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Crews from Australia and New Zealand compete at national breakdance qualifier in Adelaide

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THE Freestyle Session Australian Qualifier will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, on September 13, with Australia and New Zealand's best breakdancers battling for the right to represent the country at the world finals in San Diego, California.

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Event organiser and past international winner PoeOne said that winning the USA finals helped him gain respect and recognition internationally – and that he wants to give others that same chance.

“Winning the Freestyle Session event opened many doors for my crew and I internationally. We were able to work commercially in an industry we love. I've appeared in music videos, award shows and concerts across the globe and I am a passionate advocate for this dance form,” he said.

Last years Freestyle Session Australian Qualifiers saw 46 groups compete in front of 650 spectators at the Australian Dance Theatre headquarters.

Australia's entry to last year's finals in Japan made it to eighth out of 130 crews. This year, PoeOne wants to see them do better.

“I hope we hit the top four, or win the title. I really want to give other Australians and New Zealanders the same opportunities I've had. This is easily the biggest break dancing event in Adelaide.”

The Freestyle Session National Breakdance Qualifier will be held on Saturday, September 13 at Australian Dance Theater, 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn, South Australia. The event runs from 2.30pm to 9pm. Entry is $10 for a competing crew, or $20 for spectators.

Video highlights from last year's competition

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