USA Breakin’ is currently in search of new leadership
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Dear USA Breakin' Community

wednesday, september 1, 2021
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to update you on our search for new leadership. For the past couple of months our Vice President, Ian Flaws, has served as the interim president of the organization. He has made clear that he does not intend to retain the position and would prefer an open call to fill the role from within our membership.

Our mission has always been to be inclusive and democratic, to allow our members the opportunity to get involved with the work needed. The role of the President is crucial and we are confident there are members within USA Breakin' who will lead our organization to further recognition and success.

We are looking for professionals who have strong connections within the Breakin community, ample professional experience (perhaps even non-profit) and 5 -10 hours a week to work as a volunteer.

To be considered we are asking for a resume and a cover letter detailing your professional strengths and involvement in the Breakin' community.

With your help, we will continue our mission of building a grassroots representative organization from within the Breakin community to represent Breakers in the United States.

Please send your resume, cover letter, and headshot to: VP@usabreakin.org no later than September 7th 2021.

– USA Breakin' Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The current BoD consists of Dancers, Professionals, Athletes, and Studio Owners to align Breakin’ in National and International governing bodies through a democratic process.  The BoD works for the greater culture and community to plan, structure, finance, support and grow Breakin’ as a dance sport.  The BoD strives to ensure the dance athlete and professional are properly and fairly represented.

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president
Felix Sama

Felix Sama is a Cuban American that can speak and entertain in both English and Spanish, when it comes to rockin the 1s and 2s it's always a movie…

Felix moved from Chicago to Miami as a young teen and began the art of Breakin in the streets of North Miami when he met up with longtime friends, Mix Magician AD, OZ Rock and Flex " these guys were his teachers and the reason he fell in love with breakin" Felix is also a music producer, worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry to include acts like Pitbull, Fulanito, Tito Puente Jr and Don Dinero. He graduated from the prestigious Full Sail Recording for the Arts which has helped in assisting him with his musical career. Sama has had number 1 rated radio shows on Power 96, Mega 949, Hot 105, I Heart Radio's 939 MIA and MIA 921 in West Palm Beach to name a few.  

"I have had great mentors throughout my radio career like Bo Griffin RIP"

Dj Sama also founded the first ever Dj School back in 2000 called The Rhythm City Dj School, it was located in North Miami Florida, "I got tired of hearing up and coming Djs lack certain skills to really reign supreme on the turntables, and I decided that like minded Pro Djs like myself need to have an environment to teach the next generation of Djs" Jam Master Jay of RUN DMC went to the Rhythm City Dj School back in 2001 and was so inspired by what he saw, it motivated him to create his own school which everyone knows as the famous Scratch Academy, Dj Sama also found success in partnering up with the Connecticut School Of Broadcasting where he started a Dj training division, and also went on to offer Dj clinics at many non profit organizations such as the YMCA, Tracy Mourning's Honey Shine Program in Miami, and The Overtown Youth Center founded by Former Heat Player Alonzo Mourning, Sama has also hosted various Television shows for Telemundo, UpBeat & The Roof TV Show which shot to #1 on the MUN 2 Network, Sama has also co-starred in theater shows for the Adrienne Arsht Center, The Donkey Show a Studio 54 revival.

Dj Sama has enthusiastically taken on the role as president of USA Breakin because he feels that with the right team amazing opportunities for B.Boys and B.Girls can be created that don't currently exist, "Listen truth be told if you really want to make a career out of this at some point it's gotta pay you enough to quit your side gig, you also need the right coaches and trainers to take you to the the next level when you crash, we want to help you overcome those obstacles through programs and endorsement opportunities for the top Breakers competing and the up and comers as well. Now that Breakin is going to the 2024 Paris Olympics the future is bright but the journey starts now with USA Breakin.

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vice president
Ian Flaws

Ian Flaws is the founder and owner of The Bboy Factory, Denver's premier Breakin’ dance studio dedicated to Bboys/Bgirls and the preservation of authentic Hip Hop arts and culture…

