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Breakdancing 101


Breakdancing 101
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What Is Breakdancing?

Breakdancing or breaking is a street dance that incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. The people who perform this style of dance are known as b-boys or b-girls. They're sometimes called breakers.

The History of Breakdance:

Breakdance is the oldest known hip-hop style of dance. It is believed to have originated in the Bronx, New York, in the 1970's. Musical inspirations date back to the energetic performances of funk maestro, James Brown. In the early days of deejaying, emceeing, and breakdancing, a break -- the instrumental part of a song that is looped repeatedly by the DJ -- was typically incorporated into songs to allow a showcase of breakdance moves.

Elements of Breakdancing:

Music is an essential ingredient in breakdancing, and hip-hop dance songs make an ideal soundtrack. But rap is not the only option. Also great for dancing: 70's soul, funk, and even jazz tunes all work as well.

Style, fashion, spontaneity, concept and technique are also vital aspects of breakdancing.

Popular Breakdance Moves:


Notable Breakdancers:

  • The Rocksteady Crew
  • Crazy Legs
  • Mr. Wiggles
  • Fast Feet
  • Tony Touch

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