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Raw interview: Stephen the Wunderkind

This is the interview transcript with StephenConditioning. I’ve inserted my comments in brackets and some links to the mentioned bboys. Read my feature to see his incredible moves.

When did you begin to train, and when did you start with bboying?
I started doing handstands, back flips, and somersaults in 2002 [ca. 8 years old] after I saw one of my pals do a back flip. I was fascinated and tried it. So I learned more and more and tried more and more. I didn’t train daily, just on the side, but now I train every day.
I started bboying in 2006 [ca 12 years old] after a class mate told me to watch some breakdance videos on Youtube. The first video I saw was with bboy Junior. I was so thrilled by his moves, freezes, and his musicality that I immediately tried it myself. I used Youtube to teach myself these tricks.

How can you pull of this amazing feats of power? Is there some special reason?
I can do these power moves because I tried to imitate Junior’s moves. It leave you breathless when you watch him dance on his hands and making it look so easy. His finger-push ups (with his feet in the air) impressed me the most. I first thought they were fake, but then I tried it myself [the exact same reaction I and others have with Stephen’s video clips.]. At the beginning of 2008 I started to train daily, and it’s working out pretty well now.

What are the reactions of your friends and family. Have people started talking about your talent?
My friends and family are indeed impressed by my talent, and everybody in my town knows me.

What is your strength training and bboy training. How do you practice each day?
My training is divided into separate blocks. I mostly train my strength with push-ups, hand-stands, and other power moves. Then I train my balance. Also, some new moves, freezes, top rocks etc.

Have you already started dancing. Do you already go to battles? Do you already have a dancing name?
Unfortunately, I live in a small city with no dance schools. I don’t receive any support from anybody because I am the only one doing this sport in my area. I would like to go to battles, but I don’t have a crew. Neither have I found a dancing name.
[Stephen the Wunderkind doesn’t really sound cool and exotic to native German speakers. I’m not sure that Spiderman really cuts it, either.]

Who are the best bboys in your opinion?
Junior’s the best bboy in my opinion because he introduced a lot of new moves to the bboy scene and he’s very creative. In addition, he is very musical and does his dance to the rhythm of the music.
Actually, all bboys who are creative and who develop their own moves are good. This includes Junior, Lilou, Physicx, Hong 10, and others.

What is your opinion of the German bboy scene?
It isn’t very good in my opinion. Most German bboys have the flexible style, like Rubberlegz, Lil’ Amok, or Salajin. These guys practically have no toprock moves, they just want to impress with their moves.

What one advice would you give to all those who want to become bboys?
My advice is to never give up and believe in yourself.

Describe your recent meeting with Junior and Cico.
My meeting with BBoy Junior was simply awesome. I’m a very big fan and waited a long time to meet him. I asked him some questions, like how long he has done this dance/sport, if he has a favourite bboy, what his sources of inspiration are. Also, I showed him some of the moves that I learned from him. Junior isn’t just one of the best bboys in my opinion, he’s also a very nice person, and I hope to meet him again. Cico was also very nice and showed us some of his tricks. At the end of the event, both gave a really impressive show!

[I think he’s referring to this event (posted by Stephen himself). Both Cico and Junior are so impressive in this clip. It made me gasp in some parts.]

That concludes this interview, but I’ll keep everyone posted with this new friend of the site. For regular updates of new interviews and articles, press the RSS feed button.

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  1. July 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

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