New York/Philadephia-based dance crew Beast Coast claimed the top prize at McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 2, New York City’s largest annual b-boy competition, on Saturday, August 22nd. Comprised of three long-time friends, the trio beat out the Brooklyn/Queens-based Team Entree to win $5,000 and the 2015 McDonald’s B-Boy Royale championship in front of a sold-out crowd at the NYU Skirball Center. Hosted by rapper MC Jin and former MTV VJ Grace Subervi, the competition featured 8 leading dance crews from across the East Coast, special performances and the presentation of the first-ever Ronald McDonald House Charities / McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary breaker Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón, 49, an original member of the historic Rock Steady Crew and its current president.
“We are totally thrilled about winning McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 2 and honored to have the opportunity to share the same stage as Crazy Legs,” said Richard “Whorah” Reategui, 27, of Beast Coast, who also served as a judge at last year’s inaugural McDonald’s B-Boy Royale. “It’s been an unforgettable experience.”
Formed in 2011, Beast Coast is a “super crew” featuring some of the most accomplished b-boys on the East Coast including Reategui, Benyaamin “Box Won” Barnes, 22, and Brian “A-Rod” Rodriguez, 21. The all-star group has dominated the East Coast competition circuit in recent years with wins at the 2014 Miami Pro-Am and the 2014 Freestyle Session Qualifier NYC.
McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 2 also served as a charity fundraiser, with all ticket proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), which helps children achieve their fullest potential. The non-profit organization and McDonald’s selected Crazy Legs for their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award; not only because of his accomplishments in the world of breaking –which spans nearly four decades– but also his global humanitarian work.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work I’ve done both on and off the dance floor,” stated Crazy Legs, who is currently spearheading a movement called “Puerto Rock Steady” which he created to help revitalize Puerto Rico’s economy and education system. “I hope this award encourages more b-boys and b-girls to contribute to their communities and ‘become the change they wish to see in the world’.”
The event also featured a performance by MC Jin, an audience dance battle, an emcee battle and a showcase performance by the Pearrie Hammie Crew.
Meet the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale II competitors
- 5 Crew Dynasty – Founded in 2004, the Queens-based 5 Crew Dynasty represents the solidarity and unity in hip hop culture. Their groundbreaking routines have won them top honors at Rock Steady Crew 34th Anniversary Jam (2012)and Massive Monkeys Anniversary (2014).
- Beast Coast – Formed in 2011, Beast Coast is a “super crew” featuring some of the most accomplished b-boys in New York City. With their solid foundation, powerful dynamics and NYC aggression, this crew has dominated the East Coast competition circuit with wins at Miami Pro-am (2014) and Freestyle Session Qualifier NYC (2014).
- Dynamic Rockers – Hailing from Queens, Dynamic Rockers has been credited for helping to propel breakdancing into mainstream culture. Their unique style –which fuses acrobatics with precision footwork— has earned them top prizes at such international competitions as The Notorious IBE (2012) in the Netherlands and the Chelles Battle Pro (2012)in France.
- Lionz of Zion –Originating from the Washington D.C. area, Lionz of Zion is one of the highest-ranked dance crews on the East Coast. Their members have received international acclaim for their abstract style of breaking and have each won numerous titles at such prestigious competitions as Red Bull BC One (2012)and District Classic (2015).
- Silverback Young Bloods – Consisting of some of the youngest b-boys in the competitive circuit today, this New York/Florida-based crew is built on versatility and a fresh approach to breaking. They are this year’s winners of King of the Kidz France (2015).
- Supreme Beingz – Established in Queens, Supreme Beingz has a legacy of being one of most successful crews of the past decade. They were crowned winners of Kings of New York (2008)and B-Boy Massacre (2010).
- Team Entree –Formed in New York, Team Entree consists of b-boys from across the five boroughs who pride themselves on their unique breaking style. Featuring originality and a flair for the dramatic, they recently won top prize at Ruthless Breaks 4 (2015).
- Titanz – The members of this NYC-based crew have a brotherhood as strong as their fierce passion for the art of breaking. They have won championship titles at Kids of New York (2009) and, more recently, Rawcus 360 (2015).
Check out the highlights from last year’s McDonald’s B-Boy Royale here.
Photography by Kien Quan Photography