Videos: Best of Bboy Neguin

Although I love Les Twins like crazy, as I’m sure, most of you do too, I also love the dance world period. That includes all dance styles, not just the dances that are utilized by Larry and Laurent. Neguin is another one of my favorite dancers.

Fabiano Carvalho Lopes aka NEGUIN from Brazil is the 2010 champion of the RED BULL BC ONE and a member of the Red Bull BC One All Stars. He impressed the judges and the audience with his amazing skills and strategies. The year before, in New York City, he had already made it to the semifinals.

NEGUIN started dancing at the age of 14 in the streets of Cascavel, Paraná, where he first witnessed Hip Hop culture in 1999. NEGUIN initially began dancing freestyle and social dances. It was not until 2003, that he took up B-Boying.

His approach to B-Boying is at once celebratory, psychological and aggressive. A very confident dancer, NEGUIN likes to look into his opponent’s eyes to communicate nonverbally that he’s going to win. He uses special strategies and tactics to outperform anyone he battles, using his own style, at every moment, in every battle. He wants his opponent to recognize that he’s battling a well rounded B-Boy.

NEGUIN describes his B-Boy style as involving death-defying jumps, blitz speed movement, unpredictability, clean execution of his arsenal and variations in each ground and power move, infused with flavor and high energy while keeping a constant rhythm. While NEGUIN takes physical risks, he pulls off his moves safely and effectively. He respects his fellow dancers and shares positive energy through his presence and craft. NEGUIN aims to have his audience experience joy, curiosity and surprise when watching him in a battle. He not only represents himself, he also dances for his crew and country. This is most important to him.

Skills and strategies have earned NEGUIN a vast collection of 1st place titles from notable competitions spanning from Argentina to Paraguay to Brazil. Among the highlights of his B-Boy career he lists battling in both 2007 and 2008 at the R-16 in Korea, O Duelo 2008 in Brazil, Coosh Crash Test 2008 in the USA, the Battle Of The Year 2008 in Brazil, Humanitarian Massy Battle 2009 in France, and the World B-Boy Classics in Holland. He appears on many B-Boy battle DVDs produced from these competitions as well as short movies and commercials produced in Brazil.

Dancers who have had profound influence on NEGUIN include Ken Swift, Rock Steady Crew, and K Mel. He admires K Mel because of his “free” style of dancing in every situation. B-Boy Ivan is one of NEGUIN’S greatest influences because of his style and constant energy.

NEGION eventually became a Capoiera instructor as well, but currently he makes a living on B-Boying. He used to work as a B-Boy teacher in a social project called “Arte nos Barrios” in São Paulo and gave dance workshops across Brazil. At the moment however, NEGUIN is living and working in New York and London, teaching B-Boy classes, judging battles and performing with a London Dance company in the celebrated show “Blaze.”

Among the many foundational elements of Hip Hop culture, NEGUIN delves into several including Aerosol Art, DJing and other styles of Street Dance.

Feeling blessed with support from his family as they offer positivity and encouragement, NEGUIN reveals, “They taught me about the good things in life: education, culture and always enjoying what I do.”

An avid follower of the RED BULL BC ONE since its inception, NEGUIN has always dreamed of battling in this competition himself. Observing the evolution of this battle, he was very inspired by the level of talent it drew. He is very appreciative of the fact that RED BULL developed such a great event for B-Boys worldwide. NEGUIN reflects, “I always hoped to be part of this one day. Now I am a Red Bull Champion and Red Bull BC One All Star! No doubt this is a great time in my life!”

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