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DE Niels Robitzky aka Storm

N1XR Dancer, Choreographer, Dance pedagogue, World record holder, Writer, Researcher of dance
54 Years
from Eutin (Germany)
at present Berlin (Germany)
active since 1983

It was like a storm“, said the people and shook their head in disbelief at a party in New York in 1991 after he had pulled a vogue dancer, who hadn´t kept the necessary distance, to the ground through his striking Flare-Windmill-Swipe combination. This way Niels Robitzky, who was then called Swipemaster, got his new artist name “Storm”. But above all it was due to Kwikstep and Mr Wiggles who initially called him `Firestorm` or `The storm dude from Germany` when talking about him. Everything started in April 1983, Niels, a young boy of just 13 years, had heard a music piece on the radio with a subsequent interview about “incredible gymnastic dancing”. But the thing that really attracted his attention were the scratching parts in the music. Some weeks later he saw a backslide, then people on TV dancing like robots and spinning on the back – thus his passion for this sort of movement was awakened. At that point of time the teenager from Eutin didn’t know that he will soon consecrate himself wholeheartedly to this dance being so unusual for the former times and that it will change his complete life, his way of thinking and his entire world.

With a few class mates he founded his first group “Breakrevolution”, but already after five months it broke apart. In the subsequent years Niels made a lot of efforts to find out as much about B-Boying and Hip Hop in general as it was possible. Longingly and curiously they were waiting for films like “Beatstreet” or “Body Rock” to be finally released to cinemas and to give them some new ideas and information. Every report, every documentary film was important. Sometimes his mother would wake him up at night because there was a TV program about Hip Hop. If you suddenly found a newspaper report about this dance style, which at that time was a veritable rarity, you could be sure that with that piece of paper you could really please your class mate, Niels Robitzky. A so-called hitchhike ticket, which was a ticket of the German Railways and which allowed you to travel one month all over Germany from the date of issue, made it easier for him and a lot of others to go to different jams and Hip Hop events and to meet many other supporters of this culture. At the age of 20 years Niels knew that dancing was the only thing he wanted to do and the only thing he could do. To make a name for oneself in this business and to be able to live on it was at that time at least as difficult as it is today. In the end of the 1980ies he primarily earned his money by helping people with moving, by packing furniture, by working in the port of Hamburg or by waiting tables at fairs in order to be able to keep his head above water. Every cent was saved. Everything he possessed at that time was either given, bought on special offer or, if it was not possible in any other way, even stolen.

One of the numerous people who improbably influenced Niels and contributed a great part to his development, was Gabin from Aktuel Force. It was at a battle in Antwerp when the Parisian dancer made a One-Hand 1990 after a downrock combination and stopped on one hand and one elbow in the hollowback freeze. It was just incredible. Gabin was the king of that battle. That night a switch was thrown in Niels’ head. Thenceforth nobody could stop him. 3 hours of training per day was the minimum. Thinking of anything else than moves, steps, combinations and freezes was impossible. Together with his crew and other dancers they were dancing everywhere, regardless of the meaningful views of the passers-by or the fact that their clothes were partly full of dirt afterwards. During that time Niels joined Battle Squad whose other members were Swift, Maurizio, Emilio and later also his younger brother Speedy.

Until 1989 most dancers executed the headspin with a helmet. The decisive modernization was due to the influence of the Second to none crew from Bornemouth / England. They were spinning on a netlike material cut of a beach lounger which provided the basis for the headspin cap of today. Tony, one of the members of this English crew, inspired Niels to practice the headspin at all. Since these b-boy caps weren’t available anywhere they tried to sew them themselves. Endless nights Niels and Kai Eickermann strived towards better and newer designs. “I sewed thousands of them,” says Niels in his book From Swipe to Storm.

In May 1991 he flew together with 4 friends for the first time to New York. Among others he met there Kwikstep who at that time was the only leftover dancer in the whole city. He was out to boost the scene in New York again and therefore he took them to his friends in Brooklyn and Coney Island to show them what was going on in Europe in matters of B-Boying. There Niels met Mr Wiggles and Crazy Legs. In the subsequent years Niels travels to this awesome and multifaceted metropolis which can be described as the cradle of the Hip Hop culture several times again. Partially he spends there several months at a stretch and becomes a member of Ghettoriginal with whom he dances a good deal of street shows and learns more and more about the history and the background of Hip Hop, among other things why this art form couldn’t have its origin in no other place in the world than in New York.
Actually Storm and his Battle Squad partner Swift wanted to go to the Battle Of The Year 1992 just for watching but due to the fact that their crew name was already put on the poster without their approval and people started to spread rumors they would be afraid, they were pressured and decided to participate in a duo. With this decision they made history. In the finale there were the Rock Steady Family with 8 dancers facing Battle Squad consisting of 2 man only. Battle Squad won.

