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Hosts: Johns Hopkins Bboying, Subgroup of Entertainer’s Club, JHU

Event Type: Breakdancing Jam and Hip-Hop Art Exhibit

Date: Johns Hopkins Spring Fair Weekend: Saturday, April 24, 2010.
Venue: Glass Pavilion, Johns Hopkins University
Format: 1v1, $750 total prize money ($500 first, $200 second, $50 third)
Entrance Fee: Free
Audience: Breakdance/BBoying communities of Northeast, Johns Hopkins University Students
Requested: $2000 from the Arts Innovation Grant for paying independent contractors
Introduction: What is a BBoy Jam/Battle?
BBoy battles are more intense, extemporaneous, and spectacular than what is typically depicted in popular dance flicks. Battles are held at various
venues, collegiate and local, every weekend at multiple locations down the east coast. Bboying has become a world culture that truly transcends cultural
boundaries—this, along with online video media (YouTube) has produced international competitions and even bboy celebrities.

This video,, shows the components of a battle. The emcee or host of the jam calls out the names of the
two crews (or persons) to battle next. The two crews position themselves on opposite ends of the dance floor or “circle”. Once the DJ starts to play music,
each crew take turns showcasing their moves, that is, they are, in essence, battling. Each crew always tries to outdo the other, in terms of hitting beats,
doing original and technical moves, and also personality. As the battle occurs, three judges take notes and give points to each crew for certain criteria that
the judges decide upon before each jam. Once the battle is over, the judges announce the winner and the next battle commences. In this video, note the
atmosphere that the battle is being held in. The dancers are all very intense and in a way, have an “in your face” attitude. One must remember that b-boys
may look mean and violent in a battle, but it is just a face they put on during battles. Also note that the crowd also plays a role in the battle. The dancers
feed off of the crowd’s energy; in essence, the crowd controls the intensity and fire of the battle.

The Johns Hopkins BBoy Crew:
The Johns Hopkins Breakdancing Club was founded by Dallas Kingsbury ‘05 and Nelson Chuang ’05 in 2004. Over the past five years it has
evolved from an informal club to a tight-knit crew. The crew practices six days per week, for 2-3 hours each day, training for battles and
choreographing for shows. The crew has also taught both drop-in classes for the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center and intersession
classes. Since the Breakoff v.2 (May 2009), Johns Hopkins BBoying has become a subgroup of International Flow Syndicate (IFS), which
includes bboys from the Baltimore community as well as the Regulators, an “all styles” (breakdancing, popping/locking, house,
contemporary hip-hop) group comprised of members from MICA and Baltimore county.


We are currently in the process of developing a website for the Jam. We will debut this website later in the fall semester to start drumming
up support of the jam and seek additional sources of funding.
History of Our Yearly Jam
The Breakoff!
In spring 2008, club leader David Harris made it a team goal to throw a 1v1 breakdancing battle during the week of spring
fair, in order to introduce Johns Hopkins Bboying to the regional scene and provide entertainment for the student public.
In total we collected 1200 dollars from class councils, the residential advisory board, and Hopkins Office of Programming
to buy linoleum, hire a DJ, and hire two affordable out-of state judges. Entrance was free, and we raised enough to offer a
$150 prize. 20 major B-Boys from all over the northeast region came to participate in the event, and while the crowd was
small at first, by the end of the battle the Mattin Center was full of people. The overall response from the jam was great.

The Breakoff v.2

In 2008-2009, our jam budget increased to $3,000, which allowed for significant changes. This jam was focused more on
improving the experience for the bboying community more than the student body. We used some of our money to bring
Bboy JustDoIt, recognized in 2008 as one of the top 16 bboys in the world, from Holland to the USA to judge the
competition and run a workshop. We increased the prize money to $500, moved the jam to May 1st, and shifted its location
to the Mattin Center Second Decade Society room, which has a smooth masonry floor.
We improved the overall experience of the jam by introducing more charismatic emcees, holding a trick competition,
exhibiting the judges with showcases, and bboy workshops. The bboy scene was particularly astonished that JHU could
acquire a main judge of such high caliber. The trick competition in particular brought up the intensity of both the student
and bboy crowds. A student photographer took very professional shots of the jam, which resonated with the bboying
community when the pictures were put online after the battle. In addition, the battle ran on-time due to better
management by the entire Johns Hopkins team; this is in stark contrast to most bboy events, which usually start late by
two hours and drag on into the night due to bad management.

