Breakdown on Breakdancing
Breakdancing has been around for about three decades - and is now hotter than ever. It is a key part of hip-hop and is displayed by B-Boys and B-Girls all over the world. Read on to get the goods.
What Is Breakdancing?
- Breakdancing is one of the four elements of hip-hop. The other three are Graffiti Art, DJing and MCing.
- Breakdancing has been called the good foot, rocking, b-boying and breaking.
- It is a type of dancing which combines strength, momentum, balance and creativity.
- Breakdancing refers to dance moves that are combined with the breaks in the music.
- DJs like Fatboy Slim take a selection of the track with drums and rhythm and loop it repeatedly - this is called a break beat.
- Breakdancing is performed on slippery surfaces like linoleum and cardboard.
Breakdancing - History
- Breakdancing started in the South Bronx of New York city in the mid 1970's and then moved west to LA.
- Gangs used breakdancing as a way to battle over territory without fist-fighting or using weapons.
- Many people argue that breakdancing originated with James Brown and his song The Good Foot.
- The famous Rock Steady Crew brought the popularity of breakdancing to new heights in the late 1970's.
- Breakdancing faded into the underground scene in the 1980's, but made a media comeback in the late 1990's and has since been featured in many TV commercials.
Breakdancing - Now
- Major breakdancing competitions are held every year in Germany, England, Japan, New York City, Florida and California.
- At the Battle of the Year competition in 2004, the Gambler crew from Korea came out on top.
- Breakdancing has been featured in music videos for such artists as Run DMC, Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake.
- You can watch ordinary peeps battle it out on the UPN show, Dance 360.
Breakdancing - The Moves
- Some moves include Toprock, Uprock, 6-step, Worm, Windmill, Headspin, Flare, Jackhammer, Backspin, Floor Lock, Hanglide and Flow.
- The first breakdancing moves were the drop and the in-and-out.
- Popping is about the illusions you can create with your body, such as acting as a robot, moving in slow motion or appearing to dance on ice or without gravity.