In 1993 he finally started to get jobs and travelled steadily between Paris, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam. Among other things he presented the TV show “Viva Freestyle” together with his colleague Torch. Despite poor payment they both put a lot of effort into it and made reports on the Hip Hop scene all over Europe.
The turning point came in 1995. Niels suffered a slipped disc and came down with tuberculosis. Partially he had to hold his head with his hand in order to be able to get up from the bed. For months he had been dancing with aches and pains, willing to bounce back. But some day nothing worked anymore. Medicine and extreme pains in feet, shoulders and hip joints became his permanent companion. He had to change something, he knew that himself. Was that the end of his career? The end of that what he was living for? Most people would give up at that point cause accepting the fact that you will probably never be able to do something that you love so much – breaking – is unimaginably difficult. Niels, however, found another way. He attended to Locking and Popping. The change was not easy but it didn’t mean he would stop breaking completely. No, it was only reduced. He realized that he had to take it slow in order to be able to dance after 10 or 20 years further, otherwise he would end up being wheelchair-bound.

Nowadays he lives together with his family in Berlin, his adopted home town, but at home he is probably in the whole world. His name can’t be deleted from the chronicles of the Hip Hop history anymore. Jams, dance halls, judging battles, theatre projects, shows, airports, distant countries and a lot of people around the globe who love him, who admire him and who give thanks to him – this is his life today and he loves it and will always strive for this culture and this dance and its acceptance in the society.


Highlights & Achievements

+ Living Hip Hop and Urband Dance legend
+ 1st Guiness World Record in "Most Windmills" 1987
+ Winner of Battle of the Year 1991 with Battle Squad
+ Winner of the legendary Battle of the Year in 1992
+ Winner of the Freestyle Session 3 with "Flying Tortillas"
+ internationally known choreographer and judge
+ produced more than 20 own theatre projects
+ promotion model for many brands and products
+ TV host at VIVA Freestyle
+ and a lot of more ...

Member

of Battle Squad
since 2010 of Animatronik


Upcoming Events with Storm

+ 11.07.2024 AT Impulstanz 2024
+ 27.07.2024 EE Camp Of Hip-Hop Battle Day 2024


Saturday, July 27th 2024 in 32 days, Estonia
EE Camp Of Hip-Hop Battle Day 2024
Estonian Street Dancers' Association in cooperation with Estonian Dance Sport Association is organizing the Cup Competitions and Championships in Upper ...


Thursday, July 11th - Sunday, August 11th 2024 in 16 days, Austria
AT Impulstanz 2024 - International Dance Festival in Vienna (Austria)
Founded in 1984, the ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival has developed into the largest festival for contemporary dance and performance. Ev...

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Friday, May 24th 2024, France
FR FUJIFILM INSTAX UNDISPUTED PARIS
Welcome to the 'FUJIFILM INSTAX UNDISPUTED PARIS on May, 24th 2024 in Paris, France. LOCATION:• PLAYIN' PARIS FESTIVAL - FORUM DES HALLES - PARIS C...


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Friday, April 5th - Saturday, 6th 2024, United States
US Red Bull Lords of the Floor 2024 - International Breaking Battle in Seattle (USA)
After more than two decades, Red Bull Lords Of The Floor is back. The global 2v2 crew battle returns to celebrate the history of breaking while also spo...


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Friday, March 29th - Sunday, 31st 2024, Germany
DE Red Bull BC One Cypher Germany 2024 - National Breaking Battle in Berlin (Germany)
Berlin, zieh Dich warm an: Am 31. März 2024 battlen sich die besten acht B-Girls und 16 B-Boys der Republik beim Red Bull BC One Cypher Germany, de...

and8 TV:
Storm | Think Breaking #insebuilding
In Folge Nummer 08 von „IN SE BUILDING" mit TIZZEY als Gastgeber begrüßen wir einen herausragenden Gast aus der Welt des Hip Hop und Tanzes...

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Saturday, March 16th - Sunday, 17th 2024, Japan
JP FUJIFILM INSTAX Undisputed Masters Tokyo World Final
Welcome to the 'FUJIFILM INSTAX UNDISPUTED MASTERS TOKYO WORLD FINAL on March, 16 & 17th 2024 in Tokyo, Japan. LOCATION:• NEW PIER HALL TAKESHIBA, M...


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Saturday, January 27th 2024, Worldwide
global DAN Judging Workshop January 2024


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Friday, November 3rd - Sunday, 5th 2023, Norway
NO Battle of the South / NBL 2023
Battle of the South 2023 / 3.-5. November Contestant sign up (showcase and battles): REGISTER HERE Sign up for NBL (Norwegian Breaking League): REGIST...


