A New Zealand breakdancer who has won world titles says he would jump at the chance to be part of the sport’s debut at the 2024 Olympic Games.
Breakdancing cleared its final hurdle to feature in the Paris 2024 Games today, bringing the wholly original, electric art form to sport’s biggest stage.
Considered one of the pillars of hip-hop culture, breaking, as participants prefer to call it, originated in New York in the 1970s and has spread globally, enjoying enormous popularity beyond the United States and particularly across Europe and Asia.
A 2019 Olympic Programme Commission Report estimated there were roughly one million participants in breaking worldwide and the 2019 Red Bull BC One World Final in Mumbai racked up more than 50 million views across streaming platforms including Facebook and YouTube.
Breakdancer David McCavitt goes by the performer name Grub D and is also part of the successful Common Ground breakdancing group. He is keen to represent this country at the Olympics.
He told Morning Report Common Ground is the longest running hip-hop crew in the country that is still winning, it has been competing on the world stage and has won two world titles.
“I’d really love to see our crew get involved in some way. That would be amazing.”