In 1999, Bboyworld was created with a mission to preserve, protect, promote, and advance the basic principles and original traditions of the bboy art form (first laid by its pioneers in the 70’s). Today, that mission remains the same. Bboyworld was founded by Erwin Mahroug, with help from Trevyn Meijer. Erwin, a bboy himself, recognized the underground nature of the culture and the difficulty of socializing or communicating with others within it. Thirteen years ago, bboying wasn’t as big as it is now, and information about it (history, live footage, events) was shared mainly by worth of mouth and VHS tapes. However, the internet generation was on the rise, and being a formal IT student as well, Erwin came up with an idea that would revolutionize the way bboys could share information, and hopefully inspire new generations of bboys around the world. Before Facebook, Myspace and Youtube, Bboyworld connected bboys and bgirls from all different parts of the world through an online message board, or “forum”. This forum provided access to real-time information on all things related to bboy culture, with just a click of a mouse. People from any country were finally able to quickly and easily correspond with each other. In creating this online community, Bboyworld provided aid to the new generation of bboys/girls (needing direction, but not knowing where to find it) as well as the older generation (needing encouragement/motivation or to pass on their legacy). Bboyworld has worked with many leaders of the scene, offering them a medium with which they could pass on their knowledge to the newer generation, preserving the true essence of the art form through their written words as well as media documentation. By archiving information posted by first generation bboys, Bboyworld provided the world with publicly accessible history and knowledge of the dance, protected from and untainted by mainstream media. Bboyworld’s “event listing” has freely promoted events all over the world and has been an integral resource for info about upcoming Bboy events. People can view results from events through footage and through written articles, as well as promote themselves/their crew online. With this convenient new resource of archived information, especially footage, many scenes were challenged to step their game up to remain competitive with the rest of the (bboy) world’s growing skill and creativity. Advancement in skill as well as in professionalism for individuals within the bboy scene has been an important goal of Bboyworld. With the creation of the Bboyworld team as well as an event like Evolution, the opportunity to interact and connect with people outside the U.S. through bboying was made more attainable. Since its birth, Bboyworld has grown to become a site with membership of 7 figures and has successfully connected countless bboys and bgirls with each other on a global level. Preservation, protection, promotion and advancement- this is the framework of the vehicle that is Bboyworld, from 99-infinity, keeping the bboy legacy alive.