Breakdancers bust a move in St Kilda town hall

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By: Zoe Tovey

In a dance event rather different from the ones held in the St Kilda Town Hall Ballroom in decades past, young breakdancers from across the country brought their moves to the grand old room as part of the 10th Freestyle Fever Under 18 Breaking Competition.

Acting Mayor Serge Thomann said the City of Port Phillip was excited to host the event again, noting that some of the competitors were not even born when Freestyle Fever began 10 years ago.

“I have attended this event every year and it is exciting to see kids having so much fun in our town hall,” he said. “Freestyle fever is vibrant, energetic and really showcases the inventiveness and skills of local young people.”

Categories included solo, crew and an Under 13 battle. Prizes were awarded according to level of skill, presentation, attitude, energy and vibe.

The dancers were accompanied by live percussionists and tunes spun by DJ Jumps, best known for his work with the Cat Empire.

The Under 13 solo winner was Lachie, whose pint-sized team Lachie’s Crew also made it to the final round of the crew competition against dancers almost twice their height.

Flame-haired breaker Spencer won the Under 18 competition with a series of nimble spins and moves.

The crew competition was the hardest fought, with judges needing extra time to confer as the rounds progressed. While groups of dancers came from interstate to compete, the battle was won by local trio Springers Fam from Springvale. “South-east, man, south-east!” they crowed while accepting their award, before dragging Acting Mayor Thomann into their photo op.

Winners took home trophies and streetwear, including a custom-made denim jacket with a Freestyle Fever backpatch.

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