Kiwi breakdance crew set sights on Olympic glory

Breaking - or Breakdancing as it's widely known - will make its debut at the Paris Olympics in 2024, the International Olympic Committee confirmed on Tuesday.

The news was met with excitement by New Zealand's leading crew, Christchurch-based The Common Ground Crew.

B-boy Grub-D and Bboy Leerok are part of the group, which won a world title at the Hip-Hop International Dance Championships in 2010.

"I would say it's about time," says Grub-D.

"Being from New Zealand, we were a young up and coming crew and it was always our dream to be on that stage with the rest of the world."

Breaking has become hugely popular across the globe. More than 50 million people viewed last year's Red Bull BC One World Final.

The country's best - B-boy Akorn - has already represented New Zealand on the biggest stages, earning top eight honours at the illustrious Battle of The Year.

"I've been to competitions where there will be stadiums of like 15,000 people there just to watch breaking," Akorn says.

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