Philip "Spee-D" Albuquerque.
Philip Teixeira Albuquerque aka SPEE-D is an all-round B-Boy, but especially known for his amazing power and flips. SPEE-D is of Brazilian heritage and has been doing capoeira for about 16 years. SPEE-D started dancing about 9 years ago. He got into breaking because it was something new and fun to do. He wanted to learn the amazing powermoves because he always liked anything acrobatic. Throughout his B-Boy career, he always stuck more to power, but in the last few years, he came to truly appreciate all aspects of the dance and started working really hard on his foundation-not just footwork and dancing, but also foundational power. Philip got the name "Spee-d" during his capoeira days.In addition to breaking and capoeira, SPEE-D is an accomplished magician who does magic shows. He is also a teacher, he teaches B-Boying and Tumbeling at many different studios around in North Hollywood Area.
Dancing is his life and he is lucky enough to be able to make a living by dancing. He dances solo and with his crew and has performed in numerous commercials, for Pepsi, Target, Visa, Comcast, Alltel, K-Swiss, Mc Donalds and more. He also has been in such movies like Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Dance Flick and a few others coming out in 2010. SPEE-D was born in the US to Brazilian parents and holds citizenship of both countries He speaks both English and Portuguese. His family supported him in whatever he did and they are very proud of his career. He finds great backing in his crew "Unique Styles" too and calls his wife, B-Girl Dama, his number one supporter. He says because of her he has become the B-Boy he is today. Hip Hop to SPEE-D is the "illest thing ever!" He states, "Hip Hop is a lifestyle. It's who you are, not just what you do!" Asked what makes a good B-Boy, he says it is important to be truly dedicated and work on all aspects of the dance. "The most important thing is to never give up. Everything is possible!"
SPEE-D has been competing in battles all over the world-in France, Portugal, Finland, Korea, Italy, Spain, and many other countries and he plans to keep on battling forever. His advice to upcoming battle B-Boys: "In battles you win some and you lose some, but stay true to yourself no matter what and you will never lose your dignity!"