HISTORY OF SILVERBACK BBOY EVENTS

Mr. Wiggles, Fast Break and crew at Dartmouth College showcase, February 8, 1985

HISTORY FROM 1983 FORWARD

HISTORY FROM 1983 FORWARD

Silverback supported breaking showcases beginning in 1983 and structured breaking competitions beginning in 2011.

The early showcase events sponsored by Silverback included performances at Dartmouth College in 1984 and 1985, featuring such legendary breakers as Mr. Wiggles, Fast Break and many others from South Bronx. See some Dartmouth College photos and news articles here.

Silverback himself was first exposed to breaking in 1983 at The Roxy in New York, and in 1984 learned basics from Mr. Wiggles, Fast Break and their local crew members at the former P. Lynch Community Center P.A.L. in South Bronx, New York, later joining street hitter Wayne Blizz and the Float Committee. See photographs of Silverback from 1984 and 1985 here.

Silverback moved onto a financial career and did not actively return to breaking until late 2010, sponsoring some events in 2011, including The Urban Movement Tour competition in Philadelphia and other competitions and showcases.

The Silverback Bboy Events platform was formed by Silverback in 2013 as a philanthropic initiative to support the competitive breaking community with funding for breaking events and competitive breakers, as well as business advice and legal resources for breakers. See archive of Silverback Open event recaps from 2014 through 2018 here.

Recent video footage of Silverback breaking can be found here. Silverback was born in 1959.

How it started

UDEF AND THE PRO BREAKING TOUR

UDEF AND THE PRO BREAKING TOUR

In 2013, Silverback and Cros1 of Freestyle Session aligned to form both UDEF which is a 501(c)3 charity and the Pro Breaking Tour, a taxable subsidiary of UDEF. The Tour was formally launched in January 2014.

The basic idea behind the formation of the Pro Breaking Tour was to provide the breaking community with a well-organized series of prize money breaking competitions, which would attract a general audience following both online and in-person, appealing to major corporate sponsors, media partners, and broadcasters, bringing an infusion of capital into a community in need of capital.

The objective was to help to create a mini-industry and job-producing ecosystem around breaking, with the Tour’s prize money events being the initial magnet to attract corporate, media and spectator interest in breaking. The Silverback Open in Philadelphia was a major event on the Tour from its inception in 2014 through the final installment of the event in 2018.  Silverback’s support of breaking events was philanthropic with the majority of the support directed to UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour’s events.

UDEF is a non-profit entity and a 501(c)3 public charity with a board comprised of breakers, event organizers, and business people with domain expertise in various areas. The Pro Breaking Tour is wholly-owned by UDEF through a taxable subsidiary. Silverback retired from the UDEF and Pro Breaking Tour boards in mid-2019, and the entities today are led by Cros1 and an international board.

How it started