Breakdance has always been central to the life of Tilburg-born Rotterdam citizen Menno van Gorp. Menno: ‘I’ve been breakdancing for some twenty years now, and was elected world champion three times. Since 2005 I have been part of the breakdance crew Hustle Kidz/Def Dogz. I’m sponsored by Red Bull, which has allowed me to make a living out of my art form. There are only ten people in the world who can call themselves Red Bull All Stars’.
‘Now that I have won three world titles I have the liberating feeling that I can do what I want in dancing. I exercise harder than even and with more pleasure than before. Of course, I am keeping a close eye on the 2024 Olympic Games, where breakdancing will be an Olympic discipline for the first time. Actually, I see that as the last great arena where I will really go for gold’.
Menno also feels a strong bond with Rotterdam. ‘At the moment I’m busy opening a facility on the Groene Hilledijk (South) where athletic movement will be key. It’s going to be called Out of the Box Movement, a place where anyone can get the most from their body. Breakdancing is something you must live; something you must be involved in every day to raise your game. There is currently nowhere like this in Rotterdam, and I want to open a site that empowers the ongoing building of the new breakdance scene in Rotterdam’.