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AT Fouad Ambelj aka Lil Zoo

F1XA Dancer, Coach
28 Years
from Casablanca (Morocco)
at present Innsbruck (Austria)
active since 2008

20-year-old Lil Zoo from Casablanca is the two-time winner of the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Finals in 2012 and 2013. He calls his style, “Kingzoo style with animal energy.” He has a creative way of combining footwork, power combos and acrobatics, and is always smiling, even when he challenges his opponent with fiery moves and angry gestures.

When Lil Zoo was 14-years old, he saw some guys doing crazy moves on a street in his neighbourhood. He was into soccer at the time and never even thought about becoming a B-Boy because it looked way too hard to learn. But he really enjoyed watching them, so he showed up at their practice spot every once a while.

One day, he had trouble with his parents and didn’t want to go home, so he stayed really late. All B-Boys, except one who kept practicing by himself, went home. When it was already past midnight, the B-Boy walked up to him and said, “Hey kid, it’s really late. Don’t you want to go home? Your parents must be worried.” But Lil Zoo told him, he wanted to watch some more and that he loved what they were doing. The B-Boy then asked him, if he wanted to learn, took him by the hand and asked him to do a handstand. Lil Zoo tried it and crashed, the B-Boy smiled and showed him how to do it right and proceeded to also show him some toprocks and footwork. Then he sent the kid home and told him to come back to practice the next day. That B-Boy was Yoriyas from Lhiba Kingzoo and that day was the day that Lil Zoo started dancing.

Lil Zoo cites his crew and family Lhiba Kingzoo as the biggest influence in his life and dance. But he also draws inspiration form his hood and from Moroccan culture. Yoriyas, his teacher and mentor is his biggest idol. “He was the first one to believe in my talent and to support me. He always motivates me to take it to the next level.”

Lil Zoo represents Lhiba Kingzoo and that’s how he got his name. He’s the youngest member of the crew and so they started to call him Lil Zoo. He’s working with his crew, doing shows, winning battles, dancing in TV clips, trying to survive as a dancer, which is pretty hard in Morocco. Next to dancing, the young B-Boy also enjoys beatboxing.

His family is proud of Lil Zoo, especially after they saw him on TV. The family lives in one of the most crime-ridden neighbourhoods of Casablanca and they are happy that B-Boying keeps him away from drugs and wrongdoing.

Lil Zoo’s biggest dream is to be the first Arabic, Moroccan and African B-Boy in the Red Bull BC One All Stars. “I know, Lilou made it into the crew too, but in my opinion this would be different, since he grew up in France and for us here in Africa it’s really much harder. Of course I still have a lot of respect for the legend Lilou though!”

For Lil Zoo the year 2012 is a year he will never forget—the story of the student and the teacher we all have seen in movies so many times became reality for him. In 2010, after Lil Zoo won his first 1-on-1 battle, his teacher Yoriyas had said to him, “your dream is my dream,” which motivated the young dancer even more to make it to the next level and into the international battle scene to represent his teacher and his crew.

In 2012, in the Red Bull BC One Cypher Morocco, he had to battle his teacher for the first time and beat him in the finals. “I will never forget this! It was prove for him and for me that I was ready to realize my dream and his dream. From there I went on to win the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Qualifier and eventually being in the World Final in Rio in 2012. After winning the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Finals 2013 he gained himself a spot at the 10th anniversary edition in Seoul.


Highlights & Achievements

2018 - Winner | Top16 1vs1 Red Bull BC One World Final 2018 - BBoys
2015 - Winner | Top16 1vs1 Back to the Roots Battle 2015
2014 - 2nd Place | Top16 1vs1 R16 World Final 2014

2017 - Top 4 | Top16 1vs1 Red Bull BC One World Final 2017

2016 - Top 8 | Top16 1vs1 BOTY International 1vs1 Battle
2016 - Top 16 | Top16 1vs1 Marseille Battle Pro 2016
2016 - Top 8 | Top16 1vs1 Hip Opsession Battle 2016

2015 - Top 4 | Top16 1vs1 Red Bull BC One World Final
2014 - Top 8 | Top16 1vs1 1vs1 BOTY International 2014
2013 - Top 8 | Top16 1vs1 Red Bull BC One World Final 2013
2013 - Top 16 | Top16 1vs1 1vs1 BOTY International 2013

