He‘s a man that has built his career from the ground up through B-Boying and won the title of best break dancer in Croatia. With his breakdancing skills he has beaten last year’s competition without breaking a sweat, and decided to share his knowledge with other breakdance enthusiasts by forming a breakdancing association. His name is Domagoj Jurković, and this is his story.
First of all, tell us, who is Domagoj Jurković?
A Slavonian from Osijek, a goldsmith by trade and a B-Boying dancer. B-Boying is an original name for the dance that I practice, but in social media the term breakdancing is often used.
What does breakdancing mean for you?
For me, it’s a way I can express myself. Breakdancing has its rules and some basic stuff you need to know, and once you master those two, it’s up to you and your creativity to do the rest and to show what you are capable of.
Would you declare it a dance, a sport, a sort of recreation or something else?
I would say it’s a form of art with a pinch of sport added to it. I believe that everyone has heard about breakdance battles. If there are battles present, that means there is something sports-like in it, but breakdancing isn’t just about who has the better technique, it’s about who presents it better, and expresses more.
What made you get into breakdancing and when?
In the beginning I started doing B-Boying because it was a way of hanging out with my friends, but in 2005, I went to the Netherlands to see a professional competition in B-Boyin and after that everything changed. That’s the place where I saw how the professionals do it, and wanted to be just like them. At that time I just got my master’s degree and said to myself “OK, now it’s time to dance”. After that, it was just work, work, work and discipline.
Since both you and your brother have achieved amazing results in B-Boying, can you tell us what your secret is?
The most important thing is to know what you want, that’s how it all starts. it’s a continues flow of clever investment of time, six hours of training per day, watching videos every day, examining every move and learning it, and creating your own style, image, and character.
Since you and your brother are both breakdancing, is there any form of rivalry between you two? Do you motivate each other?
Not so much. Personally, he always motivates me to go above and beyond, and we always inspire each other and learn some new moves from each other. We try not to have the same dance moves, so we express ourselves in different ways.
When did you and your brother decide to form the association and how long does it exist?
We wanted to teach the younger generations everything that we know. At this moment I’m not really into teaching as much as I want to be because I’m still eager to compete and don’t have that much free time to teach, but there is always time for an advice or two for the older generations. In this profession we are very ambitious and want to make breakdancing mainstream in Slavonia.
You are one the few break dancers that has made it so far and has accomplished so much, you have won so many prestigious awards, medals and competitions, and you have been declared the best break dancer in Croatia. How does it feel to be the best?
The older I get, the more nonchalant I am about the praises and criticisms. I feel as same as before because I do it for myself, but I’m glad that I inspire so many people and younger generations, and that they admire and appreciate what I do. That’s very important to me, because being the best is only temporary. You get what you work for.
What are your impressions of PC so far?
Excellent, my performance couldn’t be better, two appearances, two titles won. The atmosphere of Pannonian Challenge is great and I love the event, but B-Boying is not how it should be. At some other events during a B-Boying battle people are standing right beside you and they can feel the energy flowing through you while you dance. At Pannonian the crowd is a bit further from you, but it is what it is.
What do you think, how much is breakdancing developed in this region? Your final thought, something you would like to say to future break dancers?
As for breakdancing in this region, it can be better, people need to work on it and organize as many events as possible to promote this form of dancing. We need to attract an audience, not just the kind where everyone practices breakdancing, but also an audience full of people that want to see it and enjoy it. For the future break dancers, there is only one thing I have to say: focus, responsibility and a lot of hard work.