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Battle@Buffalo: Under the Lights II

Battle@Buffalo: Under the Lights II

Saturday, August 25

B-boying, popping, locking, turfing…electric boogaloo-ing? These are all forms of funk-style streetdances but don’t get it confused, they are not synonyms—and don’t dare lump them together as simply “breakdancing,” either. The “breakdancing” you’re probably envisioning—the kind where a human spins on his or her head only to freeze upside down in mid-move—and the most popular type of streetdancing, is b-boying. B-boying is characterized by a four distinct elements: toprock, footwork, spinning moves or power moves, and freezing. There is no doubt that there is tremendous talent involved in pulling off such an extreme physical skill, and the task seems even more impossible when you’re standing on the sidelines. The b-boys and b-girls of Buffalo will do the impossible this Saturday (Aug 25) at the Battle@Buffalo: Under the Lights II, at the New Era Flagship Store on Delaware Avenue. This is the second annual Under the Lights event, hosted by Verve Dance Studio. There will be two main events: an All Styles Battle, which is a head to head battle, and the B-boy Battle, which is a three on three team battle. Expect dance workshops, local art, and live music from the Chill Harmonic Orchestra, and DJs Forest Getemgump, Culter, and Simple. Winners will receive cash prizes and New Era merch, but if you’re into hip-hop, dancing, or just the spectacle of physical excellence, this event is sure to keep you entertained. Come out and support your local talent or compete to win. —cory perla

2pm-10pm New Era Flagship Store, 160 Delaware Ave. (vervedancestudio.com). $5 general admission, $6 to compete