2012 - Top 16 | Top16 1vs1 Red Bull BC One World Final 2012

2013 1st place | BC One Middle East Africa Finals 2013 (Jordan)
2012 1st place | BC One Middle East Africa Qualifier (Morocco)
2012 1st place | Battle Best Moroccan BBoy 1vs1 (Casablanca)
2012 1st place | BC One Middle East Africa Qualifier (Morocco)
2011 1st place | Festival Droubna 2eme (Khoribga)
2011 1st place | Battle of the Year (Morocco)



and8 TV:
Back in the game Lil Zoo is the Red Bull BC One Cypher Austria 2022 b-boy championMissed out on Red Bull BC One Cypher Austria 2022? Check out what went down: https://win.gs/Cypher_Austria2022Want more? Watch other Red Bull BC One Cypher livestreams from this year: https://win.gs/RedBullBCOne_Cyphers2022► Click to Subscribe to Red Bull BC One: http://win.gs/SubtoBCOne----Giving wings to dancers and fans of b-boying and b-girling around the world Whether you're a fan of footwork, freezes, power...
and8 TV:
Battle of skill, style.. and a little luckBreak the Game EXPLAINED: Copy your opponent's move. Fail and you've earned yourself a letter. Whoever spells the word 'BREAK' first loses. Meet TAWFIQ: From the town of Harderwijk, Netherlands, B-Boy Tawfiq is a member of the The Ruggeds crew and has been breaking since the age of 15. Tawfiq's breaking style revolves around power moves and blow ups and describes his style as a combination of 4 to 5 animal styles. He is also the founder of Crash Fest Bat...
and8 TV:
BRKN’ Quiz, the first and only bgirl and bboy breaking quiz in the world. Done by bgirls and bboys for bgirls and bboys whose knowledge will be tested to see if they have anything else than some windmills.Lil Zoo
and8 TV:
  • The great Red Bull BC One World Final 2017
  • at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam (Netherlands) on November, 4th 2017
  • Winner: Menno van Gorp aka Menno (Holland)
  • Judges: AT (FIN), Intact (UKR), Niek (NED), Crazy Legs (USA), Hong10 (KOR)
  • Deejay: DJ Nobunaga (NED) | Host: Irisience aka Rakaa Taylor (USA)
  • more than 3.000 spectators in the arena
and8 TV:
  • The great Red Bull BC One World Final 2017
  • at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam (Netherlands) on November, 4th 2017
  • Battle: Shane (NED) vs. Lil Zoo (MAR) = 2:3
  • Winner: Lil Zoo (MAR)
  • Judges: AT (FIN), Intact (UKR), Niek (NED), Crazy Legs (USA), Hong10 (KOR)
  • Deejay: DJ Nobunaga (NED) | Host: Irisience aka Rakaa Taylor (USA)
  • more than 3.000 spectators in the arena
and8 TV:
  • The great Red Bull BC One World Final 2017
  • at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam (Netherlands) on November, 4th 2017
  • Battle: Thesis (USA) vs. Lil Zoo (MAR) = 2:3
  • Winner: Lil Zoo (MAR)
  • Judges: AT (FIN), Intact (UKR), Niek (NED), Crazy Legs (USA), Hong10 (KOR)
  • Deejay: DJ Nobunaga (NED) | Host: Irisience aka Rakaa Taylor (USA)
  • more than 3.000 spectators in the arena
and8 TV:
  • The great Red Bull BC One World Final 2017
  • at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam (Netherlands) on November, 4th 2017
  • Battle: Lil Zoo (MAR) vs. Wing (KOR) = 4:1
  • Winner: Wing (KOR)
  • Judges: AT (FIN), Intact (UKR), Niek (NED), Crazy Legs (USA), Hong10 (KOR)
  • Deejay: DJ Nobunaga (NED) | Host: Irisience aka Rakaa Taylor (USA)
  • more than 3.000 spectators in the arena
Blog:
