World's best B-Boys head to France for International Battle Of The Year 2010

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The international breakdancing championship returns for its 21st iteration this November, hosted by the city of Montpellier on France's southern coast on November 20.

Teams from 19 countries around the world will twist and turn for the right to lift the BOTY trophy, supported by a week's worth of events, showcases and workshops leading up to the night of supreme street athleticism itself.

UK B-Boy Championship's Chief Rocka Award Winner, Mounir, whose Vagabonds crew won the B-Boy title earlier this year, will be one of France's representatives in the 1 vs. 1 Battle. He'll be going up against 13 other contestants in the event, which, along with the WE B*GIRLZ battle, is part of the warm-up night on Friday November 19.

Before that, there are art and graffiti shows, rap battles, hip-hop concerts and dance workshops spread around the city and at the Cité Intenationale de la Danse (National Choreographic Center) - some with a door tariff of €10-15, but many free.

It's Montpellier's Zénith Sud that has held France's national championships since 2005, but the honor of hosting the international finals, which have been in Germany for the last 20 years, goes to the 10,000 seater Montpellier Arena this time around.

There have been strong showings from South Korean, Russian, and Japanese crews in recent years, so France's crew La Smala will need to be on top form in order to maintain home court advantage.

Battle of the Year 2010 is sandwiched between the World of Dance San Francisco (November 13) and Chicago (November 27) tour dates. France's own Les Twins duo appear at the San Francisco event, while Chicago co-incides with the Red Bull BC One 2010 breakdancing finals in Tokyo.

Tickets to the Battle of the Year International are €28.5 in advance, €34 at the door, with reductions for students and group bookings. Eurosport and will be broadcasting the event live.