The independent owners and operators of McDonald’s New York Tri-State will present McDonald’s B-Boy Royale II, an annual breakdance competition, on August 22 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Hosted by rapper MC Jin and former MTV VJ Grace Subervi, the event will feature eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battling it out for a grand prize of $5,000.
The event will also honor breaking pioneer Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon of the Rock Steady Crew with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tickets are on sale. All proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area.
In addition to the main competition, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale II will celebrate the 40 year legacy of breaking with the inaugural presentation of special awards recognizing its pioneers and innovators.
Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, one of the original members and current president of Rock Steady Crew, will be honored with the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in elevating breaking to an art form and introducing b-boying to a global audience.
“I’m absolutely humbled by this honor,” said Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, a Bronx native who began breaking at the age of 10.
In August 2014, McDonald’s New York Tri-State launched McDonald’s B-Boy Royale to help bring breaking back to where it all started: New York City.
The Philadelphia-based dance crew, The Clique, were crowned the first-ever B-Boy Royale champions after defeating United Outkast from Connecticut.
Hosted by rapper and YouTube sensation Dumbfoundead, the competition generated unanimous public and critical attention and overwhelming support from the b-boy community.