BBoys (4/9) - In Berlin
Europe Takes The Stage, with Storm and Benji
Following the initial shock of the New York City Rap Tour, young Europeans made breaking their own—and even began to rival b-boy pioneers from across the pond. Music videos featuring American b-boys and blockbuster movies like Flashdance inspired a new generation of dancers across Europe. In Berlin, one young man, who would soon go by the name of Storm, practiced moves to samples of Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force recorded from the radio. At just 14 years old, he formed his own crew, "Battle Squad", and spent hours on end perfecting his "Windmill", a move he first saw performed on television. Consisting of a fast series of rotations using one's head as a pivot point, the move soon became an obsession. Storm's fresh choreographic sequences became well-known in Europe's emerging b-boying scene, which took the dance form to a new level.