“If Menno joins the competition, the others get a little bit scared.” It takes one to know one. Moj Rivas is one of the judges at the breaking competition at the World Urban Games in Budapest. He is a legend in the urban sport/art form and he’s talking about B-Boy Menno, the dutch double world champion.
Menno van Gorp, as his full name is, is a 30-year old artist, painter, athlete, breaker. And he’s one of the best there is. Two former Hungarian breakers from the nineties are at the WUG to watch Menno. “He’s incredbile, he’s got so many skills. It’s fun to see that so many people come to look at the breaking, but I don’t think they recognize all the things Menno can do.”
Moj adds: “Menno is a freestyle dancer with calculated moves, while most of the others calculate to much. This guy connects with the music, with the environment, with what’s happening at that very moment. If you put it together, that’s extremely dangerous.”
In the final-battle Menno is up against Victor, from the United States. Victor wins. A deserved win, says Menno. “He’s one of the best dancers in the world right know. And I was not feeling 100 per cent.” Menno recognizes himself in the profile Moj and others give him. “I can create an aura right at the moment, that’s absolutely true. But I’m allready thirty, I have a daughter and a family life. The next generation is coming. All these guys have to think of is dancing.”
For the wider audience some of those younger guys are performing spectacular breaking moves. “In the near future there will be breakers who can turn 20 times on one hand”, says B-boy Menno. “I create my own moves that comes from within. The people probably don’t understand why that guy who can turn 20 times doesn’t win, but the moves I do are extremely well performed. Think about Picasso, he’s a painter who creates his own style, which makes him different than the rest.”