Updated:ORLANDO, Fla. —
A lively crowd kept the energy up all evening Sunday night at the Red Bull BC One Cypher Orlando at Full Sail Live, the university’s state-of-the-art performance venue located on the campus of Full Sail University. “Vicious Victor” Montalvo took the crown in front of over 450 cheering fans, representing his hometown of Orlando as he rose to the top of the bracket.
“Victor really took over the moment,” proclaimed judge RoxRite. “He played his rounds right. It was tough competition, but he always had more.”
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Victor, of the Fleet Boys crew, had his share of strong competition. Victor beat out Morgan “Stripes” Andrews of Jacksonville, in the final, both having battled on the Red Bull BC One stage in previous years. The Red Bull BC One Cypher Orlando was a part of the prestigious Freestyle Sessions national event, hosted by The Bboy Spot.
Red Bull BC One is the only event of its kind. Sixteen b-boys are paired into eight, one-on-one battles and are then judged by three B-Boy veterans. From those eight battles, the winners go on to face each other in four new battles, and so forth, until it comes down to two finalists.
“Today was incredible talent, incredible music, incredible venue,” said Mex One, host and promoter of Freestyle Sessions with Cros One. “Incredible.”
The Red Bull BC One Cypher Orlando is one of 50 local qualification events that are being hosted in the U.S. and around the globe. Victor will move on to compete against the best b-boys in the U.S. during the Red Bull BC One North American Final held Aug. 17 in Houston, Texas. The dancer who earns the national championship title in Houston will step onto the world stage to compete against the best of the best at the Red Bull BC One World Finals, hosted in South Korea.