B-boys and B-girls from Visakhapatnam win the National Breaking Championship

B-boys and B-girls from Visakhapatnam win the National Breaking Championship


B-boy D Aryan (left) and B-girl D Dhrithi Sri (top right) with Russian judge Boy Kosto and coaches Sohail Singh Gill and V Sathish.

B-boy D Aryan (left) and B-girl D Dhriti Sri (top right) with Russian judge Boy Kosto and coaches Sohail Singh Gill and V Sathish. | Photo credit: Special Arrangement

The 4th National Breaking Championship held recently in Chennai saw a spectacular display of talent, with participants from across the country competing for top honours. Among the top performers were B-girl D Dhriti Sri and B-boy D Aryan from Visakhapatnam, who won gold and bronze medals respectively.

Organised by the Breakdance Federation of India and Amateur DanceSport Federation of India, the event saw participation of over 100 dancers from over 10 states.

Dhrithi, 13, and Aryan, 14, won medals in their respective groups in the under-16 category, highlighting Visakhapatnam's growing prominence in the breaking community.

The duo has been training under coaches Sohail Singh Gill and V Sathish (B-Boy Sanju) at Madhu's AIM Fitness & Dance Floor for the past two years. “Both Dhriti and Aryan were training for three hours daily for a month before the competition. The medals have put Andhra Pradesh's emerging talent in the spotlight, especially because the sport will make its debut at the Paris Olympics 2024 this year,” says senior coach Sohail and adds: “This will be a great encouragement for other budding talents who have been closely watching Dhriti and Aryan's journey. The winners are judged under three parameters which are physical quality where the participant's technique and variety are assessed, artistic quality which includes creativity and personality and interpretive quality which judges the participant's musicality and performance.

Dhriti surprised both the audience and the judges with her high energy and flexible steps and emerged victorious. She has been steadily rising in the ranks of competitive breaking, blending traditional elements with her own unique style. “She was drawn to dance at a very young age, and initially trained in Western dance. However, she discovered her passion in breaking two years ago when she joined the dance institute after the pandemic. She is very committed and works hard to improve her techniques,” says her mother D Pranitha.

Power moves and freezes are the strengths of D Aryan, who won the bronze medal with his brilliant performance. Aryan showcased his versatility and flexibility throughout the competition. His path to the podium was through many tough bouts, where he displayed tactical brilliance and adaptability.

“Their success not only underlines the dedication of the dancers but also highlights the supportive environment in Visakhapatnam, where aspiring breakers are nurtured and encouraged to pursue their passion,” says D Sharmila, Aryan’s mother.

The pair are now preparing for the World Youth Breaking Championships in China in September and hope to be able to take part in the international competition.


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