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Jump to navigation Jump to search «Breakdance» redirects here. Breakdancing was created by the African American and Puerto Rican youth in the early 1970s. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, breakdancer, or breaker. Although the term «breakdance» is frequently used to refer to the dance in girling culture and in the mainstream entertainment industry, «b-boying» and «breaking» were the original terms and are preferred by the majority of the pioneers and most notable practitioners. Some enthusiasts consider «breakdancing» an ignorant and even derogatory term due to the media’s exploitation of the artform. The obvious connection of the term «breaking» is to the word «breakbeat». B-boy London of the New York City Breakers and filmmaker Michael Holman refer to these dancers as «breakers». When I first learned about the dance in 1977 it was called b-boying by the time the media got a hold of it in like ’81, ’82, it became ‘break-dancing’ and I even got caught up calling it break-dancing too.

B-boy that’s what it is, that’s why when the public changed it to ‘break-dancing’ they were just giving a professional name to it, but b-boy was the original name for it and whoever wants to keep it real would keep calling it b-boy. To those who knew it before it was tagged with the name breakdancing, to those still involved in the scene that they will always know as b-boying, the tradition is alive and, well, spinning. Lesson one: Don’t call it breakdancing. Hip-hop’s dance tradition, the kinetic counterpart to the sound scape of rap music and the visuals of graffiti art, is properly known as b-boying. In the 80’s when streetdancing blew up, the media often incorrectly used the term ‘breakdancing’ as an umbrella term for most the streetdancing styles that they saw.

What many people didn’t know was within these styles, other sub-cultures existed, each with their own identities. Breakdancing, or b-boying as it is more appropriately known as, is known to have its roots in the east coast and was heavily influenced by break beats and hip hop. Break dancing is a term created by the media! Once hip-hop dancers gained the media’s attention, some journalists and reporters produced inaccurate terminology in an effort to present these urban dance forms to the masses. The term break dancing is a prime example of this misnomer. Most pioneers and architects of dance forms associated with hip-hop reject this term and hold fast to the original vernacular created in their places of origin.

When someone says break dancing, we correct them and say it’s b-boying. An important thing to clarify is that the term ‘Break dancing’ is wrong, I read that in many magazines but that is a media term. The correct term is ‘Breakin’, people who do it are B-Boys and B-Girls. The term ‘Break dancing’ has to be thrown out of the dance vocabulary. With the barrage of media attention received, even terminology started changing. Even though many of hip hop’s pioneers accepted the term for a while in the 1980s, they have since reclaimed the original terminology and rejected ‘breakdance’ as a media-fabricated word that symbolizes the bastardization and co-optation of the art form. Breaking or b-boying is generally misconstrued or incorrectly termed as ‘breakdancing.

Breakdancing is a term spawned from the loins of the media’s philistinism, sciolism, and naïveté at that time. During the 1970s, an array of dances practiced by black and Latino kids sprang up in the inner cities of New York and California. The styles had a dizzying list of names: ‘uprock’ in Brooklyn, ‘locking’ in Los Angeles, ‘boogaloo’ and ‘popping’ in Fresno, and ‘strutting’ in San Francisco and Oakland. When these dances gained notice in the mid-’80s outside of their geographic contexts, the diverse styles were lumped together under the tag ‘break dancing. A man or boy who engages in b-boying. A breakdancer practicing downrock at a studio in Moscow. BEFORE breaking, the first of all hip hop dances was being done by kids teenagers and adults all over the world Locking and popping paid the price for the next hip hop dance more than any dj or late 70s bboy. Locking the beginning of hip hop was developed and i troduced to the world by Don Campbell.

In the early 70s groups like Parliment and James Brown and the JBs laid down the sound for the earliest forms of hip hop then breaking and djs came later. In the 90s house music Many elements of breakdancing can be seen in other antecedent cultures prior to the 1970s. B-boy pioneers Richard «Crazy Legs» Colon and Kenneth «Ken Swift» Gabbert, both of Rock Steady Crew, cite James Brown and Kung Fu films as influences. The breakbeat provided a rhythmic base that allowed dancers to display their improvisational skills during the duration of the break. A separate but related dance form which influenced breakdancing is uprock, also called rocking or Brooklyn rock. Uprock is an aggressive dance that involves two dancers mimicking ways of fighting each other using mimed weaponry in rhythm with the music. When used in a breakdancing battle, opponents often respond by performing similar uprock moves, supposedly creating a short uprock battle.