  • Infected Floor Battle in Innsbruck (Austria)
  • at Orangerie (Congress) on September, 9th 2017
  • Winner 1vs1 Hip Hop: P-Soul (Germany)
  • Winner 2vs2 Breaking: Lil Zoo & Ghostface (Austria)
  • Winner Crew vs Crew: AMK (Austria)
  • Judges: Freeze (SWE), Fabreezy (FR), Salomon (FR), Funky-T (AT), Jo-L (GER)
  • Music: DJ Renegade (UK), DJ AKE (IT) | Host: Mario (AT), T-Ser (AT)
Blog:
  • 15 nations at Circle Industry Qualifier 2017
  • at Emailwerk Seekirchen on Friday February, 24th 2017
  • Judges: Focus (FIN), Ronnie (USA), David Colas (FRA)
  • Hosts: Knuffelbunt (AT) and Mario Bee (NL)
  • Deejays: DJ Fleg (USA), DJ Cosmic (AT)
  • 77 crews (154 participants) for the 2vs2 Breaking
  • 26 crews battled for the 5vs5 Checkmate spots
and8 TV:
  • Battle of the Year 1vs1 Undisputed Breaking Battle 2016
  • at Shopping Center Limbecker Platz in Essen (Germany) on October, 28th
  • Winner: Bruce Almighty from Momentum Crew (Portugal)
  • Judges: Renegade (UK), Lamine (FR), Moy (USA), Bootuz (RU), Hong10 (KOR)
  • Host: Mario Bee (NL) | on the turntables: DJ Fleg (USA)
and8 TV:
  • D.Point.C Anniversary Jam 2vs2 Breaking Final
  • at GZ Heuried on Saturday November, 22th 2016
  • Pocket (KOR) & Lil Zoo (MOR) vs. Shlag & Thieu (FR)
  • Winner: Pocket & Lil Zoo
and8 TV:
  • Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 in Nagoya (Japan)
  • List with the invited TOP15 B-Boys
  • Last Chance Cypher two days before the World Final
  • List with qualified B-Boys for the Last Chance Cypher
and8 TV:
  • outdoor training session with some members of the Flying Steps
  • you could see Afrokilla aka Chilla, Benny Kimoto,
  • Bronski, Lil Zoo, Lil Amok, Momoko, Smooth, Snoop,
  • New Nightmare Nasty Nav, Nash, Petair und Samir
and8 TV:
  • 1st Urban Art Session on 3rd April 2016
  • organised by Urban Artists Association
  • at OK Mediendeck in Linz (Austria)
  • Judges: Lil Zoo (Morocco), Menno (Netherlands)
  • Guti could not perform because of an injury
Blog:
  • Urban Art Session 2016 was a great urban dance event
  • at OK Mediendeck in Linz (Austria) on Sunday 3rd April 2016
  • Winner (Breaking): Rock'n'Rolli (Austria)
  • Winner (Experimental): Cat (Austria)
  • Winner of the BC One Austria Cypher Wildcard: Mogli (Austria)
  • Birthday boy of the day was: Intus (Austria)
  • Judges: Menno (NL), Lil Zoo (MOR), Guti (AT)
  • Music: DJ Elwood and Fii | Host: Mike Tike
and8 TV:
  • short promoclip about Fouad Amblej aka Lil Zoo
  • recorded at the Red Bull BC One World Final 2015 in Rome (Italy)
  • used as introduction before the battles
  • Lil Zoo made it to the semi finals
Blog:
  • Livestream for Red Bull BC One World Final 2015
  • The world elite of B-Boying will meet in Rome (Italy)
  • 16 of the worlds best B-Boys battle for the title
  • Livestream on 14 November 2015 at 09.15 p.m. (CET)
Blog:
  • international battle took place at a school centre in Reutte (Austria)
  • 1vs1 Hip Hop, 1vs1 B-Boying, 5vs5 Austrian All Style Crew Battle
  • Judges: Storm (Germany), Olivia (Austria), Raw Element (USA)
  • DJ Cosmic from Salzburg on the turntables
  • Lil Zoo (Morocco) winns in the 1vs1 B-Boying Battle against Guti (Austria)
  • Joe Joe (Austria) decides 1vs1 Hip Hop Battle in his favour
  • Team Vienna wins the Austrian All Style Crew title
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