Last Thursday, Ronnie Abaldonado (left), Taisuke Nonako and Ali 'LiLou' Ramdani were walking around Causeway Bay when they came across Times Square. With the newly-leaked Kanye West album blaring through their earphones, they felt the urge to let loose and break off a few moves. 'But no, we heard how the security guards at Times Square are [controlling] and would stop anyone from performing,' Nonako said. So goes the plight of the three world champion break dancers, who have developed a habit of dancing anywhere and everywhere in their native home patches of Las Vegas (Abaldonado), France (Ramdani) and Tokyo (Nonako). 'Not in Hong Kong, though,' said Ramdani, while shaking his head. Known as B-boys (break boys), the three were in the city for a few days last week ahead of their participation later this month at the Red Bull BC One All Star - one of the premier break-dancing competitions in the world - in Japan. Abaldonado - who worked in Hong Kong as an Ocean Park performer a few years ago - said the city's knowledge, and awareness, of hip hop culture was growing. 'I've been to China and Hong Kong quite often and I must say the scene is getting better,' he said. 'It's not going to touch Japan or the US anytime soon but it's at least moving in the right direction.' The three tried to help the cause by holding workshops at various locations last week, from City University to The Peak. 'We are very passionate about lifestyle,' Ramdani said. 'We want to share our lifestyle, as well as hip hop culture, with everyone in the city'. With the French Parkour workshops on Lantau and these guys breaking around town, Hong Kong may have earned some street cred last week.