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How To Breakdancing - Getting Started


Breakdance Tips

Read these tips and recommendations carefully before you begin. Please do not take these suggestions as a complete reference, refer to other sources on the web and library in addition to this. About.com is not responsible for any injury incured as a result of the instructions on this site. Practice with care.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: For as long as it takes to develop an effective breakdancing ritual

Here's How:

  1. Warm up before you begin. Perform stretch exercises before and after breakdancing to increase flexibility and reduce risk of injuries.

  2. Instructions are only here to guide you. Develop your own style after learning individual moves.

  3. Incorporate other forms of dance where appropriate.

  4. When possible, practice on a large smooth floor. Crash pads, cushioned surfaces, and wrestling mats are good for practice as well.

  5. Practice with other breakdancers.


  1. Music- Breakdancing is also known as hip-hop dance, so the type of music required is mostly hip-hop. There are also some good uptempo jazz tunes that work just as well.

  2. Watch Other Breakers- Go to clubs and parties and check out some b-boy battles.

  3. Record Yourself- Have a friend record you with a camcorder or take pictures of your moves.

  4. Use Mirrors- In the absence of a dance partner, practice in front of a large mirror.

What You Need

  • helmet
  • gloves
  • knee pads
  • elbow pads
  • Headband
  • wrist band
  • Sneakers
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