Stal­wart break­dancer still mov­ing

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

It all be­gan watch­ing a Run-DMC video as a teen for dancer Kent Chris­tensen.

The Syd­ney res­i­dent and break­dancer of 20-years is back in his birth­place of Auck­land to pro­mote The Red Rat Bat­tle of the Year 2016 break­danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Man­gere.

The event will fea­ture dancers from 15 dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the Pa­cific who will com­pete for a place at The Bat­tle of the Year World Fi­nals in Ger­many in Oc­to­ber - the pin­na­cle event of in­ter­na­tional break­danc­ing.

A for­mer Eden Ter­race res­i­dent, Chris­tensen first learned to dance by watch­ing VHS tapes that were passed round break­ers when he was a teenager in the 90s.

‘‘That’s how we kind of learned. Some­body trav­elled to Amer­ica, brought one over and dubbed it, and all of Auck­land pretty much got that one dubbed ver­sion un­til it was worn out.’’

Learn­ing the art form was all about ‘‘trial and er­ror’’ which in­evitably in­volved a lot of bumps and bruises, he says.

Chris­tensen says com­pe­ti­tion danc­ing is an im­pro­vised art form. ’’Break­ing is a real freestyle so every­thing you see is not re­hearsed.’’ The Red Rat Bat­tle of the Year In­ter­na­tional Pa­cific Qual­i­fier kicks-off on Satur­day Au­gust 13 at the Man­gere Arts Cen­tre, cor­ner of Bader Drive and Orly Ave. Visit eventfinda.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Kent Chris­tensen, a break­dancer of 20 years, is back in Auck­land for The Red Rat Bat­tle of the Year 2016.

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