Ronnie Abaldonado has always admired his older brother, Rodolfo. By doing so, Ronnie discovered and developed a passion that resulted in a career that has taken him around the world.
“My older brother had some cool moves that I wanted to emulate,” says the world famous b-boy, also known today as Ronnie or Ronnie Boy. “I practiced hard and inevitably I got to my brother’s skill level. After he quit, I stuck with it, and eventually b-boying became my career.”
Today, Ronnie is one of the most dominant, influential and respected b-boys in the world. He’ll be competing in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27 in the Red Bull BC One Contest, which features 16 of the world’s best B-boys competing in 1-on-1 battles.
“I look for a specific charisma, something that separates them from the rest,” he says. “I am critical about originality and I think it’s important for a b-boy to really have their own style. It’s like a superhero with their own special powers.”
Of course, many b-boy superheroes draw on music to supply and channel their special powers. For Ronnie, he prefers dancing to early ‘90s rap music. “I grew up listening to this genre and I feel more comfortable dancing to the beats,” says Ronnie, a Las Vegas resident. “I also got used to battling to more funk music and even more classic jams from musicians like James Brown.”
Like Brown, Ronnie has won awards and accolades and has earned respect from followers on several continents. He’s won or placed in the top 3 in competitions in South Africa, Switzerland, Germany and Brazil.
Indeed, Ronnie’s story is one that encompasses much of the globe. Ronnie’s drive and determination to become a b-boy started in Guam, but he didn’t begin pursuing the craft until the mid-1990s, when he was living in California. “When I first saw b-boying, I was fascinated with the idea of spinning,” he says. “I also liked the concept of a battle because it made me want to be competitive.”
Now Ronnie tries to instill and bring out that competitive nature in other b-boys. He teaches b-boying workshops and will be part of Red Bull’s forthcoming BC One All Star international tour, which will feature workshops at local studios.
“In a workshop, I teach the foundation,” Ronnie says. “In it, they learn a variety of steps, but most importantly I try to condition the way they approach the dance. I try to open their minds by teaching them how to be innovative, how to strategize and how to be free. Sometimes people take it so serious that they forget to have fun.”
Fun is certainly on Ronnie’s agenda for the Red Bull BC One Contest in Tokyo. “This is the first time Red Bull BC One finals will be in Asia,” says Ronnie, who is Filipino. “Every year it gets bigger and better. I’m looking forward to seeing how many more spectators will come, and how much better the b-boys will be. I’m sure Tokyo will add its flavor to the event.”
- Ronnie explains the circle for Red Bull BC One
- Video highlights from Red Bull BC One New York 2009
- More info at the Red Bull BC One site