Carlotta Dudek: “Breakdance is what I am”

Carlotta Dudek, the hope of French break dance, on Friday, May 27, won third place at the Montpellier FISE 2022. An important result for the favorite young athlete in the selections for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

She’s descending third on the podium, still panting from her performance. With shaggy black hair, square shoulders, Carlotta Dudek has a dazzling smile that she’s never let go, a trademark. À 20 ans, pleine d’audace et d’assurance, elle fait partie des espoirs tricolores dans une discipline qui va faire son entrée aux Jeux Olympiques de Paris 2024. La jeune Montpelliéraine fait du break dance: « c’est bien plus qu’ sports ! With stars in her eyes, she says, a true culture with urban icons where beauty and creativity are central. Born on the asphalt in New York in the 1970s, this dance has since become widely popular on the streets and then in theaters and today it gets the speeches of the gentry in the Olympic universe.

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And so she dances on the ground and does not forget to raise her eyes maturely towards the horizon. “Dance is what I am,” says Carlotta Dudek, who developed this passion from a young age. Running, swimming and combat sports are many of the disciplines practiced by the young woman but they have always remained secondary in her eyes. Because it was a fast dance that won the prize in his eyes quickly: “At first I needed something to express myself, to unleash the vitality. As a kid, I had this brute strength which meant I could find myself turning my head around without any problem.” . It is a profound profession for her, because she also greatly prefers her Cuban ancestry, which today holds an important place in her life. This belonging to Cuba and to the dance culture, which she has long maintained, allowed her to build her own style: “In an environment with very masculine symbols, it was a tool to emphasize my femininity and dance with elegance., she admits. It is my touch, my unique side, it is me.” Because the authenticity with which the French seem to be associated is fundamental to the system in order to stand out and be assumed as a dancer. “Before I go to the floor, I like to dance standing up and show off my personality,” she proudly adds.

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Her failure in the first round of the China World Championships in 2019 was a big step for Carlotta: “There was a transition to be made, she says. I had to find maturity in my dance.” And after many changes, disappointment turned into a stunning development as the Frenchwoman finished first in the top ten at the following world championships. The international performance I confirmed a few days ago by signing the third place for the International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) 2022. This is an important step in the light of 2024 which allows to bring points for the upcoming national selections. So since the Olympics break dance was announced, a lot has changed for Carlotta. “It is a great story for a break, says the young woman. In addition, the official recognition as an athlete helped me organize my studies, prepare, etc….” Today, in parallel with her sports career, Carlotta does a DUT in business management: “It is strange to say, I love station wagons, but also accounting.” Besides her passion that has become her profession, she takes pleasure in studying and also sees this training as a way to prepare for the second life that awaits her after sports…

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In the meantime, his gaze is fixed on upcoming games. It adds that the entry of dance into the Olympic arena will make it possible to establish an official framework for its discipline and “create new opportunities”. The spotlight on the French from the general public is quite unique, she explains the ease of dealing with the media and cameras in a very natural way: “It’s something I enjoy doing,” Carlotta says, while wary of the pressure she’s starting to feel. Because his dream of a gold medal in 2024! But first we must first think about the preparations, then the next goal will be the selection and before reaching the Olympics. The French woman keeps her cool and above all wants to savor every stage during this adventure.

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