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Saturday, September 16th 2023, Austria
AT I.M.B.A. - International Mela for Breaking Academics
"I.M.B.A. - International Mela for Breaking Academics" introduces a unique festival format for the new Olympic discipline of Breaking in a university co...


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Friday, August 4th - Sunday, 6th 2023, Netherlands
NL The Notorious IBE 2023 - 25 Year Anniversary
FRIDAY 04 AUGUST - FUJIFILM INSTAX UNDISPUTED MASTERS - 6vs6 CREW BATTLE - THE HAVAIANAS BATTLE - FREEDOM CITY QUALIFIER 3 VS 3 ALL STYLES - BONNIE & C...


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Monday, July 10th - Friday, 14th 2023, Austria
AT Summer Dance University 2023
DATE | 10. – 14. Juli 2023 TIME | jeden Tag ab 10.00 – 17.00 Workshops und anschließend Abendprogramm LOCATION | Anton Bruckner Privatuniversi...

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Friday, June 16th - Sunday, 18th 2023, Switzerland
CH Find your Flow - International Hip Hop Festival in Riedholz (Switzerland)
The largest urban dance festival in Switzerland is returning this summer and promises to be a spectacular dance event! From June 16th to 18th, 2023, the...


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Friday, June 2nd - Saturday, 3rd 2023, Slovenia
SI World Kidz Breaking Champion 2023 - International Dance Festival in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
The World kidz Breaking Champion is a two-day event featuring dance battles between the best breakdancers in the world. The dancers will take over the c...


and8 TV:
Storm - Diet, His New Book, the Performativity of Breaking, the Problem of Historicism - The Knowledge Drop Podcast #11
I love bringing Storm in to talk about breaking. Every time, I learn something new - even after 30 years in the dance. This time around, we chat about...

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Monday, April 3rd - Thursday, 6th 2023, Austria
AT Easter Dance Days 2023 - WORKSHOPS – PARTY – DISCUSSION
WORKSHOPS – PARTY – DISCUSSION DATE | 3. – 6. April 2023 TIME | jeden Tag ab 10.00 – 17.00 Workshops und anschließend Abendprogramm LOCATI...

Blog:
Honorary Professorship of Anton Bruckner Private University awarded to Niels "Storm" Robitzky
Anton Bruckner Private University is pleased to announce a new honorary professor: On April 2, 2023, Governor Mag. Thomas Stelzer and Rector Martin Rumm...

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Saturday, March 4th 2023, Norway
NO Norwegian Breaking League 1 - 2023


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Sunday, January 8th 2023, Austria
AT Audition - Lehrgang für Urban Dance Styles der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität
DATE | Sonntag 8. Jänner 2023 TIME | 10:00 LOCATION | Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz MAIL | info@urbandancestyles.at WEB | www.urbandancestyles.at REGIS...

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Saturday, January 7th 2023, Austria
AT Show Your Skillz 2023 - Internationales Urban Dance Battle in Linz (Österreich)
DATE | Saturday, 7. Jannuary 2023 TIME | starting at 13:00 LOCATION | Neues Rathaus (Linz) MAIL | info@urbanartists.at WEB | www.showyourskillz.at STYL...


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Friday, November 25th - Sunday, 27th 2022, Germany
DE RadeBrooklyn 2022 - International 2vs2 Breaking Battle with 1000€ Cash Price in Radebeul (Germany)
CATEGORIES:• to be announced DEEJAYS:• DJ Kid Cut (Def Style Rockers, Hamburg/Germany) • DJ KhanFu (Manchester/UK) JUDGES:• Storm (Battle Squa...

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Saturday, November 19th - Sunday, 20th 2022, United States
US Freestyle Session World Finals 2022 - 25 Year Anniversary pres. by Jack in the Box
Cros One & Grassroots Productions in conjunction with Pro Breaking Tour bring you Freestyle Session 25th Anniversary presented by Jack in the Box a UDEF...


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Saturday, October 1st - Sunday, 2nd 2022, Belgium
BE Unbreakable 2022
> The Unbreakable International Breaking Championship is a FREE & FULL weekend breaking festival, that brings the world's best breakers to Leuven, Belgi...


and8 TV:
Storm about Tapdance - Die Geschichte - #idancemystory
ARTE.DE 15.06.2021 Storm about Tapdance - Die Geschichte - #idancemystory In dieser Folge erzählt Niels „Storm“ Robitzky“ von den Anfä...

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Storm about Streetdance - Die Geschichte - #idancemystory
ARTE.DE 03.06.2021 Storm about Streetdance - Die Geschichte - #idancemystory Niels „Storm“ Robitzky gibt Einblicke in die Geschichte des Streetdan...