Hip-hop hero­ines head for Ger­man com­pe­ti­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Photo: RICH NG

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.

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