1) The level of competition needs to increase. The Breakoff v.2 brought some of the best bboys from the Maryland-
North Virginia area. There remains the untapped talent of New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.
2) The venue is not as iconic or audience friendly as “The Breakoff”. While the SDS room had a much better surface
for bboys to compete on, it does not produce the same crowd dynamic as the Mattin Center. Architecturally it is a very
closed-off room that overheats.
3) The emcees/hosts must be better trained. The emcee is a very important part of the jam as he can directly control
the level of intensity of the crowd. We are in search of emcee talent that will better connect with the student audience.
4) Advertising was far better, but what gets people to jams is word of mouth. We became more aggressive
advertising this jam online, and used Spring Fair to advertise outside. However, word of mouth via already established
connections with high level competitors is more effective. Word of mouth at JHU could have been better.
5) The Judges could have been involved more. The public wanted to see the judges dance more.

As a well run jam, the Breakoff v.2 established a good relationship with MICA and surrounding bboy communities; JHU is now a central place for bboys in
the Baltimore area to practice. What is needed now is an aura for the next Jam that will lock in a higher level of competition.
The Breakoff 2010 will improve upon its predecessors in the following way:

1. Everything will be on a larger, professional scale: It will be one of the finest 1v1
bboying battles on the East Coast for spring 2010. The battle will remain with free
entrance fee, the prize money will increase, and the scheduled date will be moved to spring
fair weekend, when most students will be willing to come out to spectate. The venue will
either be the Glass Pavilion (pictured below) or the Mattin Center Courtyard. We are
planning on flying two internationally renowned bboys, one from Europe and another from
Asia, to perform and judge. In addition to the competition itself, we will hold graffiti and
hip-hop art showcases and dance showcases that highlight popping, locking, and
contemporary hip hop.
2. Judges are going to become much more involved: Each judge will teach an hour-long
professional workshop before the opening festivities. During the jam, judges will be
involved in the trick competitions and bboy ciphers. At the end of the competition, the top
3 participants will face off against the international judges in a battle.
3. Students and Bboys will be tied together in non-competitive situations: One of the
main side attractions for the event will be an art exhibit around the glass pavilion walls,
exhibiting artwork from Mica students and the Baltimore community on themes relating to
bboying and hip-hop/urban culture. Four artists from MICA have already signed on to start
building up portfolios and advertising the opportunity for student painters and
photographers. In addition, after the competition, food will be provided and a showing of
the bboy documentary “Planet BBoy” will be a part of evening festivities.
4. Innovative solutions for video and sound will be implemented. We have already
signed on a new, younger DJ for this event (DJ Fleg). With proper financial support, Fleg
will incorporate “V-DJing,” which involves changing art visualizations on a background
screen during the battles and ciphers. For filming and DVD production, we are planning to
use the abilities of JHU Creative Services and More Than a Stance Video Services.
5. Possible Corporate Sponsorship of the Event and Vendors: We are currently looking for corporate sponsors to lend support with
running the jam and lending more legitimacy as a top athletic dance competition. In addition, several booths for local arts and drinks
vendors will be present.
The Breakoff 2010 is well aligned with the intentions of Johns Hopkins “Spring Fair”—we will provide an engaging experience for the Johns Hopkins
student body that will get them out of the library as well as invigorate the other attractions at the fair. This jam will have a direct effect on the b-boy
community in Baltimore, Beltway-area college bboy programs, and the East Coast scene.