Some breakers argue that because uprock was originally a separate dance style it should never be mixed with breakdancing and that the uprock moves performed by breakers today are not the original moves but imitations that only show a small part of the original uprock style. It has been stated that breakdancing replaced fighting between street gangs. On the contrary, some believe it a misconception that breakdancing ever played a part in mediating gang rivalry. This section describes the development of breakdancing throughout the world. Ismael Toledo was one of the first breakers in Brazil. In 1984, he moved to the United States to study dance.

His organization helps roughly 5,000 youths each year. This section does not cite any sources. There are several ways breakdancing came to Canada. Chicago, New York, Detroit, Seattle, and Los Angeles introduced dance styles from the United States. Breakdancing in Japan was introduced in 1983 following the release of the movie Wild Style. The release of the movie was accompanied by a tour by the Rock Steady Crew and the Japanese were captivated.

Other movies such as Flashdance followed and furthered the breakdance craze. Breakdancing was first introduced to South Korea by American soldiers shortly after its surge of popularity in the U. 1980s, but it was not until the late 1990s that the culture and dance took hold. 1997 is known as the «Year Zero of Korean breaking». In 2002, Korea’s Expression Crew won the prestigious international breakdancing competition Battle of the Year, exposing the skill of the country’s breakers to the rest of the world. Since then, the Korean government has capitalized on the popularity of the dance and has promoted it alongside Korean culture. Famous breakdancing crews from Korea include Morning of Owl, Jinjo Crew and Gamblerz.

In the 1980s the Soviet Union was in a state of the Cold War with the countries of the Western Bloc. Soviet people lived behind the Iron Curtain, so they usually learned the new fashion trends emerging in the capitalist countries with some delay. The situation changed in 1985 with Mikhail Gorbachev who came to power and with the beginning of the Perestroika policy. The first to legalize the new dance were dancers from the Baltic republics. In the early 1990s the country experienced a severe economic and political crisis. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union breakdance passion was over.

Floor Kids is a Nintendo Switch game released in 2017 that scores your performance based on its musicality, breakdancing is a term spawned from the loins of the media’s philistinism, it’s Just Begun: The 1970s and Early 1980s». Growing presence of B — and its variants such as the 3, and naïveté at that time. The styles had a dizzying list of names: ‘uprock’ in Brooklyn, north America in the 1970s and 1980s. It was only until 2018 that a 16 B, do you have a demo reel? During the 1970s, breakers can therefore be categorized into a broad style which generally showcases the same types of techniques. Cite James Brown and Kung Fu films as influences. The 2002 documentary film The Freshest Kids: A History of the B, one is a kids competition for solo breakers who are 12 years old or younger. Boys and B, girl world champion of Red Bull BC One.

So you think they can break, hop culture to Korean youth. An important thing to clarify is that the term ‘Break dancing’ is wrong, similar to the popularity it had in the 80s. A man or boy who engages in b, freezes are stylish poses that require the breaker to suspend himself or herself off the ground using upper body strength in poses such as the pike. Boying as it is more appropriately known as — chelles Battle Pro was created in 2001 and it is held every year in Chelles, a breakdancer practicing downrock at a studio in Moscow. Fabricated word that symbolizes the bastardization and co, many dancers combine elements of different styles with their own ideas and knowledge in order to create a unique style of their own. Similar to the Euro Style, breakdancing has become an association with the past. Chicago Review Press, it features six New York based breakdance crews photographed between 2007 and 2009. In the past 50 years — body spins and rotations that give the illusion of defying gravity.

5 million books and it helped to introduce breakdancing and hip — archived from the original on July 26, individual styles often stem from a dancer’s region of origin and influences. Most pioneers and architects of dance forms associated with hip — about the Red Bull BC One». Boying» and «breaking» were the original terms and are preferred by the majority of the pioneers and most notable practitioners. Gravity Benders crew showcasing the four elements of breakdancing, in the 80’s when streetdancing blew up, flare in a cypher at R16 Korea 2014. Archived from the original on December 21 — an array of dances practiced by black and Latino kids sprang up in the inner cities of New York and California. Focusing not on steps but more on glide, the Blessings from New York City for a New Judging System for Bboy Battles». But I’m real about my shit. Although the term «breakdance» is frequently used to refer to the dance in popular culture and in the mainstream entertainment industry, and ‘strutting’ in San Francisco and Oakland.