Before opening The Bboy Factory, Ian lived abroad for several years using Hip Hop culture to connect with and learn from international dancers. He spent the majority of that time in Seoul, South Korea as an English teacher and studied extensively with legendary Korean Bboys, Born and Physicx of Rivers Crew. He then volunteered at Tiny Toones in Cambodia, a non profit organization that uses Hip Hop arts to empower at-risk inner city youth and incentivize a free education. These experiences inspired him to return to Colorado and open The Bboy Factory in 2012. Since then, Ian has continued to study with some of the highest regarded dancers in the Breakin’ world such as Ivan the Urban Action Figure, Born, Mr. Wiggles and Kwikstep, who have all taught many times at The Bboy Factory. He has brought many more such as Ken Swift, Moy, Menno, Rennie Harris, AsiaOne, Roxrite and countless other master instructors to teach residencies and workshops. Today, The Bboy Factory is globally recognized as one of the top studios in the United States for providing Breakin’ dance education. Not only is Ian an educator and coach, he is also a high level competitor and performer. He has produced many local events, including seven Bboy Factory Anniversary Jams and two Breakin’ Conventions at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Internationally, he has taught in Korea, Cambodia, Morocco and Bhutan. Locally, he teaches a wide range of individuals from preschoolers, to University dance students, detention center youth, Denver Public School students and his own studio students. Students of the Bboy Factory have gone on to win National Championships and qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympics. He has been a resident instructor for Denver Chance to Dance, organized by the Mayor of Denver’s wife, and the University of Colorado Hip Hop department. Ian continues to pursue his own dance career with one of Colorado’s top crews and as Head Instructor at the Bboy Factory.

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dancesport vice president
Jonathan Escotto – "Xcel"

Jonathan “Xcel” Escotto is a Bboy, Dance instructor, and Event Promoter, with over twenty years of experience in Hip Hop dance. After finding his passion in the art of Breakin at a young age, Jonathan has dedicated his life to teaching youth and preserving the Hip Hop culture…

As a member of the legendary “Floor Lords”, Boston’s oldest Hip Hop collective, Jonathan applies the discipline and work ethic honed from his martial arts training to his teaching.  With over 15 years of teaching experience in after-school programs and international workshops, Jonathan prides himself on his ability to properly break down movement to students of all levels.

Jonathan has won numerous Breakin competitions, nationally and Internationally. He has appeared as a featured performer in the Discovery Channel “Time Warp series”; MTV’s Direct Effect; Live Aid; entertainment events with the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and New York Knicks; and, The Special Olympics to name a few.  He has been featured in music videos with artist such as Will Smith and Shaggy.

In 2018, Jonathan founded the “Xcel Breakin Academy” to cultivate and empower the next generation of Bboys & Bgirls.

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professional vp
Michael Lo – "Jet"

Michael is the founder and owner of Miami Bboy Academy, Florida’s first premier dedicated Breakin’ facility. The Academy boasts a team of professional instructors who have more than 30 combined years of experience in breakin’, Martial Arts, Fitness, Entertainment, Dance and Coaching…

Michael’s mission is to promote the art of breakin’ by reaching out, educating, and inspiring today’s youth.  Michael is a Dancer/Martial artist with 20 yrs of extensive experience in the use of movement, gestures, training, motivating clients, mentoring students, and helping athletes meet their goals.  Michael was always into music. His love began at the age of 4, when he started learning piano. After 10 years, he started to pursue other instruments. At the age of 14, he took up playing the French Horn/Mellophone & Trumpet in high school. It was in High School that he was introduced to Breakin’ and life took a different route. Michael also studied Kung-Fu/Canon Fist Style under Master Zhong Hong for 14 years competing and winning various competitions and titles. In October 2018 Michael traveled to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina as the USA Ambassador. There he got to witness, capture, and document history in the making.  Today, Michael is a part of the Competitive Breakin’ League and Co-founder of Future Force Crew. He envisions a future where breaking’ can be recognized as a sport and and be taught to everyone worldwide.

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athlete vp
Alfredo Sotelo – "BBoy Lego"

Alfredo "Bboy Lego" Sotelo is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, and acclaimed Breaker. Alongside his award-winning crew, Flipside Kings, he has toured internationally while competing, adjudicating, and teaching since 1994…

Lego is a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects, a contemporary dance/theater company that fuses world arts and culture while thoughtfully examining social issues through performance. With D-Projects, Lego toured internationally in Scratch & Burn, a meditation on the war in Iraq, and FAT BOY, a project exposing world hunger amid American consumerism and waste.

Lego is a notable recipient of the Red Bull BC One Cypher Award (2017), and he has performed/worked with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, the NFL, and the Super Bowl, to name a few.

He is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of F.A.M. FEST, a three-day indoor/outdoor festival that celebrates diversity through art and dance while enriching the Hip-Hop scene in Miami, Florida.

