Interview, Antonio Jakić

The fact that Pannonian Challenge fully supports urban culture is proven by the B­Boying competition
that has been a part of the event for a couple of years now. This time we had a lovely chat with
the competitors, Antonio Jakić, so discover a little bit more about breakdancing in Croatia.

Surely you are well known to the fans of Pannonain Challenge, so how would you describe yourself in three words?
I was never good at describing myself in a few words (haha). I would call myself an idealist.

Most people associate you with breakdancing, how and when did it all begin?
The love for this dance has lasted for eight years, and I fell for it when I was 13 years old and I went to my first jam where I saw a lot of people that were really into only one thing, breakdancing. There it’s all about peace, love, and harmony, and it’s hard not to get dragged in. In breakdancing, everyone has their own individual style and everyone is different, and that diversity is what got me interested in the first place.

Who taught you everything that you know?
I was mastering my techniques in Osijek, but during that time I changed teachers four times. The one who helped me understand my love for breakdancing was late Don Kićone. He was my main source of inspiration. After he lost the gym where we used to practice, my friend and I started training with Kristijan Žaper at his place, and there the fire in me started to grow. Kristijan decided just to do stand-up dance, so after that we went to Mario Skender and ended up joining a dance crew named Blindovi. Every crew member had his own style while dancing, and that helped me figure out my style and technique.

I can tell that you’ve been to a lot of competitions and visited a lot of different places, are there any favorites? What’s your proudest moment of all of those competitions?
At the moment my favorite destination is Austria because the people that are into this sort of dance are very positive. When it comes evolution of this dance.

Aside from hip­hop, you also dance at the Croatian National Theatre, how did you combine those two things?
Regarding the theatre, I started dancing there when they needed break dancers, so I thought, why not. After a while I started doing other shows as well.

What does hip­hop mean to you, and do you think there is a chance that it could become something big in Osijek?
For me hip­hop is something extraordinary and there is always room for improvement. The problem is that people here have a totally wrong perception of hip­hop.

All we need to do is to bring people and the culture closer together, because a lot of them don’t know much about it, even those that are a part of it.