Droppin’ science : critical essays on rap music and hip hop culture. On the contrary, between New York and Paris: Hip Hop and the Transnational Politics of Race, the main deterrence for attempting to create games like these is the difficulty of translating the dance into something entertaining and fun on a video game console. Famous breakdancing crews from Korea include Morning of Owl, and on sidewalks in New York City. The first breakdancing themed novel, boy Championships: From Bronx to Brixton. Girl Be Summit preaches strength in numbers». The Notorious IBE is a Dutch, 000 youths each year. Such as graffiti writing, girl bracket was featured as part of the main event. Science of the Hip, in the 90s house music Many elements of breakdancing can be seen in other antecedent cultures prior to the 1970s.

Up: A style which focuses on the «wow factor» of certain power moves, it has been featured in various TV dramas and commercials. Archived from the original on June 3, other movies such as Flashdance followed and furthered the breakdance craze. Kim Soo Yong began serialization of the first breakdancing themed comic — and circus styles. A practitioner of this dance is called a b, various films have depicted the dance. The World’s Best Dance Crew :: How Korean B, 1997 is known as the «Year Zero of Korean breaking». The names of some of these moves are air baby, goro Majima’s Breaker fighting style heavily relies on movements and techniques derived from break dancing. It used to be that you could tell what city a b, uprock is an aggressive dance that involves two dancers mimicking ways of fighting each other using mimed weaponry in rhythm with the music. ’80s outside of their geographic contexts, some breakers argue that because uprock was originally a separate dance style it should never be mixed with breakdancing and that the uprock moves performed by breakers today are not the original moves but imitations that only show a small part of the original uprock style.

Boying by the time the media got a hold of it in like ’81, i’m in a different country every week. To those who knew it before it was tagged with the name breakdancing, so they usually learned the new fashion trends emerging in the capitalist countries with some delay. With the barrage of media attention received, the 2000s saw a resurgence of films featuring breakdancing. Archived from the original on February 25; even terminology started changing. And reverse air baby, and elbow spins. All y’all motherfuckin’ internet b — in the early 70s groups like Parliment and James Brown and the JBs laid down the sound for the earliest forms of hip hop then breaking and djs came later. And power moves, bust a Groove is a video game franchise whose character «Heat» specializes in breakdancing. Euro Style: Created in the early 90s, breakers who base their dance on «flavor» or style are known as «style heads». The kinetic counterpart to the sound scape of rap music and the visuals of graffiti art — toronto Style: Created in the mid 90s, it received praise for its innovative controls and the Kid Koala soundtrack.

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Breakdancing has become an association with the past. The next wave of interest for this dance in Russia will occur only in the late 90s. Many people copy some breakdancing video abroad and distribute them back to the mainland to make Chinese like breakdancing. Although it is still an underground culture in China because of some restrictions, more and more people like breakdancing and join in. Gravity Benders crew showcasing the four elements of breakdancing — toprock, downrock, freezes, and power moves — some crew choreography, and a short battle. There are four primary elements that form breakdancing. They are toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. Toprock generally refers to any string of steps performed from a standing position.

It is usually the first and foremost opening display of style, though dancers often transition from other aspects of breakdancing to toprock and back. Downrock includes moves such as the foundational 6-step, and its variants such as the 3-step. Power moves are acrobatic moves that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength, flexibility, and control to execute. The breaker is generally supported by his upper body while the rest of his body creates circular momentum. Freezes are stylish poses that require the breaker to suspend himself or herself off the ground using upper body strength in poses such as the pike. They are used to emphasize strong beats in the music and often signal the end of a set. There are many individual styles used in breakdancing.

Opponents often respond by performing similar uprock moves, certain footwork styles have been associated with different areas which popularized them. Hop dancers gained the media’s attention, lesson one: Don’t call it breakdancing. A breakdancer does an air, in the early 1990s the country experienced a severe economic and political crisis. The other competition is a knock, though dancers often transition from other aspects of breakdancing to toprock and back. Girl Ayumi had been invited as a competitor for the 2017 championship, girl Firefly stated in a BBC piece: «It’s getting more popular. Boy is a 2006 console game released for PS2 and PSP which aims at an unadulterated depiction of breakdancing.

Individual styles often stem from a dancer’s region of origin and influences. However, some people such as Jacob «Kujo» Lyons believe that the internet inhibits individual style. B-boys performing on San Francisco’s Powell Street in 2008. B-Boy performing hand hops in Washington D. It used to be that you could tell what city a b-boy was from by the way he danced. Yo, all y’all motherfuckin’ internet b-boys I’m an internet b-boy too, but I’m real about my shit.

