UK B-BOY CHAMPIONSHIPS WORLD FINALS 2012 LINEUP: JUDGES
Storm started b-boying, popping and locking at the age of 14. His first tour was for ‘Bravo Breakdance Sensation 84′. Storm continued to study his dance styles and connected with other b-boys from around the world, constantly staying creative and productive throughout the late 80s. By 1991 his crew, Battle Squad was one of the world’s leading b-boy crews and thanks to them and other seminal crews from the 90s, the art of b-boying remained strong. In 1991 and 1992 Battle Squad won Battle of the Year.
From 1992 onwards, Storm danced with the New York dance Company, ‘Ghettoriginal’. He performed shows in Washington’s Kennedy Centre and in New York’s Lincoln Center. While living in NYC he regained his feeling for the funk by working with Mr Wiggles. He has also hosted the hip hop magazine show ‘Freestyle’ on the German TV channel, Viva. In 1996, he decided to form a dance company in his hometown Berlin which was called ‘The Storm and Jazzy Project’. Storm now tours the world performing solo shows and judging at major events.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Buddha Stretch is one of the founding members of the world famous Elite Force Crew. Buddha Stretch is credited with being one of the first hip hop choreographer/dancers to teach in a mainstream dance studio when he started teaching classes at the Broadway Dance Centre in 1989. Stretch heavily impacted the dance world by bridging the gap between “Old Skool” and “New Skool” dances. He helped initiate the rise in popularity of freestyle hip hop and hip hop choreography in music videos and live shows.
Stretch’s first music video was for Eric B and Rakim’s “Eric B for President”. His first choreography job was for Joeski Love and he went on to work with the likes of Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and many more. He was nominated for MTV Awards for Best Choreography for the Will Smith videos “Men In Black”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and “Miami”. Stretch is versatile and multi-talented and is also an MC, writer and has a wealth of creative accolades under his belt. Always at the forefront of new ideas Stretch continues to show why he is a true Hip Hop pioneer.