1. Relevance to East Coast Bboy Community

There is a fairly large difference in the professionalism of West Coast bboying battles and East Coast battles. While there is a lot of talent on the East
Coast, there is a more disorganized network, with local events based in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. There are few battles that clearly lay
out a plan of events; as a result, participating bboys take events less seriously, arriving late or deciding last minute to abstain from coming. We will
make it a priority to present this event as if it were a major national bboying competition. We are already in the process of securing talented bboys
and auxiliary performers to come to the competition for purposes of highlighting them on our advertising websites and to drum up support. This will
be a large networking event for bboys on the East Coast.
2. Relevance to Johns Hopkins University Undergraduates
Running a good bboy battle is an art form in itself. This year, the Breakoff 2010 will place equal emphasis on the bboying experience and the
audience experience. One of our main questions will be “How can we better involve the audience better?” Overall, we want the audience to do three
major things. First and most obvious, we want them to be spectators. We want them to learn that true hip-hop dance does not belong on stage with a
passive audience; that it is an intricate interaction between the DJ, the music, audience feedback, and the dancer; that the audience ultimately
participates in the judging process. Secondly, we wish for students, both from MICA and JHU, to contribute to the hip-hop artwork exhibition around
the glass pavilion.

Leading Members of JHU IFS

Name Class Email Phone General Duties and Duties for the Jam

Scheduling Practices; Overseeing Planning of Shows, Jams;

Benjamin Frison 2010 (717)386-9236 Transportation to Jams; emcee of Breakoff I and II
Rhul Marasigan 2011 (201)562-2583 Secondary leader; key college networker for Beltway Region
Peter Wildfeurer 2011 (917)880-8274 Secondary leader; key college networker for Beltway Region
Alex Yeh 2011 (412) 953-4562 Secondary leader; key college networker for Beltway Region
Michael Kotey 2005 -Ubalt (443)2573243 Head Graphic Designer; key Northeast Networker
Michael Cornell Jiggetts 2008 - Balt CCBC (443) 621-8794 Popping Showcase Coordinator; key Northeast Networker
Candace Fong 2009 - MICA Art Coordinator for Breakoff 2010
Andy Tien 2012 - - Website Manager; online advertising
Kieran Magee 2012 - - Website Manager; online advertising
Ray Tsai 2012 - - Student Video Services
Jimmy Corines 2012 - - Jam management
Amy Babay 2012 - - Jam management
Timothee Maubrey 2012 - - Jam management

