Breakdancing event draws hundreds in Marysville

A breakdancer props himself up on one hand during the 360 Break Battle in Marysville on Saturday, Sept. 25. - Adam Rudnick
A breakdancer props himself up on one hand during the 360 Break Battle in Marysville on Saturday, Sept. 25.
— image credit: Adam Rudnick

MARYSVILLE — Hundreds of break dancers converged on Totem Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 25 for the ninth annual 360 Break Battle.

The event, hosted by the Marysville YMCA, drew breakers from across the Northwest to the school gymnasium, where they took part in 10-versus-10 crew battles in hopes of taking home top honors.

Benji Travis, organizer of the event, said that this year's competition was the best he had ever seen.

"We had the best crews in Washington," Travis said. "There was a lot of energy and the competition was crazy. It seemed like everybody had been practicing."

Twenty-four teams in total showed their stuff during the break battle. At least four of those teams were representing Marysville, Travis said.

The grand prize went to 17.42/Fraggle Rock, a combination of two crews from the Seattle and Portland, Ore., areas.

The group took home $2,000 for their performance, which required groups of 10 to square off against one another in front of a group of judges.

Organizers were hoping to see about 2,000 people at the Marysville event, but Travis said he was happy with this year's turnout.

The first 360 Break Battle took place in 2002 and drew about 150 people.

"(This year) first-time spectators were blown away that something like this was happening in Marysville," Travis said. "It used to be like a practice session at first. Now, the competition is the main event. The numbers have grown but more importantly the notoriety is spreading."

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