AMERICA’S BEST BREAKDANCERS TO BATTLE IT OUT AT THIS SUMMER’S McDONALD’S B-BOY ROYALE 4 is pleased to announce its partnership with McDonalds Bboy Royal.

NEW YORK , NY – McDonald’s New York Tri-State is proud to announce the return of the city’s largest annual breakdance tournament, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, on August 26 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Now in its fourth year, the event will feature eight leading crews from across the U.S. and Canada competing for a $5,000 grand prize and the 2017 championship title. Breakdance legend Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón, president of the Rock Steady Crew –an iconic b-boy group founded in the Bronx in 1977—will serve as the lead judge. In addition to the main competition, the tournament will also celebrate the introduction of breaking as an official sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics by paying tribute to the street dance’s pioneers and its New York City roots.

General admission tickets go on sale April 12, 2017 at 10 AM local time at the NYU Skirball Center website and box office. Ticket prices are $22.50 for adults and $17.50 for children (12 and under) and seniors. From now through April 25, ticket buyers can receive $5 off each purchase using presale code BBOYW. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), a non-profit organization that provides needed stability and resources to children and their families.

2016 McDonald’s B-Boy Royale champions Last Samurai –comprised of members from New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota– will return to defend their title against seven award-winning groups making their B-Boy Royale premieres. The event will also feature surprise guests, music performances and the presentation of the 2017 McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It’s an honor to be part of McDonald’s B-Boy Royale on the 40th anniversary of Rock Steady Crew,” said lead judge Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón, who was the inaugural recipient of the B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. “This year’s tournament offers a great platform to celebrate the history –and future– of breaking in the city where it all began.”

Our participation in McDonald’s B-Boy Royale provides us with a unique opportunity to promote the work and mission of RMHC to diverse communities across the Tri-State area and beyond,” commented Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC-NYTSA. “We’re proud to be the charitable beneficiary of this wonderful event, which empowers young people and brings together world class talent in support of a great cause.”

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