History of Bboying (breaking)

History of Bboying (breaking)

What Is Breakdancing?

Breakdancing or breaking is a form of 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 1970s. 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.

In the late 1960s, Afrika Bambaataa recognized that breakdancing was not just a form of dance. He saw it as a means to an end. Bambaataa formed one of the earliest dance crews, the Zulu Kings. The Zulu Kings gradually developed a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in breakdancing circles.

Rock Steady Crew, arguably the most important breakdancing collective in hip-hop history, added innovative acrobatic moves to the art. Breaking evolved from simple headspins and backspins to sophisticated power moves.

Breakdancing Music

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

  • Toprock
  • Air Flares
  • Headspins
  • Dizzy run
  • Applejack
  • Windmills
  • Swipe
  • Suicides
  • Handglide
  • Footwork