Daugavpils school of breaking "Factory Kingz" was established in 2006. Since that time some
school graduates have been continuing dance career in seven countries: Sweden, Belarus,
Poland, Germany, Scotland, Russia and Latvia.
In 2019 “Factory Kingz” have won Worldvide “Snipes Battle of the Year Kids 2019”
Montpelier (France) after receiving Wild Card from BOTY organizers. Next day after winning
kids competition “Factory Kingz” made a show on big stage at opening ceremony of 30th
“Battle of the Year”
together with BOTY legends of all times. As bboy Storm said before the
main event starts: “It would be great to share the stage with you guys”.
In 2018 "Factory Kingz" have won Central Europe eliminations to "Snipes Battle of the Year 2018"
(in "BOTY" Kids and "BOTY" Pro categories) in Zurich. BOTY organizers
allowed "Factory Kingz" to participate in "BOTY" World Finals just in Pro not in Kids category, that’s why we became the first kids crew in history, and the youngest one (8-
15 years old kids), who have ever been participating in "Battle of the Year" World Finals since 1991. We’ve got 16th result (from 17 crews) in "Snipes Battle of the Year
2018" World Finals
and think it’s a great job of our kids, coach, town and country. It’s just the beginning.
In 2018 the coach of “Factory Kingz” Andžejs An-Juicy Začiņajevs became a
breaking ambassador of Latvia
. The functions are – main contactperson in country
with international dancers and managers, promotion of Latvian dancers and events
abroad, contact and sharing information with ambassadors form another countries.
In 2016 "Factory Kingz" celebrated school’s
10th anniversary with a special guest Ken Swift (Rock Steady Crew / 7 Gems / Breaklife)
from the USA. Warm up cyphers, battles, workshops, panel discussion about the history of
hip-hop culture’s development in the USA, graffiti session, intercultural communication
between dancers, djs and guests from 10 countries from all over the world happened during
those three days in Daugavpils.
On 2016 talented student of "Factory Kingz" Konstantīns Panama Zaics get to the final on
famous Russian TV show "Dance on TNT channel – 3 rd season".
On September 2017 "Factory Kingz" organized international hip-hop festival in
Daugavpils dedicated to school’s 11 th Birthday with special guests the world “Battle
of the year 2014” champions from Russia – "Predatorz" crew (Bootuz &
Beatmaster T) and graffiti art form founder in USSR (1985) –
Vadim Krys Meikshans. Skills and knowledge of the highest level came to
On August 2018 we organized International hip-hop festival “Skill Deal” in
Daugavpils. Special gusts from "Top 9" crew (Robin & Wolt) share knowledge with
festival participants from 7 countries. We took part in battles, in workshops, in panel
discussion, in graffiti drawing, and now we know how to get to the top!
On 2019 Hurricane Ray (Team Shmetta, Netherlands) has visited “Factory
Kingz” with workshops. He is a famous coach of world kids champion bboy
Lorenzo (Fresh Allstars). Ray told that level of Daugavpils bboys/bgirls is very
high, and he thinks there is a future world champion in our school – but he
didn’t tell us the name. Experienced teacher was surprised by motivation,
stamina and energy of “Factory Kingz” through the classes – “They don’t get
tired”, he said.
At the end of 2019, the annual international breaking tournament "Skill Deal" was held in Daugavpils. As
part of the festival, we had the opportunity to communicate and share experiences with the current
world champions among juniors (2018), the “Battle Droids” team (Belgium), as well as their coach
Coach Sambo (Belgium). It was a great honor for us, that our city had visited the legendary Gombi
(Hungary) from the team of world champions 1999 “Suicidal Lifestyle”. He was one of the judges for the
Skill Deal tournament.
In 2023, our Edgar Dj Edgar Suritis, at the age of 12, was invited for the first time to take part in the
world famous tournaments “Nothing2Loose” (France) and “Battle Pro” (Spain). In June 2023, at the
World Junior Championships (U-17) “World Kids Breaking Championships” in Slovenia, Edgar took 5th
place out of 100 participants. Our Marat Moras Gatyatulin - took 10th place.
In 2022, resurrecting after the pandemic, we were again able to invite world-class guests to our place.
This time it was Sam (Belgium) from “Team Shmetta”. Sam spent 5 days with our team in August and
had a big impact on our level progress. This allowed us to become European Champions at the
“Unbreakable” tournament in Belgium, defeating the team of the strongest juniors (U-17) in Europe in
the final. In competitions, we participated in a joint team with guys from Poland, and were called “East
In 2023 in Daugavpils we organized a larger-scale edition of the “Skill Deal” tournament. With
the support of the Daugavpils City Council, we managed to gather high-level dancers from 9 countries. Special
guests of the tournament Kid Karam (England) and Freeze (Sweden) judged the tournament and shared their knowledge at masterclasses.
The third judge OG Samson (Slovenia), the main organizer of the World Kids Breaking Championship, gave the Wild Card to our
bigirl Elina for his tournament in 2024!