2015-2016 CBL Certified Judges
Henry Vijande also known as "RIVAL" is Cuban-American. Since Henry's birth Afro-Cuban Culture has influenced him. At a young age he was introduced to many sounds of music which captured his ability to dance. This paved the way to recognize Hip-Hop, Rockin’ aka Breakin’. Engaged to Hip Hop by its elements he continued his journey as a teenager. Entering this uncharted world created his tag RIVAL. Thru his continued dedication Rival has acquired skills to become an entrepreneur and experience the many facets of this dance ( i.e. Cyphering, Battling, Competing, Commercial/Entertainment/Theatrical work, Street Dancing, Training, Teaching & Learning ). Rival has also created and organized his own events (Cypher in the Hood Bboy & Bgirl event, 2008 East Coast Overdose, Freedom of Expressions). He has started, operated, and owned a small business named NBK Studio. A facility where people could go and learn about the many elements of hip hop culture. Rival has experienced wins, losses, draws, recognition and non-recognition in the public eye. As a student Rival continues to develop in and out of the circle. " Be in tune with yourself, and that will connect you to the beat that matters!"-RIVAL
Over 15 years of experience in the Breakdancing industry and is a member of MA/CT based Problemz Kru. He takes his martial arts background to his craft and prides himself on his ability to properly break down and teach students of all ages. Jonathan has appeared as a featured performer on The Discovery Channel and MTV, as well as live shows for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Run DMC, Dru Hill, En Vogue, Eye to Eye, and Will Smith. He has also done work for Radio Disney, Jordans Furniture, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation “Great Strides” Walk, and the Special Olympics. X.C.E.L. has been awarded numerous 1st place honors at breaking competitions nationwide and continues to work on television and film opportunities, as well as workshops, demonstrations, and special events.