photos by Nicole Fallek

Our fashion editor Devin Morris managed to catch up with Bmore’s B-Boys, the Incredible Sushi Kings to yap about their history, style and what up on the break dancing scene.
Established in April 2008, the Incredible Sushi Kings (ISK) is a b-boy crew representing the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
Consisting of 10 talented dancers from very different backgrounds,  the name “Incredible Sushi Kings” symbolizes the crew’s uniqueness, positivity, and acceptance of diversity. The crew’s core values of “integrity, strength, and knowledge”  represent the crew’s good character, drive to improve, and willingness to teach and learn from others. Building on the foundations of hip hop, the crew incorporates creative movements, humor, and athleticism into their imaginative style of dancing.
Gutter:  Where did you all learn to move like that?
ISK: Prior to joining ISK, each of our crew members were self-taught, practicing by ourselves within our own personal dance spaces such as basements, living rooms, garages, etc. None of our members took a formal breakdance class, but received helpful advice from more experienced B-boys from around the area during local practice sessions. After ISK was established, we started to train together on a weekly basis at different universities around the area (mostly at Towson University).
G: How often do you compete?
ISK: The majority of the battles (competitions) occur during the Fall and Spring. During these seasons, there are typically 1-2 battles a month. During the Winter and Summer seasons, ISK trains together in the Baltimore metropolitan area and do performances for dance clubs and other special events.

G: How large do the competitions get? I.e. local, regional, national levels?
ISG: Typically, the competitions are regional, for crews come from up and down the east coast. These B-boy “jams” attract B-boys of all experience levels from beginners to professionals.
G: What other styles of dance do you incorporate into classic break dancing?
ISG: Although we are primarily B-boys, we incorporate some elements from other dance styles such as modern, popping, locking, hip-hop, house, and club/party dancing.
G: How often do you practice?
ISG: On average, we practice approximately 10 hours a week. Each member of ISK leads their own life outside of bboying from going to college to working a full-time job to taking care of a child.
G: What’s your favorite style of music to dance to?
ISG: Unlike most B-boys who strictly dance to break beats from the late 70s, early 80s, ISK prefers to dance to party music such as LMFAO, David Guetta, and Black Eyed Peas.

G: Who are your inspirations?
ISG: We are inspired by crews such as the Rocksteady Crew, Dynamic Rockers, Lionz of Zion, and Deadly Venoms Crew. We are also inspired by each other’s own unique style of dancing.
G:  As a form of art, how is break dancing relevant to the community?
ISG: Break dancing allows for individuals to express themselves freely to the rhythms of music. Using abstract movements as the paint brush, B-boys create art on the canvas, which is the dance floor.
G: Where do you see break dancing going in the future?
ISG: As opposed to the early 80s when break dancing was seen as a “fad”, break dancing has resurrected itself and is now being respected as a legitimate art form. In the future, we believe that break dancing will continue to evolve to the point where dance institutions will offer break dancing courses.

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