Thanks to TV and movies, dance battles were always made to look so epic and fun to watch. But have you ever seen one go down in real life? Well, the one you’re about to witness isn’t just your ordinary dance battle (wait…is there such a thing?).
Go grab some popcorn because you’re invited to a dubstep dance showdown! It’s an epic battle that lit the internet on fire and has been watched millions of times. So, who are you rooting for?
Noster (whose real name is Noah Kenaley) is the human in the dance battle, while the statue/robot figure goes by Eclypse.
The video starts with both dancers doing a quick stretch in preparation for what’s to come. Eclypse points to his opponent inviting him to go first, and Noster gladly accepts.
With a small crowd watching from the sidelines, he goes into action busting out dance moves that are slow, sharp, and hypnotic. In the background is Skrillex’s remix of the electronic track “Levels,” by the late Swedish DJ, Avicii.
Noster’s speed picks up moments into the battle as he shows off his skills. Let’s just say, he’s an awesome dancer!
His popping techniques complement the beats of dubstep music and he appears almost like he’s a mechanical being himself. According to Noster’s YouTube channel, he’s a “musician, dancer, and artist.”
Eventually, the human’s turn comes to an end, and everyone claps. But before Eclypse shows off what he can do – he gives his opponent a “you were so-so” hand gesture.
What makes Eclypse’s situation slightly different is he’s confined to a small circular platform for his dancing. He begins very slowly, creating the appearance that the base is actually what’s turning.
Eclypse begins unleashing his robotic moves that also combine well with the electronic sounds of the music. He’s a real “dancing machine” with some unbelievable talent!
As you might have guessed, Eclypse has experience in the dancing world. He’s a member of The Millennium Robots, a street-style dance performance group in Cincinnati that focuses on the specific style of “robotic animation.” But according to their Facebook page, they “represent, do and respect all street style dances.”
When it comes to Eclypse being painted silver, there’s a reason behind it. The Millennium Robots share on their page:
“Using the silver color as a metaphor to represent our creative ability, we hope to give people the courage to explore and nurture their own imaginations and personal talents.”
Eclypse’s abilities are incredible (to say the least), but Noster’s were too. While there isn’t a real winner named in the battle, the video has certainly won over the internet!
Since being posted in 2013, it’s racked up more than 17.9 million views on YouTube. Noster (Noah) even provided an update in the comments about where the video led him.
“woa. .happy 2020 . i never thought this video would come this far at all uploading it but this video jump started my whole YouTube & allowed me start up a whole lifestyle around art, making music and dancing . thank you to everyone supporting me through this journey .”
Noster’s YouTube channel is full of other performance videos, including one where he had a “rematch” with Eclypse. But let’s save that for another day…
It’s a human versus robot/statue that you certainly don’t want to miss. Watch the full video below.
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