If you’re a breaking (also known as breakdancing) fan, you were likely happy to hear the Olympics added the category as an official sport for the 2024 Games. Showbiz Cheat Sheet chatted with breaker B-Girl Sunny. She’s putting her hat in the ring for a chance at the Olympics by participating in competitions.
One competition B-Girl Sunny is getting ready for is the Red Bull BC One World Final. She will be only one of two people at the competition representing the United States. She spoke about her breaking journey and shared her plans for the future.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What are some challenges you’ve faced during your journey to becoming a breaker and how did you overcome those challenges?
B-Girl Sunny: One of the challenges I face all the time is the physical limitations of my body. I have old, lingering injuries from gymnastics as well as new ones developed from breaking that definitely get in the way of training.
As time goes on, I’ve learned I can’t depend on breaking to keep me in shape. I’ve had to supplement breaking with working out, stretching, and yoga. I’m also very careful about what I eat and I do intermittent fasting to speed up muscle recovery.
But on a less physical note, breaking is a mental challenge every day. Not only is it difficult sometimes to stay motivated and train hard, but I also work a full-time job, so juggling everything is mentally exhausting.
Yoga helps me focus and relieves some stress, but I still go through major burnouts and there are times when I consider quitting. It’s definitely a rollercoaster but I always end up coming back and pushing through. There’s something about breaking that I just can’t seem to give up!
CS: How do you prepare for competitions?
BS: This really depends on the competition and the current physical state I’m in. If I’m already in a “battle season” or have battled a few times in the previous months, I don’t really change anything. I keep trying to create new movements, freestyle, and maintain what I have.
If I haven’t been battling, I’ll usually ramp up my schedule a bit to catch up, which would mean working out two to three times per week, training five to six times per week (sometimes twice a day), and also trying to get in about three to four yoga classes per week.
I don’t have a particular regimen I follow every time but I try to pinpoint my weak points and focus on those, whether it be strength, stamina, or maybe even just needing to dance more freely and let loose.
CS: What advice do you have for aspiring female breakers?
BS: Don’t worry about how you “should” or “shouldn’t” dance. Do what feels right to you. Be open and honest with yourself and don’t forget to take care of your body! My mom always told me, ‘You only have one body in this lifetime, don’t ruin it!’ But most importantly, this dance is about you and how you want to feel, so do what makes you happy.
CS: What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in five years?
BS: I’ve thought about opening a dance studio or a center for kids with a focus on health and wellness, but that goal seems so far off! I’m at a point however where I’m pretty open to see where life takes me!
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