Floor Assassins

We wanted to find out what’s happening with B-boying in Durban so we hit up Bizzo and Kaydo from the Floor Assassins with an email of questions we needed answering. They drop knowledge in the interview below on what they’re up to and why they push so hard in a scene so small.

 

DIY: First off, what got each of you into B-Boying?
FA: Each member in the crew started B-boying for a different reason. Either it was being influenced by the community where B-boying was the “in” thing to do (Bizzo), because a friend was doing it and started teaching (Kayzo/Craig), or from watching competitions like the Red Bull BC One (Farrenheit). Whatever the case may be, I’m quite sure none of us at that time realised how important dancing would become to us in the later future.

We dance to express not to impress

DIY: How did you guys meet and when did you combine forces to become the Floor Assassins?
FA: We met at a battle in a club that is no longer in existence. Although at the time we were in different crews, we saw the potential in each other and from there we started practising together. Eventually it became like a small family of us which led to the development of the Floor Assassins. The crew became official in the late 2007/early 2008.

 

 

DIY: What challenges do you face working in a crew as opposed to being a free agent?
FA: There are some challenges, nothing major, but some of them would be first and foremost MONEY! Lol. People don’t really understand what it is we do until they actually see us. It’s difficult for us to get work as a crew for a decent amount from a client who hasn’t seen us before, which is most people unfortunately. Also transport/travelling. We all live in different parts of Durban so it can be an issue for everyone to meet at one central spot either for practice or for a show, or to get home afterwards!

 

 

DIY: Where can we find you practicing your craft?
FA: We practise where ever we can to be honest but our fixed location is at a dance studio called DDI (Dance Direction International) based in Morningside. We teach a class there every Saturday afternoon and usually stay afterwards to practice our skills.

 

DIY: As a crew, do you guys each have your own specific roles and specialties?
FA: Yes! In breakdancing there are different styles and of course moves (too many for one person to focus on). Each member in the crew focuses on his own unique style, whether it be Toprocks, Footwork, Power moves or a combination of them all. Each member brings something new and fresh to the table so when we put it together there are diverse styles combining to form Floor Assassins.

 

 

DIY: If you had to sum up what an audience member will experience during a Floor Assassins performance, what would you say?
FA: MADNESS!!! – we hope! Haha. There would be a lot of energy and musicality, we train ourselves to be aware of the music in a way that the audience can relate to. Also there would be a lot of acrobatic and diverse movements.

 

DIY: What other dance forms inspire your performances and style? How do you maintain your street cred and edge when performing in major events such as Jomba? How was your Jomba experience this year?
FA: Other dances would have to be ALL dance to be honest, we’re always finding new ways to reinvent ourselves and that comes a lot from watching other styles not any one in particular. (A real artist can appreciate art of all kinds!) I guess our passion maintains our edge, we never stop practising even if it’s not always together as a crew. We’re always working on our individual art, always striving to improve. JOMBA WAS AMAZING FOR US! We really appreciate the love and support and positive feedback that we’ve been getting from it. Who knows, maybe we’ll be back next year to rock the stage again!

 

 

DIY: Is it possible to live off dancing in Durban or is it purely for the love? Are there enough facilities to do so or is the scene relatively small?
FA: Sadly no, although we do okay it’s not stable therefore not the best career choice. It’s mainly for the love and passion we have for this art. The scene is minuscule but what makes it unique is the quality over quantity factor. Although we’re not the only ones representing our city, we represent in bigger scenes nation-wide, because of our dedication we have been competing with the “top dogs” almost as soon as we stepped through the door and announced we are here.

 

DIY: What do you think makes the dance scene unique in this city?
FA: The fact that it is so small! Lol. The dance scene here is a small scene in general, from the street dancing to the studio dancing, we have worked with each other at least once! When we go to a dance event in Durban we see a lot of Krumpers, Hip hop dancers and Pop and Lockers, and they are all our friends! So there is no hating on each other or arguments about which dance style is better or harder to do. We’re a close knit community and we do what we do cause we love it!

 

 

DIY: What do you get out of performing in front of people? Do your best moves come out in front of an audience or when you’re freestyling it together?
FA: To see the joy it brings while we’re sharing our art is something most people don’t ever get to see, its a very inspiring and motivating feeling for us as we dance to express not to impress. As far as best moves go it depends on how much we feeling the actual moment! I would say our moves have a 90% success rate with the odd occasion where it just doesn’t work out, lol.

 

 

DIY: What do you think needs to happen to get people in our community to pay attention to dance? Who needs to step up to the plate and make that happen?
FA: Us as dancers! Each one teach one! Thats the way it would work, we have got to create awareness by promoting what we do in a captivating way e.g., JOMBA and other platforms where our art is something new and refreshing, where people can fully appreciate that we are not just some kids from the street jumping around like wild animals.

 

DIY: What do you have in store for the future of the Floor Assassins? Where to now?
FA: We have a few big things in the pipeline such as traveling to Cape Town at the end of the year to compete against some of the country’s best, as well as plans to go and compete overseas. A big one is the LifeCheck All Elements Battle of the Year happening on the 6th of October. We’re hosting workshops as well as the B-boy aspect of the event, so we’re hoping to create an awareness and get the message of B-boying out there.

 

 

You can keep up with the Assassins on Tumblr and Facebook.

*All images © Gino Jean-Paul Curry

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3 Responses to “Floor Assassins”
  1. Rapper fron d TeVee says:

    Isya

  2. Tea Bags says:

    Mad skillz, Big respect!

  3. skullbooooooi says:

    These motherfuckers killed at the jomba vibe! So sick, dudes.

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