USA Breakin’ Board of Directors has received the resignation of Jonathan “Xcel” Escotto
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Dear USA Breakin' Community

friday, april 9, 2021
USA Breakin’ Board of Directors has received the resignation of Jonathan “Xcel” Escotto.  Jonathan has been instrumental in serving the Breakin’ community, most recently as DanceSport Vice President.  During his tenure, Jonathan was a founding member of USA Breakin’, partnered to complete the Rules and Regulations, and formed the DanceSport Council through the formation of World Class athletes as well as the CORE Committee dedicated to enhancing the Breakin’ Community.

In light of recent allegations on the web regarding events from a decade ago, Jonathan has decided to step down as he addresses them.  We are sharing the full letter of resignation that Jonathan submitted.

We thank Jonathan for his service and for his continuing commitment to put the interests of those seeking to pursue the Olympic dream as Breakers, first.

Antonio Castillo President

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creating the pathway for

Breakers to the

Olympic games



USA Breakin'™ is a non-profit organization with a mission to support the growth of Breakin' and Hip-Hop through sport educational programs and to develop the pathway to the Olympic Games.

Breakin' is a subculture of Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop's birthplace is the United States of America.

usa breakin' is

Committed to providing fair representation for U.S. Breakers

USA Breakin’ is based out of Washington D.C., committed to providing fair representation for U.S. Breakers at international events and creating a platform to select and form a U.S. Breakin' team that truly represents the U.S. Breakin' community and the legacy of Hip-Hop culture, born right here in the United States. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our athletes.

USA Breakin' is committed to promoting and developing Breakin' at the grassroots and national levels, as well as providing safe, empowering and positive training

environments for said team and serving as a resource center for members, crews, fans and competitors throughout the United States. USA Breakin' is committed to providing continuing education for new and experienced professional members including coaches, instructors and officials. USA Breakin' sanctions four categories: Youth (12 and under), Teen (13-17), Adult/Pro (18-34) and Legacy (35 and above).

USA Breakin' has applied for National Governing Body for Breakin' under USOPC invitation.

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constituents of usa breakin'

As of 2020, USA Breakin' is governed by a Board of Directors that provides strategic planning for structuring, financing and growing the organization.

The Board consists of…

• President: Ian Flaws
• Secretary: Duane Sy
• Treasurer: Ruth Long
• Professional VP: Michael Lo
• Media Director: Dennis Perez
• Athlete VP: Alfredo Sotelo
• Athlete's Council Secretary: Benyaamin Barnes-McGee

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our role in the olympic games

The U.S. Olympic Committee is comprised of 78 member organizations, including USA Dance. The USOPC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is responsible for the U.S. Olympic Team and Pan American Games Team.

In 2018, two U.S. athletes qualified through WDSF for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, they were not members of the USOPC and therefore, were not considered for the U.S. delegation of athletes selected to compete in that event.

USA Breakin' has applied for National Governing Body for Breakin' and is committed to selecting a National Team to represent the United States at future Olympic events.

breakin' and it's dance athletes

USA Breakin' has programs for all ages and skill levels, from grassroots to professional. USA Breakin' provides a positive learning experience for anyone interested in the dance sport and/or Hip-Hop culture.

At a grassroots level, USA Breakin' has member studios throughout the country for dancers to begin their education. These educators are active in their local school systems and after school programs as well. Breakin' is an incredible dance that develops strength, flexibility, agility, control, coordination, discipline, confidence and creativity. It promotes a healthy lifestyle, goal orientation and positive self-esteem. Through dedication and consistent practice, dancers can grow and improve to represent the United States. Other dance athletes may work toward performing professionally, becoming educators, coaching or even earning a college scholarship.

the national team

The National Team will feature a designated number of dance athletes for Youth, Teen, and Adult members. The team will be selected through regional qualifiers and ultimately the National Championship event.

Through regional qualifiers, members will gain points based on where they place. At the National Champions, their performances will earn them more points. Their cumulative ranking will be evaluated along with other factors by a committee selected to form the National Team.

breakin' for usa

Breakin' can be a fun activity for anyone, at any age or skill level. It has empowered countless youth to uplift themselves through creativity and hard work.

As an element of Hip-Hop culture, Breakin' was born in the United States, originating in underserved neighborhoods in New York City during the early 1970’s. This history is important to our organization.

It is our conviction that Breakin's place of origin should always be included in international events. Even as Hip-Hop and Breakin' have spread across the globe, the legacy should always remain here in the United States. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for U.S. Breakers to represent this dance and culture we love on the international level.

Feel free to reach out to us. We are always looking for ways to better serve our community.

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