Aruna Vermeulen is from Rotterdam, a city in The Netherlands known for its rich b-boy culture. Vermeulen has been breaking since 1998 when she was introduced to the game by her crew, Freezone. As most of the Freezone members are old school b-boys, they aren’t as active as they used to be, and Aruna practices with the new school generation—resulting in a crew called Optima Forma, which holds performances, workshops, and battles. Highlights include performances at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a tour for the Dutch Queen in 2005. Devoted to Hip Hop in many ways, Aruna is one of the founders of the HipHopHuis, an educational centre in Rotterdam and she is organizer of the b-boy jam Gimme a Break, which has been held in Nighttown since 1999. Inspired by b-girls like Rokafella, Angi, and Dora, Vermeulen is a fan of the athletic element in breaking. Her goal is to be a full time b-girl for another decade.