What would happen if b-boys and salseros battled, having to show not one but both forms of dance in a competition? Sounds like it could be a complete trainwreck!
But apparently not if it's in Cuba.
Legendary b-boy Crazy Legs went to Havana in 2012 to help judge a competition between salsa dancers and breakers in a crazy mixed-styles contest. According to the video, the salseros had to perform 60 seconds of salsa dancing and 30 seconds of b-boying, while the b-boys have to demonstrate 1 minute of breaking and 30 seconds of salsa.
According to Crazy Legs, the competition was a big success. I wish there was actual footage from the whole competition available so we could see it for ourselves. But the short clips look pretty dope.
Watching that got me wondering if this kind of competition might work for doing a combined hip-hop / lindy hop competition? I mean I knew enough dancers who can do both that it might be really interesting to see. And there might be some really sweet combinations and ideas that come out of it.
There have been precedents. Here's a battle between a hip-hop crew and a lindy hop troupe in Sweden from a couple of years ago. It's the legendary Harlem Hotshots versus Streets R'Us crew.
Clearly it can be done. At least in Sweden.
And I have heard rumors about a "street styles" battle that happens in Montreal where hip-hop dancers and lindy hoppers throw down together.
I'd love to see more of this, particularly in the States. Maybe I need to make this happen?