Key Event Members Selected Notes

We are switching DJs to a younger, more popular funk DJ who runs the
DJ   DJ Fleg (Maryland) monthly "Four Hours of Funk" at the Windup Space on North Avenue
Emcees Mikel McDonald (JHU 2010), New, non-dancer that will connect with JHU audience
  Michael Cornell Jiggetts (Baltimore CCBC) Previous Emcee (JHU Breakoff v2)
Judges  JustDoIt (Rugged Solutions Crew, Holland) Previous Judge
  Lil Ceng (Germany) Prospective
  Dizzy (Supernaturalz Crew, Canada) Prospective
Photography Jessie Young (JHU 2011)
  Kimberly Skerritt (JHU 2010)
Major Artists Candace Fong (MICA 2009)
  Tabolt Johnson (MICA 2009)
  James “Wubott” Wu (MICA 2009)
Video Jay Corey (JHU Creative Services) Has worked with Eric Beatty and Homewood Arts before
Additional Sponsors  Converse Athletics (proposed)
Reebok (proposed)
Underarmor Native Baltimore company
JAM EVENT PLAN: April 24th, 2010, 10:00AM – Midnight
Flow of the Jam for an expected 32 participants
Cleaning, laying boundaries for ciphering and battle areas,
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM General Jam Setup static video camera setup, sound setup.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM DJ Setup
Around the battlespace on the walls of the Glass Pavilion, we
will showcase bboy related and urban art from students at
MICA. Art, Sculpture, and Grafitti prints will be available for
sale via silent auction. Besides the students, Fell's Point art
Artwork Setup shop TAG will have a booth.
Judges hold an educational workshop which costs $10 for
bboys; bboys learn how to train correctly and better their
Judges Workshop battle tactics.
Bboys and Bgirls enter, register, warmup, meet the judges, and
form cipher circles. Ciphering is integral to all bboy jams and is
2:20 PM - 4:20 PM Ciphering and Open Registration different in nature to the bracket-based tournament.
4:30 PM to 8:00 PM The Breakoff 2010
Introduction by Emcees, Regulations
Round of 32 / Exhibition for top 16 spots
Prelims: 2 rounds for each competitor, per battle
The Judges, which are internationally renowned bboys, will
showcase their talents for 10 minutes through short and
Break 1: Judging Showcase Followedinnovative
by Cipher sets. Cipher circles for an additional 10 minutes
Round of 16 Sweet Sixteen: 2 rounds per competitor, per battle
East Coast Poppers (or Regulators Crew) put on a 10 minute
Break 2: Popping Showcase Cipher
Ciphers commence afterwards.
Round of 8 Elite Eight: 2 rounds per competitor, per battle
Either a Crew vs Crew Battle for 10 minutes, or a premiere 1v1
Break 3: Exhibition Battle Followed by
for 5 rounds. Ciphers afterwards for 10 minutes
Round of 4 Semifinals: 2 Rounds per competitor, per battle
Trick Battle: Individual skills will be tested. Examples: most
Break 4: hops, most airflares, most halos.
Round of 2 Finals: 3 Rounds for each competitor
Uprock Battle: a style of bboy "fighting" (no contact) which can
Break 5: involve groups of bboys at once.
The Top 4 bboys take on the 3 judges in a 12 round battle which
Judges vs. Champions will be a highlight of the night.
8:00 PM to 8:45 PM Ciphering with Bongo Drums Part of the Footage on the DVD
8:45 to 10:15 PM Movie Showing of "Planet Bboy" Or another related Hip-Hop Documentary
10:15 to 11:15 PM Cleanup
11:15 to 1:45 PM Celebratory Dinner with JHU Bboys and Judges

The Budget for Breakoff 2010 Cost Importance NOTES

DJ + Equipment: $500 Essential We need to cover not only the DJ, but the costs incurred with transporting his

Judges (3 Total***see note below): $2,200 Essential with Variance Upper Limit: $3000 (Judge from Korea); Lower Limit $500 (Regional Judges). B-
Boy Battles use a 3 judge system, but to be impartial as possible, we bring in
judges from further away.
Security: $200 Need more information Has not been necessary in the past. We will assume that the event will require
security from 4pm-10pm.
Advertising through physical media (flyers, MICA): $50 Non-Essential We want to expand our print media advertising to outside the Hopkins
Campus to MICA and UM
Prize Money $750 Essential with Variance Essential, preferably $500 or more. We have some money left over in the
Entertainer's Club funding to cover most of the prize money. We do not expect
to use grants to cover this, though sponsorship would help.
Food and Drink $100 Non-Essential For the showing of "Planet Bboy"

T-Shirts (To Sell) $50 Non-Essential Michael Kotey (University of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Bboy) will design
Housing Compensation for the Judges: A Hopkins student will house judges for 2-3 days, introduce judges to
$60 Non-Essential Baltimore area (inner harbor, mt. vernon, etc)
Video Production and DVD Production A professional video team to do basic lighting and video production would
$500 Non-Essential increase the quality of the jam. JHU Bboying has handled this in the past
Showcase Cost for The Regulators Popping Group and Bogo
Drum Players $200 Non-Essential
Workshops by Judges $0 Essential Judges will be paid for workshops in cash by participants.
Grand Total: $4,610
Grand Total without Non-essential items: $3,450

***Judges Used for Example Calculation Quote

Bboy JustDoIt (Rugged Solutions Crew, Holland): $1,200
Bboy Dizzy (Supernaturalz Crew, Canada): $500
Bboy Palmer (Havikoro Crew, USA): $500