayley Ng hits the floor the battle is on.
The 27-year-old b-girl, better known as ‘‘H’’, will go head-to-head against the world’s best street dancers at the international b-boying competition Battle of the Year in Germany on October 19.
B-boying, or breakdancing, battles see practitioners known as b-boys and b-girls compete perform sets of skilled moves to hip hop beats, competing against other dancers.
The knockout competition is a fierce showdown to see who comes out on top.
Ms Ng and fellow b-girl Shadae ‘‘Deemite’’ Habib are the first pair of b-girls to represent New Zealand at the international contest after beating out their competition in the qualifier on August 3.
The central Auckland resident has entered more than 25 battles in the eight years since she started but nerves set in each time she first stares down her opponent, she says.
‘‘Battling is pretty intense. I know the majority of people get nervous, even top dogs. But once you’re in it and feeling the music you’re sweet.’’
The pair will face tough competition particularly from b-girls from Asia and Europe.
‘‘You can’t really predict the way it’s going to go. We just really hope to bring our best and rep New Zealand.’’
Breakers can turn almost any public space into a stage.
Ms Ng’s breaking began on the cold, hard concrete of Wellington’s Civic Square a decade ago after she ditched ballet for street dancing.
Nowadays you will often find her practising her moves in Aotea Square.
‘‘It’s my passion. It’s all about feeling the music which is where people are going wrong these days – they’re looking at the awesome moves but they’re not seeing it as an art form of hip-hop.’’
Ms Ng hopes to qualify as a dental hygienist at the end of the year but has no plans to give up breaking for fixing teeth.
‘‘I want to be breakdancing for as long as I can.
‘‘I want to grandma.’’
B-boy instructor Kent
‘‘Step’’ Christensen says it is a huge achievement for both b-girls, in a form which usually focuses its attention on male breakers.
The Battle of the Year final will take place in Germany on October 19.
Breaking bad: Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch ‘‘H’’ and ‘‘Deemite’’ battle it out to qualify for the Battle of the Year final.
B-girl Hayley ‘‘H’’ Ng will compete at the Battle of the Year b-boying competition in Germany.