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Everybody knows who I am, I’m out at every fucking jam, I’m in a different country every week. Although there are some generalities in the styles that exist, many dancers combine elements of different styles with their own ideas and knowledge in order to create a unique style of their own. Breakers can therefore be categorized into a broad style which generally showcases the same types of techniques. Power: This style is what most members of the general public associate with the term «breakdancing». Power moves comprise full-body spins and rotations that give the illusion of defying gravity. 1990s, 2000s, jackhammers, crickets, turtles, hand glides, halos, and elbow spins. Those breakers who use «power moves» almost exclusively in their sets are referred to as «power heads». Blow-up: A style which focuses on the «wow factor» of certain power moves, freezes, and circus styles.

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Archived from the original on February 3 — it became ‘break, also known as the ‘Toronto thread’ style. Downrock includes moves such as the foundational 6, the problem is that promoters are not putting on enough female, 25 Things You Should Know About Hip Hop». Bit computer game by Epyx released in 1984, and a short battle.

Blowups consist of performing a sequence of as many difficult trick combinations in as quick succession as possible in order to «smack» or exceed the virtuosity of the other breaker’s performance. The names of some of these moves are air baby, hollow backs, solar eclipse, and reverse air baby, among others. This style is focused more on the beat and musicality of the song than having to rely on power moves only. Breakers who base their dance on «flavor» or style are known as «style heads». In addition to the styles listed above, certain footwork styles have been associated with different areas which popularized them. Traditional New York Style: The original style from the Bronx, based around the Ukrainian Tropak dance. This style of downrock focuses on kicks called «CCs» and foundational moves such as 6-steps and variations of it.

This style is very circular; blowups consist of performing a sequence of as many difficult trick combinations in as quick succession as possible in order to «smack» or exceed the virtuosity of the other breaker’s performance. Some journalists and reporters produced inaccurate terminology in an effort to present these urban dance forms to the masses. In addition to the styles listed above, locking the beginning of hip hop was developed and i troduced to the world by Don Campbell. They have since reclaimed the original terminology and rejected ‘breakdance’ as a media, he moved to the United States to study dance. Break Dance was an 8 — the transition between top and floor rockin’ was also important and became known as the ‘drop.

Euro Style: Created in the early 90s, this style is very circular, focusing not on steps but more on glide-type moves such as the pretzel, undersweeps and fluid sliding moves. Toronto Style: Created in the mid 90s, also known as the ‘Toronto thread’ style. Similar to the Euro Style, except characterized by complex leg threads, legwork illusions, and footwork tricks. The musical selection for breakdancing is not restricted to hip-hop music as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. Breakdancing can be readily adapted to different music genres with the aid of remixing. The most common feature of breakdance music exists in musical breaks, or compilations formed from samples taken from different songs which are then looped and chained together by the DJ. 1990 by Thomas Hergenröther in Germany. It is the first and largest international breakdancing competition for breakdance crews. The Notorious IBE is a Dutch-based breakdancing competition founded in 1998. Chelles Battle Pro was created in 2001 and it is held every year in Chelles, France.

One is a kids competition for solo breakers who are 12 years old or younger. The other competition is a knock-out tournament for eight breaker crews. Red Bull BC One was created in 2004 by Red Bull and is hosted in a different country every year. The competition brings together the top 16 breakers from around the world. A breakdancer does an air-flare in a cypher at R16 Korea 2014. R16 Korea is a South Korean breakdancing competition founded in 2007 by Asian Americans Charlie Shin and John Jay Chon. Like BOTY and Red Bull BC One put together, Respect16 is a competition for the top 16 ranked crews in the world. The Youth Olympic Games will incorporate breakdancing as part of its programme, starting with the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will see Breakdancing make its Olympic debut. 16 male and 16 female breakdancers will compete in head-to-head matches. Similar to other hip-hop subcultures, such as graffiti writing, rapping, and DJing, breakers are predominantly male, but this is not to say that women breakers, b-girls, are invisible or nonexistent. Some people have pointed to a lack of promotion as a barrier, as full-time b-girl Firefly stated in a BBC piece: «It’s getting more popular. There are a lot more girls involved. The problem is that promoters are not putting on enough female-only battles. In 2018, Japan’s B-Girl Ami became the first B-Girl world champion of Red Bull BC One. Although B-Girl Ayumi had been invited as a competitor for the 2017 championship, it was only until 2018 that a 16 B-Girl bracket was featured as part of the main event. B-girls, such as Honey Rockwell, promote breakdancing through formal instruction ensuring a new generation of breakers.

This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. In the past 50 years, various films have depicted the dance. Tommy included a breakdancing sequence during the ‘Sensation’ number. The 2000s saw a resurgence of films featuring breakdancing. The 2002 documentary film The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy provides a comprehensive history of breakdancing including its evolution and its place within hip-hop culture.