Two Maltese Teenagers Qualify For 'Olympics Of Breakdancing'
A definite first for the islands
Miguel Mifsud and Abner Testa, two Maltese 14-year-old breakdancers, have made it to the second round of qualifications of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
The qualification system kicked off with a 'digital qualifier' of about 4,000 boys and girls from all over the world earlier this summer, and this next stage has drastically reduced that number to only about 650 dancers. The two Maltese boys submitted their videos to the Breaking For Gold website between May and July, while members of the general public from around the world voted on their favourite videos. During the first week of August, professional judges assessed each submitted video, selecting their favourite videos per country and per gender.
Miguel and Amber's qualification is definitely a first for Malta in the sport, and the next step in their road to Argentina is a second stage of qualifiers in Germany later this year. If they make it through, it's just one final stage which will see about 100 boys and girls being selected, culminating in the final 24 showcasing their talents at the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships in May and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games later in October 2018.
The two teenagers have been dancing for five whole years with the local Street Elements dance troupe, and have already had vast local and international experience. "It's a great honour for us because when we had started, we would've never dreamt that breakdancing would get to an Olympic level," said their teachers Charline and Liston.
"This is a dream come true for our son and his friend," Abner's father said, with his mother continuing to say "we're always there to support you."