Lego currently teaches dance, physical fitness, and nutrition at PATH (Preserving Archiving & Teaching Hip Hop), a Miami-based organization that uses Hip-Hop culture and its aesthetics as a means to advance scholarship, service-learning, leadership, and entrepreneurship across cultures and generations.

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sports director
Ricky Fernandez– "Speedy Legs"

Bboy Speedy Legs, born Ricardo Fernandez Jr, in Havana, Cuba is widely accredited for creating the blueprint for competitive breaking competitions in the United States…

His lifelong mission was always to get the art form of breaking recognized as an athletic sport. Raised in Miami with ties to NYC. He has been the driving force of the Florida Bboy scene since the 1980s and he’s considered one of the leading Hip Hop Dance innovators in the world, due to his contributions of co-founding the B-boy Masters Pro-Am & Hip Hop Elements. Speedy has over 40 years of experience as a professional dancer & choreographer. His performances include motion pictures, the off-Broadway show Jam On The Groove, & countless concerts alongside great artist such as: Run DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Wu-Tang Clan, Mos-Def, Beaine Man, & Buju Banton. In 2003, he was hired by Wyclef to choreograph & perform in the opening show of the SOURCE AWARDS Live on BET.During his long career, Mr. Fernandez has made numerous media appearances on ESPN, UPN, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, The New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Stress, Source, Rap Pages, Blaze Magazine,The Miami New Times & hundreds of websites.

Mr. Fernandez was also the first B-Boy to work with the NAACP. Once the host of his own radio show and a DJ since 1987, Richard was constantly working as an entertainer & deeply involved with the community. Mr. Fernandez spent 25+ years teaching dance classes to under privileged children & young adults at centers like the Hollywood Police Athletic League, The Boys & Girls Club and various Miami recreation centers. Local newspapers & television stations have done story after story about his efforts to keep kids off the streets & involved in positive recreational activities.

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media director
Dennis Perez – "Dee"

Founder of the since-’96 Future Force Crew, Dee Perez is a b-boy, artist, teacher and a student of dance. During his earlier engagement with Breakin' a dual passion for dance and art led him to earn his B.A. from the Art Institute…

His expertise includes Breakin' simplifying and communicating movement for others, and graphic design in both digital and traditional arts. He has performed with the Miami Dolphins Fin Force, Florida Panthers Rat Pack, and the American Airlines Arena in Miami for the Miami Heat. Sharing his talents with the next generation of b-boys and b-girls, Perez has helped his students find success at various Breakin' competitions. With over 30 years spanning b-boying, artistry, and education, Dee continues to be an enriching force in the Breakin' community.

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secretary
Duane Sy – "LazyRocks"

Grew up in the DC metropolitan area.  In 1997, through friends connected with members of the DC dance group Natural Elements Crew, where he began to learn more about Breakin’, Hip Hop, and its Culture…

He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Radford University (2004) and continues to grow the DanceSport from Washington DC.  

LazyRocks continues to develop concepts for the dance to teach the world about Breakin’ Culture and its community.  He has worked with Breakin’ professionals in the United Breakin’ Association, the Competitive Breakin’ League, and The Lab DC.  He is impassioned to create new avenues for the Breakin’ community to come together in a structured competitive format.

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athlete's council secretary
Benyaamin Barnes-McGee – "BoxWon"

World Champion B-boy by way of West Philadelphia, BoxWon (Benyaamin Barnes-McGee), is a world-renown artist having represented for his city, seaboard, and country on the international Breakin’ circuit for the last decade…

Through his company, Bred2Burn, he has toured to share his philosophy and skill set in Japan, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Canada, and countless cities in between.

A member of the Monster Energy Breakers, a competitive team consisting of the nation's best B-boys & B-girls, he has won numerous titles worldwide solidifying his place as an international influencer and pillar within the Breakin’ community.

Crews: Illadelph Phlave / Bred2Burn / Monster Energy Breakers

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treasurer
Ruth Long

Ruth began her career as an entrepreneur, developing and growing her own companies in medical, distribution and financial systems.  Dance became a major part of Ruth's life as a method to stay fit and challenge the continued growth of the mind…

With her husband as her partner, she began to compete in Ballroom style dance.  Using her skills as an entrepreneur, Ruth dedicated 4 years to the board of USA Dance, Inc.

In December of 2019, Ruth resigned from USA Dance, Inc to dedicate her volunteer time to the development of Breakin' as a competitive sport and dance form.  USA Breakin's' drive to develop a National Team, lead the unique Breakin' community to the Olympics and support the growth of Breakin' in the United States aligns with Ruth's goals through the volunteer work within USA Breakin.

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