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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias on B-Boy Culture's Positive Impact Worldwide

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Tonight at FilmBar, Macias will attend a special screening of the Red Bull-produced online series Break'n Reality that documents how he and three other dancers (including Abaldonado, Kid David, and Paris-born b-girl Jeskilz) train and prepare for the BC One championships.

Come Saturday afternoon, however, Macias will help teen and tween b-boys and b-girls during free workshops at Monarch Theatre that are being put on with the locals of Phoenix's Furious Styles Crew.

Getting the next generation into the urban dance style is something that's of great importance to Macias, who was introduced to b-boyism 1995 during his junior high years in California. (It's also why he'll be judging the Red Bull BC One national finals in Las Vegas next month.)

We spoke with him recently via telephone about the subject, as well as the growth of b-boy and hip-hop culture over the last 40 years and how he considers both to be a positive force for change.

What's the series Break 'N Reality all about? It's about the lives of three b-boys. I compete in the lifestyle of a professional dancer who breaks, and season two is about four people, including myself, Ronnie Boy, Kid David, and a b-girl [Jeskilz] at all those events and also what we're doing leading up to world championships of the Red Bull BC One.

So it follows y'all while you're training and competing? Yeah. It follows us around and what we do outside of the event, as well as the training leading up to the event, as well as some of the parts of our everyday lives, like my relationship.

There's some pretty intense training involved with being a b-boy, right? Yeah, definitely. Because a lot of us, we're getting to an older age where we have to start training outside of our dancing as well. When you're doing it when you're young, your body is used to doing certain things and it doesn't require much rest or recovery time. But when you start to grow [older] and you've been dancing for over 10 years, your body starts to wear and tear a little, so you have to find other methods of preparation and usually it has to be with the way you train.

Do people who aren't familiar with b-boyism think its not as intense as it looks? I think they find it hard, I just think they don't understand it as far as what we're actually doing and how much goes into it. I think it's just viewed as this party dance, like they think that of you went to some party and somebody pulls out one of these old breaking moves, they think that that's breaking, but it's way far beyond that.

How much work/time do you spend on a championship routine? Well, I've been doing this for 19 years and it's been like steady practicing almost the whole time I've been doing it. When you have to compete, it just gets just a little more intense, as far as how you're going to be prepared to deliver the best rounds that you can deliver in a battle. So, it would be about every day or every other day. And some days would include workouts and other days would include strictly breaking.

Are you constantly being challenged by newcomers to the b-boy game? Of course, yeah. There's always young talent coming out and coming up as well. So yeah, you need to be able to maintain yourself and stay on top of your game if you want to be able to hang with these young kids that are also developing very fast and growing and growing and trying to make noise. And for someone like myself and some other guys on [Break'n Reality], we've been doing it for so long that we've seen people come and go, so for us to stay relevant and consistent, we have to stay on top of our training and our preparation. This is just what being a good b-boy is about, 'cause breaking is also about having a style. So once you have your style, it's about continuing to make it grow and really developing within that element.



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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.