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Magui, the “b-girl” from Cordoba who will be a “super hardworking” jury in Río Cuarto

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This Saturday, the program I run my street it will come on board for the first time in Córdoba since it was created in the middle of last year. The appointment will be in Río Cuarto and it has a strong odor for those who vibrate with the various disciplines of hip hop culture and rhyming and dance competitions.

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“Each meeting is anchored in different genres of urban culture, each meeting combines cockfights and dance competitions, with training situations through workshops, talks and masterclasses that provide tools to the public. freestylemusic production, physical conditioning and choreography”, read in the presentation of this subject of the Ministry of Culture at the national level which was launched in Ushuaia in May 2022 and has so far passed through Catamarca, Entre Rios, Misiones and La Rioja ..

This weekend, the program of the Department of Cultural Management will come to the Southern Empire and San Luis (Sunday the 12th) to expand the visibility of urban culture in different parts of the country. And in this case, the presence of Cordoba will again be among its juries.

Dance and know how to see those who dance

Magdalena Rabal, known as Magui in the media and a member of Katana Crewhas been a dancer for almost ten and a half years and is one of those in charge of evaluating those who present themselves in the general competition of El ritmo de mi calle in each edition.

“The schedule starts early in the morning with classes on different things,” says artist Cordovan about the diverse content in the form of courses, workshops and conversations that discuss the art of division in real time, the freestyleas well as three sub-variants of dance belonging to the genre: the breakhe all style and hip hop.

“In the afternoon the competitions start, which are initially done simultaneously and as the cases progress they are all done on the same stage,” explains the b girl with long experience in the national circuit.

Regarding his role, he declares: “Being on a jury is always complicated. Although all the scores are quite specific, there is always a subjective aspect that remains a bit in your decision. It is not easy, but with a lot of experience it becomes more objective”.

“It’s good to have clear thoughts. Say ‘well, I’m voting for it’, and always have a return prepared for the dancer, so that they also understand the decision a little”, he notes about that situation that has often found him on the other side.

In this sense, Rabal declares that this appearance is a construction that allows him today to be a jury in various urban dance competitions that take place over time. As for what he shows when asked what he looks for in a performanceyou can tell he knows very well where to focus his attention.

“The musicianship is really important,” he explains bluntly. “They have to listen to the music because it happens many times, more than anything in the break, which is physically very complex and distracts from the musicality. It is important that the music does not remain, on the one hand, and the dance on the other. And the other central factor is presence: the security of the appearance, the steps, the movement itself, the neatness. All this adds up, but in line with it the biggest thing is always the musicality and the neatness and the security of the competitor when they fight”, reads Magui.

In this regard, regarding his experience as a jury in El ritmo de mi calle in recent months, he declares that there were “many nice surprises” in the various venues. “We find people in all the provinces, and that is already good”, analyzes the dancer. And he declares: “In general, in the break We all know each other for the most part and we saw a lot of new people, people we may not have seen before. People who have been dancing for a long time, who train and are present, but maybe their provinces don’t leave that much”.

Origins and evolution: from dance to Olympic sport

At 27 years old with hundreds of trips and competitions under her belt, Magui says her relationship with dance began a little more than half her life.

“I started dancing 14 or so years ago. It was a journey until we got to what the break specifically. It was a bit complicated because I was still here on the street at that time, it wasn’t very safe to train”, explains Rabal, who started learning choreography of other styles in an academy and eventually chose his own path time.

“I traveled a lot, I traveled outside and inside Argentina. I have participated in many competitions, which I really enjoy. You don’t have to compete with his dancing, but if you like it, it’s a great experience. I went to many events, won several “compes” and that’s what I’m still doing. He is very present and very active, he is part of my life. Now that I’m in the national team, in Buenos Aires”, he shows with a new example.

Rabal is one of the members of the national team of Conradh na Gaeilge breakas the competition is officially known, a from Paris 2024 will be the character of an Olympic sport.

“In 2018 he was already part of the Youth Games in Argentina. I was present there and I was able to experience the way of judging was and how it looked outside, which is very different, and from a more sporting point of view”, says Rabal, whose new condition this modifies the foundations of the discipline that was born. as a dance.

“Since the break into the world of sport, many things have changed,” he says. The chosen one in which she participates is one of them and she feels that she has an endorsement for the validity of the discipline within the Argentine sports orbit.

The Cordoba woman has been dancing since she was 13 years old and says that little by little she found herself in the universe of “breaking”. (Courtesy of Magui Rabal/Mirley Allef).

–Given that it is a dance, when does music and sport end?

-It is very complicated. I think everyone is going to take it to the side they feel the most. You can get to know much more the part of creativity, expression, connection with the moment and the music; Or you can put it on the execution side of the movement itself, which is where the sport comes in a little more. It is already very physically demanding, and if you want to take it to a higher level, you need physical preparation and movement inhibitors. Although the music in the bases is always crucial, each dancer finds his way. I love the balance between the two: difficult movements but always dancing, expressing.

–You consolidated your career on the Cordoba scene. How would you describe that life to someone who has no idea about everything that happens?

– Here in Córdoba they train a lot on the Municipal esplanade. Work is underway to find other spaces, maybe a little more formal or with more comfort, but the Muni space is always open and the good thing is that you will always find someone dancing, whether break or other styles. It’s not unsafe, or dangerous, or anything: you’ll always get someone’s training. It adds up a lot because you don’t have to look for a place, it’s free, you can use it as much as you want. And at the competency level, opportunities are being created that did not exist before. There are people who are working hard for that and I feel that it is growing more and more. In people, as in the level and number of girls who dance. It’s all a work in progress, but okay, I like it.

To go

“I run my street” arrives in Río Cuarto this Saturday from 9 at the El Andino Cultural Center (Bv. Gral. Roca 1001-1049). Access is free and free but prior registration is required to participate in the training scenarios and competitions of the following form. Also, Kris Alaniz and cypher featuring Ruso, One and Invasive Crew.

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