NEW YORK, NY – The city’s largest annual breakdance tournament, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, will return to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on August 26. Now in its fourth year, the event will feature eight award-winning crews from across the U.S. and Canada battling it out for a $5,000 grand prize and championship title.
Hosted by HOT 97 personalities DJ Kast One and Laura Stylez, the competition will also celebrate the introduction of breaking as an official sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics by bringing together b-boy pioneers and the next generation of dancers. The legendary Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón will serve as lead judge while hip hop icon Grandmixer DXT will serve as the tournament DJ. DXT will also be honored with the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to breakdance and hip hop. Additionally, the event will feature music performances, audience battles and special guests.
Ticket prices are $22.00 for adults and $17.00 for children (12 and under) and seniors and can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center box office or website. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), a non-profit organization that provides needed stability and resources to children and their families.
The eight crews competing at McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 are:
- Culturas Unidas (TX)
- Fraggle Rock Felons (WA-TO)
- ION (US-Canada)
- Knucklehead Zoo (UT-NV)
- MKD (NY-CT-NJ)
- The New Chapter (TX-NY)
- Retro Gnomes (PA-MD)
- Rock Force (NV-AK-CA)
“It’s an honor to be part of McDonald’s B-Boy Royale at this monumental time for breaking,” said Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón, president of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, who will be serving as an official judge at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. “This year’s tournament offers a great platform to celebrate the history — and future — of breaking in the city where it all began.”
“This event is what true hip hop is all about: bringing people together to give back to our community,” commented Grandmixer DXT, a first generation b-boy and award-winning musician who is credited as being the first turntablist and for helping to popularize DJing. “It’s amazing to see how the culture has evolved into an international movement that transcends borders – both real and imagined.”
“Our participation in McDonald’s B-Boy Royale provides us with a unique opportunity to promote the work and mission of RMHC to diverse communities across the Tri-State Area and beyond,” stated Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC-NYTSA. “We’re proud to be the charitable beneficiary of this wonderful event, which empowers young people and brings together world class talent in support of a great cause.”
Sponsors for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 include McDonald’s New York Tri-State, HOT 97, Coca-Cola and BBoy World.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area works to enhance the lives of children and their families in our communities by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well-being of children and their families. For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, visit www.rmhcnytristate.org, follow us at @RMHCNYTriState or call 732.623.8549.
About McDonald’s New York Tri-State Restaurants
McDonald’s is one of the world’s best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are more than 500 McDonald’s restaurants, owned by 100 franchisees, located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area. Visit www.McDonaldsNYTriState.com or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for more information about other McDonald’s area programs.